Today is National Serpent Day

Today is National Serpent Day

Across religions and cultures, the serpent has been used as a symbol of evil, medicine, fertility and much more. Recognizing serpents and snakes alike, February 1st observes National Serpent Day. Around the world, there are over 3,000 species of snakes. The world’s smallest snake is the Barbados thread snake. This serpent is smaller than a night crawler at about 4 inches. In comparison, the longest snake is the reticulated python and the heaviest is the green anaconda. Ready for some facts? Only 1/8 of the known species are venomous. Their upper and lower jaw separate to allow snakes to consume prey up to three times larger than the diameter of their head. Snakes eat their prey whole. Most snakes are nocturnal. Their tongue is used to smell their air. Snakes are cold-blooded, or ectotherms, and must sun themselves to regulate their body temperatures. Source: nationaldaycalendar.com

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Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

146 years ago today, the American artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, Ohio. Christy studied art in New York at the Art Students League and later at the National Academy of Design under William Chase. Christy went to Cuba in 1898 to cover the Spanish-American War where he quickly gained a reputation as a wartime artist. His breakthrough came with the publication of “The Soldier’s Dream” in Scribner’s magazine. The girl he portrayed became known as “The Christy Girl” and was later featured in many other magazines as well as his famous World War I recruitment posters. After the war, Christy continued to paint, focusing on portraits and later on landscapes. The artist is perhaps best known for his 1940 historic painting “Signing the Constitution” that is displayed in the U.S. Capital. Christy died in New York in 1952.

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History Today: Ellis Island opens in doors in 1892

History Today: Ellis Island opens in doors in 1892

126 years ago today, America’s first federal immigration station opens on Ellis Island in New York. Only 700 immigrants entered the United States passing through Ellis Island that day. But over the course of the year, almost half a million more followed! More than 12 million people passed through the island over the next five decades.

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Today in History: Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941

Today in History: Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941

Today marks the 77th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor which resulted in the United States’ entrance into World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt described the attack on Pearl Harbor as “a date which will live in infamy.”

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Today in History: Mihaly Biro born in 1886

Today in History: Mihaly Biro born in 1886

132 years ago today, Mihaly Biro, arguably the most important internationally known Hungarian poster designer, was born. Biro is widely considered to be the founder of the illustrated political poster and his creations between the wars spread far beyond the borders of his home country.

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Today in History: U.S. Marine Corps created in 1775

Today in History: U.S. Marine Corps created in 1775

243 years ago today, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution forming two battalions of Continental Marines capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore. The resolution was drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775. The original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in important operations during the Revolutionary War. In July 1798. the U.S. Marine Corps became a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy (formed in May 1798). Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in most cases were the first soldiers to fight. Today, the USMC  has approx. 200,000 active-duty members and 40,000 reserve Marines.

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Today is National Eating Healthy Day!

National Eating Healthy Day falls on the first Wednesday in November and has been observed since 2009.

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