Archive | August, 2013

Rupert Grint’s Birthday

August 24 is English actor Rupert Grint’s Birthday!

Rupert Grint is best known for his role as Ron Weasley, one of the main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast at only 11 years old, having no prior professional acting experience. He starred alongside Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe during all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011.

Since the Harry Potter series has come to a close, Rupert Grint continues to act in a variety of films, most recently in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and CBGB.

Happy Birthday Rupert Grint!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Singin’ in the Rain Day

August 23 is Singin’ in the Rain Day!

This holiday celebrates the classic musical that it is named for, as well as the starring character and director, Gene Kelly, whose birthday falls on August 23.

Singin’ in the Rain was an American musical comedy released in 1952 starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. The film was an amusing take on Hollywood, with the plot line focusing specifically on silent film actors transitioning into “talkies”. Despite Singin’ in the Rain’s modest success initially, it has come to be known as one of the best musicals of all time.

Celebrate Singin’ in the Rain Day by curling up and watching the classic movie, or go outside and sing to your heart’s content (even if it isn’t raining)!

Sources: Yahoo News, Wikipedia

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National Eat a Peach Day

August 22 is National Eat a Peach Day.

Get your peach fix in while you can! Peaches are a fruit primarily found in the summertime, and with summer coming to an end, you’ll want to eat all the peaches you can stand.

Peaches are a highly versatile food – use them in cobblers, jams, pies, or even margaritas! Celebrate National Eat a Peach Day by incorporating the delicious summer fruit into your diet today; check out some great recipes involving peaches here.

Sources: 365 Foods,

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Hawaii Becomes a State

United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state in the Union on August 21, 1959.

Hawaii is one of the smallest states in America and is comprised entirely of small islands. The first settlers recorded there were of Polynesian descent, and the state is rich in its Pacific Islander culture.

For many years before its induction into the United States, Hawaii was used by American traders for its sandalwood and sugar cane resources. There were people who opposed Hawaii becoming a state, but their arguments were trumped by the value and strategic importance of Hawaii’s natural geography and location.

Sources: History, Yahoo News

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National Radio Day

August 20 is National Radio Day!

Did you know that there are over 13,400 radio stations in the United States? This number was taken from a report from the Federal Communications Commission in the early 2000′s, so in actuality, this number is probably much larger.

Many significant discoveries had to happen prior to the invention of the radio in the late 1800′s, involving transmission and reception methods. Celebrate National Radio day by listening to your favorite radio station or trying something new.

Sources: Delco News Network, Holiday Insights

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National Aviation Day

The Wright Brothers First Heavier-than-air Flight - GPN-2002-000128What is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day is a day of observance in the U.S. that celebrates the history and development of aviation. President Franklin Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation that established the holiday in 1939.

When is National Aviation Day?

National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19, the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane with aircraft controls that enabled him to steer the plane and, along with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to aviation and powered flight.

How do people celebrate National Aviation Day?

One way to celebrate National Aviation Day is by visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.

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Mail Order Catalog Day

August 18 is Mail Order Catalog Day!

Internet shopping is booming, and is quickly becoming the preferred way to shop. Celebrate today by ordering something “the old school way”; that is, by breaking out the catalogs sent directly to your mailbox (not your inbox).

Sources: Zany Holidays, The Year of Living Unofficially

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Donnie Wahlberg’s Birthday

Singer, actor, and producer Donnie Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1969. The eighth of nine children (famous brother Mark Wahlberg being the youngest), the Wahlberg family was extremely close although strapped for cash most of the time.

In 1984, producer Maurice Starr recruited Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of the boy band New Kids on the Block. The group proved to be immensely popular, especially among teenage girls in the late 80s and early 90s, but disbanded in 1994.

Following his time spent as a musician, Donnie Wahlberg embarked on an acting career, garnering attention for his role in The Sixth Sense. Other acting roles that Donnie has taken on include: the Saw horror films, and the television shows Blue Bloods, and Band of Brothers, among others.

Most recently, New Kids on the Block reunited for a tour in Summer 2013, along with musical acts Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

Happy Birthday Donnie Wahlberg!

Sources:  Biography, Wikipedia

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Elvis Presley Dies

Affectionately known as the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 13, which is where he began his bustling music career.

After graduating from high school in 1953, Elvis recorded his premiere demo with Sun Studio; his first single “That’s All Right” was released in 1954. Upon the release of his debut album, Elvis blew up. In 1956, he had his first No. 1 Single (“Heartbreak Hotel”), first No. 1 Album (Elvis Presley), and signed a movie contract with Paramount.

Elvis went on to become one of the most iconic entertainers of the 20th century, characterized by his new take on music, provocative dance moves, and charming good looks. Some of his most famous songs include: “Jailhouse Rock”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, and “Love Me Tender” among many others.

Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977 due to heart failure.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Woodstock Opens in New York

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm on August 15, 1969. The festival, billed as “3 Days of Peace & Music”, lasted until Monday, August 18.

Considered one of the most pivotal moments in Rock and Roll, and in music history in general, the Woodstock Festival saw 32 acts perform in front of over 400,000 attendees. Some of the lineup highlights include: Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix.

Sources: History Channel, Wikipedia

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