Monday, January 16, 2012

One For Sweetie

It's finally one of his best loved holidays, right next to Halloween.

National Fig Newton Day.

His favorite cookie gets its own day.

Eat your heart out, Nilla Wafers.

Today is:

Appreciate a Dragon Day -- share stories of your favorite dragons from literature

Concordia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of harmonious relations)

Haru-No-Yabuiri -- Japan (Day of No Work for the Overworked, an extra day off for those who worked over the holidays.)

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Laurent Kabila -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes' Day)

Magen David (Shield of David or Star of David) Day -- Israel (equivalent of Flag Day)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- US (obs.)

National Fig Newton Day

National Good Teen Day -- which really is most of them, isn't it

National Nothing Day -- created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973 “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”

National Work At Home With Your Spouse Day -- internet generated; try if you dare, i won't, as much as i love him, i'd have to kill him.

National Religious Freedom Day -- US (anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom)

St. Priscilla's Day (Patron of widows)

Teacher's Day -- Thailand

There's No Business Like Show Business Day -- Ethel Merman's Birthday!

Vigil for True Peace, Justice, and Respect for the Human Rights of all in Central America -- Native Americans (on the anniversary of the end of El Salvador's civil war in 1992)

Birthday's Today:

Kate Moss, 1974
Sade, 1959
Debbie Allen, 1950
John Carpenter, 1948
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, 1947
Ronnie Milsap, 1944
A.J. Foyt, 1935
Dizzy Dean, 1911
Ethel Merman, 1908
Frank Zamboni, 1901
Harry Carey, Sr., 1878
Robert W. Service, 1874 (Poet, The Cremation of Sam McGee)
Andre Michelin, 1853

Today in History:

The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Casesar Octavian by the Roman Senate, BC27
The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison, 550
A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt, 1362
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy, 1412
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella, 1492
Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia, 1547
English parliament passes laws against Catholicism, 1581
The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, 1605
The Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks, 1776
The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson, 1786
The refrigerator car is patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit, 1868
The Pendleton Act creates the basis of US Civil Service system, 1883
The British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole, 1909
The British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland, 1913
Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia, 1914
The US ratifies the constitutional amendment on Prohibition, to take effect one year later, 1919
The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, 1920
The first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Florida, 1936
Benny Goodman plays the first jazz performance at Carnegie Hall, 1938
Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard, 1942
Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk, 1969
Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects, 1970
The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt, 1979
First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force., 1986
El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war , 1992
The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban, 2002
The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, but disintegrates 16 days later on reentry, 2003
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president, becoming Africa's first female elected head of state, 2006


  1. YAY!!
    I love me some fig newtons.
    some "fruit and cake" (remember that? :))

  2. Another fig newton lover reporting for duty. I'm lower carb lately, so haven't had one in awhile. Perhaps todays the day!


  3. Miz, fruit and cake is much better than a plain ol' cookie.

    Crabby, today is good. Tomorrow you can "be good." ;)

  4. My Mom and I love Fig Newtons. My Dad and Husband would starve rather than eat one.

    Also, my favorite dragon is Gleep from Myth Adventures, which ought to let anyone interested know my penchant for puns....


  5. Puns are fabulous, Cat. Thus my love for Shakespeare.

    Not sure which dragon is my favorite.