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August 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning internet users. Today is Monday, August 1st. Today’s holidays are:

World Wide Web Day

Although World Wide Web Day was listed as a holiday in two of my three primary sources, I could not verify that this is actually a holiday or the reason August 1st is significant in the development of the world wide web. The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, as a way for him to communicate with co-workers via hyperlinks. The only significant dates concerning the www that I could find are August 6, 1991, when the internet as we know it today was created; and  April 30, 1993, when the developers of the www announced that the www was public domain and made it available to the public free of charge. Has it really been just 25 years since the internet was created? It seems like it has been around much longer.
So, today you can just celebrate the fact that you are able to read these “Today is” posts from a variety of different platforms and devices virtually anywhere in the world. Now, when you’re finished reading this BLOG, you can return to your cat videos and perusing pictures of your friends’ lunch…thanks to Mr.Berners-Lee.

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. It is historically observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is traditionally observed on 1 August, or approximately halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. It is a quasi-religious holiday which pays tribute to Lugh (the Celtic God of the harvest) for the bountiful harvest.
NOTE: In recent years, many regions have broken tradition and now observe Lughnasadh on the Sunday nearest August 1st.
Lughnasadh is also known as Lammas.

National Girlfriends Day

Don’t worry guys, you didn’t commit a faux pas and forget a holiday that is significant to your girlfriend. WHEW! National Girlfriends Day refers to your girlfriend’s lifelong female friends.
So ladies, Where would you be without your girlfriends and gal pals? Today, take a moment to step back and appreciate these lifelong friends. Girlfriends are the women who you can always depend on. Whether you call them to share exciting news, to have a shoulder to cry on, or to just hang out, your girlfriends are always there for you. That’s why there is an entire day dedicated to these friends, sisters, mothers, and daughters. They are all essential parts of your lives.
To celebrate this holiday ladies, get together with some of your closest girlfriends and spend some quality time. Go to a wine tasting, head to the beach, or plan a “girls night out”.

US Air Force Day

US Air Force Day does not, as you might expect, celebrate the creation of our ‘modern day’ Air Force. The Air Force that we all know today (and in which some of us served) was created on September 18, 1947. This US Air Force Day celebrates the date in 1907 when the Aeronautical Division in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army was first established. From the early days of military aviation when pilots were sent up in aircraft with a hand-held camera to photograph enemy positions, to the technologically advanced ‘modern day’ weapons delivery systems, the United States has always been a pioneer in the use aviation for military purposes.
This holiday pays tribute to the Army Air Corps (and the United States Air Force) in all of its incarnations throughout the decades.

Rounds Resounding Day

Rounds Resounding Day celebrates “singing in the round” where one person begins a song, then a bar or two later, another person begins singing the same song from the beginning, and so on, and so on, and so on. A good example of this is the song “Row Row Row Your Boat” which is often sung “in the round”.
To celebrate this holiday, gather your family around this evening and sing a few old standards “in the round”.

Spiderman Day

There is little information available on this holiday. In my research, the only information I could glean as to why this date is Spiderman Day is that this date marks the anniversary of the date of his first appearance; in the Marvel Comics series, Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962).
Oh well, for you gen Xers and millennials, the history of Spiderman dates back much farther than the recent trilogy of Spiderman movies.
Spiderman is a fictional character created in 1962 by writer/editor Stan Lee and writer/artist Steve Ditko. “Spidey” (Peter Parker) has evolved over the years; from the shy, nerdy high school student, to the troubled but outgoing college student, to the married high school teacher to (in the late 2000s) a single freelance photographer.
To celebrate this holiday, read a few Spiderman Comics, or watch one of the Spiderman movies.

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Raspberries are in season now, and what better way to enjoy some than in a Raspberry Cream Pie. These pies are easy to make. Simply buy a pre-made Oreo or Graham Cracker crust (or make your own), make a vanilla cream filling (either from a package or from scratch), and top it with plenty of raspberries and copious amounts of whipped cream; and ta-dah, instant YUM!! If the raspberries are from your own garden, all the better.

International Childfree Day

National Minority Donor Awareness Day

Respect for Parents Day

World Lung Cancer Day

Yorkshire Day

On this date in:

  • 1619 – The first black American slaves (20) arrived at Jamestown, VA.
  • 1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.
  • 1790 – The first United States census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
  • 1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill.
  • 1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA.
  • 1876 – Colorado became the 38th state.
  • 1893 – Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.
  • 1946 – The Atomic Energy Commission was established.
  • 1953 – The first aluminum-faced building was completed. It was the first of its type in America.
  • 1956 – The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.
  • 1957 – The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.
  • 1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened.
  • 1976 – The Seattle Seahawks played their first (preseason) game. The Seahawks lost 27-20 to the San Francisco 49ers.
  • 1978 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) ended his streak of hitting in 44 consecutive games.
  • 1993 – Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
  • 2006 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.

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