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Today is Tuesday, January 1st,  the first day of the year. There are 364

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  National Bath Safety Month,

National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month,

National Hobby Month, Hot Tea Month, National Oatmeal Month,

National Soup Month, Today is New Year’s Day!


Grandmaster Flash, 61, legendary DJ

Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut

Sophie Okonedo, 51, actress

Morris Chestnut, 50, actor

DJ Shadow, 47, DJ/songwriter

Tank, 43, singer

Glen Davis, 33, basketball player

Jason Pierre-Paul, 30, football player

Eddie Lacy, 28, football player




Derrick Thomas, 52, Hall of Fame football player (d. 2000)


Shirley Chisholm, 2005, 1st Black Congresswoman/pres. candidate (b. 1924)


1622 – Papal Chancery adopts Jan 1 as beginning of the year (was Mar 25).

1808 – The slave trade is outlawed in the U.S.

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

1831 – William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal.

1854 – Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Penn).

1861 – President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln declares

slavery in Confederate states unlawful (US Civil War).

1863 – Emancipation Proclamation issued by Pres. Lincoln to free slaves

in confederate states.

1897 – 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

1926 – 1st issue of “Journal of Negro History” published

1943 – Negro League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown

1970 – Afro-American Historical Calendar Series Established

1977 – Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards in the Sugar Bowl

1978 – “Your Arm’s Too Short…” closes at Lyceum NYC after 429


1990 – David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of

New York City.


Being a Capricorn born on January 1st, your personality is characterized by a charming and creative nature. Although you are very hardworking, you greatly enjoy the social setting. In your dealings you are warm, witty and enthusiastic, which explains why you have so many close friends. Your whit reflects your overall gifts for creativity. Your quick, creative mind is especially impressive in problem solving situations, as you have been known to find ingenious ways to overcome challenges.

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