Annual Observances

January 2013

Monthly Observances

National Blood Donor Month
Birth Defects Prevention Month
Cervical Cancer Screening Month

Daily Observances

January 1 New Year’s Day
January 6 Three Wise Men Day
January 8 World Literacy Day
January 21* Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday)
January 25* Tu B’Shevat (Jewish Year 5773)

Birthdays/Anniversaries

January 2, 1920, Isaac Asimov
January 3, 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien
January 6, 1883, Khalil Gibran
January 7, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston
January 9, 1913, Richard Nixon
January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin
January 17, 1860, Anton Chekhov
January 18, 1782, Daniel Webster
January 18, 1882, A.A. Milne
January 19, 1809, Edgar Allen Poe
January 23, 1737, John Hancock
January 24, 1848, Gold discovered in California
January 24, 1862, Edith Wharton
January 25, 1882, Virginia Woolf
January 27, 1756, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
January 27, 1832, Lewis Carroll
January 30, 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt

February 2013

Monthly Observances

Black History Month
American Heart Month
National Dental Health Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month

Weekly Observances

Feb. 7-14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week,
Feb. 10-16* National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (Valentine’s week)

Daily Observances

February 2 Groundhog Day
February 2* National Girls and Women in Sports Day (1st Weds.)
February 3* Super Bowl Sunday
February 10* Chinese New Year (Year of the Snake)
February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday (U.S.)
February 12* Mardi Gras
February 13* Ash Wednesday
February 14 Valentine’s Day
February 14 Read to Your Child Day
February 14 National Donor Day
February 15* National Women’s Heart Health Day (3rd Friday)
February 18* Presidents Day (3rd Monday)
February 22 Washington’s Birthday

Birthdays/Anniversaries

February 2, 1882, James Joyce
February 1, 1902, Langston Hughes
February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand
February 4, 1902, Charles Lindbergh
February 5, 1914, William S. Burroughs
February 6, 1895, Babe Ruth — 115th anniversary
February 6, 1911, Ronald Reagan
February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens
February 8, 1828, Jules Verne
February 11, 1847, Thomas Edison
February 12, 1809, Charles Darwin
February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln
February 14, 1818, Frederick Douglass
February 15, 1564, Galileo Galilei
February 15, 1820, Susan B. Anthony–190th anniversary
February 23, 1868, W.E.B. DuBois
February 26, 1802, Victor Hugo
February 27, 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

March 2013

Monthly Observances

Women’s History Month
American Red Cross Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Eye Donor Month
Hemophilia Month
National Kidney Month
Mental Retardation Awareness Month
Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month
National Nutrition Month

Weekly Observances

March 10-16* Brain Awareness Week (begins Monday of 2nd full week)
March 11-17* Problem Gambling Awareness Week (begins 2nd Monday)
March 17-23* National Poison Prevention Week (3rd full week)

Daily Observances

March 10* Daylight Savings Time starts (U.S.) (2nd Sunday)
March 15 Ides of March
March 15* Purim (2014)
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 17 Evacuation Day (Suffolk Co., Mass.)
March 21 Spring Equinox
March 25 Passover (Jewish Year 5771) (Sunset)
– April 2
March 28* Holy Thursday
March 29* Good Friday
March 31* Easter

Birthdays/Anniversaries

March 1, 1914, Ralph Ellison
March 2, 1904, Theodor (Dr.) Seuss Geisel
March 3, 1847, Alexander Graham Bell
March 4, 1789, U.S. Constitution in effect
March 5, 1770, Boston Massacre
March 6, 1475, Michelangelo Buonarotti
March 9, 1959, Barbie
March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein
March 18, 1932 John Updike
March 21, 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach
March 26, 1911, Tennessee Williams
March 26, 1874, Robert Frost

April 2013

Monthly Observances

Alcohol Awareness Month
National Autism Awareness Month
Cancer Control Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Garden Month
National Donate Life Month
National Occupational Therapy Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
National STD Awareness Month
National Youth Sports Safety Month

Weekly Observances

April 21-27* National Volunteer Week (3rd full week)
April 21-27* National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (3rd full week)

Daily Observances

April 1 April Fool’s day
April 1* (Easter Monday (UK, Canada)
April 2 World Autism Day
April 6,8* NCAA Final Four
April 7* Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) (Sunset)
April 7 World Health Day
April 14-20* National Library Week
April 15* Patriots Day (Third Monday)
April 22 Earth Day
April 28 Great Poetry Reading Day
April 26* Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (4th Thursday)
April 26* Arbor Day (Last Friday in April)

Birthdays/Anniversaries

April 2, 1805, Hans Christian Andersen
April 3, 1783, Washington Irving
April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington
April 6, 1896, First Modern Olympics began
April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson
April 13, 1906, Samuel Beckett
April 13, 1909, Eudora Welty
April 15, 1843, Henry James
April 15, 1865, President Lincoln dies
April 15, 1452, Leonardo DaVinci
April 21, 1816, Charlotte Bronte
April 21, 1828, Webster’s Dictionary published
April 23, 1899, Vladimir Nabokov
April 23, 1564, William Shakespeare

May 2013

Monthly Observances

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
National Arthritis Month
Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
Better Hearing & Speech Month
Better Sleep Month
National Bike Month
Clean Air Month
Healthy Vision Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month
Mental Health Month, National
National High Blood Pressure Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

Weekly Observances

May 5-11* Children’s Mental Health Week (first full week)
May 19-25* National Running and Fitness Week (last full week)
May 19-25* Schizophrenia Awareness Week (Week with the 24th)

Daily Observances

May 1 May Day
May 4* Kentucky Derby
May 7* National Teachers’ Day (Tuesday of the 1st full week of May)
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 12 Mother’s Day (Second Sunday in May)
May 12* Bike to Work Day
May 14-16* Shavuot (Sunset)
May 25 National Missing Children’s Day
May 27 Memorial Day (U.S.) (Last Monday in May)

Birthdays/Anniversaries

May 19, 1925, Malcolm X
May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean
May 22, 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy
May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman

June 2013

Monthly Observances

Hernia Awareness Month
National Safety Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month

Weekly Observances

June 13-19* National Men’s Health Week (2nd Monday)

Daily Observances

June 5 World Environment Day
June 8 World Ocean Day
June 12* Dragon Boat Festival
June 14 Flag Day
June 17 Bunker Hill Day
June 16 Father’s Day (Third Sunday in June)
June 19 Juneteenth, African American Emancipation Day
June 24* Wimbledon 2013 begins
June 27 National HIV Testing Day

Birthdays/Anniversaries

June 3, 1965, First U.S. Space Walk
June 10, 1915, Saul Bellow
June 10, 1928, Maurice Sendak
June 11, 1910, Jacques-Yves Cousteau
June 13, 1865, William Butler Yeats
June 14, 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe
June 19, 1903, Lou Gehrig
June 25, 1903, George Orwell
June 27, 1880, Helen Keller

July 2013

Monthly Observances

Eye Injury Prevention Month
UV Safety Month

Daily Observances

July 4 Independence Day (U.S.)
July 6-14 Running of the Bulls in Pamplona
July 9-August 7* Ramadan
July 14 Bastille Day (France)

Birthdays/Anniversaries

July 11, 1899, E.B. White
July 12, 1817, Henry David Thoreau
July 20, 1960, Apollo 11 moon landing–40th Anniversary
July 21, 1899, Ernest Hemingway
July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart
July 26, 1856, George Bernard Shaw
July 26, 1894, Aldous Huxley
July 28, 1866, Beatrix Potter
July 30, 1818, Emily Bronte

August 2013

Monthly Observances

American Artist Appreciation Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Pain Awareness Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month

Weekly Observances

August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week

Daily Observances

August 1 National Minority Donor Awareness Day
August 15 Ferragosto, (Italy)

Birthdays/Anniversaries

August 1, 1819, Herman Melville
August 2, 1775, Signing of the Declaration of Independence
August 2, 1924, James Baldwin
August 4, 1792, Percy Bysshe Shelley
August 5, 1930, Neil Armstrong
August 13, 1899, Alfred Hitchcock
August 15, 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte
August 28, 1749, Johann von Goethe
August 30, 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

September 2013

Monthly Observances

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 (U.S.)

National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
National Cholesterol Education Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Healthy Aging Month
Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Sickle Cell Month

Weekly Observances

Sept. 1-7* Childhood Injury Prevention Week
Sept. 2-8* National Suicide Prevention Week
National Child Passenger Safety Week, dates?

Daily Observances

September 2* Labor Day (U.S.) (1st Monday)
September 4-6* Rosh Hashanah
September 6 Read a Book Day
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day
September 12* Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival
September 13-14* Yom Kippur
September 17 Constitution Day
September 18-25* Sukkot
September 21 International Day of Peace

Birthdays/Anniversaries

September 1, 1939, World War II began
September 4, 1908, Richard Wright
September 13, 1916, Roald Dahl
September 11, 1885, D.H. Lawrence
September 11, 1862, O. Henry
September 15, 1890, Agatha Christie
September 20, 1878, Upton Sinclair
September 21, 1866, H.G. Wells
September 24, 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald
September 25, 1930, Shel Silverstein
September 25, 1897, William Faulkner
September 26, 1888, T.S. Eliot

October 2013

Monthly Observances

Brain Injury Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Depression & Mental Health Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Family Health Month
National Lupus Awareness Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month
World Blindness Awareness Month

Weekly Observances

October 9-15* National Fire Prevention Week (1st full week containing Oct. 9)

Daily Observances

October 7-9* Simchat Torah
October 14* Columbus Day (2nd Monday)
October 14* Thanksgiving (Canada) (2nd Monday)
October 16 World Food Day
October 17 Black Poetry Day
October 31 Halloween

Birthdays/Anniversaries

October 11, 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt
October 14, 1894, e.e. cummings
October 16, 1758, Noah Webster
October 16, 1854, Oscar Wilde
October 16, 1888, Eugene O’Neill
October 17, 1711, Jupiter Hammon (first published Black writer–see Black Poetry Day)
October 21, 1772, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
October 27, 1914, Dylan Thomas
October 29, 1929, Wall Street Crash/Black Thursday
October 30, 1735, John Adams
October 31, 1795, John Keats

November 2013

Monthly Observances

National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
National Adoption Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Diabetes Month, American
National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Great American Smokeout
Hospice Month, National
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Marrow Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Daily Observances

November 1 National Authors Day
November 1 National Family Literacy Day
November 1-2 Dios de las muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 5 Guy Fawkes Day
November 3-7* Diwali
November 6* Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. (1st Sunday in November)
November 11* Election Day (U.S.) (2nd Tuesday)
November 11 Veterans Day (U.S.)
November 11 Remembrance Day (UK, Canada)
November 20 Universal Children’s Day
November 27-December 5* Hanukkah
November 28* Thanksgiving (U.S.) (4th Thursday)

Birthdays/Anniversaries

November 1, 1872, Stephen Crane
November 9, 1989, Fall of the Berlin Wall
November 13, 1850 Robert Louis Stevenson
November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy assassinated
November 22, 1744, Abigail Adams
November 29, 1832, Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 1898, C.S. Lewis
November 30, 1835, Mark Twain — 175th Anniversary
November 30, 1667, Jonathan Swift

December 2013

Monthly Observances

National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
Safe Toys & Gifts Month

Daily Observances

December 1 World AIDS Day
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 7 Pearl Harbor Day
December 21 Winter Solstice
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Kwanzaa
December 26 St. Stephen’s Day (Western Church)
December 27 St. Stephen’s Day (Eastern Church)
December 26* Boxing Day (UK, Canada, Ireland) (12/26 or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day)
December 31 New Year’s Eve

Birthdays/Anniversaries

December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, triggering the Montgomery Bus Boycott
December 3, 1857, Joseph Conrad
December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor
December 8, 1894, James Thurber
December 9, 1608, John Milton
December 10, 1830, Emily Dickinson
December 11, 1918, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
December 16, 1712, Beethoven
December 16, 1773, Boston Tea Party
December 16, 1775, Jane Austen
December 30, 1865, Rudyard Kipling

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