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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/21/21 – THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL DAY!

It wasn’t the Great American Novel, or even a very popular American novel, but “The Power of Sympathy” by William Hill Brown was the first American novel, published by Isaiah Thomas in Boston on January 21, 1789, making today NATIONAL GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL DAY! With a subtitle like […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/20/21 – AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION DAY!

If America always acted like America should, we wouldn’t need them, but, like any other great idea, there are kinks to be worked out, and wrongs to be righted. There are people who make it their jobs to ensure that America acts like America to everybody, and […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/19/21 – EDGAR ALLAN POE DAY!

Once upon a midnight dreary in Boston Massachusetts, actress Elizabeth Poe went into labor, and on January 19, 1809, America’s favorite Dark Traveler was born, and so we celebrate NATIONAL EDGAR ALLEN POE DAY!  When Edgar Poe was a year old, his actor father David Poe, Jr. […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/18/21 – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

There are scientific geniuses, artistic geniuses, literary and political geniuses, each one contributing to mankind with their creations and ideas. Then there are the Transcendent Ones, those whose intellect and moral courage change the world, elevating every person. Today we celebrate just such a man on MARTIN […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/17/21 – BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DAY!

It really is all about the Benjamins today, or at least one of them on NATIONAL BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DAY! We know him, we love him, we learned all about him in school, and we covet his portrait on the hundred dollar bill. The oldest Founding Founder was the one with […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/16/21 – WOMEN IN BLUE JEANS DAY!

Okay, this holiday is mostly for men but, as with most things, could not be possible without women. Today is a special day indeed, fellas, NATIONAL WOMEN IN BLUE JEANS DAY! Sure, today is also Magnetic South Pole Day, the day in 1909 that Shackleton and his […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/15/21 – HAT DAY!

“I’ve felt some good felt hats and felt some bad felt hats, but I’ve never felt a felt hat that felt quite like that felt hat felt.” Words to live by on NATIONAL HAT DAY! Wear ‘em if you got ‘em; Fedoras, Caps, Bonnets, Toques, Sombreros, Homburgs, Ten […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/14/21 – MARK ANTONY DAY!

A bro looks after a bro’s old lady when he gets assassinated and deified, and when that lady is Cleopatra, then maybe a bro looks after a bro’s ex-old lady a little too carefully, making today NATIONAL MARK ANTONY DAY!  Julius and Mark went way back, best […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/13/21 – STEVEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY!

He wrote the soundtrack for the latter half of the 19th Century. Everyone reading this knows at least a few of his compositions by heart. Before Tin Pan Alley, before the Brill Building, before Bacharach/David and before Holland/Dozier/Holland, there was the Great American Songwriter Steven Foster. Being […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/12/21 – CRYOGENICS DAY!

Maybe you never heard of James Hiram Bedford, but someday you just might. It seems that Jim became the first man to have himself frozen when he died, hoping to get thawed out and cured of what killed him, making today NATIONAL CRYOGENICS DAY! Bedford was no […]

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