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Alexander Graham Bell Dies at 75

Scottish scientist, engineer, and inventor Alexander Graham Bell died at the age of 75 on August 2, 1922 due to complications from diabetes.

Born on March 3, 1847, Bell exhibited a natural scientific curiosity and a talent for the arts, which his mother nurtured. His mother (and later in life, his wife) were both deaf, impacting his desire to work with elocution and speech down the road.

Bell’s efforts in the fields of hearing and speech led him to receive a patent in 1876 for the first telephone. In addition to this groundbreaking invention, Alexander Graham Bell alone held 18 other patents, and 12 more with partners, mostly dealing with optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.

Alexander Graham Bell helped found the National Geographic Society and has been credited as one of the most influential inventors of all time.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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National Girlfriends Day

Each year on August 1 we celebrate National Girlfriends Day!

Take time today to show your gal pals some much needed appreciation. After all, who else is there for you through bad breakups, family issues, triumphs at work, and all of your other ups and downs?

Whether you have one best friend or a close-knit group of six, plan out a special activity for you and your pal(s) to engage in today. Go get mani-pedis, take a shopping trip, go to a wine tasting, host a dressy dinner party – the possibilities are endless! For friends who live far away, send a note or an e-card that tells them how much you value your friendship.

Happy National Girlfriends Day!

Sources: SheKnows.com, Punchbowl

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Eat Outside Day

It’s the last day of August and the warm summer days are coming to an end. Celebrate the end of August, the last days of summer, and, of course, Eat Outside Day by enjoying your breakfast, lunch,  or dinner – even just a cold, refreshing snack – outside.

Whether you enjoy breakfast from your porch while watching the sun rise, head to the park for a picnic lunch, gather your friends and family for outdoor grilling, or opt for the outdoor patio at your favorite restaurant, find a way to eat outside today.

Sources: Punchbowl, Slashfood, Yahoo


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Thurgood Marshall Voted to Supreme Court

…the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.” (Wikipedia)

These words were spoken by President Lyndon Johnson in June 1967 when he nominated Thurgood Marshall for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. On August 30 of the same year, Marshall was not only voted to Supreme Court but became the first African American member of the Court. Marshall served on the Court for 24 years, making significant contributions to civil rights, criminal procedure, and other areas of law.

But Marshall’s career in law and impact on civil rights and social justice began long before 1967. Marshall began working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1936 and was appointed as the civil rights group’s Chief Counsel in 1940, after winning his first Supreme Court case – the first of 29 out of 32.

Marshall’s most famous Supreme Court case was the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case, in which the Court declared laws that established “separate but equal” public education as unconstitutional because, as Marshall argued to the Court, the schools would never be equal as long as they remained separate.

Marshall was also the first Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, and the first African American United States Solicitor General, as appointed by President Johnson in 1965.

Sources: Wikipedia, America’s Story from America’s Library

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More Herbs, Less Salt Day

More Herbs, Less Salt Day is a day that promotes and encourages using more herbs and less salt in your meals. Why? According to Wellcat.com, the creators of this holiday:

It’s healthier, zestier, and lustier!”

- Wellcat.com, More Herbs Less Salt Day

In case you didn’t already know, a high-sodium diet is an unhealthy diet, as too much salt can cause headaches, bloating, and even high blood pressure. Too much salt can even effect your taste buds, desensitizing them to foods’ natural, rich flavors.

Cooking low-sodium meals at home is important, especially if you eat a lot of processed foods and restaurant meals, all of which are packed with sodium. But don’t worry. Salt isn’t the only solution to bland food. In fact, meals won’t be bland to begin with if you incorporate fresh herbs and seasonings into them. You can even use herbs and seasonings on prepared meals just as you usually do with table salt!

Celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day by swapping salt for herbs, not just today but every day!

Check out these tips for incorporating herbs into your meals, then learn how to grow your own herbs so that you’ll always have them on hand and eliminate the convenient temptation of salt.

Most herbs work better with certain foods. This guide for cooking with herbs will come in handy when you’re deciding which herbs to incorporate into which dishes.

Explore and experiment with all kinds of flavorful

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The “Pepsi-Cola” Name is Created

Although Pepsi was created by Caleb Davis Bradham  in 1893, the popular soda didn’t get the name “Pepsi-Cola” until August 28, 1898.

Bradham created Pepsi in his pharmacy, “Bradham Drug Company,” by blending together carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, and vanilla. The carbonated beverage was called “Brad’s Drink” until 1898 when Bradham changed the name to “Pepsi-Cola” (after two ingredients: pepsin and cola).

Celebrate the birth of “Pepsi-Cola” by enjoying a cold Pepsi while learning more about its history. If you live in or near New Bern, North Carolina, visit the Pepsi Store, the actual site where Pepsi was created.

Did you know…Bradham invented Pepsi believing that it was a healthy drink that would boost energy and aid in digestion because of the pepsin enzymes. Pepsi was even marketed as such beginning in 1903, when the soft drink’s theme line was changed to “Exhilarating, Invigorating, Aids Digestion.”

Sources: Pepsi Store, Wikipedia

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The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day

The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day celebrates Irish novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (April 27, 1855 – January 24, 1897). Popular in the late 19th century, Hungerford wrote light, romantic fiction published under the pen name “The Duchess” in the United States.

Celebrate “The Duchess” who wasn’t by reading one of Hungerford’s many works.

Did you know…Though the thought had been expressed in many other written forms, Hungerford is credited with coining the famous phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The phrase appears in Hungerford’s best-known novel Molly Bawn, published in 1878.

Sources: Zany Holidays, Wikipedia

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Pluto Demoted

On August 24, 2006, Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet, based on the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) new definition of a planet:

A ‘planet’ is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.”

- from IAU Resolution 5A

The IAU came up with the definition to resolve astronomers’ long-running debate over whether or not Pluto was a planet. In early August 2006, a group of astronomers appointed by the IAU to determine the definition of a planet decided on this definition as well as the definition of a dwarf planet. On August 24, 2006, the IAU passed one resolution that declared this definition of a planet and defined all other objects that orbit the sun as dwarf planets or small solar system bodies. The second resolution declares Pluto a dwarf planet, based on the definitions in Resolution 5A.

Head over to Curiosity.com for a simple explanation of the controversy over Pluto and why it was demoted. Or check out The New York Times’s August 24, 2006 coverage of Pluto’s demotion for an in-depth look at the controversy and how the decision to demote Pluto came to be.

Sources: The New York Times, Wikipedia, National Geographic

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Ride the Wind Day

As summer comes to an end, Ride the Wind Day gives us a chance to appreciate and take advantage of the last days of cool, summer breezes. Go for a bike ride, roller blade in the park, fly a kite, fly in a plane, sail out to sea, or just run really really fast. Looking for something more extreme? Literally ride the wind by paragliding/sailing, hang gliding, parachuting, or skydiving!

Did you know…On this day in 1977, the Gossamer Condor, “the first human-powered aircraft capable of controlled and sustained flight,” flew the first figure-right, as piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen (Wikipedia – Gossamer Condor). Talk about riding the wind!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Giftypedia, Wikipedia

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Ray Bradbury’s Birthday

Celebrated American writer Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois.  Bradbury mainly wrote within the fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery genres, best known for Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The Martian Chronicles (1950), and The Illustrated Man (1951).

Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91 on June 5, 2012. He continues to be one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century, and many of his works have been adapted into comic books, films, and television shows.

Sources: RayBradbury.com, Wikipedia

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