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This page contains a calendar of events for the Northwest Arkansas area and other general interest information. The Morning News welcomes items for the monthly events calendar. Submit items before the third week of the month prior to the month of your event. Mail submissions to newspaper at P.O. Box 718, Rogers, AR 72756, in care of Flip Putthoff. Or bring them by one of our offices located in Springdale, Rogers, Fayetteville, Bella Vista and Siloam Springs. You may also submit your event via e-mail.

January in Northwest Arkansas

January is good for pulling a chair up to the glowing embers of a warm fire on a cold night and settling in with a good book. That is, after you've taken a brisk walk in the winter air, which is as refreshing and crisp in January as no other month. The leafless forest offers grand views of the Ozarks that are obscured by foliage during summer.

One of January's main events is the annual Beaver Lake Eagle Watch Weekend, scheduled this year for Jan. 24-26. Eagles winter at Beaver Lake in good numbers, and several are usually spotted during eagle watch cruises aboard The Belle of the Ozarks excursion boat. Cruises depart each day from Rocky Branch Marina at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. and head into areas of the lake frequented by eagles. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Senior citizens get a $1 discount on Jan. 24. Part of each admission is donated to the Morning Star wildlife rehabilitation center in Bentonville. Guides will be on hand during each cruise to help passengers spot eagles and to answer questions. Reservations are required and can be made by phoning 1-800-552-3803 or 253-6200.

Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce will toast the past year at their 70th annual membership dinner Jan. 30 at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

For fishermen, striped bass fishing heats up in January, with many anglers frequenting the Prairie Creek arm of Beaver Lake. Shad or large minnows are the best bait. Hunters have a variety of seasons open, including archery deer and turkey, squirrel, rabbit and other seasons. Duck season is open through Jan. 19.

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New Year's Day

Bentonville incorporated as a town for the second time, 1873

First Rose Bowl played, 1909


Betsy Ross Day


Birthday: John Hugh, Arkansas author, 1869

Alaska became 49th state, 1959


Arkansas re-admitted to the Union, 1865

Birthday: Sir Isaac Newton, scientist, 1642


Current National Guard Armory opened in Rogers, 1981.

Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming became first woman governor in U.S., 1925.


Sebastian County created, 1851.


Birthday: Orval Faubus, six-term Arkansas governor, 1910.

First U.S. presidential election held, 1789.


Russian composer Igor Stravinsky makes first U.S. appearance, 1925.


First legislative session at new State Capitol, 1911.

First successful balloon flight in U.S., 1793.


Town of Centerton plotted, 1900.

Eagle Awareness weekend, Bull Shoals Lake State Park, through Jan. 12.

Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "Common Sense" published, 1776.


First milk in glass bottles delivered, 1878, Brooklyn , N.Y.


Temperature of 18 below recorded in Bentonville, 1918.

Hattie Caraway of Arkansas became first woman elected to U.S. Senate, 1932.


Rogers Chamber of Commerce seminar on Quicken software, through Jan. 15, NWACC business and industry dept., 2600 W. Hudson Road.

Northwest Medical Center basic Spanish classes begin, through April 28.


Last legal hanging in Benton County, 1876.

First hootenanny held at the White House, 1964, under Lyndon B. Johnson.


Pentagon building completed, 1943.


Massive ice storm cripples Northwest Arkansas, 1952.

Birthday: Dizzy Dean, baseball great, 1911, Lucas, Ark.


Temperature of 20 below zero recorded in Rogers, 1930.

U.S. purchased Virgin Islands from Denmark, 1917.


Linebarger brothers purchased land for Bella Vista resort, 1918.

Slice bread sales halted for duration of World War II, 1943.


Rogers post office established, 1881.

Birthday: Robert E. Lee, Confederate general, 1807.


Rogers Chamber of Commerce seminar on Introduction to Windows '95, 6 to 8 p.m., through Jan. 22, NWACC business and industry department, 2600 W. Hudson Road.

First official basketball game played, Springfield, Mass., 1892, by YMCA players.


Rogers Chamber of Commerce seminar on using the Internet, also Jan. 23, 6 to 8 p.m., NWACC business and industry department, 2600 W. Hudson Road.

Birthday: Stonewall Jackson, confederate general, 1824.


University of Arkansas opened, 1872.

First American novel published, 1789.


Poll tax eliminated, 1964.


Beaver Lake Eagle Watch Weekend, through Jan. 26, cruises at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. each day out of Rocky Branch Marina.

First Boy Scout troop organized, 1908.


Canada goose season opens in west hunting zone, through Feb. 2.

"Wedding March" played for first time, 1858.


Superbowl, New Orleans.

Benjamin Franklin proposed wild turkey be named National Bird, 1784.


Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, 1756.


First commercial telephone switchboard opened, 1878; people said "Ahoy" instead of "Hello."


Work on Highway 68 from Springdale to Siloam Springs is half-finished, 1931.

Baseball's American League formed, 1900.


Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce 70th annual membership dinner and awards, Riordan Hall, Bella Vista, 6 p.m.

Music Guild of Rogers travelogue, "Ireland," Rogers High School auditorium, 7:30 p.m.


Healing Springs post office established, 1907.

U.S. put monkey into space, 1961.