Holidays Calendar for January 29, 2017

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.

World Leprosy Day is an annual awareness day observed on the last Sunday in January. It aims to raise awareness of Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy. The day was first observed in 1954.


It’s hard for a modern person to imagine their life without the Internet. We use it every day to find information, communicate and entertain ourselves. Without any doubt, the World Wide Web has made out lives so much easier, but have you ever thought that you rely on it too much and replace real-life communication with virtual one? To help you answer these questions, the creators of International Internet-Free Day suggest that you spend the last Sunday of January without using the Internet.


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”.

The last Sunday in January is Belarusian Science Day. This holiday was officially created in the end of 1993.


National Police Anniversary Day (Araw ng Pagkakatatag ng Pambansang Pulisya) is celebrated in the Philippines every year on January 29. It was established to commemorate the formation of the Philippine National Police on this day in 1991.

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

Kansas Day is an annual holiday celebrated in the U.S. state of Kansas on January 29. On this day in 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state.

National Carnation Day is celebrated annually on January 29. It commemorates the birthday of the 25th President of the United States William McKinley, who always wore a red carnation in his lapel for good luck.

On January 27, many countries around the world observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day that commemorates the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. Besides, some countries have their own national remembrance days. For example, Auschwitz Liberation Day in the Netherlands is observed on the last Sunday of January.


January 29 is National Corn Chip Day. This is a perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite snack food; celebrate it by watching a movie or throwing a party with several kins of corn chips for you and your friends to enjoy.

National Trans Visibility Day (Dia Nacional da Visibilidade Trans), also known as National Day of Transgender Visibility, is observed in Brazil on January 29 every year. It was created to raise awareness of the transgender community withing the wider LGBT community in Brazil.

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 films such 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. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African-American of the 20th century.
  • 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.
  • 1945 Born: Tom Selleck, American actor whose breakout role was playing private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. from 1980 to 1988.
  • 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 of the Haber-Bosch process 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.