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Old Rock Day

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Old Rock Day

Date When Celebrated: Always January 7th

Old Rock Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate old rocks and fossils. Perhaps you can start a rock collection. You can go out on a field trip in search of old fossils (the rock kind). Or, if you choose, you can just play with old rocks.

There are a lot of fun-filled, yet ill-defined, wild and wacky holidays. This is one of them. There is little information available on what this day was truly meant to mean. So, the interpretation and the means of celebration is left up to you.

By definition, fossils are old rocks. Jewelry stones are old rocks. And, coal is an old rock, too. You can celebrate any or all of these old rocks today.

Origin of Old Rock Day:
Our research did not discover the originator, nor the reason for Old Rock Day. It's roots could be as old as a fossil.

This Day in History January 7th

Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia. (1608)

Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able distinguish the last two until the following day. (1610)

The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens. (1782)

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon. (1785)

The modern Italian flag is first used. (1797)

William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film. (1894)

The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS". (1904)

The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen. (1920)

The first transatlantic telephone service is established – from New York, New York to London, United Kingdom. (1927)

Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast. (1931)

Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval sign the Franco-Italian Agreement. (1935)

Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stops and completely destroys the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road. (1940)

World War II: The siege of the Bataan Peninsula begins. (1942)

World War II: British General Bernard Montgomery holds a press conference in which he claims credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge. (1945)

Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO. (1948)

Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM. (1954)

The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro. (1959)

The Polaris missile is test launched. (1960)

Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral. (1968)

Mark Essex fatally shoots 10 people and wounds 13 others at Howard Johnson's Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being shot to death by police officers. (1973)

Third Indochina War – Cambodian–Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. (1979)

U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation. (1980)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union. (1985)

The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public for safety reasons. (1990)

The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins. (1999)

Muslim gunmen in Egypt open fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians, killing eight of them and one Muslim bystander. (2010)

A hot air balloon crashes near Carterton, New Zealand, killing all 11 people on board. (2012)
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