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A 2012 calendar for kids

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JANUARY

1: Happy new year!

8: Argyle Day. Wear some socks with the fun and funky pattern.

15: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr​.’s birthday; the civil rights leader was born in 1929. (You get off school on the 16th).

17: Kid Inventors’ Day. Celebrating earmuffs, skis, popsicles and everything else invented by kids.

23: National Handwriting Day. Observed on the birthday of that guy with the famous signature, John Hancock​.

30: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

FEBRUARY

National Black History Month

2: Groundhog Day

3: Bubble Gum Day

8: Boy Scouts of America founded in 1910.

12: Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809.

14: Valentine’s Day

18: Pluto discovered in 1930. It was demoted to dwarf planet in 2006.

20: Bun Day in Iceland. Children go to homes in the morning with colorful sticks and are given whipped cream buns.

22: George Washington was born in 1732.

29: Leap Day

MARCH

National Umbrella Month

National Women’s History Month

2: Read Across America Day in honor of the 108th anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel​’s birth. He’s better known as Dr. Seuss​.

8: National Proofreeding Day. (Can you spot our mistake?)

15: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. Which, of course, is in honor of all our readers!

17: St. Patrick’s Day

20: First day of spring

31: The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris on this date in 1889.

APRIL

National Poetry Month

2: April Fool’s Day. (April Fool!)

6: “Barney and Friends” first aired on TV 20 years ago. (You watched “Barney”; even if you don’t remember!)

12: National Licorice Day

15: First McDonald’s opened on this date in 1955.

23: The Boston Latin School opened on this date in 1635, making it America’s oldest public school.

27: Arbor Day. Hug a tree; or better yet, plant one!

MAY

2: Great American Grump Out. Can you go all day without being grumpy?

3: National Day of Prayer. Whatever you believe, pray for a better world.

4: Star Wars Day. “May the fourth be with you!”

13: Mother’s Day

18: Bike to Work (or School) Day

28: Memorial Day

JUNE

9: Donald Duck’s birthday. He first appeared in a movie on this date in 1934.

16: World Juggling Day

17: Father’s Day

20: First day of summer

27: “Happy Birthday to You” birthday: A schoolteacher wrote the music to this famous song on this date in 1859.

JULY

National Ice Cream Month

National Hot Dog Month

1: The nation’s first zoo, in Philadelphia, opened on this date in 1874. Admission cost 25 cents for adults; 10 cents for kids.

4: Independence Day

7: Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day

16: Global Hug Your Kids Day

20: First man landed on the moon on this day in 1969.

25: Chincoteague Pony Swim

AUGUST

5: National Underwear Day. (We recommend that every day be National Underwear Day.)

9-13: Perseid meteor showers, catch a falling star and put it in your pocket!

13: International Left-Handers Day

19: Black Cow Float created on this date in 1893. Features root beer and vanilla ice cream.

26: National Dog Day

SEPTEMBER

Happy Cat Month

2-8: National Waffle Week

3: Labor Day

7: Google founded on this date in 1998. (Don’t believe us? Google it!)

9: National Grandparents Day

15: International Eat an Apple Day

19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

22: First day of fall

OCTOBER

1: The first CD player went on sale on this date in 1982. It sold for $625.

10: Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

15-19: National School Lunch Week

16: Dictionary Day

23: Apple unveiled the first iPod on this date in 2001. It sold for $399.

30: National Candy Corn Day

31: Halloween

NOVEMBER

4: The tomb of Tutankhamen, the boy king of Egypt (also known as King Tut​), was discovered on this day in 1922.

6: Election Day

7-13: Dear Santa Letter Week. (Because it’s never too early to write that special note.)

15: I Love to Write Day

18: Mickey Mouse’s birthday. He first appeared in “Steamboat Willie” on this date in 1928.

18-24: National Game and Puzzle Week.

22: Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

8: Hanukkah starts

21: First day of winter

21: First crossword puzzle was published on this date in 1913.

25: Christmas

26-Jan. 1: Kwanzaa

31: New Year’s Eve. Celebrate: We made it through another year!

-The Washington Post

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