Important Events of January.

New year greetings come to you,
Along with heartfelt wishes too.
May all you do meet with success,
And bring you every happiness.
2015 is-a)International Year of Soils.
b)International Year of Light and Light
Based Technologies.
c)International Year of Evaluation
announced by Eval Partners, the global
movement to strengthen national evaluation
2005 to 2015-Water for life decade.
On the new year day of 1920, Rotary club
(founded on 26th September 1919) was chartered
at Calcutta.
The annual Achachairu festival takes place in
Porongo,about 12 miles northwest of the city of
Santa Cruz.This small orange,semi-acidic fruit
is native to the tropics of Bolivia. The festival
takes place in late December and beginning of January.
January is National Cervical Health Awareness month.

World religion day is observed on the third Sunday of

January every year.

Uttaranchal state was renamed as Uttarakhand on January 1,


The Euro is the new ‘single currency’ of the European  Monetary

Union, adopted on  January 1, 1999.

Indian Penal Code came into effect on January 1, 1862.

The money order system was established on January 1,1880.

January 1, 1886 was an event of unusual consequences and

meaning in the life of Rama Krishna Parama Hamsa and his

followers.It was called ”Kalpa Taru Day”.
January 2(1956)–Birthday of Linda Barry-An American
popular cartoonist.Her works are-”Ernie Pooks Comeek”
(weekly comic strip) and ”The Good Times Are Killing Me”

Bharat  Ratna is the highest civilian Award of the republic of India. It

was instituted in 2, January 1954.
January 3–Birthday of Mel Gibson(1956). He was an
American actor, film maker and screen writer.

B.M.Shrikantaiah,(B:3 January 1884;D:5 January, 1946) was a

Kannada poet and writer.
January 4.–Prophet Muhammad Paigamber was born on
(570A.D.)12th day of Islamic month Rabi al-awwal(January 4)
Sir Isaac Newton(B:4,January 1643;D:March 31,1727)was
an English physicist & mathematician.
Brotherly Sunday is obseved on 4th of January.

World Braille Day is celebrated every year on 4th January

to honor the birthday of Louis Braille,(B:4 January 1809;

D:6January 1852) inventor of the reading and writing system

used by  millions of blind and partially sighted people all

over the globe.

January 5–Paramahamsa Yogananda(B:5 January 1893;

D:7 March 1952) was an Indian Yogi and guru who introduced

millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya

Yoga through his book ”Autobiography of a Yogi”

ISRO launched indigenous cryogenic engine-powered

GSLV-D5 on January 5, 2014.

M.K.Indira(B:January 5, 1917;D:March 15, 1994) was a

well-known Indian novelist.

National Bird Day.
January 6—Epiphany is a Christian festival, which shows
how God comes to His people and reveals His salvation
to the world. The word Epiphany comes from Greek word
”epiphaneia” which means ”appearance” or manifestation.

Indian actor Om Puri(B:18 October 1950)dies on 6 January 2017.
January 7–Birthday of Nicolas Cage(1964).He is an
American actor and producer.

Shobhaa De(1948) is an Indian columnist and novelist

known as ”Jackie Collins of India”

Kelucharan Mahopatra(B:8 January 1926;D:7 April 2004)

was an Indian classical dancer and proponent of Odissi dance.

World Ambulance Day-8, January.
January 9–Birthday of Kate Middleton(1982). She is the
wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Har Govind Khorana(B:January 9,1922; D:November 9,2011)
was a Laureates of the Nobel Prize(1968) in
physiology/medicine. He was an Indian-American biochemist.

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas commemorates the retutn of Gandhiji

from South Africa in Bombay on 9th January 1915.
January 10-World Laughter Day.

K.J.Yesudas(B:10 January, 1940) is an Indian carnatic musician

and playback singer.

League of Nations is an inter governmental organization

founded on 10 January 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace

Conference that ended the First World War.

World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year.

January 11-Kailash Satyarthi(B:January 11, 1954) is winner
of Nobel Peace Prize(2014).He is an Indian children’s
rights advocate and an activist against child
labour.He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan
(Save Childhood Agitation)in 1980.

January 11 to 17–Road Safety Week. Theme of the

year 2015 is ”Safety is not just a slogan, it’s a way of life.”

East Pakistan changed it’s name to Bangladesh on January 11,


January 12-National youth day.

National Youth Week is observed from January 12 to 16

every year.

Swami Vivekananda/Narendranath Datta(B:12 January 1863

D:4 July 1902)was a Hindu monk, social reformer and chief disciple

of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

World Daughters Day is observed on 12th January in India.
January 13–Flora Nwapa(Born:January 13, 1931;Died:
October 16, 1993)Her novel ”Efuru” is among the first
English-language novels by a woman from Africa.

Agatha Christie(B:15 September 1890;D:12 January 1976)

was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright.

Melvine Jones(B:January 13, 1879;D:June 1, 1961)founded

the world’s largest community service organization,

Lions Club International in 1917.The lions club has spread in

210 countries with 1.4 million members.
January 14–Uttarayana starts from Makara Sankranti.
From this day onwards Devkal(day time for deities)starts
which is good to start auspicious work.
Madhwacharya installed the statue of Lord Krishna on
Makara Sankranti Day, in Udupi, nearly 700 years ago.
Madras State was renamed as Tamilnadu on 14 January


The third Panipat war was fought on 14 January 1761

between Maratha empire and Afghanisthan.

Honnappa Bhagavathar(B:January 14,1915;D:2October,1992)

was a Tamil theatre artist, film actor,producer, musician

and singer.

Kite festival is celebrated on January 14th , Mkara sankranthi day.

Patila Puttappa(B:January 14, 1921)is an Indian writer, veteran

journalist and activist based in Hubli.
January 15—Army Day in India
100th birthday of Honnappa Bhagawatar(1916).He is an
actor and singer.
National strawberry Icecream day in U.S.A.

Launch of Wikipedia by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

on January 15, 2001.

Kabir Bedi(B:January 16,1946) is an Indian television  and film actor.

January 17, 2016-Veteran Kannada film director and music composer

Geethapiya  passed away.(B:15 June 1931)

Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji of Kashi Math(B:March 31,1926)

considered as the supreme religious leader of Gowda Saraswata

Brahmin(G.S.B.)passed away at Haridwar on Saturday January


Tonse Ananth Pai(B:17 January 1922;D:29 May 1981) was responsible

for the success of Syndicate Bank as it’s  General Manager and

later as Chairman.

Balagangadharnath Swamiji(B:January 18,1945;D:January 13,2013)

was an Indian religious leader. He was the seer of Adichunchanagiri,

Nagamangala taluk, Mandya district. He was awarded  ”Padma Bhushana”

on 2010.

January 19–Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. is
celebrated on third Monday of January.

Pandit Sawai Gandharva(B:1886,January 19;D:September 12, 1952)

was a popular Hindusthani classical vocalist  and Marathi stage

actor of the Kirana Gharana.

Kashmiri Pandits fled to save their lives from rabid jihadis

on 19/01/1990.They don’t live  here anymore.We can find

them in squalid refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi.

National Popcorn Day.

On January 19, 1840 Charles Wikes in command of the United

States Exploring Expedition, discovered the continent of Antarctica.

January 20-2017-Donald John Trump becomes the

45th President of United States of America.
January 21—Henry Giessenbier founded Jaycees in
January 21, 1920 with 3000 members in St.Louis,
Missouri, to provide opportunities for young men to
develop personal and leadership skills through
service to others.

The State of Meghalaya was formed on 21st January 1972.

Irish Republic declared independence from Great Britain

on January 21, 1919.

National Hugging Day.

Siddaganga mutt seer Shivakumara Swamiji(B:1 April 1907 D:21 January 2019)

He was an Indian spiritual leader.
January 22—Answer your cat’s question day.
Queen Victoria (B:1819 May 24; D:1901 January 22)
ruled Britain upto 63 years, 7 months.

Julia Tuttle(B:January 22, 1849;D:September 14, 1898)

was an American business woman who is the only female

founder of a major American city Miami, Florida.
January 23,1556-The deadliest earthquake at Shaanxi in China

killed approaximately  8,30,000 people.

Subhash Chandra Bose (B:23 January 1897; D:18 August 1945)

was an Indian freedom fighter.
January 24– birth anniversary of Kannada poet
Muddana(Born :1870 January 24 D:February 15, 1901).

He was born in Nandalike, Karkala Taluk, Karnataka.

His name at birth was Lakshmi Naranappa.His famous literary

works include-Ratnavati Kalyana,Kumara Vijaya,Shri Rama

Pattabhishekam, Adbhuta  Ramayana,Shri Ramashwamedham.

Rajeshwari Chatterjee(B:24 January 1922;D:3 September 2010)

was an Indian scientist. She was the first woman engineer

from Karnataka. She was also the first woman faculty

at the Indian Institute of Science.

The poem ”Vande Maataram” composed by Bengali author

Bankimchandra Chattopadhyaya was adopted as National

Song of India on 24 January 1950 providing it equal status

with ”Jana Gana Mana” which  was adopted by the Constituent

Assembly as the Indian National Anthem.

National Girl Child’s Day.
January 25 to 31– Cervical Cancer Prevention week.
2015 Miss Universe-Paulina Vega, Miss Columbia is the
winner at the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant in
Miami on 25th, Sunday.

Election Commission of India came into existence on 25

January 1950.

Sate of Himachal Pradesh came into being on 25th January 1971.

January 25-National Voters Day.
January 26 —R.K.Laxman(B: 1921 October 24; D:26
January 2015)He was a Times of India cartoonist and
creator of cartoon character, ”Common Man”.
Crows were his friends and the subject of his drawings.
January 26—-Consecration of first female bishop
in the Chuch of England at Yok Minster. Rev. Libby
Lane,48 was consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport
January 26-the 66th Republic day of India honours
the date on which the Constitution of India came
into force on January 26, 1950,replacing the Government
of India Act(1935) as the governing document of India.
Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India.
Barack Obama, President of U.S.A.was the Chief guest of
Republic day ceremony , 2015.India witnessed the first
march by women army,navy and air force. Women
contingent of the Army was led by Divya Ajith
All women Naval contingent was led by Lt.Cdr. Priya Jayakumar.
All women Air force contingent was led by Sneha Shekhawat,
the Squadron leader.

Gujarat earthquake occurred on 26 January, 2001 at Bhuj

which was devastated.

K.S.Narasimha Swamy(B:26 January 1915;D:27 December 2003)

was a prominent Indian poet in the Kannada literature.

”Aye Mere Vatan ke Logo” is a Hindi patriotic song

written by Kavi Pradeep, music composed by C. Ramachandra

and sung by Lata Mangeshkar, commemorating  Indian soldiers

who died during the Sino-Indian war.The song was famously

performed live on January 27, 1963 by Latha Mangeshkar at

the National Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru in NewDelhi on account of Republic Day

1963, which was just two months after the war.

Sangolli Rayanna was a prominent freedom fighter from

Karnataka, India. He was born on 15 August 1798. He was

.executed by hanging to death by the British on 26 January 1831.

Rani Gaidinliu(B:26 January 1915; D:17 February 1993) was the

spiritual and political leader of the Nagas.

January 26-International Customs Day.

National Spouses Day.

Supreme Court of India came into existence on 28th January

1950 and is located in New Delhi.

Pandit Jasraj(B:January 28, 1930) is an Indian classical(Hindustani)


Lala Lajpat Rai(B:January 28,1865;D:17 November 1928), popularly

known as ”Punjab Kesari” was an Indian freedom fighter.

Oprah Winfrey(B:29 January 1954) is an American media proprietor,

actress, producer,talk show host and philanthropist.

George Fernandese(B:3-6-1930 D:29 January 2019), former Union

Minister  passed away.

January 30— Amrita Sher-Gil(Born:30 January 1913;
D:5 December 1941) was an eminent Indian painter.
January 31–Birthday of Justin Timberlake(1981). He
is an American singer, song writer and actor.
The 81st Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Shravana Belagola
from January 31 to February 3.President of the sammelana
is Siddalingaiah who is a Dalita poet.
Birth centinary of Padigaaru Venkata Ramana Acharya,
(born on 1915) who was also known as Langulacharya.
He was the founder and editor of ”Kasturi”, a
Kannada monthly digest.

30th January in India is observed as Martyrs day to mark

the assassination of Gandhiji by Nathuram Godse on January

30, 1948.

Anti Leprosy Day is observed on 30th January.
January 31–India test-fired successfully its
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Agni-v(5th).

The peacock was declared as the National  bird of India

on January 31, 1963.

vadiraja jayanti(Magha masa shukla paksha  dwaadashi

as per Hindu calendar in the year Sarvari,1480 AD )He

was a Dvaita saint born at huvina kere. He was a great

philosopher, poet and social reformer.He changed the

system of Udupi paryaya from two months to two years.

He entered samadhi on third day of dark fortnight of

Hindu month Phalguna.(1600 AD).He worshipped Lord

Vishnu in the form of Hayagreeva.

Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre(B:31, January 1896;

D:26 October 1981) was a notable Kannada poet of the

Navodaya  period.

United Nations declared that 2016 will be The International

Year of Pulses.

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