Holidays Calendar for January 11, 2016

One of the most important holidays for Moroccans is Independence Manifesto Day (also called Independence Resistance Day). The annual celebration of this holiday falls on January 11.

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.


The second Monday of January is Coming of Age Day in Japan. This holiday is held to let young people realize that they have become adults.


January 11 is Nature Reserves and National Parks Day in Russia. This day was established in 1997 under initiative of different environmental organizations.

January 11 is an important date in the history of Albania. This day marks Republic Day, the day when the communist government was founded.

Everyone knows, that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Germany decided to start a special program leading to popularization of local apple treas and encouraging people to eat more apples. This campaign is known as German Apples Day and it annually falls on January 11.

No one can find a better beverage for cold winter evenings than hot toddy. And there is a holiday that is dedicated to this drink. January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day.

Every year people all over the world celebrate International Thank You Day that falls on January 11. This celebration is the ideal opportunity to show your gratitude to people who make your days what they are.

January 11 is a traditional ceremony in Japan that is called Kagami Biraki. It is literary translated as “Opening the Mirror” and also “Breaking the Mochi”.

Children's Day is annually celebrated in Tunisia on January 11. This holiday was established to commemorate the adoption of Child Protection Code in 1995.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed every year on January 11. This observances was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Tom Parry Jones, Welsh scientist. He is world known for developing and marketing of the first electronic breathalyser (a device for estimating blood alcohol content from a breath sample).
  • 2008 Died: Carl Karcher, American businessman, co-founder of Carl's Jr., an American fast-food restaurant chain. Since 2013 it has started expanding in Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Russia, Turkey, UK, China, Vietnam and other countries of the world.
  • 2003 George Ryan, the Governor of Illinois, commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.
  • 2000 Died: Ivan Combe, American inventor and businessman. He is known as the inventor of skin care and acne medication brand Clearasil.
  • 1996 STS-72 launched from the Kennedy Space Center. This event marked the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.
  • 1991 Died: Carl David Anderson, American physicist. He is known for discovering of positron for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1936.
  • 1988 Died: Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish- American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance that is used in magnetic resonance imaging. He also contributed into development of the cavity magnetron that is used in microwave ovens and microwave radars.
  • 1980 Died: Barbara Pym, English author of social comedies (Excellent Women, A Glass of Blessings). Her Quartet in Autumn was nominated for the Booker Prize.
  • 1968 Born: Tom Dumont, American guitarist and producer. He is a member of third wave ska band No Doubt and producer of Invincible Overlord.
  • 1966 Died: Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner, who won three gold medals and broke two world records during the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
  • 1963 Born: Dean Reynolds, English snooker player. Reynolds is one of the select band of players who have compiled a sixteen-red clearance at the 2006 European Team Championships in Carlow.
  • 1962 A massive avalanche on Huascarán in Peru caused 4,000 deaths.
  • 1949 The first networked television broadcasts took place as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This broadcast went on air and connected the east coast and mid-west programming.
  • 1947 Born: Matt Mullenweg, American web developer and businessman. Best known for developing free and open source web software WordPress.
  • 1941 Died: Emanuel Lasker, German chess payer. Lasker was World Chess Champion for 27 years (1894-1921), he is still considered as one of the strongest chess players ever.
  • 1928 Died: Thomas Hardy, English author and poet, the last Victorian realist. His Far from the Madding Crowd brought him world fame.
  • 1927 Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, announced creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a banquet in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1925 Born: Grant Tinker, American television producer and co-founder of MTM Enterprises. All of MTM's shows are now owned by 21st Century Fox.
  • 1924 Born: Roger Guillemin, French neuroendocrinologist, Nobel Prize laureate in medicine for work on neurohormones.
  • 1923 Born: Carroll Shelby, American race car driver and businessman, founded Shelby American Inc., that currently sales modified Fords vehicles.
  • 1922 Insulin was used for the first time to treat diabetes in a human patient.
  • 1908 Grand Canyon National Monument was created by Theodore Roosevelt. Later in 1911 it changed its name into Grand Canyon National Park.
  • 1906 Born: Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist. He's best known as the first person who synthesized, ingested and learned the psychedelic effects of LSD.
  • 1895 Born: Laurens Hammond, American engineer and businessman. Hammond is known for his invention of the Hammond organ, the Hammond Clock and world's first musical synthesizer the Novachord.
  • 1858 Born: Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-English businessman, founder of Selfridges, a chain of high end department stores in the UK.
  • 1836 Died: John Molson, Canadian businessman, founder of the Molson Brewing Company. The company was founded in 1786 and only in 2005 merged with US-based Coors to form Molson Coors Brewing Company, that became the world's 7th largest brewing company at that time.
  • 1807 Born: Ezra Cornell, American businessman and philanthropist, founder of Western Union and co-founder of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
  • 1787 William Herschel discovered Oberon and Titania, two moons of Uranus.
  • 1693 A powerful earthquake followed eruption of Etna in southern Italy. The earthquake destroyed at least 70 towns and cites on Sicily and Malta and killed about 60,000 people.
  • 1596 The first recorded lottery in England was hold at St Paul's Cathedral.