January 20

January 20 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 20, include:

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - January 20, 2024
  • Camcorder Day 
  • Inauguration Day 
  • International Day of Acceptance 
  • National Bill Cosby Sweater Day 
  • National Buttercrunch Day 
  • National Cheese Lover's Day 
  • National Coffee Break Day 
  • National Disc Jockey Day
  • National Use Your Gift Card Day - January 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in January)
  • Penguin Awareness Day 
  • Soup Swap Day - January 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in January)
  • Take a Walk Outdoors Day 
  • Underwater Parks Day (California) - January 20, 2024

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 20, are:

  • Home Office Safety and Security Week - January 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week in January)
  • International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week - January 13-21, 2024 
  • International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25
  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week - January 17-23
  • National Mocktail Week - January 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week in January)
  • National Pizza Week - January 14-20, 2024 (Second Full Week of January)
  • Week of Christian Unity - January 18-25

2024 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.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually 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! 2024 dates are December 20, 2024 - Early March, 2024. 
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - (Denver, CO) - January 6 - 21, 2024
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 12 - February 3, 2024 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • The American Express Tournament (Formerly: CareerBuilder Challenge and Prior to that Bob Hope Classic) - January 15-21, 2024 in La Quinta, CA
  • Sundance Film Festival - January 18-28, 2024 - An American Film festival held each year in Park City, Utah.
  • International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo - January 19-28, 2024 (Monaco)

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)
  • 2022 - Michael Aday (aka Meat Loaf), American singer and actor (I'd Do Anything For Love) (b. 1947)

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

January 20 is National Coffee Break Day!
Have a Cup!

January 20 is National Coffee Break Day!
Have a Cup!

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 20 is Pumpkin Granola

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 begin 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.
  • 2017 - Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States - with high hopes to Make America Great Again!

January 20, 1981 - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the U.S.

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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