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Robinson Crusoe Day

February 1, is the date in 1709 of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore (in September 1704) on the uninhabited island Juan Fernández, at his own request, after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe. Robinson Crusoe Day is…

Fred Korematsu Day

Fred T. Korematsu (January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005) was an American civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the…

Puzzle Day

Several unreliable sources list January 29 as Puzzle Day. The first jigsaw puzzle was created around 1760, when John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker, mounted a map on a sheet of wood and then sawed around each individual country. Spilsbury used the product to aid in teaching geography. By the early 20th century, magazines…