Special Days

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Special Days are days (or sets of days) when specific projects which have topical significance are released from the release queues for proofing and/or formatting.

Use the links below to access the specific Special Day pages to read details about the day as well as request or claim books to be proofed for a particular special day.

Note: The following special days are those days that have actually been defined and enabled in the database table that tracks special day definitions, so as to appear in the DP site queue pages. Please do not add to this list unless it appears on the list of special days.


Special Days 2020


Undated Entries

Name Comment Start Day More Info

P1.5 (Test)

Pseudo P1.5


N/A


A Type In Project

Type In Projects


N/A

January

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Public Domain Day

PD works by authors newly in the PD in Life 50 and Life 70 jurisdictions


1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Domain_Day

National Science Fiction Day

National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated annually in the US on January 2nd, a date which corresponds to the birthday of writer Isaac Asimov.


2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Science_Fiction_Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Celebration of squirrels and all they do for us.


21

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/January/squirrelappreciation.htm

Burns Night

Scottish authors and subjects


25

http://www.rabbie-burns.com/index.cfm.html

Chinese New Year

Chinese authors and subjects - Variable date


25

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

Australia Day

Australian authors and subjects


26

http://www.australiaday.org.au

India's Republic Day

Anniversary of Indian Constitution coming into effect


26

http://www.bangalinet.com/republicday.htm

February

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Black History Month

African-American history and culture (February)


1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month


Darwin Day

Science, humanity and Charles Darwin's birthday


12

http://www.darwinday.org

Saint Valentine's Day

Stories of romance and love


14

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_day


March

Name Comment Start Day More Info

International Women's Day

Books by and about women and feminism


8

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Ides of March

Assassination of Caesar, Roman History & Literature


15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March

Saint Patrick's Day

Irish authors and subjects


17

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Patrick's_Day

April

Name Comment Start Day More Info

April Fools Day

Tricks, hoaxes and humour


1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_fool's_day

International Children's Book Day

Children's Books, in honour of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday


2

http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=269

World Health Day

UN founded World Health Organization in 1948


7

http://www.who.int/world-health-day/

Earth Day

Ecology, environment, anything global


22

http://www.epa.gov/earthday/

Shakespeare's Birthday

Books about Shakespeare\'s life and times and works


23

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915


24

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide_Remembrance_Day

Ramadan

Muslim month of fasting - Date changes (end varies depending on the moon sighting)


24

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan_(calendar_month)

ANZAC Day

Australia and New Zealand in war


25

http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.htm

May

Name Comment Start Day More Info

May Day

Pagan spring festivals and Socialist labor celebrations


1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

Astronomy Day

Astronomy, astronomers and their studies - Variable date


2

http://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astroday.html

Children's Book Week

Books for, about or by children - Variable date


4

http://www.bookweekonline.com/


Queen Victoria's Birthday

British Empire, Commonwealth, Victorian era


24

http://www.royal.gov.uk/HistoryoftheMonarchy/KingsandQueensoftheUnitedKingdom/TheHanoverians/Victoria.aspx


June

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand

Triggered World War I


28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria

July

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Canada Day

Canadian authors and subjects


1

http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/canada/11/canada-eng.cfm

U.S. Independence Day

Books about America (perhaps especially about the American Revolution?)


4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Beginning of World War I

WWI history, commentary, fiction, etc.


28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I

September

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Pieces of Eight... Arrrr! Anything piratical! Date does not change


19

http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html

October

Name Comment Start Day More Info

DP Anniversary

This Special Day started out as simply for the 15th anniversary. I have changed the display name so it can be used for other anniversaries in later years.


1

Boer War

Anniversary of start of Boer War


11

http://www.anglo-boer.co.za/

Halloween

Books about ghosts, horror and the supernatural


31

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

November

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Native American Heritage Month

History, culture and literature of Native Americans - Month Does not change


1

http://www.loc.gov/topics/nativeamericans/index.html

Armistice Day

End of World War I


11

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day

International Men's Day

Books by and about men and masculism.
19

http://www.internationalmensday.com/

December

Name Comment Start Day More Info

Abolition of Slavery

International Day for Abolition of Slavery
2

http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/

Christmas

Merry Proofing! Opened early to allow more time with the books.
15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

Wright Brothers Anniversary

Books about flight, aeroplanes and balloons
17

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers



Other

Suggested Special Days

Important: This is a place to list suggested days. Please relegate all discussion about these days to the Suggestions for new SPECIAL DAYS forum thread.

  • 15 July - Rembrandt's birthday