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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/25/15 – DNA DAY!

Good DNA is an attribute we assign to people who are especially attractive, healthy, or old. At least we’ve been saying that since April 25, 1953, when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin announced their discovery of the structure of the building blocks of all […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/24/14 – LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DAY!

You can’t borrow a book unless you’re a Senator or Congressperson, but you can hang around all day and read or listen to anything you like, it’s open to the public, even on NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DAY! On April 24, 1800, America’s Second President, John Adams, […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/23/15 – TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY!

What light from yon flatscreen breaks? Forsooth ‘n shit, it’s NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY! The Granddaddy of all English writers, The Bard himself, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon would have had a field day with today’s English language and its 172,000-word vocabulary. Old Bill had to get […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/22/15 – EARTH DAY!

Who’s from Earth? A show of hands, please. Good, it’s almost unanimous, so let’s have a round of applause for INTERNATIONAL EARTH DAY! At 4.5 billion years old, the planet doesn’t look a day over 3.8 billion, and is home to more and more of us every […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/21/15 – INTERNATIONAL ROME DAY!

Even when you’ve been raised by wolves with your twin brother Remus, sooner or later a fellow wants a taste of Bright Lights, Big City, so on this day in 753 BCE, Romulus got busy on the banks of the Tiber River on INTERNATIONAL ROME DAY! It wasn’t built […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/20/15 – DETECTIVE STORY DAY!

Edgar Allan Poe, best known for his gothic tales of horror and dread, gave birth on this day in 1841 to the likes of  Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot and Alex Cross when he published what is considered the first detective story, “The Murders […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/19/15 – RECORD STORE DAY!

They all smelled pretty weird, a combination of dust, vinyl, cardboard and whatever the guy behind the counter from some foreign country, you don’t know which, was having for lunch. The aisles were crooked and cluttered, and the wooden bins of records were a wreck half the […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/18/15 – ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY!

Today we get a Two’Fer holiday for the price of one name. By Margaret Dumont and all that is holy, this day we celebrate NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY! Ah, Animal Crackers . . . You know them, you love them, you consumed them by the string-handled boxful […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/17/15 – ELLIS ISLAND DAY!

We’re all sons and daughters of immigrants in America, if not immigrants ourselves. If your people emigrated to the United States between 1892 and 1954, odds are they passed through the hallowed place we celebrate on NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND DAY! Starting with 15 year-old Annie Moore from […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/16/15 – INTERNATIONAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN DAY!

By never saying a word, he spoke every language, and became the most famous man in the world, making today INTERNATIONAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN DAY! One of the world’s first movies stars, Charles Spencer Chaplin (b. April 16, 1889, London, England) was a monumental talent; writer, actor, director, […]

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