On This Day in YOUR History

Everyone’s abuzz about the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster this week but have you ever thought about what happened in your family 100 years ago or 10 years ago or even last year?

We used to amuse and inform our kids most nights after dinner by reading the “Almanac” from that day’s paper: a recording of significant events in history that took place on that date.  I would make a game out of it…Guess what happened on this date in 1913 or 1934 or 1962 based on the information in the almanac.  A few clues were often needed but it was a fun way to learn history and trivia.

About fifteen years ago, it dawned on me that we too were creating an Almanac year by year.  Milestones such as the long-awaited trip to Disneyworld, the Little League championship win, the day we got the dog, may not mean much to the rest of the world but the dates and the events are part of the long tapestry of Family that encircles us all.

I decided to create our own “This Day in History” almanac and have been adding to it ever since.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Purchase at least 366 3 X 5 cards at any office store.
  2. Purchase a set of monthly 3 x 5 dividers at the same store.
  3. Buy or make a box large enough to hold all of the cards standing up like an oversize recipe box.
  4. Date each card for each day of the year and put them in the box chronologically with the monthly dividers.
  5. Start with the easy stuff like birthdays of relatives living and dead, weddings, graduations, deaths and any other well-known dates and fill in the cards for those dates.

Stop back Monday to find out what to do next…..

c. Letitia Suk 2012

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4 Responses to “On This Day in YOUR History”


  1. 1 Cindy Nicholson April 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Somehow I just bet that there is an electronic way to do this now…twentysomethings??

  2. 3 Carol Early Cooney April 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    My Dad used a system like this for his business and home things – he had a file folder for every day and would put reminders in the file folders – not only birthdays but also “taxes due” and “go to the dr” notes. He called it his “tickler” file.


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