National Crossword Puzzle Day / National Humbug Day

National Crossword Puzzle Day

December 21

For the millions who enjoy crossword puzzles, this is a celebration for “cruciverbalists;” the name given to people who love crosswords. The first crossword was created by Arthur Wynne in 1913. The Guinness Book of Records lists the largest ever crossword as 7′x7′ in size, 91,000 squares and 28,000 clues. The New York Times published its first puzzle in 1930.

National Humbug Day

December 21

Although the word “humbug” dates back to 1751 when it was a slang term meaning ‘nonsense’ or ‘gibberish’ it became popular through the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ book, A Christmas Carol, who said “Bah! Humbug!” to declare his distaste for the festivities and joy of the Christmas Season. National Humbug Day is designated to let people let off steam about having to decorate, shop, hear carols or participate in mindless Christmas activities.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Jane Fonda– Actor – born in New York City, New York

Chris Evert – Tennis Player – born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Samuel L. Jackson – Actor – born in Washington, DC


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