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JANUARY   2018
January   1  - Happy New Year!
January   6  - Epiphany
Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season.
January 15  - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third Monday in January.

February   1  - National Freedom Day
February   2  - Groundhog Day
February   4  - Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl is actually considered a "National Holiday" to millions of sport
fans all across the U.S. It's TV audience has topped 100 million every
year since early 1980's.
February   8  - Boy Scout Day
February 12  - Lincoln's Birthday
February 13  - Mardi Grass
February 14  - Valentine's Day
Perhaps the most "romantic" day of the year. It is based on the feast
day of Saint Valentine, Roman martyr priest, who is said to have
written a note to his dearly beloved just before his death, circa 270,
signing it...
"...from your Valentine."
February 14  - Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Western Christendom.
February 19  - Presidents' Day
Presidents' Day was originally designated in honor of
George Washington's birthday and is still legally called
"Washington's Birthday". It is a federal holiday
and is celebrated on the third Monday of February.
However, GeorgeWashinton, the first president of the
United States, was born on February 22, 1732.
February 22  - Washington's Birthday

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MARCH   2018
March   1  - Purim
This Jewish holiday commemorates the events found in the Book of Esther.
March 11  - Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 12  - Girl Scouts Founded in 1912
On March 12,1912, Juliette Gordon Low, in Savannah, Georgia,
organized the first Girl Guide troop in the U.S. with 18 members.
Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of nearly four
million girls and adults.
March 17  - St.Patrick's Day
One the most celebrated days of the month is the Saint Patrick's Day.
March 19  - The Miracle of the San Juan Capistrano Swallows.
Amazingly, every year on Saint Joseph's Day, March 19th, swallows
return to San Juan Capistrano, California from their "winter home",
Goya, Argentina.   And, equally amazingly, they leave San Juan Capistrano
every year on Blessed Josephina's Day, October 23rd.
March 20  - First Day of Spring
March 25  - Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem,
with crowds waving palm branches.
March 30  - National Doctors' Day
National Doctors' Day is always March 30.
March 30  - Good Friday
Good Friday is observed by Christians, commemorating the
crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.
March 31  - Passover (begins at sunset on March 30, 2018)
Passover celebrates the Israelites' Exodus and freedom from ancient Egypt's
bondage about 3300 years ago.
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APRIL   2018
April   1  - April Fool's Day
Or, perhaps the day should be called the "Practical Jokes Day".
One example of such a joke is sending a person on fruitless errant.
April   1  - Easter Sunday
Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays, celebrating
the resurrection of Jesus three days after his death.

April 11  - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
This Jewish holiday began as a commemoration of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto
uprising of 1943, and is today, at the same time, the Holocaust Memorial
Day in remembrance of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
April 13  - Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Our 3rd President was born today in 1743.
April 17  - Income Tax "Day"
April 15, 2018 is on Sunday and Emancipation Day on Monday, a legal holiday in
the District of Columbia, therefore the nation’s filing deadline moves to Tuesday,
April 17, 2018.
April 22  - Earth Day
Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.
It is celebrated around the world always on April 22.
April 24  - Administrative Professionals Day
(Formerly Professional Secretaries Week®/Professional Secretaries Day®).
April 27  - Samuel F. Morse's Birthday
The inventor of the telegraph was born in 1791.
April 27  - Ulysses S. Grant's Birthday
Our 18th President was born in 1822.
April 27   - Arbor Day
The National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, however, many states observe
Arbor Day in different days.
Click here (The National Arbor Day Foundation's website) to find out
when your state or territory observes Arbor Day.

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MAY   2018
May   1  - Law Day
Every year on May 1.
May   1  - Loyalty Day
The U.S. Congress has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day."
May   3  - National Day of Prayer
May   5  - Cinco De Mayo
May   6  - Nurses Day
May   8  - National Teacher's Day
Celebrated each year on Tuesday of the first full week of May.
May 10  - Ascension Day
The 40th day after Easter, commemorating the ascension of Jesus into heaven.
May 11  - Irvin Berlin's Birthday
"Irving Berlin has no place in American music -
he IS American music
" - Jerome Kern.
May 12  - Mother's Day
May 15  - Peace Officers Memorial Day"
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726
designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day
May 19  - Armed Forces Day
May 21  - Victoria Day
May 21  - Shavuot (begins at sunset on May 19, 2018)
May 22  - National Maritime Day
May 28  - Memorial Day
Last Monday in May.

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June   2018
June   6  - D-Day 1944
Invasion of Normandy, 1944.
June 14  - Flag Day
Click here to read the U.S. Flag Code.
June 17  - Father's Day
In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring
the 3rd Sunday of June to be the Father's Day.
June 19  - Juneteenth
June 21  - First Day of Summer

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July   2018
July   1  - Canada Day
(in Canada)
July   4  - Independence Day
Commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Click here ("The National Archives Experience"
website) to see a copy of this original and priceless document.
Incidentally, short biographies of each of the 56 signers of this historical
document can be found in the website.
July  20  - First Man On The Moon - 1969
July 20, 1969 is one of the most memorable days in history. On that day,
astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.
If you are now a "sixty-something", or older, you may have been among the
hundreds of millions who watched the TV broadcasts the Apollo 11 crew,
Neil Armstrong, Commander;
Michael Collins, command module pilot; and
Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.,lunar module pilot,
made during this historic, three-day flight.
July  22  - Parents' Day
The fourth Sunday of July.
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August   2018
August    5  - Friendship Day
August  15  - Assumption of Mary
The Assumption means that after her death the body of Mary, the mother of
Jesus Christ, was taken into heaven and reunited with her soul.
It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, and one the most
important feasts of the Catholic Church year.
August  19  - National Aviation Day
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, by a presidential
proclamation, Aug. 19 the National Aviation Day. He selected the day
because it is the birthday of Orville Wright, who, along with his
brother Wilbur, made the world's first successful flights in
a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane in 1903.
August  26  - Women's Equality Day
Celebrating Women's right to vote. Selected to commemorate the 1920
passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the
right to vote, the U.S. Congress in 1971 designated August 26
as the Women's Equality Day. The bill that established the day
was introduced to the Congress by Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY).

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September   2018
September   1  - Edgar Rice Burroughs
The birthday (born on Sept. 1, 1875) of the American author and the creator
of the world famous character of Tarzan.
September   3  - Labor Day
The first Monday in September.
September  9  - Grandparents Day
The first Sunday after Labor Day
September  11  - Rosh Hashanah
Begins at sunset September 9, 2018.
September  11  - Patriot Day
Remembering September 11, 2001.
September  13  - Milton S. Hershey
The birthday (born on Sept. 13, 1857) of the choclatier who, in 1903,
the same year the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane at
Kitty Hawk, Milton Hershey built a huge chocolate factory and an
entire town to go with it: the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
It had a streetcar line, schools, library, sports arena,
community center and a special school for needy children.
September  16  - Stepfamily Day
Stepfamily Day was Founded in 1997 by Christy Borgeld.
September  17  - Citizenship Day
Each year on September 17, we celebrate Constitution Day
and Citizenship
to commemorate the signing of the
U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
September  19  - Yom Kippur
Begings at sunset September 18, 2018.
September  22  - First Day of Fall
September  28  - Native American Day (In California)
The fourth Friday in September.
September  30  - Sukkot
Begings at sunset September 23, 2018.
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October   2018
October   1  - Child Health Day
The first Monday in October.
October   8  - Native American Day (In South Dakota)
October   8  - Columbus Day
The landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492.
In 1971, the U.S. Congress declared the 2nd Monday of October
a federal public holiday - "Columbus Day".
October   9  - Leif Erikson Day
Leif Erikson and his Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot in America,
500 years before Columbus did. To honor Leif Erikson and our Nordic
American heritage, the Congress, by joint resolution approved in 1964,
authorized and requested the President to proclaim October 9 of each
year as "Leif Erikson Day".
October 14  - Glamorous Glennis
61 years ago today, Air Force Captain Charles ("Chuck") Yeager piloted
the Bell X-1 airplane "Glamorous Glennis" to a speed of over 700 miles
per hour, becoming the first person in history to fly faster than the
speed of sound. He had named the airplane after his wife, Glennis.
October 15  - White Cane Safety Day
Always on October 15.
October 16  - Boss Day
National Boss Day is on October 16, however, if it falls on a weekend,
it is usually celebrated on the working day closest to October 16
in order for many employees to appreciate their employers.
October 20  - Sweetest Day Day
The 3rd saturday in October.
October 28  - Mother-In-Law Day
The 4th Sunday in October.
October 24  - United Nations Day
Altogether, 193 countries are U.N. members in 2017.
October 31  - Halloween

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November   2018
November   1  - All Saints' Day
The day honors all Christian saints, known and unknown.
November   4  - Daylight Saving Time Ends
Click here to see when it ends elsewhere in the world.
November   6  - Election Day
November 11  - Veterans' Day
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11
as the Armistice Day to honor veterans of the World War I. In 1938,
20 years after the war ended, the Congress made the day a national
holiday, and then in 1954, changed the day's name to Veterans Day
to remember and to honor veterans of all wars.
November 12  - Veterans' Day (Observed)
November 22  - Thanksgiving Day
In 1621, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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December   2018
December   7  - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Always on December 7th.
December 10  - Hanukkah
Begins at sunset, December 2, and ends December 10.
December 17  - Wright Brothers Day
The world's first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically
propelled airplane, were made on December 17,1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
by Orville and Wilbur Wright.
December 21  - Forefather's Day
Mayflower at Plymouth 1620.
December 21  - First Day of Winter
December 25  - Christmas Day
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The day is one
of the biggest (if not THE biggest) holidays of the year in the world.
December 26  - Kwanzaa
A 7-day African American and Pan-African cultural holiday celebration
held from December 26 through January 1.
December 31  - New Year's Eve
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