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July 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning readers.  Today is Saturday, July 30th. Today’s holidays are:

Paperback Book Day

Paperback Book Day celebrates the date when Penguin Books published its first paperback books on July 30, 1935. There were other forms of paperback books published earlier (dime novels, penny dreadfuls, and pulp magazines for example), but none with any great success. Penguin’s cheap reprints of popular books quickly became immensely popular. This was at the height of “the depression” when money was scarce, and people needed a form of cheap entertainment. Radio was in its heyday, but not everyone could afford one, so they sought other ways to alleviate their boredom, and paperback books filled this niche nicely.
Even with audio books, electronic books, and e-book readers increasing in popularity, paperback books are still popular; as evidenced by E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” which sold over a million copies in just 11 weeks. To celebrate this holiday, visit your local library or bookstore and pick up a new paperback book, then find the time to read a few chapters.

International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2011 to foster  the idea that friendships can inspire peace efforts and bring communities together. These friendships can be between individuals, countries, or cultures. This holiday encourages community groups and government organizations to hold public events and activities that promote this sense of friendship and understanding.
The friendships you have made throughout your life have had a great impact on who you are as a person today. Take time today to truly appreciate the friends in your life and spend time with  them — or, better yet, try to make some new friends.

Father-in-Law Day

Father-in-Law Day is dedicated to your wife’s (or husband’s) father. Mothers-in-Law always get a bad rap, but you rarely hear anything, good or bad, about fathers-in-law. The reason is perhaps they’re content to stay on the sidelines and mind their own business, neither offering nor inviting criticism. Even if they are a bit curmudgeonly at times, fathers-in-law deserve a little recognition. To celebrate this holiday, spend some time with your father-in-law today. Take him to lunch or dinner at his favorite restaurant, or invite him over and prepare his favorite meal for him.

National Cheesecake Day

Some form of cheesecake has been around since the ancient Greeks first served it to the athletes in the Olympic games in 776 B.C. The early versions were probably just a form of cake with cheese mixed in. Thankfully, over the centuries, it has evolved into the rich, sweet, calorie-laden, high cholesterol dessert we know and love today. There are dozens of versions and varieties of cheesecakes available these days; plain, or with toppings. So why not indulge yourself with a slice of your favorite kind  for dessert tonight to celebrate this holiday.

National Dance Day

National Support Public Education Day

On this date in:

  • 1619 – The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. It was called the House of Burgesses.
  • 1729 – The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland
  • 1898 – “Scientific America” carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH.
  • 1932 – Walt Disney’s “Flowers and Trees” premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
  • 1937 – The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor.
  • 1942 – The WAVES were created by legislation signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
  • 1945 – The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
  • 1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the national motto of the United States.
  • 1965 – President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.
  • 1968 – Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years.
  • 1974 – The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.
  • 1990 – In Spring Hill, TN, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
  • 2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line.

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