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August 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Ansel Adams wannabes. Today is Friday, August 19th. Today’s holidays are:

World Photography Day

With the huge advances in technology in the last two decades which have made photography virtually “idiot proof”, many people these days think they are professional photographers…just check out any social media website. World Photography Day does not honor these clowns, but instead, World Photography Day pays homage to the invention of the Daguerreotype process, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in France in 1837.
On this date in 1839, the French government purchased the rights to, and released free of charge to the rest of the world, the Daguerreotype process which is why World Photography Day is celebrated today. The Daguerreotype process is the first practical photographic process and is the forerunner to all the photographic processes since. The first permanent photographic image was taken in 1826, by Nicèphore Nièpce. It is known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ and used a process called Heliography, but it wasn’t practical. Nièpce teamed up with Daguerre, and a little over a decade later, the Daguerreotype process was the result.
The World Photo Day project started in 2009 and it was celebrated for the first time on August 19th, 2010. Today, millions of people around the world celebrate this holiday with thousands of photographers getting involved through independent community events, competitions, and promotions. To celebrate World Photography Day simply take a few pictures. Update your family portrait, venture forth into the wilderness and take a few nature shots, or capture the essence of your city, town, village, or hamlet, etc with a few candid snapshots.

National Aviation Day  

National Aviation Day celebrates the birthday of pioneer aviator Orville Wright on this date in 1871, and promote an interest in aviation in general. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. The proclamation was codified and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year if desired. [Their proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation]. To a lesser degree, National Aviation Day sometimes honors other specific early aviation and space pioneers, or aviation and space pioneers in general. The first successful heavier than air flight occurred on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Note: Mr. Wright, who was born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years until his death in 1948.

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is set aside to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This holiday was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. That tragic event claimed 22 lives. World Humanitarian Day also recognizes the dozens of aid workers, who have died in the years since. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

Potato Day

Potatoes have been popular parts of diets around the world for centuries.  More than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the United States each year.  Americans love them baked, mashed, boiled, fried; the list is endless. Potatoes are not only tasty, they’re good for you too. They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and iron.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some potatoes prepared in your favorite way.

“Black Cow” Root Beer Float Day

We have already celebrated a number of Root Beer Float days so far this year, including at least one other Black Cow Day. This particular “Black Cow” Root Beer Float Day celebrates the date that the Root Beer Float was ostensibly created.
As the story goes,  the first root beer float was served on August 19th, 1893, by Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, in Cripple Creek, Colorado. He called his creation the “Black Cow Mountain,” and it soon became a hit with the kiddos, who began referring to the tasty treat as simply, the “Black Cow.”
These days, root beer floats mean different things to different people, depending on the region you are from, or family tradition. For some, it’s not a root beer float unless you use plain vanilla ice cream dolloped into your root beer. Others put a little spin on things: plopping some chocolate ice cream into their root beer and calling it a “chocolate cow” or a “brown cow.” Still others insist it’s only a “brown cow” or a “black cow” if you use regular cola and ice cream. Then there are folks in places such as northeastern Wisconsin, who only call it a “black cow” if the root beer and ice cream are all mixed together, instead of leaving the ice cream floating on top. In some parts of the country, there is even a treat known as a “purple cow” – a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a mug of purple grape soda.
So, I guess you are the arbiter of what comprises a Black Cow. Just be sure to treat yourself to a Black Cow today…no matter what ingredients and/or manner of preparation you deem appropriate.

National Hot and Spicy Food Day

National Hot and Spicy Food Day, oddly enough, celebrates hot and spicy foods. From Buffalo Wings to 3-Alarm Chili to General Tso’s Chicken, Americans love their hot and spicy foods. Many restaurants find “cutesy” ways of labeling the spiciness of their menu items, like “suicide hot”, but there is actually a semi-scientific means of measuring the spiciness of food called the Scoville Scale which measures the amount of capsaicin, an ingredient in chili peppers, that creates that burning sensation on the tongue.
If you want to spice up your life, celebrate this holiday with you favorite spicy dish.

Snuffleupagus’ Birthday

On this date in:

  • 1812 – “Old Ironsides” (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.
  • 1848 – The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
  • 1856 – The process of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden.
  • 1909 – The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • 1917 – Team managers, John McGraw and Christy Matthewson were arrested for breaking New York City’s blue laws. Their crime — Their teams were playing baseball on Sunday.
  • 1934 – Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
  • 1940 – The newly formed Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
  • 1960 – Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
  • 1960 – Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth’s orbit by the Soviet Union.
  • 1962 – Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held in Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history.
  • 1974 – During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, United States Ambassador Roger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet while in the American embassy.
  • 1991 – Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.
  • 1999 – In Belgrade, thousands of Serbs attended a rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslavia’s President Slobodan Milosevic.

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