National Comic Book Day
If you're a comic book fan you must be on cloud nine today, because it's "National Comic Book Day!" From Batman to Scooby-Doo, comic books have been entertaining children and adults alike for more than 200 years. Shocked? So was I. Here are some other comic book facts that may interest you:
* The real success of comic books for the mass market didn't begin until 1937 with the publication of detective comics.
* In 1946, comic book sales in the U.S. outsold traditional books.
* On July 20, 2006, the United States Postal Service released DC Comics Super Heroes. It was the first commemorative stamp pane honoring America's legendary comic book Super Heroes.
* The world's largest comic book collection belongs to the Library of Congress in Washington. It contains more than 6,000 titles, 100,000 issues, and grows by about 200 issues each month.
National One-Hit Wonder Day
"We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun. But the hills that we climbed were just seasons out of time." Do you recognize those lyrics? If so, you're familiar with the one-hit wonder "Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks. It's only one of hundreds of one-hit wonders we will experience in our lifetimes. Here are some others to get the memories flooding back:
* "House of the Rising Sun" by Frijid Pink
* "Montego Bay" by Bobby Bloom
* "In the Sumertime" by Mungo Jerry
* "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
Today is "National One-Hit Wonder Day," and you can celebrate by getting your groove on with all the one-hit wonders you remember from your youth. My personal favorite? Bobby McFerrin's 1988 hit "Don't Worry Be Happy."
National Voter Registration Day
According to the National Voter Registration Day website, "In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register." They are committed to making sure that doesn't happen again in this 2012 presidential election.
Sept. 25 is "National Voter Registration Day," when thousands of volunteers will be hitting the streets to make sure everyone gets registered and understands how and where to vote. You can celebrate by registering to vote yourself if you have not already done so.
If you are interested in helping this non-partisan group reach as many people as possible, you can find information on their website. You might want to start with their "Frequently Asked Questions" page. Happy registering!
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