National Radio Day

August 20, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning radio fans.  Today is Saturday, August 20th. Today’s holidays are:

National Radio Day

It is difficult to determine who exactly invented the technology that we term “radio” today. Research for this medium began in the late 1800’s. Credit for the invention of the radio was given to Guglielmo Marconi, but some scientists say that his invention was taken from research and drawings published by Nikola Tesla a decade earlier. Thomas Edison and a few others all had radio prototypes and received patents as well using different types of wireless communication.
It is safe to say that without the invention of the telephone and the telegraph, radios  would not exist today. All of the experiments into wireless communication rose from these two inventions.
No matter who is given credit for the invention, we can all agree that it is one of the best inventions ever.
The “golden age of radio” began in the late 1920’s, and ended in 1962 with the last broadcast of “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” which was the last syndicated network radio drama. By this time, television had become the standard for home entertainment. The format of radio programming may have morphed from drama, music, and comedy shows into news, talk, sports, and music programs,  but radio is still popular today. Every car manufactured still includes a radio as standard equipment. It is hard to imagine getting onto your car without listening to the radio.
National Radio Day doesn’t salute the invention of the radio, but rather salutes the radio as a medium of entertainment. As near as it can be determined, this holiday is only a couple of decades old. It seems to have been created by a group of radio personalities in the 1990’s as a way to recognize the contribution of radio to today’s society.
To celebrate this holiday, turn off the “boob tube”, step away from your computer, and listen to your favorite radio station.

International Homeless Animals Day

If you read this BLOG regularly, you know that I am a long-time advocate of spaying and neutering pets. International Homeless Animals Day highlights the fact that every year local pet shelters in America are overwhelmed because of the numbers of animals left homeless. When animals aren’t spayed or neutered it leads to overpopulation. When there are too many animals in shelters, their only recourse  is to euthanize the ones that aren’t adopted.
International Homeless Animals Day was created to help find new ideas that will help solve the problem of pet overpopulation. The government and private institutions need to combine their efforts to find a solution. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they are having an event and attend if you can. Whether or not they are having an event, a small donation will always be appreciated.

National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day was created in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers in the United States who petitioned for and obtained a formal proclamation by the USDA honoring honey bees and beekeeping. The purpose is to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion. In 2010, a non-profit, Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc. was organized to better facilitate and promote the observance. It is always celebrated on the third Saturday in August.
According to its organizers, the National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept:

Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping. By working together and harnessing the efforts that so many already accomplish, and by using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message is magnified many times over. We encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved. The program is free and open to all.

Unlike other bee-related holidays this year, National Honey Bee Day seem geared more toward apiarists. No mention was made in any of my sources about the plight of honey bees worldwide and their rapidly diminishing numbers.

World Mosquito Day 

World Mosquito Day, observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Ross is responsible for the annual observance, having declared shortly after his discovery that the day should be known as World Mosquito Day in the future.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine holds Mosquito Day celebrations every year, including events such as parties and exhibitions, a tradition dating back to as early as the 1930’s.

National Lemonade Day

The old adage “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is certainly appropriate for this holiday, but, on National Lemonade Day, even if life didn’t give you lemons, go buy some and make lemonade anyway.
Lemons are said to have been first found in North India, China and Burma, and was introduced in Persia, Arab countries, Iraq and Egypt in around 700 AD. Lemon was the main ingredient of various dishes and therefore, the beverage would have been introduced in a country where lemons were found. However, the first written evidence of its existence is found in Egyptian writings and so we have a reason to believe that it originated in Egypt. It is said that the peasants there, drank a wine made from lemon, date and honey. Some also believe that the ‘lemonade’ that we drink these days was first introduced in France during the 16th century. In Cairo, lemon drinks were not only favorites among the locals but were also exported during the 13th century.
No one knows when lemons were first introduced to America, but they most likely originated in the south because of the climate. A simple concoction of lemon juice, water, sugar and ice, lemonade has been a favorite summertime refresher in America for well over a century. It is easy to make at home, so celebrate this holiday by making a pitcher, or two, to cool off this afternoon.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

National Bacon Lover’s Day

On this date in:

  • 1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
  • 1866 – It was formally declared by President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier.
  • 1923 – The first American dirigible, the “Shenandoah,” was launched in Lakehurst, NJ. The ship began its maiden voyage from the same location on September 4.
  • 1945 – Tommy Brown (Brooklyn Dodgers) became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league ball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.
  • 1953 – It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1964 – A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1967 – The New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby. Elektra Record’s subsidiary, Checkmate Records became the first label to use the new Dolby process in its recordings.
  • 1977 – Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
  • 1985 – The original Xerox 914 copier was presented to the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History. Chester Carlson was the man who invented the machine.
  • 1998 – Canada’s Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government’s consent.
  • 1998 – United States military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden.
  • 1998 – The United Nations Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.

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