Martin Luther King Day or …


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks the birth date of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15th. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

There are now also calendars and other sites calling today Civil Rights Day. (from me, Wikipedia and

National Hug Day

National Hug Day is an annual event created by Kevin Zaborney and occurs annually on January 21st. I have it here today because it conflicts with Martin Luther King Day on the 21st.

Zaborney is credited with coming up with the idea of a National Hugging Day in 1986 and chose January 21st as it fell between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and Valentine’s Day when he found people were generally in low spirits. He felt that “American society is embarrassed to show feelings in public” and hoped that a National Hugging Day would change that. (Wikipedia)

Winnie the Pooh Day


Winnie the Pooh Day celebrates a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne. Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne in 1882. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday.

The Winnie-the-Pooh stories are set in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. Many locations in the stories can be linked to real places in and around the forest. As Christopher Milne wrote in his autobiography: “Pooh’s forest and Ashdown Forest are identical” For example, the fictional “Hundred Acre Wood” was, in reality, Five Hundred Acre Wood;

The rest of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, were incorporated into Milne’s stories. Two more characters, Owl and Rabbit, were created by Milne’s imagination, while Gopher was added to the Disney version. Christopher Robin’s toy bear is on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library.  (from Wikipedia and

Happy Days are here again….


Happy Days is an American television sitcom that first aired this date in 1974 and ran for ten years. The show was originally based on a segment from ABC’s Love, American Style titled “Love and the Television Set,” later retitled “Love and the Happy Days” for syndication. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s in the United States

Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolved around teenager Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his family. Suave ladies man Arthur “Fonzie”/”The Fonz” Fonzarelli  (Henry Winkler) became Richie’s best friend and the Cunningham’s upstairs tenant. Fonzie began as a secondary character, but proved to be a favorite with viewers, and more storylines were written to reflect his growing popularity. Each of the eleven seasons of the series roughly tracks the eleven years from 1955 to 1965 in which the show was set.


The show is the basis for the Happy Days musical touring the United States since 2008. The leather jacket worn by Winkler during the series was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History. (from Wikipedia and

The Simpsons debut as a series


The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a working-class lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart (a 10-year-old troublemaker), Lisa ( a precocious 8-yar-old activist) and Maggie (the baby of the family who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier); and pets of a dog named Santa’s Little Helper and a cat named Snowball. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour primetime show, debuting this date in 1989.

In 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since its debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards. Homer’s exclamatory catchphrase “D’oh!” has been adopted into the English language.  (from Wikipedia and