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Hug Day
January 21, 2014 in the World

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day is an annual holiday occurring on January 21. The holiday was founded on January 21, 1986 in Caro, Michigan, and has since spread to Canada, England, Australia, Germany and Poland.

A hug is a form of physical intimacy, not necessarily sexual, that usually involves closing or holding the arms around the neck or waist of another person. Hugging has been proven to have health benefits. One study has shown that hugs increase levels of oxytocin, and reduce blood pressure. Hugging is not particular to human beings, as there are many species of animals that engage in similar exchanges of warmth.

In recent years it has become a practice amongst some teenage girls to greet and farewell each other with a hug. In May 2009, the New York Times reported that “the hug has become the favorite social greeting when teenagers meet or part these days” in the United States. A number of schools in the United States have issued bans on hugs, which in some cases have resulted in student-led protests against these bans.

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Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 21, 2014 in the World

Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina started Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. Christy is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina, and is is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering neighborhood squirrels. It’s held in mid-winter when food sources are scarce for squirrels and other wildlife. Sure, squirrels spent all fall gathering and “squirreling ” away food. But, their supplies may not be enough. And, the variety of food is limited. So, give them an extra special treat today to supplement their winter diets.

Not everyone likes squirrels. While they are fun to watch skirting around the yard and trees, they are aggressive at bird feeders. Squirrels tip almost any bird feeder and spill the seeds in search of the particular seeds they want. In the fall, they attack pumpkins on front porches in search of the seeds inside. For gardeners they dig up and steal flower bulbs, and may eat some of the veggies in your garden.

When you think about it, mid winter is the best time to appreciate squirrels. In the winter they provide a little entertainment. During other times of the year, you may look at them as a pest in the flower and vegetable gardens.

According to Christy Hargrove, the founder, “Celebration of the event itself is up to the individual or group — anything from putting out extra food for the squirrels to learning something new about the species.”

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Errol Barrow Day
January 21, 2014 in Barbados

Errol Barrow Day takes place on January 21, 2014. Errol Barrow Day is a Barbadian public holiday celebrated to commemorate the former Prime Minister of Barbados, who helped lead his country to independence from the United Kingdom. The date is the second public holiday of the calendar year and is the date of birth for the former leader. Errol Barrow died suddenly in 1987, and in 1989 his birthday was declared as the first public holiday to honour him. As a public holiday, much of the businesses in the country are closed on this day.

Where is Errol Barrow Day?
Nationwide Barbados

Altagracia Day
January 21, 2014 in Dominican Republic

Altagracia Day takes place on January 21, 2014. Día de la Altagracia, or Altagracia Day, is a day commemorating “Our Lady of Altagracia”, patronal image and protector of the people of the Dominican Republic. It is a feast day and annual public holiday on January 21. “Our Lady of Altagracia” is a portrait of the Virgin Mary painted in the 16th century. The portrait is kept in The Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia in the city of Salvaleón de Higüey.

Where is Altagracia Day?
Nationwide Dominican Republic

International Sweatpants Day
January 21, 2014 in the World

The day of sweatpants is on January 21, 2014 – be sure to wear sweatpants on this day wherever you go! The day was founded to commemorate the former fashion sin called “jogging trousers”. Due to their convenience, sweatpants are often seen as the ideal casual wear. Many appreciated the casual, sporty look, what they disqualified at the same time as work clothes.

Sweatpants are traditionally ash gray in color but are now available in essentially any color. They are usually quite “baggy” and loose, which makes them easy to slip into and out of and allows a great deal of flexibility and comfort. Sweatpants are widely used in schools, sports, etc. because they are comfortable and keep the cold out while they also don’t get too hot in warmer temperatures.

In the UK sweatpants are varyingly known as track suit bottoms or the more informal jogging bottoms. In Australia and New Zealand they are known as trackies, track or tracksuit pants. Pop stars like Eminem and the Spice Girls wore sweatpants, despite the negative image of them. Some musicians celebrate the proletarian touch of sweatpants – especially in hip-hop field. Their sports suits are usually oversized.

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Historical Events:

1189 – Philip II, Henry II & Richard Lion hearted initiate 3rd Crusade

1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz’s mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination is introduced

1813 – Pineapple introduced to Hawaii (or 01/111)

1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile.

1908 – NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public

1938 – Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance

1954 – 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)

1968 – US B-52 bombers with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland

1977 – Pres Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

1986 – 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana

1988 – US accept immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children

1994 – Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane of chopping off spouse’s penis