The Y2K Calendar Shirt Explanation page

Since some of the listings on the calendar shirt are a bit obscure, this page will feature explanations and commentary on the events listed on the calendar T-shirt, with updates each week as the year progresses.

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January is National Hot Tea Month!
Jan 1: New Year's Day

Jan 3: Apple Computer incorporated, 1977
Jan 4: The blender is invented, 1910
Jan 5: Twelfth Night (the evening before the 12th day of Christmas)
Jan 6: The12th day of Christmas, aka Epiphany (when 12 drummers drumming arrive)
Jan 6: Sherlock Holmes's birthday
Jan 8: Norton the First, Emperor of the United States, dies in the street, 1880
Jan 9: Bob Denver's Birthday (you know him better as Gilligan)

Jan 10: Clara Peller asks, "Where's the Beef?", 1984
Jan 11: International Thank You Day
Jan 11: National Clean Off your Desk Day
Jan 12: "I am a HAL-9000 computer. I became operational at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois on the twelfth of January, 1992" -- 2001: A Space Odyssey
Jan 14: Pharmacist's day
Jan 15: Procrastinator's New Year
Jan 15: Martin Luther King Jr's actual birthday
Jan 16: Alcohol Prohibition begins, 1920

Jan 17: Ben Franklin's Birthday
Jan 17: It's National Pizza Week!
Jan 18: End of Ramadan
Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (observed)
Jan 19: Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday
Jan 19: Robert E. Lee Day
Jan 19: The front-hook bra is invented, 1951
Jan 20: Aquarius phase begins
Jan 20: Maintenance day (thank your janitor)
Jan 21: Benny Hill's Birthday
Jan 22: Roe Vs. Wade decision legalizes abortion, 1972
Jan 23: National Handwriting Day

Jan 24: It's National Glaucoma Awareness week
Jan 26: Australia Day (anniversary of arrival of the first convicts, 1788)
Jan 27: Lewis Carroll's Birthday (1832)
Jan 27: Loss of astronauts White, Grissom, and Chaffee in Apollo-1 capsule fire, 1967
Jan 28: Loss of Challenger vehicle and crew, 1986
Jan 29: National Puzzle Day
Jan 30: Beatles last public performance, on the roof, 1969
Jan 31: Non-sports fans beware: it's superbowl sunday

February is National Cherry Month!
Feb 1: National Freedom Day (Lincoln abolishes slavery, 1865; Woolworth's lunch counter sit in, 1960)
Feb 1: All lucky finders of golden tickets should be at the Wonka Chocolate Factory at 10:00 sharp in the morning.
Feb 2: Groundhog day
Feb 3: The Day That Music Died (Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper are killed in a plane crash, 1959)
Feb 4: National Homemade Soup Day
Feb 5: Debra Jo Fondren's Birthday (She's a Playboy Playmate from the seventies, with exceptionally long hair)

Feb 7: National Hangover Awareness Day
Feb 8: Jules Verne's Birthday
Feb 8: Boy Scouts of America founded, 1910
Feb 9: The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show, 1964
Feb 11: The La-Z-Boy chair is invented, 1948
Feb 11: Thomas Edison's birthday
Feb 12: Abe Lincoln's Birthday
Feb 12: Turn off your TV day
Feb 13: Peter Tork's Birthday (He was a Monkee.)

Feb 14: Read to your child day
Feb 14: Valentine's day
Feb 15: Remember the Maine - The battleship was blown up this day in 1898
Feb 15: Galileo's Birthday
Feb 15: President's day
Feb 16: Chinese New Year of the Rabbit
Feb 16: Mardi Gras
Feb 16: Pancake day (Shrove Tuesday)
Feb 17: Ash Wednesday
Feb 18: Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto, 1930
Feb 19: Temporary Insanity Day (temporary insanity defense first successfully used, in murder trial of Dan Sickles, 1859)
Feb 20: Pisces phase starts
Feb 20: John Glenn orbits the Earth, 1962

 
Feb 21: Malcom X murdered, 1965
Feb 22: George Washington's Birthday
Feb 23: The death of Laura Palmer (central character in the series Twin Peaks)
Feb 25: Milli Vanilli wins the "Best New Artist" Grammy, 1990
Feb 26: French Fry Friday
Feb 26: World Trade Center bombing, 1993
Feb 27: The Gulf War ends, 1991

Feb 28: Ten million toilets flush at once (at the end of the final episode of M*A*S*H) - 1983
Feb 29: Leap Day is canceled this year

March 1: Yellowstone, the nation's first National Park, opens, 1872
March 2: Dr. Seuss's Birthday
March 2: Lou Reed's Birthday
March 3: Alexander Graham Bell's birthday
March 5: John Belushi dies, 1982
March 6: Remember the Alamo (it fell this day in 1836)
March 6: The running of the Iditarod dog sled race, from Fairbanks to Nome, Alaska

March 7: Monopoly invented, 1933
March 8: International Women's Day
March 9: First battle between armored ships, the Monitor and the Merrimac, 1862
March 11: Johnny Appleseed day
March 12: Girl Scouts founded, 1912
March 13: Teaching of evolution prohibited in Tennessee, 1925

March 14: Albert Einstein's Birthday
March 15: Andrew Jackson Day
March 15: Beware the Ides of March: Julius Caesar Assassinated, 44 BC
March 16: Robert Goddard's launches the world's first liquid fuel rocket, 1926
March 17: St. Patrick's day
March 18: Poppin' Fresh Dough Boy debuts, 1961
March 19: The swallows return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California
March 20: Earth Day
March 20: First day of spring / Vernal Equinox 8:46 PM

March 21: The 1999 Academy Awards (My prediction, Saving Private Ryan, was incorrect)
March 21: Aries phase starts
March 21: James T Kirk born, 2228
March 22: John and Yoko's Bed-in for Peace, 1969
March 24: Exxon Valdez oil spill, 1989
March 24: The Great Escape: 76 POWs break out of Stalag Luft III, 1944
March 25: Lady Day (Return of the Goddess day)
March 25: The One Ring falls into the Cracks of Doom and is destroyed
March 26: Robert Frost born, 1874
March 26: Leonard Nimoy's Birthday
March 27: Ponce De Leon discovers Florida (but fails to locate the fountain of youth) 1512

March 28: Palm Sunday
March 28: 3 Mile Island Meltdown, 1979
March 29: Coca-Cola concocted, 1886
March 29: Final troops leave Vietnam, 1973
March 30: National Doctor's Day
March 30: Vincent Van Gogh born, 1853
March 31: Bunsen Burner Day


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