I Have A Dream

August 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning dreamers. Today is Sunday, August 28th. Today’s holidays are:

Dream Day  

Dream Day celebrates the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on this date in 1963 before a gathering of more than 200,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. In this speech, Dr. King advocated peace, and hope for a better future for African-Americans, and thus everyone, in America.
Although the speech was powerful and awe-inspiring, it seems to have gone unheeded. Racism is still prevalent today.
On the surface, great strides have been made towards racial equality: The Equal Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are good examples. However, as long as people – from both sides of the political equation – can profit either financially, or politically, (or both) from racism, it will remain firmly entrenched in the fabric of our society.
Celebrate this holiday by re-reading Dr. King’s speech. Better yet, watch this.

Radio Commercial Day 

On this date in 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on New York radio station WEAF. The commercial was broadcast by Queensboro Realty, and was a whopping 10 minutes long and cost $100. Although today’s radio commercials are much shorter (about 30 seconds on average), they are not any less annoying, and there are more of them. Our first instinct is to change the station when a radio commercial comes on, but some commercials can be quite entertaining.
To celebrate this holiday, listen to the radio commercials while listening to your radio rather than changing the station.

National Bow Tie Day

Bow ties, in one form or another, have been around since the 17th century when scarves tied around the neck were first worn by Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars. From the height of their popularity in the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were seen under some pretty famous faces, such as Winston Churchill, to their inclusion as part of the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform , the bow tie has had many lives. In more recent history, Pee Wee Herman has added some gravitas to the wearing of bow ties and “Whovians” know that Dr. Who often wears a bow tie. Mickey Mouse and his pal Donald Duck almost always sported a bow tie in their cartoons.
Bow ties are often seen as attire for nerds and the socially awkward, but in fact, formal Black Tie affairs require the wear of a black bow tie. Most formal military mess dress occasions also incorporate a black bow tie as well.
Bow ties aren’t just for men either. Women can wear bow ties on occasion too. You can use a bow tie to accent your outfit, or to just make a fashion statement. Don’t be a slave to convention.
To celebrate this holiday, simply wear your bow tie today.

Go Topless Day

Go Topless Day is celebrated on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day on Aug 26. On Aug 26, 1920, women gained their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, Congress made Aug 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day”.
It seems only logical then that Go Topless Day protests would be held around Women’s Equality Day since a woman’s right to go topless is as much based upon gender equality as their right to vote once was. Many major cities throughout the United States will be holding events centered around equal rights for women – including women’s right to go topless.

National Cherry Turnover Day

Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include pasties, empanadas, and spring rolls.
A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat. though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.
Here are some fun cherry facts.

  1. Cherries are drupes or stone fruits and are related to plums, peaches, and nectarines.
  2. Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600’s by the English colonists.
  3. There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
  4. There is an average of 44 cherries in one pound.

To celebrate this holiday, bake, and eat, a few cherry turnovers. If you are culinarily impaired, most supermarkets, bakeries, and donut shops sell them.

International Read Comics in Public Day

Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day 

Sacrifice Our Wants for Other’s Needs Sunday

On this date in:

  • 1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
  • 1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
  • 1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
  • 1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changed to “United Parcel Service.”
  • 1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
  • 1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
  • 1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10 of a second.
  • 1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.
  • 1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province.
  • 1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
  • 2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

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