Holidays Calendar for January 14, 2016

In Uzbekistan January 14 is marked as the Day of Defenders of Motherland. It is the professional holiday of the military men because on 14 January 1992 the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan were established.

Revolution and Youth Day in Tunisia is celebrated on January 14. It is a public holiday adopted after the Tunisian Revolution (also known as the Jasmine Revolution) that began on 18 December 2010 and ended on 14 January 2011.

National Forest Conservation Day in Thailand is celebrated annually on January 14. This observance is officially recognized by the government, but is not observed as a holiday.

On January 14 the people of Georgia celebrates the Day of the State Flag. The current flag of Georgia was adopted by Georgian Parliament on 14 January 2004 and formally endorsed via a presidential decree on 25 January 2004.

Ratification Day in the USA is celebrated on January 14. It is the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris that officially ended the Revolutionary War. The treaty was signed almost two years after the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781.

The Old New Year, also known as the Orthodox New Year, Serbian New Year and Julian New Year, is an informal traditional holiday in some countries. It is the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar which falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day is one of the many informal national food holidays observed in the United States. It is celebrated annually on January 14.


This Day in History

  • 2016 Died: Alan Rickman, English actor of stage and screen known for many roles, including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. Rickman won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
  • 2012 The Pirate Party of Greece was founded. It is supports reform of copyright law, the abolition of patents, and respect for privacy. This party is based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party founded in 2006.
  • 2010 Yemen declared open war on al-Qaeda, a global militant Islamist organization. This event marked the escalation point of the conflict between the Yemeni government and al-Qaeda affiliated cells that began in 2001.
  • 2009 Died: Ricardo Montalbán (full name Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino), Mexican actor best known for his role as Khan Noonien Singh in the original Star Trek series and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  • 2005 The Huygens probe successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan. Huygens was an atmospheric entry probe built and operated by the European Space Agency as a part of the Cassini–Huygens mission.
  • 1996 Died: Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer, leader of the Soviet space program. Many people consider him the father of practical astronautics.
  • 1984 Died: Ray Kroc (full name Raymond Albert Kroc), American businessman of Czech origin who turned McDonald's into the most successful fast food operation in the world.
  • 1978 Died: Kurt Friedrich Gödel, Austrian and American logician, mathematician, and philosopher. He is considered to be one of the most significant logicians in history.
  • 1975 Lesley Whittle, a 17-year-old girl, was kidnapped from her home in Highley, Shropshire, England by Donald Neilson, also known as the Black Panther. She was found dead on 7 March 1975.
  • 1974 Born: Kevin Durand, Canadian actor. He is known for his roles in Dark Angel, Lost, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Legion, the 2010 film Robin Hood and Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster.
  • 1973 Born: Katie Griffin, Canadian singer, actress, and voice actress. She is best known for voicing Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon and Alex in Totally Spies!
  • 1973 Elvis Presley's concert 'Aloha from Hawaii' that took place at the Honolulu International Center was broadcast live via satellite. It aired in over 50 countries across Europe and Asia.
  • 1967 Born: Emily Watson, English actress, a two-time Academy Award nominee and four-time BAFTA Award nominee. She made her film debut in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves.
  • 1963 Born: Steven Soderbergh, American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and cinematographer. He is best known for his films Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Traffic and Contagion, and the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven.
  • 1957 Died: Humphrey Bogart, American screen actor widely regarded as a cultural icon. His most famous films are High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo.
  • 1953 Josip Broz Tito was inaugurated as the first President of Yugoslavia. Under his leadership, the country became a founding member of Non-Aligned Movement along with India, Burma, Indonesia, Egypt, and Ghana.
  • 1948 Born: Valeri Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey forward who played for CSKA Moscow. He never played in the National Hockey League but is considered one of the best players of his era.
  • 1943 The Casablanca Conference (codenamed SYMBOL) began in Casablanca, French Morocco. It was held to discuss the Allied European strategy for the next phase of World War II.
  • 1925 Born: Yukio Mishima (pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka), Japanese author, playwright, poet, actor, and film director. He was a three-time Nobel Prize in Literature nominee.
  • 1907 Kingston, the capital of the island of Jamaica, was shaken by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 on the moment magnitude scale. The 1907 Kingston earthquake culminated in the death of 800 to 1,000 people.
  • 1905 Died: Ernst Karl Abbe, German physicist, optical scientist, entrepreneur, and social reformer. He is considered the founder of modern optics together with Carl Zeiss and Otto Schott.
  • 1898 Died: Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), English mathematician, logician, photographer, Anglican deacon and writer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass.
  • 1886 Born: Hugh Lofting, British author best known for creation of the character of Doctor Dolittle, one of the classics of children's literature.
  • 1883 Born: Nina Ricci (born Maria Adélaide Nielli), French fashion designer of Italian origin. She founded the house of Nina Ricci in Paris in 1932.
  • 1875 Born: Albert Schweitzer, German and French philosopher, theologian, physician, organist, and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his interpretive life of Jesus.
  • 1858 An Italian nationalist Felice Orsini aided by other Italian nationalists and English radicals attempted to assassinate Napoleon III, the Emperor of the Second French Empire. The assassination attempt was unsuccessful.
  • 1814 The Treaty of Kiel, also known as Peace of Kiel, was concluded between the Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway on one side and the Kingdom of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on the other side.
  • 1767 Born: Maria Theresa of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Princess of Tuscany and Queen consort of Saxony as the second wife of King Anthony of Saxony.
  • 1753 Died: George Berkeley, Anglo-Irish philosopher. He is best known for the advancement of a theory he called immaterialism (later referred to as empirical idealism or subjective idealism by others).
  • 1742 Died: Edmond Halley, English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist. He is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet.
  • 1676 Died: Francesco Cavalli, Italian composer of the early Baroque period. He was the most influential composer in the rising genre of public opera.