Yes I know it’s now past my birthday, but I still wanted to share.

Things That Happened
• 1606 – Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.
• 1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
• 1870 – The first women’s fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta, is formed at DePauw University.
• 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C..
• 1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
• 1945 – World War II: The Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
• 1951 – Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.
• 1967 – Apollo program: Apollo 1 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of the spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center.
• 1967 – More than sixty nations sign the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear weapons in space.
• 1973 – Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict’s last recorded American combat casualty.
• 1984 – Pop singer Michael Jackson suffer second and third degree burn on his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.
• 1996 – Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
• 2006 – Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.

Cool People Born
• 1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1791)
• 1832 – Lewis Carroll, English author (d. 1898)
• 1850 – Edward J. Smith, English captain of the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
• 1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)
• 1940 – James Cromwell, American actor
• 1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-born dancer
• 1950 – Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
• 1956 – Mimi Rogers, American actress
• 1957 – Janick Gers, British guitarist (Iron Maiden)
• 1957 – Frank Miller, American comic book author and film director
• 1965 – Alan Cumming, Scottish actor
• 1968 – Mike Patton, American singer (Faith No More)
• 1968 – Tricky, English rapper

Gone but not Forgotten
• 1595 – Sir Francis Drake, European explorer (b. c.1540)
• 1837 – Alexandr Pushkin, Russian poet (b. 1799)
• 1851 – John James Audubon, French-born naturalist and ornithologist (b. 1789)
• 1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (b. 1813)
• 1910 – Thomas Crapper, English inventor (b. 1836)
• 1967 – Roger Chaffee – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1935)
• 1967 – Virgil “Gus” Grissom – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1926)
• 1967 – Edward White – Crew of Apollo 1 (b. 1930)
• 1973 – William Nolde, last American combat casualty of Vietnam War (b. 1929)
• 1989 – Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
• 1993 – André the Giant, French professional wrestler and actor (b. 1946)
• 2004 – Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
• 2009 – John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)

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