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February 9th - Featuring G.I. Joe Freebies!

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies
Image: New York National Guard, by Tearle Ashby on Flickr
February 9th is... G.I. Joe's Birthday (1964), National Bagels and Lox Day/Bagel Day, National Toothache Day, Hershey's Chocolate founded (1894), Read in the Bathtub Day, Stop Bullying Day, The Beatles Appear on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964), National Develop Alternative Vices Day/National DAV Day, National Pizza Pie Day/National Pizza Day, Gwyl Mabsant, International Purple Hijab Day, Chocolate Day (India), Fugu Day (Japan), Meat Day (Japan), Feast Day of St. Maron (Lebanon), Feast of Apollo, St. Apollonia's Day
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Image: The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994 Third Edition, by Mark Bellomo (Author). Publisher: Krause Publications; Third edition (November 20, 2018)
G.I. Joe's Birthday (1964)
-- G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by the toy company Hasbro on February 9, 1964. The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Soldier (U.S. Army), Action Sailor (U.S. Navy), Action Pilot (USAF), and Action Marine (USMC). The term G.I. stands for Government Issue and became a generic term for U.S. soldiers (predating the action figures), especially ground forces.
Read: The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994
-- The rewards found collecting G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero! – are abundant. But be prepared. Like any good soldier, you'll want to enter the fray well armed. The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe, 1982-1994, 3rd edition documents with pictures, words, details inside intel and secondary market values for every G.I. Joe character, vehicle, playset, accessory and weapon system – as well as easily lost pieces for each – in this vintage run.
February 9th -  Featuring G.I. Joe Freebies!G.I. Joe Exclusive -- Celebrate the history of G.I. Joe Action Figures with this authentic reproduction of a 1964 GI Joe Figure. It comes in a reproduction box. The figure is a 1/6 scale (12 inches tall) figure. The figure comes with a reproduction of the original manual. The figure is articulated and poseable just like the original GI Joe figure.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - The Complete First Series -- Yo Joe! G.I. Joe is the code name for America's highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless organization determined to rule the world! In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his — and her — own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years.
G.I. Joe Coloring and Activity Books

Image: G.I. Joe: Classics #1 | Kindle and comiXology | by Larry Hama (Author), Herb Trimpe (Illustrator). Publisher: IDW (December 31, 2008)

Amazon Freebies:
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Free G.I. Joe games
Listen to G.I. Joe LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited
Watch G.I. Joe Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime
Listen to G.I. Joe Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
The G.I. Joe Rolodex: The Digital File Card Repository
G.I. Joe Coloring Pages | AllKidsNetwork
Free Printable Coloring Pages GI Joe Coloring Pages | EducationalColoringPages
• G.I. Joe Character Sheets
Free Printable GI Joe Coloring Pages | BestColoringPagesForKids
GI Joe Valentine card for kids
Destro G. I. Joe Paper Toy
Creating Diorama Walls From Foam
• G.I. Joe Papercrafts
G.I. Joe Coloring Pages | ColoringPages101

National Bagels and Lox Day/Bagel Day
- The day honors a version of the traditional Jewish bread which is topped with topped with thinly sliced cured salmon. The earliest mention of bagels dates to 1610 in Poland and the earliest record of cured fish dates back to ancient Rome. It's unknown when the two foods were first put together, but the art of the combination has excelled in no other place like the Americas.
National Toothache Day
- Celebrate this day by learning or reviewing the cause of a toothache and tooth decay. Pass this education along to your kids. If you have a toothache today, by all means, call your dentist.
Hershey's Chocolate founded (1894)
- Hershey's is one of the oldest chocolate companies in the United States and an American icon for its chocolate bar. It is one of a group of companies established by Milton Hershey. Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which is also home to Hershey's Chocolate World. It was founded by Milton S. Hershey on February 9, 1894, as the Hershey Chocolate Company, a subsidiary of his Lancaster Caramel Company.
Read in the Bathtub Day
- Spend this cold winter day in a nice warm tub enjoying a good novel. What book will YOU be reading?
The Beatles Appear on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964)
- British pop phenomenon the Beatles began the British Invasion of America on February 9, 1964, with their appearance on America's top television variety show. The Beatles performed five songs before a screaming studio audience of 728. The estimated viewership for that night's show was 73 million people —- making it the most-viewed US TV program in history up to that time.

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