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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 04, 2012 | 0 comments
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JanuaryTrivia Day
- It's a day to annoy your friends and enemies with all manner of trivia! More and more people are celebrating this holiday each year because so many people all over the world loves to play trivia games. As the popularity of this holiday gains strength, we find that trivia lovers turn this day into a party day by gathering together; sharing party food and drinks- and enjoying in the fun of playing trivia on "Trivia Day."

National Spaghetti Day
- If you hear the word pasta, you think Italy, but it’s said that pasta actually goes back to the Etruscans (400 B.C.). It is believed that they used to prepare the first lasagna made of spelt which is a cereal like wheat, but far more resistant against bad weather and diseases.

Free Flower Basket Day
- Is there anyone out there that doesn't like flowers? On this day we are encouraged to give a thoughtful and unexpected gift of flowers to someone in our life!

World Hypnotism Day
- A day when hypnotism professionals promote the truth and benefits of hypnotism to the people of the world while removing the myths and misconceptions.

Bicycle Around the World Day
- Thomas Stevens became the first person to complete a bicycle trip around the world in 1887.

Amnesty for Polygamists
- President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation in 1893, granting full amnesty and pardon to all persons who had since Nov 1, 1890, abstained from unlawful cohabitation in a polygamous marriage. This was intended in the main for a specific group of elderly Mormons who had continued in the practice of contracting serial marriages.

World Braille Day
- Louis Braille, the inventor of a widely used touch system of reading and writing for blind people was born at Coupvray, France in 1809. Permanently blinded at the age of three by a leatherworking awl in his father’s saddle-making shop, Braille developed a system of writing that used, ironically, an awl-like stylus to punch marks in paper that could be felt and interpreted by people who are blind. The system was largely ignored until after Braille died in poverty, suffering from tuberculosis, at Paris, Jan 6, 1852.

Tom Thumb Day
- Charles Sherwood Stratton, perhaps the most famous midget in history, was born at Bridgeport, CT in 1838. He eventually reached a height of three feet, four inches and a weight of 70 pounds. Discovered by P.T. Barnum in 1842, Stratton, as “General Tom Thumb,” became an internationally known entertainer and performed before Queen Victoria and other heads of state.

Pop Music Chart Day
- On January 4, 1936 Billboard magazine published the first list of bestselling pop records, covering the week that ended Dec 30, 1935. On the list were recordings by the Tommy Dorsey and the Ozzie Nelson orchestras.

Roller Skates Birthday
- Massachusetts businessman James Plimpton's 1863 invention of an improved roller skate led to a boom in popularity in the late 19th century, particularly in cities of the American East Coast. At first, people roller skated at home, but within twenty years businesses dedicated to the activity began to spring up. Plimpton himself is credited with opening the first roller skating rink in New York City.

Sir Isaac Newton's Birthday
- Born at Woolsthorpe, England in 1643, Sir Isaac Newton was the chief figure of the scientific revolution of the 17th century, a physicist and mathematician who laid the foundations of calculus, studied the mechanics of planetary motion and discovered the law of gravitation.

Appendectomy Day
- The first successful appendectomy was done in Davenport, Iowa in 1885 by Dr. William West Grant. The patient was Mary Gartside, age 22.

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