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Thesaurus Day 2014
January 18, 2014 in the World

Today is Thesaurus Day! Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, was born on this day in 1779. In 1840, Roget retired from a successful career in medicine and spent the rest of his life working on “Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.” He published his dictionary of synonyms in 1852. Since then, it has never been out of print!

Did you know that the word “thesaurus” is Latin for “treasure”? Roget’s original treasure trove of information included 15,000 words organized into six primary categories—existence, relation, quantity, number, and time. Today the book boasts over 230,000 words, but it is still organized by ideas and concepts as opposed to alphabetically.

Pull out your thesaurus, use some new words, and stretch your vocabulary in honor of Thesaurus Day!

Where is Thesaurus Day?
Worldwide

Winnie the Pooh Day
January 18, 2014 in the World

Winnie the Pooh Day is an opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends. This day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne in 1882. He was an author of children’s story books, and created Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Winnie’s pals include Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo.

Have some fun today. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by reading some storybooks about the adventures of Winnie and his friends. Don’t read them alone. Read them with young children.

Did you Know? In his works, he was known as A.A. Milne. The initials stand for Allan Alexander.

Where is Winnie the Pooh Day?
Worldwide

National Peking Duck Day
January 18, 2014 in the USA

It’s Peking Duck Day! Peking Duck is a delectable dish that originated in Beijing, China during the Imperial Era. It became one of the main dishes on the court menus of the Ming Dynasty in the 1500s and is now considered one of China’s national foods.

Peking Duck is made with a specific breed of duck—the Imperial Peking. It is typically roasted in a brick oven, which causes the skin to become crispy. Peking Duck can be eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and either hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.

To celebrate National Peking Duck Day, visit a Chinese restaurant and enjoy a traditionally prepared Peking Duck or, if you are feeling adventurous, try cooking one at home!

Where is Peking Duck Day
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

350 – General Maxentius drives out Western Roman emperor Constans

1535 – Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima, Peru

1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting

1778 – Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)

1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to setup a penal colony

1884 – Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.

1911 – 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)

1945 – Warsaw freed by Soviet army

1951 – 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands

1964 – Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)

1974 – “$6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

1983 – IOC restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

1985 – US renounces jurisdiction of World Court despite previous promise

1991 – US acknowledges CIA & US Army paid Noriega $320,000 over his career

1993 – Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time

1997 – Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.