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Backward Day

Friday, January 31, 2014

Backward Day

When : Always January 31st

Backward Day is a day to do everything backwards. Use your imagination, and Backward Day can be lots of fun. It's especially popular with school aged kids.

Try writing backwards or reading backwards. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat your meal, starting with dessert. Now that's what I call fun! Walk backwards, or talk backwards. Play a board game backwards, from the finish line to the start. Are you starting to get the picture!?

This day is limited only by your imagination.

Origin of Backward Day:
Our research has yet to find the creator, or the origin of this day.

This Day in History January 31st

Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is executed for plotting against Parliament and King James. (1606)

The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital. (1747)

John Marshall is appointed the Chief Justice of the United States. (1801)

After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unify as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (1846)

Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch (47 cm) telescope now located at Northwestern University. (1862)

American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery and submits it to the states for ratification. (1865)

American Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee becomes general-in-chief. (1865_

World War I: Germany is the first to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare in the Battle of Bolimów against Russia. (1915)

World War I: Germany announces that its U-boats will resume unrestricted submarine warfare after a two-year hiatus. (1917)

A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships. (1918)

3M begins marketing Scotch Tape. (1930)

World War II: Allied forces are defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to the island of Singapore. (1942)

World War II: German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrenders to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed 2 days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of the war's fiercest battles. (1943)

World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands. (1944)

World War II: During the Anzio campaign the 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) is destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy. (1944)

US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War. (1945)

World War II: About 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp are forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now Yantarny, Russia) and executed. (19445)

These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago. (1949)

President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb. (1950)

Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet. (1957)

Explorer program: Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit. (1958)

James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt. (1958)

Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space. (1961)

Viet Cong attack the United States embassy in Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped together as the Tet Offensive. (1968)

Apollo program: Apollo 14 – Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon. (1971)

The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit, Michigan. (1971)

The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow. (1990)

President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy. (1995)

Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide. (2010)

A winter storm hits North America for the second time in the same month, causing $1.8 billion in damage across the United States and Canada and killing 24 people. (2011)

An explosion at the Pemex Executive Tower in Mexico City kills at least 33 people and injures more than 100. (2013)
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