August 26th – Dog Day Afternoon

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

Good morning dog lovers. Today is Saturday, August 26, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Dog Day

National Dog Day Was created in 2004 by the National Dog Day Foundation with two goals in mind. The first goal is to recognize all that our beloved canine companions do for us on a daily basis. From the ordinary household pet who gives us unconditional love, acts as a backup alarm clock, and sometimes alerts us to danger; to the highly trained service animals, drug and explosive interdiction dogs, search and rescue dogs, and police and military dogs; dogs enrich our lives in so many ways and sometimes provide a valuable service to our communities.
The second goal of this holiday is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year.
Although National Dog Day is not truly a ‘national’ holiday (sanctioned by Congress), President George W. Bush, himself a dog owner/lover, did once send a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.
So, lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day for that matter. If another family pet is not an option, consider making a donation to one of your local dog rescue facilities.

Pony Express Day

We celebrated another Pony Express Day last April which celebrated the inaugural Pony Express ride. However, this particular Pony Express Day, always celebrated on the last Saturday in August, is geared more towards honoring the Pony Express riders who are commemorated for exhibiting the true pioneer spirit of the Old West.
The Pony Express’s sole function was delivering mail, messages, newspapers, and small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. It began due to a need for faster communication with the West. Stretching 2,000 miles, the route trailed through the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mail reached the end points in 10 days. This mail service lasted 18 months, beginning April 3, 1860, and ending October 24, 1861, when the transcontinental telegraph lines were finally completed and there was no longer a need for it.
Even though it was short-lived, the Pony Express is an important part of our country’s history. It employed 120 riders and almost 400 people to work the stables, coordinate routes, man the stations, cook meals, etc. The company had 400 horses and 184 stations. There were 2 types of stations. “Swing” or “relay” stations were about 10-15 miles apart and used for the riders to change horses. “Home” stations were spaced 90-120 miles apart. Riders had their room and board here when not working.
Riders could not weigh over 125 pounds, use foul language, fight, or drink alcohol. Honesty and faithfulness to the job were also expected. At hiring, riders had to sign an oath to abide by these rules. On average, 80 riders were working at any time. They rode 75-100 miles at a time and switched horses 8-10 times. In an emergency, they might ride 2 stages. Riders rode day and night, year round, and through all types of weather. They carried 20 pounds of mail and 20 pounds of equipment, which included a water sack, Bible, a revolver, and a horn used to alert the upcoming station to get a horse ready for their arrival.
Among the Pony Express’s most famous employees were William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. Hickok was a stock tender, while Cody was a rider. Bronco Charlie Miller was hired at age 11 and is said to be the youngest rider. Another noteworthy rider, Jack Keetly, rode 340 miles in 31 hours without stopping to rest or eat. Robert “Pony Bob”  Haslam made the longest round trip on record at 380 miles. He was even shot in the jaw by an Indian arrow and lost 3 teeth during this ride.
The original Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri have been restored and are open as the Pony Express Museum.

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the date in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress. In 1971, after much work, and at the urging of Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), Congress designated August 26 each year as “Women’s Equality Day.”
The 19th Amendment was the culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups. Their efforts dated back to first women’s rights convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York.

National Toilet Paper Day

Toilet paper has been ‘on a roll’ since August 26, 1883, when Seth Wheeler of Albany New York received patents for both rolled toilet paper and toilet paper dispensers. National Toilet Paper Day celebrates this fact.
Joseph Gayetty is credited with being the inventor of modern commercially available toilet paper in the United States. First introduced in 1857, Gayetty’s toilet paper, known as Gayetty’s Medicated Paper, was marketed as a treatment for hemorrhoids. It was dispensed as individual flat squares embossed with Gayetty’s name.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest roll of toilet paper was unveiled in Cape Girardeau, MO on this date in 2011 as a promotional campaign for Charmin Bathroom Tissue. The roll, made from the same paper as Charmin, was eight feet high and nine feet in diameter. The roll contains over 1,000,000 square feet of paper and it would take approximately 95,000 rolls of Charmin to equal the same amount of paper used in this mammoth roll.
If you are still intrigued and need even more facts about toilet paper, click here. I trust that even you can figure out how to celebrate National Toilet Paper Day.

National Cherry Popsicle Day 

We have covered other ‘popsicle’ holidays on this Blog before, but if you missed them, here’s a quick “Popsicle 101” course for you. Don’t worry, there won’t be a test later…well, maybe a taste test, but it is optional.
According to legend, an eleven-year-old boy named Frank Epperson accidentally invented the popsicle in 1905. He was stirring up a soft drink when he got distracted and left the cup and the stirring stick out on his front porch overnight. The next morning he discovered a delicious frozen treat with a convenient stick handle.
These days, popsicles are quite a fashionable dessert. Today we celebrate the classic cherry-flavored variety, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Gourmet popsicle shops turn out dozens of unique flavors—avocado, hibiscus, chai, cranberry cosmopolitan, cucumber-jalapeño, and many more.
To celebrate National Cherry Popsicle Day, make your own homemade cherry popsicles. While you’re at it, team up with some friends to invent a totally unique flavor or put a twist on a classic. Make some for the kids; and a few “adult” popsicles for yourself. Just be sure to keep them separate.

More Holidays 

On This Date

  • In 55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
  • In 1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned to make the “Pieta.”
  • In 1768 – James Cook left Britain on his ship, the HMS Endeavour. The British explorer was the first European in recorded history to have visited the eastern shores of Australia. The ship reached Botany Bay in April 1770 and was back on British shores on July 12, 1771.
  • In 1842 – The first “fiscal year” was established by Congress to start on July 1st.
  • In 1873 – The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first public kindergarten in the United States.
  • In 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution took effect. The amendment extended universal suffrage to women in the United States. Before this, though women in some states could vote in local and state elections, they couldn’t vote in national elections. The Amendment was first introduced in Congress 42 years prior in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent. In 1919, the Congress approved the amendment and sent it to the states to be ratified.
  • In 1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • In 1945 – The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
  • In 1947 – Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball.
  • In 1955 – The Davis Cup match between Australia and the United States became the first tennis match to be telecast in Color. It was broadcast from the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York by the NBC network.
  • In 1957 – The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out.
  • In 1966 – The Namibian war of independence began. The 24-year long rebellion against the South African government began with an attack by the South African Defence Force on the members of the South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) at Omugulugwombashe. Namibia gained independence on 21 March 1990. Namibians observe Heroes Day annually on August 26.
  • In 1978 – Sigmund Jähn, a pilot from the East German Air Force joined the crew of Soyuz 31, a Soviet manned space flight to the Salyut 6 space station. He was the first German to go into space.
  • In 1981 – The United States claimed that North Korea fired an anti-aircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
  • In 1987 – The Fuller Brush Company announced plans to open two retail stores in Dallas, TX. In the 81 year history of the company, they had previously only sold their products door to door.
  • In 1992 – A “no-fly zone” was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the United States, France, and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
  • In 1998 – The United States government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they “bullied” Intel into delaying new technology.

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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