Festival of Sleep Day
When: Always on January 3rd
No, you are not dreaming. But, perhaps you should be. Festival of Sleep Day is today. It is an opportunity to sleep in, snooze, doze, nap, and catch 40 winks.
We feel this is the perfect date for Festival of Sleep Day. The holidays are over...Wow, weren't they exhausting! It's cold and snowy.... time to hibernate. And, why not re-charge the batteries as a new year of school and work begins?
Festival of Sleep Day is a favorite holiday to catch up on a little sleep. Whether its all day, a full 8 hours, or just a power nap, enjoy the day sleeping. Cozy up in bed on the couch, or any other comfortable place. Oh.... don't forget your favorite stuffed animal. It's okay to sleep alone, sleep alone or with someone else. We do not recommend groups sleeps.
Caution: Sleeping at work is not recommended, today, or any day. The only exception is for mattress testers.
Warning #2: The Surgeon General has determined that sleeping is good for your health.
Origin of Festival of Sleep Day:
Our research on this day failed to uncover the origin of this sleepy day. Perhaps the founders were too groggy to properly record the very first Festival of Sleep Day.
Note: There is some reference to Sleep Week in March.
This Day in History January 3rd
Joan of Arc is handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon. (1431)
Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem. (1521)
Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont. (1749)
American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton. (1777)
Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico. (1823)
American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States. (1861)
Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins. (1870)
The refracting telescope at the Lick Observatory, measuring 91 cm in diameter, is used for the first time. It was the largest telescope in the world at the time. (1888)
At the Paris Peace Conference, Emir Faisal I of Iraq signs an agreement with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann on the development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and an Arab nation in a large part of the Middle East. (1919)
Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy. (1925)
Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company. (1932)
Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States. (1933)
The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (1938)
World War II: Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Vought F4U Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Mitsubishi A6M Zero. (1944)
World War II: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is placed in command of all U.S. Naval forces in preparation for planned assaults against Iwo Jima and Okinawa in Japan. (1945)
Popular Canadian American jockey George Woolf dies in a freak accident during a race; the annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award is created to honor him. (1946)
Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time. (1947)
Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress. (1953)
The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch. (1957)
Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state. (1959)
The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba. (1961)
A core explosion and meltdown at the SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, kills three workers. (1961)
Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro. (1962)
Apple Computers is incorporated. (1977)
Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces. (1990)
In Moscow, Russia, George Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). (1993)
The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, goes on sale. (1996)
The Mars Polar Lander is launched. (1999)
Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians. (1999)
The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published. (2000)
Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons. (2002)