January is one of the most important months in terms of horoscope. For many individuals it subconsciously implies the arrival of a brand new start, when you can turn a blank sheet. You can start writing on the unwritten page, and it's up to you how you will build your life. January is one of the most important months in terms of horoscope. For many individuals it subconsciously implies the arrival of a brand new start, when you can turn a blank sheet. You can start writing on the unwritten page, and it's up to you how you will build your life.
Obama urges Democrats to fight GOP effort to scrap ObamaCare
President Obama went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge his fellow Democrats to 'stay strong' in the face of Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care reform law. Obama, making a final push to protect central components of his legacy less than three weeks before he leaves office, told Democratic lawmakers they did not have to 'rescue' Republicans by helping them replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. His visit came as Republicans, controlling both houses of the new Congress and soon the White House, began debate on dismantling the law. Vice President-elect Mike Pence joined House Republicans in the Capitol basement to discuss how to dismantle the law. President-elect Donald Trump fired off several tweets warning his fellow Republicans to 'be careful' because Democrats 'own' the law and it 'will fall of its own weight.' [The Washington Post]
Trump reportedly plans to revamp spy agencies
President-elect Donald Trump is working on a plan to restructure the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, The Wall Street Journal reports. 'The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,' an individual close to Trump's transition operation said. 'They all need to be slimmed down.' The news came as Trump publicly questions the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia orchestrated the hacking of Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, and leaked emails to help his White House bid. [The Wall Street Journal, The Hill]
House passes bill seeking to fast-track bid to dismantle Obama rules
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill seeking to fast-track Republicans' effort to undo 'midnight rules' enacted by President Obama near the end of his term. The legislation would give Congress the power to kill dozens of such regulations at once. The GOP-controlled House passed similar legislation in the last Congress, but it would have faced a certain veto by Obama. A similar bill is under consideration in the Senate, where it faces more Democratic resistance. Another measure, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, would require approval from Congress before rules can take effect. It is unclear how President-elect Donald Trump feels about the bills, which would limit his executive authority, too. [Reuters, The Washington Post]
Dylann Roof tells jurors he is mentally sound
Dylann Roof on Wednesday told jurors, who will decide whether to sentence him to death for the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre, that 'there's nothing wrong with me psychologically.' Roof, an admitted white supremacist, is representing himself in the trial's final phase. In his five-minute opening statement, he said he regretted nothing and had 'not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.' The jury last month found Roof guilty of hate and anti-religion crimes for fatally shooting nine black churchgoers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty rather than life in prison. [ABC News]
More than 100 injured in New York commuter train derailment
A packed Long Island Rail Road commuter train derailed on Wednesday during the morning rush hour in Brooklyn, injuring more than 100 of the estimated 450 people aboard. All of the injuries were minor, with the worst being a broken leg. The train crashed at Atlantic Terminal near Brooklyn's Barclays Center, one of the city's busiest stations, with connections to nine subway lines. New York's Office of Emergency Management said the train was moving 'at a very low speed' when it derailed. The station filled with smoke after the wreck, which is under investigation. [New York Post, Reuters]
California hires Eric Holder for looming battles with Trump administration
Democratic leaders of California's Legislature announced Wednesday that they had hired Eric Holder, who served as President Obama's attorney general, to represent them in possible legal battles with the incoming Trump administration. Democratic state Senate leader Kevin de León said California, a Democratic state where Hillary Clinton beat President-elect Donald Trump by four million votes, expects to challenge Washington on many issues, including the environment and immigration. 'Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California,' de León said. 'This means we are very, very serious.' [The New York Times]
Chicago police arrest four over Facebook Live torture video
Chicago police said Wednesday that they had detained two men and two women, all 18, in connection with the beating and racial taunting of a mentally disabled man, also 18, that was broadcast on Facebook Live. In the disturbing 30-minute video, people can be heard cursing President-elect Donald Trump and 'white people' as they hit the victim. Police are investigating possible hate crime charges, because the victim is white and the alleged tormentors in the video are black, but still are trying to determine whether the language in the video 'is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving,' said Chicago Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin. [CNN]
Ex-Mexican minister pushed out over Trump meeting gets new job
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday appointed former finance secretary Luis Videgaray, once his liaison with Donald Trump's campaign, to be his country's new foreign relations secretary. In September of 2016, Videgaray stepped down after arranging a controversial meeting with now President-elect Trump, facing angry criticism for reaching out to Trump despite his negative comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants. Pena Nieto now is giving Videgaray the task of establishing a relationship with the incoming Trump administration that 'allows us to strengthen bilateral ties in security, trade, migration, and investment,' without undermining Mexico's 'sovereignty or the dignity of Mexicans.' [The Associated Press]
December sales push automakers to record year
U.S. automaker shares surged on Wednesday following reports that aggressive December dealmaking helped lift total sales to a record 17.55 million cars and light trucks in 2016. The monthly annualized sales rate shot to 18.4 million in December, the fastest pace since July 2005. At the start of the month the industry was nearly on pace to beat 2015's record of 17.47 million vehicles. The 2016 high point marks the eighth consecutive full-year increase following the Great Recession, which nearly wiped out General Motors and Chrysler. [Bloomberg]
NASA to launch two asteroid exploration missions
NASA is planning two missions to asteroids in the early 2020s to find clues on the solar system's origins, the space agency announced Wednesday. The first mission, Lucy, will explore the Trojan asteroids in Jupiter's orbit in 2021. Then, in 2023, the Psyche mission will launch to what NASA describes as a 'giant metal asteroid' nearly three times farther from the sun than Earth. 'Lucy will observe primitive remnants from farther out in the solar system, while Psyche will directly observe the interior of a planetary body,' said NASA planetary science director Jim Green. [NASA, The Washington Post]
Holidays and Observances
2021 Daily Holidays that fall on January 26, include:
- Australia Day
- Dental Drill Appreciation Day
- International Customs Day
- Lotus 1-2-3 Day
- National Green Juice Day
- National Peanut Brittle Day
- National Pistachio Day
- National Plan for Vacation Day - January 26, 2021 (Last Tuesday in January)
- Speak Up and Succeed Day - January 26, 2021
- Spouse's Day
- Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement
2021 Weekly Holidays that include January 26, are:
- International Hoof Care Week - January 26-29, 2021
- International Hot Air Balloon Week - January 24-30, 2021 (Fourth Full Week of January)
- Kiss a Shark Week - January 24-30, 2021 (Fourth Full Week of January)
- National Activity Professionals Week - January 24-30, 2021 (Third Full Week of January)
- National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week - January 24-30, 2021
- National Clean Out Your Inbox Week - January 25-29, 2021 (Last Business Week in January)
- National Meat Week - January 24-31, 2021 (Begins on last Sunday of January)
- National Medical Group Practice Week - January 25-29, 2021 (M-F week that starts on Fourth Monday in January)
- National School Choice Week - January 24-30, 2021 (Last Week in January)
- Tax Identity Theft Week - January 25-29, 2021
2021 Monthly Holidays that include January 26, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out my January Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of January. 3 pandas.
- A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
- If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events
- Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2021 dates are January 5 - February 5, 2021
- Sundance Film Festival - January 21-31, 2021 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
The Astrological Sign for January 26 is an Aquarius.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for January are:
- Carnation - The Carnation is the Birth Flower for January. The symbolization of the Carnation means love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, and loyal.
- Snowdrop is a white flower with three small petals in the middle surrounded by three larger petals on the outside. The symbolization of the snowdrop means love, fascination, and purity.
See our GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!
The Birthstone for January is Garnet, which comes in a rainbow of colors. It is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
- 1880 – Douglas MacArthur, American general and Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
- 1905 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-born singer (d. 1987)
- 1925 – Paul Newman, American actor, philanthropist, race car driver and race team owner (d. 2008)
- 1941 – Scott Glenn, American actor
- 1955 – Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American musician (Van Halen)
- 1958 – Ellen DeGeneres, American actress and comedian
- 1958 – Anita Baker, American singer
- 1961 – Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1893 – Abner Doubleday, American military figure, and credited inventor of baseball (b. 1819)
- 1932 – William Wrigley Jr., American industrialist (b. 1861)
- 1979 – Nelson Rockefeller, American politician - 41st Vice President of the United States (b. 1908)
- 1983 – Paul 'Bear' Bryant, American football coach (b. 1913)
- 2016 - Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller) (b. 1921)
- 2017 - Mike Connors, American actor (Mannix) (b. 1925)
- 2017 - Barbara Hale, American actress (Perry Mason) (b. 1922)
- 2020 - Kobe Bryant, American NBA basketball player, and his daughter Gianna Bryant
Famous Weddings and Divorces
1940 - Actor Ronald Reagan (28) weds Academy Award winning actress Jane Wyman (23) in Glendale, California. He later went on to marry. They divorced in 1949 and he went on to marry Nancy Davis in 1952 and become the 40th President of the United States between 1981–89.
Quote of the Day
January 26 is Spouse's Day! A day to celebrate your spouse, show your appreciation, and spend time with them. Let your spouse know how much they are loved, appreciated, and respected.
Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
Holiday and Observances Recipe of the Day is a Easy Vegetarian Curry Recipe from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits. She gives several different versions of the recipe, based on seasonal vegetables, and provides a bunch of different options for toppings.
- See our FOOD HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating food!
- See our Holiday Food page for tips on healthy holiday food traditions in general, and for some sample meal plan ideas for some of the most popular holidays.
This Day in History
- 1788 – The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day
- 1837 – Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. State
- 1838 – U.S. State of Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
- 1861 – During the American Civil War, the U.S. State of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
- 1870 – During the American Civil War, Virginia rejoins the Union.
- 1905 – The world's largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3,106.75 carats, is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
- 1911 – Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane.
- 1915 – The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
- 1939 - Filming begins on Gone With the Wind
- 1942 – During World War II, the first United States forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland
- 1948 - Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in US Armed Forces is signed
- 1954 - Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
- 1998 - Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
- 2005 - Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.
This Day in Music
- 1956 - Buddy Holly's 1st formal recording session
- 1961 - Elvis Presley's, Are You Lonesome Tonight hits #1 on the UK singles chart
- 1974 - Ringo Starr's You're Sixteen hits #1
- 1997 - ZZ Top, James Brown, and the Blues Brothers, perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show in New Orleans.
- 2003 - Justin Timberlake went to #1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album, Justified, which stayed on the charts for over a year.
Anita Baker was born on this day in 1958. Sweet Love was one of my favorite songs of hers.
January 05th 2018 Oikos Models
This Day in Sports
- 1956 - 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
- 1963 - Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
- 1977 - Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift
- 1980 - Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
- 1986 - Superbowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Superbowl. The MVP is Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
- 1992 - Superbowl XXVI: Wash Red Skins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24 in Minn Superbowl MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB
- 1997 - Superbowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.
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