National Ding-a-Ling Day
When : Always December 12
Today is National Ding-a-Ling Day, a very special day to "Ring your Bell". Nope, we're not talking about the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, standing with their bells and kettles, outside of every store in the country. On National Ding-a-Ling Day, you should brace yourself for bizarre and crazy behavior, from all of the people you encounter today. Even normally conservative people have been known to go a little crazy on this day.
Some people say this is a day for wackos, lunatics, and others who are off their rocker. We say, it is simply a day to cut loose, act a little weird.
What do you do to celebrate this day? Be ever vigilant to the ding-a-lings that will come out of the woodwork. Ding-a-Lings will be everywhere: on the road, on the street, in stores, and even in your house! We suggest you get into the holiday spirit, and become a ding-a-ling yourself......But, please do so for just one day.
For the record: Ding-a-Lings and Ding Bats are not quite the same thing.
Origin of National Ding-a-Ling Day:
Despite our diligent efforts, we have yet to find the Ding-a-Ling who created this neat day. Nor, did we find factual information about this day.
There was some reference to this as a "National Day". However, we found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
This Day in History December 12
First Crusade: Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan – Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism. (1098)
American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant – A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet. (1781)
Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware became the first. (1787)
USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine. (1862)
Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels. (1870)
Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded. (1897)
Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland. (1901)
Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India. (1911)
King George V and Mary of Teck are enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India. (1911)
President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China. (1955)
In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys. (1917)
Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler. (1935)
.USS Panay incident: Japanese aircraft bomb and sink US gunboat USS Panay on the Yangtze River in China. (1937)
Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi – Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict. (1939)
HMS Duchess sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men. (1939)
World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, as a result of a German air raid. (1940)
World War II: Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off; César Basa is killed. (1941)
World War II: USMC F4F "Wildcats" sink the first 4 major Japanese ships off Wake Island. (1941)
World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan. (1941)
Adolf Hitler announces extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery (1941)
World War II: German troops begin Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve encircled Axis forces during the Battle of Stalingrad. (1942)
A fire at a New York City ice plant spreads to a nearby tenement killing 37 people. (1946)
Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre – 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village. (1948)
Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services. (1950)
Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom. (1963)
Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya. (1964)
The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia. (1979)
Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division. (1985)
The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore. (2000)
North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, using a Unha-3 carrier rocket. (2012)