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January 14, 2017

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.

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