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January 27, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Geographic Day - I think probably everyone in this country has heard of the National Geographic magazine. It was first published in 1888 and has been going strong every month since then. I’m reasonable sure that the graphics involved, if there even were graphics involved in the early issues, were not up to the standards they have today. But that’s not their fault, you work with the technology available to you at the time. But what hasn’t changed is their willingness to cover controversial topics and their desire to teach all of us about places and people we would never have the opportunity to see or learn about.

Earned Income Tax Credit Day - On this day, the IRS teams up with community organizations, state and local governments, schools, employers and anyone else who wants to join in, for the purpose of making sure that low to middle income people get all the tax credits they deserve. This is the 11th anniversary of this day and along with providing information on the Earned Income Tax Credit, they will be happy to talk to you about the Premium Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and American Opportunity Tax Credit, among others. This day seems to be celebrated on the 4th Friday in January, but I’m not 100% sure about that. I do know that it is always right around the end of January.

Aushwitz Liberation Day – On this day in 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Aushwitz (a concentration, extermination and forced labor camp) and its' remaining 7,000 prisoners. Most of whom were very ill and dying which is why they were not included in the 60,000 prisoners who were forced to march to Wodzislaw ahead of the Soviet invasion.

Holocaust Memorial Day – Today is a day to remember the millions of people who were murdered in the Holocaust. It begins this evening and ends tomorrow evening.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – The United Nations General Assembly created this day and urge all of their member nations to develop educational programs for the purpose of spreading knowledge of the horror of the Holocaust and preventing genocides from happening in the future.

National Activity Professionals Day - Activity Professionals work in nursing homes and other similar places to make sure that the life of the residents of the home is mentally and physically active. They plan activities and special events regularly so the residents can be as involved as they would like to be. Without them, a nursing home or assisted living facility would just be a place to go and sit and wait to die.

Punch The Clock Day – I don't know if anyone uses time cards inserted into a time clock at work anymore. I did when I was younger and I worked at Kmart. We had to punch a clock at the beginning and end of every shift as well as at the beginning and end of every break. This is a day to honor everyone who has to punch a clock at work.

National Chocolate Cake Day – I don't think this day needs any explanation. Chocoholics rejoice! If you like chocolate cake, make one or find one somewhere and enjoy!

Thomas Crapper Day – On this day in 1910, Thomas Crapper died. While he did not invent the toilet, he did improve it by inventing various devices to make it work better like the ballcock (that floating device that stops the water flowing when the water gets to the right height in the tank).  Our toilets would not work nearly as well as they do without Mr. Crapper’s ingenuity.

Vietnam Peace Day – On this day in 1973, the Vietnam Peace Agreement was signed ending the Vietnam War.

National Pre-school Fitness Day – Celebrated on the last Friday of January, this is a day to get those little people into the exercise habit. Get those little arms lifting those weights, take them jogging with you, train them to swim a couple of miles. They're little but strong, they can do it! Right after their afternoon snooze.

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