Friday, March 01, 2013
National Pig Day
When : always March 1st
National Pig Day recognizes and gives thanks to domesticated pigs. For some unknown reason, big, pot-bellied pigs seen in zoos, are often the symbol of the day. They can be taught to do tricks. Some people even keep them as pets. Today is a day to give pigs the respect that they deserve.
National Pig day is celebrated by zoos, too. Activities include Snort Offs, Pig Outs, and online Pig Chats. However you choose, do not miss celebrating this day.
Origin of National Pig Day:
Ellen Stanley, a Texas art teacher created National Pig Day in 1972. Her intent was to to recognize and be thankful for pigs as intelligent domestic animals.
There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a "National" day, which requires an act of congress.
This Day in History
The city of Rio de Janeiro is founded. (1565)
Georgeana, Massachusetts (now known as York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the United States. (1642)
Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials. (1692)
The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation. (1781)
The first United States census is authorized. (1790)
Ohio is admitted as the 17th U.S. state. (1803)
A convention of delegates from 57 Texas communities convenes in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, to deliberate independence from Mexico. (1836)
President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas. (1845)
The state of Michigan formally abolishes capital punishment. (1847)
Nebraska becomes the 37th U.S. state; Lancaster, Nebraska is renamed Lincoln and becomes the state capital. (1867)
Yellowstone National Park is established as the world's first national park. (1872)
E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter. (1873)
Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. (1893)
Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity. (1896)
The Hoover Dam is completed. (1936)
A strike occurs aboard the S.S. California, leading to the demise of the International Seamen's Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union. (1936)
W47NV (now known as WSM-FM) begins operations in Nashville, Tennessee becoming the first FM radio station in the U.S.. (1941)
Nuclear testing: The Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States. (1954)
President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. (1961)
Yahoo! is incorporated. (1995)