January 27-February 2, 2003

Monday 27

Birthdays Leesburg KidsPost reader Danny Sedlazek (1995). Hyattsville KidsPost reader Thomas Franklin Prather Jr. (1994). Alexandria KidsPost reader Sara Link (1993). Arlington Kidspost reader Molly Adair (1992). Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948). "Alice in Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll (1832). Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756).

On This Date Thomas Edison received a patent on an electric light bulb (1880).

Today Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

Tuesday 28

Birthdays New Market KidsPost reader Brandon Goldstein (1993). Alexandria KidsPost reader Ryan S. Kirk (1991). Actor Elijah Wood (1981). Painter Jackson Pollock (1912). Cuban poet Jose Marti (1853).

On This Date The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, killing all seven crew members (1986).

Today National Kazoo Day.

Wednesday 29

Birthdays Gainesville KidsPost reader Christina DiBagno (1994). Rockville KidsPost reader Sarah Scalet (1993). Alexandria KidsPost reader Emma Oxford (1991). Burtonsville KidsPost reader Esther Hope Showalter (1990). Actress Sara Gilbert (1975). Talk show host Oprah Winfrey (1954). Blues singer Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1885). Twenty-fifth U.S. president William McKinley (1843).

On This Date Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published (1845).

Today National Puzzle Day.

Thursday 30

Birthdays Alexandria KidsPost reader Emily Leidolf (1993). Blues singer Ruth Brown (1932). Thirty-second U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882).

On This Date The first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit (1933).

Today Inane Answering Machine Message Day.

Friday 31

Birthdays Pop singer Justin Timberlake (1981). Baseball great Jackie Robinson (1919).

On This Date Congress approved the 13th Amendment to the Constitution; it abolished slavery (1865). The United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite, Explorer 1 (1958).

Today Fun at Work Day (tell your parents to live it up).

Saturday 1

Birthdays Washington KidsPost reader Jack Barbash (1995). Writer Langston Hughes (1902).

On This Date The U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time, in New York City (1790). Four African American college students began a sit-in protest at a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter where they were refused service (1960).

Today National African American History Month Begins. Celebrate Chinese New Year--first day in the Year of the Goat--at the parade in Washington's Chinatown (7th and H St. NW, 1 p.m.).

Sunday 2

Birthdays Potomac KidsPost reader Stephanie Liss (1994). Fairfax Station KidsPost reader Haley Von Canon (1993). Saxophone player Stan Getz (1927). Irish writer James Joyce (1882).

On This Date The signing of the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican War and added territory to the Unitred States (1848).

Today Groundhog Day.

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