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Nothing Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nothing Day



Date When Celebrated : Always January 16th

National Nothing Day is quite simply... a day for nothing.



This day is an "un-event". The expectation is that we do not create or otherwise promote this day. In other words, we do nothing. And, to say anything more would contradict the purpose of this day.



Celebrate this day by doing....nothing. Of course, that assumes that doing nothing is okay with your boss.



Origin of National Nothing Day:
All we know about this day, is that it was created in 1973 by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin.

Other than that, we understandably found nothing about this day.

There is no evidence to suggest that Nothing Day is truly a "national" day, which requires an act of congress.

This Day in History January 16th

The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. (1120)

The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I. (1492)

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England. (1572)

The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain. (1605)

American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cape St. Vincent. (1780)

Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson. (1786)

John C. Frémont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory. (1847)

Hartley Colliery Disaster: 204 men and boys killed in a mining disaster, prompted a change in UK law which henceforth required all collieries to have at least two independent means of escape. (1862)

The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed. (1883)

The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands. (1900)

Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole. (1909)

Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification. (1919)

The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France. (1920)

Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard. (1942)

Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker. (1945)

President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine. (1956)

Hello, Dolly! (musical) starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances. (1964)

Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk. (1969)

Anna Christian Waters disappears from her backyard. She is never found. (1973)

Bonanza Final episode airs on NBC. (1973)

First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force. (1986)

The Coalition Forces go to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War (U.S. Time). (1991)

US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War. (2001)

The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban. (2002)

The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry. (2003)

Romanian university lecturer and novelist Adriana Iliescu gives birth at 66 to her daughter Eliza, breaking the record for the oldest birth mother in the world (2005)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state. (2006)
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PMAY0313 1/17/2014 12:01AM

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THINAGIN2 1/16/2014 5:10PM

    It's always nice to be able to do nothing!

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MARTYLYNN1 1/16/2014 12:34PM

    Doing nothing sounds good!

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HANSBRINK 1/16/2014 12:04PM

  What!?! This isn't a national holiday, sanctioned by Congress? They're certainly good role models for this day.

thanks for the history tidbits.

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RHOOK20047 1/16/2014 11:06AM

    With as busy as life gets at time, nice to have a nothing day!

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LJOYCE55 1/16/2014 9:14AM

  too much going on for a Nothing Day. Fun to look through, though. Thank you.

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