January 31

January 31 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on January 31, include:

  • Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day 
  • Backward Day 
  • Brandy Alexander Day 
  • Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day 
  • Street Children's Day 
  • World Leprosy Day - January 31, 2016 (Last Sunday in January)

2016 Weekly Holidays that include January 31, are:

  • Catholic Schools Week - January 31, 2016 - February 6, 2016 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
  • Children's Authors & Illustrators Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016
  • National Meat Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016 (Begins on last Sunday of January)
  • World Leprosy Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include January 31, 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
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 15 - February 6, 2016 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • 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.
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 7, 2016 (St. Paul, MN)
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 30 - February 21, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 30-31, 2016 (Daytona, FL)
  • 2016 Pro Bowl - January 31, 2016

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 31 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

  • 1872 – Zane Grey, American novelist (d. 1939)
  • 1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008) (The Bob Newhart Show)
  • 1947 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player
  • 1951 - Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band)
  • 1970 – Minnie Driver, British actress
  • 1973 – Portia de Rossi, Australian actress
  • 1977 – Kerry Washington, American actress
  • 1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer ('N Sync)

Famous Deaths

  • 1892 – Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist (b. 1834)
  • 1954 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American electrical engineer and inventor of the FM radio (b. 1890)
  • 1956 – A. A. Milne, English author, best known for his Winnie-the- Pooh books (b. 1882) 

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1842 - 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House
  • 1957 - Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce from Michael Wilding

Quote of the Day

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 31 is a Blended Vegetable Soup from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 31 is a Blended Vegetable Soup from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.  January is National Soup Month so it seems only fitting that we end the month of January with a Soup recipe!

This Day in History

  • 1851 - Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
  • 1861 - State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans
  • 1863 - 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
  • 1865 – During the American Civil War, the U.S. Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery in America. The vote was 121 to 24.
  • 1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee becomes Commander -in-Chief of Confederate Armies
  • 1871 - Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darkening the sky
  • 1876 - The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
  • 1906 - Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake in Colombia, 8.6 Richter
  • 1915 – During World War I, Germany is the first to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare in the Battle of Bolimów against Russia.
  • 1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch Tape
  • 1948 - Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
  • 1950 – President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb
  • 1958 – Explorer 1, is the first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
  • 1986 - Mary Lund of Minnesota, becomes the 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
  • 1990 – The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow and is the world's biggest McDonald's.
  • 1995 – President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
  • 2010Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

This Day in Music

  • 1955 - RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • 1970 - The Jackson 5's, I Want You Back hits #1
  • 1971 - My Sweet Lord, by George Harrison hit #1 on the UK pop chart
  • 1972 - Joan Baez' album Any Day Now is certified gold
  • 1975 - Barry Manilow's, Mandy goes gold
    1975 - John Lennon releases #9 Dream
  • 1976 - The Ohio Players', Love Rollercoaster hits #1
  • 1981 - The Tide Is High, by Blondie hits #1
  • 1993 - Michael Jackson performs with 3,500 local children at the Superbowl XXVII in Pasadena, CA.
  • 1999 - Cher performs the U.S. National Anthem at Superbowl XXXIII in Miami, FL. (Stevie Wonder performs at the halftime show.)

My Sweet Lord, was my favorite George Harrison song! I had the All Things Must Pass album which was fantastic!

This Day in Sports

  • 1965 - Pud Galvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1971 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
    1971 - US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • 1971 - Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1974 - MacDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres
  • 1977 - Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1982 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 1988 - Superbowl XXII: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Superbowl. The MVP is Doug Williams, Washington, QuarterBack
  • 1993 - Superbowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17 in Pasadena Superbowl.  The MVP is Troy Aikman, Dallas, QuarterBack

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

avant-garde (noun)

1. Any group of people who invent or promote new techniques or concepts, especially in the arts.

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