August 9th – Book Lover’s Day

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

Good morning bibliophiles. Today is Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Book Lover’s Day

No one knows precisely who created Book Lover’s Day, but it is celebrated twice a year, on August 9th and the first Saturday in November. It is the perfect opportunity to curl up, get lost in a book, and escape the stresses of everyday life.
You might be wondering just how long have books been around?  Well, discounting those cumbersome stone tablets, the first books appeared around the 21st century BC. They were hand-written on papyrus, parchment, or vellum (calf skin) pages. Most were bound with wood, sometimes tightly covered with leather to prevent water damage, and were fitted with clasps or straps to hold them together. The first libraries appeared during the Middle Ages, and the books were so valuable and rare, they were often chained to the tables in the library.
With the invention of the printing press and easier and simpler methods of book binding, books began to be made available to more people and their popularity naturally began to spread. Today, books are readily available everywhere and are relatively inexpensive. With the advances in technology, you don’t even have to buy the “hard copy” of a book anymore. So called E-books (electronic books) are available for download from the internet or can be found on CD-ROM and other forms of electronic media. E-books are read either by computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle. Then there are audio books, which are full-length books read for you by someone…often by the author themselves, or a professional actor.
But, I digress. Reading is a great hobby. It is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us smarter and happier. Potential employers often look for ‘reading’ listed among your hobbies on your resume. It shows them that you are stable and well grounded.
To celebrate Book Lover’s Day simply select a good book, find a comfortable spot, and read to your heart’s content. Don’t worry if you fall asleep –that’s the ‘relaxation’ part of reading. If you’re one of “those people”, go ahead and use your E-reader, but personally, I like the feel and aroma of a real book. Part of the joy of reading is the feel and smell of a conventional book. To me, it is as much a part of the reading experience as the story itself.

Veep Day

Veep Day commemorates the date in 1974 when Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. It was the first time in history that the President had not actually been elected as either President or Vice President.
President Ford came to office through a series of unusual events. When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned due to a kickback scandal, President Nixon appointed Gerald Ford, who at the time was the House Minority Leader, to take his place. This process was provided for by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Then, when President Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, the 25th Amendment provided for Vice President Gerald Ford to assume the Presidency.
The President of a country, (or for that matter, a company, a club or another organizational entity), has a second in command. Often tagged as the Veep, the vice president second in command, the go-to guy or gal who will get the job done should you ever be unable to do so.
To celebrate Veep Day, learn more about the rules governing Presidential succession.

National Polka Day

The Polka is a dance which originated in the 1800’s in Bohemia. It is a lively, triple-stepped dance done with a partner. Some believe a peasant girl named Anna Slezak actually “invented” the dance in 1834. The dance quickly spread to ballrooms around the world; and the rest, as they say, is history. It is a fast-paced dance that is still popular today. In America, it is popular at various community festivals, celebrations, and, of course, weddings; especially in the Midwest. In fact, it is the State Dance of Wisconsin.
To celebrate this holiday, learn to polka. There are many websites that will give you step by step instructions. If there is a polka festival in your area, try to attend. Besides the polka, there is usually plenty of beer and good food to enjoy. And lastly, watch old Lawrence Welk Show videos, or play some of his recordings of polka music.

National Rice Pudding Day

Rice pudding is a delicious treat that combines the smooth, creamy texture of pudding with nutritious and filling rice. The recipe evolved from an ancient dish known as “pottage,” which originated in the Middle East. Almost every region of the world has its own take on rice pudding. Some versions are sweet while others are savory, and some are thick while others are thin. In the United States, most people serve their rice pudding sweetened with a sprinkle of nutmeg and raisins.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some rice pudding. It’s not that hard to make, and any well-stocked pantry will already have all of the ingredients needed to make some.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1678 – American Indians sold the Bronx to Jonas Bronck for 400 beads.
  • In 1790 – The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world.
  • In 1831 – The first steam locomotive began its first trip between Schenectady and Albany, NY.
  • In 1854 –  Henry David Thoreau published his most famous work, Walden. Thoreau wrote the book in a span of just over two years while residing near Walden Pond, a lake in Concord Massachusetts. The book, which is also known as Life in the Woods is about his time living near the lake and is a reflection on living a life of simplicity and austerity.
  • In 1859 – The escalator was patented by Nathan Ames.
  • In 1910 – A.J. Fisher received a patent for the electric washing machine.
  • In 1930 – Betty Boop made her debut. The animated cartoon character made her first appearance in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes. Thought to be modeled after singer Helen Kane, Betty was shown as a woman with an exaggerated body and a child-like face. Created by animator Max Fleischer, she is one of most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.
  • In 1936 – Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics.
  • In 1942 – The Quit India Movement began in India. The civil disobedience movement against the British colonists was spearheaded by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi had called for peaceful protests in a speech a day earlier at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mumbai. In the speech, he made a call of “do or die” and asked his followers to adopt nonviolence when interacting with the British. The movement began with the British imprisoning the Congress Party leadership, including Gandhi. The British ruled India from 1858 when the British Crown took over control of the country from the British East India Company. India finally gained its independence from Britain on August 15, 1947.
  • In 1944 – The Forest Service and Wartime Advertising Council created “Smokey Bear.”
  • In 1945 – The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bombing came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. the 21-kiloton atomic bomb nicknamed Fat Boy killed about 74,000 people. Japan formally surrendered 5-days later on August 14, officially ending WWII.
  • In 1945 – The first network television broadcast occurred in Washington, DC. The program announced the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan
  • In 1956 – The first statewide, state-supported educational television network went on the air in Alabama.
  • In 1965 – Singapore is separated from Malaysia. The Southeast Asian Island country had joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 as part of the Malaysia Agreement. In 1965, due to disagreements between leaders of the other members of the Federation and Singaporean leaders and race tensions, the Malaysian Parliament decided to expel Singapore from the Federation. The country reluctantly became independent on August 9 under the leadership of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
  • In 1973 – The Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair filed suit against President Richard Nixon.
  • In 1975 – The New Orleans Superdome was officially opened when the Saints played the Houston Oilers in exhibition football. The new Superdome cost $163 million to build.
  • In 1981 – Major league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players’ strike.
  • In 1985 – Arthur J. Walker, a retired Navy officer, was found guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
  • In 2001 – President George W. Bush announced he would support federal funding for limited medical research on embryonic stem cells.
  • In 2004 – Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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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