Almanac History – What happened on January 9?



I’ve always had a fascination with History; studied it in secondary school and had a great teacher, Mr Penny; majored in it at uni; went on to teach History, both ancient and modern for a number of years. Rambling around the net yesterday, I came across a variety of people and events associated with today’s date, January 9. Here’s a cross-section with a focus on people, cricket and entertainment from the last hundred years or so.



1908 – Simone de Beauvoir – writer, philosopher, feminist. Read more here;

1920 – Clive Dunn – soldier and actor best remembered as Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army. More here;

1925 – Lee Van Cleef – actor – the ‘bad’ from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly;

1935 – Bob Denver – comedian and actor – just one word: Gilligan, but don’t forget Maynard G Krebs! More here;

1941 – Joan Baez – singer/songwriter, activist: a compelling, unique voice;



1944 – Jimmy Page – guitarist extraordinaire: how can he be 76 this year?



1955 – J K Simmons – actor: his performance in Whiplash was oh so powerful.



1959 – Rawhide hits the television screen: Clint Eastwood’s star is launched, Frankie Laine’s title song iconic;



1979 – Music for UNICEF, ‘A Gift of Song’ had an eclectic ‘cast’ but raised about $7 million;

2002 – Michael Jackson named Entertainer of the Century.




2001 – iTunes launched;

2007 – iPhone launched.



1901 – NSW completes the biggest ever win in the Sheffield Shield by an innings and 605 runs! Scoreboard here;

1975 – Australia regains the Ashes when they win the Fourth Test of the series. Scoreboards from the series here.


I probably selected these people and events because they made some sort of an impression on me at various stages of my life – well, most of them anyway.


Do they ring any bells with you? Time, place?




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A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A loyal Queenslander, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. Enjoys travel, coffee and cake, reading, and has been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. One of Footy Almanac's online editors who enjoys the occasional editing opportunity to assist aspiring writers.


  1. Joan Baez was my second live concert – circa 1974. Outdoors at Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide. Her crystalline voice in an acapella “Joe Hill” still haunts me. Of her more recent songs “Diamonds and Rust” about her relationship with Dylan is a favourite – bitter & fond like all broken relationship reflections. The Day after Tomorrow album from 2008 with songs by Steve Earle & Elvis Costello is great.
    My first concert was also at Wayville Showgrounds but inside at Elder Hall – Jethro Tull in their Aqualung/Thick as a Brick pomp.
    Dad’s Army – Jonesy “they don’t like it up ’em” about bayonets – sticks with me.
    Cheers Ian – from one GOM to another slightly less.

  2. 1811 – first known women’s golf tournament was held at Musselburgh Golf Club, Scotland, among the town fishwives.

    2000 – Malcom in the Middle premiered

  3. PB,

    Agree about the haunting tone of ‘Joe Hill’!

    I used to love that Corporal Jones’ classic line as well as his “Don’t panic! Don’t Panic!’ at the slightest hint of trouble.

    As for Bob Denver, I preferred his beatnik persona Maynard G Krebs to Gilligan. From ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’, my favourite line was Dobie’s father who, yet again frustrated by Dobie, would utter the line, ‘One day I’m gotta kill that boy’. Perhaps it was from an era when such an utterance was perceived as far less provocative. A great show that tried to bridge 50s America and 60s America.

    My first concert, if I remember correctly, was Elton John at Memorial Drive on the tennis courts in his ‘Yellow Brick Road’ days (1974?). Tickets for the grassed area were $5!

  4. Golf History Today is a fun site for the golf nerds among us.
    I love all the reminders of when sport was not dominated by commerce & technology.
    Not January 9 in US yet so can’t help you there. But Ben Hogan came back from the car crash with a bus that nearly killed him in 1949 to play his first competitive round on January 6 1950. If you didn’t play you didn’t eat back then. Hogan came from a hard scrabble background caddying for pennies in the Depression and found his suicided father. Toughen up or die.
    The greatest golf course architect Alister Mackenzie (Royal Melbourne; Augusta; Cypress Point) died penniless on January 6 1934 after Bobby Jones and his ruthless business partner Clifford Roberts welched on paying him for his Augusta design work in the Depression. There are tragic pleading letters from Mackenzie. Big business is heartless.
    My favourite historical story from the site was about Sam Snead winning the first British Open after WW2 at St Andrews in 1946. Sam was a “good old boy” from West Virginia but the UK was a hard place in the wreckage of the war.
    “Sam’s chief complaints about the 75th Open claim that leaving New York, an engine fire sprang in his aircraft on take-off and stopped on the runway with smoke pouring into the cabin. He could not get a suitable hotel room in postwar London and spent a “miserable night” cursing his bad luck on a bench waiting for a morning train to Edinburgh. The city was still in bad shape from the war. He saw people sleeping in the street. He then got half drunk on drinking quite strong tea.

    When looking at the Old Course for the first time he thought it looked “like the sort of real estate you could not give away.” After this remark he was insulted by the British reporters. The London Times stressed the rudeness of a “rural American type,” with no historical sense of the Royal and Ancient game, who “would think the Leaning Tower of Pisa a structure about to totter and crash at his feet.” The Old Course was thus a site for thinking about some of the most basic strategic issues and theories in the story of the game, the swing, and early golf in Scotland.

    The purse of $600 did not cover his traveling expenses which were over $1,000. He hit consistently very straight and very long but all his “hitting” muscles were frozen in the icy wind at St. Andrews.

    His caddies were a “bunch of bums.” After he gave two caddies back to the caddie masters, he got “Scotty” who was guaranteed to be St. Andrews’s best. But he was left to figure out the course for himself when Scotty went to jail for drunkenness the night before the Open began. Finally, he thought that any time “you leave the U.S.A. you are just camping out.”

  5. Who cares about January 9? Bigger things happened on January 10!

  6. Thanks Ian gee the shield game was a cliff hanger until they tossed ( actually it’s remarkable in a score of 918 that the top score was only 168 ) love that you included stairway to heaven

  7. Can hardly wait for the (Queensland) clock to tick beyond midnight Dips.

  8. Ian Hauser says

    Dips, it’s 8.00am in the Deep North and still no sightings of a Dip’s inspired boost to the day. How long must we wait? The eyes of all wait upon thee…

  9. Ian – big day for birthdays. Rod Steward I reckon? George Foreman. I think Sigmund Freud too?

    The day is still young.

  10. And happy birthday to Sean McGrath for the 9th January.

  11. Happy Anniversary Dips.

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