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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.

Sources: timeanddate.com, wikipedia.com
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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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National Creamsicle Day

August 14 is National Creamsicle Day!

National Creamsicle Day is a tasty way to cool off from the summer heat. A type of ice pop created by the Popsicle® brand, Creamsicles consist of a vanilla ice cream center covered by a layer of flavored ice, such as orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape and cherry.

Celebrate National Creamsicle Day by picking up a box of Creamsicles to share with your friends and family or by making homemade creamsicles.


Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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International Left-Handers’ Day

August 13 is International Left-Handers’ Day!

Left-Handers’ Day was launched in 1992 by the Left-Handers’ Club but not just as an occasion for lefties to celebrate their uniqueness:

[Left-Handers' Day is] an annual event  when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.

- Left-Handers’ Club

Learn more about Left-Handers’ Day and the Left-Handers’ Club at lefthandersday.com.

If you’re a leftie, celebrate your left-handedness while making life in a right-handed world easier by treating yourself to left-handed products, such as scissors and pens specifically designed for lefties.

Did You Know…that the U.S. has had eight left-handed presidents? James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Check out more random facts about left-handers by clicking here.


Sources: punchbowl.com, holidayinsights.com, lefthandersday.com
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Babe Ruth Hits 500 Home Runs

On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. It was an exciting day for baseball fans everywhere, especially the New York Yankees (for which Ruth was playing for) even though they lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-5. This legendary hit made Babe Ruth (also known as The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat) the inaugural member of the 500 Home Run Club.

Babe Ruth is often credited as the greatest baseball player of all time, winning Most Valuable Player for the American League in 1923 and elected into the Baseball Hall of fame in 1936. After hitting that historic 500th home run, Babe is understood to have approached Detective H.C. Folger saying “I’d kinda like to have that one.”

Police scoured the city for the possessor of the ball that was said to have landed on Lexington Avenue in Cleveland, and found it in the hands of a child. The detective took the child to meet Babe Ruth, who provided an autographed ball and a twenty dollar bill in exchange for the ball that gave him his 500th home run.

Check out The House that Ruth Built to learn more about The Great Bambino.

Sources: Yahoo, ESPN New York

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