National Classy Day - January 17 - Betty White
(Last Updated On: January 4, 2022)
National Classy Day - January 17 - Betty White
Photo credit: David Shankbone 2010 NYC


On National Classy Day, we celebrate those who are graced with the ability to live their lives with class, passion, and who are driven to share it with others. On January 17th, honor those class acts and commemorate the birth of one of the most legendary comedians ever to walk the Earth.

Classy people draw others to them. They have a grace and knack for bringing light into a room with humor, beauty, or inspiration. For example, American comedian, Betty White, was graced with a seemingly unlimited ability to make us laugh. Her humor transcended age, gender, and race, and her vibrant energy was contagious. Knowing her or someone like her is an unforgettable experience that lives far beyond a single moment.

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”
Betty White in her book If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

Qualities of Class

We are not all graced with the same qualities as Betty White’s immaculate timing or delightful humility. However, we are all given traits that make us unique. We can exercise those abilities to the benefit of everyone around us. Other iconic women who shared their finer qualities with the world include:

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Sacagawea
  • Diana Princess of Wales
  • Julia Child
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Rosa Parks
  • Nelly Bly
  • Bessie Coleman

Those endearing traits that leave an indelible mark on our memories fall within a narrow spectrum of terms. Words like kindness, generosity, humility, knowledge, and steadfastness come to mind. Being classy magnifies these qualities and makes the person even more unforgettable. While we can’t always name the specific trait that charms us, we often understand when we’ve been in its presence. That’s why National Classy Day encourages us to recognize those talents and abilities in others.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalClassyDay

On National Classy Day, reflect on those who’ve graced the world with their best qualities and made it a better place. Who would you recognize on January 17th? There are other ways to celebrate the day, too!

  • Bring joy, laughter, or a smile to someone. Share a funny story, pun or joke.
  • Remind someone of their goodness by complimenting them on a talent, skill, or accomplishment.
  • Encourage someone to strive for their goals.
  • Look for the positive in your day.
  • Give someone a little grace. We all have bad days and a little kindness goes a long way.

No matter what you do, be classy. Share stories of graceful inspiration with the world by using #NationalClassyDay on social media.


On December 31, 2021, actress, comedian, and producer Betty Marion White Ludden passed away at 99. Born on January 17, 1922, White’s enduring career was so legendary that in 2018, Guinness World Records named her the female entertainer with the longest career. White was first cast in a television sitcom in 1939 at the age of 17, and her career spanned 82 years. And for her entire career, White displayed grace and charisma that touched the world. She starred in numerous television shows and movies, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, and many more, all of which showcased her quick wit and grace.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Classy Day on January 1, 2022, in honor of Betty White and all the women who bring their grace and gifts to their communities and the larger world.

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