January 8

January 8 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 8, include:

  • Argyle Day
  • Bubble Bath Day 
  • Coming of Age Day - January 8, 2024 (Celebrated in Japan on the Second Monday of January)
  • Earth's Rotation Day 
  • International Typing Day 
  • Midwife's Day or Women's Day - (In Greece)
  • National Clean Off Your Desk Day - January 8, 2024 (Second Monday in January)
  • National English Toffee Day 
  • National Gluten-Free Day - January 8, 2024 (Second Monday in January)
  • National Joygerm Day 
  • National Man Watcher's Day - (Also known as Male Watcher's Day)
  • National Weigh-In Day - January 8, 2024 (First Monday after New Years)
  • National Winter Skin Relief Day 
  • Plough Monday - January 8, 2024 (First Monday after January 6)
  • Show and Tell Day at Work 
  • War on Poverty Day
  • World Literary Day
  • World Typing Day

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 8, are:

  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week - January 7-14
  • Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration Week - January 5-8, 2024
  • National Law Enforcement Training Week - January 7-13, 2024 (First Full Week of January)
  • National Lose Weight - Feel Great Week - January 7-13, 2024 (Starts First Sunday in January)
  • National Thank Your Customers Week - January 7-13, 2024 (First Full Week of January)
  • New Years' Resolution Week - January 1-8
  • Someday We'll Laugh About This Week - January 2-8
  • Universal Letter Writing Week - January 8-14

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 8, 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. 
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show - January 6-13, 2024 (Harrisburg, PA)
  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - (Denver, CO) - January 6 - 21, 2024

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 8 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 a Garnet.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1935 - Elvis Presley - singer
  • 1947 - David Bowie - singer/actor

Famous Deaths

  • 1324 - Marco Polo a Venetian explorer dies at 69
  • 1642 - Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1811 - U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun marries Floride Bonneau
  • 1973 - Actor Michael Caine marries model Shakira Baksh

Quote of the Day

A great George Washington Quote is holidays-and-observances.com Quote of the Day for January 8!

"Associate with Men of Good Quality if You esteem Your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company".  ~ George Washington

This is so true! I remember my first attempt at "drinking", was drinking during school lunch in Junior High in San Francisco. I'm not sure whose brilliant idea it was, but I sure did a lot of "spinning" in my seat during Math class after lunch. One of my other two friends wasn't so lucky, and had gone to the Principal's office to call her Mom to come and get her. 

Unfortunately, she hurled her guts in the Principal's office, and the Principal asked her Mom who she hung out with.  Her Mom told her me, and another of our friends.  Not calling us in to find out if we were also guilty of drinking at school, (which we were!), she decided to go ahead and call both of our parents. My Dad was waiting for me when I got home from school that day. Ut oh!!

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

Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for January 8 is Oatmeal Muffins from Healthy Diet Habits - January is National Oatmeal Month.

January is National Oatmeal Month. The recipe of the day is a great Oatmeal Muffins Recipe from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.

This Day in History

  • 1790 - The 1st US President George Washington delivers the 1st state of the union address.
  • 1835 - The United States national debt is 0 for the first and only time.
  • 1838 - 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes in New Jersey.
  • 1867 - African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
  • 1870 - US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins.
  • 1918 - Mississippi becomes the 1st state to ratify the 18th amendment. (prohibition)
  • 1940 - During World War II, Britain introduces food rationing
  • 1945 - "Youth for Christ", organizes
  • 1958 - Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • 1964 - US President Lyndon B Johnson declares "War on Poverty"
  • 1968 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
  • 1973 - USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • 1974 - Loch Ness Monster photographed
  • 1993 - Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale
  • 2002 - President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • 2009 - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake kills 15 people and injures 32 in northern Costa Rica
  • 2020 - Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 is shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile upon takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 176 on board

This Day in Music

  • 1956 - Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 & stays at #1 for 11 weeks
  • 1964 - The Beatles,  I Want To Hold Your Hand, is released in the US and soon becomes the first Beatles song to become popular in the US (video below)
  • 1966 - The Beatles album Rubber Soul becomes their seventh #1 album, and stays at # 1 for 6 weeks.
  • 1966 - Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

The above clip is The Beatles singing I Want to Hold Your Hand.

This Day in Sports

  • 1902 - 1st National Bowling Championship held in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 - Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21 makes his 1st pro appearance and came in 50th
  • 1986 - Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
  • 1993 - Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point
  • 1995 - Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

genet (noun)

1. (biology) A group of genetically identical individuals (plants, fungi, bacteria etc.) that have grown in a given location, all originating from asexual reproduction of a single ancestor.

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