Welcome to Worldwide Weird Holidays, where you’ll find a new reason to celebrate every day of the year.

international esperanto day

July 26 is Esperanto Day

Today is Esperanto Day. On July 26, 1887, Dr. L.L. Zamenhof published Dr. Esperanto’s Lingvo Internacia (International Language), also known as Unua Libro (First Book), a textbook about the new language he’d just invented. Zamenhof didn’t create Esperanto as an intellectual exercise. It was his practical solution to an issue dividing people and cultures. He built a common language […]

test tube baby day

Test Tube Baby Day

Today is Test Tube Baby Day. On July 25, 1978, in Oldham, England, Louise Joy Brown became the first person born after being conceived outside her mother’s body, in a revolutionary process now called in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. In IVF, egg and sperm are placed together in a liquid with some smooth jazz and Bacardi 151; […]

Amelia Earhart Day

July 24 is Amelia Earhart Day

Today is Amelia Earhart Day, celebrating the aviation pioneer’s birth on July 24, 1897.  In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross. A member of the National Woman’s Party and an early proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, Earhart’s self-confidence and spirit of […]

Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 23 is Gorgeous Grandma Day

Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day, created by author Alice Solomon. After graduating from Wellesley College in 1984, at age 50, she felt she and her generation had been written off and branded “senior citizens” by society. Solomon believed this occurred the moment she hit the half-century mark. “In an instant and only one day older, I was […]

national day of the cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy

Today is the National Day of the Cowboy, always observed on the fourth Saturday of July. On March 18, 2016, Idaho became the 11th state to pass a law recognizing the holiday. The National Day of the Cowboy Organization created this day in 2005 to acknowledge the contributions of the cowboy (and cowgirl) to the history of […]

invite an alien to live with you day

July 21 is Invite an Alien to Live with You Day

Today is Invite an Alien to Live with You Day. Relax! We aren’t talking about the aliens that a certain reality star turned politician has said are coming to murder us and steal our jobs—although, once we’re dead, they’d technically just be taking advantage of sudden employment opportunities. This type of illegal alien comes from the […]

national lollipop day

National Lollipop Day

Today is National Lollipop Day! Early incarnations of the lollipop date back thousands of years. Archeologists have found evidence that ancient Egyptians used honey to preserve fruit, then inserted sticks to make it easier to eat. New Haven, CT, confectioner George Smith claimed he got the idea for the lollipop from the stirrers he used when mixing […]

national daiquiri day

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day

Today is National Daiquiri Day. Although conflicting legends abound, the most likely origin story credits an American engineer named Jennings Cox for the drink’s invention. In 1898, Cox supervised an iron mining operation in a town off the coast of Cuba called Daiquiri. Every night he and his crew gathered at a local bar after work. One […]

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July 18 is Insurance Nerd Day

July 18th is Insurance Nerd Day, created in 2016 to celebrate everyone employed in the insurance industry. It originated as a social media campaign to dispel the myth that insurance is a “boring” career path and to attract young people entering the workforce. Since then, the movement has been gaining momentum and, thanks to the […]

wrong way corrigan day

Wrong Way Corrigan Day

Today is Wrong Way Corrigan Day. On July 17, 1938, Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995), a pilot and aircraft mechanic who had recently flown from California to New York, took off from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, ostensibly to make the transcontinental trip back to Long Beach. Things didn’t go according to […]