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National Tap Dance Day

Saturday, May 25, 2013

National Tap Dance Day

When: Always May 25th

It's National Tap Dance Day. Today is a great day to dance the night away.... and the daytime, too!

This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.

You can celebrate National Tap Dance Day in a variety of ways:

Learn how to tap dance.
Watch a movie with tap dancing.
Learn more about tap dancing
Learn about Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Origin of National Tap Dance Day:
This special day is the result of US Joint Resolution declaring May 25th National Tap Dance Day. President George Bush signed it into law as a national day on November 7, 1989.

This Day in History May 25

First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. (240 BC)

The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw. (1521)

A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners. (1738)

The Rebels of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom. (1837)

In Mobile, Alabama, 300 are killed when an ordnance depot explodes. (1865)

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London. (1878)

Playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison. (1895)

Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee. (1925)

Ford ceases production of the Model "T". (1927)

Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (1935)

Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conduct their first and only nuclear artillery test. (1953)

The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston. (1953)

Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade. (1961)

The Old Bay Line, the last overnight steamboat service in the United States, goes out of business. (1962)

Gateway Arch Saint Louis Gateway Arch is dedicated. (1968)

Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday. (1977)

Six-year-old Etan Patz disappears from the street just two blocks away from his New York City home, prompting an international search for the child, and causing U.S. President Ronald Reagan to designate May 25th as National Missing Children's Day (in 1983). (1979)

Hands Across America takes place. (1986)

The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades. (1999)

32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. (2001)

Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show. (2011)

The Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). (2012)
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