National Popcorn Day
January 19, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Popcorn Day! Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (about 51 quarts per person), which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country. It is also one of the oldest.

Popcorn has been around for centuries. It is one of six main varieties of corn. (The others are pod, sweet, flour, dent, and flint.) Popcorn originated in Mexico, but eventually made its way north. In 1948, archaeologists in the state of New Mexico discovered ancient popcorn ears that were at least 5,600 years old! The Native Americans (in both North and South America) popped their corn by throwing it on hot stones over a fire.

Today, we rely heavily on microwaveable popcorn, which was introduced in the 1980s. To celebrate National Popcorn Day, make your favorite kind of popcorn and enjoy it while watching a movie with your friends!

The Popcorn Board – National Popcorn Day:
http://www.popcorn.org/AboutUs/Media/NationalPopcornDay/tabid/115/Default.aspx

Where is National Popcorn Day?
Nationwide USA

Sanctity of Human Life Day
January 19, 2014 in the USA

National Sanctity of Human Life Day is celebrated on January 19, 2014. National Sanctity of Human Life Day is an observance declared by several U.S. Presidents who opposed abortion. President Ronald Reagan designated January 22, 1984 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The date was chosen to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that first recognized the constitutionally-protected status of abortion in the United States. Reagan issued the proclamation annually thereafter, designating Sanctity of Human Life Day to be the third Sunday in January, which represents the closest Sunday to the original January 22 date. His successor, George H. W. Bush, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency. Bush’s successor, Bill Clinton, discontinued the practice throughout his eight years in office, but Bush’s son and Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush, resumed the proclamation, and did so every year of his presidency.

Where is National Sanctity of Human Life Day?
Nationwide USA

Robert E. Lee Day
January 19, 2014 in the USA

Robert E. Lee Day is celebrated on January 19, 2014. Robert E. Lee Day is a holiday marking the birthdate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, observed on the 19th of January each year, on Lee’s birthday. Because of the fact he was a Confederate General it is mainly celebrated in the U.S. South, particularly in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. Due to its time of year, it is sometimes associated with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Where is Robert E. Lee Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

379 – Theodosius installed as co-emperor of East Roman Empire

1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed in the Tower of London for treason

1785 – First manned balloon flight in Ireland

1793 – French King Louis XVI sentenced to death

1825 – Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans

1840 – Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

1903 – New bicycle race “Tour de France” announced

1915 – 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die

1915 – Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude

1920 – US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations

1938 – General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines

1939 – Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec

1950 – Maiden flight by Canada’s Avro Canada CF-100 military plane

1952 – PGA approves allowing black participants

1955 – “Scrabble” debuts on board game market

1961 – 1st episode for “Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed

1977 – Pres Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (Tokyo Rose)

1981 – US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages

1984 – California Supreme Court rejects quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia, who wants to starve herself to death in a public hospital

1993 – Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal

2012 – FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites.