National Joe Day
When : Always March 27th
National Joe Day is a chance to change your name, if only for today.
Many people do not like their given name. They wish they could change it. A few actually do. On National Joe Day, it is perfectly okay to have everyone call you "Joe". Why Joe, and not Bob or Mike or Radcliffe? Simply, because everyone likes the name Joe. If you are called Joe today, we know that you're "Joe cool"!
This works well for the men out there. What about the ladies? We suggest you choose Josephine or Jody.
Origin of "National Joe Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. Obviously, it is a person who does not like their first name.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History March 27th
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reaches the northern end of The Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida. (1513)
The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy. (1613)
The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. (1794)
Hugh McGary Jr. establishes what is now Evansville, Indiana on a bend in the Ohio River. (1812)
War of 1812: In central Alabama, U.S. forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. (1814)
Texas Revolution: Goliad massacre – Antonio López de Santa Anna orders the Mexican army to kill about 400 Texas POWs at Goliad, Texas. (1836)
First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans. (1851)
A mob in Cincinnati, Ohio, attacks members of a jury who had returned a verdict of manslaughter in a clear case of murder, and then over the next few days would riot and destroy the courthouse. (1884)
Famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars. (1886)
A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200. (1890)
Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life. (1915)
World War II: Battle of the Komandorski Islands – In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska. (1943)
World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins. Argentina declares war on the Axis Powers. (1945)
The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage. (1964)
Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins. (1975)
Tenerife airport disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). Sixty-one survived on the Pan Am flight. This is the worst aviation accident in history. (1977)
Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, led to panic on commodity and futures exchanges. (1980)
The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba. (1990)
The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States. (1998)
A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills one and injures 71. (2000)
Passover massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel. (2002)