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Calendar Anomalies


DD1 was born on 07/07/70, so I have a special interest in calendar anomalies and what happened on that date. 

For those who are interested, this is what happened that particular day:

July 7, 1970 - Pres. Richard M. Nixon invoked emergency powers to halt a strike against three U.S. railroads. (source: The Britannica Archive)/sorry!  It was a slow news day!!


Calendar anomalies 

Today is 1/11/11

Some people keep an eye on their calendars for more than just Thanksgiving and Christmas. For them, dates are just as important for their numbers as for any event or commemoration.

For instance, math lovers can rejoice in the fact that there are unofficial holidays celebrating pi, square roots and even special nods to palindromes. And you don't have to be a mathematician to appreciate a nifty occurrence like this.

In honor of today (it's 1/11/11, in case you hadn't noticed), we look back at other dates that have caused figure frenzies.

Date 10/10/10

This standout "perfect 10" date was a PR dream for organizers who wanted to draw attention to their main attractions on Oct. 10, 2010, including:

* A global environmental event
* An international humanitarian cause
* For techies (or fans of science fiction writer Douglas Adams, who had his own designated day), 10/10/10 held quirky significance.

Bonus: Check out a cool story about children turning 10 on 10/10/10.

Date 9/9/09

Sept. 9, 2009, wasn't the doomsday some predicted, but it was memorable for a random array of reasons.

Here's what happened on 9/9/09:

* Tragedy struck in Turkey, leaving dozens dead.
* President Obama addressed Congress about major reform.
* A bizarre online pussycat protest (which meant no love for these guys)
* In China, the date was recognized with much rejoicing. It was reported that thousands of Chinese couples tied the knot on that date, driven by this linguistic coincidence. Check out crowded snapshots of the ninth's nuptials.

Date 8/8/08

For observers of an ancient belief system, Aug. 8, 2008, was a great day to plan a wedding (why is it a sign of good fortune?). Members of the Chinese government clearly had the significance of the number eight in mind when they were filling out their social calendars: The Beijing Olympics launched at a specific time, down to the minute.

Just a decade earlier, on 8/8/88, a violent uprising left hundreds dead. Learn about the "8888 uprising" in Burma

Date 7/7/07

Another popular wedding date, July 7, 2007, became the most popular wedding date ever, thanks to the lucky number seven superstition. How many couples outside Vegas got hitched? (Alas, the luck has since run out for one recently divorced celeb couple, who got married on 7/7/07).

Other 7/7/07 happenings:

* Those who really wanted to make the most of the day's significance would've indulged in some chocolate. Why?
* The date also brought the Seven Wonders into focus (see pictures).

Date 6/6/06

June 6, 2006, gave some the creeps, due to its perceived beastly biblical ties. Hollywood took note of folks' fears and trotted out a devilish film remake. (Watch the trailer, if you dare.) Some expectant mothers took the date seriously (find out what they did), while it was a laughing matter for others.

Date 12/21/12

Why does Dec. 21, 2012, have people shaking in their boots? Some believe that on that day, it's game over. The notion is attributed to an ancient civilization, and recent events seem to bolster their arguments. Read what top scientists have to say about the Chicken Little talk.

posted on Jan 11, 2011 1:09 PM ()


I wasn't in Las Vegas for the July 7 2007 wedding frenzy, but heard a lot about it.
comment by troutbend on Jan 13, 2011 10:38 PM ()
I can get caught up in numerical "anomalies", but I don't relate them to any major event. They're simply fun to observe.
comment by solitaire on Jan 12, 2011 6:47 AM ()
Exactly. Just something a bit different that are fun to learn more about.
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:01 AM ()
I bet we get by just fine in 2012.
comment by elderjane on Jan 12, 2011 6:30 AM ()
I'll bet we do too.
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:01 AM ()
hmm...velly intelesting, as Arte Johnson used to say.

yer ya learn somethin' ever'day pal
comment by honeybugg on Jan 12, 2011 2:24 AM ()
Hi cuz! Glad you enjoyed this little diversion.
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:02 AM ()
Interesting — I think there was a rush to buy lotto tickets today....
comment by marta on Jan 11, 2011 9:20 PM ()
Probably so. For some, any excuse will do.
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:02 AM ()
I guess I never really pay attention to stuff like this... like today I heard on the radio that this is nothing, wait til 11/11/11.
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 11, 2011 4:13 PM ()
Should be interesting. What makes my daughter's birthday unique is that it's so easy to always remember her age. Every tenth year, she is one decade older. She turned 10 in 1980, 20 in 1990, etc. So, if I'm having trouble remember her age, I just count the decades since she was born and add the number of years until the next decade. For instance, she is 40 right now; on her birthday this year, she will be four decades old plus one year.
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:07 AM ()
My eldest grandson 'came of age' today - he is 18, I hadn't 'picked up' on the date, excellent

comment by febreze on Jan 11, 2011 4:09 PM ()
Should be a good year for him! Happy Birthday, Joss!
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:08 AM ()
yes, I agree with fredo...very interesting post..I am one of those who takes notice of particular dates associated with numbers...thanks Joan.
comment by aussiegirl on Jan 11, 2011 4:01 PM ()
Wow!that was interesting t here.Thank you for posting this.
Something different.How are you there?
comment by fredo on Jan 11, 2011 2:17 PM ()
I'm fine, Fredo and I trust you are the same. Happy you enjoyed the post. Yes, it was something a little different.
reply by redimpala on Jan 13, 2011 8:10 AM ()

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