World Freedom Day
January 23, 2014 in Taiwan / South Korea

World Freedom Day is observed on January 23, 2014. World Freedom Day is a memorial day celebrated each year in Taiwan and South Korea. The event marks the return of some 22,000 ex-communist war prisoners of the Korean War (1950–1953) to Taiwan, of whom 14,000 Chinese soldiers arrived at Keelung harbor on 23 January 1954, and were given the title “Anti-Communist Martyrs”. The Republic of China (ROC) government subsequently declared 23 January as World Freedom Day to honor these soldiers, and created the “Anti-Communist League” to fight communist expansion worldwide. Every year World Freedom Day Celebrations are held in Taiwan, and the event is attended by both locals and foreign delegates from all over the world. Usually, the president of the ROC delivers a congratulatory message, and cultural performances take place.

Where is World Freedom Day?
Nationwide Taiwan / South Korea

National Handwriting Day
January 23, 2014 in the USA

National Handwriting Day is celebrated each year on January 23rd, the birthday of John Hancock, whose signature became famous for being first on the Declaration of Independence. Hancock’s name was signed especially largely, and became so iconic that “John Hancock” became a slang word for signature!

Some say handwriting is an indicator of one’s personality. Proponents of graphology (the study of handwriting) believe that everything about your writing, from the pressure you put on the pen to the spacing between your words, can indicate how well you socialize, analyze, or prioritize!

Notes are a big part of your handwriting, of course. After all, your style of note-taking is purely your own, filled with all of the quirks and habits that make up your thought process, allowing you to pick out what you need just by looking at the bits and pieces you’ve written. Still, handwriting is good for more than just notes, and today, on National Handwriting Day, it’s worth remembering what else a pen and paper can do for you.

Whether or not your innermost secrets are contained within your handwriting, the fact remains that it comes in a style uniquely your own. When you write a letter or note or signature by hand, your loved ones will recognize who it came from – and that you cared enough to slow down, take your time, and put your thoughts on paper to share exactly what you wanted to say to them.

So, today, on National Handwriting Day, why not take a moment to write someone a letter, a thank-you note, or a friendly greeting? Use that nice stationery you’ve been hanging on to, or leave a sticky note on the fridge for someone.

High quality, luxurious paper and a comfortable pen beats writing on a keyboard any day. So why don’t you celebrate this handwriting day with a written note composed by your own fair hands. A love letter is not quite the same when sent from an email address now is it?

Where is National Handwriting Day?
Nationwide USA

National Pie Day
January 23, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Pie Day! Pies have a long and illustrious history, but the sweet filled treats we enjoy today are a relatively recent innovation. The Greeks and Romans made some of the first pies in history. People filled pastry shells with different kinds of meat or seafood, flavored them with a variety of spices, and served them as part of the sweet course of the meal.

When the Pilgrims made their voyage to the New World in the late 1600s they arrived with English pie recipes for beef, lamb, duck, or pigeon. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the first sweet pies emerged. These featured the ingredients we’re accustomed to today, and by the 1940s, pie had become the iconic American dessert.

Whether you prefer apple, berry, pumpkin, or sweet potato, bake your favorite pie recipe tonight in honor of National Pie Day!

The American Pie Council (didn’t know there was one, did you…)

Where is National Pie Day?
Nationwide USA

Measure Your Feet Day
January 23, 2014 in the World

Having a day dedicated to feet seems like a bizarre concept, but surprisingly, one does exist. Measure Your Feet Day is a holiday with a difference, and one where you have the opportunity to give your feet a little more attention! People rarely think about their feet, but they are a vital part of our everyday lives and require as much care as any other part of our bodies.

Making sure that you have shoes that actually fit your feet is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and prevent any problems occurring. When was the last time you took a proper measurement of your feet?

There’s no better time to get the tape out the bottom of your drawer and recheck their size than Measure Your Feet Day. Make sure you take a note of the exact measurements so you can get properly fitting shoes.

Where is Measure Your Feet Day?

Historical Events:

3102 BC – Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga.

638 – Start of Islamic calendar

971 – In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state is forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending not only Southern Han rule, but also the first regular war elephant corps employed in a Chinese army that had gained the Southern Han victories throughout the 10th century.

1265 – 1st English Parliament formally convened (some authorities)

1368 – In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.

1656 – Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

1849 – Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US

1849 – Patent granted for an envelope-making machine

1897 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.

1909 – 1st radio rescue at sea

1912 – The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.

1950 – Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel

1968 – Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea

1970 – Dolle Mina’s burns her bra in Amsterdam

1978 – Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth’s ozone layer.

1991 – “Seinfeld” debuts on NBC-TV

1994 – Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina