Holidays Calendar for January 28, 2023

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

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.

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 a 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, delivering intro "Yes! It's The Benny Hill Show!". Thousands of British children know McGee as "mummy" in the Sugar Puffs commercials.
  • 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 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 Cyborg 009, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, Kamen Rider Series.
  • 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-American poet, Nobel Prize laureate in Literature.
  • 1996 Died: Burne Hogarth, American cartoonist and author, best known for pioneering work on the Tarzan newspaper comic strip.
  • 1988 The Supreme Court of Canada stroke down all anti-abortion laws, that allowed abortions in Canada in all 9 months of pregnancy.
  • 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51-L exploded after liftoff. All seven astronauts an board killed.
  • 1984 Tropical Storm Domonia made landfall in southern Mozambique that 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.
  • 1980 Born: Nick Carter, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor, best known as the member of Backstreet Boys.
  • 1965 Born: Lynda Boyd, Canadian actress. 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, 23rd President of France (16 May, 2007 - 15 May, 2012).
  • 1944 Born: Rosalía Mera, Spanish businesswoman and entrepreneur, founder of 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, and screenwriter. Best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in 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 World first speeding fine: Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, was fined 1 shilling plus costs for speeding at 8 mph, thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph.
  • 1864 Born: Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English inventor. Stuart is noted for his inventions of hot bulb engine, that is also called 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. Often referred as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence".
  • 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 second in size only to the British Library.
  • 1611 Born: Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer and politician. Hevelius is mostly known for his foundations in astronomy. 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, was 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.