Archive | July, 2013

Medal of Honor Created

The highest military award, the Medal of Honor, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 12, 1862. This medal is awarded for acts of valor in combat above and beyond the call of duty.

The Medal of Honor, sometimes referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor, can be received by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Since its introduction in 1862, one woman and upwards of 3400 men have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

To learn more, check out Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, where you can read stories about recipients of the award and letters from Presidents.

Sources: History.com, Wikipedia

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Giorgio Armani’s Birthday

World renowned fashion designer Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934 in a small Italian town on the outskirts of Milan. He had originally set out for a career in medicine, attending the Department of Medicine at the University of Milan until he enlisted in the military, where was stationed at the infirmary in Verona.

Following his stint in the military, Armani began working at a department store in Milan and then transitioned to a design position for Nino Cerruti. While designing for Cerruti, Giorgio Armani was also freelancing for several other manufacturers until he partnered with Sergio Galeotti to form Giorgio Armani S.p.A..

Armani became a household name in the 1980s, made popular when his men’s suits were featured in the television show Miami Vice. He expanded to women’s fashions and evening wear, for which he has become highly esteemed. Since then, the Armani brand has grown to include a makeup and skincare line, home goods, book publishing, and hotels.

Happy Birthday Giorgio Armani!

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Clerihew Day

July 10 is Clerihew Day!

This holiday celebrates Edmund Clerihew Bentley, author and journalist, best known for developing a type of poetry verse called (what else?) the clerihew.

A clerihew is a four lined poem that consists of two rhyming couplets which follow the AABB rhyming scheme. This style of poetry most often features biographical context with a humorous twist. Here is one of Bentley’s most famous clerihews:

Sir Humphrey Davy

Abominated gravy.

He lived in the odium

Of having discovered Sodium.

Celebrate Clerihew Day by attempting one of your own!

Sources: BBC America, Word Daze

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Intern Appreciation Day

July 9th is Intern Appreciation Day!

Working as a summer intern can provide some great experience on-the-job but is often a wildly under-appreciated gig. Most interns are working for little to no money, doing any variety of mundane tasks like running errands, fetching coffee, and performing the grunt work that no one else wants to do.

Interns are important to any business, and everyone’s gotta start somewhere. Show your intern some appreciation today by getting them a nice gift or at least acknowledging their existence (we kid.) Some nice gestures to show your intern you value him/her would be a getting them a gift card, movie tickets, flowers, or taking them out to a nice lunch.

Sources: Shine, Zany Holidays

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Declaration First Read

July 8, 1776 marks the date of the first public proclamation of the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence was approved by the 2nd Continental Congress through a vote on July 4, 1776. On July 8, the Liberty Bell tolled at noon to summon the people of Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania State House yard for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

This very first reading was performed by Colonel John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety. Bells tolled all through the night in celebration of such a monumental occasion in United States history.

Sources:

National Park Service, History.com

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When does Ramadan begin in 2013?

July 9, 2013

Learn more about Ramadan.

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National Macaroni Day

July 7 is National Macaroni Day!

Macaroni is a type of dry pasta with a hollowed out center. Many historians agree that pastas originated in medieval times as they were produced by Arab, Sicilian, and Italian peoples. Macaroni can be found in a variety of dishes including cold salads, pasta dishes, hot casseroles, and soups.

Celebrate National Macaroni Day by hosting a macaroni buffet party or making macaroni jewelry for arts & crafts. Or, you can observe this delicious holiday by trying out a few of these mouth-watering macaroni and cheese recipes.

Sources: Altius Directory, CDKitchen

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Sylvester Stallone’s Birthday

American film actor, screenwriter, and director Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York, New York. His big break came in 1976 when he wrote and starred in the now iconic boxing movie, Rocky. The film was such a success, it received ten Oscar nods and Stallone walked away with Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Film Editing.

Sylvester Stallone’s portrayal of Rocky Balboa, as well as John Rambo in First Blood, caused him to become one of the most popular Hollywood action film stars ever. He continues to write, act in, and direct movies, mostly within the action genre.

Happy Birthday Sylvester Stallone!

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Dolly the Sheep Born

The first mammal cloned through nuclear transfer, Dolly (a female domestic sheep) was born on July 5, 1996. The cloned sheep was born having derived from three mothers; one gave the egg, one provided DNA, and a third sheep carried her. Dolly was cloned by Keith Campbell and Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, which is where she spent the entirety of her life.

Dolly was introduced to the public on February 22, 1997 when she was almost 1 year old. During her lifespan at the Roslin Institute, she was able to produce 6 offspring after being bred with a Welsh Mountain Ram. At the age of six, Dolly, known as the World’s Most Famous Sheep, developed progressive lung disease and severe arthritis and was euthanized on February 14, 2003.

 

Sources: The Roslin Institute, Wikipedia

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Alice in Wonderland Published

Under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote one of the most popular stories of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book was published by Macmillan on July 4, 1865.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland chronicles the escapades of young girl, Alice, after she falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy realm and meets all sorts of interesting characters. The tale originates from a boat trip that Dodgson took with the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church; when they asked him to tell them a story, what came out was the earliest version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The girls loved the story so much that Dodgson began drafting it out on paper the very next day.

Dodgson’s novel has had such a tremendous impact that it has been adapted numerous times for the big screen, television, comic books, and plays. The most notable of these would be Disney’s animated movie (1951) and Tim Burton’s version, which was released in 2010.

Sources: Alice in Wonderland, The Lewis Carroll Society

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