January 29: Polly Platt

January 29: Polly Platt, Hollywood producer, screenwriter, and production designer, who wrote the screenplay for “Pretty Baby” and was the production designer for “The Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon,” and “What’s Up Doc,” was born on this date in 1939.

January 28: Samuel Chester Reid

January 28: Samuel Chester Reid, whose idea for changes to the American flag as new states were admitted to the Union (change the number of stars but maintain the 13 stripes) was adopted into law in 1818, died on this date in 1861.

January 25: George Francis Train

January 25: On this date in 1904, George Francis Train, a character if there ever was one, who went around the world in 90 days and became the model for Phineas Fogg, and who charged admission to his rallies during his 1872 presidential campaign (in which he got few votes but made much money), died.

January 22: Patrick O’Donohue

January 22: On this date in 1854, Patrick O’Donohue, Irish patriot and leader of the Young Irelander Movement, who had been sentenced by a British court to be hung, drawn and quartered for hight treason, then was pardoned, died.

January 21: Fitz John Porter

January 21: Major General Fitz John Porter, described as “the most magnificent soldier in the Army of the Potomac,” made the mistake of being a Democrat in a Republican administration; he was court martialed and dismissed from the Army on this date in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, but was restored to the Army in 1886.