Holidays Calendar for January 21, 2016

Errol Barrow Day is a public holiday in Barbados. It has been celebrated on January 21 (Errol Barrow's birthday) since 1989. The holiday honors the first Prime Minister of Barbados.

Our Lady of Altagracia Day (Día de la Altagracia) is one of the public holidays in the Dominican Republic. It is celebrated on January 21 each year.

Birthdays of the members of the Norwegian Royal House are official flag flying days in Norway, i.e. the days when all states agencies and branches of government are obliged to fly the national flag. The birthday of Princess Ingrid Alexandra is one of these days.

Everyone knows that clam chowder is served in most restaurants on Fridays. Today, on January 21, you've got to celebrate National New England Clam Chowder Day.

January 21 is National Hugging Day in the USA. This holiday has become popular in other countries where it is called Hugging Day or Hug Day.

January 21 is Grandmother's Day (Dzień Babci) in Poland. It was created by the Kobieta i Życie (Woman and Life) magazine in 1964.

This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist who discovered repeated DNA sequences in the genomes of eukaryotic organisms.
  • 2004 NASA's Spirit (Mars Exploration Rover – A) abruptly ceased communicating with mission control due to a flash memory management anomaly.
  • 2003 A 7.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Colima, Mexico. It resulted in the death of 29 people and 300 injured. Most of the deaths and damage occurred in Villa de Álvarez.
  • 2002 Died: Peggy Lee, outstanding American jazz and popular music singer, composer, songwriter, and actress whose career lasted for six decades.
  • 1999 Died: Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist whose style had a considerable influence on the development of blues performance.
  • 1983 Born: Svetlana Khodchenkova, a Russian film, television, and stage actress who co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the 2013 film The Wolverine.
  • 1981 Production of the DeLorean DMC-12 began. This car became iconic for its appearance in the Back to the Future film trilogy where it was a time machine.
  • 1981 Born: Michel Teló, Brazilian singer-songwriter best known for his hit Ai Se Eu Te Pego that was a number one in most European countries, Latin America, and Quebec.
  • 1976 Commercial service of Concord began. Concord is one of only two supersonic transports to have entered commercial service the other being the Tupolev Tu-144.
  • 1976 Born: Emma Bunton, English singer-songwriter, presenter, actress, and fashion designer, best known as a member of the girl group The Spice Girls.
  • 1972 Born: Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer, musician, arranger, and sound producer noted for his score work for video games including Xenogears, Mario Party etc.
  • 1968 The Battle of Khe Sanh began in northwestern Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam. It was one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War.
  • 1960 The Little Joe 1B was launched. It was a Launch Escape System test of the Mercury spacecraft, conducted as part of the U.S. Mercury program.
  • 1954 The world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was christened and launched into the Thames River.
  • 1953 Born: Paul Allen, American businessman, investor, innovator, and philanthropist, best known for co-founding Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates.
  • 1950 Died: George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair), English novelist, essayist, journalist, critic, and political writer. He is best known for his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • 1948 The flag of Quebec called the Fleurdelisé, was adopted. It was the first provincial flag officially adopted in Canada.
  • 1941 Born: Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor who has sung more than 140 roles. He is one of the Three Tenors, the other two being José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.
  • 1928 Died: Vladimir Lenin (alias of Vladimir Ulyanov), Russian politician, political theorist, and communist revolutionary. Under his administration, the Russian Empire was replaced by the Soviet Union.
  • 1926 Born: Steve Reeves, American bodybuilder and actor. At the peak of his career, he was the highest-paid actor in Europe.
  • 1924 Born: Benny Hill (stage name of Alfred Hawthorne Hill), English comedian and actor. He is best known for his eponymous long-running television program The Benny Hill Show.
  • 1908 The Sullivan Ordinance was passed in New York City. This municipal law made it illegal for women to smoke in public places. It was vetoed by the mayor two weeks later.
  • 1906 Born: Igor Moiseyev, Soviet and Russian choreographer considered to be the greatest 20th-century choreographer of character dance.
  • 1905 Born: Christian Dior, French fashion designer who founded of one of the world's top fashion houses. His fashion collection for Spring-Summer 1947 went down in fashion history as the New Look.
  • 1901 Died: Elisha Gray, American electrical engineer known as the co-founder of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company. He developed a telephone prototype in 1876.
  • 1870 Died: Alexander Herzen, Russian thinker and writer known as the father of Russian socialism. He is best known for his social novel Who is to Blame?
  • 1793 Died: Louis XVI, King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1791, King of the French from 1791 to 1792. He was beheaded by guillotine during the French Revolution.
  • 1775 Died: Yemelyan Pugachev, Russian rebel who led a great Cossack insurrection during the reign of Catherine II. He was decapitated in the center of Moscow.
  • 1721 Sweden and Prussia signed the Treaty of Stockholm. Sweden ceded Swedish Pomerania south of the river Peene and east of the river Peenestrom to Prussia.
  • 1609 Died: Joseph Justus Scaliger, French scholar and religious leader. He expanded the notion of classical history from Greek and ancient Roman history to include Persian, Babylonian, Jewish and ancient Egyptian history.