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World Penguin Day began with Antarctica researchers and a California man

World Penguin Day began with Antarctica researchers and a California man
World Penguin Day, celebrated annually on April 25, began when researchers at McMurdo Station in Antarctica noticed a colony of Adelie penguins returned to land from the sea on the same day each year. Photo by SarahNic/Pixabay.com

April 25 (UPI) -- World Penguin Day, celebrated annually on April 25, began with researchers in Antarctica and a man in California whose wife loved penguins.

The holiday was suggested by U.S. researchers based at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where they documented a colony of Adelie penguins returned from spending months at sea on April 25 for multiple consecutive years.

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The scientists began planning celebrations to welcome the penguins on April 25.

The day became a holiday in 1972, when Gerry Wallace of Alamogordo, Calif., marked the date in his wife's calendar as "Penguin Day." Wallace's wife, Aleta, published the holiday in a local newsletter, and it was celebrated as a local holiday the following year.

Other holidays and observances for April 25 include DNA Day, National Plumbers Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, National Telephone Day and National Mani-Pedi Day.

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