Holidays Calendar for January 17, 2017

Heroes' Day is one of the public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a two-day celebration which begins on January 16. The first day is dedicated to Laurent-Désiré Kabila and the second day to Patrice Lumumba.

January 17 is the Feast Day of Anthony the Great, also known as Saint Anthony, that patron saint of basket makers, brushmakers and gravediggers. He is also appealed to against skin diseases.

Thai Pongal is a Tamil harvest festival dedicated to Surya, the solar deity in Hinduism. It begins on the 1st day of the 10th month in the Tamil calendar, which corresponds to January 14 in the Gregorian calendar, and lasts for four days.

Hardware Freedom Day is an annual event held on January 17. It was initiated by the Digital Freedom Foundation in order to raise awareness of Free/Open Hardware and encourage users to contribute.

National Dairy Day (Wan Khonom Haeng Chat) in Thailand is celebrated on January 17. It was inaugurated by the government of Thailand in 1987 and is considered the professional holiday of all people who work in the dairy farming industry.

Kid Inventors' Day is annually celebrated on January 17. The holiday honors all kids inventors around the world, who invented different things, that are common today.

Hot buttered rum is a warm alcoholic beverage that is perfect for cold fall and winter days. Enjoy this drink on January 17 and celebrate National Hot Buttered Rum Day.


This Day in History

  • 2011 Died: Don Kirshner, known as The Man With the Golden Ear, American music publisher, talent manager, record producer, and songwriter.
  • 2008 British Airways Flight 38 crash landed near London Heathrow Airport in England. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. but 47 people were injured.
  • 2008 Died: Bobby Fischer (full name Robert James Fischer), American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion, one of the greatest chess players of all the time.
  • 2005 Died: Albert Schatz, American microbiologist and science educator. He is best known as the discoverer of streptomycin, an antibiotic drug.
  • 2002 Died: Camilo José Cela, Spanish essayist, short story writer and novelist associated with the Generation of '36 movement. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1998 The Drudge Report broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the public. The story broke in the mainstream press four days later in The Washington Post.
  • 1997 Died: Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer best known for discovering Pluto in 1930. He also supported serious scientific research of UFOs.
  • 1991 Died: Olav V of Norway (born Alexander Edward Christian Frederik), the King of Norway from 1957 until his death. He was nicknamed The People's King (Folkekongen).
  • 1986 Born: Max Adler, American actor, best known for his role as Dave Karofsky on the television series Glee and Tank on the television series Switched at Birth.
  • 1980 Born: Zooey Deschanel, American actress, producer and singer-songwriter. Her breakout role was Anita Miller in the 2000 film Almost Famous.
  • 1964 Died: Terence Hanbury White, English writer best known for his Arthurian fantasy novel The Once and Future King which is a sequence of several works.
  • 1964 Born: Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson), American lawyer and writer, the 44th First Lady of the United States and the first African-American First Lady.
  • 1962 Born: Jim Carrey, Canadian American actor comedian, and producer. He is best known for his roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty.
  • 1961 Died: Patrice Lumumba, a Congolese independence leader and the first Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo. He was assassinated after an army coup in Congo.
  • 1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was detained in Budapest by Soviet authorities on suspicion of espionage. He was never seen again and was reported to have died on 17 July 1947.
  • 1945 As Soviet troops approached Poland, the Nazis began to evacuate prisoners from Auschwitz, one of the largest concentration and extermination camp.
  • 1942 Born: Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.), American former professional boxer. He is one the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history.
  • 1933 Born: Dalida (stage name of Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti), Egyptian-Italian singer and actress who performed and recorded in more than ten languages.
  • 1917 A popular cartoon fictional character Popeye the Sailor Man first appeared in Thimble Theatre, the daily King Features comic strip.
  • 1912 Robert Falcon Scott and four companions reached the South Pole in the course of the British Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Terra Nova Expedition.
  • 1904 Anton Chekhov's last play The Cherry Orchard opened at the Moscow Art Theatre in a production directed by Constantin Stanislavski.
  • 1899 Born: Al Capone, American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era. He had been a crime boss for seven years by the time he was put in jail for tax evasion.
  • 1869 Died: Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer best known for his operas. His most famous operas are Esmeralda, Rusalka, and The Stone Guest.
  • 1863 Born: Constantin Stanislavski, Russian actor and theater director, best known for the eponymous Stanislavski system, a progression of techniques used to train actors and actresses.
  • 1820 Born: Anne Brontë, British poet and novelist, the youngest of the Brontë sisters. She wrote two novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
  • 1811 The Battle of Calderón Bridge took place. It was a decisive battle in the Mexican War of Independence. The battle resulted in Spanish victory.
  • 1773 James Cook and his crew became one of the first to cross the Antarctic Circle. This happened during James Cook's second voyage.
  • 1751 Died: Tomaso Albinoni, Italian Baroque composer. In his day he was famous as an opera composer, but today he is mainly known for his instrumental pieces.
  • 1706 Born: Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a man of many talents: an author, printer, politician, political theorist, civic activist, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and statesmen.
  • 1648 The English Long Parliament passed the Vote of No Addresses after breaking off negotiations with King Charles I who entered into an engagement with the Scots.