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April 24, 2017

Today we celebrate:

New Kids On The Block Day - Did you listen to the New Kids on the Block back in the 80s and 90s? Maybe you still do? Well then this is a day for you. In 1989, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared this day to be a holiday in honor of Danny, Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie and Joey, the members of the group.

World Day for Laboratory Animals - Created in 1979 by the British National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), this date was chosen because it was the birthday of former NAVS president Hugh Dowding. There will be demonstrations and protests in various places around the world to show opposition to the practice of using animals in laboratory research.

World Meningitis Day - Created by the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations and their partners around the world, this is a day to spread awareness of the symptoms and treatment for meningitis as well as the importance and availability of vaccines to prevent your loved ones from contracting this terrible, and life threatening disease.

Tax Freedom Day –This is a theoretical day. The Tax Foundation, which is a tax research organization based in Washington D.C., has counted every dollar that is officially considered income and every dollar that is officially considered a tax at all levels of government throughout the country. According to them, this was the day in 2016 that the nation as a whole made enough money to pay the taxes of the nation as a whole. I confess that I don't find this to be personally relevant and I kind of wonder why they bother and whether any of my tax dollars are paying for this research. I haven’t found out yet what day this falls on in 2017.

National Teach Your Children To Save Day – If we do not want to raise the next group of debtors, we need to teach our children how to save their money. Many financial institutions visit schools on this day to talk to the kids about how important it is. This day is celebrated in April every year but the day of celebration is decided by the American Bankers Association. Some people say that this day is celebrated on the 22nd or 28th of April this year.

National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day – Bite sized sausages or hot dogs wrapped in dough, these are commonly served as hors d'oeuvres at parties.

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day – Between 1915 and 1918, some 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks. Turkey remembers events differently and disputes the validity of this day. The Armenians keep this day going not out of a desire for revenge but out of a desire for recognition and remembrance. Particularly since Turkey continues to deny that it ever happened. In February 2014, Takouhie Keshishian, the last known survivor of this genocide who lived in California, passed away. She was 99 years old.

International Size Acceptance Day – Begun in the United Kingdom in 1992, this day is now being celebrated by many different countries. In the United States it has been sponsored by the International Size Acceptance Association since 1998. The purpose of the day is to focus on having a healthy lifestyle regardless of what size and shape your body may be. Dieting has limited success and some diets could be dangerous. Instead, simply eat healthy quantities of healthy foods and get plenty of exercise. Then accept yourself and your shape for what whatever it happens to be because that is you and you are beautiful.

Poem In Your Pocket Day - My kids used to do this in Elementary school, I can imagine what their reaction will be when I suggest it to them this morning. The idea is to select a poem, either your favorite poem, or one that inspires you or means something to you. Write it down and put it in your pocket. Then take it out periodically during the day and read it or share it with others. This day is celebrated on the 24th, the 27th, or the 4th Thursday of April depending on who you talk to.

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