On this day
Canned fish, who’d think it?
Canned fish isn’t as new an invention as many might believe it to be. In fact, it was Julius Wolff, over in Maine, US, who first canned sardines for mass market consumption - on this very date. It’s surprising how many fish you can fit in a can!
The world’s first superhero?
You can’t move for superheroes these days - but the first-ever super-powered vigilante - The Phantom - made his debut back on February 17th in 1936. He was created by Lee Falk.
Kosovo breaks free!
On February 17th 2008, Kosovo first announced its independence away from the state of Serbia. To this day, some countries don’t recognize Kosovo as its own nation. However, the International Court of Justice officially states that Kosovo’s broken no laws by declaring independence.
Special Days Falling on February 17thWhether you already celebrate February 17th at home or not, here are a few reasons why this particular date is so notable on many people’s calendars.
World Human Spirit Day
Today’s a fantastic day for finding peace with the fact that we don’t - as a species - know all the answers to some of the biggest questions that the universe poses to us. Today, people celebrate staying hopeful that we’ll find solutions to problems for years to come - but at the same time, feeling content that we’re extremely fortunate all the same.
National Cabbage Day
Yes - that leafy green vegetable you always leave at the side of your plate? It’s time to show cabbage some love. This veggie comes in several different colors, and we’ve been cultivating it for thousands of years! Ok - many people really don’t like the taste of cabbage - but today’s a good day to try and give it a go if you want to expand your palate a little.
My Way Day
When’s the last time you did something for yourself? There’s a risk of feeling selfish - but honestly, you should always take time out to treat yourself. If you won’t, who else will? Today, do things your way - just as long as no one else comes to harm!