Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 18, 2016

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



National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 11, 2016

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. 


60th Anniversary of First "Dear Abby" Column
January 09, 2016

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
January 02, 2016

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


National Braille Literacy Month
January 01, 2016

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.


National Blood Donor Month
January 01, 2016

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 



Rudyard Kipling's 150th Birthday
December 30, 2015

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."



395th Anniversary of Mayflower Voyage
December 21, 2015

In 1620 the ship that transported the first English Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims, left from Plymouth for the New World.


Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday
December 12, 2015

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
December 10, 2015

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


Emily Dickinson's 185th Birthday
December 10, 2015

Dickinson is almost universally considered to be one of the most significant of all American poets.


Eli Whitney's 250th Birthday
December 08, 2015

Eli Whitney was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin, one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution.


Aids Awareness Month
December 01, 2015

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




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