Holidays in January

Celebrating holidays in January is a great way to usher in the New Year. Whether it's trivia, birds, or beans, you'll find something fun to enjoy.

Or perhaps you'll give thanks for Religious Freedom Day or stop to remember (or become more familiar with) Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest athletes to represent our country.



One more little tidbit to leave with you as you celebrate your January holidays. I received this some years ago, author unknown:

For the New Year:
A Short Course in Human Relations

The SIX Most Important Words:


The FIVE Most Important Words:


The FOUR Most Important Words:


The THREE Most Important Words:


The TWO Most Important Words:


The ONE Most Important Word:


The LEAST Important Word:


Of course, some may argue that the three most important words are "I LOVE YOU". Nonetheless, these are all words to stop and think about as we move into a New Year with new and refreshed hopes and dreams. Enjoy your holidays in January!

Winter Poems

January 1

New Year’s Day

- New Years Poems

- Auld Lang Syne

- New Year Prayer

- New Years Eve Recipes

January 4

Trivia Day

January 5

Twelfth Night

National Bird Day

January 6


Bean Day

January 8

Jackson Day

January 9

Balloon Ascension Day

January 12

National Pharmacist Day

January 13

Stephen Foster Memorial Day

January 14

Ratification Day

January 16

Prohibition Remembrance Day

Religious Freedom Day

January 18

Maintenance Day

January 19

National Popcorn Day

January 20

Inauguration Day

January 23

National Handwriting Day

National Pie Day

January 27

National Activity Professionals Day

January 29

National Puzzle Day

More Holidays in January

Martin Luther King Federal Holiday – 3rd Monday in January

National Sanctity of Human Life Day – 3rd Sunday in January

Monthly Holidays in January

Hot Tea Month

National Book Month

National Eye Care Month

National Oatmeal Month

National Soup Month

National Thank You Month

Notable January Dates

January 1, 1735 - Paul Revere’s birthday. Read The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.

January 1, 1752 - Betsy Ross’ birthday.

January 1, 1892 - Ellis Island opened as the main entry facility for immigrants into the United States.

January 1, 1902 – The first Rose Bowl Game was played on this date. The University of Michigan beat Stanford by a score of 49-0.

January 1, 1962 – The Navy SEALS were established as a part of the strengthening of America’s special operations and capabilities in unconventional warfare.

January 3, 1777 – General George Washington versus General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton. Washington troops defeated the British, a decisive American victory.

January 3, 1938 – The March of Dimes is founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; an effort to defeat polio.

January 4, 1896 - Utah admitted to the Union as the 45th state.

January 6, 1880 - Tom Mix, one of Hollywood’s first “cowboy” stars, was born on this date in Mix Run, Pennsylvania.

January 6, 1912 – The 47th state, New Mexico, is admitted to the Unionl.

January 8, 1935 - Elvis Presley’s birthday.

January 9, 1788 - Connecticut becomes the 5th state of the Union.

January 10, 1789 – The United States first presidential election closed on this date. George Washington was elected as the first President of the United States.

January 10, 1901 - Oil was discovered in Texas.

January 11, 1935 - Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

January 12, 1969 – The famed English rock band Led Zeppelin released their first album Led Zeppelin on Atlantic Records.

January 13, 1930 - Mickey Mouse first appeared in a comic strip on this date. Mickey had appeared in animated shorts since 1928.

January 15, 1929 – The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2009 - A Miracle on the Hudson when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was forced to land commercial airline Flight #1549 in the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew members were safely evacuated.

January 17, 1706 - Benjamin Franklin’s birthday (Old Style January 6, 1705). A man of many talents, he was not only a patriot of the American Revolution and founding father of America, he was a writer, printer, inventor, soldier and much more.

January 18, 1983 – On this date, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reinstated Jim Thorpe’s Olympic titles, presenting commemorative medals to his children, 70 years after he had been stripped of his Olympic awards.

January 21, 1987 - The “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

January 22, 1968 - America watched the premier of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In on NBC! (1968 holiday show).

January 23, 1737 - John Hancock was born on this date in Braintree, Massachusetts, (January 12, 1736 Old Style). A patriot of the American Revolution, he is also known for his signature on the Declaration of Independence.

January 24, 1848 – The California Gold Rush began on this date when James Marshall found a few tiny nuggets on the American River at Coloma, California.

January 25, 1924 – In Chamonix, France, 16 nations took part in the first Winter Olympics, originally called “The International Winter Sports Week”. The United States participated and won the first event, the 500-meter speed skating contest. The winner was Charlie Jewtraw who grew up near Lake Placid, New York.

January 25, 1964 – The Beatles debuted in the US with I Want to Hold Your Hand, certified as number one by Cash Box Magazine after only three weeks in their Top 100 Chart.

January 26, 1837 - Michigan was the 26th state admitted to the Union on this date.

January 27, 1973 – The "Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam" was signed on this date in Paris, ending the United State’s involvement in Vietnam.

January 28, 1986 – The Challenger Space Shuttle exploded on this day, 73 seconds into it’s flight. All seven crew members were killed, including Christa McAuliffe, the first member of the Teacher in Space Project.

January 29, 1861 - Kansas became the 34th state admitted to the Union.

January 31, 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress on this date. The amendment abolished slavery and was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.

January 31, 1919 - Jackie Robinson, the first African-American Major League Baseball player, was born on this date in Cairo, Georgia.

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