Give Us a Hug! It’s National Hugging Day! (January 21st)

 (PCM) January 21, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of “National Hugging Day”, a festival of physical affection invented by one Kevin Zaborney (a guy who knew someone who knew someone who made calendars back in 1986). The creators of National Hugging Day embraced January 21st because it is the mid-point between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. […]

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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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Benjamin Franklin Born January 17, 1706

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!In movies and in real life, whenever people talk about large amounts of money, they talk about the Benjamins. This is because of Benjamin Franklin, who is on the $100 bill. When Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706, no one knew then that he would be famous. People […]

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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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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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Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, January 31

The origins of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day are not known, though it is annually celebrated on January 31.  The meaning of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, is fairly clear, take a moment to step away for the craziness of life and enjoy the type or art that inspires you. The word “inspire” […]

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January 31 in Pop Culture History

January 31 in Pop Culture History 1865 – Congress passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America. 1906 (Earthquake) Coastal Ecuador 1922 (Earthquake) Eureka/San Francisco, Oregon/California 1928 – The 3-M Company began marketing Scotch Tape. 1958 – The United States launched its first successful orbiting satellite, Explorer-I. 1961 – The United States launched a 4-year-old […]

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January 30 in Pop Culture History

January 30 in Pop Culture History 1703 – The 47 Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori. 1790 – The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne. 1868 – Charles Darwin’s book, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was published. 1948 […]

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January 29th Curmudgeon’s Day

Curmudgeon’s Day.  According to The American Heritage Dictionary a curmudgeon is a “cantankerous person’.  And, according to The American Heritage Dictionary cantankerous means” ill tempered, quarrelsome, disagreeable, contrary.,” in other words cantankerous can be a mood or someone’s whole personality. Curmudgeons Day is a day to celebrate the cranky people in our lives or a […]

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January 29 in Pop Culture History

January 29 in Pop Culture History 1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ was published in the New York Evening Mirror. 1861 – Kansas became the 34th state. 1886 – Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile. 1924 – The first US patent (#1481813) for an ice cream cone rolling machine was issued to […]

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January 28 in Pop Culture History

January 28 in Pop Culture History 1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street of any city to be illuminated by gaslight. 1813 – Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published. 1915 – An act of the US Congress created the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed […]

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January 27 in Pop Culture History

January 27 in Pop Culture History 1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began for the Gunpowder Plot, ending with their execution on January 31. 1888 – The National Geographic Society was established. 1945 – 60th Army First Ukrainian Front soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, liberating the remaining 7,000 […]

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January 26 in Pop Culture History

January 26 in Pop Culture History 1564 – The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. 1838 – Tennessee became the 1st state to prohibit alcohol. 1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and […]

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January 25 in Pop Culture History

January 25 in Pop Culture History 1533 – Henry VIII of England married his second wife Anne Boleyn. 1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia. 1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company. 1937 – […]

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January 24 in Pop Culture History

January 24 in Pop Culture History 41 – Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated. 1848 – Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, Coloma, California by James W. Marshall. 1899 – The US patent (#618128) for a rubber ‘safety heel’ was issued to Humphrey O’Sullivan 1922 – The ‘Eskimo Pie’, an ice cream centre covered in chocolate, […]

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January 23 in Pop Culture History

January 23 in Pop Culture History 1556 (Earthquake) Shaanxi, China. Over 800,000 people may were killed. 1571 – The Royal Exchange opened in London. 1793 – Humane Society of Philadelphia (America’s 1st aid organization) founded. 1870 – US cavalry men killed 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in what is known as the Marias […]

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January 22 in Pop Culture History

January 22 in Pop Culture History 1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio. 1943 – Spearfish, North Dakota experienced a forty-nine degree temperature change over the span of two minutes. 1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, now the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). 1947 – KTLA began operating […]

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January 21 in Pop Culture History

January 21 in Pop Culture History 1472 – The Great Daylight Comet of 1472 was visible in daylight for 8 days. 1790 – Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a “humane” method of execution. 1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination was introduced. 1807 – The London […]

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January 20 in Pop Culture History

January 20 in Pop Culture History January 20, 1992 was a Good Day for rapper Ice Cube. 1265 – 1st English Parliament was called into session by Earl of Leicester. 1835 (Volcano Eruption) Cosigüina 1920 – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded. 1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed […]

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January 19 in Pop Culture History

January 19 in Pop Culture History 1825 – The US patent (#X004009) for food storage in cans to “preserve animal substances in tin” was issued to Ezra Daggett and his nephew Thomas Kensett of New York City. 1839 – The British East India Company captures Aden, Yemen. There have not been many companies that could […]

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January 17 in Pop Culture History

January 17 in Pop Culture History 1706 – Ben Franklin ‘The First American’ was born. 1773 – Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle. 1929 – Popeye made his 1st appearance, in comic strip ‘Thimble Theater’ 1929 – From the Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Institution of […]

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January 16 in Pop Culture History

January 16 in Pop Culture History 1362 – St. Marcellus Flood or Grote Mandrenke (Great Drowning of Men), Netherlands 1547 – Ivan the Terrible crowned himself 1st Tsar of Moscow. 1581 – The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism. 1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of […]

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