Holidays Calendar for January 27, 2016

Saint Devota's Day is a public holiday in the Principality of Monaco. The feast is dedicated to the patron saint of Monaco and the House of Grimaldi. It is celebrated annually on January 27.

On January 27, the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Nino. Saint Nino is honored as the enlightener of Georgia, she is one of the most venerated saints of Georgian Christianity.

The Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Sava on January 27. It is an important religious holiday in Serbia and the Republika Srpska (one of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

On January 27, Turkmenistan celebrates Day of Fatherland Defenders. It is not a public holiday, but an official professional observance that honors servicemen of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan.

Family Literacy Day is a national Canadian event, that is held every year on January 27. This event was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, when the organization started drawing attention to the importance of reading and engaging the whole family in learning activities.

Day of Lifting of the Siege of Leningrad is one of the Days of Military Honor celebrated in the Russian Armed Forces. It is observed on January 27.

There is nothing better and tastier than a chocolate cake. So why don't you celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27?

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day that was established by the UN General Assembly in 2005. This day of remembrance commemorates the victims of the Holocaust. It is held annually on January 27.

This Day in History

  • 2013 The Kiss nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil killed more than 240 people and injured at least 168 others.
  • 2012 Died: Ted Dicks, English composer best known for composing the music for the novelty songs The Hole in the Ground and Right Said Fred.
  • 2011 The Yemeni Revolution began following the initial stages of the Tunisian Revolution. It was part of the Arab Spring.
  • 2010 Died: Jerome David Salinger, American author most famous for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. He led a very private life for more than 50 years.
  • 2009 Died: John Updike, American novelist, short story writer, poet, literary critic, and art critic. He is best known for his "Rabbit" series.
  • 2006 Died: Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer noted for a number of difficult ascents in the Alps and Himalaya. He died during a solo attempt to climb Makalu.
  • 1987 Died: Norman McLaren, Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director who was a pioneer in a number of areas of filmmaking and animation.
  • 1983 Died: Louis de Funès, French actor considered one of the giants of French comedy. One of his most famous roles is Ludovic Cruchot in the Gendarme series.
  • 1979 Born: Rosamund Pike, British actress. The role that made her internationally famous was Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002).
  • 1974 A large flood occurred in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia when the Brisbane River broke its banks. It killed 14 people and injured 300, 56 homes were destroyed.
  • 1973 The governments of North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and the USA as well as the Provisional Revolutionary Government signed the Paris Peace Accords thus ending the Vietnam War.
  • 1967 The USA, the UK, and the USSR signed the Outer Space Treaty that formed the basis of international space law. It entered into force on 10 October 1967.
  • 1967 A cabin fire during a launch rehearsal test of Apollo 1 killed all three crew members - Gus Grissom, Edward Higgins White, and Roger B. Chaffee.
  • 1965 Born: Bridget Fonda, American actress. She is known for her roles in such films as The Godfather Part III, Point of No Return, Jackie Brown etc.
  • 1965 Born: Alan Cumming, British and American actor, director, producer, and writer who has appeared in numerous plays, films and television shows.
  • 1951 Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began. A one-kiloton bomb was dropped on Frenchman Flat, a hydrographic basin.
  • 1948 Born: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian actor and dancer often considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history, along with Rudolf Nureyev and Vaslav Nijinsky.
  • 1944 Born: Mairead Maguire, piece activist from Northern Ireland who won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize (the co-recipient was Betty Williams).
  • 1940 Died: Isaac Babel, Jewish-born Russian-language journalist, short story writer, and playwright best known for his collections of shorts stories Red Cavalry and Tales of Odessa.
  • 1939 The first flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a World War II American fighter aircraft, occurred. The final prototype was delivered to the Air Corps in 1941.
  • 1903 Born: John Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist. He was awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the synapse.
  • 1901 Died: Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer most famous for his operas which include Rigoletto, La traviata, Otello, Falstaff, Macbeth and many others.
  • 1868 The Battle of Toba-Fushimi began during the Boshing War in Japan. The victory of pro-Imperial forces was a pivotal point in the Meiji Restoration.
  • 1836 Born: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer and journalist. One of his most notable works is Venus in Furs. The term masochism is derived from his name.
  • 1832 Born: Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), English author, logician, mathematician, and photographer. His most famous books are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel.
  • 1812 Died: captain John Perkins (also known as Jack Punch), British Royal Navy officer who was the first black commissioned officer in the Royal Navy.
  • 1775 Born: Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, German philosopher who mane a considerable contribution to the development of German idealism.
  • 1756 Born: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and musician. He was one of the most influential and prolific composers of the Classical era.
  • 1731 Died: Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian maker of musical instruments who is generally considered the inventor of the piano.
  • 1606 The trial of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators began. Guy Fawkes and seven other men were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.