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Today is World Emoji Day: here’s how it all began 20 years ago

In a time when almost every day is some sort of a weird holiday, including such stand-outs as National Lumpy Rug Day and National Ampersand Day (yes, these do exist), would you be surprised to find out that there’s also World Emoji Day? Well, there is, and it’s celebrated today, on July 17.

So, why July 17? For the most meaningful of reasons, actually – the calendar emoji displays Jul 17, which is also the date that the iCal app was first shown off at MacWorld Expo in 2002, running on the groovy sunflower iMac G4. And although this makes sense — heck, it’s a good a …

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