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Day of the Ninja

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Day of the Ninja

When: Always December 5

Ninja Day (or the Day Of The Ninja) is all about dressing in dark, ninja-themed clothing, sneaking up on your friends, and living like a ninja. Why not buy a ninja outfit and a ninja mask, and see how stealthily you can behave at home, work or school?

Origin of Day of the Ninja:
In 2003, the creators of Ninja Burger declared that December 5 would be celebrated as Day of the Ninja. On this day, people are encouraged to dress as ninja, engage in ninja-related activities, and spread information on ninja online. December 5 was originally chosen because December 5, 2003 marked the release of Tom Cruise's film The Last Samurai (which featured a scene where samurai battled ninja). Since then the focus has shifted towards the more familiar Pirates versus Ninjas conflict, and the day has served as a virtual counterpoint to International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

This Day in History December 5

Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic). (1492)

In London, James Christie holds his first sale. (1766)

At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts. (1775)

Former US President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives. (1831)

Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post. (1847)

California Gold Rush: In a message before the U.S. Congress, US President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California. (1848)

German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa. (1932)

Prohibition in the United States ends: Utah becomes the 36th U.S. state to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment (this overturned the 18th Amendment which had made the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol illegal in the United States). (1933)

World War II: In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launches a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre. (1941)

World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania. (1941)

World War II: U.S. Army Air Force begins attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow. (1943)

Flight 19 is lost in the Bermuda Triangle. (1945)

Great Smog of 1952: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow. (1952)

The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO. (1955)

E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott. (1955)

Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war. (1964)

Westroads Mall massacre: A gunman opens fire with a semi-automatic rifle at an Omaha, Nebraska, mall, killing eight people before taking his own life. (2007)
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