VCRs, June Bugs, Daniel Boone, and Chocolate Ice Cream

June 7, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning fans of machines that record audio, and video images recorded on magnetic tape. Today is Monday, June 7, 2021. Today is the 158th day of the year, and 207 days remain.

VCR Day 

VCR Day is celebrated annually on June 7th. Obviously, it celebrates one of the most innovative and popular advances in home entertainment of its time – the video cassette recorder [aka the VCR].
Prototypes and early versions of the VCR were made in the 1950s, but they cost thousands of dollars and were only used at large television networks. The first VCR available for the home user was the Telcan made in England in 1962. It cost about $210 – the equivalent of over $1,857 in 2021 US currency. It could only record for 20 minutes at a time and was exclusively in black and white.
With that said, VCR Day celebrates the date in 1975 when Sony made the Betamax VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) available for purchase and truly revolutionized home entertainment. As I mentioned earlier, the technology for Video Cassette Recorders and video cassettes had been around since the 1950s, but it wasn’t affordable for the average consumer until the release of Betamax. For you young ones out there, a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder), is a device that allows one to record audio and video from a source to a video cassette that contains magnetic tape. The video cassette can then be played on the VCR, allowing the viewer to watch the recorded TV program or movie at any time.
During the next few years, several different formats of VCRs emerged, including the Betamax and the VHS cassette, each with their own platforms which were not interchangeable. For example, you couldn’t play a VHS in a Betamax player, and vice-versa. VHS and Betamax quickly emerged as the front-runners. It seems that the American public preferred the longer recording times available in the VHS format over the higher quality of the Betamax format (quantity over quality) because the VHS format eventually became the standard.
This “new” technology freed the American consumer from the shackles of their sofas and allowed them to go out and do other things and watch their favorite television programming at their leisure. The ability to record entertainment from commercial sources, without paying for it, quite naturally, brought to light the issue of copyright infringement which still rages on today.
Video Cassette Recorders reigned supreme for about 15 years, but alas, technology once again reared its ugly head and gave consumers something else on which to spend their money. In the early-1990’s, a new technology emerged, the DVD (Digital Video Device). Half or less the size of the low quality, bulky, and cumbersome magnetic cassettes and their players, DVD’s and DVD players soon became the rage. However, time (and technology) marches on, and now even DVDs are rapidly going the way of the dinosaur with even newer and better technology.
To celebrate VCR Day, retrieve your homemade video cassettes from the back of the closet and play some of them today – that is, presuming that you still have a VCR player upon which to play them. You do still have that box full of VHS tapes with your home movies and/or all of those movies that you pirated from HBO and/or Showtime back in the day, don’t you?

June Bug Day 

June Bug Day is celebrated annually on June 7th. You needn’t be an entomologist to deduce that this holiday celebrates June Bugs – a member of the Phyllophaga genus, which consists of over 260 species of New World scarab beetles native to North America. June is the month that they are most active. If you like destructive, annoying insects, then this is the holiday for you. The arrival of these pests in late May and early June is certainly no cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned, yet this holiday is listed in more than one of my sources.
June bugs spend their days hiding in trees and become active at night. They are strongly attracted to lights and swarm in great numbers in early summer. As larvae, they live underground and eat the roots of grasses and other plants which can damage your lawn and flower beds. As adults, they feed at night and eat vegetation, usually the leaves from trees and bushes. They are usually less than an inch in length, are dark brown to blackish in color, have a hard casing, and have wings. They go through four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. They lay their eggs underground, and I can live for two to three years in the ground as a larva before surfacing to become adults. Their total life span is up to four years.
June Bugs get their name because they emerge in great quantities in early June. Their only redeeming quality as far as I can determine is that make a tasty snack for your pet snakes, toads, and lizards. To observe June Bug Day, learn more about these irritating insects.
Author’s Note:
Growing up as I did in the “sticks”, June Bugs were an annual annoyance. It got to the point that we couldn’t even turn on our porch light in early summer without being swarmed. They did, however, provide our cats with a source of entertainment and allowed them to hone their predatory skills.

Daniel Boone Day 

Daniel Boone Day is celebrated annually on June 7th. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this holiday does not celebrate the birth date or date of death of Daniel Boone. Rather, it celebrates the date in 1769, when, according to his journals, that Mr. Boone first saw the wilderness area now known as Kentucky.
Daniel Boone was born in Pennsylvania on November 2, 1734. His family moved to North Carolina shortly thereafter, and he spent most of his youth hunting and trapping in the North Carolina frontier.
Unless you were asleep for most of your Elementary School years, you know that Daniel Boone was a legendary frontiersman, explorer, and trailblazer. It was through his efforts that the Cumberland Gap, the primary route to the west, was opened in 1775. He later established the settlement of Boonesborough along this route.
The consummate explorer, in his 70’s, Mr. Boone pulled up stakes and moved westward once more into what is now Missouri. When asked why he had made the move, he is said to have replied that Kentucky was: “Too crowded, too crowded. I want elbow room.” He died in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1820, with his place in history secured forever.
To celebrate Daniel Boone Day, learn more about Daniel Boone’s life and accomplishments.

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day 

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is celebrated annually on June 7th. One of many ice cream-related holidays celebrated throughout the year, you don’t need to be a member of MENSA to conclude that this holiday celebrates chocolate ice cream – America’s second-favorite frozen treatflavor [behind vanilla ice cream].
Frozen treats have been around since the Roman Empire. Nero enjoyed ice treats flavored with fruits and honey. However, the ice cream that we know and love today is a much more recent creation. The first recorded ice cream recipe is from the book “Mrs. Mary Eales’s Receipts, Confectioner to her Late Majesty Queen Anne” (published in 1733). Ice Cream was introduced to America by Quakers who immigrated from England.
Americans Nancy Johnson and William Young invented the hand-cranked ice cream machine in 1848. The first person to produce ice cream commercially was Jacob Fussel (also an American) in 1897. And, Clarence Vogt (yet another American) invented the continuous ice cream freezer in 1926.
To celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, simply treat yourself to some chocolate ice cream today.
Author’s Note:
I think I’ll have my chocolate ice cream with marshmallows and walnuts. OOPS! What? Wait. I think that’s called Rocky Road ice cream, which we celebrated a few days ago. Oh well, I still have some left so I’ll have some today anyway. It’s mostly chocolate. Right?

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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