American Touch Tag Day
When : Always October 8
American Touch Tag Day is a day to play Touch Tag. That' s right the child's game of Tag. Touch Tag is probably the most popular child's game in America. Almost all kids have played some version of it.
We are uncertain as to why this day was titled "American". Tag has been known by many names, including: Tag, Touch, Touch Tag, It, Chasey, and Catching. The game has been played by children for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt. If it was ours to call, we would certainly name this day World Tag Day.
Celebrate American Touch Tag Day today. No matter how old you are, go outside and play Touch Tag.....You're it!
Origin of American Touch Tag Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We discovered lots of reference to this day on Ecard sites and calendar sites. But, we found no factual information about it.
This Day in History October 8
Jeanne Mance opened the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first lay hospital in North America. (1645)
Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens. (1860)
American Civil War: Battle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky. (1862)
Four major fires break out on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Holland, Michigan, and Manistee, Michigan including the Great Chicago Fire, and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire. (1871)
Edmonton, Alberta is incorporated as a city. (1904)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan is incorporated as a city. (1904)
World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132. (1918)
KDKA in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game. (1921)
World War II: Germany annexes Western Poland. (1939)
World War II: In their invasion of the Soviet Union, Germany reaches the Sea of Azov with the capture of Mariupol. (1941)
World War II: The Battle of Crucifix Hill occurs on Crucifix Hill just outside Aachen. Capt. Bobbie Brown receives a Medal of Honor for his heroics in this battle. (1944)
New York Yankees's Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series; one of only 21 perfect games in MLB history. (1956)
Vietnam War: Operation Sealords – United States and South Vietnamese forces launch a new operation in the Mekong Delta. (1968)
The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois. (1969)
Vietnam War: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects US President Richard Nixon's October 7 peace proposal as "a manoeuvre to deceive world opinion". (1970)
Yom Kippur War: Gabi Amir's armored brigade attacks Egyptian occupied positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal, in hope of driving them away. The attack fails, and over 150 Israeli tanks are destroyed. (1973)
Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States. (1974)
Australia's Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60 mph at Blowering Dam, Australia. (1978)
Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000. (1982)
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: In Jerusalem, Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount. (1990)
U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security. (2001)