This past week explorers visited the coldest places on earth. Alcohol Prohibition started , woman were banned from smoking in public
and Capital Punishment got reintroduced into the American penal system.
A record breaking crowd watched Lucy give birth and Avatar 2 reached a record breaking box office.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated and pro-lifers once again had a march in our nation’s capital.
And several men took an oath of office to become president while several comedy legends passed away.
Also the first Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican.
These stories and more this week in…
Last Week and Year in Life.
Monday January 16, 2023
St. John of Ávila (January 16, 1499– 10 May 10, 1569) is declared a Doctor as well.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
@nottherealtraceydelaney@TraceyDelaney (January 16, 2023) The people who threw rocks at Martin Luther King now don’t want their grandkids learning that they threw rocks at Martin Luther King. Dr.King would have been the same age as Bob Newhart if he was still alive. This wasn’t hundreds of years ago. Never Forget. #MLKDay
Day 16: Senses of Scripture — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
- 1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.
- 1707 – The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.
- 1786 – Virginia enacts the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson.
- 1909 – Ernest Shackleton‘s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
- 1919 – Nebraska becomes the 36th state to approve the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. With the necessary three-quarters of the states approving the amendment, Prohibition is constitutionally mandated in the United States one year later.
- 1920 – The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.
- 1942 – The Holocaust: Nazi Germany begins deporting Jews from the Łódź Ghetto to Chełmno extermination camp.
- 1945 – World War II: Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker.
- 2001 – US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War.
- 2016 – Thirty-three out of 126 freed hostages are injured and 23 killed in terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on a hotel and a nearby restaurant.
- 2013- André Cassagnes (September 23, 1926 – January 16, 2013) was a French inventor, electrical technician, toymaker, and kite designer. Cassagnes is best known as the inventor of the Etch A Sketch,(1960) a popular mechanical drawing toy manufactured since 2016 by Spin Master, formerly by the Ohio Art Company.[
- 2020 – The first impeachment of Donald Trump formally moves into its trial phase in the United States Senate
- 2023- 8 shot at Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Fort Pierce (WPTV West Palm Beach, FL) (msn.com)
Jolz �@Jolz_Aust (Jan 16, 2023): I no longer wait for my heart to be infused with fervour before consciously praying. I’ve accepted the reality, we are not expected to always be in the mood for prayer.
Tuesday January 17, 2023
Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot – Memorial
Captain James Cook
- 1377 – Pope Gregory XI reaches Rome, after deciding to move the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
- 1773 – Captain James Cook leads the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.
- 1899 – The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- 1903 – El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 1912 – British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
- 1917 – The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
- 1920 – Alcohol Prohibition begins in the United States as the Volstead Act goes into effect.
- 1946 – The UN Security Council holds its first session.
- 1950 – The Great Brink’s Robbery: Eleven thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company’s offices in Boston.
- 1977 – Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.
- 1991-Operation Desert Storm ( January 17, 1991 – February 28, 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes.
- 2017 – The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is announced to be suspended.
Wednesday January 18, 2023
January 18th: St. Prisca, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter of Rome
Day 18: The Unity of the Testaments — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
- 1486 – King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
- 1562 – Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.
- 1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands”.
- 1882-Winnie the Pooh creator A.A.Milne, (January 18, 1882 –January 31, 1956) is born.
- 1882-Comic Legend Oliver Hardy, (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) is born.
- 1886 – Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
- 1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith
- 1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
- 1952-The Three Stooges’ Curly Howard, (October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952) dies.
- 1955-Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams) is born.
- 1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 US states.
- 2023-DNIPRO, Ukraine — In a cemetery on the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, mourners gathered for the burial of Mykhailo Korenovsky, a boxing coach killed Saturday in the Russian missile strike on an apartment building. Korenovsky is among the more than 40 people who were killed in the strike, one of many attacks on civilians far from the front lines since Russia’s full-scale invasion began last February. Young children, a pregnant woman and a 15-year-old ballet dancer were also among the victims. NPR
Owl! at the Library ��♀️@SketchesbyBoze (January 18, 2023) I will never understand people who think it would be fun to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest. you know who hasn’t died a gruesome death atop the world’s tallest mountain? me because I’m in my jammies reading
Thursday January 19, 2023
Sts. Marius, Martha and Sons, Martyrs, St. Canute, King and Martyr
Day 19: Joseph and His Brothers — The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Day 19: Summary of Sacred Scripture — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
- 1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance.
- 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
- 1901 – Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom, stricken with paralysis. She dies three days later at the age of 81.
- 1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
- 1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
- 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded.
- 1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
- 1953 – Almost 72 percent of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.
- 1954- Fred W. Wolf , inventor of the Refrigerator(1913) (July 16, 1879,- 19 January 19, 1954) dies.
- 1960 – Japan and the United States sign the US–Japan Mutual Security Treaty
- 1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
- 1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia.
- 1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Computer to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
Mike Lewis@mfjlewis (January 19, 2023) I always wondered how bad people must have stunk in Bible times. Since I was a kid. Still do. No joke.
Friday January 20, 2023
Saint Fabian, pope and martyr; or Saint Sebastian, martyr – Optional Memorial
Day 20: Judah and Tamar— The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Day 20: Stepping in Faith — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Song of the Week
Fall Out Boy- Love From The Other Side
- 250 – Pope Fabian is martyred during the Decian persecution.
- 1576 – The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
- 1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
- 1909 – Newly formed automaker General Motors (GM) buys into the Oakland Motor Car Company, which later becomes GM’s long-running Pontiac division.
- 1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for their second terms as U.S. President and U.S. Vice President; it is the first time a Presidential Inauguration takes place on January 20 since the 20th Amendment changed the dates of presidential terms.
- 1954-The US-based National Negro Network is established, with 46 member radio stations.
1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated the 35th President of the United States of America, becoming the youngest man to be elected into that office, and the first Catholic.
- 1964– Meet the Beatles!, the first Beatles album from Capitol Records in the United States, is released ten days after Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records releases Introducing… The Beatles. The two record companies battle it out in court for months, eventually coming to a conclusion.
- 1967-First Super Bowl is broadcast.
- 1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
- 1986 – In the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
- 2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becoming the first African-American President of the United States.Region.
- 2020- William Hemsworth begins posting The Pursuit of Holiness at Patheos Catholic.
- 2021 – Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. At 78, he becomes the oldest person ever inaugurated. Kamala Harris becomes the first female Vice President of the United States.
- 2023- Post RVW March For Life in Washington D.C.
- 2023-Participants in the course “Living liturgical action fully” (20 January 2023) | Francis (vatican.va)
Daniel Feldman ��@d_feldman (January 20, 2023) I saw a guy hiking in flip flops and a purple leopardprint velour bathrobe. I have a new hero
Saturday January 21, 2023
21 January: Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr – Memorial
Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, Carm., (21 January 1893 – 21 January 1984)
She founded the order who ran the nursing home
where I worked at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA
Day 21: Walking with God — The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Day 21: Believing God — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
- 1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
- 1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
- 1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
- 1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
- 1959-Cecil B. DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) dies.
- 1959-Carl Switzer, (August 8, 1927 – January 21, 1959) who starred in Our Gang comedies dies.
- 1959-Charles Raymond “Charlie” Starkweather (November 24, 1938 – June 25, 1959) dies. He was an American spree killer who murdered eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming between December 1957 and January 1958, when he was 19 years old. He killed ten of his victims between January 21 and January 29, 1958, the date of his arrest. During his spree in 1958, Starkweather was accompanied by his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate.
- 1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
- 2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women’s march, on Donald Trump‘s first full day as President of the United States.
- 2018 – Rocket Lab‘s Electron becomes the first rocket to reach orbit using an electric pump-fed engine and deploys three CubeSats.
- 2023- Monterey Park, California mass shooting: Man found dead after police standoff in Torrance was the Monterey Park shooting suspect, sheriff says | CNN
Sunday January 22, 2023
Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr – Optional Memorial
Day 22: Go to Joseph — The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
Day 22: Wrestling with Faith — The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – YouTube
- 1506 – The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.
- 1893-Catholic Novelist Fulton Oursler (January 22, 1893 – May 24, 1952) is born.
- 1901 – Edward VII is proclaimed King of the United Kingdom after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
- 1901-Queen Victoria (May 24,1819 –January 22,1901) dies at age 81 years, and 243 days making her at the time upon her death the oldest ever reigning British monarch.
- 1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.
- 1917 – American entry into World War I: President Woodrow Wilson of the still-neutral United States calls for “peace without victory” in Europe.
- 1920-Chiara Lubich (January 22, 1920, – March 14, 2008) is born. She is founder, and president of the worldwide Focolare Movement1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- 1922-Pope Benedict XV (November 21, 1854 –January 22, 1922) dies.
- 1947 – KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood.
- 1953-The Crucible, an historical drama by Arthur Miller written as an allegory of McCarthyism in the United States, opens on Broadway.
- 1957 – The New York City “Mad Bomber”, George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
- 1970 – The Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet“, enters commercial service for launch customer Pan American Airways with its maiden voyage from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
- 1973 – The biggest social issue for Catholics comes into being with the legalization of abortion in America with the supreme court decision Roe v. Wade. By the way there was a majority of Republican supporters of this decision. Not Democrats, although now it seems to have been reversed
- 1973 – The crew of Apollo 17 addresses a joint session of Congress after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.
- 1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIII television commercial.
- 2002 – Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
- 2009 – President Barack Obama signs an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; congressional opposition will prevent it being implemented.
- 2022-‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ crosses $2 billion mark in worldwide box office | CNN
Mark Shea on FB (January 22, 2023) I’ve been watching DEATH IN PARADISE, a BBC detective show set on a tiny island in the Caribbean. It’s run for 12 seasons so far. I don’t see how the island can avoid the extinction of all human life, given that he has to solve one murder every week.