Monday is a day that can be a drag for some people. It’s the “start of the week” and you’re starting over again. A day when you’re not sleeping in and there’s no brunch plans. But we all know Monday is a great day for productivity and it’s also a good day for learning something new.
Monday is the first day of the week and it is considered the start of the work week where most of the world’s population is working. Monday is also a time of great change and reflection, so it’s considered a day to rest and refresh. Monday is a day of newness and beginnings. What’s your favorite thing about Monday?
Here are some fun facts about Mondays that you may not know.
1. The history of Monday.
Monday’s name has a variety of cultural and linguistic origins, but it all means “day of the moon” in every iteration. It was termed “diēs Lūnae” in Latin, “Monenday” in Middle English, and Anglo-Saxon “Mōnandæg” was the first known use of the English language.
Monday has a very different meaning in other languages than it does in English. Thus, it simply means “first day of the week” in Chinese and some other cultures, whereas it either means “day after Sunday” or signifies the first day of the week in many Slavic languages.
2. The first day of the week is Monday.
In the US, Canada, Japan, and other nations, Monday is considered the second day of the week, although according to the ISO 8601 standard, it is actually the first day of the week. As an example, if you reside in Europe, your week officially begins on a Monday.
3. Monday is a day of fasting in several religions around the world.
Mondays are designated days of the week for fasting in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam equally. Mondays are claimed to have strong spiritual correspondences in all three religions – Mormons have family religious study time, the Prophet was said to be born on a Monday in Islam, and fasting on a Monday of the second civil year of the Hebrew calendar is thought to be full of benefits in Judaism.
4. Monday is the only weekday that is an anagram.
Did you know that out of all the days of the week, Monday is the only one that can be made into an anagram? Another word that may be made by rearranging the letters is “dynamo” – a type of electric generator that produces direct current.
5. On Monday, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima.
On August 6, 1945, the United States launched a bomb on Hiroshima that exploded with the force of 20,000 tonnes of TNT, killing between 90,000 and 150,000 people. It drove Japan to surrender to the Allies and ended WWII, together with the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki three days later.
The use of nuclear weapons sparked heated discussion over its ethics and necessity. However, historians agree that it saved more lives than it took, because it averted a massive invasion of Japan that would have killed millions of people. This was one of the world’s earliest and most devastating nuclear bomb explosions, and it remains one of the worst wartime attacks to this day.
6. The Chronicles of Narnia was published on Monday.
On Monday, October 16, 1950, C. S. Lewis released the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in London. Since then, many small children have gone into their closets in the hopes of discovering a wonderful realm.
7. Jesse Owens won his first gold medal on a Monday.
Jesse Owens was a track and field athlete from the United States who rose to international prominence during the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. On August 3, 1936, he won the first of his four gold medals in the 100 metre dash, 200 metre dash, long jump, and four-by-four 100 metre relay.
8. On a Monday, segregation became unlawful.
Segregation in public schools was declared illegal by the Supreme Court on May 17, 1954, breaking the “separate but equal” doctrine that had been in existence since 1896, and resulting in enormous opposition from white Americans who were devoted to racial injustice.
President Eisenhower ordered US forces to forcibly desegregate schools, and to escort pupils of colour into schools for their own safety, as a direct result of these events.
9. The first kisses were created on a Monday by Hershey Chocolate Company.
Hershey’s famous chocolate kisses are known to almost everyone on the planet. The Hershey’s chocolate kisses, one of the most popular chocolates and a popular Valentine’s Day gift, were initially produced on Monday, July 1st, 1907.
10. Monday was the day that the Titanic sank.
The Titanic, a luxury British passenger ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg in the early morning of Monday, April 15, 1912. It was one of the deadliest peacetime maritime tragedies in history, with almost 1500 people lost.
11. Streaming video site YouTube was established on a Monday in 2005.
The Youtube platform, which we now can’t imagine our lives without, was originally made available to the public on February 14th, 2005. YouTube has grown so ingrained in 21st-century culture that it’s impossible to recall a time when it wasn’t available. Its presence in everyone’s daily lives has only risen and extended since then.