June 26th – National Canoe Day

June 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning paddle sports enthusiasts. Today is Monday, June 26th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Canoe Day 

National Canoe Day was founded by the Canadian Canoe Museum in 2007 after the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada in a CBC Radio feature in which over 1 million votes were cast. The aim of National Canoe Day is to increase participation in paddlesports in Canada, engage new paddlers and reaching across generational and cultural divides to introduce the canoe to those who haven’t had the opportunity to experience this great national heritage. Participants from all over Canada paddle in events countrywide; from the midnight sun of the north to the urban rivers of the south.
Although it is primarily a Canadian holiday, National Canoe Day has grown and is now also celebrated internationally by groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South America, and more.
As the popularity of National Canoe Day spread, so also did the types of craft used to celebrate this holiday. Today, not only canoers but kayakers, row boat enthusiasts, even skullers, and paddleboarders participate. Basically, if your sport uses an oar, you can celebrate this holiday.
Rowing is a great form of exercise, so if you can, hit the stream, lake, pond, or puddle and do some canoeing today. On your mark — set – row!

Please Take My Children to Work Day

Please Take My Children to Work Day is a tongue-in-cheek, unofficial holiday observed annually on the last Monday in June. The purpose of this quirky holiday is to give overworked and tired stay-at-home parents to take a day off from their routines. It was created in 2003 by Parenting Blogger Jen Singer.
Life is hectic, and everyone needs a break from their routine occasionally. Although being a stay-at-home parent can be rewarding, it can also be exhausting. Please Take My Children to Work Day encourages friends and family to take care of the children so that the stay-at-home parent can have some time to relax and rejuvenate.
Author’s Note: Some of my sources listed fixed dates for Please Take My Children to Work Day (both June 25th and June 30th). However, since the stated purpose of this holiday is to give the caregiving parent a break from their children, observing it on a fixed date makes no sense, as there is a 2 in 7 chance that the date will fall on a non-work day. Simple logic dictates that the “floating” date of the last Monday in June is correct.

Beautician’s Day 

National Beautician’s Day celebrates that talented group of individuals who keep us looking our best. Also known as stylists and cosmetologists, they continually train in the best ways to keep us looking our best while keeping up with the latest styles, the best products, treatments, and techniques.
Cosmetology is the study and application of a beauty treatment.  The branches of cosmetology include hair styling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, and electrolysis.  This means your beautician buffs, polishes, trims, plucks, perks, brightens, lightens, plumps and makes your finest features shine.
Many beauticians also become close confidants.  Over many years of caring for our hair and skin, they come to know our families and watch them grow, experiencing our ups and downs with us. As a result, we tend to develop a strong bond with our beautician.
Beauticians provide a vital service to women everywhere. Some women go to their beautician once a week, while others might only go once or twice a year. Most fall somewhere between. No matter into which group you fall, a good beautician is essential for making you look your best. Let them know how much you appreciate them on your next visit.

National Chocolate Pudding Day 

Dessert puddings can be traced all the way back to the 17th century. During that time, a “pudding” was actually a very moist cake (similar to a modern-day bread pudding or plum pudding).
The sweet and creamy confection we know and love today emerged in the mid-19th century when an English chemist named Alfred Bird developed an egg-free custard powder. This remarkable invention made it very easy to produce a delicious pudding with the perfect consistency. It also made pudding making far less time-consuming.
Today, pudding is a popular dessert all over the world. So, have some chocolate pudding for dessert tonight. I like to have mine with a few graham crackers and, of course, a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Tropical Cocktails Day 

The hot, muggy days of summer are here, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate Tropical Cocktails Day. Whether you are lounging on a luxurious cruise ship, walking along the beach with your sweetie, relaxing by the pool, lazing in your back yard, or simply enjoying a little R&R in your family room, nothing quite says summer like a cool, tropical drink. Sex on the Beach, Tequila Sunrise, Piña Colada, and Frozen Margaritas are a few of the most popular tropical cocktails available these days.
To celebrate Tropical Cocktails Day, find your set of Tiki glasses and/or hollow out some pineapples and coconuts, check your stock of rum, tequila, and fruit juice, plug-in your blender and start making some refreshing tropical cocktails. Don’t forget the tiny umbrellas…no tropical drink is complete without them.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
  • In 1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
  • In 1844 – President John Tyler married Julia Gardiner, thus becoming the first President to marry while in office.
  • In 1870 – The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.
  • In 1900 – The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.
  • In 1900 – A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.
  • In 1906 – The first Grand Prix car race was held. The competition was held on a circuit around Le Mans, France and organized by the Automobile Club de France (ACF). Renault’s Ferenc Szisz won the first competition.
  • In 1917 – General John “Black Jack” Pershing arrived in France with the American Expeditionary Force.
  • In 1925 – Charlie Chaplin’s comedy, “The Gold Rush,” premiered in Hollywood. The comedy featuring Chaplin in his famous Little Tramp role is a classic of the silent film genre. Mr. Chaplin repeatedly stated that this is the film for which he wants to be remembered.
  • In 1936 – The world’s first practical helicopter lifted off. The twin-rotor Focke-Wulf Fw 61 was first tested in Bremen, Germany. None of the first prototypes survived World War II but a replica can be seen at the Hubschraubermuseum in Bückeburg, Germany.
  • In 1945 – The United Nations Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
  • In 1948 – The Berlin Airlift began when the United States, Britain, and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
  • In 1963 – President John F. Kennedy gave his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech at the Berlin Wall. The speech was a welcome gesture of support for the people of West Berlin. East Germany had erected the Berlin Wall just two years earlier to stop mass emigration to the West.
  • In 1971 – The Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
  • In 1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • In 1981 – In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67-cents  after all the discounts.
  • In 1985 – Wilbur Snapp, a minor league baseball organist for the Clearwater Phillies at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, FL, was ejected after playing “Three Blind Mice” during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O’Connor. It drew national attention when Willard Scott, then weatherman for NBC’s “Today” show made mention of it. Paul Harvey also mentioned the incident on his daily radio program.
  • In 1996 – The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forego state support.
  • In 1997 – The Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.
  • In 1997 – The Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.
  • In 2000 – The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.


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