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National Dice Day - December 4NATIONAL DICE DAY

Each year on December 4th, people across the United States observe National Dice Day.  Many games incorporate dice as a way to add random challenges or obstacles to the objectives.  

Players typically throw dice onto a flat surface from their hands or a cup. The value of the throw is determined by the uppermost face of the die after it has come to rest.  One popular dice game is craps where wagers are made on the total value of the throw of the dice.  Frequently used in board games, dice are used to randomize a player’s moves, commonly by deciding the distance a piece will move on a board. Favorite board games using dice are backgammon and Monopoly.

The origin of dice is uncertain. However, it is known that they have been around for thousands of years.  At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.

Dice were originally made from the talus (ankle bone) of hoofed animals. Ivory, wood and plastics are other materials used in making dice. They also come in many shapes and colors. 


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Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Dice Day.

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