This week in history

 January 29 in History


 Today's birthday

For the week of Jan. 25, 2015

25
Robert Burns (1759-1796): Scottish. Poet. Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, is known throughout the world for poems, including Comin Thru' the Rye and A Red, *Red, Rose. The celebration of Burns' birthday focuses around a Burns Night Supper that features the procession into the dining area of the haggis, accompanied by playing of the bagpipes. The haggis is a sheep stomach filled with a mixture of chopped lamb and oatmeal cooked just below boiling point. It is eaten with bashed neeps, which are turnips. The preferred drink is well-aged scotch. This feast often features the reading of Burns' poem To a Haggis. His birthday is celebrated throughout the world where there are Scottish communities, including Japan, other parts of Asia, and Russia. *

26
Australia Day: Australia. In order to relieve the pressures of crowding in British prisons, the British government established a penal colony in Australia. The first prisoners arrived on this date in 1788. This has been celebrated as Foundation Day, and now as Australia Day, since 1817. The trend in Australia is to celebrate this day on the actual day of its occurrence rather than on the nearest Monday to that day. The exact day of celebration, however, is determined by each state or division within Australia rather than by the federal government and therefore, may vary from one part of Australia to another.

26
Juan Pablo Duarte's Birthday: Dominican Republic. This holiday marks the birthday of one of the founders of the republic.

27
Samuel Gompers (1850-1924) : Jewish American. Labor leader. Gompers founded the first major labor union in the United States, the American Federation of Labor, and served as its president from 1886 to 1924.

28
Jose Julian Mart'i (1853-1895): Cuban. Poet, essayist and patriot. A distinguished writer as well as a political leader, Mart'i was the chief organizer of the Cuban movement for independence from Spain. Although he lived much of his adult life in exile, in April 1895 he helped to lead a revolutionary invasion of Cuba. He was killed in battle on May 19.

30
Osceola (1800-1838): American Indian (Seminole). Military leader. Osceola organized the Seminoles to resist the U.S. government's takeover of their ancestral lands and led the guerrilla resistance to federal forces from 1835 until his imprisonment in 1837. He died in captivity on this date.

30
Granville T. Woods (1856-1910): African American. Inventor. An electrical engineer who formed his own company to make and sell electrical instruments, Woods patented more than 50 inventions, including the Induction Telegraph System a device for telegraphing messages from moving trains. By making it possible for engineers to communicate with trains ahead of or behind them, Woods' invention made train travel much safer. He also developed a system that freed electric railroads from the use of wires by introducing iron blocks that transmitted power through the rails. This was the prototype of the third rail system used in modern subways.

31
William Apess (1798-1840?): American Indian (Pequot). Writer and civil rights activist. A traveling Methodist preacher, Apess published in 1829 his autobiography, A Son of the Forest - the first book written and published by a Native American. In this and subsequent writings, and in his public life as a spokesman for the Pequots, Apess challenged the racial assumptions of European Americans and asserted the rights of all people of color to be considered the equals of whites.

31
Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1971): American Indian (Dakota Sioux). Researcher and writer. Deloria worked as a teacher and health educator and did extensive work as a research specialist in American Indian languages and cultures. Her novel, Waterlily - is a fictional portrait of traditional Sioux life.

31
Jack Roosevelt (Jackie) Robinson (1919-1972) : African American. An outstanding hitter and fielder known for his daring base runs, Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

01
African American History Month. In 1926 Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. Dr Woodson chose the week of Abraham Lincolnis birthday (February 12). In recent years the observance has expanded, and now the entire month of February is celebrated as African American History Month. Because of the variation in terms used, this month is also known as Afro-American History or Black History and Black Experience Month. Each year, the Association for the Study of Afro- American Life & History, founded by Dr. Woodson, sets the theme for the month. For information contact the association at 202-667-2822.

01
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) : African American. Writer. Hughes emerged as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and became the most influential African American writer of his time. His poetry, which drew on the traditional Black art forms of spirituals, blues, jazz, won an especially wide audience, but Hughes also distinguished himself as a writer of fiction, drama, essays, and history.

01
African American History Month. In 1926 Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. Dr Woodson chose the week of Abraham Lincolnis birthday (February 12). In recent years the observance has expanded, and now the entire month of February is celebrated as African American History Month. Because of the variation in terms used, this month is also known as Afro-American History or Black History and Black Experience Month. Each year, the Association for the Study of Afro- American Life & History, founded by Dr. Woodson, sets the theme for the month. For information contact the association at 202-667-2822.

Thank you Sponsors!


HEB
First National Bank of Texas
Community Bank & Trust
American Income Life
Buckeye Bingo
Cargill
Diversified Product Development
Family Health Center
Greg White Texas Appellate Lawyer
Heart of Texas Electric Co-Op
Linkage Credit Union
Greg May Honda
McLennan Community College
Total Office Solutions
Waco Habitat for Humanity

Visitor AgreementPrivacy StatementContact UsAdvertiser KitRSS Feeds

© Copyright 2013, WacoTrib.com, Waco, TX

No commercial reproduction without written consent.

Electronic reproduction of any kind prohibited without written consent.