Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 10 - International Day of Awesomeness

On this day in history, Chuck Norris was born! What does that have to do with the International Day of Awesomeness? Well, on August 6, 2007, Kevin Lawver invented the International Day of Awesomeness, and decided it should occur on March 10th, because that's when Chuck Norris was born.

This makes me smile more than it should ...

Learn more about International Day of Awesomeness here:

Check out some of our awesome materials:
"50 Awesome Projects for the Evil Genius", by Gavin D. J. Harper

"Awesome Autumn", by Bruce Goldstone
"An Awesome Book!", by Dallas Clayton
"Awesome Good Clean Jokes for Kids", by Bob Phillips
"Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks", by Shar Levine and Bob Bowden
"The Book of Even More Awesome", by Neil Pasricha
"The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun", by Ken Denmead
"My Dad Is Awesome", by Nick Butterworth
"Nick Huckleberry Peak's Awesome Juggling Tricks", by (you guessed it) Nick Huckleberry
Today is also Girl Scout Day, Salvation Army Day, Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Check Your Batteries Day!
- French Huguenot Jean Calas, wrongly convicted of killing his son (who died by suicide), was executed after being tortured by authorities in 1762; this event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform
- John Stone patented the pile driver in 1792
- The French Foreign Legion was established in 1831
- The first telephone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson in 1876
- The term "the bigger they are, the harder they fall" was coined by Robert Fitzsimmons after knocking out the much larger Jim Corbett in 1896
- China ended slavery in 1910
- James Herriot, author of "All Creatures Great & Small), was born 1916
- James Earl Ray plead guilty to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1969, sentenced to 99 years in jail
- Dog spectacles were patented in England in 1975
- Rings discovered around the planet Uranus in 1977
- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter entered Mars orbit in 2006
Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History". Don't forget to be awesome! 

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