January 17

January 17 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

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2019 Daily Holidays that fall on January 17, include:

  • Ben Franklin's Birthday 
  • Cable Car Day 
  • Ditch New Years Resolutions Day 
  • Get to Know Your Customer Day - January 17, 2019 (Third Thursday of the Start of Each Quarter, Jan/April/July/Oct)
  • Hot-Buttered Rum Day 
  • International Mentoring Day - January 17, 2019
  • Judgement Day 
  • Kid Inventors' Day 
  • National Bootleggers Day 
  • Popeye Day 

2019 Weekly Holidays that include January 17, are:

  • Cuckoo Dancing Week - January 11-17
  • Home Office Safety and Security Week - January 13-19, 2019
  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week - January 17-23
  • National Pizza Week - January 13-19, 2019 (Second Full Week of January)

2019 Monthly Holidays that include January 17, 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

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - 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! 
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - January 12-27, 2019 (Denver, CO)
  • North American International Auto Show - January 14-27, 2019 (Detroit, MI)
  • CareerBuilder Challenge (Formerly Bob Hope Classic) - January 16-20, 2019 in La Quinta, CA
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 17-27, 2019 (Monaco)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 17 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

  • 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor (d. 1790)
  • 1899 – Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging) (d. 1947)
  • 1922 – Betty White, American actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls)
  • 1928 – Vidal Sassoon, English cosmetologist (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, puppeteer (Lamb Chop), comedian and children's television host (d. 1998)
  • 1942 - Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), heavyweight champ boxer
  • 1949 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian (Taxi) (d. 1984)
  • 1954 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., American lawyer and environmental activist, son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy
  • 1959 – Susanna Hoffs, American musician - Lead singer of The Bangles
  • 1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 1964 – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, wife of Barack Obama
  • 1971 – Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie), American singer
  • 1980 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer - Dancing with the Stars
  • 1980 – Zooey Deschanel, American actress

Susanna Hoffs, the Lead singer of The Bangles was born in 1959.  I loved this song of their's, Manic Monday. The song was actually written by Prince, and is about waking up on Monday, and wishing it was still Sunday....the fun day. This song was the band's first hit, reaching number two in the United States and the United Kingdom and later certified silver in the UK.

Famous Deaths

  • 1893 – Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States between 1877-81 (born 1822)
  • 1927 – Juliette Gordon Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA (born 1860)
  • 1977 – Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on capital punishment in the United States.
  • 1994 - Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 2012 - Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90.

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1926 - George Burns marries Gracie Allen

Quote of the Day

This is so true!! I spent most of my career working just for a paycheck in the Accounting field, and now, I'm doing Web Design which I really love.  I'm a very creative, artsy person, and I always joked that Creativity and Accounting didn't go together, or you'd end up in Jail!  Web Design is perfect for me now, and working at home for myself, without a boss or a certain time of day that I have to be at work (way too early in the morning) is fabulous!  I would so encourage people to do what you love, for a living!  Dream big, and follow your dreams!

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 17 is Refrigerator Soup by Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 17 is Refrigerator Soup by Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits. January is National Soup Month, and this soup is a great way to clean out the fridge at the end of the week before you go grocery shopping again!

This Day in History

  • 1595 – Henry IV of France declares war on Spain.
  • 1773 – Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle
  • 1912 – Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
  • 1917 – The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 1945 – The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
  • 1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1991 – Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
  • 1994 – 1994 Northridge earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California. (Note: Kerry was living in L.A. during this time, and lived 5 miles from the epicenter, and her husband worked in Northridge - Read about her experiences and her great tips on how to prepare for Emergencies)
  • 1995 – The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people
  • 2002 – Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

This Day in Music

  • 1972 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, TN is renamed "Elvis Presley Blvd."
  • 1976 - Barry Manilow's, I Write The Songs hits #1, (written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson)
  • 1976 - Earth, Wind and Fire's album Gratitude hits #1
  • 1998 - Savage Garden, Truly Madly Deeply, started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with Truly Madly Deeply (video below)

This Day in Sports

  • 1916 - Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC
  • 1963 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA
  • 1970 - Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s
  • 1971 - Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

indigent (adjective)

1. Poor; destitute; in need.

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