Monkey Day 2013
December 14, 2013 in the World

Monkey Day is an unofficial holiday observed on December 14, 2013. The day takes place annually and is celebrated internationally. It was started in 2000 by Casey Sorrow. On December 14th he jokingly scribbled Monkey Day on a friend’s calendar. Lansing residents and students off Michigan State University started to celebrate Monkey Day.

The day gained notoriety when Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin’s own comic strip began promoting it along with other cartoonists. Monkey Day is celebrated in many different countries around the world, primarily with costume parties. It is intended to help draw attention to issues related to simians, including medical research and animal rights. The holiday cuts across religious boundaries and provides opportunities to share monkey stories and contemplate our simian relatives. Hallmark Cards describes it as the day, when monkey business is encouraged.

Casey Sorrow is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and printmaker. His early comic collaboration with Eric Millikin, Fetus-X, was run for a short time in Michigan State University’s State News, until the comic strip was removed for being too controversial. Casey Sorrow is known as the inventor of the holiday Monkey Day, on which in some years Monkey Day Web Comic Marathons take place.

Where is Monkey Day?
Worldwide World

National Bouillabaisse Day
December 14, 2013 in the USA

Today is National Bouillabaisse Day! Bouillabaisse is a tasty fish stew that originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C. At that time, Marseilles was a Greek colony so the stew was originally called “kakavia.” Bouillabaisse also appears in Roman mythology as a soup that Venus feeds to Vulcan. Today, bouillabaisse is an extremely popular dish in the Mediterranean region.

Marseille fishermen typically make the dish when they return to port. Rather than using the more expensive fish that they catch, they use common fish like rockfish and shellfish. Different herbs and spices such as garlic, orange peel, basil, saffron, and bay leaf are added to the soup for flavor. Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, celery, and potatoes were added to the recipe during the 17th century.

To celebrate today, try your hand at making your own bouillabaisse stew for your family to enjoy!

Where is National Bouillabaisse Day?
Nationwide USA

Alabama Day 2013
December 14, 2013 in Alabama

Alabama Day is celebrated on December 14, 2013. It commemorates Alabama’s admittance to the Union as the 22nd state on December 14, 1819. The Alabama Legislature adopted a resolution calling for the observance of the day in 1923, at the urging of the Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Where is Alabama Day?
Nationwide Alabama

Historical Events:

644 – Osman ibn Affan appointed 3rd kalief of islam

1542 – Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

1656 – Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales

1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine

1911 – South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen

1934 – 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany NY)

1955 – Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar

1967 – DNA created in a test tube

1987 – Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new

1990 – Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later