Friday, the 23rd of January, 2015 is the 23th day in 2015 and in the 4th calendar week.

General Events:

World Freedom Day
January 23, 2015 in Taiwan / South Korea

World Freedom Day is observed on January 23, 2015. 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

Measure Your Feet Day
January 23, 2015 in the World

Measure Your Feet Day is a day to, well it’s a day to measure your feet. At this point, we stop and ask ourselves…why? We pondered this question for a while. Then, we decided it was best not to even speculate.

Although this may be an unfamiliar funday, it’s the perfect occasion to learn about the history of measurement and practice measuring objects using the length of their own feet!

Long ago, units of measurement were loosely based off of body parts—hands, arms, and, yes, even feet. Although there are many stories about how the length of a standard foot was established, it’s believed that the 12-inch foot we use for measurement today came from the average length of a person’s foot.

Where is this event?
Worldwide

Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day
January 23, 2015 in the World

This holiday is another wellcat.com holiday. It was created to give those snowplow drivers a day to have fun for once. Every winter they are gracious and kind enough to mow through our snowy roads, allowing us to get to school and work (wahoo) so Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day gives them a chance to get something in return for their boring work. Here’s how to play: See how far you can whack a mailbox with just your snowplow! 20 extra points if you hit it out of the zip code!

If you have access to a snowplow, please keep in mind that there are laws against that sort of thing.

Note: Living in a rural area, there are us that believe there are some snowplow operaters that have absolutely no need for a special day for this activity.

Where is this event?
Worldwide

National Handwriting Day
January 23, 2015 in the USA

National Handwriting Day is observed on January 23, 2015. Handwriting refers to a person’s unique style of writing characters created with a writing utensil such as a pen or pencil. Handwriting is separate from calligraphy or typeface.

Because each person’s handwriting is unique, it can be used to verify a document’s writer. The deterioration of a person’s handwriting is also a symptom or result of certain diseases. Even identical twins write differently. A person’s handwriting is also relatively stable and changes little over time. Because handwriting is relatively stable, a change in the handwriting can be indicative of the nervousness or intoxication of the writer.

Handwriting that is hard to read or unreadable due to the deformity, or illegibility of characters is commonly called worst. A common stereotype is that doctors have bad handwriting. According to Time, doctors’ sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually.

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

National Rhubarb Pie Day
January 23, 2015 in the USA

In warm climates, rhubarb will grow all year round, but in colder climates the parts of the plant above the ground disappear completely during winter, and begin to grow again from the root in early spring. It’s one of the first things to be edible in a prairie garden (along with asparagus).

Meat pies appeared in England in the 12th century. The crusts at that time were referred to as “coffyn” and they held fillings made from fowl. The legs were in fact left hanging over the sides of the dish and used as handles. Fruit pies and tarts began to appear in the 1500’s. Queen Elizabeth 1 is actually credited with the making of the first cherry pie.

The Colonists, or first English settlers brought their pies to America. They referred to the crusts as “coffins” and they were not eaten. The only purpose of the crust was to hold filling. That changed during the American-Revolution, and the term “coffin” or “coffyn” was changed to “crust.” Pie has become over the years, a tradition and much loved dessert.

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 23rd January:

909 – John of Rila aka Saint Ivan and the fable of two pies.

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 Southern Han rule, also first regular war elephant corps employed in Chinese army

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.

1556 – Shaanxi Earthquake – deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China

1579 – Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic

1647 – Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English parliament

1793 – 2nd partition of Poland, between Prussia & Russia

1855 – The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.

1859 – Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii begins an eruption that lasts 300 days

1870 – 173 Blackfoot (140 women & children) killed in Montana by US Army

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

1904 – Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

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

1932 – El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers

1950 – Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel

1960 – Bathosphere “Trieste”, crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)

1961 – Venezuela adopts constitution

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

1970 – Dolle Mina’s burns her bra in Amsterdam

1972 – Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest

1973 – US President Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War

1977 – Miniseries “Roots” premieres on ABC

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

1983 – Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean

1994 – Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina