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National Bird Day

Sunday, January 05, 2014

National Bird Day

When: National Bird Day is celebrated on January 5th

National Bird Day was established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity.

Note: Our research did not find any documentation that this is a "National" day, which requires an act of congress.

This Day in History January 5th

Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England. (1066)

Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France. (1477)

Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zurich, Switzerland, is executed by drowning. (1527)

Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides. (1757)

American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold. (1781)

American Revolutionary War: French troops begin a siege of a British garrison on Brimstone Hill in Saint Kitts. (1782)

American Revolutionary War: French troops begin a siege of a British garrison on Brimstone Hill in Saint Kitts. (1846)

The San Francisco steamer sinks, killing 300 people. (1854)

Dreyfus affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island. (1895)

An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays. (1896)

Kappa Alpha Psi, the world's second oldest and largest black fraternity, is founded at Indiana University. (1911)

First Balkan War: During the Battle of Lemnos, Greek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis forces the Turkish fleet to retreat to its base within the Dardanelles, from which it did not venture for the rest of the war. (1913)

The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor. (1914)

The German Workers' Party, which would become the Nazi Party, is founded. (1919)

Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States. (1925)

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay. (1933)

FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time. (1940)

United States President Harry S. Truman unveils his Fair Deal program. (1949)

In a speech given to the United States Congress, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the establishment of what will later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine. (1957)

United States President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program. (1972)

Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59 °F (+15 °C) recorded at Vanda Station (1974)

The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil. (1993)

Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory. (2005)
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