July 9th – Barn Day

July 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of rustic farm structures. Today is  Sunday, July 9th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Barn Day

Barn Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in July each year and is dedicated to barns, the structures used by farmers to house animals, equipment, grain, and hay. The word “barn” is derived from an Old English word, bere, meaning barley, and aem, meaning storage place.
There are various types of barns, and the ways they have been made has changed over the years. Three-aisled Medieval barns greatly influenced many modern barns, and as equipment and technology have improved, barns have been made larger. In the first half of the twentieth century, many barns were built with gambrel and hipped roofs, which allow more space to house hay. These barns are often associated with modern dairy farms. Most barns today consist of a two-tier plan — The bottom floor is used to house the livestock, while the upper level is used for storage.
Barns historically have been the center of a farm, and have been a part of the American landscape since it was first settled. Barns were traditionally built first, even before the dwelling so the livestock could have shelter. As building your own barn was a daunting task, often, communities would welcome new arrivals with a “barn raising”. Men would do the construction, women would provide the food, and children would play at a safe distance. This gave everyone, young and old, a chance to get to know each other.
Barns were typically painted red, in large part because the ferric oxide used in the red paint of the time was cheap and available, and the ferric oxide helped protect the wood from the elements.
These days, many old barns have become local landmarks. They represent the history of the area. To celebrate Barn Day,  drive out into the country to see as many barns as you can. Take note of the different types of barns you see and don’t forget your camera. Talk to a farmer about their barn and what it means to them. Also, try to interject “barn humor” into your conversations. Be sure to use phrases such as “Were you born in a barn?” or “You couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a shotgun.” – just make sure your “barn door” isn’t open, lest they have the last laugh.

National Don’t Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day

When I first saw this holiday, I thought that it was going to be a holiday based on the old adage “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”; meaning to diversify your finances (and your talents) so that you are not relying on one thing to secure your future. But, I guess the yolk is on me.
National Don’t Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day, oddly enough, is actually about omelets. This is a holiday for those who enjoy omelets of all types and have a mind for prudence and conservation. It asks you to share these loves with the world, so I guess that National Don’t Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day can be used in either context. Spread awareness of this breakfast staple and, at the same time,  recognize the importance of not wasting food and making your groceries last. Whether this holiday celebrates omelets or is meant as a lesson in conservation is open to interpretation. There is very little history about the origins of this holiday or even the reason for its existence.
To celebrate this holiday, make your favorite type omelet. Just be sure not to use all of the eggs in your refrigerator.

National Sugar Cookie Day 

National Sugar Cookie Day is observed each year on July 9th. It celebrates the ever popular and delicious sugar cookie and is a holiday to satisfy your sweet tooth with one of America’s most popular crispy, crunchy, sweet treats. Sugar cookies are believed to have originated in the mid 1700′s in Nazareth Pennsylvania.  The German Protestant settlers there used the sparse ingredients available to them at the time and created the round, crumbly and buttery cookies that today we call sugar cookies. They called them Nazareth Cookies…but we just call them delicious.
True sugar cookies are made with shortening instead of butter. An easy to make favorite, sugar cookies tend to disappear quickly once they come out of the oven. They are made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and either baking powder or baking soda…ingredients most people usually have on hand anyway. The dough is easy to roll out and work with. You can use biscuit cutters for round cookies, or use cookie cutters to make a variety of fun shapes.
Why not celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day by baking a batch today. They are relatively child-friendly, so invite the kids or grandkids to help — and don’t forget to get creative by decorating them with icing and/or sprinkles.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1776 – The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to General George Washington’s troops in New York.
  • In 1808 – The leather-splitting machine was patented by Samuel Parker.
  • In 1847 – A 10-hour work day was established for workers in the state of New Hampshire.
  • In 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
  • In 1872 – The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.
  • In 1877 – The first Wimbledon Championship was held. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London hosted the first Wimbledon championship, which was not only the first tennis championship held in England but was also a precursor to grand slam tournaments. 22 men competed in the championship and Spencer Gore became the first person to win the Wimbledon tournament.
  • In 1878 – The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.
  • In 1900 – The Commonwealth of Australia was established by an act of the British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.
  • In 1922 – Johnny Weissmuller became the first person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
  • In 1943 – American and British forces made an amphibious landing on Sicily.
  • In 1951 – President Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany.
  • In 1953 – New York Airways began the first commuter passenger service by helicopter.
  • In 1958 – A mega-tsunami, a tsunami whose waves are higher than a normal tsunami, hit Lituya Bay in Alaska resulting in a wave that was recorded to be 1,720 feet or 516 meters high. This is the highest wave recorded in history.
  • In 1962 – Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans made their debut. The Soup Cans were first displayed at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, California, and were instrumental in popularizing Pop Art in the United States.
  • In 1968 – The first All-Star baseball game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.
  • In 1971 – The United States turned over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.
  • In 1981 – Donkey Kong was released by Nintendo. Nintendo’s famous character Mario debuted as Jumpman in this popular arcade game.
  • In 1997 – Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield.
  • In 2005 – Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. He was the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.
  • In 2011 – South Sudan became the youngest country in the world. The North East African country, formally known as the Republic of South Sudan peacefully seceded from Sudan after an independence referendum was passed. Since independence, however, the country has been wrecked with widespread ethnic violence and human rights violations.

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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