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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

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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 celebrating. Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent

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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.

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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

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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

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7th January

Eastern Orthodox Christmas Day

Happy Christmas to all our readers celebrating Christmas Day today, the 25th of December according to the Julian calendar (used prior to the Gregorian

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,

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9th January

National Apricot Day

Soft velvety skin and sweet juicy flesh with a tart finish. Today we celebrate the humble apricot despite the that in most parts of the world apricots

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10th January

The day the world lost a glam rock icon

On this day in 2016, the world bade a tearful farewell to music legend David Bowie when sadly, he lost his 18-month battle with liver cancer, two days

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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

National Marzipan Day image
12th January

National Marzipan Day

Possibly one of mankind's oldest sweet treats, marzipan is the confection made from finely ground almonds, sugar or honey and eggs and is used in a variety

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13th January

Peach Melba Day

Invented in the late 19th century by the famed French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer Georges-Auguste Escoffier, the Peach Melba was a tribute to

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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.

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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

International Hot and Spicy Food Day image
16th January

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

We do like a bit of spice! Thai, Mexican, Chinese and Indian cuisines all boast delicious dishes that induce sweat and tears whilst igniting the taste

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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,

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20th January

National Cheese Lovers Day

You can't make everyone happy. You're not cheese. How true. And particularly pertinent today as we celebrate one of the world's most beloved foods.

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21st January

National One-Liners Day

One-liners. Short, snappy statements that pack a punch, whether it's a clever quip or a wise observation.

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

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23rd January

National Pie Day

Happy National Pie Day, everyone! Today is the day to celebrate the deliciousness that is pie, and whether you prefer sweet or savoury, there's a pie out

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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

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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

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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

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27th January

National Chocolate Cake Day

We say there's nothing quite like a slice (or two) of rich, decadent chocolate cake to make your day a little sweeter.

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28th January

National Daisy Day

He loves me, he loves me not.... The daisy. A symbol of innocence and purity, and a favourite of lovers, poets, painters, and gardeners for centuries.

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29th January

National Corn Chip Day

Happy National Corn Chip Day! Today we celebrate one of the most iconic snack foods of all time. Whether you're a fan of traditional corn chips or you

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!

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31st January

Brandy Alexander Day

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