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January 16, 2017

Today we celebrate:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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