What’s Happening Today?
National Screenwriters Day (USA). On January 5, when the credits roll on your favorite show or movie, admire the writers on National Screenwriters Day! You’ve probably heard of Steven Spielberg, the great director, who is known for Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of The Lost Arc, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But do you know that Spielberg didn’t write any of those movies? They were all written by the screenwriter (Robert Rodat, Lawerence Kasdan, and Melissa Mathison respectively). Inside the industry, these screenwriters are well known for their ability to crack the story, create great roles for actors, and write memorable dialogue. But there are also writers in living rooms all around the world, tapping away at their keyboards, writing what could be the next breakout movie.
National Bird Day (USA). Birds have always held a special place in our hearts, which is why we celebrate them on National Bird Day every January 5! While birds are amazing, they’re also a massive animal group under particular threat. And the phrase “canary in the coal mine” was named after birds for a reason—they’re the barometers of our planet’s environmental health. The fact that so many bird species are under threat thanks to the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss means it’s more important than ever to raise public awareness of the needs of birds. The survival of hundreds of species depends on it!
What Happened Today?
1. In 1933, the construction of the golden gate bridge began. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the best-known symbols of the United States.
2. In 1968, the Prague Spring began. The period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia began with the election of Alexander Dubček as the country's leader.
3. In 2005, the solar system's largest known dwarf planet was discovered. The discovery of “Eris” ultimately lead to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgrading Pluto, which has roughly the same size, to a dwarf planet.
1. 1965 - Vincent Peter Jones, British actor, producer, singer, presenter, and former professional footballer
2. 1975 – Bradley Cooper, famous American actor and filmmaker.
Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday &nationaldaycalendar.com.
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