National Goof Off Day
Date when : Always March 22nd
Now here's a day that just about everybody can relax and enjoy. It's a day to do anything and everything.....except what you're supposed to do today.
Assuming you won't get in trouble at work or school, go ahead and play some golf, or play games all day. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with your favorite friend. Or, just read sit down and read a book or watch TV. This day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing.
A few years ago, a survey was performed to identify the most popular activity for goofing off. The top activity was playing video games. Who conducted the survey? Ninetendo.......no surprise. It kinda makes you wonder just who might have had the brainstorm to create this day......hmmmm. Nowadays, the most popular Goof Off Day activity is likely playing games on the internet, or on our Smart Phones.
Origin of National Goof Off Day:
The origin of this day is unknown. We do suspect it was created by some hard working individual who finally got fed up of always doing what he( or she) was supposed to do. Most likely, they finally lost it, and took a day to just goof off. How do we know it wasn't created by someone who is always goofing off? Because they would have created Goof Off week, or month, or......
Important Note: In our extensive research, we could find no information to suggest that this day is truly a "National" day. We did find references to this day as International Goof Off Day (on the same date). Again, there are no known records making it official.
This Day in History March 22nd
The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags. (1621)
Jamestown massacre: Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony's population, during the Second Anglo-Powhatan War. (1622)
The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables. (1630)
Anne Hutchinson is expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent. (1638)
The Tuscarora War comes to an end with the fall of Fort Neoheroka, effectively opening up the interior of North Carolina to European colonization. (1713)
Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne. (1739)
The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies. (1765)
In North Carolina, William Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment. (1871)
A law is approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico to abolish slavery. (1873)
The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts. (1894)
The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt. (1923)
World War II: In the Mediterranean Sea, the Royal Navy confronts Italy's Regia Marina in the Second Battle of Sirte. (1942)
World War II: the entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces. (1943)
The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt. (1945)
Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens. (1954)
Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser (1960)
The Beatles' first album, Please Please Me, is released in the United Kingdom. (1963)
The United States Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification. (1972)
In Eisenstadt v. Baird, the United States Supreme Court decides that unmarried persons have the right to possess contraceptives. (1972)
A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes a dangerous reduction in cooling water levels. (1975)
Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (1978)
NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3. (1982)
Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded. (1984)
Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat. (1989)
USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft. (1992)
The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path. (1993)
Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space. (1995)
Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion. (1997)
Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles. (2004)
Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the murder of their colleague, American Tom Fox. (2006)