Special Days in January 2015

january_3499c(The Special Days in January list has been updated for 2017 and can be read here   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/12/28/special-days-in-january-2017/

Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, Special Days in January 2015 gives you plenty to choose from.   Here’s the list of January’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!

January’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Be Kind to Food Servers
  • Dried Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Fiber Focus
  • Hot Foods
  • Hot Tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Prune Breakfast
  • Slow Cooking
  • Soup
  • Wheat Bread

January Awareness Themes

  • Bath Safety
  • Blood Donor
  • Birth Defects
  • Celebration of Life
  • Eye Care
  • Financial Wellness
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of Life
  • Personal Self-Defense
  • Poverty in America
  • Prune the Fat
  • Teen Driving
  • Thyroid

January’s Themes

  • Book Blitz
  • Change Your Stars
  • Clean Up Your Computer
  • Creativity
  • Family Fit Lifestyle
  • Get Organized
  • High Tech
  • Hobby
  • It’s OK To Be Different
  • Mail Order Gardening
  • Mentoring
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Polka Music
  • Reaching Your Potential
  • Reference Book
  • Rising Star
  • Shape Up
  • Skating
  • Thank You
  • Train Your Dog
  • Way Finding

Jan. 1

  • Commitment Day
  • Copyright Law Day
  • The Council on Environmental Quality established 1969
  • Daydreamers Day
  • Diet Resolution Week begins
  • Ellis Island Anniversary 1892
  • Emancipation Proclamation Day 1868
  • Euro Day
  • First Foot Day
  • Global Family Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Resolutions Week begins
  • Paul Revere born 1735
  • Polar Bear Plunge
  • St. Basil’s Day
  • Betsy Ross born 1752
  • Z Day

Jan. 2

  • Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland)
  • Drinking Straw patented 1888
  • Georgia Statehood 1788
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats
  • Motivation and Inspiration Day
  • Rabi’l
  • Science Fiction Day
  • Someday We’ll Laugh About Week begins
  • Suffragist Martha Carey Thomas born 1857

Jan. 3

  • Alaska Statehood 1959
  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • Festival of Sleep
  • Fruitcake Toss Day
  • Olelo margarine patented 1871
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 4

  • Blender patented 1910
  • Loose Weight Feel Great Week begins (1st full week)
  • Louis Braille born 1809
  • Folic Acid Awareness Week begins *(2nd week)
  • Author Jacob Grimm born 1785
  • Hypnotism Day
  • Scientist Issac Newton born 1643
  • Earth at Perihelion Day *
  • Pizza Week begins *(2nd Week)
  • Pop Music Chart Day
  • Spaghetti Day
  • Trivia Day
  • Utah Statehood 1896

Jan. 5

  • Bird Day
  • Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779
  • Thank God It’s Monday Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Weigh-In Day *(1st Monday after New Year’s Day)
  • X-Ray discovered 1896

Jan. 6

  • Apple Tree Day
  • Joan of Arc born 1412
  • Bean Day
  • Cuddle Up Day
  • New Mexico Statehood 1912
  • Telegraph First Demonstrated 1838
  • Three Kings Day

Jan. 7

  • President Millard Fillmore born 1800
  • Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
  • Programmers’ Day
  • Old Rock Day
  • Orthodox Christmas *

Jan. 8

  • Argyle Day
  • Bubble Bath Day
  • Earth’s Rotation Day
  • Elvis Presley born 1935
  • English Toffee Day
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking born 1942
  • Joygerm Day
  • Midwife’s Day
  • Universal Letter Writing Week begins *(2nd week)
  • War on Poverty Day

Jan. 9

  • Apricot Day
  • Balloon Ascension Day
  • Connecticut Statehood 1788
  • 1st Dear Abby Newspaper Column published 1956
  • President Richard Nixon born 1913
  • Static Electricity Day
  • Word Nerd Day

Jan. 10

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • Peculiar People Day
  • !st UN Meeting Anniversary 1944

Jan. 11

  • Scientist Joseph Charles Arthur born 1850
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week begins
  • Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908
  • Healthy Weight Week begins *(3rd week)
  • International Printing Week begins *( week including Jan. 17)
  • Milk Day
  • Secret Pal Day
  • Thank You Day

Jan. 12

  • Clean Off Your Desk Week begins *(2nd Mon.)
  • Coming of Age Day (Japan) *(2nd Mon.)
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day
  • Work Harder Day

Jan. 13

  • Author Michael Bond born 1926
  • Composer Stephen Foster born 1864
  • Frisbee introduced 1957
  • Poetry Break Day
  • Public Radio Broadcasting Day
  • Rubber Ducky Day

Jan. 14

  • Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Organize Your Home Day
  • Missionary Albert Schweitzer born 1875

Jan. 15

  • Elementary School Teacher Day
  • Hat Day
  • Humanitarian Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929
  • 1st Super Bowl Game (1967)

Jan. 16

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • Missionary Eric Liddell born 1902
  • Nothing Day
  • Religious Freedom Day

Jan. 17

  • Cable Car Day
  • Inventor/Author/Patriot Ben Franklin born 1706
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice Week begins
  • Hot Heads Chili Day
  • Kid Inventors’ Day
  • Popeye the Sailorman debut 1929

Jan. 18

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Day (18 & 19)
  • Hunt for Happiness Week begins (3rd full week)
  • Prayer of Christian Unity Week begins
  • Sanctity of Human Life Day
  • Scott reaches South Pole 1910
  • Thesaurus Day
  • Daniel Webster born 1782
  • Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne born 1882)
  • World Religion Day *(3rd Sun.)

Jan. 19

  • Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839
  • Day of Service *
  • International Flower Day
  • Metric System Day
  • Neon Sign patented 1915
  • No Name-Calling Week begins *
  • Author Edgar Allan Poe born 1809
  • Popcorn Day
  • Tin Can Day

Jan. 20

  • Astronaut Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin born 1930
  • Cheese Day
  • Disc Jockey Day
  • Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • Penguin Awareness Day
  • Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day
  • 1st Webster’s American Dictionary 1825

Jan. 21

  • Granola Bar Day
  • Hugging Day
  • Maintenance Day *(3rd Wed.)
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day

Jan. 22

  • 1st American Postal Route established 1673
  • Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • Blonde Brownie Day
  • Celebration of Life Day

Jan. 23

  • John Hancock born 1737
  • Handwriting Analysis Week begins
  • Handwriting Day
  • Measure Your Feet Day
  • Pie Day

Jan. 24

  • Apple introduced the Macintosh Personal Computer 1984
  • Belly Laugh Day
  • Compliment Day
  • Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill(1848)
  • Peanut Butter Day
  • Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Jan. 25

  • Burns Night (Scotland)
  • Celebrity Read a Book Week begins *(last full week)
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week begins
  • Poet Robert Burns born 1759
  • Leprosy Day *(last Sun.)
  • Opposite Day

Jan. 26

  • Australia Day
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day *(last Mon.)
  • Michigan Statehood 1837
  • Peanut Brittle Day
  • School Choice Week begins
  • Take Back Your Time Week begins *(last full work week)

Jan. 27

  • Author Lewis Carrol born 1832
  • Chocolate Cake Day
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Composer Mozart born 1756
  • Vietnam Peace Day 1973

Jan. 28

  • Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 1986
  • Kazoo day
  • School Nurse’s Day *(4th Wed.)
  • Snow Sculpting Week begins
  • US Coast Guard formed 1915

Jan. 29

  • Corn Chip Day
  • Free Thinkers Day
  • Kansas Statehood 1861
  • President Wm. McKinley born 1843
  • Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737
  • Puzzle Day
  • Seeing Eye Dog Day

Jan. 30

  • Croissant Day
  • Mohandas Gandhi assassinated 1948
  • 1st Lone Ranger radio broadcast 1933
  • President Franklin Roosevelt born 1882
  • Yodel For Your Neighbors Day

Jan. 31

  • Backwards Day
  • Explorer 1 launched 1958
  • Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
  • Composer Franz Schubert born 1797
  • Seed Swap Day *(last Sat.)
  • Street Children Day

I make my monthly special days lists from several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-january

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/january

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/january-2015.html

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/Monthly-Special-Days-Calendars/a/Special-Days-And-Observances-In-January.htm

http://www.brownielocks.com/january.html

Have a wonderful January!

betty jo

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3 thoughts on “Special Days in January 2015

  1. Rebecca

    Thanks for sharing this! I can only imagine the time and effort it took. Great and fun list and I look forward to working some of these into our curriculum! ~New Year blessings to you~

    Reply
    1. Betty Jo Post author

      It has taken years for the special days list to evolve to what it is now. I’m thrilled that you’ll be using some of it with your learning! New Year’s blessings to you, too!

      Reply
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