With advances in technology, penmanship has become somewhat of a lost art. National Handwriting Day intends to keep the history and influence of this very important skill alive. Here are a few fun facts about this special day.
- National Handwriting Day was established in 1977.
- It is celebrated annually on January 23, John Hancock's birthday.
- The founding father is famous for his iconic signature on the Declaration of Independence.
- In the United States, the saying "put your John Hancock here" is synonymous with "put your signature here."
- The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) created it as a response to the decline of required penmanship classes for school children. It would continue to decline as focus shifted to typing and computer skills.