Not sure if this is the original conspiracy theory. Probably the Flat Earthers hold those honors dating back to the Middle Ages as they do. But it is persistent, right up there with claims that the moon landing was filmed on a studio back lot, that Prince Charles is a Vampire, and that the Skunk Ape isn't real.
The Beatles performed for the last time on Jan. 30, 1969 atop the roof of their Apple Studios building in London, a scene immortalized in director Peter Jackson's "The Beatles: Get Back." It's streaming on Disney Plus in three parts and while ridiculously long (it is a Peter Jackson production, after all) it is absolutely worth the investment of time to see it.
Isaac Newton, who discovered gravity, was born on Jan. 4, 1643. While sitting under an apple tree, he noticed he wasn't floating up into outer space.
Benedict Arnold, was until recently considered America's greatest traitor, but a cast of hundreds from the June 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection could take his place. He was born on Jan. 14, 1741.
January 17 is a federal holiday commemorating the birthday of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The holiday is observed on the third Monday in January. Dr. King was actually born on Jan. 15.
January also marks the anniversary of President Calvin Coolidge's famous 1925 declaration: "The chief business of the American people is business." Perhaps lesser known is that he was a strong supporter of women's suffrage--a smart political move since women had just won the right to vote a few years before.
Janis Joplin and Robert E. Lee were both born on Jan. 19. They probably wouldn't have liked one another.
On Jan. 22 we mark the birthday in the year 1561 of Sir Francis Bacon, considered the founder of the scientific method and the inventor of a delicious pork breakfast meat. *
And on Jan. 27 we celebrate the birthday of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, made famous by Austrian musician Falco in his 1985 hit "Rock Me Amadeus."
* Just kidding about Sir Francis Bacon inventing that "delicious pork breakfast meat," although it could be fun to see how many of your friends believe you when you tell them that. As we all know, it was invented by Kevin Bacon.