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New Year's Day image
1st January

New Year's Day

If Auld Lang Syne left your throat dry? And dancing left your feet sore? And drinking left your head fuzzy? Then resist the temptation to curl up in bed

The Second Day of Hogmanay image
2nd January

The Second Day of Hogmanay

While the rest of Britain is beginning to return to normality after a seasonal binge, Scotland is still going strong. Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent

The drinking straw was patented this day image
3rd January

The drinking straw was patented this day

Where would the frozen cocktail or those thick shakes be without the straw? This day in 1888, the drinking straw was patented by Marvin Stone.

Sir Isaac Newton's birthday image
4th January

Sir Isaac Newton's birthday

On this very day, in a Lincolnshire hamlet in 1643, Hannah Ayscough gave birth to a son so small he could fit in a 1 litre jug. Little would anyone have

Joma Shinji image
5th January

Joma Shinji

The Joma Shinji Japanese New Year archery ritual is based on the Japanese belief that arrows have the power to banish evil – the word Joma translates

The anniversary of Fernand Petiot's death image
6th January

The anniversary of Fernand Petiot's death

Fernand Petiot was a legendry bartender credited with inventing the Bloody Mary. As if that wasn't great enough, he served drinks to every US President

Christmas Day in Russia image
7th January

Christmas Day in Russia

Happy Christmas to all our Russian readers, who celebrate all things Christmassy a couple of weeks after we do here in Blighty, though normally with a

Elvis Presley's birthday image
8th January

Elvis Presley's birthday

The man who was to become The King of Rock 'n' Roll was born on this day in 1935 in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother, Jessie Garon,

Financial Times'  birthday image
9th January

Financial Times' birthday

On this day in 1888, James Sheridan and Horatio Bottomley put out a four-page pamphlet, drily entitled the London Financial Guide - a month later, they

The London Underground's birthday image
10th January

The London Underground's birthday

The London Underground, and indeed the world's first underground railway, made its debut today back in 1863 as the Metropolitan Railway.

Hot Toddy Day image
11th January

Hot Toddy Day

In the days before ice was easily available - and in most parts of the world, you needed to be pretty much royalty to own an ice house and keep it stocked

Joe Frazier's birthday image
12th January

Joe Frazier's birthday

One of the legends of boxing, and one of the great heavyweights of all time, Smokin' Joe Frazier was born this day in 1944 and died 7th November 2011,

The day an asteroid just missed earth image
13th January

The day an asteroid just missed earth

This day in 2004, the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research observatories in New Mexico alighted on a new and mysterious object in the sky - the asteroid

Dress Up Your Pet Day image
14th January

Dress Up Your Pet Day

Today is a day the internet was almost certainly invented for (sorry, Tim Berners-Lee): National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

Anniversary of the Boston Molasses Disaster image
15th January

Anniversary of the Boston Molasses Disaster

On this day in 1919, as Martin Luther King was being born in Atlanta, Georgia, a giant molasses tank exploded in Boston, flattening homes, shops and people

Kate Moss' birthday image
16th January

Kate Moss' birthday

Since first appearing on the cover of British Vogue in 1993, the Croyden stunner has been on it over 30 times since, as well as having campaigns with Gucci,

The day Prohibition started image
17th January

The day Prohibition started

One minute after midnight on this day in 1920, the Volstead Act became law and Prohibition descended on the United States, making it illegal to possess,

Winnie the Pooh Day image
18th January

Winnie the Pooh Day

We all have our favourite line from Winnie the Pooh, but not the late Dorothy Parker who hated the books and famously remarked in a review for the New

Janis Joplin's birthday image
19th January

Janis Joplin's birthday

One of the first rock stars to form the 27 Club, Janis Joplin died aged only 27 soon after Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix. Later entrants include Jim Morrison,

U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day image
20th January

U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day

Every four years on 20th January, a new U.S. President is sworn in, on an inauguration day which is set by law. Election Day is always the Tuesday after

The anniversary of the last Blitz image
21st January

The anniversary of the last Blitz

On the night of 21 January, 1944, with Germany firmly losing the war and British bombers already flattening German cities, Hitler's forces began Operation

Felix Kir's birthday image
22nd January

Felix Kir's birthday

Felix Kir led quite a life. He was a French priest at the outbreak of the Second World War, though when he heard that the German army had infiltrated his

Anniversary of the Mississippi's 1st bridge image
23rd January

Anniversary of the Mississippi's 1st bridge

Now, we're not the types to go about celebrating the building of any old bridge, but we are particularly fond of New Orleans and so by extension the Mississippi,

Beer Can Appreciation Day image
24th January

Beer Can Appreciation Day

Here at Difford's Guide we're huge fans of beer cans – indeed we prefer cans to bottles. So we're happy to support this marketing gimmick of a day from

Burns Night image
25th January

Burns Night

The evening of January 25th is when Scots everywhere hold Burns Suppers in honour of the birth of Scotland's favourite poet and son, Robert Burns. Born

Australia Day image
26th January

Australia Day

Australia Day is the anniversary of the First Fleet of convict ships arriving at Sydney Cove in 1788. Today though, it's all about celebrating everything

Mozart's birthday image
27th January

Mozart's birthday

If you thought child stars like Lindsay Lohan and Macaulay Culkin had it hard, spare a thought for the infant prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born on

The word serendipitous was invented today image
28th January

The word serendipitous was invented today

The word Serendipity means a fortunate happenstance or pleasant surprise.

The Victoria Cross' birthday image
29th January

The Victoria Cross' birthday

It was on this day back in 1856 that Queen Victoria established the Victoria Cross which is the highest award that a British or commonwealth serviceperson

Franklin Roosevelt's birthday image
30th January

Franklin Roosevelt's birthday

Let's raise a glass to the President who repealed Prohibition, and let alcohol flow freely once more!

Brandy Alexander Day image
31st January

Brandy Alexander Day

For no particular reason we know of, today has been declared Brandy Alexander Day. Hoorah!