January 7th is...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, January 07, 2012 | 0 comments
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JanuaryInternational Programmers' Day
- For decades, programmers have made major contributions to our lives. Programmers are ultimately responsible for many of the conveniences we enjoy such as DVR, direct deposit, web surfing, online bill paying, cell phones, etc. Behind most modern day convenience, there's a computer programmer.

National Tempura Day
- This delicious Japanese style of cooking lightly batters and fries vegetables and seafood. It was first introduced in Southern Japan during the mid-sixteenth century by early Portuguese missionaries and traders. To celebrate, try making your own tempura at home or head out to your favorite Japanese restaurant!

Harlem Globetrotter's Day
- Basketball promoter Abe Saperstein’s “New York Globetrotters” took the floor on this date in 1927 at Hinckley, IL. Despite the “New York” in their name, the Globetrotters (who included Inman Jackson, Lester Johnson and Walter Wright) hailed from Chicago’s South Side. The talented African-American players—unable to play in white professional leagues—barnstormed the nation in serious basketball promotional events. They changed to “Harlem Globetrotters” in the 1930s and added humor to their games in the 1940s.

I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
- A day to fight back and take control of all events that happen in one’s life. Stand up for your rights—it’s so easy to walk away.

Orthodox Christmas
- any Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. This date works to be December 25 in the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be the son of God.

Flash Gordon's Birthday
- Flash Gordon is the hero of a science fiction adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, which was first published on January 7, 1934. The strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip.

Buck Rogers's Birthday
- The comic strip, titled "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," debuted on January 7 1929, with the character now called by his nickname. It ran consecutively until 1967, and at it’s peak was published in more than 400 newspapers throughout the world and translated into 18 languages.

Old Rock Day
- an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate old rocks and fossils. Perhaps you can start a rock collection. You can go out on a field trip in search of old fossils (the rock kind). Or, if you choose, you can just play with old rocks.

Fruitcake Toss Day
- This is your opportunity to finally throw away the old fruitcake. After the holidays are over, it's time to bring in the new, and toss out the old. You may even like to join in on the fruit cake toss games that are becoming popular all over the United States.

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