Holidays Calendar for January 28, 2017

Army Day in Armenia falls on January 28, the date when the army of newly independent Republic of Armenia was formed in 1992.

Traditional Day of Offering is a Bhutanese holiday celebrated on the first day of the twelfth month of the Bhutanese calendar. It typically falls in January or February.


Countries that use calendars based on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar celebrate New Year on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. Commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, the holiday has different names in different countries: Spring Festival in China, Ten in Vietnam, Losar in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, Seollal in Korea, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia.


International Lego Day celebrates arguably the world’s most popular brand of plastic construction toys. It is observed on January 28 because on this day in 1958, the modern Lego brick design was patented.

International Reducing CO2 Emissions Day, also known as World Day for the Reduction of CO2 Emissions, is observed annually on January 28. It was created to raise awareness of the greenhouse effect, and to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint and take better care of the environment.

Global Community Engagement Day is observed annually on January 28. It was created by the Australian non-profit organization Engage 2 Act to encourage businesses to engage more with their local communities.

January 28 is the perfect day to give a shout out to all pediatricians across the nation and thank them for everything they do to keep our children healthy because it is National Pediatrician Day. Although this holiday is not official, pediatricians definitely deserve praise and appreciation.

International Mobilization Day against Nuclear War is observed annually on January 28/29, the anniversary of adoption of the Delhi Declaration in 1985.

In Sweden, birthdays and name days of some members of the Swedish Royal Family are official flag days. For example, the name day of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is celebrated on January 28.

Julián Felipe Day is a special non-working holiday celebrated in the Philippine city of Cavite on January 28. It honors a renowned Filipino composer who is best remembered for composing the music of the national anthem of the Philippines.

Christa McAuliffe Day is observed in New Hampshire on January 28 to honor the memory of a teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire who died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

There is something special about blueberry pancakes, which are perfect for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. Enjoy your favorite pancakes on National Blueberry Pancake Day, celebrated on January 28 every year.

National Kazoo Day is observed annually on January 28, although some kazooists prefer to celebrate it on the fourth Thursday of the month or on any day during the fourth week of January. This holiday is dedicated to an American musical instrument that has been around since the 19th century.

January 28 is annual celebration of Data Privacy Day. This day is observed worldwide including Europe, where this holidays is known as Data Protection Day.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Oldřich Kulhánek, Czech painter and designer known as the creator of the design for the current Czech banknotes and postage stamps.
  • 2006 Died: Henry McGee, English actor, best known as straight man to Benny Hill for many years. McGee also often announced on Hill's tvp program, delivering the intro "Yes! It's The Benny Hill Show!".
  • 2002 Died: Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author, best known for her children's book series Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children (Children of Noisy Village in the USA).
  • 2002 Boeing 727-100, TAME Flight 120 crashed in the Andes mountains in Southern Colombia. 92 people were killed.
  • 1998 Died: Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese author and illustrator, an influential figure in manga, anime and tokusatsu, creator of several immensely popular long-running series such as Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider.
  • 1996 Died: Jerry Siegel, American author and illustrator, co-creator of Superman, the first of the great comic book superheroes.
  • 1996 Died: Joseph Brodsky, Russian and American poet and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate in literature. He wrote most of his poems in Russian and essays in English.
  • 1996 Died: Burne Hogarth, American cartoonist and author, best known for his pioneering work on the Tarzan newspaper comic strip.
  • 1993 Born: Will Poulter, British actor known for his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, We're the Millers, The Maze Runner film series, and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
  • 1988 The Supreme Court of Canada struck down all anti-abortion laws, allowing abortions in Canada during all 9 months of pregnancy.
  • 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51-L exploded after liftoff. All seven astronauts on board were killed.
  • 1985 Born: Tom Hopper, English actor known for his roles as Percival in Merlin, Billy Bones in Black Sails, Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones, and Luther Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy.
  • 1984 Tropical storm Domonia made landfall in southern Mozambique, which caused 214 deaths and some of the most severe flooding recorded in the region.
  • 1981 Born: Elijah Wood, American actor best known for his role as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
  • 1980 Born: Nick Carter, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor best known as a member of Backstreet Boys.
  • 1965 Born: Lynda Boyd, Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in Final Destination 2, She's the Man, and An Unfinished Life.
  • 1958 The Lego company patented the design of its bricks. Those bricks are still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • 1955 Born: Nicolas Sarkozy, French politician, the 23rd President of France who held the post since 2007 to 2012.
  • 1944 Born: Rosalía Mera, Spanish businesswoman and entrepreneur, founder of the Zara retail chain.
  • 1939 Died: William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, Nobel Prize laureate in Literature, best known for The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.
  • 1936 Born: Alan Alda, American actor, director, screenwriter, author, and podcast host. He is best known for his role as Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on the long-running television series M*A*S*H.
  • 1935 Iceland became the first European country to legalize therapeutic abortion.
  • 1922 Born: Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology and Medicine for describing the structure of alanine transfer RNA, linking DNA and protein synthesis.
  • 1902 The Carnegie Institution of Washington was founded in Washington, D.C. The foundation was laid by Andrew Carnegie, who made a $10 million gift for the institution.
  • 1896 The world's first speeding fine: Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, was fined 1 shilling plus costs for speeding at 8 mph, thus exceeding the speed limit of 2 mph.
  • 1864 Born: Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English inventor. Stuart is noted for his invention of the hot bulb engine, that is also called the heavy oil engine.
  • 1855 A locomotive first ran on the Panama Canal Railway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1853 Born: José Martí, Cuban national hero and a very important figure in Latin American literature. Through his writings and political activities Martí became a symbol for Cuba's fight for independence against Spain.
  • 1813 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published in the United Kingdom.
  • 1613 Died: Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and scholar, founder of the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford. The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the second in size only to the British Library.
  • 1611 Born: Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer and politician. He gained a reputation as the founder of lunar topography and described 10 new constellations; 7 of them are still recognized by astronomers.
  • 814 Died: Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, the King of the Franks and the King of Italy. He was the first emperor in western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.