January 26

January 26 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 26, include:

  • Australia Day 
  • Dental Drill Appreciation Day 
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day - January 26, 2024 (Last Friday in January)
  • International Customs Day 
  • Lotus 1-2-3 Day 
  • National Activity Professionals Day - January 26, 2024 (Fourth Friday in January)
  • National Big Wig Day - January 26, 2024 (Last Friday in January)
  • National Fun at Work Day - January 26, 2024 (Last Friday in January)
  • National Green Juice Day 
  • National Peanut Brittle Day 
  • National Pistachio Day 
  • National Preschool Health and Fitness Day - January 26, 2024 (Last Friday in January)
  • Spouse's Day 
  • Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 26, are:

  • Healthy Weight Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Third Week in January)
  • Hunt for Happiness Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Third Full Week)
  • International Hoof Care Week - January 23-26, 2024
  • 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 Clean Out Your Inbox Week - January 22-26, 2024 (Last Business Week in January)
  • National Handwriting Analysis Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Week of John Hancock's birthday on January 23)
  • National Medical Group Practice Week - January 22-26, 2024 (M-F week that starts on Fourth Monday in January)
  • National School Choice Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Last Full Week in January)
  • Snowcare for Troops Awareness Week - January 21-27, 2024
  • World Kiwanis Week - January 21-26, 2024

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 26, 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. 
  • Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 12 - February 3, 2024 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • 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)
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 25 - February 4, 2024 (St. Paul, MN)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 26 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

  • 1880 – Douglas MacArthur, American general and Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
  • 1905 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-born singer (d. 1987)
  • 1925 – Paul Newman, American actor, philanthropist, race car driver and race team owner (d. 2008)
  • 1941 – Scott Glenn, American actor
  • 1955 – Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American musician (Van Halen)
  • 1958 – Ellen DeGeneres, American actress and comedian
  • 1958 – Anita Baker, American singer
  • 1961 – Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player

Famous Deaths

  • 1893 – Abner Doubleday, American military figure, and credited inventor of baseball (b. 1819)
  • 1932 – William Wrigley Jr., American industrialist (b. 1861)
  • 1979 – Nelson Rockefeller, American politician - 41st Vice President of the United States (b. 1908)
  • 1983 – Paul "Bear" Bryant, American football coach (b. 1913)
  • 2016 - Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller) (b. 1921)
  • 2017 - Mike Connors, American actor (Mannix) (b. 1925)
  • 2017 - Barbara Hale, American actress (Perry Mason) (b. 1922)
  • 2020 - Kobe Bryant, American NBA basketball player, and his daughter Gianna Bryant

Famous Weddings and Divorces

1940 - Actor Ronald Reagan (28) weds Academy Award winning actress Jane Wyman (23) in Glendale, California. He later went on to marry. They divorced in 1949 and he went on to marry Nancy Davis in 1952 and become the 40th President of the United States between 1981–89.

Quote of the Day

January 26 is Spouse's Day! A day to celebrate your spouse, show your appreciation, and spend time with them.

January 26 is Spouse's Day! A day to celebrate your spouse, show your appreciation, and spend time with them. Let your spouse know how much they are loved, appreciated, and respected.

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

Holiday and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 26, is a Easy Vegetarian Curry Recipe from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.

Holiday and Observances Recipe of the Day is a Easy Vegetarian Curry Recipe from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.  She gives several different versions of the recipe, based on seasonal vegetables, and provides a bunch of different options for toppings.

  • See our FOOD HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating food!
  • See our Holiday Food page for tips on healthy holiday food traditions in general, and for some sample meal plan ideas for some of the most popular holidays.

This Day in History

  • 1788 – The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day
  • 1837 – Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. State
  • 1838 – U.S. State of Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1861 – During the American Civil War, the U.S. State of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
  • 1870 – During the American Civil War, Virginia rejoins the Union.
  • 1905 – The world's largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3,106.75 carats, is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
  • 1911 – Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane.
  • 1915 – The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1939 - Filming begins on Gone With the Wind
  • 1942 – During World War II, the first United States forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland
  • 1948 - Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in US Armed Forces is signed
  • 1954 - Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • 1998 - Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
  • 2005 - Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

This Day in Music

  • 1956 - Buddy Holly's 1st formal recording session
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley's,  Are You Lonesome Tonight hits #1 on the UK singles chart
  • 1974 - Ringo Starr's You're Sixteen hits #1
  • 1997 - ZZ Top, James Brown, and the Blues Brothers, perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show in New Orleans.
  • 2003 - Justin Timberlake went to #1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album, Justified, which stayed on the charts for over a year.

Anita Baker was born on this day in 1958. Sweet Love was one of my favorite songs of hers.

This Day in Sports

  • 1956 - 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1963 - Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • 1977 - Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift
  • 1980 - Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • 1986 - Superbowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Superbowl. The MVP is Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • 1992 - Superbowl XXVI: Wash Red Skins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24 in Minn Superbowl MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB
  • 1997 - Superbowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

heterogeneous (adjective)

1. Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.

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