January 21

January 21 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 21, include:

  • International Playdate Day 
  • International Sweatpants Day 
  • National Cheesy Socks Day 
  • National Granola Bar Day 
  • National Hug Your Puppy Day 
  • National Hugging Day 
  • National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day) - January 21, 2024 (Closest Sunday to January 22)
  • New England Clam Chowder Day 
  • One-Liners Day 
  • Own Your Own Home Day 
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day 
  • World Religion Day - January 21, 2024 (Third Sunday in January)
  • World Snow Day - January 21, 2024 (Third Sunday in January)

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 21, are:

  • Healthy Weight Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Third Week in January)
  • Hunt for Happiness Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Third Full Week)
  • International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week - January 13-21, 2024 
  • International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25
  • Kiss a Shark Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Fourth Full Week of January)
  • National Activity Professionals Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Fourth Full Week of January)
  • National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Last Full Week in January)
  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week - January 17-23
  • National Handwriting Analysis Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Week of John Hancock's birthday on January 23)
  • National School Choice Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Last Full Week in January)
  • Snowcare for Troops Awareness Week - January 21-27, 2024
  • Week of Christian Unity - January 18-25
  • World Kiwanis Week - January 21-26, 2024

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 21, 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 21 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

  • 1824 – Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, American, Confederate Army General (d. 1863)
  • 1905 - Christian Dior, fashion designer
  • 1922 - Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1924 – Benny Hill, English actor, comedian, and singer (Benny Hill Show) (d. 1992)
  • 1940 - Jack Nicklaus, golfer
  • 1941 - Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Madame Butterfly)
  • 1942 - Mac Davis, American musician (Mac Davis Show)
  • 1950 – Billy Ocean, West Indian musician
  • 1956 – Geena Davis, American actress
  • 1976 – Emma Bunton, English singer (Baby Spice of the Spice Girls)
  • 2004 - Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Famous Deaths

  • 1950 – George Orwell, British writer of Animal Farm (b. 1903)
  • 1959 - Cecil B. DeMille, American director (10 Commandments) (b. 1881)
  • 2002 - Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1966 - George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd in Surrey, England with Paul McCartney as best man.

Quote of the Day

January 21st is National Hugging Day and National Hug Your Puppy Day!

One can never have too many hugs, or laugh too often!

January 21st is National Hugging Day and National Hug Your Puppy Day!

One can never have too many hugs, or laugh too often!

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 21 is a Thai Tom Yum Soup by Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 21 is a Thai Tom Yum Soup by Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits. (link goes to her site for the Recipe)  January is National Soup Month - Tom Yum soup is a spicy Thai soup that can be made in under 30 minutes! It's made with fresh razor clams or shrimp and is outstanding!

This Day in History

  • 1846 - 1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"
  • 1903 - Harry Houdini escapes police station in Amsterdam
  • 1903 - Wizard of Oz, premieres in New York City
  • 1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1942 - Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain
  • 1944 - 447 German bombers attack London
  • 1949 - 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
  • 1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
  • 1962 - Snow falls in San Francisco
  • 1968 - Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • 1977 - Italy legalizes abortion
  • 1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.
  • 2008 – Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.

This Day in Music

  • 1959 : The Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley is certified gold
  • 1965 - The Byrds, record Mr. Tambourine Man
  • 1978 - The soundtrack album to Saturday Night Fever hits #1 and stays on top for 24 weeks
  • 1982 - B.B. King donated his entire record collection of over 20,000 discs to Mississippi University's Centre for the Study of Southern Culture.
  • 1984 - Yes single, Owner Of A Lonely Heart hits #1 in the US and stays on top for 2 weeks
  • 1987 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson
  • 2001 - Limp Bizkit hits #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rollin'

Owner of a Lonely Heart, by Yes is one of my favorite songs of theirs!

This Day in Sports

  • 1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
  • 1922 - 1st slalom ski race run, Murren, Switzerland
  • 1967 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
    1967 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
  • 1979 - Superbowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh's Quarterback
  • 1984 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

palinspastic (adjective)

1. (geology, of a map) Showing the previous location of geological features, correcting for any intervening crustal movements.

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