Life Day 24151: Dog Day Afternoon

August 26, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, August 26, 2013.
Good morning dog lovers. The first holiday today is National Dog Day. National Dog Day Was created in 2004 by the National Dog Day Foundation with two goals in mind.
The first goal is to recognize all that our beloved canine companions do for us on a daily basis. From the ordinary household pet who gives us unconditional love, acts as a back-up alarm clock, and sometimes alerts us to danger; to the highly trained service animals, drug and explosive interdiction dogs, search and rescue dogs, and police and military dogs; dogs enrich our lives in so many ways and sometimes provide a valuable service to our communities.
The second goal of this holiday is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year.
Although National Dog Day is not truly a ‘national’ holiday (sanctioned by Congress), President George W. Bush, himself a dog owner/lover, did once send a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.
So, lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day for that matter. If another family pet is not an option, consider making a donation to one of your local dog rescue facilities.

The other holiday  today is Women’s Equality Day. I briefly touched on this holiday yesterday. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress.
In 1971, after much work, and at the urging of U.S. Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), Congress designated August 26 each year as “Women’s Equality Day.” This day was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. This amendment granted women the right to vote.  This was the culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups. Their efforts dated back to first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York.

The food-related holiday today is National Cherry Popsicle Day. We have covered other ‘popsicle’ days in this Blog before, but in case you missed them, here’s a quick “Popsicle 101” course for you. Don’t worry, there won’t be a test later.
According to legend, an eleven-year-old boy named Frank Epperson accidentally invented the popsicle in 1905. He was stirring up a soft drink when he got distracted and left the cup and the stirring stick out on his front porch overnight. The next morning he discovered a delicious frozen treat with a convenient stick handle.
Nowadays, popsicles are quite a fashionable dessert. Today we celebrate the classic cherry-flavored variety, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Gourmet popsicle shops turn out dozens of unique flavors—avocado, hibiscus, chai, cranberry cosmopolitan, cucumber-jalapeño, and many more.
To celebrate National Cherry Popsicle Day, make your own homemade popsicles. Team up with some friends to invent a totally unique flavor or put a twist on a classic. Make some for the kids; and a few “adult” popsicles for yourself. Just be sure to keep them separate!

On this date in 1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Also on this date in history:
55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”
1842 – The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
1873 – The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten.
1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
1947 – Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball.
1957 – The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out.
1981 – The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an anti aircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
1987 – The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. In the 81 year history of the company, they had previously only sold their products door to door.
1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
And, in 1998 – The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Lee de Forest 1873 – Inventor.
Albert Sabin 1906 – Medical researcher.
Jim Davis 1909 – Actor.
Mother Teresa 1910 – Religious icon.
Irving R. Levine 1922 – Journalist.
Jan Clayton 1925 – Actress.
Ben Wattenberg 1933 – Commentator, author.
Geraldine Ferraro 1935 – Politician.
Vic Dana 1942 – Singer, dancer.
Bob Cowsill 1949 – Singer.
Michael Jeter 1952 – Actor.
Brett Cullen 1956 – Actor.
Alex Trevino 1957 – Baseball player.
Branford Marsalis 1960 – Bandleader.
Chris Burke 1965 – Actor.
And finally, Macaulay Culkin 1980 – Actor.





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