Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
January 17, 2014 in the World

Ditch New Years Resolutions Day is observed on January 17, 2014. It’s a day to brake or give up all of those New Year’s resolutions you made two weeks ago on New Year’s Days. But think about it: is it easier to slip back into old habits, or is it better to hold on your New Year’s resolutions? You can get it if you want it!

A New Year’s resolution is a secular tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.

A study involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

Where is Ditch New Years Resolutions Day?
Worldwide

Art’s Birthday
January 17, 2014 in the World

Art’s Birthday is observed on January 17, 2014. Robert Filliou was a French Fluxus artist, who produced works as a filmmaker, “action poet,” sculptor, and happenings maestro. Filliou proposed “Art’s Birthday” in 1963.

He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on January 17 to be precise, Art was born. Filliou says it happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water.

He also proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. Art’s Birthday was first publicly celebrated in 1973 in Auchen, Germany and at the same time in Paris, France.

Where is Art’s Birthday?
Worldwide

Lee-Jackson Day
January 17, 2014 in Commonwealth of Virginia

Lee-Jackson Day takes place on January 17, 2014. Lee-Jackson Day is a holiday celebrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the USA, for the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The original holiday, created in 1889, celebrated Lee’s birthday. Jackson’s name was added to the holiday in 1904. In 1983, the holiday was merged with the new federal holiday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Lee-Jackson-King Day in Virginia. This merge was reverted in 2000. Lee-Jackson Day is currently observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the third Monday in January. Typical events include a wreath laying ceremony with military honors, a Civil War themed parade, symposia and gala ball. State offices are closed for both holidays.

Where is Lee-Jackson Day?
Nationwide Commonwealth of Virginia

International Fetish Day
January 17, 2014 in the World

International Fetish Day is observed on January 17, 2014. International Fetish Day is a day supporting the BDSM community. It originated in the United Kingdom as “National Fetish Day”. The first International Fetish Day was held on 16 January 2009 (the third Friday of the year). The main purpose of International Fetish Day is to increase awareness and support of the fetish community, whilst also opposing the new law criminalising possession of “extreme pornography”. It is also designed to encourage members of the community to be more open about their sexuality.

Where is Fetish Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1377 – Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.

1524 – Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano’s voyage to find a passage to China.

1605 – First publication of Don Quixote.

1773 – Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33′ S)

1775 – 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol

1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

1861 – Flush toilet patented by Mr Thomas Crapper (Honest!)

1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873)

1893 – Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic

1899 – US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific

1917 – US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)

1923 – Origin of Brown lunation numbers

1928 – 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented

1929 – Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theater”

1941 – Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.

1945 – Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation

1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts

1954 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st network telecast airs on “Omnibus” (CBS)

1961 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the “military-industrial complex”.

1966 – Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago

1984 – Supreme Court rules (5-4) oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

1987 – US President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins-US led allies vs Iraq