23rd January

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Apocalypse In Knotty Ash, 2007: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, January 2017:
First Quarter - January 5, 19:47
Full Moon - January 12, 11:35
Third Quarter - January 19, 22:14
New Moon - January 28, 00:08

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CURRENT MOON

Snow-at-the-plot.jpgSnow at the plot, Liverpool, January 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abakuh
Blessed Marianne of Molokai
Emerentiana

Festival:
Bounty Day, celebrate the burning of the Bounty in 1790 (Pitcairn Island)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: Set fruits, large-statured vegetables and fast-growing trees.
Prune orchards and bushes (during the waxing moon in spring).
Sow grain.
In spring enrich grain, vegetables and fruits.
Grapple with underground pests.*

Also on this day:

971 – In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops.

1510 – Henry VIII of England, then 18 years old, appears incognito in the lists at Richmond, and is applauded for his jousting before he reveals his identity.

1546 – Having published nothing for eleven years, François Rabelais publishes the Tiers Livre, his sequel to Gargantua and Pantagruel.

1570 – James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.

1656 – Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

1870 – In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in the Marias Massacre.

1897 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.

1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.

1937 – In Moscow, 17 leading Communists go on trial accused of participating in a plot led by Leon Trotsky to overthrow Joseph Stalin's regime and assassinate its leaders.

1943 – Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

2006 - ‘Dragons of the Pool’ unveil plaque to Chinese Liverpool merchant seamen who were forcibly repatriated in 1945.

* more information can be found here.