Believe It or Not Day 1918
- On a slow day in December 1918, while working as a sports cartoonist for the New York Globe, Ripley created his first collection of odd facts and feats. The sketches, based on unusual athletic achievements, were initially entitled "Champs and Chumps," but after much deliberation, Ripley changed the title to Believe It or Not! The cartoon was an enormous instant success. The rest is history and the phrase Believe It or Not! is used by just about everyone - just about every day.
Oatmeal Muffin Day
- Enjoy the cholesterol lowering benefit of oatmeal in your muffins today. That's great news... eating something that tastes good, and is also healthy to you.
Day for South-South Cooperation
- UN General Assembly declared this day each year as the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. This marks the date, in 1978, when the General Assembly endorsed the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.
Can't Get Up Day
- Commercial first ran in 1985. The "I've fallen and I can't get up" ad had the double misfortune of being unintentionally campy and appearing often on cable and daytime television. The combination made "I've fallen... and I can't get up!" a recognized, universal punchline that applied to many comedic situations. All of these factors made the ad memorable, ensuring the line's place in pop culture history.
Space Milestone: First Radio Broadcast from Space
- At 3:15 PM, EST, in 1958, the US Earth satellite Atlas transmitted the first radio voice broadcast from space, a 58-word recorded Christmas greeting from President Dwight D. Eisenhower: “to all mankind America’s wish for peace on earth and good will toward men everywhere.” The satellite had been launched from Cape Canaveral Dec 18.
- The most expensive film made (up to that time) at $200 million was released in theaters on this date in 1997. Titanic, written and directed by James Cameron, featured the drama of star-crossed lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) paired with the amazing special effects re-creation of the doomed 1912 ocean liner’s first and last voyage. The film won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, which tied it with 1959’s Ben-Hur. It is widely considered one of the most successful films ever made.
Look for an Evergreen Day
- To many people, only a fresh cut real tree will do for Christmas. The scent of fresh pine helps to capture the feel of the holidays. Nothing looks more real than a real tree, each one with it's own character and appearance. So if you are still treeless, this special day could be the day to do so.
- This was updated by Catherine on December 19, 2011 -
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