"Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life." — Yoko Ono


Today is Tuesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2021. There are 353 days left in the year.



Marie La Jesula Joseph prays at a Cathedral destroyed by the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake; the Haitian government said 316,000 people were killed, while a report prepared for the U.S. Agency for International Development suggested the death toll may have been between 46,000 and 85,000.


President Barack Obama visited Tucson, Arizona, the scene of a shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others; he urged Americans to refrain from partisan bickering and to embrace the idealistic vision of democracy held by 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the youngest of the victims.


In 1773, the first public museum in America was organized in Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1828, the United States and Mexico signed a Treaty of Limits defining the boundary between the two countries to be the same as the one established by an 1819 treaty between the U.S. and Spain.

In 1910, at a White House dinner hosted by President William Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, wife of the Russian ambassador, caused a stir by requesting and smoking a cigarette — it was, apparently, the first time a woman had smoked openly during a public function in the executive mansion. (Some of the other women present who had brought their own cigarettes began lighting up in turn.)

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit.

In 1971, the groundbreaking situation comedy "All in the Family" premiered on CBS television.


Film-Disney-John Lasseter

FILE – In this June 13, 2010 file photo, John Lasseter arrives at the world premiere of “Toy Story 3,” at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Co.’s animation chief, will step down at the end of the year after acknowledging “missteps” in his behavior with staff members.Disney announced Friday, June 8, 2018 that Lasseter will stay on through the end of 2018 as a consultant. After that he will depart permanently. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, file)

Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 82.

Writer Walter Mosley is 69.

Radio-TV personality Howard Stern is 67.

Writer-producer-director JOHN LASSETER is 64.

Actor Oliver Platt is 61.

Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 61.

Rock singer Rob Zombie is 56.

Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 47.

Actor Andrew Lawrence is 33.

Rock singer ZAYN is 28. 

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