When : Always January 25th
Opposite Day is a topsy, turvy day when everything you say, do, see, and hear are the opposite. If you say go left, you mean go right. If you say look up, it means look down. If you see your left foot...is it really your right?
Yesiree, Bob. Opposite Day can be a whole lot of fun. It can also be very, very confusing. This special day is celebrated primarily among school children. Sponge Bob Square Pants even got into the act, with an episode containing the whimsical nature of this day.
Thought for the Day: Opposites attract.
Origin of Opposite Day:
We have yet to discover who created this day, or the original date of creation. In true "Opposite Day" spirit, you have to look for someone who says "I didn't create this day", and go from there.
References to Opposite Day date back to around 2000. However, we found some casual reference to President Calvin Coolidge in the 1920's. Is it possible that a president said one thing and meant another?
Some recent writings suggest the first Tuesday of the year. However, older research, points to the 25th. We suspect there may be more than one celebration of Opposite Day.
This Day in History January 25th
Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn. (1533)
The Battle of Ayubale results in the destruction of most of the Spanish missions in Florida. (1704)
Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, is founded. (1765)
The British Parliament passes the Constitutional Act of 1791 and splits the old Province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada. (1791)
The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding recessional. (1858)
Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company. (1881)
Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days. (1890)
Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco. (1915)
The League of Nations is founded. (1919)
The 1924 Winter Olympics opens in Chamonix, in the French Alps, inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games. (1924)
The Guiding Light debuts on NBC radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moves to CBS television, where it remains until Sept. 18, 2009. (1937)
World War II: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom. (1942)
World War II: The Battle of the Bulge ends. (1945)
The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor. (1946)
Thomas Goldsmith Jr. files a patent for a cathode ray tubeamusement device (1947)
At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented. (1949)
The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the "payola" scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accept money for playing particular records. (1960)
In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference. (1961)
Charles Manson and three female "Family" members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. (1971)
Mother Teresa is honored with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna (1980)
Five people are shot outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Two are killed and three wounded. (1993)
The Norwegian rocket incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile. (1995)
Billy Bailey becomes the last person to be hanged in the USA. (1996)
2003 Invasion of Iraq: A group of people leave London, England, for Baghdad, Iraq, to serve as human shields, intending to prevent the U.S.-led coalition troops from bombing certain locations. (2003)
Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars. (2004)
Mexican professional wrestler Juana Barraza is arrested in connection with the serial killing of at least 10 elderly women. (2006)
The first wave of the Egyptian revolution begins in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt. (2011)
At least 50 people are killed and 120 people are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. (2013)