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January 17, 2018

Today we celebrate:

Ditch New Years Resolutions Day – It is by this day that most people have given up on all those promises you made in the heat of the moment on New Year’s Eve. You know you were unrealistic about it anyway. After all, who has time to go to the gym three days a week for a whole year? A couple of weeks is good enough, we all know how busy you are. Of course, your health is important enough to make the time, but we know you’ll think about that next week.

Kid Inventors' Day – Today we honor the birthday of the famous inventor, among many other things, Benjamin Franklin, by celebrating the inventions made by kids. Let's get busy kids, use those incredible brains of yours and make something new!

Cable Car Day – If you have access to a Cable Car because you live in San Francisco, since I think that is the only place left in this country that has working Cable Cars, take a ride on it today. The rest of us will just have to read about it.

Hot Heads Chili Days (17-18) – This day is so hot, it needs two days to celebrate. Or maybe one day to partake and one day to recover.

Ben Franklin's Birthday – As previously mentioned, this is Benjamin Franklin's birthday. Born in 1706, he was one of our founding fathers and was just an incredible individual. If you go to Philadelphia today, you will probably see a parade in his honor.

Hot-Buttered Rum Day – This is a warm alcoholic beverage that consists of butter, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves all mixed together with rum. This beverage was invented here in America in colonial days. I guess it must be good if it has lasted this long, although you don’t generally hear someone order one at a bar.

January 16, 2018

Today we celebrate:

National Good Teen Day - This is an actual National day created by Congress and approved by the President in October 1992 and first celebrated on this day in 1993. The purpose is to understand the many physical and emotional changes and challenges that teenagers experience; to acknowledge that teens should be recognized for the good and the potential that is within each one of them instead of just for their intelligence, skills and abilities. This is a day to focus on the positive qualities of America’s teenagers and to help them realize their true potential.

Prohibition Remembrance Day - On this day in 1919, the 18th amendment was passed. It established the prohibition of the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol in the United States beginning one year later. There were a few people who were happy about it, but the vast majority were not and commenced breaking the law whenever possible. This led to the rise of organized crime, but that’s another story for another day.

National Fig Newton Day – Created by Charlie Roser, a cookie maker from Ohio, who sold his creation to Kennedy Biscuit Works, which later became Nabisco. In 1891, James Henry Mitchell invented a funnel within a funnel device which allowed the Newton's (they were originally named after the town of Newton nearby the factory) to become mass produced.

National Nothing Day - Interestingly enough, this day was suggested in 1972 by Harold Pullman Coffin, who clearly was tired of celebrating something every day even back then when there weren't nearly as many things to celebrate as there are today. So today is a day to not celebrate anything. So tough luck if your birthday is today, we are not celebrating it.

International Hot And Spicy Food Day – Do you have an international dish that is hot and spicy? If so, today is the day to make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Appreciate A Dragon Day – Donita K. Paul created this day to promote the release of her book, Dragonspell, in 2004. Read about some of your favorite dragons today. There are even some real dragons alive today if you know where to look. Although I haven’t seen any flying dragons in a while, keep your eyes peeled. It’s a magical day when anything can happen if you believe hard enough.

Religious Freedom Day – Today celebrates the adoption, by the Virginia General Assembly, of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on this day in 1786. This became the basis for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing our right to have the freedom to practice any religion we choose.

Printing Ink Day - Begun in 1976, this is a day to recognize the importance of printing ink in our daily lives. We read something somewhere every day. More and more it is computerized and on a screen, but we still print things out ourselves and read things that others have printed on a daily basis. Thank you Ben Franklin for the ability to do that. This day is celebrated on the Tuesday closest to January 16th.

Rid The World Of Fad Diets And Gimmicks Day – The Tuesday of the third full week of January is the day to realize the uselessness of fad diets that don't work long term, and sometimes not even short term, along with the gimmicks you can spend tons of money on that don't reduce the weight of anything but your wallet.

Book Publishers Day - This is a day to celebrate those wonderful people who bring us the books that we treasure. Check the websites of your favorite publishers, a few of them might have special deals or events to celebrate this day.

January 15, 2018

Today we celebrate:

National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day - I’m not sure who created this day or why, but I have to assume that whoever it was really likes fresh squeezed juice. So if you have a juicer, you’re all set. If not, I hope your hands are up for the challenge. What can you squeeze juice out of besides oranges and grapefruits?  

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day – My son's favorite ice cream! I guess I'll just have to get him some. Truth be told, it’s one of my favorites as well.

National Hat Day – This is a day to celebrate hats of all kinds. Get your favorite hat out of the closet and show it off today, although you might want to brush off the cobwebs first, it's not Spooky Hat Day after all.

Humanitarian Day – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and the first of three Emancipation Days of Respect which honor the memory of Martin Luther King by promoting respect, unity and remembrance.

Wikipedia Day - On this day in 2001, Wikipedia went public. It went from zero to 20,000 English articles in just one year. The next year they added almost 80,000 more. Many people thought it wouldn’t last because of the fact that anyone can go in and update information. But they are even more popular today and show no sign of slowing down.

Elementary School Teacher Day - On the third Monday of January, we remember and honor the Elementary School teachers we had as well as the ones who are teaching still today. An Elementary School teacher has to be able to teach any subject to a gaggle of young, easily distracted students. This amazing person also has to teach sharing, manners, the importance of cleaning up, and playing well together. It’s a difficult job that I would not be able to do so I am very glad there are so many others who do it so well.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day - This is the day that we celebrate the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was born. We celebrate on the third Monday of January every year, but he was actually born on January 15. So every now and then this day falls on the actual day of his birth. Of course, we all know that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man, who wasn’t just involved in the Civil Rights Movement, he WAS the Civil Rights Movement and had a profound impact on all people, not just the African-Americans.  

Civil Rights Day - It should be no surprise that this day falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Celebrate today by making sure you teach your children about tolerance and equality and make sure you practice it yourself. All Americans have the same rights but unfortunately, even today, many Americans are denied those rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Idaho Human Rights Day - This is a day that was created by Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne and is celebrated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to highlight further the fact that we need to work hard to make sure that no one is ever denied their basic Human Rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Created by Congress in 1994, and celebrated on the third Monday in January, this is a day give to others by participating in the thousands of service projects all across the country that have been planned for today. It is a day to spread the idea that we can all serve each other and spread messages of nonviolence and social justice.

Robert E Lee Day or Lee’s Birthday - Celebrates the birth, on January 19, 1807, of General Robert E. Lee a famous general of the Confederacy during the Civil War. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January in several states, although Florida celebrates on the 19th.

January 14, 2018

Today we celebrate:

International Kite Day - This is a day that began in the state of Gujarat in the country of India. Gujarat is apparently famous for the number of festivals they have every year. There must be a pretty fun group of people in that area. They start making kites months ahead of time and I would imagine that they must be pretty spectacular to see. It began as a festival that celebrated the end of winter and the beginning of summer but has become a festival that people from all over the world travel to see and participate in.

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day – Well, this is good. Now you don't have to worry about what you're having for lunch today. Here it is. I hear it is really good with melted swiss cheese and dijon mustard.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day – Created in 2009 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Paige, this is a day to have fun with your pet and support pet fashion. The pet experts do ask that you not dress your pet in anything they might find uncomfortable. Which is funny to me since I think that any animal would find any kind of clothing uncomfortable since they are not accustomed to wearing it.

Cesarean Section Day – Cesarean sections have been performed throughout history as a last ditch effort to save a baby. Historically, the mothers were always either already dead or died shortly after. In the 1500's the first recorded survival of both mother and baby occurred. But it wasn't until the 19th century that women were considered to have a fighting chance of survival. On this day in 1794, Elizabeth Bennett became the first woman in the U.S. to give birth by this method and survive. Her husband performed the operation. She was convinced that she was going to die during her difficult labor so she requested a cesarean. Her doctor refused because he believed it would kill her so her husband stepped up and even in the crude, unsterile log cabin environment, the surgery was an amazing success to everyone's relief.

Organize Your Home Day – It is time to organize your home today! Wow! You've got a lot to do in only one day. Better get busy. Come to think of it, I'd better get busy too!

Orthodox New Year – Many Orthodox Christian churches in the world celebrate the New Year based on the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar that is so widely used these days. Which means that they celebrate many of the same holidays on different days. So, Happy New Year to all.

Ratification Day – On this day in 1784, the Treaty of Paris (which had been signed on September 3, 1783) was ratified at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland by the Confederation Congress. This act officially ended the American Revolution and established the United States of America as an independent entity separate from England.