National History Day

A group of people dressed in period costumes, celebrating National History Day with a lively reenactment in a historic town square..
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Hold on to your time-traveling socks, folks! Your one-way ticket to the exciting (and sometimes bizarre) past named National History Day is about to depart. It's like a journey through the perhaps literal sands of time, minus the inevitable sand in your shoes. Seen by some as a day for history geeks, by others a chance to relive the good old days - and by most an opportunity for truly spectacular vintage dress-up. Now buckle up, because this ride back in time doesn't have airbags!

When is History Day?

It's national history day on the 16th January.

How It All Started

Digital evidence of National History Day first popped up on 16th January 2016. Historians expected some dusty book might've started the trend, but in fact, it was the mighty Internet. Now, with more than 9905 mentions online, National History Day has gone viral - not a Plague kind of viral, thank heavens!

The Day-To-Day of History Day

Okay, so what do people actually do on National History Day? Some folks create homemade trebuchets to replicate medieval sieges, others binge-watch episodes of 'The Crown'. Still more settle in with a mug of hot cocoa and a hefty history book, likely written by a chap with more letters after his name than there are in it. No matter the preference, it's clear there's no 'right' way to celebrate National History Day.

But Wait...There's More!

We've had sword-wielding nomads, Egyptian Pharaohs, Viking adventurers, devoted Civil Rights activists, and moon-landing astronauts. From the epic battles to the astonishing discoveries and unsung heroes, there's an endless supply of stories and characters for you to dive into.

The Final Word

So, while the Internet seems to believe the most popular time to celebrate is January, remember there's no bad time to enjoy history. Crack open that textbook you've been ignoring, start that Netflix documentary, or simply chat with your grandparents about the 'old days'. Every day can be National History Day, if you let it be!

Did you know?

Initially, National History Day wasn't known for its online fame. In fact, it started as a local academic event for students in Ohio in the 1970s, only later gaining the internet's attention.


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First identified

8th March 2015

Most mentioned on

16th January 2016

Total mentions


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