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July 17, 2017

Today we celebrate:

World Day for International Justice - You may also see this day called Day of International Criminal Justice or International Justice Day. It is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute which is a treaty that created the International Criminal Court. So today we participate in events that promote and support international criminal justice.

World Emoji Day - On some platforms, the iOS Calendar Emoji shows this as the date all the time. So that is why this is the date chosen for celebration purposes. So have fun with this day, use your favorite social media and share your favorite emojis with the whole world. Use one or use 100, whatever makes you happy.

National Tattoo Day - This is a day to celebrate tattoos. A lot of people have them or are planning to have them. I’m not a fan of marking up my body, even with art, but I respect the right of everyone else to do so and I enjoy admiring other people’s tattoos. Some of them are really beautiful in design and intent. I have a friend who had the names of his children tattooed on his arms. That actually might come in very handy for me since my memory is shot and I can’t even remember my own name anymore some days.

Wrong Way Corrigan Day – Douglas Corrigan, a pilot with a plane that seemed to be falling apart around him, flew nonstop from California to New York in July of 1938. Then, immediately after that, on this day in 1938, he filed plans to fly across the ocean but he was denied permission because authorities didn't believe his plane would be able to make the journey intact, so instead he was given permission to fly back to the West Coast over the relative safety of land in case he had to make an emergency landing. So he took off pointed west and then a few moments later turned 180 degrees and disappeared into the clouds. He landed in Ireland 28 hours later and claimed that he got lost in the clouds and his compass didn't work. The authorities were not amused and suspended his license but the public thought it was very funny, called him “Wrong Way” Corrigan and he became a national celebrity.

Yellow Pig Day – Possibly created by Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly, when they were college students in the 1960's. They began listing interesting properties of the number 17 and created the yellow pig with 17 eyelashes in the process. Michael Spivak has written several math books since then with yellow pigs contained in the illustrations. Mathematicians sometimes refer to yellow pigs and some even have collections of yellow pigs. Events celebrating this day have been held by mathematicians since the 1960's, although sometimes they are held on May 17th or September 17th.

National Peach Ice Cream Day – This is the perfect time of year for some fresh peach ice cream. I love peach ice cream but really only in the summer when the peaches are so delicious.

Global Hug Your Kid Day – This is a day that urges every parent all around the world to hug their children today and every day. This day is celebrated on the third Monday in July since 2008 when it was created by Michelle Nichols. Her son, Mark, died suddenly and tragically from brain cancer in 1998 at the very young age of 8 ½ years old. Do not miss one single opportunity to hug your child because with the fragile nature of life, you just never know when it will be the last hug you get or give.  

National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day – I'm not sure why the doghouse is the designated spot for people in trouble with their family members, but for whatever reason, it is. The goal today is for the whole country to get out of the doghouse. Say something nice, do something nice, beg for forgiveness, whatever you need to do, do it and resume your happy life. This day is celebrated on the third Monday in July.

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