Mutts, Uncommon Instruments, Rangers, Jelly Beans, Cotton Candy, and Raspberry Cake

July 31, 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 dog lovers. Today is Saturday, July 31, 2021. Today is the 212th day of the year, and 153 days remain.
Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Mutt’s Day 

Mutt’s Day is celebrated annually on July 31st. You don’t need to be a canine genealogist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates our 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 Mutt’s Day, 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 

Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day is celebrated annually on July 31st. Have you ever heard of a bubble organ, laser harp, clackamore, fluba, or a dulcimer? If not, don’t worry. Most people haven’t. What about that timeless classic, the kazoo? This holiday affords you the opportunity to learn about these and other musical instruments which are not commonly used.
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 Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day, learn about as many obscure musical instruments as possible. Do you have any objects around you right now with which you could make music?

World Ranger Day 

World Ranger Day is celebrated annually on July 31st. As you might expect, this holiday 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. This holiday was organized by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007.
Around the globe, World Ranger Day offers a chance to support the vital work of the Rangers worldwide – 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.
To celebrate World Ranger Day, learn more about Rangers and the role they play in keeping our parks and recreation areas safe for everyone.

Jump for Jelly Beans Day 

Jump for Jelly Beans Day is celebrated annually on July 31st. Even if you aren’t a master confectioner, you should be able to discern that this holiday is a day for candy lovers everywhere to celebrate that classic chewy 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.
Below 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.

To celebrate Jump for Jelly Beans Day, simply enjoy a few jelly beans as a treat today. There are a wide variety of flavors these days from which to choose.

Cotton Candy Day 

Cotton Candy Day is celebrated annually on July 31st. As you can easily infer, this holiday celebrates the world-renowned sweet, spun sugar treat – cotton candy.
Cotton candy (aka candy floss, or spun sugar) is air-spun evaporated cane juice with 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. Candy makers William Morrison and John C. Wharton invented an 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.
Cotton candy is most often associated with fairs, carnivals, and sporting events, but these days, some supermarkets also sell cotton candy. So, even if there isn’t a fair, carnival, or sporting event occurring in your area today, you can still celebrate Cotton Candy Day.

National Raspberry Cake Day 

National Raspberry Cake Day is celebrated annually on July 31. You needn’t be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrates raspberry cake – a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summertime favorite.
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.
Listed below are a few factoids about raspberries.

  1. Raspberry plants are woody stemmed perennials.
  2. Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
  3. Raspberries are an 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. An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
  7. One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.
  8. A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
  9. Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
  10. Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

To celebrate National Raspberry Cake Day, simply enjoy a slice of raspberry cake today. There are a few types of raspberry cake. One type includes raspberries mixed into the cake batter. Another type is a raspberry jam sandwiched between two [or more] layers of cake. And, another type of raspberry cake is merely cake topped with raspberries and a raspberry sauce. You are the arbiter of which type of raspberry cake you choose to savor in celebration of this tasty holiday. Myriad recipes for raspberry cake are available online.

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

Paperback Books, Getting Gnarly, Whistleblowers, Friendship, Fathers-in-Law, System Administrators, and Cheesecake

July 30, 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 bibliophiles. Today is Friday, July 30, 2021. Today is the 211th day of the year, and 154 days remain.
Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Paperback Book Day 

Paperback Book Day is celebrated annually on July 30th. As you might infer, this holiday paperback books – or, more specifically, it celebrates the date on which Penguin Books published its first paperback books in 1935. Prior to this date, there were other forms of paperback books published (dime novels, penny dreadfuls, and pulp magazines for example), but none with any great success.
Penguin’s cheap reprints of popular books quickly became immensely popular. This was at the height of “the depression” when money was scarce, and people needed a form of cheap entertainment. Radio was in its heyday, but not everyone could afford one, so they sought other ways to alleviate their boredom, and paperback books filled this niche nicely.
Even with audio books, electronic books, and e-book readers increasing in popularity, paperback books are still popular – as evidenced by E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” which sold over a million copies in just 11 weeks. To celebrate Paperback Book Day, visit your local library or bookstore and pick up a new paperback book – then take the time to read a few chapters.

National Get Gnarly Day 

National Get Gnarly Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in July. You needn’t be an intuitive to ascertain that this holiday challenges us to put some gnarliness into everything we do today.
According to Dictionary.com, the word “gnarly” means distasteful, distressing, offensive, or gross, but it has a secondary slang definition of good or great – and in “surfing slang” gnarly means difficult, impressive, or dangerous, as in, ” Wow! That was a gnarly move, dude. Much like surfers challenging the waves, celebrating National Get Gnarly Day challenges you to embrace new ideas and toss out your mundane old ways of doing things. To get you started, I have listed below five things you can do to make your life more “gnarly:

  1. Find a gnarly hobby. After her husband died in 1950, Hulda Crooks (age 54) took up hiking and climbing. She climbed Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, for the first time at the age of 66, then went on to make 22 ascents of Mount Whitney. At the age of 91 climbed Mount Fuji in Japan. Now, that is one gnarly lady!
  2. Meet gnarly people. Take a cooking class, volunteer for a local charity, or accept some of those invitations you’ve previously declined. Step out of your comfort zone from time to time and introduce yourself to different experiences and as a result new people. This will surely up the gnarliness of your social circle.
  3. Get a gnarly passport. A first-time passport costs $135 including fees and can take up to 6 weeks to process, but if you truly want to embrace your new gnarly lifestyle, you’ll need a passport. After all, most really gnarly people are world travelers.
  4. Find a gnarly new style. Redecorate a room in your house to a more gnarly décor, find a fresh new gnarly hair style, or make other gnarly changes that will revitalize your attitude and an outlook on life.
  5. Throw a gnarly party. Invite those gnarly new friends and show off the all the stamps in your gnarly new passport. Be sure to take lots of gnarly pictures to document the gnarly occasion.

National Whistleblower Day 

National Whistleblower Day is celebrated annually on July 30th. You don’t need to be a referee to conclude that this holiday reminds us to honor and support the people who speak up when they witness fraud,  waste, or abuse in the public sector. This holiday commemorates the day, in 1778, when the Continental Congress passed a historic and unanimous resolution honoring ten sailors and marines who spoke out against their commander’s abuses of his power. The Founding Fathers declared that it was the duty of all Americans, “to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors.” In today’s vernacular, it means that it’s an American’s duty to step forward and report corruption when they suspect it. The United States Senate first recognized National Whistleblower Day in 2013.
A whistleblower is any individual who reports violations, exploitation, misrepresentations or other suspicious activity within an organization either public or private. As pointed out earlier, whistleblowing is nothing new. It has been around for centuries. It’s just that now, with instant communication on the internet and our smartphones and the 24/7 news cycle, it is more often reported so it seems more prevalent.
While legislation now protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, that wasn’t always the case. Before the legislation was passed, blowing the whistle on your employer(s) could lead to being fired, loss of your reputation, and being blackballed in your field.

International Day of Friendship 

International Day of Friendship is celebrated annually on July 30th. As you can easily discern from its name, this holiday was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2011 to foster the idea that friendships can inspire peace efforts and bring communities together. These friendships can be between individuals, countries, or cultures. This holiday encourages community groups and government organizations to hold public events and activities that promote this sense of friendship and understanding.
The friendships you have made throughout your life have had a great impact on who you are as a person today. To celebrate International Friendship Day, take time today to truly appreciate the friends in your life and spend time with them — or, better yet, try to make some new friends.

Father-in-Law Day 

Father-in-Law Day is celebrated annually on July 30th. You don’t need to be a genealogist to deduce that this holiday is dedicated to your wife’s (or husband’s) father. Mothers-in-Law always get a bad rap, but you rarely hear anything, good or bad, about fathers-in-law. The reason is perhaps they’re content to stay on the sidelines and mind their own business, neither offering nor inviting criticism.
Even if they may seem a bit curmudgeonly at times, the creators of this holiday postulate that fathers-in-law also deserve a little recognition. So, to celebrate Father-in-Law Day, spend some time with your father-in-law today. Take him to lunch or dinner at his favorite restaurant, or invite him over and prepare his favorite meal for him.

System Administrator Appreciation Day 

System Administrator Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of July You shouldn’t need an advanced degree in computer science to figure out that this holiday honors and celebrates system administrators – those geeky, nerdy IT guys and gals who ensure that your computer network is secure, your computer is updated and running smoothly, and your printer is jam-free – the unsung heroes of the business industry.
Let’s face it, System Administrators get little or no respect every other day of the year, yet they are the ones who come to the rescue when your computer develops a mind of its own. To celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day take the time today to acknowledge them and the important job they do.

National Cheesecake Day 

National Cheesecake Day is celebrated annually on July 30th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to realize that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s most-favored desserts – elegant, tangy cheesecake.
Some form of cheesecake has been around since the ancient Greeks first served it to the athletes in the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. The early versions were probably just a form of a cake with cheese mixed in. Thankfully, over the centuries, it has evolved into the rich, sweet, calorie-laden, high cholesterol dessert we know and love today. There are dozens of versions and varieties of cheesecakes available these days – ranging from plain to flavored to specialty cheesecakes, with or without toppings. So why not indulge yourself with a slice of your favorite type/flavor of cheesecake for dessert tonight in celebration of National Cheesecake Day.

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

Rain, Tigers, Cheese, Chili Dogs, Chicken Wings, and Lasagna

July 29, 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 precipitation prognostication proponents. Today is Thursday, July 29, 2021. Today is the 210th day of the year, and 155 days remain.
Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Rain Day 

Since the dawn of mankind, people have celebrated rain and its life-giving properties. Rain helps grow our crops, it fills our reservoirs, oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams with water, and is essential for virtually every form of life on Earth.

With that said, this particular Rain Day, celebrated annually on July 29th, has nothing to do with any of that. This holiday is a local holiday in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania which has received much national attention over the years since it was first created.
It all started on July 28, 1874, at Daly and Spraggs drug store in Waynesburg. A local farmer was in the drugstore and during the conversation mentioned that it would rain the next day, July 29th. The owner of the drugstore, Byron Daly, asked the farmer how he knew it would rain and the farmer replied that it was his birthday and that it always rained on his birthday. He had a journal for several years in which he recorded the weather and always had noted rain on July 29th.  Mr. Daly saw the opportunity for a little fun and began making bets with salesmen who came into his drugstore that it would rain in Waynesburg on July 29. The bet was usually a new hat, which of course he would win. In 1939, after Byron Daly retired, his son, John, continued the tradition of wagering a hat on Rain Day. John was an attorney in Waynesburg, a very gentlemanly individual, who always tipped his hat to the ladies he passed on the street, and spoke with a kind soft voice. Although he had fun with Rain Day, he also took it very seriously. He kept the alive the tradition his father had started way back in 1874.
John Daly would bet local TV and sports personalities from the Pittsburgh Area. And, over the years, he won hats from some notable celebrities as well – Jack Dempsey, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Johnny Carson, Cassius Clay, The Three Stooges, Mike Love (the Beach Boys), Jay Leno, Donald Trump, and Arnold Palmer just to name a few. Harry Anderson, star of TV’s Night Court, made the bet in 1988. That year it didn’t rain, so the commission sent Harry a hat. That hat appeared on the set for several episodes of Night Court on the bookshelves behind his desk, next to his armadillo.
Young Mr. Daly amassed so many hats over the years that he was finally convinced to sell them at auction to raise money for charity.
In 1979, the Waynesburg Borough Special Events Commission was created to hold a special celebration on July 29th each year. That same year, the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce held the first annual Miss Rain Day Pageant. In 2003, the Chamber of Commerce created a new non-profit entity, Rain Day Scholarship, Inc. with the sole purpose to plan and execute the pageant. Each year, one talented local teenage girl wins the coveted crown, hundreds of dollars in scholarship savings bonds and the chance to ‘reign’ over the day’s festivities.
Among the activities sponsored by the Special Events Commission on July 29th are a street fair in the heart of town, live entertainment on the courthouse steps, arts and crafts booths, hometown food booths, children’s games and assorted other diversions – including an umbrella decorating contest. Best of all, the admission is free.
The festivities are silenced each year to pay a moment’s tribute to the men of Company K, 2nd Battalion, 110th Infantry – a battalion from Waynesburg that lost men in France during World War I on Rain Day, 1918. Nearly half of the 250 Greene County men were either killed or wounded on that day. As John O’Hara once wrote, “On that Rain Day in 1918 – it rained bullets on the men of Company K.”
Author’s Note:
As of July 29, 2020, it has rained on July 29th in Waynesburg Pennsylvania 115 out of the past 146 years years since the original bet was made in 1874. According to The Weather Channel forecast for Waynesburg, PA there is a 57% chance that it will be 116 out of 147 after this July 29th.

International Tiger Day 

International Tiger Day is celebrated annually on July 29th. You don’t need to be a fancier of formidable, ferocious felines to deduce that this holiday celebrates tigers – the largest species of big cats. This holiday was created in 2010 by the World Wildlife Federation in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute and other local organizations. It seeks to raise awareness about the alarming rate at which the number of tigers is dwindling and to find ways to intervene on their behalf to prevent their extinction.
In the early twentieth century, 100,000 tigers lived in the wild. However, since then, 97% of the world’s tiger population has vanished due to climate change, loss of habitat, hunting, and poaching – with only about 3,000 remaining in the wild. Some species of tigers have already disappeared. There are now more tigers living in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild in Asia.
Tigers are native exclusively to Asia and of the nine original species of tigers, three are now extinct. The largest species of tiger is the Siberian tiger, which is about 10.75 feet long and weighs about 660 pounds. They usually live in more northern, colder areas such as eastern Russia and northeastern China. The smallest tiger is the Sumatran tiger which is about 7 feet long and weighs about 250 pounds. They live in warmer, southern countries, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and, of course Sumatra.
To celebrate International Tiger Day, research tigers and the role they play in the ecosystem.

National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day 

National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day is celebrated annually on July 29th. I know, you’re probably saying to yourself, “What the heck is National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day and, who, in their right mind would want to sacrifice cheese anyway?
Well, in days of yore, mice were a common problem in households across America. This holiday is based on an old saying:

If you want to catch some mice,
First some cheese you must sacrifice.
So, purchase the cheese upon this day,
And a mouse-free house is here to stay.

With the advances in mousetrap design and more effective pest control methods in general, this holiday has become obsolete. However, some people are still creating new ways to celebrate National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day. Some “sacrifice” a bit of their food budget and purchase a more expensive and exotic type of cheese than they normally buy. Some people “sacrifice” their taste buds and try a new type of cheese they’ve never tried before. Try buying a ‘craft cheese’ from a local Farmer’s Market instead of that usual individually-sliced, cellophane-wrapped crap in the supermarket.

National Chili Dog Day 

National Chili Dog Day is celebrated annually on the last Thursday in July. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates one of America’s favorite smothered sausage sandwiches – chili dogs. This holiday is part of National Hot Dog Month.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And during the month of July, 10% of the annual retail hot dogs sales occur. Chili dogs, aka Coney Dogs, are a basically a hot dog topped with chili (duh!) Chili dogs are a popular summertime treat and are traditionally topped with cheese, onions, and occasionally with hot sauce. But don’t let tradition restrict your imagination — You’re the supervisor of your spiced up sausage. So, celebrate National Chili Dog Day by enjoying a chili dog (or two) today and top it with whatever you want.

National Chicken Wing Day

National Chicken Wing Day is celebrated annually on July 29th. You needn’t be proficient in poultry preparation to perceive that this holiday celebrates chicken wings – one of America’s favorite appetizers.
Chicken wings are a common menu item in many restaurants across America. They come in a variety of flavors including teriyaki, barbecue, lemon pepper, parmesan garlic, sweet and sour, and honey mustard, but in recent years, Buffalo style wings have become the most popular.
In 1964 Theresa Bellissimo, wife of Frank Bellissimo owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, created and served the first plate of Buffalo Chicken Wings. Since then, these tasty, spicy appetizers have become one of the America’s favorite finger foods. In fact, they are renown worldwide.
In 1977, the Mayor of Buffalo, NY proclaimed this date as National Chicken Wing Day in honor of Mrs. Bellissimo’s creation.
To celebrate National Chicken Wing Day, simply enjoy some of your favorite style of chicken wings today.

National Lasagna Day

National Lasagna Day is celebrated annually on July 29th. As you should easily be able to deduce, this holiday celebrates lasagna – a world-renowned pasta dish. Lasagna originated in the Emilia-Romagna region of north-central Italy. These wide flat noodles originated during Roman times. The Romans called them lasanum, the Latin word for pot – the vessel in which this dish was cooked.
The tomato-based lasagna with which we are familiar today is a relatively recent creation. The Romans didn’t have tomatoes so they included other types of vegetables along with the cheese and meat. Tomatoes originated in Peru and did not come to Italy until the Spanish Conquistadors brought them back from Mexico in the early 16th century. Even then, the cherry tomato, which was the “original” tomato, was considered houseplant and not eaten until the 18th century.
The modern lasagna noodle is two inches wide and sometimes has ruffled edges. The most popular cheeses in lasagna recipes are mozzarella and ricotta, and the sauce is often tomato sauce or béchamel. Modern recipes also include vegetable lasagnas, “white” lasagnas and goat cheese lasagnas.
To celebrate National Lasagna Day, simply enjoy some lasagna today – either at your favorite Italian restaurant or homemade from your kitchen. If you regularly make lasagna with commercial sheet noodles, try making it with fresh artisanal pasta – the rougher surface helps sauce and other ingredients cling better while constructing the layers.

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

Buffalo Soldiers, Hepatitis, Milk Chocolate, and Hamburgers

July 28, 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 African-American military history buffs. Today is Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Today is the 209th day of the year, and 156 days remain.

Buffalo Soldier’s Day 

Buffalo Soldier’s Day is celebrated annually on July 28th. You needn’t be a military historian to ascertain that this holiday commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers [on this date in 1866]. In 1992 Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States.
While African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War, it was not until after the war ended that permanent all-black regiments were established. However, they still maintained the United States armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to build roads and trails.
A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier,” with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the late 1940s and early 1950s as the armed forces began to embrace integration.
To celebrate Buffalo Soldier’s Day, learn more about these African-American regiments and the role they played in the development of America.

World Hepatitis Day 

World Hepatitis Day is observed annually on July 28th. You don’t need to be an epidemiologist to conclude that this holiday seeks to provide an international focus for patient groups and people living with viral hepatitis. This holiday was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 to raise awareness about chronic viral hepatitis.  The Alliance felt that this disease did not have the same political priority, as seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. In May 2010 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution which provided an official endorsement of World Hepatitis Day.
Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes – such as; hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of taking certain medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.  There are five basic types of hepatitis, A, B, C, D, and E – with types B and C being the most common in the United States. There are estimates that somewhere around 4.4 million people in America have Hepatitis B or C, with many more as yet undiagnosed.
To observe World Hepatitis Day, learn more about this deadly affliction. This link is a good place to start.

National Milk Chocolate Day 

Rejoice chocoholics! National Milk Chocolate Day, celebrated annually on July 28th legitimizes your addiction to chocolate. As you can easily discern, this holiday affords you the opportunity to indulge your cravings without guilt or social stigma.
Milk chocolate differs from other chocolates because it is a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, milk chocolate is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts.
Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide, both of which actually have mood-enhancing benefits.
That’s right celebrants, chocolate makes you happy! So, celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day by indulging some milk chocolate today – it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

National Hamburger Day 

National Hamburger Day is celebrated biannually on July 28th and December 21st. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates hamburger – a favorite ground meat product of Americans across the fruited plain. The hamburger we know and love today, the beef patty and the bun, is a wholly American creation. It is believed to have first been served on this date in 1900 at Louis’ Lunch diner in New Haven, Connecticut, which is the reason National Hamburger Day is celebrated today.
It should surprise no one that hamburger is made from ground beef and not ham. People worldwide have been eating minced or ground meat for millennia, but although it is still being debated, hamburger is thought by many food historians to have originated in Hamburg, Germany a couple of centuries ago.
Americans love their hamburgers, and they are a summertime staple at cookouts and barbecues. Despite that fact, we still eat more burgers in restaurants – either fast-food or sit-down restaurants – than we do at home.
The oldest fast food hamburger franchise in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921. And, the largest hamburger ever created weighed over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
To celebrate National Hamburger Day, simply enjoy a hamburger today. Sorry, this is Hamburger Day, so no cheese is allowed on your burger today – although, to my knowledge, there is no rule prohibiting having a nice slab of your preferred type of cheese as a side dish to accompany your burger.

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

Korean War Vets, Walking, Stilts, Communication, Bagpipes, Scotch Whisky, and Crème Brûlée

July 27, 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 Patriots. Today is Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Today is the 208th day of the year, and 157 days remain.

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day 

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. As you can easily infer, this holiday marks the anniversary of the date in 1953 that the treaty was signed ending the Korean War – this year, the 68th anniversary. The original proclamation expired on the 50th anniversary in 2003, but it has been extended each year by the President since then. Here is this year’s proclamation.
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is not a federal holiday, but each year ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery, and on military bases in the United States and in South Korea. From 2000 to 2003, flags were flown at half-mast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, but before then and since then, the flag is flown as normal.
To celebrate National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day learn more about the history of the Korean conflict.

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day 

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is celebrated annually on July 27th.  As you might expect, this holiday is just a cutesy way to remind everyone about the health benefits of walking.
Walking is good workout for cardio, and helps with circulation. This form of exercise requires no special equipment (except pants). To celebrate Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, simply be sure to wear your pants today as you take your walk. If you are currently vacationing at a clothing optional resort, fold your pants and carry them under your arm as you take your walk today to celebrate this holiday.

Walk on Stilts Day 

Walk on Stilts Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates stilts, or more accurately, it encourages us to try to walk on stilts today.
Stilts are described as ‘pillars, posts, or poles employed to assist a person or structure in standing above the ground’. The process of employing stilts for mobility has been around since as far back as the 6th Century BC. Stilts have a long history of more practical uses,  however, most people have only seen stilts used by circus performers – such as clowns and jugglers – or on the TV variety shows of yore.
While most of us have only seen stilts employed for the purposes of entertainment, they have also been used in many industries – from shepherding to construction.  In the Landes region of France, shepherds would use stilts to watch their flocks from an elevated position. In the construction industry, they are commonly used by drywall contractors, because constantly moving their ladders is too time-consuming.
Walk on Stilts Day affords you the opportunity to get a new perspective on life – so, if you’re the adventurous type, try walking on stilts today to celebrate this holiday. If, like yours truly, you aren’t that adventurous, learn more about the history of stilts and their practical applications.

Cross Atlantic Communication Day 

Cross Atlantic Communication Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. You don’t need to be an intuitive to deduce that this holiday commemorates the date in 1866 on which the first sustained working telegraph cable between Europe and the Americas became operational. Prior to this, it took ten days for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship.
The idea of trans-Atlantic cable connecting Europe and the Americas is seen as the brain-child of entrepreneur Cyrus Field, who raised the cash and made the first attempt in 1857. The 1,700m miles of cable was too big for any one ship to carry, so two were employed, the USS Niagara and the HMS Agamemnon. The two ships met up in the middle of the Atlantic, their two wires were spliced together, and they headed out in opposite directions, laying cable as they went. The cables broke multiple times, and the mission was eventually abandoned. The following summer, after several trials and errors, they set out again, and this time completed the mission – connecting a spliced cable from Newfoundland to Ireland. On August 16, 1858, the first trans-Atlantic telegraph message was sent. The two countries celebrated, but over the next few weeks the connection deteriorated, and finally gave out.
No one tried again for several years, due in large part to the Civil War. But in 1865, Cyrus Field tried again. The Great Eastern, a ship large enough to carry the entire cable, had been built and was four times larger than the previous ships used. Captain by Sir James Anderson, the Great Eastern traveled from Ireland to Newfoundland laying cable as it went. A thousand miles into the voyage, the cable snapped and the mission was abandoned. However, the laying of the cable was finally completed the following year when the Great Eastern lay another, more durable cable between the two coasts and the first sustained trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was sent on this date, July 27, 1866.
With the technology we have these days, we take global communication for granted. However, to celebrate Cross Atlantic Communication Day, we should take the time to applaud the visionary efforts of Mr. Field and the others who saw the need for a faster, better means of communication between the nations of the world.

Bagpipe Appreciation Day 

Bagpipe Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. You needn’t be a musician to glean that this holiday celebrates the ancient (arguably) musical instrument – the Highlands Scottish Bagpipe. This instrument is a quintessential part of the Scottish tradition. This holiday celebrates the tunes of this traditional instrument that were used to herald battles, to begin auspicious events such as weddings and to bid farewell at funerals.
Historians believe that bagpipes originated in ancient Egypt as early as 400 BC. From there, the migrated to Ancient Rome and were eventually brought to Scotland by Roman Legions where they evolved into the instrument we know today.
Bagpipes are second only to percussion in the evolution of musical instruments. Today, the typical bagpipe consists of three pipes emerging from a sack-like bag. These bags are crafted from elk or sheep skin. These sacks fill with air that is released when the musician presses his arm to create the music. There is also a fourth pipe that holds nine holes to create changes in chord and pitch.
Since I am not an advocate of any form of torture, I can not, in good conscience, urge you to listen to bagpipe music today in celebration Bagpipe Appreciation Day. You can, however, learn more about the evolution of bagpipes and how they became the national instrument of Scotland.

National Scotch Whisky Day

And, while we’re on the subject of Scotland, today is also National Scotch Whisky Day – also celebrated annually on July 27th. You should be able to figure out from its name that this holiday celebrates Scotch whisky – a world-renowned alcoholic beverage.
The Babylonians of Mesopotamia were likely the first people to distil alcohol sometime in the 2nd millennium BC. At the time distillation was only used to make various perfumes and aromatics. The earliest records of the distillation of alcohol for drinking date back to 13th century Italy, where harder alcohols were distilled from wine. Soon, the practice of distillation spread through medieval monasteries and was used largely for medicinal purposes, such as the treatment of smallpox and other illnesses. Distillation spread to today’s Great Britain in the 15th century, and the Scots began making whisky shortly thereafter.
Scotch whisky, first and foremost, must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an alcohol by volume (ABV) of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water, and yeast, other grains can be included, but, by law, no fermentation additives can be used. There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch and blended Scotch. If it’s made with just malted barley and water and bottled as whisky from one distillery, it is referred to as one of the famous “single malt” Scotch whiskeys. If a Scotch is made with other grains, it’s referred to as “single grain.” There are also blended Scotches – such as the top-selling Johnnie Walker – that use whiskeys from multiple distillers. Scotch whiskeys are aged in oak casks, but unlike American straight whiskeys, the casks don’t have to be new. Many American white oak casks that once held bourbon or other American whiskeys find a second life in Scotland to age Scotch whisky, and some distillers also use casks that formerly contained sherry or port to add different flavors. Though single malt Scotches are made only from barley and water, their flavors vary enormously depending on where the distillery is located, the kind of water used, the way the whisky is aged and other variables.
To celebrate National Scotch Whisky Day, simply enjoy a shot of this fine whisky today. It is best when enjoyed “neat” or “on -the-rocks” but it can be used in a variety of cocktails as well.
Author’s Note:
Yes, I know how to spell whiskey. However, in Scotland and Canada, whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas, in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”. Since this holiday concerned Scotch whisky, I used the Scotch spelling.

National Crème Brûlée Day 

National Crème Brûlée Day is celebrated annually on July 27th. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to ascertain that this holiday celebrates Crème Brûlée – a popular dessert enjoyed worldwide.
Crème Brûlée a rich creamy custard topped with a layer of hard caramel. Combining crunchy and creamy together into a single bite, it has been one of the hallmark desserts of Paris for centuries. Crème Brûlée has been around for quite some time, with the first recipe appearing in a recipe book by Francois Massialot in 1691. Oddly though, for all of its association with France, and specifically with Paris, it has appeared in only the one French cookbook. Since then, Crème Brûlée recipes are printed in books from other countries.
Traditionally served in ramekins, Crème Brûlée has the appearance of a small pie or tart, but once you crack that caramel shell, you’ll know that you are enjoying something truly special. When translated into English Crème Brûlée literally means “Burnt Cream”, but don’t let that deter you from trying this decadent dessert.
To celebrate National Crème Brûlée Day, find a restaurant that offers Crème Brûlée and try it. Alternatively, Crème Brûlée is not too complicated to make – basically, it is a simple custard with sugar sprinkled on the top then browned with a kitchen torch, so why not try making it at home. Here is one recipe if you want to give it a try.

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

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