Buffalo Soldiers Day

July 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Thursday, July 28th. The holidays today are:

Buffalo Soldiers Day

Buffalo Soldiers Day commemorates the formation on this date in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. But it was not until after the war that permanent all-black regiments were established, maintaining the United States armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to construct roads and trails.
A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier,” with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s as the armed forces embraced integration.
In 1992 Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is held on July 28th each year to provide an international focus for patient groups and people living with viral hepatitis. This holiday was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. In May 2010 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution which provides an official endorsement of World Hepatitis Day.

National Milk Chocolate Day

Rejoice chocoholics, National Milk Chocolate Day legitimizes your addiction to chocolate. It affords you the opportunity to indulge your cravings without guilt or social stigma.
Milk chocolate differs from other chocolates because it is a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, this sweet treat is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts.
Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide, both of which actually have mood-enhancing benefits. That’s right, chocolate can make you happy, so have some milk chocolate today – it’ll put a smile on your face.

National Hamburger Day

It should surprise no one that hamburger is made from ground beef and not ham. People worldwide have been eating minced or ground meat for millennia, but although it is still being debated, hamburger is thought by many food historians to have originated in Hamburg, Germany a couple of centuries ago.
The hamburger we know and love today, the beef patty and the bun, is a wholly American creation. It is believed to have first been served on this date in 1900 at Louis’ Lunch diner in New Haven, Connecticut, which is the reason National Hamburger Day is celebrated today.
Americans love their hamburgers, and they are a summertime staple at cookouts and barbecues across the fruited plain. Despite that fact, we still eat more burgers in restaurants – either fast-food or sit-down restaurants – than we do at home.
The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921. And, the largest hamburger ever created weighed over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.

National Chili Dog Day

As a part of National Hot Dog Month, National Chili Dog Day is always celebrated on the last Thursday in July. Chili dogs are a basically a hot dog topped with chili (duh!) They are a popular summertime treat and are traditionally topped with cheese, onions, and occasionally with hot sauce. But don’t let tradition restrict your imagination — You’re the supervisor of your spiced up sausage.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And during the month of July, 10% of the annual retail hot dogs sales occur.
So, enjoy a chili dog (or two) today.

National Refreshment Day – Fourth Thursday in July

World Nature Conservation Day

On this date in:

  • 1866 – The metric system was legalized by Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States. [Authorized…but obviously not adopted].
  • 1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment guaranteed due process of law.
  • 1896 – The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.
  • 1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
  • 1932 – Federal troops forcibly dispersed the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until 1945.
  • 1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were approved by the House of Representatives.
  • 1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.
  • 1965 – President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
  • 1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the United States to ban handguns.
  • 1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.
  • 2006 – Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era.

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