Holidays Calendar for January 21, 2018

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.

The third Sunday in January is World Religion Day. This observance is aimed to promote interfaith understanding and harmony.


The third Sunday in January is World Snow Day. This holiday was created by International Ski Federation (FIS).


January 21 is a perfect day to get comfy and chill out in your favorite loungewear because it is International Sweatpants Day. This amazing holiday was created to celebrate the comfiness of sweatpants and encourage people to wear them.

Postgraduate Student Day (also translated as Graduate Student Day) is informally observed in Russia and some other former Soviet republics on January 21. In Runet, the holiday is sometimes referred to as International Postgraduate Student Day, but it is virtually unknown outside Russia.

National Squirrel Appreciation Day, sometimes referred to as simply Squirrel Appreciation Day, is observed annually on January 21. It was created to celebrate cute and funny rodents that can be found on most continents except for Antarctica.

Mariachi Day is a celebration of Mexican music and culture that is observed annually on January 21. This holiday doesn’t have any official status, but if you love mariachi music, you absolutely should celebrate it.

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.

Lincoln Alexander Day is an annual observance celebrated throughout Canada, particularly in the province of Ontario. It honors a Canadian lawyer and politician who served as the first black MP in the House of Commons and the first black federal Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet. He was also the first black person to serve in a viceregal position in Canada.

Flag Day in the Canadian province of Quebec is celebrated on January 21. It was created to commemorate the adoption of the flag of Quebec in 1948.

The Day of Sanctity and Protection of Human Life is observed in the Philippines on the third Sunday of January. It was established in 2003 to raise awareness about the threats to the sanctity of human life, particularly abortion.


Clam chowder is one of the staples of American cuisine. 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.

A lot of people think that granola bars are a perfect snack because they are delicious, nutritious, and convenient. If you’re one of them, don’t forget to celebrate National Granola Bar Day that is observed every January 21.

National Hyaluronic Acid Day is celebrated annually on January 21. It was created to recognize one of the most popular skincare ingredients, which is valued for its strong hydrating and anti-age properties.

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

  • 2017 More than 3 million people in the United States took to the streets the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump to protest his policy positions and rhetoric. The protest came to be known as the Women's March.
  • 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 deaths 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.
  • 1984 Born: Luke Grimes, American actor and musician. He is known for playing Marc Alan Lee in American Sniper, Elliot Grey in the Fifty Shades films, and Kayce Dutton on Yellowstone.
  • 1983 Born: Svetlana Khodchenkova, 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.
  • 1956 Born: Geena Davis, American actress, activist, fashion model, and producer. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award for her supporting role in The Accidental Tourist.
  • 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 used to be 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 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.