Sunday, January 8, 2017

January is . . . #2

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January 8:

Show & Tell Day at Work

Feast of Saint Gudula
     The Feast of Saint Gudula, patron saint of Brussels, celebrates with great solemnity the anniversary of the seventh-century saint who is always portrayed in the company of an angel who is lighting her lantern.

1889: American inventor Herman Hollerith patents his electric counting machine.

1948: William Lyon Mackenzie King set a Canadian and Commonwealth record as the longest serving Prime Minister with 7,825 days in office.

1976: It was announced that Canada, the US, the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland, and Czechoslovakia had agreed to take part in an invitational hockey tournament in September, known as the Canada Cup.

Elvis Presley, American singer and actor (1935)
     Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes. Elvis’ songs make great page titles.

David Bowie, British singer and songwriter (1947)

William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), English novelist is remembered for The Woman in White and The Moonstone.

Lowell Mason (1792-1872), American music educator and hymn writer composed such familiar hymns as Nearer, My God to Thee and From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.

Midwives’ Day
     A veritable bevy of ancient goddesses watched over mothers-to-be and women in childbirth. And midwives were these goddesses’ earthly helpers. Thus, in the mountains of Green Macedonia, this date was long ago set aside for the honouring—for the toasting, anointing, propitiating, and venerating—of village midwives.

January 8-14, 2017 is Universal Letter Writing Week
     Some say the art of letter writing is ancient history. But if you were to take a poll, most would admit that the sight of a letter in their mailbox is thrilling. E-mail is efficient, but it lacks the intimacy of handwriting. In fact, letters are so valuable to most of us that we cannot bear to throw them away. Honour this old-fashioned tradition by writing letters to your loved ones this week. If you have small children, request that they, too, write some. These keepsakes will make wonderful additions to future scrapbooks.
     A new year is a wonderful time to write letters to those people who are most important to us. Why not make this an annual tradition in January? Write a letter to your spouse, children, parents, siblings or close friends – sharing your dreams, hopes, fears and love for the coming year. Use acid-free papers and permanent pens to ensure the longevity of the letter. Be sure to include the full date on the letter.
     If the letter to be contained within your album is very old or valuable, consider making a copy of it and then storing the letter in a safe place. If you decide to copy a letter, you have the option of reducing the original letter down for an easier fit on your page. If you want to place the original letter in your album, you can use photo corners to attach your envelope to the page, leaving it free to be removed later so you can take out the letter for reading. You can also make a pocket page or use a top-loading page protector to hold your letters.

January 9:

National Apricot Day

National Static Electricity Day

Feast Day of Saint Julian
     Saint Julian is the patron saint of hospitality, pilgrims, hotel keepers and travellers.

1839: French painter L. J. M. Daguerre announces to the French Academy of Arts and Science the first practical photographic process.

1951: The United Nations headquarters open.

1988: Sylvana Tomaselli married the Earl of St. Andrews at Leith, Scotland and became the first Canadian to marry into the Royal Family.

Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer and pianist (1810)

Joan Baez, American folksinger (1941)

Jimmy Page, rock guitarist (1944)

Gypsy Rose Lee, American entertainer (1914)

Lee Van Cleef, actor (1925)

January 10:

Peculiar People Day

1920: Canada became a founding member of the League of Nations.

1946: The first meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations convenes in London, England. Canada was represented on the Atomic Energy Commission, the Economic and Social Council, and the International Court of Justice.

1949: RCA announces the seven-inch, 45-rpm record.

1960: Marty Robbins holds the record for the longest playing number-one song in history, "El Paso," at five minutes, 19 seconds.

Ray Bolger, actor (1904)

Sal Mineo, actor (1939)

January 11:

Milk Day

Secret Pal Day

International Thank You Day
     We all have important people in our lives that have helped us get to where we are now. Make a point to recognize their contribution in your life. Whether it is by telephone, e-mail, fax, letter, or in person, make a point to thank at least five mentors today.

1922: Canadian Leonard Thompson, 14, became the first diabetic patient to be successfully treated with insulin.

1935: Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to California.


Sir John A. Macdonald, first Canadian prime minister (1815)

Thomas F. Dixon, writer (1864)

Stanley Tucci, director (1960)

January 12:

National Handwriting Day

Work Harder Day

Edmund Burke, British statesman and orator (1729)

Tex Ritter, singer and actor (1905)

Joe Frazier, boxer (1944)

1971: The long-running comedy All in the Family premieres on CBS.

1977: Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn of the National Ballet of Canada performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, the first Canadian dancers to do so.

1997: HAL, the computer in Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, informs the crew that he was built on this day.

1998: Carlos Santana is the first Hispanic inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

January 13:

Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Poetry Break Day

Rubber Duckie's Birthday

Blame Somebody Else Day

Charles Perrault, French lawyer and author (1628), famous for Les Contes de Perrault, through which he gave immortality to the folk tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, and others.

Horatio Alger, writer (1832)

Sophie Tucker, entertainer (1906)

1854: Anthony Faas of Pennsylvania patents the accordion.

1930: The comic strip "Mickey Mouse" debuts in American newspapers.

1982: Ann Cools was named to the Senate and became the first black person to sit in Canada’s upper house.

January 14:

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Benedict Arnold, military leader (1741)

Albert Schweitzer (1975-1965), author, organist, theologian, and medical missionary; recipient of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his work for the brotherhood of nations.

Faye Dunaway, actor (1941)

Hal Roach, film producer (1892)

1321: Italian poet Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, dies in exile in Ravenna, Italy.

1972: Redd Fox stars in the premiere of Sanford and Son on NBC.

1559: Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England.

Clean Off Your Desk Day
     This holiday falls early in the New Year in hopes that a clean desk will promote more organization and less wasted time looking for things papers. Once your scrappin’ space is cleared, make a list of products that you could purchase to keep yourself organized. Consider decorating your various boxes, photo holders, and file covers with some of your scrapbook stickers, papers and embellishments. Decorating your desktop may encourage you to keep the surface clean so that you can admire your new products.

January 15:

1892: Dr. James Naismith publishes The 13 rules of basketball.

Martin Luther King, Jr., clergyman and civil rights leader born (1929)

Gene Krupa, drummer (1909)

Lloyd Bridges, actor (1913)

1944: Canadian troops received copies of the Maple Leaf, the first regular newspaper published by the Canadian army during the war.

Elementary School Teacher’s Day

One good teacher outweighs a ton of books. – Chinese proverb

Create a personalized, handmade card to brighten the day of the teacher in your child’s life. Your child will love to help make this card extra special. Consider including a personal note telling the teacher how grateful you are for all of his/her efforts.

Donate a book to the school library in honour of your child’s teacher. Using your scrapbook supplies, create a personalized nameplate for the book.

It is Teachers’ Day, Dia Del Maestro, in Venezuela

Adults Day, or Seijin-no-hi, observed in Japan as a special day in tribute to young men and women who have reached adulthood; observed by families and organizations.

January 15-21, 2017 National Non-Smoking Week (third week of January)
     First held in 1977, National Non-Smoking Week helps raise Canadians’ awareness of the effects of tobacco use, addiction prevention, and of ways to quit smoking and to ensure a smoke-free environment. www.cctc.ca