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Presidential Joke Day

August 11 is Presidential Joke Day!

No, Presidential Joke Day is not a day for making jokes about the president. On August 11, 1984,  President Ronald Reagan made the following joke during a sound check before his Saturday radio address:

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

- Ronald Reagan

What the President didn’t know was that the feed had already gone live! Read more about the results of Reagan’s remark and his history of making controversial jokes at History.com.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com
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U.S. Coast Guard Day

USCGC Tampa WMEC 902 passing fort MonroeAugust 4 is U.S. Coast Guard Day!

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the United States Coast Guard, the military branch whose primary responsibility is national defense, or protecting and maintaining the security of U.S. waters and shorelines. However, the U.S. Coast Guard also enforces Federal laws at sea and on coastal and inland waters; protects the marine environment and U.S. coastlines and ports; saves life at sea; and operates the U.S.’s lighthouses.

We honor all those who have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, past and present, on August 4 to commemorate the creation and establishment of the U.S. Coast Guard on August 4, 1790.

Many people celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by attending Grand Haven, Michigan’s Coast Guard Festival, which honors the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard through events and activities such as carnival rides, picnics, parades and ship tours.

Did You Know…that the U.S. Coast Guard was initially called the Revenue Cutter Service? The term “Coast Guard” was not used until 1915, when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Life-Saving Service. Learn more about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard by clicking here.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, uscg.mil, coastguardfest.org
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National Junk Food Day

Potato-ChipsJuly 21 is National Junk Food Day!

For those of you who stick to a healthy diet and stay away from food with little to no nutritional value (like foods high in salt, fat, sugar and empty calories) on a daily basis, National Junk Food Day is your chance to give in to the temptation of some of your guilty pleasures. Whether you have a tamed sweet tooth for chocolate candy bars or have to constantly curb your craving for salty french fries, take advantage of National Junk Food Day by eating one (or two…) of your favorite junk foods.

We all need a cheat day every now and then, no matter how clean your diet. Just don’t get too attached to your junk food guilty pleasures…The healthy diet resumes tomorrow!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com
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Museum Comes to Life Day

There’s no better day to take a trip to the museum than June 24, Museum Comes to Life Day.

On Museum Comes to Life Day, you just might catch an Ancient Egyptian mummy rise from its tomb or feel the ground shake beneath the stampede of elephants, and…did Mona Lisa just wink at you? You never know what will happen when a museum comes to life…so make sure you stay away from the dinosaur exhibit.

Celebrate Museum Comes to Life Day by spending the day at any museum – art, history, science, children’s, space…whichever museum features exhibits you’d most like to see come to life.

Check out Travel and Leisure’s list of the World’s Most-Visited Museums for inspiration.

If the museum of your choice fails to come to life, you can always spend the evening watching Night at the Museum – make it a double feature with Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian!

 

Source: The Ultimate Holiday Site, Almanac of Miscellaneous Merriment 

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Pepper Pot Day

It’s Pepper Pot Day, a celebration of a thick, spicy soup called pepper pot!

According to legend, pepper pot was first concocted during the Revolutionary War – December 29, 1777, to be exact. It was a cold, harsh winter for the Continental Army in Valley Forge. Food was scarce – farmers in the area sold their food to the British Army for pounds over the Continental Army’s weak currency. Thus, the troops created a soup that included all they could find.

And apparently all they could find were scraps of tripe (aka animal stomach), beef stock,  peppercorn and a few vegetables, as these are the main ingredients of pepper pot.

Though pepper pot may not sound like much to celebrate, the soup got the soldiers through the harsh winter, earning it the title “the soup that won the war.”

Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making yourself a pot of pepper pot soup (recipe), but don’t eat it yet. Fill your bowl and head out into the cold outdoors to get the full effect of the soup’s warming powers.

By the way, we’ll totally understand if you substitute the tripe with chicken or beef. And if not, we’ll understand that, too.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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National Eggnog Day

EggnogNot only is today Christmas Eve but it’s also National Eggnog Day! Makes sense, since making a batch or two of eggnog is a common Christmas Eve tradition.

Eggnog is a popular holiday drink in the U.S. and Canada and is made with milk and/or cream, sugar, raw eggs (beaten), spices (particularly nutmeg) and (optionally) liquor, such as brandy or rum. It’s also very tasty…and very high in fat and sugar. Seriously. You might want to pass it up this year if you’re cutting back the calories. However, you can still enjoy eggnog without the high amount of fat and cholesterol by making or purchasing  eggnog with skimmed, low fat, soy or rice milk.

Celebrate National Eggnog Day by making eggnog for your family! (But we won’t be disappointed if you go with commercial eggnog.)

Eggnog drink recipes:

Eggnog

Eggnog Drinks from Allrecipes.com

Alcoholic/Non-alcoholic/Easy/Healthier Eggnog Recipes

If you want to go all out on National Eggnog Day, whip up one of these eggnog-based desserts:

Golden Eggnog Cupcakes

Easy Holiday Eggnog Muffins

Cranberry Eggnog Muffins

Eggnog Drink and Dessert Recipes

 

Note: Commercial eggnog does not contain raw eggs. However, when making homemade eggnog (which includes raw eggs), use pasteurized eggs. Some recipes may also instruct you on how to cook the eggs for additional safety.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
Photo Source: Konstantin Ryabitsev, CC-BY-SA-2.O, via Wikimedia Commons
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First Airplane Flies

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, made the first successful flight of a gas-powered, self-propelled airplane. Although the plane only stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew only 120 feet, it was still considered a successful first flight.

However, on the last of the three flight tests made that day, the plane flew 852 feet in 59 seconds. This historic flight in airplane history was even captured on film. Check it out!

If you happen to be traveling by plane today, take a moment to appreciate how quickly that plane gets you from point A to point B and to thank the Wright Brothers for making it happen.

 

Sources: History.com, Wikipedia, About.com

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Boston Tea Party Day

Boston Tea Party-1973 issue-3cHappy Boston Tea Party Day!

On December 16, 1773, colonists in Massachusetts protested against the East India Company’s monopolization on American tea importation, as granted by Parliament, by boarding three British tea ships in Boston Harbor and dumping 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

Click here to find out why!

Did You Know…that the Boston Tea Party was one of several tension-building events that lead to the American Revolutionary War between the North American colonies  and Great Britain? The Boston Tea Party was the turning point in which colonists started to consider forming a united resistance against British rule.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, osmh.org, wikipedia.org, history.com
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Bill of Rights Day

On December 15, 1791, the United States adopted the Bill of Rights, enshrining in our Constitution the protection of our inalienable freedoms, from the right to speak our minds and worship as we please to the guarantee of equal justice under the law.”

- President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, Bill of Rights Day 2011

On this day in 1791, the United States adopted the Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments of the U.S. constitution.

Written and introduced to the first U.S. Congress by James Madison, who later became the 4th U.S. President, the Bill of Rights protect the individual rights of U.S. citizens by limiting the federal government’s power and granting some power to the states and the public.

Bill of Rights Day was created not only to commemorate the establishment of this significant symbol of freedom but to remind us of that freedom, which we sometimes take for granted.

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day by reading, understanding, and appreciating the Bill of Rights. If you’ve got a little more time, read the U.S. constitution while you’re at it.

Having trouble understanding the Bill of Rights or looking for fun yet effective ways to teach kids about the Bill of Rights? You’ll find plenty of educational resources at the Bill of Rights Institute.

 

Sources: Holiday Insights, Wikipedia, Bill of Rights Institute

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National Bouillabaisse Day

Flickr - cyclonebill - Bouillabaisse med rouilleHappy National Bouillabaisse Day!

Celebrating Bouillabaisse Day, Part I: Learn about bouillabaisse

1. Bouillabaisse = fish stew/seafood soup/fish soup.

2.  Bouillabaisse contains various types of cooked fish and shellfish (at least five kinds) and vegetables, such as leeks, onions, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. It’s flavored with a variety of herbs and spices, such as garlic, orange peel, basil, bay leaf, fennel and saffron.

3. Bouillabaisse originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C. but was referred to as “kakavia,” which is Greek because the people living in Marseilles at the time were Phoceans (aka Ancient Greek people), not French people. The Phoceans founded Marseilles in 600 B.C.

4. Bouillabaisse is rarely made for less than 10 people. More people = more fish = yummier bouillabaisse.

Celebrating National Bouillabaisse Day, Part II: Now that you know a little more about bouillabaisse, make enough bouillabaisse for at least 10 people…

Summer Tomato Bouillabaisse with Basil Rouille (by Bon Appetit)
Bouillabaisse (by Food & Wine)
Bouillabaisse (by Simply Recipes)

Celebrating National Bouillabaisse Day, Part III: Find 10 people to eat it…

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
Photo Source: cyclonebill, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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