Holidays Calendar for January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, also referred to as Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a United States federal holiday observed annually on the third Monday in January. It was first observed in 1986.


Thai soldiers celebrate their professional day on January18. It is Royal Thai Armed Forces Day, that annually commemorates the victory of King Naresuan in a duel.

January 18 is Revolution Day in Tunisia. This is not a public holiday, however the flag of Tunisia is flown on every public and military building.

January 18 is Foundation Day of Lima, the capital of Peru. It was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. This is not a public holiday, but it is observed among the citizens of Lima.

January 18 is National Peking Duck Day. This dish is very delicious and if you haven't tasted it yet, you've got a great opportunity to do it.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Yuri Rasovsky, American playwright and producer, founder of The National Radio Theater of Chicago and former of the Hollywood Theater of the Ear.
  • 2005 The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.
  • 1995 Died: Adolf Butenandt, German biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry for his work on sex hormones.
  • 1994 Witnesses claimed to have seen a fireball in the sky in Cando, Spain, that was visible for almost one minute. This Cando Event is regarded as a possible bolide impact.
  • 1986 Born: Marya Roxx, Estonian-American singer-songwriter, best known as the former member of Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja.
  • 1978 Died: Carl Betz, American actor, mostly remembered as Donna Reed's husband in the ABC sitcom The Donna Reed Show.
  • 1978 The European Court of Human Rights found the government of England guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of their torture.
  • 1977 The worst Australia's rail disaster: 83 people died, 210 were injured and 1,300 were affected when commuter train derailed and ran into the supports of road bridge at Granville in Western Sydney.
  • 1977 An unknown bacterium that caused the mysterious Legionnaires' disease was identified by scientists.
  • 1971 Born: Jonathan Davis, American singer-songwriter, best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of nu metal band Korn.
  • 1966 Died: Kathleen Norris, American author, one of the most widely read and paid women authors in the U.S. for nearly 50 years. Norris wrote about 39 novels, many of which became bestsellers.
  • 1960 Born: Mark Rylance, English actor, director, and playwright, the winner of Olivier Awards, Tony Awards and a BAFTA Award. Rylance was the first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London from 1995 to 2005.
  • 1956 Died: Konstantin Päts, Estonian politician, 1st President of Estonia. Päts was one of the most influential politics of interwar Estonia.
  • 1955 Born: Kevin Costner, American actor, singer and filmmaker, winner of two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and one Emmy Award. He starred in Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard, Man of Steel and other notable movies.
  • 1936 Died: Rudyard Kipling, English author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate. Best known for his stories for children, tales and poems of British soldiers in India.
  • 1933 Born: Ray Dolby, American engineer and businessman, founder of Dolby Laboratories. The company specializes in audio noise reduction and audio encoding/compression.
  • 1916 A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stroke a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1903 The first transatlantic radio transmission originated in the U.S. was sent by President Theodore Roosevelt to Kind Edward VII.
  • 1897 Died: Gertrude Olmstead, American actress. Appeared in 56 films of the silent era.
  • 1896 H.L. Smith exhibited an X-ray generating machine for the first time.
  • 1892 Born: Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor. He is famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in era of silent films. Laurel and Hardy double act lasted for 25 years from 1927 to 1951.
  • 1886 The Hockey Association was formed in England. This event is considered as the birthday of modern hockey.
  • 1882 Born: Alan Alexander Milne, English author. Milne is best known for this books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • 1881 Born: Gaston Gallimard, French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard, one of the leading French books publisher.
  • 1878 Died: Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist. Becquerel was a pioneer in the study of electric and luminescent phenomena.
  • 1867 Born: Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan poet and diplomat. He initiated modernismo, the Spanish-American literary movement, that flourished at the end of the 19th century.
  • 1862 Died: John Tyler, American politician, the 10th President of the United States.
  • 1778 James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands which he named the "Sandwich Islands".
  • 1689 Born: Montesquieu, French lawyer and philosopher. Montesquieu is famous for his theory of separation of powers, which is implemented in many constitutions throughout the world.
  • 1677 Died: Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch administrator, founder of Cape Town, the second after Johannesburg most-populous city in South Africa.