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December 17, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Pan American Aviation Day – This day celebrates the first successful flight by the Wright Brothers. See Wright Brothers Day below. The purpose of this day is to increase interest in aviation in all of the American countries in order to expand cultural development and increase communication between all of these countries and territories.

Wright Brothers Day – This day also celebrates the first successful flight by the Wright Brothers because it was on this day in 1903, that Wilbur and Orville Wright finally succeeded in their endeavor to invent a mechanically propelled aircraft that is capable of flight. History was made and aircraft have made one heck of a lot of progress in just 112 years.

National Maple Syrup Day – Well, if you're going to have maple syrup today, you have to have something delicious to go with it like pancakes or french toast or waffles.

International Talk With A Fake British Accent Day – This day was created by Louise Gale and Derek Nisbet, founders of the Big Apple Brits, in 2009. They have planned some events in NYC to celebrate this day and everyone is encouraged to talk with a British accent for these events.

December 16, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Stupid Toy Day - This is a day to appreciate the stupid toys that provide so much fun. While there are certainly stupid toys out there that are not worth the plastic they are made from, there are other toys that are stupid because they don’t require a lot of thought to operate but provide hours of enjoyment for young and old alike. Some examples could include (in my opinion) the Slinky, Paddle Ball, Ball in a Cup, and toy lawnmowers. I’m not sure where this day came from or who created it, it appears to just be one of those silly days that are fun. Can you name some toys that you consider to be stupid? Please feel free to share.

Boston Tea Party Day - On this day in 1773, the Sons of Liberty in Boston staged a political protest by disguising themselves as Native Americans and turning the entire Boston Harbor into a large, cold and salty, cup of tea. The British are very attached to their tea, so they were most upset at the incident. You might comment that the majority of the Colonists were also British, and also fond of tea, and you would be right. However, in this particular instance, the Colonists were more upset by the tax the King had put on the tea because the Colonists had no say in the matter. They were becoming independent and stubborn, exactly the qualities that made it possible for them to survive in this new country, and didn’t want the King telling them what to do.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – This is a day to cover whatever you want in chocolate and enjoy. Be creative and try nuts, strawberries, raisins, pretzels, candy of all kinds, hotdogs, french fries, lasagna....whatever you can think of. Oh! I just found out that the Japanese have created soft, individually wrapped slices of chocolate. Just like Kraft American cheese slices, but chocolate. You can melt it on anything, mold it around fruit, and more. Can anyone say “Heaven!”

December 15, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Tea Day - Celebrated since 2005 in many countries worldwide, this is a day for dedicated tea lovers. I know there are a lot of you out there. So today as you drink your favorite tea, maybe read an article on the global tea trade to find out what challenges the workers and growers have to face as they fight for fair trade practices.

Bill of Rights Day – This is a day to celebrate the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution called the Bill of Rights. These rights were written in order to ensure the freedom of all Americans and to make sure that the Government has limited power over the people.

National Cupcake Day - This is not the only cupcake celebration for the year so if you think I’m repeating myself, you would be partially correct. Fun fact: Some serious cupcake lovers created the world’s largest cupcake back in 2009 in London. It measured four feet across and weighed 330 pounds. I wonder who ate it.

National Lemon Cupcake Day – Now I am aware that we just talked about Cupcake Day. But someone appears to want to be more specific and wants to celebrate lemon cupcakes in particular. So if you are short on time, you can celebrate both by just making lemon cupcakes. I am a big fan of lemon flavored baked goods, even more than chocolate, believe it or not. So I am all over this particular holiday.

Cat Herders Day – This is not a day to actually try to herd cats from one spot to another. I think we can all recognize how nearly impossible a task that would be. That is the point of the whole day, to recognize the frustration of trying to do the impossible which some of us are faced with on a regular basis whether at work or at home.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day - Celebrated on a Friday in December, this is a day to scour your closet for the ugliest Christmas sweater you own. If you don’t own one, what is wrong with you? Run to the store and get one before it’s too late. Then wear that sweater all day today. It doesn’t matter what else is going on. Even if you are going to a wedding today, wear the sweater. If you are the one getting married, chose poorly but you have to live with the sweater.

Underdog Day – Celebrated on the third Friday in December, this is a day to root for the Underdog. An underdog is someone who is not expected to win. There can be underdogs in just about any category of life but we hear the term most often in reference to sporting events.

Free Shipping Day – This day was begun in 2007 by Luke and Maisie Knowles with the intention of extending the online shopping season. There was a time when Cyber Monday was generally the most popular day for online shopping. After that, most people were afraid they wouldn't get their items in time for Christmas so they didn't shop online again. Now, Free Shipping Day is another very popular day for online shopping. Some stores hold their own free shipping deals not related to this specific day.

December 14, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Roasted Chestnuts Day - You’ve all heard the phrase in that song by Nat King Cole, you know, the Christmas song...what’s the name of it? It’s on the tip of my tongue. Oh, right, silly me, it’s called The Christmas Song. Let’s get to roasting those chestnuts.

National Bouillabaisse Day – Fish stew that originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C. While the recipe has changed some over the last 2600 years, one thing has not changed. There has always been a variety of fishes used in the stew, usually 5-7 different types of “bony fish”.

Monkey Day – This is a day for the world to celebrate monkeys and other non-human primates such as lemurs and apes. This day began in 2000 as a joke by Casey Sorrow, an art student, but it has since spread internationally and is now celebrated in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

December 13, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Cocoa Day – This is a day to sit back and enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate. Hmmmm...I can smell that chocolate now. I like mine with mini marshmallows in it.

National Ice Cream Day – This day is a little confusing, Italo Marchiony applied for a patent on a machine that makes ice cream cups on Sept. 13, 1903. He received the patent on December 15th so whoever decided on this day may have inadvertently mixed the two dates because December 13th is definitely the day selected for this celebration, but it has nothing to do with the creation of ice cream, that I can tell.

National Violin Day – We have been celebrating violins on this day for a while now and it was on this day in 2010 that Violinist Ben Lee broke the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Violin Player. He played 14 notes per second which is pretty darn fast.

December 12, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts - This is another day that I was not able to find any information about.  But since it features unmentionable thoughts, I think it’s best that we each keep them to ourselves.

National Ambrosia Day – This dish is not called “food of the gods” for nothing. It's pretty heavenly if you ask me. Fruit, marshmallows, whipped cream, do I need to say more?

Gingerbread House Day – This is a day to make a good, old-fashioned gingerbread house with your children. Gingerbread walls, frosting for glue and candy for decorations. Fun to make and really fun to eat.

National Ding-A-Ling Day – I'm not really sure what this day is all about. My research was only able to find a suggestion that this day is about celebrating the internal ding-a-ling in all of us. I've certainly got a little bit of ding-a-ling in me and I'm sure that at least some of you have a little bit in you as well. Of course, I guess that depends on what you consider to be a ding-a-ling.

National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day – This is a day to work on your breath. If you have bad breath, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist because it could indicate a problem that needs to be fixed. Otherwise, use some mouthwash and brush those teeth and you should have great smelling breath for a few hours. at least.

Poinsettia Day – On this day in 1851, Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico, died. Several years prior to his death, in 1828, he sent cuttings of the plant we now call Poinsettia from his location in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, SC, in order to protect and preserve them.

Chanukah or Hanukkah - This is a Jewish celebration that begins at sundown this evening and will continue until sundown on January 1st. The first candle on the Menorah is lit at nightfall this evening. On this Holiday, the Jewish people remember their struggle for religious freedom. When they succeeded in their rebellion against the Greeks in 162 BCE, they cleaned and re-dedicated the Temple. They only had enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp burning for one day, but miraculously that tiny bottle lasted for eight days. Which, of course, is the reason why Hanukkah lasts for 8 days.

December 11, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Holiday Food Drive For Needy Animals Day - This is a day to gather dog and cat food and deliver it to animal shelters, food banks and Veterinary clinics near you. There are lots of people out there who cannot afford to buy food for their families, let alone their pets, and they rely on donations to keep from starving. Open your hearts and even if you can only donate a little bit, it will help some furry friend who is dependent on humans for their survival.

National Noodle-Ring Day – A noodle ring is dish that was very popular fifty or sixty years ago. It was made by mixing ketchup, eggs, noodles, Worcestershire sauce and cheese and then baking it in a dish shaped like a ring. Then before you serve it you fill the center with something like creamed chicken, vegetables or some such thing. I have never had one and it's not something that we see much of anymore but you can go retro today and make one for your family.

International Mountain Day – Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003, this is a day to celebrate and encourage sustainable mountain development.

UNICEF Birthday – The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the United Nations after World War II on this day in 1946. The purpose was to provide support to children living in areas devastated by the War. After that problem was solved, UNICEF branched out to include children in other troubled countries and it is still going strong today.

Green Monday - Usually celebrated on the second Monday in December, this is another shopping day. The name as created by eBay to describe its best sales day of the season. I think most people who shop today are the ones who suddenly realize in a fit of panic that Christmas is coming up very quickly and if they want to order something online, this is kind of their last chance in order to make sure it gets to them before the big day.

December 10, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales - National Geographic says this is a holiday for the Inuit people of Alaska.  But the director of the Inuit Heritage Center never heard of it when he was asked by Hayden Harrison of “Every Day’s a Holiday” blog. But whaling is so important to survival in the arctic that it makes sense that they would have many holidays related to it.

Dewey Decimal System Day – Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on this day in 1851. Mr. Dewey was a librarian, educator and inventor of the Dewey Decimal system which has been used to organize libraries for many decades now. Although he was a brilliant innovator, he was a difficult person to like for many reasons. Hence the title of his biography by Anna Elliot, “Melvil Dewey: A Singular and Contentious Life.” I do not know why his first name in the title of the book is so different from the actual spelling of his first name, unless my source for the second is less accurate than the first or vice versa. Or maybe he chose to shorten it himself. You know, “My name is Melville, but call me Melvil.”

International Animal Rights Day – This is a day to recognize the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR) and to remember the animals who have suffered at the hands of humans. The goal is to persuade all of humanity that animals deserve the same basic human rights that humans enjoy. Alas, so far the government disagrees. This day was chosen because it is the Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights so in 1994, 50 years after that Declaration, The group known as Uncaged created this day to campaign against animal experiments and advocate for the rights of all animals.

National Lager Day – The most common kind of beer in the world, except in England, lager is German and ferments and ages slowly at cool temperatures. As opposed to ale which is common in England and ferments and ages quickly at warm temperatures. There is apparently a big difference in the flavor of the two kinds of beer. I haven't yet met a beer that I enjoy so I am hardly an expert. But those of you who are, enjoy your lager today.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day – Created by the Compassionate Friends, this is a day for the world to join together and light candles at 7pm local time for one hour to honor all those children who have left us to try to live this life without them. This is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world. This day is celebrated on the second Sunday in December every year since 1997.

Human Rights Day – Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, this is a day to tell the world about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and encourage every country on the planet to adopt it. The United Nations is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights for all.

Nobel Prize Day – Alfred Nobel, who was born on October 21st, 1833 in Sweden, was a chemist, engineer and inventor. In the eve of his life, his brother Ludvig died but the obituary wrongly named Alfred as the deceased. This got him to thinking about what his legacy would be when he did eventually pass and caused him to revise his will several times in his remaining eight years. The final version declared that his considerable fortune should be used to create prizes for those who confer the “greatest benefit on mankind” in the areas of physics, chemistry, peace, physiology or medicine and literature. Mr. Nobel died on this day in 1896 at the age of 63 years old. In 1897, the executors of his will created the Nobel Foundation.

US National Guard Birthday – Today the National Guard celebrates its' 379th birthday. It was created on this day in 1636 when the Massachusetts General Court mandated that all able-bodied men between 16 and 60 were required to join the Militia. It has since grown into a huge military force that is still firmly rooted in the community it has served for so long.

World Choral Day – Also celebrated on the second Sunday, this is a day for choirs around the world to join together in song. Thousands of choirs and millions of singers from countries everywhere have participated in this event over the past twenty years in the form of concerts, festivals, sing-a-longs and other events. This years theme for the day is Integration. This day was created by Alberto Grau from the International Federation for Choral Music in 1990 for the purpose of spreading the message of peace by using music to break through political, religious and racial divides and connecting through the beauty of music.

December 9, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Day of Veterinary Medicine - This is an important day for those of us with beloved pets. Veterinarians take care of pretty much any animal you could think of. Who else can we take our pets to when they are sick or injured or need shots to stay healthy? Our human doctors won’t know what to do with them so we need to appreciate the Veterinarians of the world for their dedication to the health and safety of the animals in our lives.

Gingerbread Decorating Day - Celebrated on the second Saturday of December, this is a day to do it up big and bake some gingerbread and decorate it. It doesn’t have to be a house or a man, you can make anything you want with your gingerbread. And decorate it with whatever makes you happy.

National Pastry Day – Pastries are delicious baked items that have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Egyptians made pastries out of flour and honey and dipped them in wine. The ones we have now are more complicated to make and even more delectable. You can either make your own or stop in at your local bakery today.
International Anti-Corruption Day – This is a day to highlight and fight against corruption in public officials and other people in power all around the world. More and more people have had enough and are speaking openly against corruption of all kinds whether you are talking about greedy people who steal money donated for the purpose of helping people after a natural disaster or voting a certain way on a bill because of a bribe of some kind or any number of other ways people find to profit by using their position of power.

Christmas Card Day – This is a day to send out your Christmas cards if you celebrate that particular holiday. Get busy, it's a lot of work for some because they have pretty long lists of people to send cards to.  

Weary Willie Day – Weary Willie was the name of a clown character based on the hobos of the Great Depression. He was created and brought to life by Emmett Leo Kelly, a circus performer who was born on this day in 1898. He began his circus career as a trapeze artist but switched to clowning in 1931. One of his more famous routines was an act where he was sweeping up the circus rings after the other performers and he would try, and fail, to sweep up the pool of light made by a spotlight.

World Techno Day - Techno is apparently a form of electronic music that was created in the late 1980s in Detroit, Michigan. It has expanded from there, of course, but people still consider the Detroit Techno to be the father of the art.   

National Day of the Horse – Designated by the U.S. Congress in 2004, and celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to celebrate horses. If you have one or more horses, give them an extra treat or a long rub down or a nice long trail ride. Whatever your horse enjoys doing the most, see that he/she gets it today. This country would still be back in the dark ages without the hard work of horses in our history.

International Shareware Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in December, this is a day to appreciate and support the people who create the computer software that is available free or for just a small fee.

December 8, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Christmas Tree Day - Created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, this is a day to put up your Christmas tree for those who celebrate the holiday of Christmas. Many people go out and cut down a real tree, tie it to the roof of their car, bring it back to their home, put it in a stand, set it up in the living room, and decorate it with lights, garland, ornaments, and tinsel. Others, drag a box out of the attic, basement or closet, bring out the flattened branches of an artificial tree, fluff them up stick them into a post, set it in the living room, and decorate it as described above. Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial tree? We usually have a real tree, but we own an artificial tree for those years when we just don’t have time to go out and get a real one.

Take It In the Ear Day - I cannot figure out what this one is all about. I suspect it has something to do with listening skills, but that is my hypothesis, not fact.

National Chocolate Brownie Day – Oooooh boooooy! Just give me a moment to wipe up my drool. I'll be with you shortly. No, no, you don't need to come with me, I'm not hiding any brownies in my pantry. Really!

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day – This is just a fun day. If you are into acting and/or playing pranks on people, this is a day for you. Pick a time period to be from, dress up in clothes from that time period and spend the day pretending to be a time traveler from that time period. Be convincing. Talk appropriately, express amazement at modern conveniences if you are pretending to be from the past, etc. Do not allow yourself to slip out of character for even a moment. And whatever you do, DO NOT tell anyone that you are a time traveler.

Official Lost and Found Day - Celebrated on the second Friday in December, this is a day to spend a little extra time, effort and thought to search for items you have lost and to find owners for items you have found. If you think about your lost items carefully, and rationally, you may decide that you no longer need the item in question and you can stop searching for it. This day was created by Official Lost and Found Day at the this website.

December 7, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Letter Writing Day - This is a day to do something you probably haven’t done in quite a while. It’s a day to hand write a letter to someone. No typing skills required. Get some paper, a pen or pencil, sit down at a table or desk, and start writing. There is nothing quite as enjoyable as receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. It tells the recipient that you care enough to take the time and effort to write to them.

National Cotton Candy Day – Known in other countries by other names such as candy floss or fairy floss, this is a sweet treat that is most commonly found at carnivals or fairs. I find it to be too sweet and sticky, but my children love it, of course. It was first invented way back in the 18th century in Europe but it was spun by hand and so was expensive and time consuming to make. The first machine to do the trick was invented in 1897 by a dentist, of all people, named William Morrison. You would think that even back then, a dentist would know better than to make sugar more readily available.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – This is a day to honor and remember all those who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. The United States Flag is to be flown at half-staff until sunset today in their honor.

International Civil Aviation Day – Begun in 1994 by the International Civil Aviation Organization and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996, this is a day to celebrate the fact that we, as average citizens of almost any country, can get on a plane and fly mostly wherever we want to fly.

December 6, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Put on Your Own Shoes Day - Hmmm...this one is a puzzler. I imagine that most people put on their own shoes every day, unless they cannot because they are too young or physically unable to do it, in which case it does no good to tell them to do something they cannot do. I have seen speculation that it is a day to teach children how to tie their shoes, which is definitely a good thing to do, but will require some patience on your part.

National Gazpacho Day – Gazpacho is a Spanish soup that is filled with vegetables of all kinds simmering in a tomato base. Delicious!

Miners' Day – Declared by the United States Senate in 2009, this is a day to recognize the contributions of miners to the development and prosperity of the United States. It also honors the deaths of at least 362 miners in the tragedy that occurred on this day in 1907 at Monongah, West Virginia when explosions happened at two of the Fairmont Coal Company’s mines. We don’t know exactly how many men died because mining companies at the time didn’t keep accurate records.

Microwave Oven Day – This is a day to celebrate our Microwave Ovens. What on earth would we do without them? I know that there was a time when we didn't have these magical warming devices since they were invented after World War II based on technology developed by the military during the war. But really, how on earth did people heat up their leftovers without them? Of course, some families didn’t ever have leftovers. Take my father’s family, for example. He was one of 9 kids raised on a farm, seven of them were boys. I guarantee they never heard of leftovers. The first Microwave oven was patented by a company named Raytheon, but it was invented by one of their employees, Dr. Percy Spencer. Born in 1894, he was a man who quit school at 7 years old to work to support himself and his aunt who raised him. Even with that strike against him, he managed, through determined effort and a desire to learn, to become the world’s leading expert in radar tube design by 1939. During the course of his experimentations, he popped the first microwaved popcorn and exploded an egg in the face of a co-worker who was observing too closely. After that he put a metal box around his experiments to contain the microwaves and make his experiments safer and more controlled. The first microwave oven, available in 1947, was about 6 feet tall and weighed about 750 pounds and cost between $2,000 and $3,000. More than the cost of a new car at that time. Clearly they got smaller and more reasonably priced since then.

St. Nicholas Day – Traditionally, this is a day that St. Nicholas would do something secretly kind to others. Such as leaving coins in children's shoes or leaving little gifts on doorsteps. In medieval days, nuns would leave baskets of food and clothes at the doors of needy people which would be attributed to St. Nicholas.

National Pawnbrokers Day – Celebrated on St. Nicholas Day, this is a day to recognize the importance of the pawnbroker to his/her clientele. Pawnbrokers are good to have around if you need a little money and you have something to sell, or if you want to buy something and not pay full retail price.

Mitten Tree Day – A mitten tree is a Christmas tree that is decorated by mittens. The mittens are given to children who do not have mittens of their own because their parents cannot afford to buy them. In many parts of this country the winters are too cold to go outside without every inch of your skin covered in some way. At least until the children become teenagers who seem to carry around their own internal heaters so that they can wear t-shirts and shorts all winter long.

Special Kids DayCelebrated on the first Wednesday in December, this is a day that is dedicated to helping children with disabilities and their families have some fun with events happening all over the country in places that are accessible to their special needs.

December 5, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Krampusnacht - This is an Austrian celebration that I personally find unusual, although I’m sure the Austrians wouldn’t agree. Krampus is an animalistic demon that prowls around Central Europe this time of year. He has “flaming coals for eyes, matted fur and twisting stag horns who slaps people with birch twigs and kidnaps children in a large sack or casket so he can later drown or eat them”. This is the antithesis of Santa and I’m not sure why Austria celebrates such a creature, but it is clearly part of their culture as they dedicate the whole day for their celebrations with parades and people who enjoy dressing up as Krampus.

World Trick Shot Day - Created by the Harlem Globetrotters who pretty much created trick shots, this day is celebrated on the second Tuesday of December. If you look online you should be able to find their online celebration of Trick Shots.

National Blue Jeans Day - On this day in 1880, Levi Strauss designed the first blue jeans. They didn’t look as fancy as they do these days, of course. They were strictly for working in. But they lasted a long time and were comfortable so they were very popular.

National Communicate With Your Kids Day - While I am sure that you communicate with your kids every day whether you want to or not, there is a more specific kind of communication that the creators have in mind. This is your opportunity to talk about more challenging topics in order to open (and keep open) the lines of communication between you and your kids so that hopefully when they are older, they will still be willing to talk to you about serious subjects.

World Soil Day - This is a United Nations Day dedicated by the Global Soil Partnership with a theme of “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”. We don’t think about the soil too much unless we work with it daily like farmers. Many places on this planet suffer from severely degraded soil because of over-farming, damage due to war and natural disasters, and general inappropriate soil management. Our food comes from the soil, people. We have to protect it. 33% of the soil worldwide is already unusable. Lets protect the rest.

National Commute With Your Baby Day - I’ve seen mention of this day on several sites dating back at least four years. However, I do not see anywhere any description of what it is about and why we are to celebrate it. Usually in this case I wouldn’t include it in my blog, but it is an intriguing day. Do you have a baby? Will you be commuting somewhere with your baby? I confess that my baby days are long over so I guess I will not be able to celebrate. Unless the baby can be a stuffed one. We might still have a baby doll around here somewhere that can stand in for the real thing.

National Sachertorte Day – A Sachertorte is a type of chocolate cake that was invented by Franz Sacher, an Austrian, in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich. The story goes that the Prince asked his personal chef to create a special dessert for some important guests. The chef was ill so the job fell to 16 year old apprentice Franz Sacher who was in his second year of training. While we know that the guests loved the cake, we don't hear about it again until Sacher's son, Eduard Sacher, became a chef and perfected his father's creation in 1876 when he opened the Hotel Sacher in Vienna.

AFL-CIO Day – On this day in 1955 the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged together into the largest federation of unions in the entire United States. For many years they represented nearly all of the unionized workers in the country.

Bathtub Party Day – I cannot find out where this day came from or what its' origins are but it's a fun day to celebrate anyway. You can either take a long, leisurely soak in your tub all by yourself or you can invite some friends. If your bathtub, like mine, isn't big enough for more than one, maybe you can fill it with ice and some beverages to share with your guests instead.

Repeal of Prohibition Day – On this day in 1933, prohibition was ended with the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. Prohibition was supposed to protect families, women and children from the effects of alcohol abuse but it didn't work and in fact, made things worse. It was found that child neglect and violence increased during the years of Prohibition so there wasn't much arguing when Congress decided to repeal it.

International Ninja Day – This is a day to dress like a ninja and spend the day sneaking around making sure no one sees you. You can also celebrate by checking out the schools of martial arts near you to see if one of them appeals to you. You, too, can learn to be a ninja, or at least, more ninja-like than you are now.

International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development – This day was created by the United Nations and is designed to offer opportunities for volunteers and volunteer organizations to make their contributions to society known at local, national and international levels.