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
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.
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)
1984 - Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
1990 – Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (Big Valley) (b. 1907)
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 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.
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
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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