Holidays Calendar for January 8, 2016

January 8 is the day for the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day in the Northern Mariana Islands.

January 8 is a very important holiday in North Korea. This is the day of Kim Jong-un's Birthday, the current leader of the country.

January 8 is a special day for Greek women as far as it is Yinekokratia, the feast of all women. This holiday has got a long story and it stems from ancient times when matriarchy was observed.

You may not know it, but January 8 is National English Toffee Day. If you like this treat or candy, then why don't you celebrate this day?

Typing Day, also referred to as World Typing Day or International Typing Day, is an annual event that originated in Malaysia in 2011. It is held on January 8.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Jeanne Manford, American educator and activist. She is known for co-founding of the support group organization PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
  • 2004 Queen Elizabeth II christened the RMX Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built.
  • 2003 Turkish Airlines Flight 634 crashed near Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey. The entire crew and 70 of 75 passengers died.
  • 2002 Died: Dave Thomas, American businessman and philanthropist. He founded Wendy's, the fast-food restaurant specializing in hamburgers.
  • 2000 Born: Noah Cyrus, American actress and singer. Noah is known for her voice role in Ponyo. She is the youngest sister of Miley Cyrus.
  • 1997 Died: Melvin Calvin, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovering the Calvin cycle.
  • 1996 An Antonov An-32 cargo aircraft crashed into a market in Kihshasa, Zaire. The crew of 6 survived the crush but 237 people were killed on the ground.
  • 1991 Died: Steve Clark, English songwriter and guitarist of British hard rock band Def Leppard.
  • 1989 British Midland Flight 92, Boeing 737-400, crashed into the M1 motorway. 47 of 126 people on board killed.
  • 1981 Born: Genevieve Padalecki, American actress. Known her role on the TV series Wildfire as Kris Furillo. She is married to Jared Padalecki.
  • 1981 A local farmer reported a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France. This sighting is claimed to be as the most completely carefully documented one of all the time.
  • 1973 Watergate scandal: the trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Watergate hotel, Democratic Party headquarters, began.
  • 1963 The first exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in the U.S. was organized at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 The Harmelen train disaster resulted in 93 deaths in the Netherlands.
  • 1947 Born: David Bowie, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor, who has been a major figure in the wold of popular music for over 40 years. He is world known for his distinctive voice and recognized for his androgynous beauty.
  • 1942 Born: Stephen Hawking, English physicist, cosmologist and author. He is the first person who explained cosmology as a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He also achieved success in popular science after the release of A Brief History of Time.
  • 1941 Died: Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English general. He is known as the founder of the Scout Movement and the first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association.
  • 1938 Born: Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens, British sociologist. He is considered as one of the most prominent modern sociologists and known for his theory of structuration and holistic view of modern societies.
  • 1935 Born: Lewis H. Lapham, American publisher. He was the editor of Harper's Magazine and later founded Lapham's Quarterly, a quarterly publication about literature and history.
  • 1935 Born: Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor. He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons and often called "the King of Rock and Roll".
  • 1926 Born: Soupy Sales, American comedian and actor. Best known for his children's show Lunch with Soupy Sales, a series of comedy sketches that often ended with Sales receiving pie in his face.
  • 1902 Born: Carl Rogers, an influential American psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology.
  • 1896 Died: Paul Verlaine, French poet. He is one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry.
  • 1867 African American were granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
  • 1835 The U.S. national debt was zero that happened only once in the history of the country.
  • 1825 Died: Eli Whitney, American inventor who invented cotton gin, a mechanical device that removes seeds from cotton.
  • 1824 Born: Wilkie Collins, English author and playwright. He is best known for his stories The Woman in White and the Moonstone, that became the base for films in the USA and UK.
  • 1642 Died: Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. He is known for his contribution to observational astronomy and improvements to the telescope. He is considered as the "father of science".
  • 1337 Died: Giotto, Italian painter and architect. He is one of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance.
  • 1324 Died: Marco Polo, Italian merchant and traveler. His travelings were recorded in the Book of the Marvels of the World (also known as The Travels of Marco Polo). This book introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.