Holidays Calendar for January 24, 2023

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.

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.

International Mobile Phone Recycling Day is observed annually on January 24 to raise awareness of the negative effects of smartphone consumerism on wildlife and encourage people to dispose of their smartphones in an appropriate manner.

International Women’s Sport Day (Journée internationale du sport féminin) is an international observance created in 2014. It was launched to raise awareness of a lack of women’s sports coverage and under-representation of women in sports leadership.

On January 24, all employees of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine celebrate their professional holiday. Foreign Intelligence Service Day was officially established by President Petro Poroshenko in November 2018.

Uttar Pradesh Day (Uttar Pradesh Diwas, UP Diwas) is celebrated on January 24. On this day in 1950, the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh were renamed Uttar Pradesh. The celebration of the state’s foundation anniversary was proposed by Ram Naik, the 24th Governor of Uttar Pradesh, in 2017.

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, ice cream lovers around the world celebrate Eskimo Pie Day. It is a food day dedicated to a brand of chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar.

If you love French cuisine, you should celebrate National Lobster Thermidor Day on January 24. It is dedicated to a delicious lobster dish that is usually saved for special occasions because it consists of expensive ingredients and requires extensive preparation.

January 24 is a perfect day to pop open a can of beer (or soda, if you don’t drink alcohol) because it is Beer Can Appreciation Day. This unofficial holiday celebrates an invention that most people take for granted.

Macintosh Computer Day, sometimes referred to as National Macintosh Computer Day, is celebrated annually on January 24. It commemorates the introduction of the original Apple Macintosh personal computer, which heralded a new era of personal computing.

The Alasitas festival, also known as the Alasitas fair (Feria de las Alasitas) is an annual event held in the Bolivian city of La Paz. Kicking off on January 24, it is a month-long festival honoring Ekeko, the Tiwanakan god of prosperity and abundance.

International Day of Education is a United Nations observance that was inaugurated by the General Assembly in December 2018. Observed on January 24 every year, it aims to highlight the role of education for peace and sustainable development.

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

  • 2018 Larry Nassar, a former team doctor of the U.S. women's national gymnastics team, was sentenced to an additional 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault.
  • 2014 Three bombs exploded in Cairo, Egypt. 7 people died and about 100 were injured.
  • 2012 Died: James Farentino, American actor, who appeared in about 100 television, film and stage roles. He is best known for his roles in Dynasty, The Final Countdown, and Jesus of Nazareth.
  • 2011 35 people died and 180 were injured as a result of a suicide bombing in the international arrival hall of Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport.
  • 2006 Died: Chris Penn, American actor, the younger brother of Sean Penn. He is known for his roles in The Wild Life, Rush Hour, The Boys Club, and other films.
  • 2004 Died: Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer, known as the "Black Diamond" and the "Rubber Man". Da Silva is considered one of the most important players of the first half of the 20th century.
  • 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: Regé-Jean Page, English actor who is best know for his portrayal of Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings in the first series of Netflix period drama Bridgerton.
  • 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.
  • 1982 Born: Daveed Diggs, American actor, singer-songwriter, and rapper. He is best known for originating the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the musical Hamilton.
  • 1976 Born: Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian ice dancer and choreographer. In 2003, she and partner Victor Kraatz became the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship.
  • 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, toymaker 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 the eponymous film by Roman Polanski brought her international fame.
  • 1961 A Goldsboro B-52 bomber 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 Star Trek (including "The Trouble With Tribbles", "More Tribbles, More Troubles", "Bem") and for his novelette The Martian Child.
  • 1943 Born: Sharon Tate, American actress and model best known for her role in Valley of the Dolls. In 1969, she was murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with her husband Roman Polanski.
  • 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, best known as the creator of muesli.
  • 1939 An earthquake struck 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.
  • 1920 Died: Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor known for portraits and nudes in modern style. He is regarded as one of the most popular painters of the late 19th and early 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.
  • 1872 Born: Morris Travers, English chemist. He worked with Sir William Ramsay in the discovery of krypton, neon and xenon. He also worked on several rare gases, earning the nickname of Rare Gas Travers in scientific circles.
  • 1848 James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento. This day is considered the beginning of the California Gold Rush that ended in 1855.
  • 1835 Slaves in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil staged a revolt that would become instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.
  • 1776 Born: E. T. A. Hoffmann, German jurist and author. He is best known for his 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).