Dog Day Afternoon

August 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning dog lovers. Today is Friday, August 26th. Today’s holidays are:

National Dog Day

National Dog Day Was created in 2004 by the National Dog Day Foundation with two goals in mind.
The first goal is to recognize all that our beloved canine companions do for us on a daily basis. From the ordinary household pet who gives us unconditional love, acts as a backup alarm clock, and sometimes alerts us to danger; to the highly trained service animals, drug and explosive interdiction dogs, search and rescue dogs, and police and military dogs; dogs enrich our lives in so many ways and sometimes provide a valuable service to our communities.
The second goal of this holiday is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year.
Although National Dog Day is not truly a ‘national’ holiday (sanctioned by Congress), President George W. Bush, himself a dog owner/lover, did once send a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.
So, lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day for that matter. If another family pet is not an option, consider making a donation to one of your local dog rescue facilities.

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress.
In 1971, after much work, and at the urging of Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), Congress designated August 26 each year as “Women’s Equality Day.” This day was selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. This amendment granted women the right to vote.  This was the culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups. Their efforts dated back to first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York.

National Toilet Paper Day

Toilet paper has been ‘on a roll’ since August 26, 1883, when Seth Wheeler of Albany New York received patents for both rolled toilet paper and toilet paper dispensers. National Toilet Paper Day celebrates this fact.
Joseph Gayetty is credited with being the inventor of modern commercially available toilet paper in the United States. First introduced in 1857, Gayetty’s toilet paper, known as Gayetty’s Medicated Paper, was marketed as a treatment for hemorrhoids. It was dispensed as individual flat squares embossed with Gayetty’s name.
According to thew Guinness Book of World Records, the largest roll of toilet paper was unveiled in Cape Girardeau, MO on this date in 2011 as a promotional campaign for Charmin Bathroom Tissue. The roll, made from the same paper as Charmin, was eight feet high and nine feet in diameter. The roll contains over 1,000,000 square feet of paper and it would take approximately 95,000 rolls of Charmin to equal the same amount of paper used in this mammoth roll.
If you are still intrigued and need even more facts about toilet paper, click here. I trust that even you can figure out how to celebrate National Toilet Paper Day.

National Cherry Popsicle Day 

We have covered other ‘popsicle’ holidays on this Blog before, but if you missed them, here’s a quick “Popsicle 101” course for you. Don’t worry, there won’t be a test later.
According to legend, an eleven-year-old boy named Frank Epperson accidentally invented the popsicle in 1905. He was stirring up a soft drink when he got distracted and left the cup and the stirring stick out on his front porch overnight. The next morning he discovered a delicious frozen treat with a convenient stick handle.
Nowadays, popsicles are quite a fashionable dessert. Today we celebrate the classic cherry-flavored variety, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Gourmet popsicle shops turn out dozens of unique flavors—avocado, hibiscus, chai, cranberry cosmopolitan, cucumber-jalapeño, and many more.
To celebrate National Cherry Popsicle Day, make your own homemade popsicles. Team up with some friends to invent a totally unique flavor or put a twist on a classic. Make some for the kids; and a few “adult” popsicles for yourself. Just be sure to keep them separate.

Forgive Your Foe Friday

International Bat Night – Observed annually on the last full weekend of August since 1997.

Make Your Own Luck Day

Musical Yoga Day

National WebMistress Day

On this date in:

  • 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
  • 1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”
  • 1842 – The first “fiscal year” was established by Congress to start on July 1st.
  • 1873 – The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first public kindergarten in the United States.
  • 1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
  • 1947 – Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball.
  • 1957 – The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out.
  • 1981 – The United States claimed that North Korea fired an anti-aircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
  • 1987 – The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. In the 81 year history of the company, they had previously only sold their products door to door.
  • 1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the United States, France, and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
  • 1998 – The United States government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

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