Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, January 31

The origins of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day are not known, though it is annually celebrated on January 31.  The meaning of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, is fairly clear, take a moment to step away for the craziness of life and enjoy the type or art that inspires you.

The word “inspire” means to “animate the mind or emotions.”  So to be inspired by art is to have your emotions stirred and …

January 31 in Pop Culture History

January 31 in Pop Culture History
1865 – Congress passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America.

1906 (Earthquake) Coastal Ecuador

1922 (Earthquake) Eureka/San Francisco, Oregon/California

1928 – The 3-M Company began marketing Scotch Tape.

1958 – The United States launched its first successful orbiting satellite, Explorer-I.

1961 – The United States launched a 4-year-old male chimpanzee named Ham on a Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket into test suborbital flight. Ham landed safely about 17 minutes later.…

January 30 in Pop Culture History

January 30 in Pop Culture History
1703 – The 47 Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori.

1790 – The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.

1868 – Charles Darwin’s book, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was published.

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

1958 – The first two-way, moving sidewalk (1,425 feet long) was put …

January 29th Curmudgeon’s Day

Curmudgeon’s Day.  According to The American Heritage Dictionary a curmudgeon is a “cantankerous person’.  And, according to The American Heritage Dictionary cantankerous means” ill tempered, quarrelsome, disagreeable, contrary.,” in other words cantankerous can be a mood or someone’s whole personality.

Curmudgeons Day is a day to celebrate the cranky people in our lives or a day to allow the cranky person in us to have a day out in the sunshine.

Some famous Curmudgeons would …

January 29 in Pop Culture History

January 29 in Pop Culture History
1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ was published in the New York Evening Mirror.

1861 – Kansas became the 34th state.

1886 – Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1924 – The first US patent (#1481813) for an ice cream cone rolling machine was issued to Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio

1959 – Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released. The Beauty, Princess Aurora, only appeared …

January 28 in Pop Culture History

January 28 in Pop Culture History
1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street of any city to be illuminated by gaslight.

1813 – Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published.

1915 – An act of the US Congress created the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed Forces.

1934 – The first ski tow rope in the US, built by Robert Royce, was used for the first …

Don’t Let Blue Monday Get You Down!

(PCM) Blue Monday is the name given to what is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. It typically falls on either the third or fourth Monday in the month of January.

We tend to lean more towards the fourth Monday in January and here’s why:

During the first week in January individuals are generally still wrapped up in all the holiday hoopla and are busy creating goals and resolutions for the …

January 27 in Pop Culture History

January 27 in Pop Culture History
1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began for the Gunpowder Plot, ending with their execution on January 31.

1888 – The National Geographic Society was established.

1945 – 60th Army First Ukrainian Front soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, liberating the remaining 7,000 prisoners, mostly ill and dying. In 2005 the United Nations declared 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

1962 – …

January 26 in Pop Culture History

January 26 in Pop Culture History
1564 – The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

1838 – Tennessee became the 1st state to prohibit alcohol.

1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.

1906 – The world’s steam car land speed record was set at 127.7 mph (205.5 km/h) by …

January 25 in Pop Culture History

January 25 in Pop Culture History
1533 – Henry VIII of England married his second wife Anne Boleyn.

1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.

1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company.

1937 – The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio from Chicago.

1939 – Joe Louis KO’d John Henry Lewis in one round …

January 24 in Pop Culture History

January 24 in Pop Culture History
41 – Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated.

1848 – Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, Coloma, California by James W. Marshall.

1899 – The US patent (#618128) for a rubber ‘safety heel’ was issued to Humphrey O’Sullivan

1922 – The ‘Eskimo Pie’, an ice cream centre covered in chocolate, was patented (#1404539) by Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa.

1935 – The 1st beer in a can – ‘Krueger …

Sign Here, Please: It’s National Handwriting Day! (January 23rd)

(PCM) National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) on January 23rd, 1977. Most people who were around then were taught penmanship as children, but that may no longer be the case for younger generations.

In modern schools, greater emphasis is placed on typing and computer technologies. Cursive is disappearing from the curriculum; many young people today learn only enough to sign their name – if they learn any cursive at …