29 fun facts for January, 14

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 14th is a day marked by historical events and unique celebrations, including the start of Michelangelo's carving of David, the birthday of Robert Burns, and the founding of the Indian Air Force. It is also recognized for festive events such as Ratcatcher's Day in Germany and National Poetry at Work Day in the United Kingdom.
29 Fun facts
  1. In 1501, on January 14th, Michelangelo started carving a statue of the biblical hero David, now one of the most admired sculptures in the world. He completed it in 1504 and it is now housed in Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia.
  2. January 14th, 1690 is known for the Komodo dragon's first recorded sighting in the western world. Explorer Cornelis de Houtman documented the massive lizard during his visit to the Indonesian island of Komodo.
  3. Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday is celebrated on January 14th. Known as the National Bard of Scotland, Burns' work is a symbol of Scottish culture, and the celebrations include traditional food, dancing, and music.
  4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January in many countries, and occasionally falls on January 14th. This day honors the civil rights leader's contributions to equality and justice in the United States.
  5. January 14th marks the start of the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti. This celebration signifies the arrival of warmer days and the end of winter, and it involves kite flying, bonfires, and festive food.
  6. Old Orthodox New Year's Eve is celebrated on January 14th. For Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar, this day marks the end of the year and the beginning of the new one.
  7. On January 14th, 1784, the United States ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolutionary War. This agreement recognized American independence from Britain and finalized the boundaries of the new nation.
  8. In 1639, on January 14th, the first-ever written constitution was adopted in the New World: the Connecticut Colony's Fundamental Orders. It served as a model for the United States Constitution, which was written later.
  9. The Indian Air Force was officially founded on January 14th, 1933, as a part of India's defense against foreign dominance. Today, it is the fourth largest air force globally and plays a significant role in national security.
  10. Edgar Allan Poe's birthday falls on January 14th, 1809. The American writer, known for his macabre stories and poems, is celebrated for his influence on gothic and mystery literature.
  11. Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan celebrates his birthday on January 14th, born in 1974. He is known internationally for his work in Indian cinema, and often referred to as the "Greek god of Bollywood."
  12. On January 14th, 1952, the first episode of NBC's "Today" show aired. It has since become one of America's most popular morning news programs and the fourth-longest-running television show in the United States.
  13. On January 14th, 1851, the first recorded performance of "Auld Lang Syne," a poem by Robert Burns (mentioned earlier), took place. It has since become a popular New Year's Eve song, symbolizing peace and friendship between people.
  14. January 14th, 1898 marks the death of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. The English writer, famous for the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, died in his hometown of Guildford.
  15. In 1967, the Gathering of the Tribes, also known as the Human Be-In, took place in San Francisco on January 14th. This event featured speakers, music, and poetry and marked the beginning of the counterculture and hippie movement.
  16. On January 14th, National Dress Up Your Pet Day is celebrated, encouraging pet owners to feel inspired and bond with their pets in a fun and lighthearted manner.
  17. In Canada, January 14th is National Forest Week. Canadians are encouraged to learn more about the country's diverse forest habitats and their importance to the environment, economy, and culture.
  18. January 14th, 1907, saw actress Anita Stewart become the first film actor to place her hand and footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This act began a long-standing Hollywood tradition.
  19. On January 14th, 1900, Puccini's opera Tosca premiered in Rome, Italy. The dramatic tale of love, politics, and murder eventually became one of the most performed operas worldwide.
  20. The first ever NFL Pro Bowl took place on January 14th, 1951. The game featured outstanding players from the NFL, and has since become a tradition for the top-performing NFL players to showcase their talents.
  21. On January 14th, 1969, an explosion occurred onboard the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, killing 28 and injuring more than 300. Following this tragic event, significant changes were made to improve the safety of naval aviation.
  22. January 14th marks the anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Despite the split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, this date still holds cultural significance for both nations.
  23. Each year on January 14th, the 90th Division of the U.S. Army celebrates the anniversary of its activation during World War I. This division served with distinction in both world wars and the Global War on Terrorism.
  24. January 14th is Ratcatcher's Day in the town of Hamelin, Germany. The day honors the legend of the Pied Piper, who allegedly freed Hamelin from a plague of rats in the 13th century.
  25. January 14th is the feast day of Saint Felix of Nola, an Italian priest who lived during the Roman Empire's persecution of Christians. His story, along with his miraculous escape from death, has inspired reverence and devotion worldwide.
  26. In 1943, on January 14th, the Casablanca Conference began. It was attended by the leaders of the United States and the United Kingdom, who discussed strategies for winning World War II and planning for the post-war period.
  27. On January 14th, 1973, the Miami Dolphins made NFL history by completing the first perfect season, ending with their Super Bowl VII victory over the Washington Redskins.
  28. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City officially opened its doors to the public on January 14th, 1872. It has since become one of the world's largest and most prestigious art museums.
  29. In the United Kingdom, January 14th is National Poetry at Work Day. This day encourages everyone to read, write or share poetry at their workplace, spreading creativity and inspiration.