Blue Monday 2014
January 20, 2014 in the World

Blue Monday is observed on January 20, 2014. Blue Monday is a name given to a date in mid-to-late January stated to be the most depressing day of the year. However, the whole concept is considered pseudoscience, with its formula derided by scientists as nonsense. This date allegedly falls on the Monday of the last full week of January.

Where is Blue Monday?
Worldwide

Martin Luther King Day
January 20, 2014 in the USA

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

One place where this day is observed as important is in the Japanese city of Hiroshima under mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who holds a special banquet at the mayor’s office as an act of unifying his city’s call for peace with King’s message of human rights.

Where is Martin Luther King Day?
Nationwide USA

Idaho Human Rights Day
January 20, 2014 in Idaho

Idaho Human Rights Day is observed on January 20, 2014. Idaho Human Rights Day is a State holiday recognized only in the US state of Idaho. It was created on January 16, 2006 by then Governor and former United States Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. The holiday is celebrated simultaneously each year on the same day as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The full name of this holiday in the state of Idaho is Martin Luther King, Jr. – Idaho Human Rights Day.

Where is Idaho Human Rights Day?
Nationwide Idaho

Penguin Awareness Day
January 20, 2014 in the World

Penguin Awareness Day, and World Penguin Day (April 25th) are great opportunities to learn about and appreciate one of the few natives of Antarctica. On these days, spend a little time learning about them…. a pictorial book or internet site is fun. You can also watch a documentary of these cute and popular, grounded birds.

These days are also a time to wear black and white—penguin colors. However, wearing a tuxedo in their honor is optional. It is also popular today to tell a penguin joke or two.

World Penguin Day!
http://worldpenguinday.com/

Where is Penguin Awareness Day?
Worldwide

Buttercrunch Day
January 20, 2014 in the USA

Buttercrunch lovers, today is your day. It’s National Buttercrunch Day. Today you can enjoy buttercrunch ice cream, candy, or anything buttercrunch.

Spend the day with one of your favorite snacks. Make it your personal goal to have something with buttercrunch at each meal, and as a snack. Tomorrow, you can return to the diet

Where is National Buttercrunch Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

820 – Book of mother, published

1265 – 1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester

1778 – 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass

1841 – China cedes Hong Kong to British

1929 – 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, “In Old Arizona”

1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit)

1942 – Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on “final solution” calling for extermination of Europe’s Jews

1953 – 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY

1986 – 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

1991 – Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south.