January 23

January 23 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on January 23, include:

  • Local Quilt Shop Day 
  • Measure Your Feet Day 
  • National Handwriting Day 
  • National Pie Day 
  • Rhubarb Pie Day 
  • Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include January 23, are:

  • 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)
  • Week of Christian Unity - January 18-25

2016 Monthly Holidays that include January 23, 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! 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
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 21-31, 2016 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • Carnival of Venice - January 23 - February 9, 2016 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 23 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

  • 1737 – John Hancock, American politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence (d. 1793)
  • 1944 – Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor
  • 1950 – Richard Dean Anderson, American actor (MacGyver)
  • 1957 – Princess Caroline of Monaco

Famous Deaths

  • 2003 – Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • 2005 – Johnny Carson, American television host (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1999 - Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

Quote of the Day

When I think of Johnny Carson, I think of the opening line to his show when he was introduced...the "Here's Johnny".  I just loved his show!  Growing up, late at night when I was supposed to be sleeping, I would always hear my Mom and Dad laughing. Years later, I asked them what they were watching, and it was the Johnny Carson show.  I thought he was so funny!  I especially loved it when he had all the different unique animals come on his show. Late night has never been the same without him!

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 23 is Blackberry Pie with Lemon from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.

In honor of today being National Pie Day, the Recipe of the Day is a Blackberry Pie with Lemon from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits! (Link goes to Kerry's website for the Recipe)

This Day in History

  • 1719 – The Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D., becoming the United States' first female doctor.
  • 1943 – World War II: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua.
  • 1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which later renames it the "Frisbee".
  • 1968 – North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship had violated its territorial waters while spying.
  • 1973 – President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.
  • 1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.
  • 2003 – Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10 due to power constraints

This Day in Music

  • 1962 - Tony Bennett, records I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  • 1965 - Petula Clark's, Downtown,  was the first UK female singer to have a #1 song on the US singles chart since Vera Lynn in 1952.
  • 1971- George Harrison's, My Sweet Lord  hits #1 in the UK, and is the first former Beatles solo single. The song from his All Things Must Pass album stayed on top for five weeks, and returned to the top in 2002 after his death.
  • 1977 - Carole King's Tapestry album sets a record of 302 weeks on the Billboard chart
  • 1986 - The first inductees into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame include Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
  • 1988 - Michael Jackson, The Way You Make Me Feel, hits #1 in the US
  • 2000 - Santana started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Supernatural,  which went on to win eight Grammy awards

I remember the Petula Clark song Downtown, when I was growing up.  It was just one of those catchy songs that you want to sing along with!

This Day in Sports

  • 1879 - The National Archery Association forms
  • 1953 - NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference
  • 1962 - Bob Feller & Jackie Robinson are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1979 - Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

blueberrying (noun)

1. The act of gathering blueberries.

Wishing You a Great Day Today!


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