Today is the 23rd day of 2021 and the 34th day of winter.


— In 1845, Congress passed an act designating that all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

— In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva College in New York, becoming the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States.

— In 1922, insulin was injected into a human patient in Toronto and successfully treated diabetes for the first time.

— In 2005, Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in as president of the Ukraine, only four months after becoming seriously ill as a result of dioxin poisoning.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: John Hancock (1737-1793), statesman; Stendhal (1783-1842), author; Edouard Manet (1832-1883), artist; Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962), comedian; Chita Rivera (1933-), actress/dancer; Rutger Hauer (1944-2019), actor; Princess Caroline of Monaco (1957-); Mariska Hargitay (1964-), actress; Tiffani Thiessen (1974-), actress; Michael Stevens (1986-), educator/internet personality.

TODAY’S FACT: Chita Rivera was the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors Award.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1944, the Detroit Red Wings set a record for the most one-sided hockey game by beating the New York Rangers 15-0.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “A good book is an event in my life.” — Stendhal, “The Red and the Black”

TODAY’S NUMBER: 10 — performing acts making up the charter class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on this day in 1986. The inductees were Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

TODAY’S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 20) and full moon (Jan. 28).

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