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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 0 comments
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JanuaryToad Hollow Day of Encouragement
- a little-known holiday, originally established as a day to connect with others through the heart, it stresses the importance of sharing a kind word with fellow man. Although the name conjures thoughts of childhood storybooks and amusement park rides, it is actually rooted in an 1800s-era school house located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

National Peanut Brittle Day
- Peanut Brittle is one of the easiest homemade candies to make; most of the minimal ingredients are common items that are probably already on your pantry shelves or in the fridge. Raw peanuts (with skins) are available at any grocery store. Once the peanut brittle is cooked, it is simply poured onto a pan, cooled and broken into pieces - no fru-fru shaping or tedious wrapping of small pieces. Peanut brittle stays fresh for months, too, so if you keep it hidden from family members, a piece or two will always be available when a craving hits.

Disneyland Founded
- From groundbreaking to opening, Disneyland was built in just 365 days - in 1954. Disneyland cost $17 million to build, about $116 million in today’s dollars. The Space Mountain ride, which opened in 1977, cost more than half that amount (in constant dollars).

Lotus 1-2-3 Day
- Lotus released Lotus 1-2-3 in January 1983. The name referred to the three ways the product could be used: as a spreadsheet, a graphics package, and a database manager. The last function was seldom used. 1-2-3 was the most powerful spreadsheet available in the new PC-compatible market; sales were enormous, turning Lotus into the largest independent software vendor in the world almost overnight. The business plan had called for $1,000,000 in sales in the first year, but the actual results were $53,000,000.

Television's Birthday
- John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first television system to transmit live, moving images in tone graduations, to 40 members of the Royal Institution on January 26, 1926. The 30-line images are scanned mechanically by a disk with a spiral of lenses at 12.5 images per second.

National School Nurse Day
- Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. It was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Cockroach Race Day
- The greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches in the known universe. Cockroach race enthusiasts celebrate Australia Day at the Story Bridge Hotel, where icky insects compete. Race includes steeplechase. Plus music, “Miss Cocky” pageant, “Best Dressed” contest and more. Proceeds benefit charity.

Spouse Day
- a time to enjoy and appreciate your better half. You can use this day as a prelude or warm up to Valentine's Day, perhaps. But, its not as much of a gift giving event. Rather, use it as a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he/she does for you and for the household. Over the long years of a relationship, its easy to take for granted the many things your spouse does. He/she's always there. They do so many big and little things as a routine event. So, take today to notice and to say thanks.

Australia Day
- the official national day of Australia, commemorating the establishment of the first British settlement on the continent of Australia on January 26, 1788. On this date, the British penal colony was founded at Sydney Cove on Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788, by Captain Arthur Phillip, in his capacity as the first Governor of New South Wales.

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