15th January

I never thought that this date was anything in particular, or had any significance… it came after my birthday, was roughly half-way through the month… that was about it. However, a couple of things came to my attention, firstly it is the anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King and then this it’s also what’s known as Blue Monday – something calculated through pseudo-science to be the most depressing day of the year – allegedly. Well let’s celebrate Martin Luther King’s birth, and pay n heed at all to any of the blue claims.

I thought about all those other people who have birthdays today, it must be one of the best days of the year for them! I looked up the date to see who else might have been born today, and i came across a list of 270 significant people listed on Wikipedia… and as I looked through it struck me that there was a disproportionate number of sports people on the list – in fact for the last fifty on the list, only seven were not sports people! Of the 207 on the list – which goes back to 961 AD, seventy-eight were renowned for their sporting ability – everything from cricket to wrestling to football to mountain climbing. Maybe sports academies should screen young sports hopefuls and concentrate on those with a January 15th birthday! There were sixty-four people who were involved in the arts – music, literature, painting/sculpture etc, and of those remaining, most of them were in some sort of political/governmental/royal ‘occupation’ with just a handful of business people, religious people, scientists and ‘other’!

For religious people there are various festivals and feast days, and in the Christian church these include –

  • St Abeluzius – of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
  • St Arnold Janssen – a German-Dutch Roman Catholic priest and missionary
  • St Francis Ferdinand de Capillas – a martyr saint of China)
  • St Íte – an early Irish nun and patron saint of Killeedy
  • St Macarius of Egypt – a monk and hermit
  • St Paul the Hermit – the first hermit

Perhaps the most modern miracle on the list – it was on this day in 2009 that US Airways flight 1549 hit a flock of geese but was safely landed on the Hudson River, thanks to the skill of the pilots  Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles; all 150 passengers and five crew survived.

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