August 1st –

August 1, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

In the original 10 month Roman calendar, August was the sixth month with 30 days and was originally named Sextilis.  In 8 BC, the Roman Senate rewarded Octavian Augustus a month in his honor.  The founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire, Octavian Augustus selected Sextilis, which under the Julian calendar was the eighth month with the addition of January and February.
Renamed to Augustus, there remained the issue of the month having fewer days than Julius (July). Whether Octavian adjusted the number of days to match that of July is uncertain, but the result left February with 28 days except in a leap year and September and November each gave up a day to October and December to avoid a trifecta of 31 days in a row. For hubris or pride or both, the Julian calendar came to be.
August is the eighth month of the modern calendar with 31 days.

Good morning internet users. Today is Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

World Wide Web Day

Although World Wide Web Day was listed as a holiday in two of my three primary sources, I could not verify that this is actually a holiday or the reason August 1st is significant in the development of the world wide web.
The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, as a way for him to communicate with co-workers via hyperlinks. The only significant dates concerning the www that I could find are August 6, 1991, when the internet as we know it today was created; and  April 30, 1993, when the developers of the www announced that the www was public domain and made it available to the public free of charge. Has it really been just 25 years since the internet was created? It seems like it has been around much longer.
So, today you can just celebrate the fact that you are able to read these “Today is” posts from a variety of different platforms and devices virtually anywhere in the world. Now, when you’re finished reading this BLOG, you can return to your cat videos and perusing pictures of your friends’ lunch…thanks to Mr.Berners-Lee.

National Night Out

National Night Out is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August and has been celebrated since 1984. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada and is a community police awareness-raising event in the United States.
National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities. Some of these programs include drug prevention and neighborhood watch programs. Events around the country are normally organized by block watches, not-for-profit organizations, companies and police departments. They can be as simple as backyard barbecues or as large as full-blown festivals which include food and live music.
If your community is having such an event, make it a point to attend and get involved with your neighbors.

Play Ball Day

We’re all familiar with the umpires resounding shout, “Play Ball!” at the beginning of a baseball game, but Play Ball Day isn’t just about baseball.
There is a multitude of other games besides baseball that use a ball. Here are some of them to get the ball rolling (so to speak) – basketball, billiards, bocce ball, bowling, carpet ball, croquet, dodge ball, field hockey, foosball, football, four square, golf, handball, jacks, juggling, lacrosse, marbles, paddle ball, table tennis (ping-pong), paddle ball, paint ball, polo, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, stickball, tee ball, tether ball, tennis, volleyball, water polo and waffle ball.
Can you think of any other ball sports? How many of these ball games have you played? Celebrate Play Ball Day by playing a game that uses a ball. I plan on celebrating by playing my favorite indoor “ball game” – 8-Ball in the corner pocket. Next!

US Air Force Day

US Air Force Day does not, as you might expect, celebrate the creation of our ‘modern day’ Air Force. The Air Force that we all know today (and in which some of us served) was created on September 18, 1947. This US Air Force Day celebrates the date in 1907 when the Aeronautical Division in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army was first established.
From the early days of military aviation when pilots were sent up in aircraft with a hand-held camera to photograph enemy positions, to the technologically advanced ‘modern day’ weapons delivery systems, the United States has always been a pioneer in the use aviation for military purposes.
This holiday pays tribute to the Army Air Corps (and the United States Air Force) in all of its incarnations throughout the decades.

National Girlfriends Day

Don’t worry guys, you didn’t commit a faux pas and forget a holiday that is significant to your girlfriend. WHEW! National Girlfriends Day refers to your girlfriend’s lifelong female friends.
So ladies, Where would you be without your girlfriends and gal pals? Today, take a moment to step back and appreciate these lifelong friends. Girlfriends are the women who you can always depend on. Whether you call them to share exciting news, to have a shoulder to cry on or to just hang out, your girlfriends are always there for you. That’s why there is an entire day dedicated to these friends, sisters, mothers, and daughters. They are all essential parts of your lives.
To celebrate this holiday ladies, get together with some of your closest girlfriends and spend some quality time. Go to a wine tasting, head to the beach, or plan a “girls night out”.


Lughnasadh is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. It is historically observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is traditionally observed on 1 August, or approximately halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. It is a quasi-religious holiday which pays tribute to Lugh (the Celtic God of the harvest) for the bountiful harvest.
NOTE: In recent years, many regions have broken tradition and now observe Lughnasadh on the Sunday nearest August 1st.
Lughnasadh is also known as Lammas.

Rounds Resounding Day

Rounds Resounding Day celebrates “singing in the round” where one person begins a song, then a bar or two later, another person begins singing the same song from the beginning, and so on, and so on, and so on. A good example of this is the song “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” which is often sung “in the round”.
To celebrate this holiday, gather your family around this evening and sing a few old standards “in the round”.

Spiderman Day

There is little information available on this holiday. In my research, the only information I could glean as to why this date is Spiderman Day is that this date marks the anniversary of the date of his first appearance; in the Marvel Comics series, Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). Yes, for you Gen Xers and millennials, the history of Spiderman dates back much farther than the recent spate of Spiderman movies.
Spiderman is a fictional character created in 1962 by writer/editor Stan Lee and writer/artist Steve Ditko. “Spidey” (Peter Parker) has evolved over the years; from the shy, nerdy high school student, to the troubled but outgoing college student, to the married high school teacher to (in the late 2000s) a single freelance photographer.
To celebrate this holiday, read a few Spiderman Comics, or watch one of the Spiderman movies.

Homemade Pie Day

Homemade Pie Day celebrates homemade pie, and those people with enough culinary skills to make one. This holiday doesn’t specify what kind of pie to make, just that it is homemade.
What is your favorite flavor of pie? Does your family have a secret recipe for the “perfect pie crust”? Celebrate Homemade Pie Day by making a pie today.

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Perhaps coincidentally, today is also Raspberry Cream Pie Day. Raspberries are in season now, and what better way to enjoy raspberries than in a Raspberry Cream Pie. These pies are easy to make. Simply buy a pre-made Oreo or Graham Cracker crust (or make your own), make a vanilla cream filling (either from a package or from scratch), and top it with plenty of raspberries and copious amounts of whipped cream; and ta-dah, instant YUM!! If the raspberries are from your own garden, all the better.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1619 – The first black American slaves (20) arrived at Jamestown, VA.
  • In 1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.
  • In 1790 – The first United States census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
  • In 1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force a year after it was passed by the British Parliament. The act was repealed in 1998.
  • In 1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA.
  • In 1876 – Colorado became the 38th state.
  • In 1877 – British composer Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulli) wrote: “The Celebrated Chop Waltz” (aka “Chopsticks”).
  • In 1893 – Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.
  • In 1936 – The Eleventh modern-day Summer Olympics were opened in Berlin by Adolf Hitler. Initially, Jews and people of African descent were to be barred from the games, however, a boycott was threatened by several countries and the German organizers relented. Eighteen African-American athletes, including James “Jesse” Owens and Matthew “Mack” Robinson, placed well in the track and field events, winning several medals.
  • In 1946 – The Atomic Energy Commission was established.
  • In 1951 – Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded. The flagship airlines of Japan started operating on October 25th of the same year.
  • In 1952 – Kemmons Wilson opened his first Holiday Inn in Memphis, Tennessee.  It became the prototype for one of the world’s largest lodging chains.
  • In 1953 – The first aluminum-faced building was completed. It was the first of its type in America.
  • In 1956 – The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.
  • In 1957 – The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.
  • In 1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened.
    In 1976 – Elizabeth Taylor’s sixth divorce became final, parting ways with Richard Burton…for the second time.
  • In 1976 – The Seattle Seahawks played their first (preseason) game. The Seahawks lost 27-20 to the San Francisco 49ers.
  • In 1978 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) ended his streak of hitting in 44 consecutive games.
  • In 1980 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir took office in Iceland. The Icelandic politician was the fourth president of Iceland and the world’s first democratically elected female head of state. Her 16 years of Presidency also makes her the longest-serving female head of state in the world.
  • In 1981 – At 12:01 a.m. Music Television (MTV) began broadcasting.
  • In 1993 – Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
  • In 2006 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.

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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