January 6-12, 2003

Monday 6

Birthdays Cheverly KidsPost reader Claire Flintoff (1992). Poet-authors Kahlil Gibran(1883) and Carl Sandburg (1878). French warrior Joan of Arc (1412).

On This Date Pan American Airlines made the first around the world commercial flight (1942).

Today Christmas is observed in Armenia. National Smith Day-a holiday for everyone named Smith.

Tuesday 7

Birthdays Arlington KidsPost reader Aaron Rosen (1994). Fairfax KidsPost reader Amanda Gilbert (1992). "Today Show" host Katie Couric (1957). "Their Eyes Were Watching God" author Zora Neale Hurston (1891). Thirteenth U.S. president Millard Fillmore (1800). Hot air balloon inventor Jacques Montgolfier (1745).

On This Date The process of obtaining gasoline from crude oil was patented (1913). Transatlantic phone service began between New York and London (1927).

Today Christmas is observed in Russia.

Wednesday 8

Birthdays Singers R. Kelly (1969) and David Bowie (1947). Physicist Stephen Hawking (1942). Singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935).

On This Date Using a device known as Foucault's pendulum, French physicist Jean Foucault proved that the earth rotates on its axis (1851). Congress, overturning a veto from President Andrew Johnson, gave African American men in Washington, D.C., the right to vote (1867).

Today Universal Letter Writing Week begins--write some thank-you cards.

Thursday 9

Birthdays Basketball's Muggsy Bogues (1965). Folk singer Joan Baez (1941). Thirty-seventh U.S. president Richard Milhous Nixon (1913). Women's suffragist Carrie Lane Chapman Catt (1859).

On This Date French painter L. J. M. Daguerre announced his invention of the first practical photographic process at the French Academy of Sciences (1839). The Seeing Eye, the first school to train guide dogs for the blind, opened in Nashville, Tennessee (1929).

Today National Apricot Day.

Friday 10

Birthdays Boxer and grill advocate George Foreman (1949). Jazz drummer Max Roach (1925).

On This Date The Women's Sufferage Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was introduced in Congress--it took 42 years for the bill to get signed into law (1878). RCA introduced the 7-inch, 45 r.p.m. record (1949). Giant Pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang went on display at the National Zoo (2001).

Today The Musical Theater Center's performance of "The Wizard of Oz" opens with an appearance by Margaret Pellegrini, a Munchkin from the original 1939 movie. Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. $15 kids, $20 adults. 301-251-5766.

Saturday 11

Birthdays Singer Mary J. Blige (1971). Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien (1934). Women's rights leader Alice Paul (1885).

On This Date U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry announced that cigarette smoking is bad for you (1964). American League Baseball adopted its designated hitter rule (1973). NASA announced that 1998 was the warmest year on record (1999).

Today Cuckoo Dancing Week. International Thank-You Days.

Sunday 12

Birthdays Painter John Singer Sargent (1856). Writer Jack London (1876).

On This Date The first public museum in America was established inCharleston, South Carolina (1773). Hattie W. Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate (1932).

Today Visit the Giant Pandas at the National Zoo. I think the zoo is planning something, I need to double check --mdc

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