When : Always November 16th
Button Day is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. Button come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. There is an amazingly endless variety of buttons for your collection.
But, wait a minute.... is that the meaning of this day!? Maybe, the purpose of this day is to wear buttons. You know, those diverse buttons that send a message for political purposes. Or, ones that have funny sayings. Or, a button with a smiley face to cheer everyone up.
The origins of this day are unknown. So, we can't be certain to the real meaning of this day.
And, that could be a good thing. It means you can celebrate today in anyway you want. Here are our suggestions. I suspect you may have more.....
Button Collecting and Display Day - collect and display clothing buttons
Button Up Day- 'cuz it's cold outside!
Pushing Your Buttons Day - you're kidding me, aren't you!?
Belly Button Day - now, here's one that could be real fun
Belly Button Fuzz Day - it's amazing what you find in there.
Wear Buttons Day - skip the political buttons. My favorite is a Smiley button.
However you choose to celebrate, have a Happy Button Day!
Origin of Button Day:
We did not find any information about the origin of this special day, when it began or who originated it.
Apparently, the originator's lips were buttoned up.
This Day in History November 16th
American Revolutionary War: British and Hessian units capture Fort Washington from the Patriots. (1776)
French Revolution: Ninety anti-republican Catholic priests are executed by drowning at Nantes. (1793)
American Old West: Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail. (1822)
American Civil War: Battle of Campbell's Station near Knoxville, Tennessee – Confederate troops unsuccessfully attack Union forces. (1863)
English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube). (1904)
Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, that is admitted as the 46th U.S. state. (1907)
The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens. (1914)
LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland. (1938)
World War II: In response to the leveling of Coventry by the German Luftwaffe two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg. (1940)
Holocaust: In occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world. (1940)
World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway. (1943)
Venera program: The Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus, that will be the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet. (1965)
Skylab program: NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission. (1973)
U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline. (1973)