Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986 marking King's birthday. King is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. #MartinLutherKingJrDay
Human Trafficking Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking worldwide. It started in 2007, when the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Although it is a U.S. initiative, the United Nations has begun to highlight this topic and working towards global awareness.
Dear Abby is an advice column founded in 1956 by Pauline Phillips under the pen name "Abigail Van Buren." The Dear Abby Show also aired on the CBS Radio Network for 12 years. TV anchorwoman Diane Sawyer called her the "pioneering queen of salty advice." #DearAbby
National Science Fiction Day is celebrated annually by millions of science fiction fans across the United States. The date was chosen because it corresponds with the birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Asimov, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers during his lifetime. #ScienceFictionDay
January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month in honor of Louis Braille, who originally developed the Braille code nearly 200 years ago. Braille was born January 4, 1809, and developed the code of raised dots to make text readable for individuals, like himself, who were blind.
January celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare. The need for donation is constant and important for maintaining a healthy and reliable blood supply. #BloodDonorMonth
English short-story writer, poet, and novelist, Kipling's works include The Jungle Book (1894), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King."
In 1620 the ship that transported the first English Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims, left from Plymouth for the New World.
American jazz and traditional pop singer, actor, and producer, Sinatra was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
Human Rights Day honors the December 10, 1948 United Nations, General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. #HumanRightsDay
Dickinson is almost universally considered to be one of the most significant of all American poets.
Eli Whitney was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin, one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution.
December is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the month, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. #AIDSAwarenessMonth
15 years ago, PTA helped put my book, Don't Know Much About History, on the media map. I have been coming back to them ever since whenever I want to promote the Don't Know Much About series. A Morning Drive Radio tour is a great way to make a serious media statement. And it's always a pleasure to work with the top-notch PTA pros.
KENNETH C. DAVIS, Author of Don't Know Much About History and the Don't Know Much About series