Sign Here, Please: It’s National Handwriting Day! (January 23rd)

(PCM) National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) on January 23rd, 1977. Most people who were around then were taught penmanship as children, but that may no longer be the case for younger generations. In modern schools, greater emphasis is placed on typing and computer technologies. Cursive is disappearing from […]

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Happy Thesaurus Day! (January 18th)

(PCM) On this day in 1779, Peter Mark Roget, the father of the modern thesaurus, was delivered, produced, came into being, born. After a long career as a physician, scientist and tinkerer (he also invented a slide rule), Roget retired from medicine and dedicated his time to cataloging, assembling, gathering, composing, and compiling a dictionary […]

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Superman Comic Strip Debuted January 16, 1939

Sci Fi Newspaper strips had been around long before Superman would make his first appearance as a newspaper comic strip on January 16, 1939.  His first appearance was in the April, 1938 issue of Action Comics, just nine months earlier. Although he was the first comic book hero, there were more other-wordly heroes before him. […]

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January 13 in Pop Culture History

January 13 in Pop Culture History 1854 – US patent (#11062) for an accordion was issued to Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pa. 1863 – Thomas Crapper invented the portable toilet. 1888 – National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. 1930 – Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ newspaper strip first appeared. 1906 – The 1st radio set […]

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January 11 in Pop Culture History

January 11 in Pop Culture History 1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy 1908 – The Grand Canyon National Monument was created. 1922 – Leonard Thompson (1908-35) was the first person to receive an injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. 1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of […]

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January 10 in Pop Culture History

January 10 in Pop Culture History 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published. 1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened. 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil. 1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David […]

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January 10 in Pop Culture History

January 10 in Pop Culture History 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published. 1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened. 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil. 1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David […]

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America’s First Hot Air Balloon Flight

In the late 1700s, there was a major change in a lot of people’s perception of the world. It was the end of the Age of Enlightenment and the Start of the Industrial Age. Call it The Age Before Pop Culture. People were doing more than just just thinking what was possible, they started thinking […]

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January Sixth, The Epiphany

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all […]

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January 5 in Pop Culture History

January 5 in Pop Culture History 1889 – The word hamburger first appeared in print in the Walla Walla Union, a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper. 1905 – The National Association of Audubon Society incorporated. 1914 – The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and that it would pay a “living wage” of at least […]

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William Shakespeare’s First Folio Day – January 4

By Bob Falkenstein Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies is the 1623 published collection of William Shakespeare’s plays. Modern scholars commonly refer to it as the First Folio. It is believed that around 750 copies of the First Folio were printed, of which there are 233 known surviving copies. Will Power: What makes Shakespeare.. […]

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December 31 in Pop Culture History

December 31 in Pop Culture History 1600 – The British East India Company was chartered. It was the first global mega-corporation. 1805 – The ‘Calendar of Reason’ had been introduced in France on November 24, 1793. It was abandoned, and the Gregorian calendar, which we still use today, replaced it. 1831 – Gramercy Park was […]

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December 30 in Pop Culture History

December 30 in Pop Culture History Only two Atlantic storms/hurricanes were ever observed to span two calendar years: Alice (Dec 30, 1954 – Jan 6, 1955) and, exactly 51 years later, Zeta (Dec 30, 2005 – Jan 7, 2006) 1903 – Iroquois Theatre Fire, Chicago, Illinois – over 600 people were killed. 1916 – Grigory […]

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Stan Lee Born December 28th 1922

Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) .  As a boy Mr. Lee loved to read to quote him, “It would be easier to say what I didn’t read.”  He enjoyed The Tarzan Stories, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Welles.  His original career […]

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Peter Pan Opens December 27, 1904

(PCM)Peter Pan Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t grow up opened on December 27, 1904 at the Duke of York Theater in London England. Peter Pan was written by the playwright/novelist James M. Barrie.  Barrie had been influenced to write the play after developing a friendship with the boys of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.  He would make […]

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December 27 in Pop Culture History

December 27 in Pop Culture History 1831 – Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, beginning his journey discovering evolution. 1895 – “Stag” Lee Sheldon killed his friend Billy Lyons over a drunken political argument. Various versions of the encounter have been sung about “Stagger Lee.” 1904 – Peter Pan the Boy Who Wouldn’t […]

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December 26 is Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a traditional holiday in a few countries around the world, but its main celebration and place of origin is The United Kingdom or England. Boxing Day is a public Holiday in England and its history can be traced back as far as 800 years ago.  There are two parts of Boxing Day; […]

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5 days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol. Day Five

Stave Five or The End of It.  JRR Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit “ Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to hear are soon told about, and not much to listen too; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a good […]

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December 25 in Pop Culture History

December 25 in Pop Culture History 0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born. 350 – Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. 800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. 1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of […]

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December 25 in Pop Culture History

December 25 in Pop Culture History 0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born. 350 – Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. 800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome. 1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of […]

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5 Days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol Day Three

The Second of The Three Spirits or Stave Three begins with Scrooge waking up and without even hearing the sound of the clock he knows it is the hour of one.  The bell strikes one… and nothing happens.  If you ever have done something wrong at school or at a job you may know what […]

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5 Days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol Day Three

The Second of The Three Spirits or Stave Three begins with Scrooge waking up and without even hearing the sound of the clock he knows it is the hour of one.  The bell strikes one… and nothing happens.  If you ever have done something wrong at school or at a job you may know what […]

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5 Days 5 Staves Of A Christmas Day Two

Stave Two of A Christmas Carol is titled “The First of the Three Spirits.  When the Stave opens we find Scrooge in bed.  He wakens to the sound of the clock striking 12.  He is bewildered by this as he knows it was after two when he went to bed.  He even wonders if something […]

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5 Days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol. Day One

“Marley was dead to begin with.”  These six words may be, at least, one of the most famous lines in all of literature.  In 1843 Charles Dickens was short on funds.  In order to help himself make the money he needed he came up with the idea of a Christmas book.  He was considering the […]

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Happy Winter Solstice!

  (PCM) The Winter Solstice falls on or around December 21st. On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, the earth is tilted away from the sun as far as it can get. As the shortest day of the year and the absolute height of winter (astronomically speaking), the Solstice was an important ritual day in […]

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