Archive for January, 2010

(January 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Kid Inventor's Day

Sunday, January 17th, 2010


Kid Inventor’s Day
Celebrating the ingenuity and creativity of children and teen inventors. (observed on the birthday of Benjamin Franklin)

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Obama!

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

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Today, Sunday January 17, is the birthday of US First Lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

Michelle Robinson was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband’s presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University.*

*source: wikipedia – Michelle Obama

Holiday Invite: Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of the life and legacy of this great leader.

We welcome you to stop by and learn about the personal and political history of Dr. King and of the civil rights movement. Familiarize yourself with the story of Rosa Parks, the black seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man, sparked the King-led Montgomery Bus Boycott. Listen to the inspiring words spoken by Dr. King when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

Come review three decades of civil rights history in America — from the executive order signed in 1941 by FDR, banning discrimination by government contractors, to the implementation of an affirmative action program in 1974 by Detroit’s police force. Discover the history and controversy over making Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday, as was finally done by President Ronald Regan in 1983. Then test your knowledge of Dr. King’s early life and lasting political legacy in our newest installment of the Did You Know trivia feature.

Finally, I invite you to share the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending free e-greeting cards to your friends and family or by sharing free MLK coloring pages with your children.

I look forward to sharing this important celebration with you at Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Net.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday January 18, 2010.

Happy holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/16/10)

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 16 : 02 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1972, Congress passed the Equal Opportunity and Employment Act?

The Act prohibited job discrimination on the basis of race, religion or gender.

In 1974, the city of Detroit, Michigan created the first affirmative action hiring program in an attempt to balance the racial composition of its local police.

Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.

Join us for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18, 2010.

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(January 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Appreciate a Dragon Day

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


Appreciate a Dragon Day
A day for kids to choose their favorite dragons from literature and take part in dragon related celebrations and activities in their schools and libraries.

photo credit: sherikirkwood via flickr

Did You Know? Countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (01/15/10)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
about Martin Luther King &
the Civil Rights Movement

Jan. 15 : 03 Days to MLK Day

Did you know that in 1967, the first black justice, Thurgood Marshall, was appointed to the Supreme Court?

Also in that year, race riots erupted in major cities like Detroit, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. Simultaneously, the cities of Cleveland, Ohio and Gary, Indiana elected their first black mayors.

Did you know that in 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that busing children outside their district in order to desegregate schools was constitutional?

Many see this decision as the “bite” behind the “bark” of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that found segregated public schools unconstitutional.

BTWDid you know that today, January 15th, is the actual birth day of Martin Luther King?

While January 15th is King’s actual birthday, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday is observed on the third Monday of January.

Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.

Join us for our look at the past 60 years of the civil rights movement and our countdown to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18, 2010.

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

(January 15) Today we're celebrating . . .  Humanitarian Day

Friday, January 15th, 2010


Humanitarian Day
One of three Emancipation Days of Respect which honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting unity, respect and remembrance.

The Emancipation Days of Respect are Humanitarian Day (January 15th – MLK’s Birthday), Victims of Violence Holy Day (April 4th – Anniversary of MLK’s death) and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28th – Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech)

Martin Luther King Jr., Day on the Net

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