January 20

January 20 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website
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 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on January 20, include:

  • Camcorder Day 
  • Inauguration Day 
  • National Bill Cosby Sweater Day 
  • National Buttercrunch Day 
  • National Cheese Lover's Day 
  • National Coffee Break Day 
  • National Disc Jockey Day 
  • Penguin Awareness Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include January 20, are:

  • Healthy Weight Week - January 18-22, 2016
  • Hunt for Happiness Week - January 17-23, 2016 (Third Full Week)
  • International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week - January 16-24, 2016
  • International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25
  • National Activity Professionals Week - January 17-23, 2016
  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week - January 17-23
  • National Handwriting Analysis Week - January 17-23, 2016 (Week of John Hancock's birthday on January 23)
  • No Name Calling Week - January 18-22, 2016
  • Sugar Awareness Week - January 18 - 22, 2016 (Third Work Week of January)
  • Week of Christian Unity - January 18-25

2016 Monthly Holidays that include January 20, 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was actually born on January 15th, but is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of January each year as a US Federal Holiday.

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! 2016 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2016
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - January 9-24, 2016 (Denver, CO)
  • North American International Auto Show - January 11-24, 2016 (Detroit, MI)
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 14-24, 2016 (Monaco)
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 15 - February 6, 2016 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Humana Challenge (Formerly Bob Hope Classic) - January 18-24, 2016 in La Quinta, CA

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 20 is an Aquarius.

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

  • 1896 – George Burns, American actor, comedian (d. 1996)
  • 1928 - Martin Landau, actor (Mission Impossible)
  • 1956 – Bill Maher, American author, comedian, and political analyst
  • 1958 – Lorenzo Lamas, American actor (Falcon Crest, Renegade)
  • 1965 – John Michael Montgomery, American Country singer
  • 1966 – Rainn Wilson, American actor (Dwight from The Office)

Famous Deaths

  • 1984 - Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • 1990 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (Big Valley) (b. 1907)
  • 1993 – Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Etta James, American singer (b. 1938)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1968 - Actress Sharon Tate marries actor and director Roman Polanski
  • 2001 - Actor Peter Facinelli marries actress and director Jennie Garth (90210)

Quote of the Day

Oh, Dwight....you so make The Office! Happy Birthday Rainn Wilson!

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 20 is Pumpkin Granola
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Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 20 is Pumpkin Granola made by Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits. January 20 is National Granola Bar Day, and this was as close as we could come with a recipe! (link goes to the Healthy Diet Habits website)

This Day in History

  • 1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
  • 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
  • 1937 - 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years there-after)
  • 1939 - Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
  • 1945 – World War II: Germany begins the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which will take nearly two months.
  • 1945 - Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as President of the United States
  • 1969 - Richard M Nixon inaugurated as President of the U.S.
  • 1981 - 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • 1981 - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the U.S.
  • 1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
  • 1989 - George H.W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President
  • 1991 - US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles
  • 1993 - Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd US President
  • 2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as the first African-American  President of the United States.

January 20, 1981 - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the U.S.
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Above, is one of the Ronald Reagan Inauguration Day Stamp First Day Covers from January 20, 1981.

This Day in Music

  • 1956 - Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
  • 1958 - Elvis Presley receives his draft notice in Memphis, TN. It allows a sixty-day deferment for him to finish his film King Creole.
  • 1964 - "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • 1988 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan, and The Supremes 
  • 1990 - Michael Bolton's song  'How Am I Supposed To Live Without You' hits #1 on the US singles chart and stays on top for three weeks.
  • 1998 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles

This Day in Sports

  • 1968 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 1968 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • 1980 - President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • 1980 - Superbowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena - MVP is Terry Bradshaw
  • 1985 - Superbowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Superbowl - MVP is Joe Montana
  • 1996 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

casuistry (noun)

1.  The process of answering practical questions via interpretation of rules or cases that illustrate such rules, especially in ethics. 
2.  (pejorative) A specious argument designed to defend an action or feeling.

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