How World Emoji Day Has Secretly Been on Your Calendar for Years
You might have a few texts to send after reading this.
Happy World Emoji Day!
There’s an emoji for almost everything—even World Emoji Day. July 17 commemorates the 1,907 little images that have transformed text communication. But today, we have to scroll past the Oxford Dictionaries Word of 2015 (the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji, of course) to get to the subtle World Emoji Day hint.
In the notepad and calendar emoji, you will find “July 17,” honoring the international holiday.
“July 17 is famously displayed on the iOS Calendar Emoji, which is why we chose it as the date for World Emoji Day,” Emojipedia wrote in a blog post on worldemojiday.com.
And that’s not the only place you’ve probably seen “July 17.” Apple premiered the iCal feature at the Macworld Expo on July 17, 2002, and you can still see it on the icon when you download the Solunar calendar. Google Android 7.1 also displays July 17 for its calendar emoji. The date is also featured on the latest versions of Mozilla’s Firefox OS. Twitter used to have July 15 (the day it launched back in 2006) displayed on its calendar emoji, but the most recent update now shows March 21.
Feeling a little mind-blown after hearing all of that? Lucky for us, the release of Unicode version 10.0 last month came with an emoji to match that specific reaction.
The other 55 new emoji include starry-eyed, secret-keeping, cursing, and vomiting smileys, bearded men, breastfeeding women, and a selection of mermaids, fairies, genies, wizards and witches. According to Emojipedia, the updates are set to debut on iPhone, Android, and more some time this year.