Holidays Calendar for January 29, 2016

January 29 is Martyr's Day in Nepal, annual commemoration of the people, who were executed while making contribution for the welfare of the country and society.

Prosecutors' Day in Moldova is celebrated annually on January 29. This holiday was established in 1992 after adoption of the Law 902-XII “On Prosecution”.

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

January 29 is National Corn Chip Day. Watch movie or have a party at home with a pack of your favorite corn chips!

This Day in History

  • 2015 Died: Colleen McCullough, internationally famous Australian novelist who is best known for her 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds.
  • 2009 Rod Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois, was impeached by the Illinois General Assembly and removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges.
  • 2005 Died: Ephraim Kishon, Israeli writer, screenwriter, dramatist, and film director. He is considered one of the most widely read contemporary satirists.
  • 2002 In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush used the term Axis of evil to describe "regimes that sponsor terror", namely Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
  • 1996 Teatro La Fenice, an opera house in Venice, Italy, was completely destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004.
  • 1994 Died: Ulrike Maier, Austrian alpine ski racer, a two-time World Champion in Super-G. She died in an accident during the women's World Cup.
  • 1982 Born: Adam Lambert, American singer, songwriter, and actor who came to prominence after becoming the runner-up of the 8th season of American Idol.
  • 1969 Died: Allen Dulles, American lawyer and diplomat who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence. He served from 1953 to 1961.
  • 1968 Born: Edward Burns, American actor, film producer, director, and writer best known for his roles in such films as Saving Private Ryan and One Missed Call.
  • 1967 The Mantra-Rock Dance was held at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. It was a counterculture music event later called the "ultimate high" of the hippie era.
  • 1963 Died: Robert Frost, American poet who is considered one of the most outstanding American poets of the 20th century. He was awarded four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
  • 1960 Born: Gia Carangi, American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is thought to be one of the first famous women to die of AIDS.
  • 1954 Born: Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host, media proprietor, producer, actress, and philanthropist. As of 2014, she is the only African-American billionaire in North America.
  • 1948 Born: Raymond Keene, English chess Grandmaster, FIDE International Arbiter, and chess organizer. He was the first player from England to earn a Grandmaster norm.
  • 1947 Born: David Byron (born David Garrick), British singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist with the rock band Uriah Heep.
  • 1946 Died: Harry Hopkins, American politician who was one of the closest advisers of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was one of the architects of the New Deal.
  • 1944 The Anatomical theater of the Archiginnasio in Bologna, Italy was almost completely destroyed by an air raid during World War II.
  • 1943 The Battle of Rennel Island during the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II began. U.S. cruiser Chicago was torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.
  • 1934 Died: Fritz Haber, German chemist who was awarded the 1918 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development for synthesizing ammonia.
  • 1933 Died: Sara Teasdale, American poet who was awarded the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Love Songs.
  • 1926 Born: Abdus Salam, Pakistani theoretical physicist who was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics which he shared with Sheldon Lee Glashow and Steven Weinberg.
  • 1899 Died: Alfred Sisley, French-born British Impressionist landscape painter. Among his important works are a series of paintings of the Thames.
  • 1888 Died: Edward Lear, English writer, poet, artist, illustrator, and musician. He is known mostly for his literary nonsense and especially his limericks.
  • 1886 Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
  • 1866 Born: Romain Rolland, French novelist, dramatist, essayist, art historian, and mystic who was awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • 1861 Kansas entered the Union as a free state thus becoming the thirty-fourth state of the United States of America.
  • 1860 Born: Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer who is considered one of the greatest writers of short stories in history.
  • 1856 The Victoria Cross was established. It is the highest military decoration in the Commonwealth of Nations and the first in the order of wear in the UK honors system.
  • 1845 Edgar Allan Poe's narrative poem The Raven was published in the New York Evening Mirror. It was the first publication with the name of the author.
  • 1843 Born: William McKinley, American politician and laywer, the 25th President of the United States who served from 1987 until his assassination in 1901.
  • 1763 Died: Louis Racine, French poet and essayist of the Age of the Enlightenment. His Oeuvres complètes (complete works) were collected in six volumes.