International Safety Pin Day

International Safety Pin Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 10th of April. Although people don’t often give much thought to safety pins, they are actually an important tool. They are normally used for mending torn or ripped clothing, or for attaching ribbons to a jacket, but can also be used for a variety of other purposes.

They can be clipped to a zipper to make it easier to pull up, can be used to remove leftover garlic from a garlic press, or can be used to secure a bandage in place. They can also be used for a variety of other purposes. They are multifunctional tools that deserve some recognition, which is why this holiday was created in the first place.

The History of International Safety Pin Day

We are unsure of exactly when this holiday was created or who created it, but we do know why it has been placed on April 10th. This is the date when Walter Hunt obtained a patent for his version of the safety pin in 1849.

According to legend, he invented it after he was pressured to pay back a $15 debt, which is over $400 in today’s money. So he patented the safety pin and promptly sold the patent for $400. That allowed him to pay off the debt and put a little bit of change in his pocket.

Some Important Facts About Safety Pins

Let’s go over some of the facts that we uncovered about safety pins. Yes, we know that some people are probably wondering what facts we could have possibly uncovered about safety pins, but trust us when we say there’s a lot to be said about these little pieces of metal. With that said, let’s take a look at the following safety pin facts and revel in their glory.

  • During the 1970s, safety pins were commonly worn by those who enjoyed punk fashion.
  • It’s believed that the ancestor of the safety pin was invented by the ancient Greeks. It was known as a fibula and was used as a brooch.
  • Safety pins are usually made out of stainless steel, but they can also be made out of brass.

Observing International Safety Pin Day

This is the perfect day for people to learn about safety pins, buy some safety pins, or do creative things with safety pins such as making a piece of art. It’s also a good day to use the hashtag #InternationalSafetyPinDay to spread the word about this marvelous product and its many, many uses.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 10 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
April 10 Thursday
Last year (2023)
April 10 Monday
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