one. january fourth. willy wonka’s trademark was registered in nineteen seventy-two. find a theater showing the film and watch it on the big screen. also find a golden ticket and give that and your favorite willy wonka candy to the box office cashier.
two. january fifth. home of the whopper was trademark registered in nineteen sixty-five. find the oldest burger king restaurant in your neck of the woods and treat yourself to a whopper meal without modifying the order (like i always do… unless you have food allergies, of course).
three. january ninth. campbell’s soup’s trademark was registered in nineteen six. find your local food bank and deliver nineteen dollars worth of campbell’s soups to them.
four. january thirteenth. mickey mouse cartoon first appeared in newspapers throughout the united states in nineteen thirty. visit your local library and find a copy of that cartoon.
five. january sixteenth. jim henson’s copyright claim on kermit the muppet was renewed in nineteen eighty-four. find and view the muppets take manhattan, released that year.
six. january eighteenth. lerner and lowe’s musical motion picture my fair lady was registered in nineteen fifty-seven. find and view that film.
seven. january twentieth. the first outdoor feature-length talking motion picture, in old arizona, was made in nineteen twenty-nine. find and view that film, too.
eight. january twenty-first. john fitch, inventor of the steamboat, was born in seventeen forty-three. if it’s at all feasible for you to do so, take a ride on a steamboat. if you can’t, find some kind of a riverboat and take a ride on that.
nine. january twenty-third. casablanca the film was copyrighted in nineteen forty-three. find and view that film, too.
ten. january twenty-ninth. lawrence hargrave, inventor of the box kite, was born in eighteen fifty. find a box kite. go fly it.
eleven. january thirtieth. bell chimes were invented in fourteen thirty-seven. find a cool set of chimes and send them to someone, preferably a stranger because in my opinion giving to people you don’t know makes the giving so much better.
twelve. january thirty-first. coca-cola registered its trademark for “nutrient or tonic beverages” was registered in eighteen ninety-three. find a bottle of coke with your name on it. enjoy!