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National High Five Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014

National High Five Day

When : Third Thursday in April

Gimme a high five. As a matter of fact, give everyone you see a High Five!

The "High Five" is a celebratory slapping of hands atop raised arms. It's been a standard for celebration of sporting victories, special event, competitions and many other activities for decades.

It's fun , and easy to celebrate this special day. Give a High Five to everyone you see. This includes friends, family, passersby, and total strangers. The more high fives you give, the better.

BTW: It's okay to give a "Low Five" today. But, only after you've given the "High Five".

Origin of "National High Five Day":
The creation of this special day dates back to 2002. It was created by college students at the University of Virginia. Those students were Conor Lastowka from San Diego, California, Sam Miotke of Corvallis, Oregon, and Wynn Walent of New York City. They celebrated with lemonade and a profusion of High Fives.

Visit the National High Five Day website.

The act of giving a "High Five", dates back to 1977, when it was first used during a Basketball game. Their congratulatory gesture caught on rapidly, and has been popular ever since.

This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

This Day in History April 17

The King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized. (1080)

Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury. (1397)

Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices. (1492)

Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day. (1521)

Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor. (1524)

Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America. (1797)

American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins – troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi. (1863)

American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina. (1864)

The Aurora, Texas UFO incident. The Aurora, Texas, UFO incident reportedly occurred on April 17, 1897 when, according to locals, a UFO crashed on a farm near Aurora, Texas. The incident (similar to the more famous Roswell UFO incident 50 years later) is claimed to have resulted in a fatality from the crash and the alleged alien body is to have been buried in an unmarked grave at the local cemetery. (The cemetery contains a Texas Historical Commission marker mentioning the incident.) (1897)

The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. (1905)

The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day. (1907)

Daffy Duck's first appearance, in Porky's Duck Hunt. (1937)

World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany. (1941)

Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces. (1945)

At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland. (1949)

Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro. (1961)

Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air. (1964)

Ford Mustang is introduced to the North American market. (1964)

Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. (1969)

Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely. (1970)

George Lucas begins writing the treatment for The Star Wars. (1973)

The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender. (1975)

Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. (1982)

Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70. (2006)

An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others. (2013)
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