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January: On This Day...

Saturday, January 1st

1986: Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters break up. He goes on to be her manager and godparent to her children.

2011: Shania Twain marries a Swiss businessman, Frederic Thiebaud, in Puerto Rico. The pair are still married and Twain is now a Swiss resident. Thiebaud was the husband of her best friend, who had an affair with Twain’s husband and eventually married him in what is still considered one of the most stunning celebrity swaps.

Sunday, January 2nd

1815: British poet Lord Byron marries Anne Isabella Milbake in Durham. Byron is considered one of the best romantic poets of the romantic era.

1971: American best-selling author Stephen King marries fellow author Tabitha Spruce. The pair has three children.

Monday, January 3rd

2001: Hillary Clinton was sworn in as a U.S. senator from New York having become the first first lady in U.S. history to win elective office.

2004: Pop-sensation Britney Spears marries childhood bestie Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas for 55 hours and has the marriage annulled almost immediately. It was the first of her serious romances of 2004.

Tuesday, January 4th

2001: Vanilla Ice spends the night in jail. He was arrested after being accused of pulling out his wife’s hair while they were fighting.

2004: Britney Spears gets her spur-of-the moment marriage to Jason Alexander annulled. It was less then 55 hours before the marriage was over.

Wednesday, January 5th

1930: America rebels Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met for the first time. The pair first interact at Clarence Clay’s house before becoming one of the most iconic bad-ass couples of all time.

2015: Cameron Diaz marries Good Charlotte guitar player Benji Madden in Beverly Hills. The pair had met seven months earlier and had a 17-day engagement period.

Thursday, January 6th

1759: George Washington weds Martha Dandridge Custis at what becomes the White House Plantation. This was Martha’s second marriage.

1994: US ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is hit in the leg by Tonya Harding’s bodyguards. Harding’s boyfriend supposedly hired the hit on Kerrigan so Harding would have a better chance at winning.

Friday, January 7th

1999: President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial begins in the US Senate after the House voted to impeach him for lying about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky

1985: Eighteen year-old Janet Jackson files to divorce James DeBarge, another singer. The pair were only married four months.

Saturday, January 8th

1499: Louis XII of France gets a papal divorce in order to marry Anne, the Duchess of Brittany. He was determined to keep the crown and was willing to do anything to do so.

1930: Belgian Princess Marie-Jose weds Italy’s crown prince Umberto. The pair had four children together.

Sunday, January 9th

1431: The trial of Joan of Arc begins. Judges investigate the English occupational government for her involvement.

1908: Simone de Beauvoir is born in Paris, known for her books The Mandarins and The Second Sex, as well as her unconventional relationship with John-Paul Sartre

Monday, January 10th

1810: The French church annuls the marriage between Napoleon I and the Empress Josephine. He had adopted her son from her previous marriage before their inevitable separation.

2009: Singer Fergie marries actor Josh Duhamel in Malibu, California. The pair had a son before their separation in 2017.

Tuesday, January 11th

1971: The United Kingdom allows the first “quickie” divorce. This now made it possible to state “breakdown” as the reason behind a marriage’s failure.

2018: China has their first big #MeToo event. Beijing’s Beihang’s University fires a professor for alleged sexual misconduct against a student.

Wednesday, January 12th

1684: French King Louis XIV marries the widow Madame Maintenon, Although she was never considered queen of France, she was one of the King's closest advisers and the royal children's governess.

1995: O.J. Simpson begins his murder trial in Los Angeles. Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

Thursday, January 13th

1895: Oscar Wilde’s play Ideal Husband makes its premier in London. His name was removed from the playbill due to his arrest for sodomy.

2006: Actress Shelley Winters marries Gerry Deford on her deathbed. The pair had been partners for 19 years before their marriage.

Friday, January 14th

1954: Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe at the San Francisco City Hall. This was Monroe’s second marriage after marrying James Dougherty.

1967: Sonny and Cher’s single “The Beat Goes On” is released. The song was a part of their 1967 album In Case You’re in Love.

Saturday, January 15th

2018: Renounced photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino are suspended from their positions across magazines. The New York Times released information alleging the two partaking in sexual harassment of male models.

2018: Simone Biles, U.S. four-time Olympics gold medalist comes forward and says Dr. Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her. Nassar was accused of more than 130 cases of sexual assault.

Sunday, January 16th

1954: Alexina Sattler marries French-American painter Marcel Duchamp in New York City. The pair remained together until Marcel’s death in 1968.

2005: Adriana lliescu is the oldest woman in the world to give birth. At 66 years-old Iliescu gave birth to a daughter.

Monday, January 17th

1955: Charles Manson marries Rosalie Jean Willis. She gave birth to their first child while he was serving time in prison for raping a boy at knifepoint, before getting a divorce.

1976: Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs” hits number one. The song also gave Manilow a Grammy award for Song of the Year.

Tuesday, January 18th

1974: Poet Maya Angelou marries Paul Bernard Du Feu, who had previously been wed to the feminist writer Germaine Greer. The marriage ended in divorce.

1996: Lisa Marie Presley applies for a divorce from Michael Jackson. The day before Jackson had told Presley he had planned to file for divorce, but she begged him not to, only to do the same the next day.

Wednesday, January 19th

1946: American country star Dolly Parton is born in Tennessee. She has written over 3,000 songs, including the double-singer hit “I Will Always Love You,” also sung by Whitney Houston.

1977: Hollywood icon Martin Scorsese files to divorce Julia Cameron. The pair were only married for one year.

Thursday, January 20th

1968: Actress Sharon Tate marries director Roman Polanski in London. Tate was murdered by the Manson clan while eight and a half months pregnant with their first child.

1971: John Lennon gets to meet Yoko Ono’s parents. This is the first time he meets them in Japan after a period of strain due to Lennon’s drug use.

Friday, January 21st

1966: Beatle George Harrison gets married to Patti Boyd, English model. The pair got a divorced in 1977 before she married his friend, Eric Clapton.

1994: Lorena Bobbitt is found temporarily insane after she sliced off her husband’s penis in bed. It was then later surgically reattached at the base. The pair divorced the following year.

Saturday, January 22nd

1968: Aretha Franklin drops her 14th album. Lady Soul wins Billboard Album of the Year for 1968.

2005: Donald Trump marries Melania Knauss in Palm Beach, Florida. It was Melania’s first marriage and Donald’s third.

Sunday, January 23rd

1832: Artist Edouard Manet is born in Paris, France. He is known from his beautiful impressionist paintings.

1986: The first induction of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame takes place. Elvis and Buddy Holly are among the inductees.

Monday, January 24th

1935: First canned beer, "Krueger's Cream Ale," is sold by American company Krueger Brewing Co.

2004: Actress Selma Blair marries producer Ahmet Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, in Carrie Fisher’s Beverly Hills mansion. The pair divorced two years later.

Tuesday, January 25th

1533: King of England Henry VIII gets married for the second time to Anne Boleyn. She was an important ally for his fear of the Catholic Church.

2009: Precious, the movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire, wins the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival. The movie is based on Precious’ abusive relationship with her mother and her father.

Wednesday, January 26th

1940: American actor Ronald Raegan marries Brother Rat co-star Jane Wyman in California. The pair had two children, one who died in infancy, and one adopted child before their divorce in 1949.

1998: President Bill Clinton announces, “I want to say one thing to the American people: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” The acts allegedly happened from 1995-1997. He was later brought up on impeachment charges for lying before a grand jury.

Thursday, January 27th

1997: Actor Charlie Sheen gets a divorce from Donna Peele. The two were only married for five months before ending it.

2004: Usher drops the single “Yeah!” The song wins a Grammy for Best Rap in 2005 and is the Billboard song of the year

Friday, January 28th

1925: Actress Gloria Swanson marries Henri de le Falaise in Paris. Swanson married six times in her lifetime.

2011: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria files for a divorce from NBA player Tony Parker. The two had a fairytale wedding three years previously.

Saturday, January 29th

1951: Elizabeth Taylor has her first divorce. She files to divorce hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr.

1958: Paul Newman marries Joanne Woodward in Las Vegas. The two were married until Newman’s death in 2008.

Sunday, January 30th

1934: Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali marries the ex-wife of French poet Paul Éluard, Gala, in a Parisian civil ceremony. They remarried in 1958.

1961: Patsy Cline releases “I Fall to Pieces. ” The song wins Billboard song of the year in 1961.

Monday, January 31st

1957: Elizabeth Taylor finalizes her second divorce. She and Michael Wilding were married for five years.

1981: Justin Timberlake, former member of the boy band N’Sync, singer/songwriter, (“Bring Sexy Back” “My Love”) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.


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