🌍Guinness World Record Day 2023: History and Facts

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Do you know how many records are mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records? Let me do the math. Currently, the book holds the names of more than 40,000 world records in numerous fields. Guinness World Records Day is annually observed in November. The Guinness World Records Day 2023 will be celebrated on 17th November to honour all the world record holders listed in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records.’ 

The Guinness Book of World Records first edition was published in 1955 in London and within a year, became the number one-selling book in the world. The publishing of this book marked the beginning of the Guinness World Record Day each year. Let’s explore more about this day and how it can motivate others in their domains.

EventGuinness World Record Day
Started In2004
Date17th November 2023
Idea About the BookSir Hugh Beaver
Official Websitehttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/

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Source – Wikipedia


Sir Huge Beaver, the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, came up with the idea to create a book with a list of all the world records and the names of the record holders. In 1951, he was in Ireland where he was watching the fastest-game bird. In 1953, two of his subordinates, Ross McWhirter and Norris were commissioned by him to London. It was in London that they compiled the Guinness Book of Records and established its office.

Guinness Book of Records First Edition consisted of a total of 198 pages and was made available to the public during Christmas. In 1956, it was launched in the USA, where it sold more than 70,000 copies within a year.

This unique idea of keeping all the records in a single place was accepted by readers all over the world and the Guinness World Records became an international authority for keeping records of all types; whether it’s an official sport or not. 

In 1976, the Guinness Book of World Records Museum was established in the Empire State Building, New York where all the records were listed. Currently, the Guinness Book of World Records lists more than 40,000 records in multiple fields. 

Source – Guinness World Records

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Guinness World Records Day 2023 Activities

The Guinness World Records Day activities offer individuals, organizations, and communities to get involved in fun and exciting record-breaking activities. These activities can range into different categories, depending on the individual’s interests and preferences. Here are some of the fun and healthy activities which you can organise on this Guinness World Records Day.

  • Select an activity which makes you excited and where you can challenge yourself.
  • Try to push yourself to perform better and make sure to record your performance.
  • You can start by reading about the records listed in the book, which you can easily find on the internet.
  • If you are a student, encourage yourself and your mates to participate in record-breaking attempts at school. Doing so can be a great way to promote teamwork and school spirit while creating a memorable experience for the students.
  • If you are more into indoor activities rather than outdoor, you can indulge in virtual gaming, as it is one of the fastest emerging platforms for youngsters.
  • You can take the help of social media by creating an online campaign to encourage people to attempt record-breaking challenges at home and share their experiences online. 
  • If you are someone who is highlight motivated about this day, make sure to use this day as an opportunity to raise awareness about important social issues.

Interesting Facts About GWR

There are multiple interesting facts about The Guinness World Record Book. This book of records has evolved from various multimedia elements, from videos and interactive content, making it more engaging and accessible to a modern audience. Below we have listed some of the interesting facts about the Guinness Book of Records:

  • The first edition of this book was published in 1955 and was given for free to settle disputes in pubs over various trivia questions.
  • It is the third best-selling book in the world after the Bible and Quran.
  • In 2008, a video game was released which was inspired by this book.
  • This book has been translated into over 40 languages, making it accessible to a wide international audience.
  • This book is annually updated and published with new records being added and existing records being updated to reflect the latest achievements and accomplishments.

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Q1. When do we observe Guinness World Record Day?

A1. There is no fixed date to observe Guinness World Record Day. This day is annually observed in November. The Guinness World Record Day 2023 will be observed on 17th November.

Q2. What are some interesting facts about Guinness Book Records?

A2. The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records was sold for free; it is translated into more than 40 languages; in 1975, the Guinness Game of World Records launched by Toys U.K. became the first licensed product of G.W.R.

Q3. Which are the most popular records in the Guinness Book of Records?

A3. The most popular records in the Guinness Book of Records are the Most Career Goals in Football, Shortest Living Women, Widest Mouth Stretch, Highest Vehicle Milage, etc.

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