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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/9/22 – BALLOON ASCENSION DAY!

In the 18th Century, Jean Pierre Blanchard was a household name. In the Blanchard household, anyway. Born in France in 1750, he was the first to fly in the Americas, more than a century before the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, making today NATIONAL BALLOON ASCENSION […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/8/22 – EARTH’S ROTATION DAY!

Did you notice that? The earth has slowed down its incessant spinning, and in the past century our day is 1.7 milliseconds longer than it used to be, requiring us to add a full second to June 30th a few years ago, one of those arcane facts we […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/7/22 – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS DAY!

You know who’s not getting a day, right? The Washington Generals. Not with their record of 6 wins and 13,000 losses against their touring rivals and today’s honorees on NATIONAL HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS DAY! The most famous professional basketball team in the world does not play in a competitive league. […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/6/22 – NATIONAL BRAILLE DAY!

His blindness opened millions of “eyes.” As a brilliant student at the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, he invented a writing system that opened up the entire world of letters to the blind, and so we celebrate  NATIONAL BRAILLE DAY! Louis Braille was born in the […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/5/22 – NATIONAL BIRD DAY

What’s it going to be today; ducks in a row, swallows returning to Capistrano, birds of a feather or 6 geese-a-laying? It’s all good on NATIONAL BIRD DAY Consider what a dreary world this would be without birds, the creatures that most inspire us. Could we fly […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/3/22 – FESTIVAL OF SLEEP DAY!

This holiday ought to be a snap to observe properly, what with most of the country as frigid as Melania’s smile on NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SLEEP DAY! It’s cold and dreary, the days are short, and we’re staring down the barrel of 2-1/2 more months of winter. […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/2/22 – LET’S RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE DAY!

“Let’s see who salutes it” is the theme of today’s National Day. It’s new idea time, new attitudes, a new me, the usual flurry of good intentions that pave our road to hell on NATIONAL LET’S RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE DAY! The old saying, “Let’s run it […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/1/22- POLAR BEAR DAY!

No, not the actual majestic Snow Bear, a thousand pounds of furious hunger and sleek white fur, but the human kind, those who celebrate the New Year with a plunge in the ocean on an icy day to mark NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY! The Polar Bear Club […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 12/31/21 – LIGHT BULB DAY!

At his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey on December 31, 1879, America’s Inventor, Thomas Alva Edison unveiled the future, making today NATIONAL LIGHT BULB DAY! Consider the light bulb, that household item we take for granted and buy by the dozens to light our homes and […]

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