July 31st – Mutt’s Day

July 31, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mixed-breed dog lovers. Today is Monday, July 31, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Mutt’s Day

Mutt’s Day celebrates those adorable canine companions with questionable lineage. Whether you refer to them as mutts, mongrels, or mixed breeds, these dogs often make the best family pets. Mutts are loyal, intelligent, and happy to have a “forever” home.
When you choose a mutt, you are getting the best traits from all of its ancestors. Mixed breed dogs are often healthier because they’re less likely to be impacted by genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs. If you adopt from a shelter, you are probably saving a life, and dogs that are adopted from a shelter tend to be more street smart because they may have had to fend for themselves rather than being pampered by loving owners.
To celebrate this holiday, make a donation directly to your local S.P.C.A., Humane Society, or other “no kill” shelter that caters to “mutts”. Then, go home and watch the movie “Benji”.

Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day

Have you ever heard of a bubble organ, laser harp, clackamore, fluba, zither, or a dulcimer? If not, don’t worry, most people haven’t. Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day affords you the opportunity to learn about these and other musical instruments which are not commonly used. What about that timeless classic, the kazoo?
From seashells, to hollowed out logs, to animal skins stretched out over some kind of wooden form, mankind has been making music with whatever objects were at hand since the dawn of time.
In Asuncion, Paraguay, a Paraguayan slum where people make a living out of picking through trash, there is a complete children’s orchestra that uses instruments made entirely from items found in the garbage. Their story of poverty and hope is being made into a documentary called “Landfill Harmonic.”
To celebrate this holiday, learn about as many obscure musical instruments as possible.

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is organized by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007 and commemorates park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage and help to raise awareness of the vital role performed by custodians of the world’s parks.
Around the globe, this offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It’s estimated there are more than 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world, with the oldest national park being Yellowstone in the United States.

National Avocado Day

National Avocado Day is a new holiday being celebrated for the first time this year. Model Meals created National Avocado Day to be celebrated at the peak of California avocado season, on July 31st. Model Meals is a meal delivery service established in 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved National Avocado Day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2017.
Avocados are more than a staple food in the American diet. They are a key ingredient in recipes for both inside the body and on the body. Ancient Aztecs used avocados to beautify their skin topically with masks, and in the early 20th century the cosmetic industry discovered the benefits of its oil in creams, lotions, facial cleansers and other products that required a smooth application. Avocados contain a high level of oleic acid. This moisturizing fatty acid helps keep skin soft and hydrated but also supports regeneration of damaged skin cells reducing redness and irritation.
Avocados can be enjoyed at every meal of the day and even for dessert. The creamy texture replaces calorie laden oils with healthful fats so we can indulge without the guilt. Avocados are a good source of Vitamins C, E, and K and have been shown to be effective at fighting Alzheimer’s Disease and insulin resistance because they contain heart-healthy fats and Omega 3 fatty acids.
According to the Hass Avocado Board, as of 2015, avocado consumption in the United States doubled since 2005 and quadrupled since 2000. In fact, a whopping 4.25 billion avocados were sold in the United States alone in 2015.
Celebrating National Avocado Day is not difficult. All you need to do is eat some avocado – in any form you desire.

Jump for Jelly Beans Day

Jump for Jelly Beans Day is a day for candy lovers everywhere to celebrate that classic candy; jelly beans. Jelly beans evolved from an ancient confection called “Turkish delight,” which was one of the earliest forms of hard candy. Our modern-day jelly beans gained popularity during the American Civil War. A candy company in Boston began marketing jelly beans as the perfect treat to send to soldiers, and soon everyone was hooked.
One of the most famous jelly bean fans was President Ronald Reagan. He served them at his inauguration.
Here are a few more interesting facts about President Reagan and his jelly beans.
1) Three-and-a-half tons of Jelly Bellies were served at the White House for the 1981 Inaugural festivities.
2) The Blueberry flavor was developed especially for his inauguration so that there would be red, white and blue jelly beans at the celebration.
3) His favorite jelly bean flavor was licorice.
Enjoy some as a treat today. There are a wide variety of flavors these days from which to choose.

Cotton Candy Day

Cotton candy (aka candy floss, or spun sugar) is air-spun evaporated cane juice and natural fruit and vegetable coloring. It is frequently cited that cotton candy first appeared at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, commonly known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. However, at least 150 years earlier, in the mid-18th century, master confectioners in Europe and America handcrafted spun sugar nests into Easter decorations and made webs of silver and gold spun sugar for elaborate dessert presentations. According to The Dictionary of American Food and Drink, the debut of the product we know as cotton candy took place in 1897 in Nashville. Candymakers William Morrison and John C. Wharton invented the electric machine that allowed crystallized sugar to be poured onto a heated spinning plate, pushed by centrifugal force through a series of tiny holes. In 1904, at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Morrison and Wharton sold the product, then known as “fairy floss,” in cardboard boxes for 25 cents a serving. Though the price equaled half the admission to the fair itself, they sold 68,655 boxes.

National Raspberry Day

National Raspberry Cake Day is celebrated each year on July 31. Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family. The name also applies to the plants themselves. A raspberry cake is a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summertime favorite around the United States.
Here are a few factoids about strawberries.

  1. Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials.
  2. Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
  3. Raspberries are a very important commercial fruit crop.
  4. At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, with new technology, cultivars, and transportation, they can now be obtained year-round.
  5. An individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  6. One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.
  7. A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
  8. Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
  9. Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

On this date

  • In 1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad.
  • In 1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer.
  • In 1792 – The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a United States government building.
  • In 1917 – The Third Battle of Ypres began. Also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, the battle was part of World War I and took place between July 31 and November 6 for control of the Belgian city of Ypres
  • In 1928 – MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, “White Shadows on the South Seas.”
  • In 1932 – Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name.
  • In 1948 – President Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field.
  • In 1955 – Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, at age 17, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel.
  • In 1961 – The first tie in All-Star Game major league baseball history was recorded when it was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston’s Fenway Park.
  • In 1964 – The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon’s surface.
  • In 1971 – Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).
  • In 1981 – First female president of the National Bar Association was appointed. Arnette R. Hubbard became the first woman to preside over the National Bar Association, America’s largest group of lawyers and judges.
  • In 1981 – The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.
  • In 1989 – The Game Boy handheld video game device was released in the United States.
  • In 1991 – President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The treaty, also known as START I, limited the number of nuclear weapons and missiles the signatories could deploy. It came into force in December 1994 and expired 15 years later in 2009.
  • In 1992 – Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashed while approaching Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. All 113 people on board were killed in the crash.
  • In 1998 – The British government banned landmines. The move came after the public pressured the Parliament to pass the Landmines Act.
  • In 1999 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect crashed into the moon. It was a mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface. The craft had been launched on January 6, 1998.
  • In 2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2 million feature-length films sold.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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

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