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Iced Tea Day

Pitcher and glass of iced tea - Evan SwigartJune 10 is Iced Tea Day, so kick off the summer with a cool, refreshing pitcher of iced tea!

Did you know that drinking tea regularly (about three cups a day) may help prevent or reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease? It’s all thanks to tea’s detoxifying polyphenols, disease-fighting flavonoids and other antioxidants. Learn more about the health benefits of green tea by clicking here.


Sources: holidayinsights.com, webmd.com
Photo Source: By Evan Swigart via Wikimedia Commons
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National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Strawberry rhubarb pie on wire rack, May 2008
June 9 is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!

After Ben Franklin introduced rhubarb seeds to the North American east coast in the early 1800s, rhubarb, dubbed “pieplant,” became a popular addition to pies in America. Sweet strawberries mixed with the tart flavor of rhubarb make for one delicious piece of pie – especially when you top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a hot June day.

Celebrate National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day by baking this sweet, tangy treat. Need a recipe?

Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

 

Sources: punchbowl.com
Photo Source: By Becky Stern [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Lassie Day

June 8 is Lassie Day!

Lassie was a fictional dog character created for the short story (later expanded to a novel) “Lassie Come Home” written by Eric Knight. On June 8, 1947 Lassie made its debut on ABC’s radio network, a fictional series about a caring collie based on the story by Eric Knight. Due to its popularity, Lassie was later picked up and made into a television program.

If you look for them, you can still find black and white re-runs of Lassie on TV. Celebrate Lassie Day by checking your local listings to see if you can catch any of the old Lassie episodes.

Sources: Yahoo, Wikipedia

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Daniel Boone Day

Daniel Boone engravingOn June 7, 1769, frontiersman and explorer Daniel Boone encountered the forests and valleys of present-day Kentucky after spending months trekking across the Appalachian Mountains – an exploration no one else had made. Not only did the discovered area become the state of Kentucky, but Boone’s trail became the  “Wilderness Road,” or the main road to the west, and opened up new land to be explored by the people of young America.

Learn more about Daniel Boone and his June 7 discovery here.

Celebrate Daniel Boone Day by gathering a few friends for a camping trip and explore the outdoors!

 

Source: americaslibrary.gov
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Drive-In Movie Day

On June 6, 1933 the first ever drive-in movie theater, Park-In Theaters located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, NJ, opened for business.

The idea for a drive-in movie theater was introduced by Richard Hollingshead, who was an avid movie lover and a sales manager at his father’s car parts store. Hollingshead conceived the notion of a movie theater out in the open air where people could enjoy films from their own vehicles.

The original slogan of the Park-In Theaters was “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” Hollingshead charged 25 cents per vehicle and 25 cents per movie-goer with the total charge capped at no more than $1.00. Park-In Theaters was only open for a short time, but was able to rouse a niche industry that would boast more than 4,000 drive-in theaters during its hey-day in the 50s and 60s.

Celebrate the anniversary of the first drive-in movie theater by checking your local events calendar for drive-in movies near you!

Sources: History, The Year of Living Unofficially

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Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

American fantasy, science fiction, and horror writer Ray Bradbury was born in Illinois on August 22, 1920. He went on to become one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century.

Ray Bradbury is most well known for The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), and the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953). Many of his novels have been recreated into popular comic books, TV shows, and movies.

Upon his death on June 5, 2012 The New York Times called him “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the mainstream.” Ray Bradbury is survived by four daughters and several grandchildren.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Christopher Cockerell’s Birthday

English engineer Christopher Cockerell, best known for inventing the hovercraft, was born on June 4, 1910.

Until 1935, Cockerell worked for the Radio Research Company followed by a stint with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company until 1951. He invented the hovercraft in 1956.

A hovercraft is a vehicle that rests on an air cushion which is powered by a fan that is attached to the craft. The idea for the hovercraft was based on a desire to build a vehicle that moved over water surfaces, separated by a layer of air.

The world lost Cockerell on June 1, 1999 just a few days shy of his 89th birthday.

Sources: Wikipedia, About.com

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First Voice Transmission

Alexander Graham Bell used his own invention, the “photophone”, to transmit the first wireless telephone message on June 3, 1880.

Bell held four different patents for a version of the photophone, which was similar to the telephone but different in their methods of projection; the photophone used light as a source, while the telephone used electricity.

The first voice transmission was sent by Alexander Graham Bell at the top of the Franklin School in Washington D.C. which now carries a plaque that reads: “FROM THE TOP FLOOR OF THIS BUILDING/WAS SENT ON JUNE 3, 1880/OVER A BEAM OF LIGHT TO 1325 ‘L’ STREET/THE FIRST WIRELESS TELEPHONE MESSAGE/IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.”

Sources: Library of Congress, Wikipedia

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Repeat Day

June 3 is Repeat Day!
June 3 is Repeat Day!

We’re not really sure who created this holiday, but we assume that whoever it was had a really, really good June 3 that year – so good that he or she wanted to live it all over again.

Whether you choose to enjoy the things you love twice, re-do things that could have gone better, or annoy your siblings, friends or co-workers by repeating everything you say (or worse…repeating everything they say), Repeat Day is a day for repetition.

Looking for a silly way to celebrate Repeat Day? Here’s a creative suggestion from the party planning website Punchbowl:

Don’t tell [your friends] it’s Repeat Day and do things like send them two of the same email or two of the same text messages periodically throughout the day and see if they pick up on it!

- Punchbowl.com

Happy Repeat Day!
Happy Repeat Day!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, theultimateholidaysite.com

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National Rocky Road Day

RockyroadicecreamJune 2 is National Rocky Road Day!

Ever wonder what inspired the creation of the classic Rocky Road ice cream and its name? Rocky Road was created by William Dreyer, the founder of Dreyer’s Ice Cream, in 1929, just after the stock market crash. To comfort himself through the hard times, Dreyer concocted this frozen dessert by mixing almonds and mini marshmallows into his milk chocolate ice cream. Delighted with the creation’s positive effect on his mood, Dreyer dubbed the ice cream “Rocky Road,” a flavor to lift America’s spirits during rocky economic times.

It didn’t take long for Rocky Road to become America’s favorite ice cream or find its way across the Atlantic. However, different countries have made their own adjustments to the recipe: Australia adds jam while the United Kingdom tosses in a few cherries and raisins.

Celebrate National Rocky Road Day and cool off from the summer heat with a pint delicious Rocky Road ice cream. If you’re feeling creative, make your own version of Rocky Road!

Sources: puncbowl.com, dreyers.com
Photo Source: stu_spivack (rocky road ice cream) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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