Data Privacy Day
January 28, 2014 in the World
Data Privacy Day is celebrated on January 28, 2014. Data Privacy Day is an international holiday, which purpose it is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is celebrated in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries. Data Privacy Day’s educational initiative originally focused on raising awareness among teens and young adults about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly in the context of social networking. The educational focus has expanded over the past four years to include families, consumers and businesses.
In addition to its educational initiative, Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control over personally identifiable information; encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations; and create dialogues among stakeholders interested in advancing data protection and privacy. The international celebration offers many opportunities for collaboration among governments, industry, academia, nonprofits, privacy professionals and educators.
The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for signature by the Council of Europe on January 28, 1981. This convention is currently in the process of being updated in order to reflect new legal challenges caused by technological development. The Convention on Cybercrime is also protecting the integrity of data systems and thus of privacy in cyberspace. Privacy including data protection is also protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Data privacy is the relationship between collection and dissemination of data, technology, the public expectation of privacy, and the legal and political issues surrounding them. Privacy concerns exist wherever personally identifiable information is collected and stored – in digital form or otherwise. Improper or non-existent disclosure control can be the root cause for privacy issues.
Data privacy issues can arise in response to information from a wide range of sources, such as healthcare records, criminal justice investigations and proceedings, financial institutions and transactions, biological traits, such as genetic material, residence and geographic records and ethnicity.
Where is Data Privacy Day?

National Fun at Work Day
January 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Fun At Work Day.  This, unofficial national holiday, is known by some to always be celebrated on January 28th and by others always on the last Friday in January.
International Fun at Work Day: Always April 1st
Fun at Work Day is a day to have fun at work for once. Ideally, work should be fun. But normally, work is not intended to have fun. It’s intended to get work done. You’re a very lucky person, if you if you can get work done and have fun doing it. The lucky souls in this situation, love their job.
Unfortunately, all of us are not lucky enough to have a job that’s fun to do. If that’s you, then today is a day just for you! Think of ways to make your job more fun and exciting. Look to do some fun things at work today, even if it takes away from production just a wee bit.
Please Note: If you do fun things today that is counter-productive, or takes you away from the job, make sure you get your boss’ permission first. Better still, get him or her involved.
Where is National Fun at Work Day?
Nationwide USA
National Kazoo Day
January 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Kazoo Day! Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg invented the kazoo in the 1840s. They presented the new instrument at the 1852 Georgia State Fair and it soon became a staple in the popular music of the era.
While today we often consider the kazoo a child’s toy, it is indeed designed to be an instrument. Kazoos can be made out of plastic, metal, or wood, and are part of the “mirliton” or “membranophone” family. These instruments all have a vibrating membrane that can be covered or partially covered to make a variety of sounds. To properly play a kazoo, you have to hum into the large end of the instrument.
The kazoo, the banjo, and the glass armonica are the only instruments invented in America. Join the campaign to make the kazoo our national instrument, learn more about this holiday, or pick up a kazoo and experiment with different sounds in honor of National Kazoo Day!
Where is National Kazoo Day?
Nationwide USA
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 28, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Blueberry Pancake Day! Blueberry pancakes are a wonderful treat to enjoy anytime of the day. They are nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner.
To make blueberry pancakes, mix up a batch of your favorite plain pancake batter. Wash the blueberries, pat them dry, and keep them in a separate bowl. Once you’ve poured the batter onto the griddle, drop a few blueberries on top. This will ensure that your blueberries aren’t bruised during the cooking process and will be perfect bursts of flavor when you bite into your pancake.
Make a delicious batch of pancakes, top them with a little blueberry maple syrup, and celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day!
Where is National Blueberry Pancake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1099 – 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria
1521 – The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25.
1573 – Articles of Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.
1724 – The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.
1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip forms English colony at Botany Bay, Sydney
1813 – Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.
1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
1878 – George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator
1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.
1914 – Beverly Hills, Ca, is incorporated
1918 – Trotsky becomes leader of Reds
1923 – 1st “Reichs Party” (NSDAP) forms in Munich
1935 – Iceland becomes 1st country to legalize abortion
1945 – Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands
1951 – “La Vie Commence Demain,” which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
1958 – The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
1978 – “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
1986 – 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
1988 – Canada’s Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional