Holidays Calendar for January 9, 2023

January 9 is Martyr's Day in Panama. This day commemorates the memory of all people who died during the riots in 1964 caused by the conflict between Panamanian students and Canal Zone Police officers.

Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two entities: the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzogovina. Both entities have their own holidays. And January 9 is Republic Day in the Republika Srpska.

January 9 is Comprehensive Peace Agreement Day in South Sudan. This holiday is a very important one in a short history of modern Republic of South Sudan.

Birthday of Eugenio María de Hostos is a public holiday in Puerto Rico. This holiday originally was celebrated on January 11, but recently it's been held on the second Monday of January.


Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi) is an important Japanese holiday that celebrates young people who have turned or will turn 20 (the age of majority in Japan) between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current one.


International Choreographers Day is observed annually on January 9. It was created to celebrate the people who are an essential part of the teams behind various stage performances, music videos, movies and television shows, and even sports routines.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) is celebrated across the nation on January 9. It was created to encourage people to show their support and appreciation for law enforcement on all levels – local, state, and federal.

Međimurje is the smallest and a the same time the most densely populated county (županija) in Croatia. For a long time, the historical and geographical region of Međimurje was part of Hungary, but on January 9, 1919, it officially seceded from Hungary and became part of what would become Yugoslavia. The anniversary of this event is marked in Croatia as Međimurje Secession Day.

The death anniversary of Raja Gambhir Singh is a public holiday in the Indian state of Manipur. Observed on January 9, it honors one of the most notable Manipuri kings, who ruled the Manipur Kingdom and then the princely state of Manipur.

There is a saying that dreaming of apricots brings you a good luck. Try savory-sweet apricots and cook them for National Apricot Day on January 9.

In the United States, there are informal food days celebrating all kinds of popular dishes, not necessarily from American cuisine. For example, National Cassoulet Day is dedicated to a hearty dish that originated in southern France. It is celebrated annually on January 9.

National Balloon Ascension Day is observed annually on January 9. It commemorates the first manned balloon flight in the United States that took place on this day in 1793.

When was the last time you cleaned and organized your workspace? If you can’t remember, you absolutely need to celebrate National Clean Your Desk Day that is observed on the second Monday of January every year.


Non-resident Indian Day (Pravasi Bharatiya Divas) is an annual holiday celebrated in India on January 9. It was established to recognize the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the country's development.

National Gluten-Free Day is observed annually on the second Monday of January. It was created to raise awareness of celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, gluten ataxia, and other disorders that cause people to switch to a gluten-free diet.


This Day in History

  • 2022 Died: Bob Saget, American actor, stand-up comedian, director, and television host. He is best known for portraying Danny Tanner on the sitcom Full House and its sequel Fuller House.
  • 2014 An explosion at the Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant in Yakkaichi, Japan, caused the deaths of at least 5 people and injuries of 17 others.
  • 2011 Iran Air Flight 277 crashed near Urmia, Iran. 77 people were killed.
  • 2007 After years of rumors and speculation Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone of the first generation.
  • 1998 Died: Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for his investigations into the mechanism of chemical reactions.
  • 1998 Died: Imi Lichtenfeld, Hungarian-born Israeli martial artist. He is widely recognized for developing Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art created for the Israel Defense Forces.
  • 1995 Died: Peter Cook, English comedian and actor. Cook was an extremely influential figure in modern British comedy. He was also closely associated with anti-establishment comedy that emerged in Britain and the U.S. in the 1950s.
  • 1989 Born: Nina Dobrev, Canadian actress who is best known for portraying Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.
  • 1982 Born: Catherine, Princess of Wales (born Catherine Middleton), a member of the British royal family. She is married to William, Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the British throne.
  • 1978 Born: AJ McLean, American singer, dancer, and actor best known as a founding member of the pop vocal group Backstreet Boys.
  • 1970 Born: Lara Fabian (born Lara Crokaert), Belgian-Canadian pop singer and songwriter. Having sold over 20 million records, she is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time.
  • 1965 Born: Nestor Alexander Haddaway, known mononymously as Haddaway, Trinidadian-born German singer best known for his 1993 hit single "What Is Love".
  • 1961 Died: Emily Greene Balch, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate for her work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She is also known for helping to set up summer schools on peace education in over 50 countries.
  • 1959 Born: Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan activist, Nobel Prize and Princess of Asturias Award laureate and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Menchú is known for promoting indigenous rights of the Guatemalan K'iche' ethnic group.
  • 1957 British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigned from office after failing to retake the Suez Canal from Egyptian sovereignty.
  • 1955 Born: J. K. Simmons, American actor considered one of the most eminent character actors of his generation. He won an Academy Award for his supporting role in Damien Chazelle's film Whiplash.
  • 1947 Elizabeth "Betty" Short, the Black Dahlia, was last seen alive. Short's murder is one of the most gruesome and widely publicized murders in Los Angeles County. This murder case is still unsolved.
  • 1944 Born: Jimmy Page, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer. He achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of Led Zeppelin.
  • 1936 Died: John Gilbert, American actor, director and screenwriter. Gilbert became famous during the silent film era and gained popularity as "The Great Lover".
  • 1935 Born: Earl G. Graves, Sr., American businessman and publisher. He was the founder of Black Enterprise, a magazine that described itself as the "premier business news and investment resource for African Americans".
  • 1927 78 children burned alive at the Laurier Palace movie theater in Montreal, Canada.
  • 1923 Died: Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand author. She was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction and poetry whose works explored anxiety, sexuality and existentialism alongside a developing New Zealand identity.
  • 1923 Juan de la Cierva made the first autogyro flight.
  • 1918 Died: Charles-Émile Reynaud, French scientist and educator, the inventor of praxinoscope, an animation device that consisted of a strip of pictures placed around the inner surface of a spinning cylinder.
  • 1913 Born: Richard Nixon, American politician and the 37th President of the United States. He is the only president who resigned from office in the history of the U.S.
  • 1909 The Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole led by Ernest Shackleton planted the British flag 97 nautical miles from the South Pole. At that time this was the farthest distance anyone had ever reached.
  • 1894 The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • 1878 Born: John Broadus Watson, American psychologist known for establishing the psychological school of behaviorism.
  • 1873 Died: Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, the first President of the French Second Republic and the Emperor of the Second French Empire (as Napoleon III).
  • 1859 Born: Carrie Chapman Catt, American activist and founder of the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women.
  • 1793 Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first flight in a balloon in the United States.
  • 1757 Died: Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician known for his work in optics. Castel criticized Newton's spectral description of prismatic color in which he observed the colors of white light.