Book Lover’s Day

August 9, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bookworms. Today is Tuesday, August 9th. Today’s holidays are:

Book Lovers Day

Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book.  Reading is a great hobby. It is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us smarter and happier. Potential employers often look for ‘reading’ listed among your hobbies on your resume. It shows them that you are stable and well grounded.
To celebrate this holiday simply select a good book, find a comfortable spot, and read to your hearts content. Don’t worry if you fall asleep. That’s part of the ‘relaxation’ part of reading. Please do not celebrate this holiday with one of those electronic readers like “Kindle”. Part of the joy of reading is the feel and smell of a conventional book.

Veep Day

Veep Day commemorates the date in 1974 when Gerald R. Ford became President of the United States. It was the first time in history that the President had not actually been elected as either President or Vice President.
President Ford came to office through a series of unusual events. When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned due to a kickback scandal, President Nixon appointed Gerald Ford, who at the time was the House Minority Leader, to take his place. This process was provided for by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Then, when President Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, the 25th Amendment provided for Vice President Gerald Ford to assume the Presidency.

National Polka Day

The Polka is a dance which originated in the 1800s in Bohemia. It is a lively, triple-stepped dance done with a partner, usually to the accompaniment of accordion music. Some believe a peasant girl named Anna Slezak actually “invented” the dance in 1834. The dance quickly spread to ballrooms around the world; and the rest, as they say, is history. It is a fast-paced dance that is still popular today. In America, it is popular at  various community festivals, celebrations, and, of course, weddings; especially in the midwest. In fact, it is the State Dance of Wisconsin.
To celebrate this holiday, learn to polka. There are many websites that will give you step by step instructions. If there is a polka festival in your area, try to attend. Besides the polka, there is usually plenty of beer and good food to enjoy. And lastly, watch old Lawrence Welk videos, or play some of his recordings of polka music.

International Day of The World’s Indigenous People

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in December of 1994. Since this holiday is another one of those yawn-inducing holidays created by the United Nations, I will not go into further detail. This link will give you more information if you are interested.

National Rice Pudding Day

Rice pudding is a delicious treat that combines the smooth, creamy texture of pudding with nutritious and filling rice. The recipe evolved from an ancient dish known as “pottage,” which originated in the Middle East. Almost every region of the world has its own take on rice pudding. Some versions are sweet while others are savory, and some are thick while others are thin. In the United States, most people serve their rice pudding sweetened with a sprinkle of nutmeg and raisins.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some rice pudding. It’s not that hard to make, and any well-stocked pantry will already have all of the ingredients needed to make some.

National Hand Holding Day

On this date in:

  • 1678 – American Indians sold the Bronx to Jonas Bronck for 400 beads.
  • 1790 – The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world.
  • 1831 – The first steam locomotive began its first trip between Schenectady and Albany, NY.
  • 1859 – The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames.
  • 1910 – A.J. Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine.
  • 1936 – Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics.
  • 1944 – The Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council created “Smokey Bear.”
  • 1945 – The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. About 74,000 people were killed. Japan formally surrendered 5-days later on August 14, officially ending WWII.
  • 1945 – The first network television broadcast occurred in Washington, DC. The program announced the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1956 – The first statewide, state-supported educational television network went on the air in Alabama.
  • 1973 – The Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair filed suit against President Richard Nixon.
  • 1975 – The New Orleans Superdome was officially opened when the Saints played the Houston Oilers in exhibition football. The new Superdome cost $163 million to build.
  • 1981 – Major league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players’ strike.
  • 1985 – Arthur J. Walker, a retired Navy officer, was found guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush announced he would support federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells.
  • 2004 – Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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