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The More Unknown Days of the Year

By ALEX XU
Staff Writer

If I asked you what your favorite day of the year was, you might say your birthday, or maybe Christmas, or even Halloween. But what if I told you that my favorite day was International Pancake Day? Or perhaps Step In a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day?

Here are some interesting examples of days you might not have known of.

March 13th was National Napping Day. Nap Day has traditionally been observed the day after Daylight Saving Time, as a day to highlight the importance of getting enough sleep. It was created in 1999 by a Boston University professor, William Anthony, as a way to call attention to the benefits of short, 10-20 minute naps.

January 1st, the day after the New Year, is National Hangover Day. It was created to celebrate the hangover that results from excessively drinking on New Year’s. So how was it created? It was created in 2015, when a few friends at a restaurant in Arkansas were discussing National Days. They found out that January 1st was only known a New Year’s Day, and they instantly thought of the New Year’s hangover.

The first Friday the 13th of every year is National Blame it on Others Day. It was created by Anne Moeller of Ohio in 1982, who had her alarm clock fail to go off, causing her to miss the bus and initiating a chain reaction of bad events. Coincidentally, it was the first Friday the 13th of the year.

April 5th is National Go For Broke Day. It’s a day dedicated to a WW2 military unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit, an army unit made up of mostly Japanese Americans who volunteered to fight in World War II. They are widely considered the most decorated United States infantry unit to fight in the war. In total, the regiment earned 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 1 Distinguished Service Medal, 560 Silver Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 4,000 Bronze Stars and 9,486 Purple Hearts. The date is also significant because, on April 5th,1945, the first medal of honor recipient of this regiment was killed in action near Seravezza, when he sacrificed his life to ensure his regiment’s survival.

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