Monday, February 18, 2013
National Battery Day
When : Always February 18th
People get a charge out of National Battery Day. We are absolutely energized about the many uses and applications. It's an opportunity to celebrate a vital invention. Batteries are used everywhere, from the battlefield to smoke alarms to headsets. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and power capacity, to fit a wide array of needs.
Just imagine where the world would be without batteries. We'd still be using a crank to start our automobiles. We'd have to cart around long extension cords to bring the boombox to the beach. And, forget about hand-held games. They'd never be popular tied to an electrical outlet.
Yesiree, batteries are electrifying!
Today is a good time to appreciate the the power of batteries in our everyday life.
Origin of National Battery Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
Most likely, this day was created by a national association or a battery manufacturer.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
Several sites have suggested that this day is in honor of Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of electric battery, who was born on this day in 1745.
This Day in History February 18
In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. (1861)
Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia. (1865)
John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico. (1878)
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.(1885)
Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country. (1913)
While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto. (1930)
Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft. (1930)
The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747. (1977)
Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history. (1983)
Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500. (2001)