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First Black Female Judge

On July 22, 1939, Jane Bolin was assigned to the Domestic Relations Court (later, Family Court) in New York. This appointment made her the first black woman to become a judge in the United States.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 11, 1908, Jane Bolin accomplished many other firsts as a black woman in America. She was the first to graduate from Yale Law School, to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first black female to work in New York City’s legal department.

She reluctantly retired in January of 1979 after serving as a judge for 40 years.  Bolin died at the age of 98 in Queens, New York in 2007.

Sources: The New York Times, Wikipedia

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National Ice Cream Day

US Navy 100918-N-6382F-014 Chief Engineman Alex Daplas and Chief Religion Programs Specialist Redor Rufo, both newly pinned chief petty officers, sWhat is National Ice Cream Day?

Thank President Reagan for this tasty holiday. In 1984, he designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day.

He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the  nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with ‘appropriate ceremonies and activities.’

- International Dairy Foods Association

In other words, spend this Sunday celebrating this delicious frozen treat by enjoying all the ice cream you can eat!

When is National Ice Cream Day?

The third Sunday in July. This year, National Ice Cream Day falls on July 21.

How do I celebrate National Ice Cream Day?

Celebrate by eating ice cream, making your own ice cream or organizing an ice cream social with buckets of ice cream and loads of toppings for your friends, family or neighbors.

Sources: idfa.org
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Moon Day

Full Moon as Seen From DenmarkJuly 20 is Moon Day!

On July 20, 1969, the lunar module Eagle of Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, and astronaut Neil Armstrong, joined by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. minutes later,  took his first step on the unexplored territory.

Celebrate one of mankind’s most historic moments by throwing a space party or by watching “Apollo 13.”

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com
Photo Source: Peter Freiman (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
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National Daiquiri Day

Strawberry daiquiriJuly 19 is National Daiquiri Day!

The daiquiri is a classic cocktail made up of rum, lime juice and sugar, though other flavors and ingredients,  such as fruit,  are often added. American mining engineer Jennings Cox supposedly invented the daiquiri in 1905 while working in the town of Daiquiri, near Santiago, Cuba. According to legend, he came up with this popular tropical cocktail when he ran out of gin while entertaining guests. However, since all three ingredients of the original daiquiri are produced in abundance in Cuba, it’s very likely that that the cocktail had already existed.

Learn more about the history of the daiquiri and the secret to making the cocktail just right by clicking here.

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day by making a round of daiquiris for everyone! Click here for both a classic daiquiri and a strawberry daiquiri recipe.

Enjoy your daiquiri frozen or on the rocks!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, squaremeal.co.uk
Photo Source: Elektra Noelani Fisher from London, England via Wikimedia Commons
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Jane Austen Dies

Celebrated English author Jane Austen died at the age of 41 on July 18, 1817. There is much confusion regarding the cause of her death, but common theories include Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and Brill-Zinsser disease (a form of typhus).

During her lifetime, many of her works were published anonymously and only after her death was she credited as the author. Her most famous novels, including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield ParkNorthanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818.

Many of Jane’s novels surround the issue of women’s dependence on marriage for upward mobility, status, and financial security. International acclaim didn’t come for over a century after her death; in the 1920s, Jane’s works were reissued to the public garnering widespread popularity.

She is now considered one of the greatest writers in English history, and there have been several successful film and television adaptations of her novels.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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David Hasselhoff’s Birthday

American actor David Hasselhoff was born on July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Michigan as well as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

In 1973, David Hasselhoff took his first acting gig with the television soap opera The Young and the Restless. However, it wasn’t until 1982 that he got his breakout role as Michael Knight on the TV series Knight Rider. The show was an immense success in America and the world over, making him one of the most popular actors on television.

After Knight Rider ended, David Hasselhoff got to work producing and acting in a brand new show about a group of lifeguards in California, Baywatch, which ran in syndication for 10 seasons. Baywatch was the most watched television series in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Since Baywatch stopped filming, David Hasselhoff has appeared in multiple television and theatrical productions, including his work as a cast member on Dancing With the Stars and his role as a judge on America’s Got Talent.

Happy Birthday David Hasselhoff!

 

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Catcher in the Rye Published

J.D. Salinger’s only full-length novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was published on July 16, 1951 by Little, Brown.

Since its publication, Salinger’s novel has been credited for being extremely controversial while simultaneously having mass appeal – not an easy feat. In the past few decades, The Catcher in the Rye has been banned and then reinstated in many high school curricula due to vulgar language, sexual situations, blasphemy, encouragement of rebellion, use of drugs, and underage drinking, etc.

Due to the novel’s treatment of issues surrounding individuality, disillusionment, isolation and other complex but common adolescent themes, The Catcher in the Rye has become immensely popular among young people. The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become somewhat of a symbol for rebellion, thus the appeal of the novel to teenage readers. The Catcher in the Rye is regarded as one of the best novels of the 20th century and over 65 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Sources: History, Wikipedia

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National Gummi Worm Day

July 15 is National Gummi Worm Day!

Celebrate one of the most popular molds of gummi candy by treating yourself to a bag of gummi worms! Gummi Worm Day is also a fun day to celebrate with the kids. Not only are gummi worms a sweet, tasty treat, but they make for fun and creative snacks, like “worms ‘n dirt!”

Find more gummi worm snack ideas here!

Find out more about gummi worms and the history of gummi candies by clicking here.

Sources: punchbowl.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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Billy the Kid Dies

One of the most notorious outlaws in history, Billy the Kid, was shot to death on July 14, 1881 in Fort Summer, New Mexico.

William Henry McCarty Jr. was born in New York City on November 23, 1859. It is rumored that he killed his first man in 1877 at the age of 17, and that in his lifetime he had murdered 21 – one man for every year that he was alive.

The law caught up with Billy the Kid in 1880 when he was arrested for killing a sheriff and sentenced to be hanged. By 1881 however, he had escaped from prison, eluding law enforcement and killing two guards in his path. Billy the Kid was tracked down and shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico.

Sources: History, Biography

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National French Fries Day

July 13 is National French Fries Day!

Although fries are typically labeled “French”, it is rumored that they actually got their start in Belgium in the 17th century. Legend has it that when the weather was too treacherous to go fishing, Belgian fisherman would cut up potatoes in little slivers to look like fish and would then fry them.

Today, French fries come in a variety of shapes and served many different ways. You can order your French fries with ketchup, cheese, bacon, barbeque sauce – the list goes on and on! Check out some of America’s craziest French fry combinations here.

Celebrate National French Fries day by heading to your favorite burger joint and ordering a heaping helping of fries. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, whip up some delicious French fries right in your own kitchen. Enjoy!

Sources: Punchbowl, Eatocracy

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