Date When Celebrated: Always January 18th
Thesaurus Day celebrates the birthday of the author of Roget's Thesaurus. Peter Roget was born on this day in 1779.
The Thesaurus has been an invaluable reference book for hundreds of years. Students and writers use it to improve the quality of their literary work. Do you remember how the book works? After High School, many of us forget. If you have forgotten, you're in good company.
The Thesaurus lists synonyms (words with the same or similar meaning) for words. It allows you to avoid repetition in writing and speeches. It also lists antonyms...words with opposite meaning.
Enjoy today appreciating the value of the Thesaurus. If you haven't seen it in a while, take a moment to browse through it.
Origin of Thesaurus Day:
We know that Thesaurus Day was created to honor Peter Roget, the author of Roget's Thesaurus. We fully expected to find a book company, or the folks at thesaurus.com to claim to be the originators. However, we did not find the originator, or the date of origin for this special day. Perhaps it was one of the millions of people who appreciate the value of this reference book.
This Day in History January 18th
Henry Morgan captures Panama. (1670)
James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands". (1778)
The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrive at Botany Bay. (1788)
Wilhelm I of Germany is proclaimed the first German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles (France) towards the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The empire is known as the Second Reich to Germans. (1871)
Modern hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. (1886)
An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H.L. Smith. (1896)
President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States. (1903)
Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco Bay, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. (1911)
Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia. (1915)
A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri. (1916)
Bentley Motors Limited is founded. (1919)
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. (1943)
The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. (1944)
Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three-year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad. (1944)
Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. (1958)
Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler", is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment. (1967)
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease. (1977)
The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture. (1978)
Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs). (1981)
The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family. (1983)
Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting. (1990)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states. (1993)
Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided. (1997)
Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israeli Defense Forces's offer of a ceasefire, ending the assault. (2009)