Dinosaurs Day

August 2, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of prehistoric reptiles. Today is Tuesday, August 2nd. The holidays today are:

Dinosaurs Day

The study of dinosaurs began in earnest in the mid-19th century. In 1842, paleontologist Richard Owen coined the term dinosaur, derived from the Greek deinos, meaning “terrible” or “fearfully great,” and sauros, meaning “lizard” or reptile,” so the word dinosaur literally means “terrible lizard.”
Most people think of dinosaurs as big, ferocious and extinct reptiles. But that is only partially true, dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes, some smaller than a turkey. Since the only way we have to judge the size of dinosaurs in through fossil remains, it seems that dinosaurs were large because larger fossil remains are more likely to have survived over time. The smaller fossils simply disintegrated.
Dinosaurs first appeared about 230 million years ago. They ruled the Earth for about 135 million years until an extinction event 65 million years ago wiped out all but bird-like dinosaurs. Scientists don’t agree specifically on what happened, but their extinction likely was a result of multiple factors including an asteroid impact, choking chemicals from erupting volcanoes, and  climate change.
Although the scientific community agrees that the larger terrestrial and aquatic dinosaurs vanished for the above reasons, most also agree that our modern-day birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs which evolved over time. Fossils show that some of the more advanced dinosaurs had feathers or feather-like body covering, but many of them didn’t fly and probably didn’t even glide. Instead, feathers, rather than being an adaptation for flight, helped these bird-like non-birds stay warm as juveniles.
There is little information available regarding this holiday. My sources gave no reason why Dinosaurs Day is celebrated on this date, when it was created nor who created it. A Google search yielded no usable information either. To celebrate this holiday, learn more about dinosaurs. I think this link will be helpful.

National Night Out Day

National Night Out Day is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August and has been celebrated since 1984. It is sponsored by the National Association of town Watch in the United States and Canada and is a community police awareness-raising event in the United States. National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities. Some of these programs include drug prevention and neighborhood watch programs. Events around the country are normally organized by block watches, not-for-profit organizations, companies and police departments. They can be as simple as backyard barbecues or as large as full-blown festivals which include food and live music.
If your community is having such an event, make it a point to attend and get involoved with your neighbors.

National Coloring Book Day

National Coloring Book Day was submitted by Dover Publications in May 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Coloring Book Day to be observed annually on August 2. Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but over the years adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring. The first coloring book for adults was published in 1970 — Dover Publications “Antique Automobiles Coloring Book.” Since then, adult coloring books have become quite popular. Many find that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress.
To celebrate National Coloring Book Day, making a picture come to life. Spend some time coloring today… either by yourself or with your children or grandchildren.

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day celebrates one of America’s favorite summertime (or anytime) treats; the ice cream sandwich. They have been around at least since the early 1900’s. Ice cream sandwiches come in many varieties. In their traditional form, vanilla ice cream is tucked between two thin layers that resemble chocolate cake. Other versions include chipwiches ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies.
Variations of tthe ice cream sandwich can also be found in different countries. In Australia, the most popular sandwiches are called “Giant Sandwiches,” while “Maxibons” are half-dipped in chocolate. However, the most exotic ice cream sandwiches might be found in Singapore. Here, red bean, yam, and honeydew are all popular flavors. Ewwwww!
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to celebrate this holiday.

On this date in:

  • 1776 – Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1791 – Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive a patent.
  • 1858 – In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.
  • 1861 – Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.
  • 1887 – Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.
  • 1892 – Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.
  • 1921 – Eight Chicago White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.
  • 1926 – John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The system was the combining of picture and sound for movies.
  • 1938 – Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cardinals. It was hoped that the balls would be easier to see.
  • 1939 – President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.
  • 1943 – The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.
  • 1983 – The House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagan on November 2nd of that same year.
  • 1990 – Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.
  • 1995 – China ordered the expulsion of two U.S. Air Force officers. The two were said to have been caught spying on military sights.

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