Cryptoconomy Holiday Calendar
An ongoing list & details of the most epic moments in the history of Bitcoin & the Cryptoconomy. Cypherpunks don’t celebrate pointless traditional holidays, they celebrate *Bitcoin* holidays!
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January 3rd, 2009
Bitcoin’s Birthday! [Proof-of-keys🔑]
The Genesis Block is mined by Satoshi Nakamoto. This is the official birth of the Bitcoin Blockchain.
In honor of the birth and independent nature of the Bitcoin protocol, a movement was started by Trace Mayer, a true Bitcoin OG, to mark January 3rd, Bitcoin’s birthday, as “Proof-of-Keys Day.” In an effort to end the fraudulent practice of fractional reserve in Bitcoin & crypto exchanges, Proof of keys is an annual community driven “bank run” to withdraw all Bitcoin deposits and force exchanges to put their bitcoin where there mouth is.
January 8th, 2017
Lightning Pay Day
The first real purchase over the Lightning Network was sent on this day in 2018 for a TorGuard VPN subscription.
Celebrate by buying something using the Lightning Network today! (like this calendar 😜)
January 11th, 2009
Genesis Transaction Day
The first transaction ever broadcast over the Bitcoin network was sent by Satoshi Nakamoto to Hal Finney, on this day in 2009.
On this day in 2009, Hal Finney received the very first Bitcoin transaction ever posted to the blockchain. 10 BTC were sent by Satoshi Nakamoto. The coins were mined in the coinbase of Bitcoin Block #9, and sent to Hal in Block #170.
January 14th, 2016
Lightning Whitepaper Day
Official release of the Lightning Network Whitepaper by Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja.
On this day in 2016 The Lightning Network Whitepaper was released, representing the first proposed solution allowing for perpetual, bi-directional payment channels that could be used to build a network. The conceptual beginning of the Bitcoin/Lightning protocol stack.
January 27th, 2011
Silk Road Day
The day that The Silk Road marketplace went live on the dark web. A proof of concept for Bitcoin's independence, censorship resistance, and pseudonymity.
Launch day of The Silk Road online darknet marketplace. This was the first market that essentially proved the value proposition of Bitcoin’s independent and censorship resistant nature. Behind the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, Ross Ulbricht created the “ebay for illicit goods” as a libertarian experiment, demonstrating to the world the true power of decentralized digital currency.
#FreeRoss – No one should spend their life in prison for running a website where people voluntarily exchanged goods. Sign the petition & share his story until Ross breaths free air.
February 18th, 2018
Lightning Pizza Day
8 years after buying pizza with the first real world BTC purchase, Lazlo Hanyecz returns to buy pizza over the Lightning Network
8 years after making the first real world transaction in Bitcoin by exchanging 10,000 BTC for 2 pizzas, Laszlo Hanyecz buys another 2 pizzas with the Lightning Network in one of the earliest real world transactions using Lightning.
Pizza for dinner!
February 24th, 2013
The Death of MtGox | Roger Shame day
On this day in 2013 MtGox, the largest BTC exchange in the world, went offline due to insolvency
In one of the most spectacular failures of Bitcoin’s history, MtGox, the world’s largest exchange at the time, officially goes offline due to insolvency. An undetected leak resulted in the theft of 744,408 BTC. It is the largest theft of Bitcoin ever, and will likely never be surpassed due to the incredible expansion of the industry ever since.
Roger Ver (a trusted bitcoin community leader at the time) publicly defended & ensured customers they could safely store their bitcoins with MtGox just weeks before they lost everything. Contributing significantly to the number of those with losses. #NeverForget
This and related events at the time are where the motto, “Not your keys, not your coins” found its origins.
The death of MtGox was followed by the first multi-year bear market in Bitcoin’s history.
• Confirm your backups and make sure you are in total control of your keys. Celebrate by taking a few hours to rest easy knowing none of your bitcoins’ security is dependent on the honesty of Roger Ver.
March 3rd, 2017
Gold Parity Day
On this day in 2017, 1 bitcoin surpassed the price of 1 oz of gold for the first time
On this day in 2017, 1 bitcoin surpassed the price of 1 Oz of gold for the first time, bringing a new meaning to the epithet “Digital Gold.” Not to be confused with the future “Gold Market Cap Day” in which the market capitalization of the entire Bitcoin network matches the market cap of the world’s Gold supply.
• Celebrate with some Goldschläger
March 12th, 2013
24 Block Rollback
After a bug was exposed between versions 0.7 and 0.8 of the Bitcoin reference client, a fast response from the developers, community, miners, and services orchestrated a rollback of 24 blocks, preventing a split in the Bitcoin network.
On this day in 2013, an undiscovered discrepancy between the 0.7 and recently released 0.8 versions of the reference client caused an unintentional hard fork (a network split). After a storm of discussion and organizing by developers, the community, services, and miners, a consensus on rolling back to 0.7 was reached and over many hours 24 blocks were painstakingly re-mined to orphan the forked chain and bring the network back into consensus.
The Bitcoin network successfully defended against its first major consensus break.
• Take at least 24 minutes out of the day to review some bitcoin code, and/or learn at least one new thing about Bitcoin code and how it works. The more eyes and expertise we have in the ecosystem, the stronger and more resilient Bitcoin is.
March 28th, 2013
The Billion Dollar Day
The market cap of the entire Bitcoin network surpassed $1 Billion on this day.
April 18th, 2011
Altcoin Genesis Day
The first altcoin, Namecoin, mined its genesis block on this day in 2011.
On this day in 2011, Namecoin, the first altcoin (a modified copy of the Bitcoin software to create a new currency & network for some alternative utility) mined its genesis block. Namecoin was an attempt at creating a decentralized DNS chain and was later the first real world example demonstrating the security risks of a smaller blockchain network using the same PoW algorithm as Bitcoin. Even though it still took a few more years before the altcoin craze reached its peak, this marked the beginning of thousands of altcoin experiments attempting to apply “blockchain technology” to every problem or market imagineable.
May 2nd, 2013
Bitcoin ATM Day
The very first Bitcoin ATM went live on this day in San Diego, California
Marking the announcement of the first live Bitcoin ATM unveiled in San Diego, California in 2013. During a time when Bitcoin was intensely fringe and thought of as mostly a nerdy toy, this marked the beginning of it becoming a part of the legacy financial infrastructure.
May 22nd, 2010
Bitcoin Pizza Day
The first real world purchase in bitcoin was done by Lazlo Hanyecz in the amount of 10,000 bitcoins for 2 supreme pizzas.
The first real world transcation, & therefore the first ever market price for bitcoins, was made on this day in 2010 by developer Laszlo Hanyecz by exchanging 10,000 bitcoins for 2 pizzas.
As far as I can tell the toppings were tomato slices, green peppers, onions, pepperoni, salami, olives, & sausage
• Buy a pizza with Bitcoin today.
• You can also retreive the transaction details on your full node. It can be found in block # 57044 with the TXID:
May 23rd, 2017
NY Disagreement Day
The "New York Agreement" was reached on this day in 2017 that began the fork wars in earnest with the initiation of the SegWit2X proposal.
On this day in 2017, at the height of the Blocksize Wars, a select group of powerful miners, businesses, and figures in the Bitcoin industry under an intiative by the Digital Currency Group, had a meeting that later came to be called the “New York Agreement.” They believed that their combined market, hashing, and social power allowed them to make the decision to unilaterally push a hard fork to increase the Bitcoin blocksize despite virtually no support from the large development community and a significant portion of Bitcoin’s user base.
This was the official beginning of what was called the SegWit2X proposal and the first major attempt to change the consensus rules of the network through dominance of the hash power. After the success of the UASF, support dwindled as the deadline came closer, and the lack of developer support & talent resulted in a major bug causing the forked network to immediately grind to a halt upon execution due to an “off-by-one” bug. The SegWit2X chain never produced a block.
• Celebrate by committing to something at the beginning of the day, and then back out at the last minute
June 12th, 2011
The Great Bitcoin Bubble of 2011
The price of 1 Bitcoin peaked at $31.91 during the 2011 bubble before taking the sharpest fall in its history.
Beginning on this day in 2011, the Bitcoin price peaked during the major price bubble, but the first to truly put Bitcoin on the map. Immediately following its peak at $31.91 the price began plummeting, resulting in the largest percentage price decline in Bitcoin’s history. Within just a handful of days, the price had fallen to nearly $1.
• HODL. Celebrate by not spending any Bitcoin today. If you have earned one already by hodling through an extended bear market, proudly display your Bitcoin Bear Market Badge.
July 31st, 2013
This day marks the beginning of the first ever "utility token" ICO, called Mastercoin (later rebranded as Omni). It turns out utility tokens have no utility, and unfortunately are all just a bunch of shitcoins. 😄
This day marks the day of the very first “ICO,” The Mastercoin project, later rebranded to Omni. Sold as a “utility token,” its value was supposed to be based on the use of its platform which later faciliatated the issuance of “Tethers,” the most successful USD stablecoin. But the “utility token” value proposition never worked out, there was never any need to use the token (in fact, it was merely a barrier) and the protocol functions were entirely separate from the tokens value.
Omni was arguably one of the most successful alternative platforms that still facilitates enormous value transfers in tUSD every day. Even pioneering the idea of wrapped assets inside of the Bitcoin OP_RETURN field, using Bitcoin’s settlement rather than an entirely new network and blockchain. Yet none of that value was captured by their token, which was simply an extra, pointless element in the design. It was eventually tossed out for being what it was, a nuisance.
So despite being one of the most successful “utility tokens” out there, today it is essentially worthless. Mastercoin teaches us the economic reality of the ICO token craze. Attempting to capture the value in a token that has no engineering reason to exist, will lead to the same result. In the end, they are all a bunch of shitcoins.
August 1st, 2017
Bitcoin Independence Day
The official end of the Blocksize Wars.
On this day in 2017, after years of an exhausting and vicious Blocksize debate and a failure to reach any real support for a specific consensus rule change, the UASF (user activated soft fork) community movement successfully implemented one of the most important upgrades to the Bitcoin protocol that directed its future development. This was done in direct opposition to a large conglomerate group consisting of all of the largest network mining pools, and a significant group of the largest businesses in the ecosystem.
The SegWit2x Business & Mining Group met in private with the explicit intent, despite a clear lack of agreement among the community and developers, to force a consensus breaking alteration to the Bitcoin protocol. Boasting the support of 95% of the hash power, they threatened attacks and the inevitable death of anyone who continued the original chain without downloading their altered software. Per their dominant hash rate, they essentially held hostage a broadly supported and backwards compatible improvement (SegWit), to force the community to also implement a contentious and non-compatible change at the same time (2X). This included threats that there would be only one chain, with only the S2X rules, and the other would be attacked, and the developers would be “fired” for not going along.
Unfortunately for them, business market share and hash power does not control the consensus rules. This is determined by the network of full nodes and the users behind them, that declare exactly what rules, the ONLY rules, that they will accept as true bitcoins. “An Impenetrable Fortress of Validation.” -@stopanddecrypt
Instead of downloading the SegWit2X client, an “intolerant minority” of the Bitcoin community created their own client, in which they signalled a specific date when they would activate SegWit with or without miner support. Miners could either accept Segwit or not, but no other change would be installed on their nodes (I was a proud operator of a UASF node). Essentially, the user community challenged the SegWit2X business+mining group’s claim that they had unilateral decision making power over the network and protocol, because of their hash power dominance. It became a game of chicken, the miners and top businesses, versus the users of the network. As it became clear the UASF community would stay the course to whatever end, figuratively putting a brick on the gas pedal and breaking off the steering wheel, the conviction of the S2X opposition began to falter. Signatories began to quietly back out, and miners stopped making public statements, while support for the UASF continued to grow unabated. It was slowly becoming more clear that without the network of validating nodes, “altering the rules” was going to look a lot more like “evicting themselves from the network and mining an altcoin.” The unshakable conviction & viral growth of the UASF movement turned out to be impossible to ignore. With the tide against them, just 2 weeks before the final date, the entire S2X project was abandoned.
With a small group of S2X supporters deciding to still push the change, the conviction & concerns of the UASF was vindicated. The endlessly touted “simple” and “minor” alteration to the rules in the S2X client turned out to have a protocol breaking bug and they were never able to produce even a single block.
Shortly after the UASF activation, Bitmain, Roger Ver & Co (major players in the S2X push) forked their own coin, Bitcoin Cash (Bcash), removing segwit and implementing 8MB blocks. Even though the debate continues in some corners of social media, this day marked the official end of the Blocksize Wars.
• Run a node
• This day deserves fireworks!
August 8th, 2017
SegWit Lock-in Day
Segregated Witness is officially locked in by the UASF client on the Bitcoin network.
One week following the USAF flag day Segwit was officially locked-in and would be automatically activated by the software following a grace period. This was the official no-turning-back point for the most significant and hard fought upgrade in Bitcoin’s history.
August 23rd, 2017
SegWit activated on Bitcoin mainnet at block height 481,824 at 1:57 UTC. the SegWit soft fork was a success!
August 28th, 2014
RIP Hal Finney.
On this day in 2014 Hal Finney, skilled developer, creator of the first reuseable proof-of-work, true cypherpunk, regular contributer to the original mailing list, the second person to run the Bitcoin software, and recipient of the very first Bitcoin transaction, passed away after years of fighting ALS.
RIP Hal Finney, you will be missed.
“I’m comfortable with my legacy”
• A moment of silence, and a drink in Hal’s name. We never know when our time is up, ensure your keys can be accessed by your family and loved ones.
September 27th, 2012
Bitcoin Foundation Day
No one controls Bitcoin, Remember that on this day.
This day in 2012 marked the launch of “The Bitcoin Foundation” which sought to bring governance and decision making around Bitcoin into a central organization and process.
• Do not celebrate this day, use it as a reminder that no one controls Bitcoin. Make sure you are running a full node so you never have to concern yourself with decisions made by some self-proclaimed “Bitcoin Foundation.”
October 1st, 2013
Free Ross Day
Ross Ulbricht is captured and imprisoned for his role in creating the Silk Road website and given 2 life sentences for entirely non-violent crimes.
On October 1st 2013, Ross Ulbricht was captured and caged for his role in bringing about the Silk Road website. After a fascinating 2 year experiment, incredible controversy, and proof of the power of Bitcoin, the Silk Road website was officially shutdown. October 1st and 2nd mark the end of the Silk Road era, but the beginnings of an entirely new world.
We salute Ross for his epic place in Bitcoin’s story and the story of individual liberty.
In the future, this holiday will be amended from the day of Ross’s imprisonment, to the day he regains his freedom. Until then, October 1st will remind us of the injustice of destroying a life, over the existence of a website. #FreeRoss
October 31st, 2008
Bitcoin Whitepaper Day
Satoshi releases the Bitcoin Whitepaper to the cryptography mailing list, marking its official introduction into the world.
On Oct 31st, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto releases the Bitcoin Whitepaper to the Cryptography mailing list, marking the moment of Bitcoin’s conception and public reveal to the world.
November 1st, 1976
Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman release their proposal for a breakthrough in cryptographic communication. The first implementation of public/private key pairs for secure communication over public channels.
At the beginning of November in the year 1976 a paper was released to the world titled “New Directions in Cryptography” by Whitfield Diffie & Martin E. Hellman. Marking the first practical protocol for safely exchanging cryptographic keys over a public channel. Initially conceptualized by Ralph Merkle, and then actualized in the Diffie-Hellman key exchange. The public/private key model was a breakthrough that drastically changed the power and accessibility of cryptographic communication. It is at the very core of everything that makes Bitcoin possible.
• Post your public key somewhere online knowing that it enables anyone to have a private conversation with you, while never exposing yourself to any risk of unlocking the secret key. A toast to those, who without them, Bitcoin could not have lived.
November 7th, 2017
After the arrogance and disregard for the enormous group that refused to go along with their proposal, the SegWit2X supporters finally throw in the towel just a week before the date of activation.
After months of arguing and claims that the market & hash power dominance plus their refusal to implement replay protection, would make the SegWit2X chain the only chain to emerge after Bitcoin’s “Hash Power Death Spiral,” the 2X proposal was finally put to rest. When it became clear that their fork would simply create yet another altcoin and that their expectations of the original chain simply being abandoned to die were terribly misguided, the proposal was officially suspended in an email to the SegWit2X mailing list.
• Check to make sure your node is running strong, protecting you against anyone who would wish to send you Bitcoin under rules you have not explicitly agreed to.
November 11th, 2014
This is Gentlemen!
On this day in 2014, an overexcited Reddit user accidentally a word and unknowingly earned their place in the bizarre and hilarious history of Bitcoin culture.
November 15th, 2016
This day marks the first day of the BitConnect ICO which was without question the most entertaining & popcorn consuming scam produced in the 2016-2017 ICO bubble.
As the heat was rising in 2016 & 2017 with the seemingly endless explosion of altcoins, scams, and nonsensical “bananas on the blockchain” craze, the Bitconnect ICO was the crème de la crème, best of the best, and the who’s who of coin scams. A veritable “cherry on top” of the vast sea of complete garbage tokens. Nov 15th marks the first day of the Bitconnect ICO.
• Celebrate by getting completely #Rekt and have a dance party playing nothing but this song!
November 17th, 2017
S2X Failure to Launch Day
A group of miners decided to try to make the SegWit2X proposal work by continuing despite the abandonment those who spearheaded it. Unsurprisingly, the poorly reviewed and rushed code had a major bug, the S2X chain never produced a block.
After the proposal was suspended, a small group of miners still attempted to go through with the S2X fork but were never able to launch due to a development bug that prevented the network from producing blocks.
November 17th and the disastrous (or nonexistent) performance the SegWit2X client marked the vindication of the UASF movement, the rejection of S2X, and the endless debates on the risks of a rushed, unreviewed fork deployment.
#NO2X wasn’t one of multiple options, it was the only option. #NeverForget
December 18th, 2013
On this day in 2013 a very drunk user on the bitcointalk.org forums decided, against his better judgement, to make a post about why he wasn't selling despite the falling price... the rest is history.
On Dec 18th 2013, while the Bitcoin price was tumbling in its 3 major bear market, a drunken post on the BitcoinTalk forums made history. It spread like fire and in just a few days established its place as the most powerful and lasting meme in the world of Bitcoin. HODL!
• Get drunk and HODL!
“GF’s out at a lesbian bar, BTC crashing WHY AM I HOLDING? I’LL TELL YOU WHY…”