Holidays Calendar for January 13, 2018

January 13 is Democracy Day in Cape Verde. This holiday celebrates the first democratic elections that took place on January 13, 1991.

The second Saturday of January is Children's Day in Thailand. Children are the most valuable for Thailand that's why the Children's Day celebration plays such a significant role for government.


Public Radio Broadcasting Day is celebrated annually on January 13. It commemorates the day when a performance featuring Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in an experiment conducted by radio broadcasting pioneer Lee de Forest.

January 13 is a professional holiday for all the contributors of the printed matter in Russian Federation. This is Russian Press Day.

National Aviation Day (Wan Kanbin Haeng Chat) is celebrated in Thailand on January 13 every year. It was established to commemorate the first demonstration flight in Thailand that was open to the general public.

Korean American Day is a United States observance held on January 13. It is dedicated to all Korean Americans and their contributions to every aspect of American society. The Southern California Korean College Students Association (SCKCSA) organizes the annual Korean-American Day Seminar on the occasion.

Stephen Foster Memorial Day falls on January 13 and is observed annually since 1967.

January 13 is the day when candles are lit at Lithuanian schools to commemorate Freedom Defenders Day.

January 13 is one of the most important holidays in Togo. This is Liberation Day.

January 13 is National Peach Melba Day. It is a perfect day to indulge yourself in this tasty and simple dessert.

January 13 is a perfect day to enjoy a bubble bath since it is National Rubber Ducky Day. This amazing holiday was created to pay tribute to a popular toy that has been around for more than a century and is an iconic part of Western pop culture.

National Vision Board Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of January. It was created to encourage people to visualize their goals for the new year and commit to achieving them.


In different cultures, the end of the Christmas and holiday season in marked with different holidays. While in some countries celebrations cease after New Year’s Day, others continue with the festivities until Epiphany or some other holiday. In Sweden and Finland, for example, the festive season ends on St. Knut’s Day, celebrated on January 13.

Lohri is a midwinter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Punjab region of India. It is a solstice-related holiday that marks the end of winter. Lohri is observed according to the Vikrami calendar (Vikram Samvat) and usually falls around January 13 in the Gregorian calendar.

This Day in History

  • 2021 U.S. President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time, one week before the expiration of his term, following the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
  • 1997 Born: Connor McDavid, Canadian professional ice hockey player. As of 2024, he was the captain of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.
  • 1993 Endeavour was launched for the third time as STS-54 from the Kennedy Space Center in the context of Space Shuttle program.
  • 1991 Born: Goo Hara, South Korean idol singer, model, dancer, and actress. She is known for being a member of the Korean pop group Kara.
  • 1990 Born: Liam Hemsworth, the youngest of the Hemsworth brothers. He is best known for his role as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games film series.
  • 1986 Born: Joannie Rochette, Canadian physician and retired competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and the 2009 World silver medalist.
  • 1985 A passenger train plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 people. This is the worst railroad disaster in Africa.
  • 1982 Born: Ruth Wilson, English actress known for playing the title characters in Jane Eyre and Mrs Wilson, Alice Morgan in Luther, Alison Lockhart in The Affair, and Marisa Coulter in His Dark Materials.
  • 1978 U.S. Food & Drug Administration required all blood donations to be labeled "volunteer" or "paid" donors.
  • 1977 Died: Henri Langlois, French archivist. Langlois was a very influential figure in the history of cinema; he co-founded the Cinémathèque Française and the International Federation of Film Archives.
  • 1977 Born: Orlando Bloom, English actor. Bloom received world fame for the role as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings. Among his other famous roles are Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and Paris in Troy.
  • 1976 Born: Michael Peña, American actor known for his starring roles in the films Crash, World Trade Center, Shooter, Observe and Report, Tower Heist, Battle: Los Angeles, and others.
  • 1970 Born: Shonda Rhimes, American television producer and screenwriter. She is best known as the executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and Bridgerton.
  • 1966 Born: Patrick Dempsey, American actor and race car driver. Dempsey is best known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
  • 1961 Born: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress and comedian best known for her roles on Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep.
  • 1960 Born: Matthew Bourne, British choreographer. His productions contain many classic cinema and popular culture references and draw thematic inspiration from musicals, film noir and popular culture.
  • 1960 Born: Eric Betzig, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.
  • 1958 Died: Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer, co-founder of Paramount Pictures.
  • 1955 Born: Jay McInerney, American novelist, screenwriter, editor, and columnist. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages.
  • 1942 Born: Carol Cleveland, British actress and comedian. She is best known for her appearance on Monty Python's Flying Circus as the only significant female performer.
  • 1942 Henry Ford patented his plastic automobile that was 30% lighter than a regular car.
  • 1941 Died: James Joyce, Irish modernist poet and author. His best known work is Ulysses. Other notable works by Joyce include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake.
  • 1934 Died: Paul Ulrich Villard, French physicist, the discoverer of gamma rays.
  • 1927 Born: Sydney Brenner, South African biologist, Nobel Prize laureate for the investigation of animal neural development.
  • 1915 The 1915 Avezzano earthquake in Italy killed over 30,000 people.
  • 1910 The first public radio broadcast took place. A live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana was sent out from Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
  • 1908 171 people burned alive in the Rhodays Opera House in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
  • 1885 Born: Alfred Fuller, Canadian-American businessman, the founder of the Fuller Brush Company that sells branded and private label products for personal care and household cleaning.
  • 1882 Died: Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer. Together with his brother he designed the Mauser Model 1871 rifle (the most successful line of Mauser pistols and rifles) and co-founded The Mauser Company.
  • 1864 Born: Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on heat radiation. Wien is also known for his formulation of an expression for the black-body radiation.
  • 1840 The steamship Lexington burned and sank 4 miles off the coast of Long Island, 139 killed.
  • 1832 Died: Thomas Lord, English first-class cricketer and the founder of Lord's Cricket Ground. His venue is widely referred to as the "home of cricket"; it houses the world's oldest sporting museum.
  • 1815 British troops captured Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia. This was the only battle of the War of 1812 that took place in the state.
  • 1797 A naval battle between a French ship of the line and 2 British frigates off the coast of Brittany took place. The battle ended with the French vessel running aground, which resulted in over 900 deaths.
  • 1691 Died: George Fox, English religious leader, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends, which is commonly known as the Quakers or Friends.
  • 1625 Died: Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter, known for his floral still lifes and paradise landscapes.
  • 1599 Died: Edmund Spenser, English poet. Spenser is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse and one of the greatest poets in the English language.