January Jaunts

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janJanus kept the gate of Heaven, so he became the god of doors and gates. He was very important, because a house is only as strong as its doors.

His temple in Rome had its doors thrown open in times of War, and closed in times of Peace. They were usually open! The Emperor Augustus closed the doors of the temple, since he brought peace to the Roman Empire.  Janus had two faces, one looking forwards and one looking back since a door can let you in, or let you out. The first month of the year is named after him. In January, we look back at the last year and forward to the next.

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1. Every year, we celebrate New Years Day, but do you really know Why? Find out more at New Year's Day -- History, Traditions, and Customs.

2. On this day in 1959, facing a popular revolution spearheaded by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement, Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista flees the island nation.


1. One of the twentieth centuries greatest Science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov, born today in 1920.

2. Today in 1981, the so-called Yorkshire Ripper is finally caught by British police, ending one of the largest manhunts in British history.


1. Treacherous rouge William Joyce, alias Lord Haw-Haw, stopped laughing when hung today in 1948.

2. Two years after British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen near Luxor, Egypt, they uncover the greatest treasure of the tomb--a stone sarcophagus containing a solid gold coffin that holds the mummy of Tutankhamen.


Poet, critic and playwright TS Eliot died today in 1965.


On January 5, 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure's huge anchorages


Back to the past to celebrate business man come drug smuggler John Z. DeLorean's birthday today in 1925.


  1558 -French troops led by Francis, Duke of Guise take Calais, the last continental possession of the Kingdom of England.


Space Oddity and master musician, David Bowie born today in 1947.


Explorer and traveller Marco Polo died today in 1324.


Leon Trotsky ordered into exile by Uncle Joe where he is soon murdered for his contribution to the communist cause.


After the Second World War, the new republic of Albania is established in 1948.


SPLAM! KAPOW! Adam West explodes as Batman across television screens in 1966.


1893: The British Independent Labour Party was formed by Keir Hardie, and in 1995, it was hijacked by Tories in 'New Labour' clothing.


Play it again Sam as Humphrey Bogart died this day in 1957.


London in 1759, sees the opening of the The British Museum:


The war to drive the Iraqis from Kuwait, began today in 1991 with  Operation Desert Storm.


A good hair day for the world as Vidal Sassoon was born today in 1928.


1:  In 1919, after a war costing millions upon millions of lives, a World War 1 peace conference is called. For more read the World War 1 Chronology.

2:  The United States admits that the CIA paid Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega over $300,000 during his career as undercover narc.


1793: King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine, as explained in The Trial and Execution of Louis XVI


1:  Film Goddess, Audrey Hepburn dies in 1993.

2: Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized in Des Moines IA after he bites the head off of a dead bat. The bat was tossed on stage by a fan during a live performance.


1846: The first issue of the Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens, was published. More details at: British Newspapers


In 1901, Queen Victoria dies, but unfortunately some of her values and traditions still remain in the UK.


Bjorn Borg! retires for the first time in 1983.


A great step forward on the road to civilization as Beer sold in cans for the first time in1935.


A Scottish celebration throughout the world as Burns Night falls.


  Compaq buys out Digital in 1998, in one of largest takeovers in the I.T. industry.


  Thomas A. Edison patents his electric lamp and lights up the world today in 1879.


  Irish Poet and playwrightWilliam Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) dies this day


  English left-wing political writer Thomas Paine born today. He was active in the American and French revolutions. His pamphlet Common Sense (1776) ignited passions in the American Revolution.  His other works include The Rights of Man (1791) and The Age of Reason (1793) which fanned the flames of the French revolution.


  Mohandas Ghandhi assassinated, proving once again that a strong commitment to peace and non-violence is no protection against a loon with a gun, or business interests.


 The hated and unjust Corn Laws are abolished in the UK in 1849.

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