1932 – Hattie Wyatt Caraway becomes first woman elected to U.S. Senate


Hattie Caraway

Hattie Caraway succeeded her husband as an Arkansas senator and then won re-election with more votes than her six male opponents combined. She’s pictured at her desk in 1943. Universal History Archive / Universal Images via Getty Images

Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Caraway, born near Bakerville, Tennessee, had been appointed to the Senate two months earlier to fill the vacancy left by her late husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway. …read more

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January Monthly Observances


  • National Soup Month
  • National Meat Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • Be Kind To Food Servers Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Adopt A Rescued Bird Month
  • National Clean Up Your Computer Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Polka Music Month
  • National Skating Month

January Special Days

  • January 2 — World Introvert Day, National Buffet Day, National Cream Puff Day, National Personal Trainer Awareness Day, National Science Fiction Day
  • January 4 — National Spaghetti Day, World Braille Day, World Hypnotism Day
  • January 5 — National Bird Day, National Whipped Cream Day
  • January 6 — Bean Day, Cuddle Up Day, National Shortbread Day
  • January 7 — National Bobblehead Day
  • January 8 — National Bubble Bath Day, National Argyle Day
  • January 9 — National Apricot Day, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • January 10 — Houseplant Appreciation Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day, National Clean Off Your Desk Day
  • January 11 — Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day, National Milk Day, National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness
  • January 12 — National Hot Tea Day, National Pharmacist Day, National Kiss A Ginger Day, National Take the Stairs Day
  • January 13 — Make Your Dreams Come True Day, National Rubber Duckie Day, Korean American Day, National Sticker Day
  • January 14 — National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 15 — National Bagel Day, National Hat Day
  • January 16 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 16 — Appreciate a Dragon Day, National Nothing Day
  • January 17 — Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
  • January 20 — National Cheese Lover Day, Penguin Awareness Day
  • January 21 — National Hugging Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • January 23 — National Pie Day, National Handwriting Day, Measure Your Feet Day
  • January 24 — Beer Can Appreciation Day, Compliment Day, Global Belly Laugh Day, National Peanut Butter Day
  • January 25 — Opposite Day, National Irish Coffee Day
  • January 26 — National Spouse’s Day, National Green Juice Day
  • January 27 — National Chocolate Cake Day
  • January 28 — Fun at Work Day, National Kazoo Day
  • January 29 — National Puzzle Day
  • January 30 — National Croissant Day, National Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • January 31 — National Hot Chocolate Day, National Backward Day, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
  • Happy celebrating!

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On This Day ~~ Haiti … In memory


Massive earthquake strikes Haiti, 2010

On this day in 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastates the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake, which was the strongest to strike the region in more than 200 years, left over 200,000 people dead and some 895,000 Haitians homeless.

The earthquake hit southern Haiti at 4:53 p.m. local time. The nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, a densely populated city located about 15 miles from the quake’s epicenter, suffered widespread devastation. Countless dwellings were reduced to rubble, while hospitals, churches and schools collapsed and roads were blocked with debris. Numerous government structures were heavily damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace, parliament building and main prison. (At the time of the quake, Haiti lacked a national building code, and many structures were shoddily constructed.) In the aftermath of the quake, amidst fears that victims’ decomposing corpses could spread disease, trucks picked up thousands of bodies and dumped them into mass graves.

Even before the earthquake, Haiti, which occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic occupies the other two-thirds), was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of its 9 million residents existing in poverty. Political corruption and violence, disease, malnutrition and limited access to education were a way of life for many in Haiti, which gained its independence from France in an 1804 slave revolt.

A large-scale, international relief operation was launched soon after the quake hit, with the United States taking charge and sending thousands of military troops to Haiti to deliver supplies, assist with search-and-rescue efforts and help maintain order. Relief efforts initially were hampered by earthquake damage to roads, communication systems and the Port-au-Prince airport and main port.

Governments and individuals around the world made donations and pledges of aid to Haiti totaling billions of dollars. However, on the first-year anniversary of the disaster, reconstruction efforts were still in their infancy. Thousands of people left homeless by the quake were living in tents, and only a small portion of the heavy debris resulting from the disaster had been cleared.

resource: history.com

i would like to add that the problem is getting access to education due to dollars and the fact that they are mostly privately run least we talk about the limited jobs in public schools and wages tend to be lower in non-public schools.

Special Weather – Statement


issued January 11 at 1:00PM PST by NWS Seattle

…HEAVY RAINFALL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON…

Periodic rainfall over the last few days and few weeks has increased soil moisture to moderate levels across western Washington. Heavy rainfall of one to three inches over the lowlands and foothills and 5 to 8 inches over the Olympics is expected Thursday through Saturday. This amount of rain will raise the soil moisture to high levels and put extra pressure on soil instability, leading to an increased threat of landslides during that period.

For more information about current conditions, visit http://www.weather.gov/seattle, select Hydrology, and then scroll down for the links to the landslide information pages.

For more information on landslides, visit the website for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources landslide geologic hazards at: http://bit.ly/2mtA3wn

by NWS Seattle