JANUARY 16, 2019 | NATIONAL NOTHING DAY | NATIONAL WITHOUT A SCALPEL DAY | NATIONAL FIG NEWTON DAY | NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY
NATIONAL NOTHING DAY
Each year on January 16, people across the nation observe National Nothing Day.
National Nothing Day was created as a day to provide Americans with one National day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything. (National Day Calendar only reports the “Days”, sometimes they may contradict themselves. )
National Nothing Day is sponsored by Coffin’s National Nothing Foundation, registered in Capitola, California.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January which means that one-in-seven January 16th’s will fall on the same day as National Do Nothing Day, effectively usurping the nature of National Nothing Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
National Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. This day has been observed annually since 1973.
NATIONAL WITHOUT A SCALPEL DAY
No surgery, no stitches, no scars…
We observe National Without a Scalpel Day each year on January 16. The first angioplasty, a ground-breaking procedure to open a blocked blood vessel, was performed on this day in 1964 in Portland, Oregon, by pioneer physician Charles Dotter. This angioplasty allowed the patient to avoid leg amputation surgery. She left the hospital days later with only a Band-Aid.
In doing so, Dr. Dotter created the cutting-edge medical specialty called Interventional Radiology, where doctors treat disease through a tiny pinhole instead of open surgery. These doctors use x-rays and other medical imaging to see inside the body while they treat disease. These advances changed all of medicine.
Today, minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIP) can treat a broad range of diseases throughout the body, in adults and children:
• heart disease
• life-threatening bleeding
• kidney stones
• back pain
• blocked blood vessels
• many other conditions
Even though trained specialists perform MIIP throughout the world, many people do not know about MIIP or if they could benefit from these life-changing treatments. The Interventional Initiative was established to raise awareness and educate the public about MIIP.
The Interventional Initiative just completed the pilot episode of the documentary series Without a Scalpel, to be aired on a national network in 2016. Without a Scalpel features real patient stories and their doctors who treat them with life-changing MIIP.
If you or someone you know could benefit from MIIP, visit www.theii.org or follow on Twitter @interventional2.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take some time to learn more about MIIP and share this valuable, life-saving information with someone you love. Post on social media using #WithoutAScalpelDay.
National Without a Scalpel Day was submitted by The Interventional Initiative and approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar.
NATIONAL FIG NEWTON DAY
National Fig Newton Day is observed annually on January 16.
A Nabisco trademarked version of the fig roll, Newtons are a pastry filled with fig paste. Fig Newton’s have an unusual shape that is a characteristic which has been adopted by many competitors including generic fig bars.
It was up until the 19th century that many physicians believed that most illnesses were related to digestion problems and they recommended a daily intake of biscuits and fruit. The ideal solution to this advice was fig rolls, which remained a locally produced and handmade product.
In 1891, Philadelphia baker and fig-lover, Charles Roser, invented and patented the machine which inserted fig paste into a thick pastry dough. Roser’s recipe was then purchased by Cambridgeport, Massachusetts-based Kennedy Biscuit Company and mass production began. In 1891, the first Fig Newtons were baked at the F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery. The pastries are named after the town of Newton, Massachusetts.
After recently becoming associated, the Kennedy Biscuit Company and the New York Biscuit company merged to form Nabisco and the fig rolls were then trademarked as “Fig Newtons.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalFigNewtonDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to locate the creator of National Fig Newton Day.
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY
Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16 is declared Religious Freedom Day.
The following is as stated by President Barack Obama in his Religious Freedom Day Presidential Proclamation:
“I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations here and around the world.”
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was signed January 16, 1786, and is commemorated each year on National Religious Freedom Day. Thomas Jefferson’s landmark statute became the basis for Congressman Fisher Ames’ establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Consitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
The First Freedom Center in Richmond Virginia commemorates this day by holding an annual First Freedom Award banquet.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #ReligiousFreedomDay to post on social media.
Since 1993, the President of the United States has proclaimed January 16 National Religious Freedom Day.
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