National Nothing Day
Religious Freedom Day
Good Teen Day
1964: Carol Channing debuts in Hello Dolly, the Broadway show based on Thorton Wilder's play The Matchmaker. The Broadway play earned a Tony as Best Musical of the Year.
1547: Ivan the Terrible is crowned tsar of Russia.
1804: French physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac ascends to a height of 7,016 m (23,018 ft) in a hydrogen balloon, a record that lasted 50 years.
Marilyn Horne, opera singer (1934)
A.J. Foyt, automobile racer (1935)
1939: Toronto cartoonist Joe Shuster published his first Superman comic strip. Shuster and writer jerry Siegal created the character in 1933 and sold Superman to Action Comics for $130.00.
Niccolò Piccinni, composer (1728)
Ethel Merman, actress (1909)
1970: The government announced plans to convert from the Imperial to the Metric system of measurement. A special commission was appointed to oversee the introduction of metric, or the International System of Units.
How many different hats have you worn in your life? Can you find some pictures that depict your various head ornaments? Or perhaps you can journal about all the hats you wear that no one can see: chauffeur, short-order cook or chef, psychiatrist, tailor, tutor, house cleaner, gardener, cheerleader, etc.
Pose your family or friends wearing their favourite hat for a photograph.
Do you have a hat collection? Each piece in a collection has its own history, from who made it or who wore it. Try to document the hats in your collection in a small journal.
Customer Service Day
1893: The Hawaiian monarch Queen Liliuokalani abdicates the throne as pressure from white sugar planters and businessmen intensifies.
1962: Chubby Checker tops the charts with "The Twist."
Jim Carrey, actor (1962)
Muhammad Ali, boxer (1942)
Mick Taylor, musician (1948)
Mack Sennett, motion-picture producer and director (1880)
Al Capone, gangster (1899)
Benjamin Franklin, American printer, author, diplomat, and scientist (1706)
St. Anthony’s Day
St. Anthony is the patron saint of four-footed beasts.
1974: Pauline McGibbon was appointed Lt.-Governor of Ontario, the first woman ever appointed to a vice-regal post in Canada.
Winnie the Pooh Day
Today, sometimes known as Pooh Day, is the birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh creator, A. A. Milne. (1882)
1486: King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV, hoping to unite Yorkist and Lancastrian claims to the throne in his Tudor dynasty.
1778: Captain James Cook discovers the "Sandwich Islands," which are later renamed the Hawaiian Islands.
Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), English physician, author of books on physiology, remembered for the famous Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
1896: The X-ray machine is first exhibited in New York City. The X in the name is used because of the initial mystery of what type of ray it is.
1912: Captain Robert Scott reaches the South Pole in a quest to be the first person to do so. Unfortunately, a month earlier, Roald Amundsen had already achieved that goal.
Kevin Costner, actor (1955)
Danny Kaye, comedian, dancer, singer, and musician (1913)
Oliver Hardy, comedic actor (1892)
Weedless Wednesday is the focal point of national Non-Smoking Week. It raises public awareness of the benefits of quitting smoking.
Penguin Awareness Day
1937: Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles, California, to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours and 28 minutes, setting a new transcontinental flight speed record.
1943: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was born in Ottawa where the Dutch royal family had sought refuge after the German occupation of Holland. In honour of her birth the flag of the Netherlands became the first foreign flag to fly from Ottawa’s Peace Tower.
1953: Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gives birth to little Ricky. More viewers tuned in to watch that blessed event than the following day's inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1966: Indira Gandhi, daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes prime minister of India.
Dolly Parton, singer (1946)
Paul Cézanne, painter (1839)
Robert E. Lee, Confederate general (1807)
James Watt, inventor (1736). Scottish engineer and inventor who developed a separate condensing vessel for the steam engine. The watt and the kilowatt of power are named in his honour.
Janis Joplin, singer (1943)
Edgar Allan Poe (1809)
Feast day of Saint Henry of Uppsala, patron saint of Finland.
National Buttercrunch Day
Aquarius is the first astrological sign of the year. Do you know someone born under this sign?
1961: President John F. Kennedy gives his memorable inaugural address that includes the words, "Ask not what your country can do for you.…"
1964: The album "Meet the Beatles" is released in the United States.
Federico Fellini, Italian film director (1920)
George Burns, comedian (1896)
Patricia Neal, actor (1926)
David Lynch, motion-picture director (1946)
January 20-26, 2006 – Hunting for Happiness Week
1892: Anniversary of the first basketball game; played in Springfield, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game.
1971: Radio Tuktoyaktuk began broadcasting in English and Inukitut.
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day
1915: The Kiwanis International worldwide service club is chartered in Detroit, Michigan.
1966: Beatle George Harrison and Patricia Ann Boyd marry after meeting on the set of A Hard Day's Night.
1976: The first Concordes simultaneously take flight from London and Paris, with commercial passengers onboard.
Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer (1940)
Plácido Domingo, opera singer (1941)
Christian Dior, French couturier (1905)
Geena Davis, actor (1957)
Saint Agnes’ Day, patron saint of chastity and all Girl Scouts.
National Answer Your Cat's Question Day
National Blonde Brownie Day
1968: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In premieres on NBC.
1666: Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-1658) who built the Taj Mahal, dies in Agra, India, at age 74.
Lord Byron, English poet (1788)
August Strindberg, Sedish novelist and dramatist (1849)
Sam Cooke, American soul singer and songwriter (1931)
Linda Blair, actor (1959)
St. Vincent’s Day. Saint Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of winegrowers.
1992: Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar was Canada’s first woman in space on board NASA space shuttle Discovery.