Saturday, December 31, 2011


Time for end of the year this and that.

What were the biggest trends of the year?

The best photos?

The biggest news stories?

Let's recap the year, ad nauseum, from every possible source and angle.

Since it's all the rage, i guess i can contribute the craziest dog happening of the year in our house (besides the fact that we have one living here, which proves i'm nuts, but i digress).

Craziest dog happening of the year here:

"Mom, can you buy me a new toothbrush?" Little Girl asked as she came into the kitchen.

Didn't i just get you one?

"Yes, but the Hazelnut ate it."

Ate It!?!

"Yep, she chewed up both ends, there's only about a two inch section remaining, and i got mad and threw that at Miss Lizzie."

Why did you throw it at her?

"Because it's her dog, and she will get over it. I didn't want to throw it at the dog, because she wouldn't understand why, but Miss Lizzie does!"

Today is:

Baal Fire Festival -- Allendale, Northumberland, UK

Check Your Smoke Alarms Day

Day of Sekhmet -- Ancient Egypt (Lucky Day of Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess)

Fairy Eve's Year News -- Fairy Calendar

Feast day of Iemanja, Goddess of the Sea -- Brazil

First Night -- a non-alcoholic alternative to New Year's Eve

Fravartigan -- Parsi Zoroastrian (celebration to honor the dead through the night)

Harvest Day Celebrations -- Benin

Hogmanay Day -- Scotland (Auld Year's Night)

International Solidarity Day -- Azerbaijan
and Azerbaijanis worldwide

Kwanzaa, Day 6, Creativity

Make Up Your Mind Day

Namahge -- Oga Peninsula, Japan (devil appearing holiday; young men dress as demons and run through the town warning children to behave during the coming year)

National Champagne Day

New Year's Eve

No Resolution Day / Ditch the Resolutions Day -- if you don't want to, you don't have to!

Noche de Pedimento -- Oaxaca, Mexico (Night of the Petition)

Okera Matsuri, Sacred Fire Rite -- Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Omisoka Day -- Japan (the second most important day on the Japanese Calendar; tomorrow is the most important)

Procrastinator's Day -- you have to make up your mind

Restoration Day -- Geneva, Switzerland

Revolution Day -- Ghana

Saint Sylvester's Day -- Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland

Samoan Fire Dance -- Samoa

Seventh Day of Christmas

Silvesterklause -- Urnäsch, Switzerland

St. Zoticus of Constantinople's Day (Patron of the poor; often titled Feeder of Orphans)

Swinging the Fireballs -- Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland

Universal Hour of Peace -- begins at 11:30pm your local time, welcome the New Year with peace

Watch Night -- Christian

World Peace Meditation Day (International observance of one hour beginning 12:00 PM GMT, focusing thought and energy on peace.)

You're All Done Day -- sponsored by something i haven't been able to pin down online called The Long Haul Committee (and it's more like "all done in" if you are like me!)

Birthdays Today:

Joe McIntyre, 1972
Val Kilmer, 1959
Bebe Neuwirth, 1958
Donna Summer, 1948
Tim Matheson, 1947
Barbara Carrera, 1945
John Denver, 1943
Ben Kingsley, 1943
Andy Summers, 1942
Sarah Miles, 1941
Anthony Hopkins, 1937
Odetta, 1930
Simon Wiesenthal, 1908
George C. Marshall, 1880
Henri Matisse, 1869

Today in History:

80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians attack the Rhine at Mainz, crossing into and beginning the invasion of Gallia, 406
Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year, 535
Ch'an monk Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China, 765
James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca, 1229
100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily, 1492
The British East India Company chartered, 1600
The first Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope, 1687
A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax, 1695
Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors, 1776
Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada, 1857
The cornerstone is laid for Honolulu, Hawai'i's Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US, 1879
Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp, 1879
Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot, 1890
Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898), 1897
Boers & British army sign peace treaty, 1902
The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York, 1904
For the first time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the new year, 1907
The last San Francisco firehorses are retired, 1921
The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC, 1923
Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test, is introduced in Indiana, 1938
The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom, 1960
The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia, 1963
The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government, 1983
All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved, 1991
Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1992
This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones, 1994
The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency, 1998
The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama, 1999
The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, 2004

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