January 16th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 16, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning civil rights activists. Today is Monday, January 16, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

President Ronald Reagan signed the Martin Luther King Jr. King Holiday Bill into law on November 2, 1983—fifteen years after the assassination of the civil rights leader. A congressman from Michigan introduced the legislation just a few months after Dr. King’s death in 1968, but it took years of petitions, politics, and personal appeals from Coretta Scott King to get it passed. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. On this holiday we celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to the pursuit of justice and equality for all. There are only two other federal holidays that honor individuals—Washington’s Birthday (also known as Presidents Day) and Columbus Day.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Hundreds of streets in the United States have been renamed in his honor. A respected author, speaker, father, theologian, activist, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee while giving a speech at a sanitation workers’ strike. President Johnson called for peace in the wave of riots and violence that followed, referring to King as the “apostle of nonviolence.”
Today, take a moment to honor Dr. King’s work and to reflect on his dream for America.

Nothing Day

Nothing Day is quite simply… a day for nothing. The purpose is to provide Americans with one day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything. It was created by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. Please note that this is not “do nothing” day. You still have to fulfill you daily obligations like going to work or school. Other than that, have an uneventful day.

Appreciate a Dragon Day

The purpose of Appreciate a Dragon Day is to boost children’s literacy by encouraging them to read and create things about their favorite fictional dragons. The dragon is a powerful symbol in mythology all over the world, from Europe to Asia and beyond. This day encourages the exploration of the cultural significance of the dragon in our society and history.

Book Publisher’s Day  

Book Publisher’s Day obviously celebrates book publishers; from the big powerhouses like Random House and Penguin to the smaller publishing houses to the independent online publishers. They all provide us with countless hours of enjoyment. To celebrate this holiday, simply pick up a book and start reading.

Prohibition Remembrance Day

Prohibition Remembrance Day celebrates the date in 1919 when Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, making it law. One year later, it went into effect. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment. To celebrate Prohibition Remembrance Day, either abstain from partaking in alcoholic beverages — or have an alcoholic beverage or two in defiance…your choice.
Author’s Note: Always drink responsibly.

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Archeological evidence suggests that people have been using hot spices in their recipes for over 6000 years.  Throughout the world, there are hundreds of different spices that contribute to an array of hot flavored foods. Hot (spicy) foods can actually be very good for you because of their medicinal and antimicrobial properties. Garlic, chilies, onions, allspice, and oregano all kill bacteria and make food safer to consume. To celebrate this holiday, spice up your life with a few hot peppers or hot sauces with your meals today.
Factoid: The hottest chili pepper in the world is the Naga Jolokia. On average, one of these peppers is over 170 times spicier than a jalapeno.

Fig Newton Day

If your taste buds demand something blander, then celebrate Fig Newton Day.
Popular myth has it that Nabisco’s chewy Fig Newton cookies were named after Sir Isaac Newton. In reality, they were named after their birthplace, Newton, Massachusetts. Fig Newtons were created by Charles M. Roser, a cookie maker in Ohio. He won fame for creating the Fig Newton recipe before selling it to the Kennedy Biscuit Works (later called Nabisco), located in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. They were known for naming many of their cookies after neighboring towns – the “Newton” in Fig Newton is a nod to the nearby town of Newton. They rank as the 3rd most popular cookie in the United States, with over 1 billion eaten each year.
Nabisco makes ‘Newton-type’ cookies in 4 varieties besides the original Fig Newton; including strawberry, apple & cinnamon, sweet peach & apricot, and triple berry.
I dislike any kind of ‘Newton’ cookie, but especially Fig Newtons…so I won’t be joining you in your celebration.

Elementary School Teacher Day

National Good Teen Day

National Without a Scalpel Day

Religious Freedom Day  


On this date

  • In 1517 – Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.
  • In 1866 – Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate.
  • In 1883 – the United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.
  • In 1896 – the first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, IA.
  • In 1925 – Leon Trotsky was dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR.
  • In 1944 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
  • In 1961 – Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.
  • In 1964 – “Hello Dolly!” opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City.
  • In 1985 – “Playboy” magazine announced its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton and elsewhere would come to an immediate end.
  • In 1988 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.
  • In 1991 – The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
  • In 1997 – Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles, CA.
  • In 2002 – Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.

  • Andre Michelin 1853 –  Michelin Tires
  • Frank Joseph Zamboni  1901 – Inventor of the ice resurfacing machine
  • Ethel Merman 1909 – Entertainer
  • “Dizzy” Dean 1910 – Baseball pitcher
  • Susan Sontag 1933 – Writer and filmmaker
  • A. J. Foyt 1935 – Racecar driver
  • Ronnie Milsap 1943 – Country singer
  • Jim Stafford 1944 – Singer (“I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes”)
  • Kate Moss 1974 – Model

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