National Puzzle Day
When : Always January 29th
Don't be puzzled by today. National Puzzle Day honors puzzles of all size, shape and form. Crossword puzzles are by far the most common. Sudoku, a number puzzle, is the most recent puzzle rage. There's easy puzzles, and there's puzzles for experts. They fit the needs of every person, and every skill level.
Puzzles are a favorite pastime of millions of people, young and old. So, what's with this fascination over puzzles? There's numerous reasons for it's popularity. For many, doing puzzles is fun. Some people just like the challenge of completing them, and graduating to evermore complex and difficult puzzle solving levels. For others, it is a way to kill time, and to eliminate boredom. Others still, do puzzles to keep their mind sharp, or to learn new words.
Whatever the cause for your interest, spend National Puzzle Day doing puzzles.
Origin of National Puzzle Day:
Who created this day and when remains a puzzle.
There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a "National" day, which requires an act of congress.
This Day in History January 29th
US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute. (1834)
"The Raven" is published in the New York Evening Mirror, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe (1845)
Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross. (1856)
Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state. (1861)
Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile. (1886)
Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch. (1891)
The American League is organized in Philadelphia with eight founding teams. (1900)
Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator. (1907)
World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins. (1916)
The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced. (1936)
The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, U.S. cruiser Chicago is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers. (1943)
World War II: Approximately 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland. (1944)
The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced. (1963)
The "ultimate high" of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg. (1967)
Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so (1989)
Gulf War: The Battle of Khafji, the first major ground engagement of the war, as well as its deadliest, begins. (1991)
In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit (1998)
In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea. (2002)
The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt rules that people who do not adhere to one of the three government-recognised religions, while not allowed to list any belief outside of those three, are still eligible to receive government identity documents. (2009)
Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama. (2009)