World Emoji Day / Robin Hood Day

World Emoji Day

July 17

There are 3,019 official emojis. The Unicode Consortium approves the new emojis. They released 230 new emojis in February 2019, which include the waffle, otter and guide dog emojis. There are 1,606 different emoji of people and the body. There are almost 150 varieties of the smiley face emoticon. 95% of Internet users have used an emoji. Over 10 billion emojis are sent daily. They are used prevalently on social media—over 700 million emojis are used in Facebook posts daily. About 36% of Instagram posts contain 1 to 3 emojis each. A Japanese artist invented emojis in 1999. The artist, Shigetaka Kurita, was looking for an attractive interface to share information in a simple concise way. He came up with 176 original emoji, which are now part of  New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Robin Hood Day

July 17

Robin Hood was an outlaw who, according to legend, lived in Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham. He regularly fought against his enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. He was probably based on a real person, although if that is so, nobody knows for sure who he was. Robin is usually said to have lived in the 11th or 12th centuries, although the earliest reference to him in a song was during the 14th century. He is described as a yeoman, or knight. Robin Hood has been portrayed in over 100 films and many books. He has been played by Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, and portrayed as a fox in the Disney cartoon version.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Luke Bryan – Singer & Songwriter – born in Leesburg, Georgia

James Cagney – Actor – born in New York City, New York


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