January 18 Holidays, Events & Observances

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January 18 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are January 18 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; January 18 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on January 18.

January 18 holidays and observances
January 18 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in January, international holidays in January 18, national days in January 18. Some major January 18 national day and International holidays list in January calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

There are literally thousands of holidays throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of January 18 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have documented the long list of observances on January 18, notable events, national days in January 18, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on January 18 globally.

Month of January

January is a winter month in the northern half of the world and a summer month in the southern half. It is named after the Roman god of new beginnings, Janus.

January derives its name from Janu, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. Janu was said to be the protector of gates, doorways, and paths, which is fitting because many of us view January as the doorway to the new year. January is the first month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is also the first of seven months with 31 days. The other six months are March, May, July, August, October, and January.

Holidays in January

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in January are:

January 18 holidays and observances
January 18 Holidays and Observances

January 18 Holidays, National Day

January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 347 days remain until the end of the year (348 in leap years).

Events

Pre-1600

  • 474 – Seven-year-old Leo II succeeds his maternal grandfather Leo I as Byzantine emperor. He dies ten months later.
  • 532 – Nika riots in Constantinople fail.
  • 1126 – Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.
  • 1486 – King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
  • 1562 – Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.
  • 1591 – King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Mingyi Swa of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.

1601–1900

  • 1670 – Henry Morgan captures Panama.
  • 1701 – Frederick I crowns himself King of Prussia in Königsberg.
  • 1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands”.
  • 1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from Great Britain to Australia arrive at Botany Bay.
  • 1806 – Jan Willem Janssens surrenders the Dutch Cape Colony to the British.
  • 1866 – Wesley College is established in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1871 – Wilhelm I of Germany is proclaimed Kaiser Wilhelm in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles (France) towards the end of the Franco-Prussian War. Wilhelm already had the title of German Emperor since the constitution of 1 January 1871, but he had hesitated to accept the title.
  • 1886 – Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
  • 1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.

1901–present

  • 1911 – Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
  • 1913 – First Balkan War: A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.
  • 1915 – Japan issues the “Twenty-One Demands” to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
  • 1919 – World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France.
  • 1919 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.
  • 1941 – World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.
  • 1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • 1945 – World War II: Liberation of Kraków, Poland by the Red Army.
  • 1958 – Willie O’Ree, the first Black Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.
  • 1960 – Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes into a farm in Charles City County, Virginia, killing all 50 aboard, the third fatal Capital Airlines crash in as many years.
  • 1967 – Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler”, is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1969 – United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.
  • 1972 – Members of the Mukti Bahini lay down their arms to the government of the newly independent Bangladesh, a month after winning the war against the occupying Pakistan Army.
  • 1974 – A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.
  • 1976 – Lebanese Christian militias kill at least 1,000 in Karantina, Beirut.
  • 1977 – Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
  • 1977 – Australia’s worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney, killing 83.
  • 1977 – SFR Yugoslavia’s Prime minister, Džemal Bijedić, his wife and six others are killed in a plane crash in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 1978 – The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom’s government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
  • 1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
  • 1983 – The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals to his family.
  • 1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
  • 1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 US states.
  • 2002 – The Sierra Leone Civil War is declared over.
  • 2003 – A bushfire kills four people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • 2005 – The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France
  • 2007 – The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people and Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Cyclone Kyrill causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe.
  • 2008 – The Euphronios Krater is unveiled in Rome after being returned to Italy by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • 2018 – A bus catches fire on the Samara–Shymkent road in Yrgyz District, Aktobe, Kazakhstan. The fire kills 52 passengers, with three passengers and two drivers escaping.
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Births

Pre-1600

  • 1404 – Sir Philip Courtenay, British noble (d. 1463)
  • 1457 – Antonio Trivulzio, seniore, Roman Catholic cardinal (d. 1508)
  • 1519 – Isabella Jagiellon, Queen of Hungary (d. 1559)
  • 1540 – Catherine, Duchess of Braganza (d. 1614)

1601–1900

  • 1641 – François-Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois, French politician, Secretary of State for War (d. 1691)
  • 1659 – Damaris Cudworth Masham, English philosopher and theologian (d. 1708)
  • 1672 – Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French author (d. 1731)
  • 1688 – Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1765)
  • 1689 – Montesquieu, French lawyer and philosopher (d. 1755)
  • 1701 – Johann Jakob Moser, German jurist (d. 1785)
  • 1743 – Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, French mystic and philosopher (d. 1803)
  • 1751 – Ferdinand Kauer, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1831)
  • 1752 – John Nash, English architect (d. 1835)
  • 1764 – Samuel Whitbread, English politician (d. 1815)
  • 1779 – Peter Mark Roget, English physician, lexicographer, and theologian (d. 1869)
  • 1782 – Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician, 14th United States Secretary of State (d. 1852)
  • 1793 – Pratap Singh Bhosle, Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire (d. 1847)
  • 1815 – Constantin von Tischendorf, German theologian and scholar (d. 1874)
  • 1835 – César Cui, Russian general, composer, and critic (d. 1918)
  • 1840 – Henry Austin Dobson, English poet and author (d. 1921)
  • 1841 – Emmanuel Chabrier, French pianist and composer (d. 1894)
  • 1842 – A. A. Ames, American physician and politician, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1848 – Ioan Slavici, Romanian journalist and author (d. 1925)
  • 1849 – Edmund Barton, Australian judge and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1920)
  • 1850 – Seth Low, American academic and politician, 92nd Mayor of New York City (d. 1916)
  • 1853 – Marthinus Nikolaas Ras, South African farmer, soldier, and gun-maker (d. 1900)
  • 1854 – Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (d. 1934)
  • 1856 – Daniel Hale Williams, American surgeon and cardiologist (d. 1931)
  • 1867 – Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan poet, journalist, and diplomat (d. 1916)
  • 1868 – Kantarō Suzuki, Japanese admiral and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)
  • 1877 – Sam Zemurray, Russian-American businessman, founded the Cuyamel Fruit Company (d. 1961)
  • 1879 – Henri Giraud, French general and politician (d. 1949)
  • 1880 – Paul Ehrenfest, Austrian-Dutch physicist and academic (d. 1933)
  • 1880 – Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster, Italian cardinal (d. 1954)
  • 1881 – Gaston Gallimard, French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (d. 1975)
  • 1882 – A. A. Milne, English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1956)
  • 1886 – Clara Nordström, Swedish-German author and translator (d. 1962)
  • 1888 – Thomas Sopwith, English ice hockey player, sailor, and pilot (d. 1989)
  • 1892 – Oliver Hardy, American actor and comedian (d. 1957)
  • 1892 – Bill Meanix, American hurdler and coach (d. 1957)
  • 1892 – Paul Rostock, German surgeon and academic (d. 1956)
  • 1893 – Jorge Guillén, Spanish poet, critic, and academic (d. 1984)
  • 1894 – Toots Mondt, American wrestler and promoter (d. 1976)
  • 1896 – C. M. Eddy Jr., American author (d. 1967)
  • 1896 – Ville Ritola, Finnish-American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1898 – Albert Kivikas, Estonian journalist and author (d. 1978)

1901–present

  • 1901 – Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1973)
  • 1903 – Berthold Goldschmidt, German pianist and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1904 – Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordion player and composer (d. 2006)
  • 1904 – Cary Grant, English-American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1905 – Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mob boss (d. 2002)
  • 1907 – János Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (d. 1984)
  • 1908 – Jacob Bronowski, Polish-English mathematician, historian, and television host (d. 1974)
  • 1910 – Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist and academic (d. 1993)
  • 1911 – José María Arguedas, Peruvian anthropologist, author, and poet (d. 1969)
  • 1911 – Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)
  • 1913 – Carroll Cloar, American artist (d. 1993)
  • 1913 – Giannis Papaioannou, Greek composer (d. 1972)
  • 1914 – Arno Schmidt, German author and translator (d. 1979)
  • 1914 – Vitomil Zupan, Slovene author, poet, and playwright (d. 1987)
  • 1915 – Syl Apps, Canadian pole vaulter, ice hockey player, and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1915 – Santiago Carrillo, Spanish soldier and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1915 – Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (d. 1984)
  • 1917 – Nicholas Oresko, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese-American businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1918 – Gustave Gingras, Canadian-English physician and educator (d. 1996)
  • 1919 – Toni Turek, German footballer (d. 1984)
  • 1921 – Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)
  • 1923 – John Graham, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1923 – Gerrit Voorting, Dutch cyclist (d. 2015)
  • 1925 – Gilles Deleuze, French metaphysician and philosopher (d. 1995)
  • 1925 – John V. Evans, American soldier and politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Sol Yurick, American soldier and author (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Randolph Bromery, American geologist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Sundaram Balachander, Indian actor, singer, and veena player (d. 1990)
  • 1928 – Alexander Gomelsky, Soviet and Russian professional basketball coach (d. 2005)
  • 1931 – Chun Doo-hwan, South Korean general and politician, 5th President of South Korea
  • 1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, American psychologist, author, poet, and playwright (d. 2007)
  • 1933 – Emeka Anyaoku, Nigerian politician, 8th Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1933 – David Bellamy, English botanist, author and academic (d. 2019)
  • 1933 – John Boorman, English director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1933 – Ray Dolby, American engineer and businessman, founded Dolby Laboratories (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – William Goodhart, Baron Goodhart, English lawyer and politician (d. 2017)
  • 1933 – Frank McMullen, New Zealand rugby player (d. 2004)
  • 1933 – Jean Vuarnet, French ski racer (d. 2017)
  • 1934 – Raymond Briggs, English author and illustrator
  • 1935 – Albert Millaire, Canadian actor and director (d. 2018)
  • 1935 – Jon Stallworthy, English poet, critic, and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1935 – Gad Yaacobi, Israeli academic and diplomat, 10th Israel Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2007)
  • 1936 – David Howell, Baron Howell of Guildford, English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport
  • 1937 – John Hume, Northern Irish educator and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2020)
  • 1938 – Curt Flood, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1997)
  • 1938 – Anthony Giddens, English sociologist and academic
  • 1938 – Werner Olk, German footballer and manager
  • 1938 – Hargus “Pig” Robbins, American Country Music Hall of Fame session keyboard and piano player
  • 1940 – Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican race car driver (d. 1971)
  • 1941 – Denise Bombardier, Canadian journalist and author
  • 1941 – Bobby Goldsboro, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1941 – David Ruffin, American singer (d. 1991)
  • 1943 – Paul Freeman, English actor
  • 1943 – Kay Granger, American educator and politician
  • 1943 – Dave Greenslade, English keyboard player and composer
  • 1943 – Charlie Wilson, American businessman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Paul Keating, Australian economist and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1944 – Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1944 – Kei Ogura, Japanese singer-songwriter and composer
  • 1944 – Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
  • 1945 – Rocco Forte, English businessman and philanthropist
  • 1946 – Perro Aguayo, Mexican wrestler (d. 2019)
  • 1946 – Joseph Deiss, Swiss economist and politician, 156th President of the Swiss Confederation
  • 1946 – Henrique Rosa, Bissau-Guinean politician, President of Guinea-Bissau (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseball player and journalist (d. 2018)
  • 1947 – Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director
  • 1949 – Bill Keller, American journalist
  • 1949 – Philippe Starck, French interior designer
  • 1950 – Gianfranco Brancatelli, Italian race car driver
  • 1950 – Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (d. 1982)
  • 1951 – Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist and activist (d. 1982)
  • 1951 – Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • 1952 – Michael Behe, American biochemist, author, and academic
  • 1952 – R. Stevie Moore, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – B. K. Misra, Indian neurosurgeon
  • 1953 – Peter Moon, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1953 – Brett Hudson, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1956 – Paul Deighton, Baron Deighton, English banker and politician
  • 1960 – Mark Rylance, English actor, director, and playwright
  • 1961 – Peter Beardsley, English footballer and manager
  • 1961 – Bob Hansen, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Mark Messier, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Jeff Yagher, American actor and sculptor
  • 1962 – Alison Arngrim, Canadian-American actress
  • 1963 – Maxime Bernier, Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada
  • 1963 – Ian Crook, English footballer and manager
  • 1963 – Carl McCoy, English singer-songwriter
  • 1963 – Martin O’Malley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 61st Governor of Maryland
  • 1964 – Brady Anderson, American baseball player
  • 1964 – Richard Dunwoody, Northern Irish jockey and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Virgil Hill, American boxer
  • 1964 – Jane Horrocks, English actress and singer
  • 1966 – Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player and author
  • 1966 – Kazufumi Miyazawa, Japanese singer
  • 1966 – André Ribeiro, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1967 – Dean Bailey, Australian footballer and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1967 – Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer
  • 1969 – Dave Bautista, American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor
  • 1969 – Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer
  • 1969 – Jim O’Rourke, American guitarist and producer
  • 1970 – Peter Van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 – Amy Barger, American astronomer
  • 1971 – Jonathan Davis, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1971 – Pep Guardiola, Spanish footballer and manager
  • 1971 – Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan writer (d. 2019)
  • 1972 – Vinod Kambli, Indian cricketer, sportscaster, and actor
  • 1972 – Mike Lieberthal, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Kjersti Plätzer, Norwegian race walker
  • 1973 – Burnie Burns, American actor, director, and producer, co-founded Rooster Teeth Productions
  • 1973 – Luke Goodwin, Australian rugby league player and coach
  • 1973 – Benjamin Jealous, American civic leader and activist
  • 1973 – Anthony Koutoufides, Australian footballer
  • 1973 – Crispian Mills, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and director
  • 1973 – Rolando Schiavi, Argentinian footballer and coach
  • 1974 – Christian Burns, English singer-songwriter
  • 1976 – Laurence Courtois, Belgian tennis player
  • 1976 – Marcelo Gallardo, Argentinian footballer and coach
  • 1976 – Damien Leith, Irish-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Richard Archer, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1978 – Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Thor Hushovd, Norwegian cyclist
  • 1978 – Bogdan Lobonț, Romanian footballer
  • 1979 – Ruslan Fedotenko, Ukrainian ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979 – Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Kenyatta Jones, American football player (d. 2018)
  • 1980 – Estelle, English singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1980 – Robert Green, English footballer
  • 1980 – Kert Haavistu, Estonian footballer and manager
  • 1980 – Julius Peppers, American football player
  • 1980 – Jason Segel, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1981 – Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player
  • 1981 – Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • 1981 – Kang Dong-won, South Korean actor
  • 1982 – Quinn Allman, American guitarist and producer
  • 1982 – Mary Jepkosgei Keitany, Kenyan runner
  • 1983 – Amir Blumenfeld, Israeli-American comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1983 – Samantha Mumba, Irish singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1984 – Kristy Lee Cook, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Ioannis Drymonakos, Greek swimmer
  • 1984 – Makoto Hasebe, Japanese footballer
  • 1984 – Michael Kearney, American biochemist and academic
  • 1984 – Seung-Hui Cho, South Korean student who perpetrated the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech (d. 2007)
  • 1984 – Benji Schwimmer, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1984 – Viktoria Shklover, Estonian figure skater
  • 1985 – Dale Begg-Smith, Canadian-Australian skier
  • 1985 – Mark Briscoe, American wrestler
  • 1985 – Riccardo Montolivo, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Hyun Woo, South Korean actor
  • 1986 – Marya Roxx, Estonian-American singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Ikusaburo Yamazaki, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1987 – Johan Djourou, Swiss footballer
  • 1987 – Christopher Liebig, German rugby player
  • 1987 – Grigoris Makos, Greek footballer
  • 1988 – Ronnie Day, American singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Angelique Kerber, German tennis player
  • 1988 – Anastasios Kissas, Greek footballer
  • 1988 – Boy van Poppel, Dutch cyclist
  • 1989 – Rubén Miño, Spanish footballer
  • 1990 – Nacho, Spanish footballer
  • 1990 – Hayle Ibrahimov, Ethiopian-Azerbaijani runner
  • 1990 – Gift Ngoepe, South African baseball player
  • 1991 – Diego Simões, Brazilian footballer
  • 1992 – Francesco Bardi, Italian footballer
  • 1993 – Sean Keenan, Australian actor
  • 1994 – Kang Ji-young, South Korean singer
  • 1994 – Ilona Kremen, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1995 – Bryce Alford, American basketball player
  • 1998 – Aitana Bonmatí, Spanish footballer
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 52 BC – Publius Clodius Pulcher, Roman politician (b. 93 BC)
  • 474 – Leo I, Byzantine emperor (b. 401)
  • 748 – Odilo, duke of Bavaria
  • 896 – Khumarawayh ibn Ahmad ibn Tulun, ruler of the Tulunids, murdered (b. 864)
  • 1213 – Tamar of Georgia (b. 1160)
  • 1253 – King Henry I of Cyprus (b. 1217)
  • 1271 – Saint Margaret of Hungary (b. 1242)
  • 1326 – Robert FitzWalter, 1st Baron FitzWalter, English baron (b. 1247)
  • 1357 – Maria of Portugal, infanta (b. 1313)
  • 1367 – Peter I of Portugal (b. 1320)
  • 1411 – Jobst of Moravia, ruler of Moravia, King of the Romans
  • 1425 – Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician (b. 1391)
  • 1471 – Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan (b. 1419)
  • 1479 – Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1417)
  • 1547 – Pietro Bembo, Italian cardinal and scholar (b. 1470)
  • 1586 – Margaret of Parma (b. 1522)
  • 1589 – Magnus Heinason, Faroese naval hero (b. 1545)

1601–1900

  • 1677 – Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch politician, founded Cape Town (b. 1619)
  • 1756 – Francis George of Schönborn-Buchheim, Archbishop-Elector of Trier (b. 1682)
  • 1783 – Jeanne Quinault, French actress and playwright (b. 1699)
  • 1803 – Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet and academic (b. 1743)
  • 1849 – Panoutsos Notaras, Greek politician (b. 1752)
  • 1862 – John Tyler, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 10th President of the United States (b. 1790)
  • 1873 – Edward Bulwer-Lytton, English author, poet, playwright, and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (b. 1803)
  • 1878 – Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist and academic (b. 1788)
  • 1886 – Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (b. 1819)
  • 1892 – Anton Anderledy, Swiss religious leader, 23rd Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • 1896 – Charles Floquet, French lawyer and politician, 55th Prime Minister of France (b. 1828)
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1901–present

  • 1923 – Wallace Reid, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1936 – Hermanus Brockmann, Dutch rower (b. 1871)
  • 1936 – Rudyard Kipling, English author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1940 – Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Polish author, poet, and playwright (b. 1865)
  • 1951 – Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary and humanitarian (b. 1867)
  • 1952 – Curly Howard, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1954 – Sydney Greenstreet, English-American actor (b. 1879)
  • 1955 – Saadat Hasan Manto, Pakistani author and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1956 – Makbule Atadan, Turkish lawyer and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1956 – Konstantin Päts, Estonian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 1st President of Estonia (b. 1874)
  • 1963 – Hugh Gaitskell, English academic and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1906)
  • 1966 – Kathleen Norris, American journalist and author (b. 1880)
  • 1967 – Goose Tatum, American basketball player and soldier (b. 1921)
  • 1969 – Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1887)
  • 1970 – David O. McKay, American religious leader, 9th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1873)
  • 1971 – Virgil Finlay, American illustrator (b. 1914)
  • 1973 – Irina Nikolaevna Levchenko, Russian tank commander (b. 1924)
  • 1975 – Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1978 – Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher and author (b. 1919)
  • 1980 – Cecil Beaton, English fashion designer and photographer (b. 1904)
  • 1984 – Panteleimon Ponomarenko, Belarusian general and politician (b. 1902)
  • 1984 – Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (b. 1915)
  • 1989 – Bruce Chatwin, English-French author (b. 1940)
  • 1990 – Melanie Appleby, English singer (b. 1966)
  • 1990 – Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 1993 – Dionysios Zakythinos, Greek historian, academic, and politician (b. 1905)
  • 1995 – Adolf Butenandt, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1995 – Ron Luciano, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1996 – N. T. Rama Rao, Indian actor, director, producer, and politician, 10th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (b. 1923)
  • 1997 – Paul Tsongas, American lawyer and politician (b. 1941)
  • 1998 – Dan Georgiadis, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1922)
  • 2000 – Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)
  • 2001 – Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)*2003 – Ed Farhat, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Indian poet and author (b. 1907)
  • 2004 – Galina Gavrilovna Korchuganova, Russian-born Soviet test pilot and aerobatics champion (b. 1935)
  • 2005 – Lamont Bentley, American actor and rapper (b. 1973)
  • 2006 – Jan Twardowski, Polish priest and poet (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – Brent Liles, American bass player (b. 1963)
  • 2008 – Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1927)
  • 2008 – Frank Lewin, American composer and theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Lois Nettleton, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2008 – John Stroger, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2009 – Tony Hart, English painter and television host (b. 1925)
  • 2009 – Nora Kovach, Hungarian-American ballerina (b. 1931)
  • 2009 – Danai Stratigopoulou, Greek singer-songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2009 – Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet and author (b. 1935)
  • 2010 – Kate McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 2010 – Robert B. Parker, American author and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2011 – Sargent Shriver, American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to France (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – Anthony Gonsalves, Indian composer and educator (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Georg Lassen, German captain (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – Yuri Rasovsky, American playwright and producer, founded The National Radio Theater of Chicago (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – Sean Fallon, Irish footballer and manager (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Jim Horning, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Jon Mannah, Australian rugby league player (b. 1989)
  • 2013 – Lewis Marnell, Australian skateboarder (b. 1982)
  • 2013 – Ron Nachman, Israeli lawyer and politician (b. 1942)
  • 2014 – Kathryn Abbe, American photographer and author (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – Michael Botmang, Nigerian politician, 17th Governor of Plateau State (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Dennis Frederiksen, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Andy Graver, English footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Sarah Marshall, English actress (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – Eugenio Cruz Vargas, Chilean poet and painter (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Alberto Nisman, Argentinian lawyer and prosecutor (b. 1963)
  • 2015 – Christine Valmy, Romanian cosmetologist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Piet van der Sanden, Dutch journalist and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Tony Verna, American director and producer, invented instant replay (b. 1933)
  • 2016 – Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2016 – Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2016 – T. S. Sinnathuray, Judge of the High Court of Singapore (b. 1930)
  • 2016 – Michel Tournier, French journalist and author (b. 1924)
  • 2017 – Peter Abrahams, South African-Jamaican writer (b. 1919)
  • 2017 – David P. Buckson, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Delaware (b. 1920)
  • 2017 – Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe Flint, English cricketer, businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1939)
  • 2017 – Roberta Peters, American coloratura soprano (b. 1930)
  • 2019 – John Coughlin, American figure skater (b. 1985)

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Amy Carmichael (Church of England)
    • Athanasius of Alexandria (Eastern Orthodox Church)
    • Confession of Peter (Eastern Orthodox, some Anglican and Lutheran Churches)
    • Cyril of Alexandria
    • Deicolus
    • Margaret of Hungary
    • Prisca
    • Volusianus of Tours
    • January 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Federal Holiday, United States of America)
  • Royal Thai Armed Forces Day (Thailand)
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18–25) (Christianity)

  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on January 18
  • Today in Canadian History

January 18 Day, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of January (January 18 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic January 18 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more January events, January holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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