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Public Sleeping Day

Friday, February 28, 2014

Public Sleeping Day

When : Always February 28th

Public Sleeping Day is an opportunity to sleep in public. We can think of a whole lot of places to sleep in the public eye. And, today is the day to do it.

You can sleep on a park bench. You can doze on a blanket on the beach. Some people may opt to sleep on the job. They do so at their own risk. Have you ever caught twenty winks on a bus or subway traveling to or from work? Sure, we all have.

Wherever you choose to sleep today, we hope it is peaceful and restful.

Origin of Public Sleeping Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. When it came time to document and record this day, apparently the creator was sleeping on the job.

This Day in History February 28th

The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh. (1638)

The Salem Witch Hunts begin. (1692)

Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar. (1700)

In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. This is the last time Swedish and Danish troops meet on Swedish soil. (1710)

John Wesley charters the Methodist Church. (1784)

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight. (1827)

Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec) (1838)

A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members. (1844)

Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor. (1849)

Seventy years of Holy See-United States relations are ended by a Congressional ban on federal funding of diplomatic envoys to the Vatican and are not restored until January 10, 1984. (1867)

The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston (1883)

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.) (1885)

The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched. (1893)

The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake strikes northeastern North America. (1925)

DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon. (1935)

The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation. (1939)

Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden). (1940)

James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's Nature (pub. April 2). (1953)

The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public. (1954)

A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history. (1958)

Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit. (1959)

The final episode of M.A.S.H. is aired. (1983)

The first Gulf War ends. (1991)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff. (1993)

GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way. (1997)

First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace. (1998)

The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington. (2001)

A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127. (2005)

Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415. (2013)
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    not for me today - although, I have been known to nod during a boring lecture in school in the past.
    1545 days ago
    I think I will pass on sleeping in public.
    1546 days ago
    Really? Sleeping in public? I thought that was against local law; which prevents the homeless from sleeping in the parks and bus stations.

    thanks for the history tidbits.
    1546 days ago
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