January 5

January 5 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 5, include:

  • Monopoly Game Day 
  • National Bird Day 
  • National Keto Day 
  • National Screenwriters Day 
  • National Whipped Cream Day 
  • Twelfth Night 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 5, are:

  • Celebration of Life Week - January 1-7
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024; December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025 (Every December 14 - January 5)
  • Diet Resolution Week - January 1-7
  • Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration Week - January 5-8, 2024
  • New Years' Resolution Week - January 1-8
  • Silent Record Week - January 1-7
  • Someday We'll Laugh About This Week - January 2-8

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 5, 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. 

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 5 is a Capricorn.

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

  • 1855 - King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor
  • 1914 - George Reeves (born George Keefer Brewer) - American Actor (the original Superman, Gone with the Wind)
  • 1917 -Jane Wyman - American Actress and 1st Mrs Ronald Reagan
  • 1928 - Walter Mondale - American politician, former US Senator from Minnesota and 42nd Vice President of the United States
  • 1931 - Robert Duvall - American Actor
  • 1946 - Diane Keaton - American Actress

Famous Deaths

  • 1933 - Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President from 1923-29, dies at age 60
  • 1939 - Amelia Earhart, the American aviator who disappeared in 1937 was declared dead 
  • 1994 - Thomas P.  O'Neill, known at "Tip", Speaker of House from 1977-86, dies at 81
  • 1998 - Sonny Bono, singer of Sonny & Cher, and ultimately a California politician, dies skiing at 62
  • 2004 - Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1998 - Actor, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) marries actress Sam Jenkins
  • 2015 - Actress Cameron Diaz (Charlie's Angels, My Best Friend's Wedding) marries Good Charlotte's Benji Madden

Quote of the Day

Today is a Happy Day! holidays-and-observances.com Quote of the Day for January 5th!

I love this quote! One of my favorite quotes has always been...."Happiness is a Choice", so this quote is very similar.  Every morning when you get out of bed, you have a choice to be happy or not.  You get to decide how YOU are going to feel each day! Choose Happiness!!

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

Healthy Apple Muffins Recipe from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits

January is Apple and Apricots Month. Today's recipe is Healthy Apple Muffins from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits. (link goes to her website)

This Day in History

  • 1781 - British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Va during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1836 - Davy Crockett arrives in Texas in time for the Alamo.
  • 1846 - The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1896 - German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen's discovers a form of radiation know as x-rays.
  • 1919 - The German Workers' Party, which would later become the Nazi Party, is founded.
  • 1925 - Inauguration of Nellie Ross as Wyoming's Governor. She was the first woman Governor.
  • 1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay, on the Marin side. The bridge opened on May 27, 1937.
  • 1972 - US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on manned shuttle. NASA announces development of space shuttle.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco taken from the Marin Headlands

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay - photo taken from the Marin Headlands, by our brother Scott, while leading a Boy Scouts 10 mile hiking trip.  Our Dad worked at the Presidio, while it was still an Army base, so we lived on base for one year, and then moved out to Novato, in Marin County, where we all went to High School.  The Marin Headlands are a great place to hike. 

My drivers training that I did with my Dad when I was 15, was driving over the Golden Gate Bridge from Novato to the Presidio and back, (multiple times), in a Cadillac. (one of the big ones)  I felt like I had about two inches on either side of me before I was in the next lane, and it was before the speed limit dropped down, so it was 75 at the time, which meant that many people drove way faster than that.  It was a little terrifying!!

This Day in Music

  • 1968 - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits album is certified gold
  • 1972 - John Denver's Aerie album is certified gold
  • 1974 - The Carpenters' The Singles from 1969-1973 album hits #1
  • 1979 - The Blues Brothers' Briefcase of Blues album hits #1
  • 1979 - The double-album soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever reaches sales of 25 million worldwide, making it the best-selling album to date. The Bee Gees had six of the tracks on the album.  Below, is the Bee Gee's video "How Deep is Your Love" from the soundtrack.

This Day in Sports

  • 1912 - 1st National Hockey Association game in Victoria.
  • 1920 - Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to NY Yankees
  • 1971 - Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
  • 1993 - Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

timbre (noun)

1. The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume.

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