National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

December 5, 2021 - International Ninja Day | National Repeal Day

December 04, 2021

Welcome to December 5, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate hidden warriors and the rebel spirit. 

Anna: Whenever we see a ninja…

Marlo: Um…you don’t actually see ninjas unless they want to be seen. That’s kinda the point.

Anna: Okay. Well, when we envision what a ninja looks like, it’s typically a person dressed all in black, carrying a sword and throwing stars. But that’s not true. While they did carry those weapons, ninjas did not wear black. It turns out that the most effective color for a ninja to wear is actually navy blue. Because at night, black clothing will stand out more than blue. If you don’t believe us, just check with the Ninja Museum in Igaryu, Japan. Now have one more trip to add to your bucket list, Marlo. On International Ninja Day, celebrate the history of these silent warriors and hope that we don’t end up on their bad side. Because if we do, we’ll never see them coming.

The controversial 18th Amendment banning the production, transport and sale of alcohol sparked a revolution of speakeasy style. In the early 1800s, groups such as the Prohibition Party and the Anti Saloon League believed that drinking was the root of all evil. They pushed to eradicate it altogether and by 1919 the 18th Amendment was ratified. But this didn’t ban folks from drinking, and enforcing the law became expensive during the Roaring Twenties. The terms gangster and moonshine reached their peak. Though the experiment had good intentions, National Repeal Day has been celebrated since December 5th, 1933 when the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition officially ended. Even Al Capone celebrated from his prison cell. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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