Holidays Calendar for January 24, 2016

The Feast of Our Lady of Peace is celebrated annually on January 24. This feast commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is often represented holding a dove and an olive branch, that are the symbols of peace.

January 24 is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. This event is observed globally on the birth date of Professor Paul Julius Moebius, who was first to describe and diagnose the condition.

The Romanians celebrate Unification Day annually on January 24. This is not a public holiday, but the date is important for the history of Romania.

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. Peanut butter is a classic American food, so why don't you celebrate this day?

On January 24, Indians celebrate National Girl Child Day. It was established in 2008 to raise the consciousness of the society toward girl children and the need to respect and protect them. The celebration is coordinated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Three bombs exploded in Cairo, Egypt. 7 died and about 100 injured.
  • 2012 Died: James Farentino, American actor, who made appearance in about 100 television, film and stage roles. The roles in Dynasty, The Final Countdown and Jesus of Nazareth made him famous.
  • 2006 Died: Chris Penn, American actor, the younger brother of Shawn Penn. Known for his roles in The Wild Life, Rush Hour, The Boys Club.
  • 2004 Died: Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer, known as the "Black Diamond" and the "Rubber Man". Da Silva is considered as one of the most important players of the first half of the 20th century.
  • 2001 Bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport. 35 died and 180 injured.
  • 1990 Japan launched Hilten, the first Japanese lunar probe. Hilten became the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1946 and the first lunar probe launched by a country other that the U.S. or Soviet Union.
  • 1988 Born: Jade Ewen, English singer and songwriter, actress. Ewen gained popularity as one of the members of Sugarbabes.
  • 1986 Died: L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founder of the Church of Scientology.
  • 1986 Born: Mischa Barton, English-American actress. She debuted in All My Children, making a guest appearance, but became famous for her roles in Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense.
  • 1971 Died: William Griffith Wilson, also known as Bill W, American activist, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • 1965 Died: Winston Churchill, English colonel and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate for numerous published works, especially for his six-volume set The Second World War.
  • 1961 Died: Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, toy-maker and businessman, founder of the A. C. Gilbert Company, once one of the largest toy companies in the world.
  • 1961 Born: Nastassja Kinski, German actress. Her role as Tess in Tess by Roman Polanski brought her international fame.
  • 1961 A bomber Goldsboro B-52 carrying 2 H-bombs broke up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one of the bombs remains lost.
  • 1946 The United Nations General Assembly passed its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.
  • 1944 Born: David Gerrold, American author and screenwriter, known for his scripts for the Star Trek (including The Trouble With Tribbles, More Tribbles, More Troubles, Bem) and for his novelette The Martian Child.
  • 1941 Born: Dan Shechtman, Israeli chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals.
  • 1939 Died: Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and pioneer nutritionist, creator of muesli.
  • 1939 An earthquake stroke Chillán, killing approximately 28,000 people. This earthquake is recorded as the deadliest one in the history of Chillán.
  • 1932 Died: Alfred Yarrow, English businessman, founder of Yarrow Shipbuilders, a major shipbuilding firm, now part of BAE System Surface Ships.
  • 1930 Born: Bernard Matthews, English businessman, founder of Bernard Matthews Farms, a British farming and food products business, that specializes in turkey products.
  • 1920 Died: Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor. Known for portraits and nudes in modern style. Considered as one of the most popular painters of the end 19th - begin of the 20th century.
  • 1916 The Supreme Court of the United States declared the federal income tax constitutional.
  • 1908 The first boy scout group was organized by Robert Baden-Powell in England.
  • 1901 Born: Edward Turner, British motorcycle designer, designed Ariel Square Four and number of Triumphs.
  • 1872 Born: Morris Travers, English chemist. He worked with Sir William Ramsay in the discovery of krypton, neon and xenon. Also worked on several rare gases, thus earned the name of Rare Gas Travers in scientific circles.
  • 1848 James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento. This day is considered as the beginning of California Gold Rush that ended in 1855.
  • 1835 Slave revolt in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, that became instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.
  • 1776 Born: E. T. A. Hoffmann, German jurist and author. He's best known for the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
  • 1732 Born: Pierre Beaumarchais, French playwright, inventor, musician, satirist and revolutionary. Beaumarchais is famous for his plays Le Barbier de Séville (The Barber of Seville) and Le Mariage de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).