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If Auld Lang Syne left your throat dry? And dancing left your feet sore? And drinking left your head fuzzy? Then resist the temptation to curl up in bed
While the rest of Britain is beginning to return to normality after a seasonal binge, Scotland is still going strong. Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent
Where would the frozen cocktail or those thick shakes be without the straw? This day in 1888, the drinking straw was patented by Marvin Stone.
On this very day, in a Lincolnshire hamlet in 1643, Hannah Ayscough gave birth to a son so small he could fit in a 1 litre jug. Little would anyone have
The Joma Shinji Japanese New Year archery ritual is based on the Japanese belief that arrows have the power to banish evil – the word Joma translates
Fernand Petiot was a legendry bartender credited with inventing the Bloody Mary. As if that wasn't great enough, he served drinks to every US President
Happy Christmas to all our Russian readers, who celebrate all things Christmassy a couple of weeks after we do here in Blighty, though normally with a
The man who was to become The King of Rock 'n' Roll was born on this day in 1935 in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother, Jessie Garon,
On this day in 1888, James Sheridan and Horatio Bottomley put out a four-page pamphlet, drily entitled the London Financial Guide - a month later, they
The London Underground, and indeed the world's first underground railway, made its debut today back in 1863 as the Metropolitan Railway.
In the days before ice was easily available - and in most parts of the world, you needed to be pretty much royalty to own an ice house and keep it stocked
One of the legends of boxing, and one of the great heavyweights of all time, Smokin' Joe Frazier was born this day in 1944 and died 7th November 2011,
This day in 2004, the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research observatories in New Mexico alighted on a new and mysterious object in the sky - the asteroid
Today is a day the internet was almost certainly invented for (sorry, Tim Berners-Lee): National Dress Up Your Pet Day.
On this day in 1919, as Martin Luther King was being born in Atlanta, Georgia, a giant molasses tank exploded in Boston, flattening homes, shops and people
Since first appearing on the cover of British Vogue in 1993, the Croyden stunner has been on it over 30 times since, as well as having campaigns with Gucci,
One minute after midnight on this day in 1920, the Volstead Act became law and Prohibition descended on the United States, making it illegal to possess,
We all have our favourite line from Winnie the Pooh, but not the late Dorothy Parker who hated the books and famously remarked in a review for the New
One of the first rock stars to form the 27 Club, Janis Joplin died aged only 27 soon after Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix. Later entrants include Jim Morrison,
Every four years on 20th January, a new U.S. President is sworn in, on an inauguration day which is set by law. Election Day is always the Tuesday after
On the night of 21 January, 1944, with Germany firmly losing the war and British bombers already flattening German cities, Hitler's forces began Operation
Felix Kir led quite a life. He was a French priest at the outbreak of the Second World War, though when he heard that the German army had infiltrated his
Now, we're not the types to go about celebrating the building of any old bridge, but we are particularly fond of New Orleans and so by extension the Mississippi,
Here at Difford's Guide we're huge fans of beer cans – indeed we prefer cans to bottles. So we're happy to support this marketing gimmick of a day from
The evening of January 25th is when Scots everywhere hold Burns Suppers in honour of the birth of Scotland's favourite poet and son, Robert Burns. Born
Australia Day is the anniversary of the First Fleet of convict ships arriving at Sydney Cove in 1788. Today though, it's all about celebrating everything
If you thought child stars like Lindsay Lohan and Macaulay Culkin had it hard, spare a thought for the infant prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born on
The word Serendipity means a fortunate happenstance or pleasant surprise.
It was on this day back in 1856 that Queen Victoria established the Victoria Cross which is the highest award that a British or commonwealth serviceperson
Let's raise a glass to the President who repealed Prohibition, and let alcohol flow freely once more!
For no particular reason we know of, today has been declared Brandy Alexander Day. Hoorah!
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