January 16

January 16 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on January 16, include:

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day 
  • Blue Monday - January 16, 2023 (Third Monday of the Year)
  • Book Publishers Day 
  • Civil Rights Day - January 16, 2023 (Same Day as Martin Luther King Day, Third Monday in January)
  • Civil Service Day 
  • Elementary School Teacher Day - January 16, 2023 (Third Monday in January)
  • Idaho Human Rights Day - January 16, 2023 (Same Day as Martin Luther King Day, Third Monday in January)
  • International Hot & Spicy Food Day 
  • Martin Luther King Day of Service - January 16, 2023 (Third Monday in January) 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 16, 2023 (Third Monday in January)
  • National Crowd Feed Day - January 16, 2023 (Same Day as Martin Luther King Day, Third Monday in January)
  • National Day of Service - January 16, 2023 (Third Monday in January)
  • National Fig Newton Day 
  • National Good Teen Day 
  • National Nothing Day 
  • National Quinoa Day 
  • National Without a Scalpel Day 
  • Prohibition Remembrance Day 
  • Psychiatric Technician's Day 
  • Religious Freedom Day
  • Robert E. Lee Day - January 16, 2023 (States of AL, AR, MS)
  • Without a Scalpel Day 

2023 Weekly Holidays that include January 16, are:

  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - January 14 - March 5, 2023, Parade on February 4, 2023
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week - January 11-17
  • Healthy Weight Week - January 15-21, 2023 (Third Week in January)
  • Hunt for Happiness Week - January 15-21, 2023 (Third Full Week)
  • Sugar Awareness Week - January 16-20, 2023 (Third Work Week in January)
  • Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking Month (TANYRSS) - December 17, 2022 - February 5, 2023; December 17, 2023 - February 5, 2024

2023 Monthly Holidays that include January 16, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out my January Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of January.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2023 dates are December 23, 2022 - February 28, 2023
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - (Denver, CO) - January 7 - 22, 2023
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 13 - February 4, 2023 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • The American Express Tournament (Formerly: CareerBuilder Challenge and Prior to that Bob Hope Classic) - January 16-22, 2023 in La Quinta, CA

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 16 is a Capricorn.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for January are:

  • Carnation - The Carnation is the Birth Flower for January. The  symbolization of the Carnation means love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, and loyal.
  • Snowdrop is a white flower with three small petals in the middle surrounded by three larger petals on the outside. The symbolization of the snowdrop means love, fascination, and purity.

See our GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!


The Birthstone for January is Garnet, which comes in a rainbow of colors. It is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1935 - A.J. Foyt, American race car driver and team owner
  • 1950 - Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (Fame)
  • 1959 - Sade, Nigerian-born singer  (Love her music!!)
  • 1974 - Kate Moss, model

Famous Deaths

  • 1979 - Ted Cassidy, American actor and screenwriter (Lurch on the Addams Family) (b. 1932)
  • 2013 - Pauline Phillips, American advice columnist and radio host, (Dear Abby) (b. 1918)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1865 - Brigadier General John Pegram (Confederate soldier during U.S. Civil War) marries Hetty Cary

Quote of the Day

National Nothing Day is on January 16! This is our Quote of the Day!

National Nothing Day is today....so, this seemed like a great quote for the day!!

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the day for January 16 is a Spicy Beef Chili Recipe

Today is International Hot & Spicy Food Day and January is National Meat Month, so a Spicy Beef Chili Recipe from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits, sounds like a great recipe pick for the day. (link goes to her site for the recipe)

This Day in History

  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.  
  • 1547 – Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Czar of Russia
  • 1759 - British Museum opens in London
  • 1920 – The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.
  • 1945 – Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the  Führerbunker.
  • 1973 – The final episode of Bonanza airs on NBC.
  • 1991 – The Coalition Forces (US & 27 allies) go to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War
  • 2002 – The UN Security Council establishes an arms embargo, and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban
  • 2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, and disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
  • 2020 - The U.S. Senate ratifies the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a replacement for NAFTA

This Day in Music

  • 1965 - The Guess Who, Shakin' All Over album is released
  • 1976 - Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive"
  • 1980 - Paul McCartney packs about half a pound of marijuana in his luggage, which lands him 10 days in a Tokyo jail upon arrival.
  • 1988 - George Harrison hits #1 with Got My Mind Set On You (video below)
  • 1996 - Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.
  • 1996 - Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane Hemisphere Dancer is shot at by Jamaican authorities after being mistaken for a drug smuggler's plane, and inspires his song Jamaica Mistaica.

This Day in Sports

  • 1972 - Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24 beats Miami-3
  • 1974 - NY Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are elected to Hall of Fame

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

smurf account (noun)

1. (Internet slang) An alternate account used by a known or experienced user to appear to be someone else.

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