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We are 47 days away from the start of the Texas High School Football Season and today is.... STUPID HOT OUTSIDE... and..... 

NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY

On July 14 measuring twice has extra meaning.  It’s National Tape Measure Day.  

Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut made the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses and countless other tradesmen and craftsmen easier when his patent for “Improvements in Tape Measures” was granted.  His patent was dated July 14, 1868.  Enter the generation of retractable tape measures.  

The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather.  Before Fellows’ patent, Englishman James Chesterman designed a steel measuring tape, but it was expensive for it’s time.  At $17 in 1853, it was equivalent to $300 in today’s U.S. dollars. It was also big and bulky and not likely to fit in a pocket or toolbox. Fellows’ patent was an improvement on Chesterman’s design.  

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Tape Measure Day.

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We are 47 days away from the start of the Texas High School Football Season and today is...

NATIONAL PET FIRE SAFETY DAY

National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed annually on July 15th.  Just like fire drills, pets need consideration when preparing for unexpected fire emergencies.

Taking preventable measures now can both save your home and your pet.  Many times our pets can cause a fire if we don’t take the proper steps.

PET FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Extinguish open flames.  Pets are curious and certainly not cautious.  Wagging tails haphazardly knock over candles. Curious kitties will paw at sizzling grease, quickly sending a kitchen up in flames.

Remove knobs from the stove.  When not in use, they will not accidentally get turned on.

Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting in the event of a power outage.

Replace glass water bowls with metal or plastic.  Outside on wooden decks, they can heat up and actually start a fire.

Have leashes and collars stored near the entrance of your home. When away, have your pets in the main living area for easy rescue.

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We are 46 days away from the start of  the Texas High School Football Season and today is.... 

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY

National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month.  This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat.  They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them.  Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.

1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.

1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.

1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.

1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Post on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay.

HISTORY

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

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9 hours ago, Octfeb said:

We are 46 days away from the start of  the Texas High School Football Season and today is.... 

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY

National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month.  This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat.  They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them.  Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.

1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.

1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.

1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.

1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Post on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay.

HISTORY

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

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We are 45,44 days away from the start of the Texas High School Football Season and today is.....

NATIONAL CAVIAR DAY ***GROSS***

On July 18 recognize a seafood delicacy with roe on toast.  It’s National Caviar Day!

In simple terms, caviar is Sturgeon fish eggs.  There are several species of Sturgeon fish.  As a result, the caviar produced varies in colors depending on the species.  Caviar is full of protein and vitamins making the delicacy a healthy meal.  

The United States was the leading distributor of caviar around the year 1900 producing over 600 tons a year.  However, due to the over harvesting of Sturgeon fish for the caviar, a ban was put in place to protect the Sturgeon fish from becoming extinct.  The population has never recovered sufficiently since the ban, resulting in caviar’s continued status as a luxury item.

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7 hours ago, Octfeb said:

**** Sorry I missed yesterday, was a busy day.****

We are 45,44 days away from the start of the Texas High School Football Season and today is.....

NATIONAL CAVIAR DAY ***GROSS***

On July 18 recognize a seafood delicacy with roe on toast.  It’s National Caviar Day!

In simple terms, caviar is Sturgeon fish eggs.  There are several species of Sturgeon fish.  As a result, the caviar produced varies in colors depending on the species.  Caviar is full of protein and vitamins making the delicacy a healthy meal.  

The United States was the leading distributor of caviar around the year 1900 producing over 600 tons a year.  However, due to the over harvesting of Sturgeon fish for the caviar, a ban was put in place to protect the Sturgeon fish from becoming extinct.  The population has never recovered sufficiently since the ban, resulting in caviar’s continued status as a luxury item.

That's one way to ruin the ice cream day.

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NATIONAL MOON DAY

National Moon Day is observed annually on July 20 and commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.   NASA reported the moon landing as being “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.”

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon.  Armstrong stepped first onto the lunar surface, six hours after landing and spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft.  Aldrin spent slightly less time but together they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth.  Michael Collins piloted Apollo 11 and remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned.

Watched by millions, the event was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience and all witnessed as Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY

National Day of the Cowboy is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in July.  

The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in the heart of Texas.  Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they grew wild and unchecked.  As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.

The draw of riches and adventure mixed with tales of violence and a backdrop of the Great Plains gave way to the mythological image of the cowboy.

Where the dust settles reveals much of the stoic truth of the American cowboy and cowgirl. The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world.  To do so requires respect, loyalty and a willingness to work hard.

 

In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate with a cowboy you know and post on social media using #NationalDayOfTheCowboy.  Enjoy a western novel or movie, attend a rodeo and embrace the cowboy way of life.

HISTORY

According to the National Day of the Cowboy Organization, this day “…is a day set aside to celebrate the contributions of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.” The NDOC continuously pursues national recognition of National Day of the Cowboy.  Currently, 11 states recognize this day. The first celebration was in 2005

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59 minutes ago, Octfeb said:

We are 41,40 days away from the start of the Texas High School Football Season and today is...

NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY

National Day of the Cowboy is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in July.  

The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in the heart of Texas.  Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they grew wild and unchecked.  As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.

The draw of riches and adventure mixed with tales of violence and a backdrop of the Great Plains gave way to the mythological image of the cowboy.

Where the dust settles reveals much of the stoic truth of the American cowboy and cowgirl. The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world.  To do so requires respect, loyalty and a willingness to work hard.

 

In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate with a cowboy you know and post on social media using #NationalDayOfTheCowboy.  Enjoy a western novel or movie, attend a rodeo and embrace the cowboy way of life.

HISTORY

According to the National Day of the Cowboy Organization, this day “…is a day set aside to celebrate the contributions of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.” The NDOC continuously pursues national recognition of National Day of the Cowboy.  Currently, 11 states recognize this day. The first celebration was in 2005

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NATIONAL PARENTS’ DAY

National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. 

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers.  It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once.  Parents play a vital role in the lives of children.  From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models.  As families, they are the core of our communities.  On National Parents’ Day, we honor all parents do every day to raise up their children in a world that is constantly changing and challenging.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you.  Post on social media using #NationalParentsDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law  (36 U.S.C. § 135) for: recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”  The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. 

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NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY

On July 24 grab a lime and the salt.  It’s National Tequila Day!

Made from the blue agave plant, tequila has a deep and storied history. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the continent.

Many names we recognize on the labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. In fact, Jose’Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing the favored beverage, courtesy of the King of Spain. He kept well-known company. Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, also producers of tequila, whose businesses continue in some form today.

Agave grows in a variety of ways.  Blue agave, grown in the highlands region, is larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.  Agave grown in the lowland regions have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor. Like similar legislation for bourbon and cognac, Mexican law states tequila is only tequila if it is produced within Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.  If the same ingredients are distilled anywhere else, it’s not tequila.

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NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY

Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25, employers across the country are reminded to consider these servicemen and women as highly trained, qualified individuals to fill open positions in their ranks during National Hire a Veteran Day.

While legislation is in place protecting separating servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce, the best way a potential employer can honor a veteran is to hire one!

Around the world, our military personnel serves to protect our freedom. While they are doing so, provide their returning brothers and sisters with the opportunities to pursue a career in the civilian world. Find qualified candidates for a range of fields from Information Technology, Engineering and Cyber Security, to Sales, Marketing, Management, Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Trades and so many more!

HOW TO OBSERVE
On July 25, 2017,  join Hire Our Heroes at a virtual career fair. Through the Virtual Veteran Career Fair, interested companies meet and interview veterans in a live, virtual, online environment. Employers and job seekers register at www. targetedjobfairs.com through the Hire Our Heroes Virtual Career Fair links.

For a year-round partnership, employers and veterans can find more assistance and resources www.HireOurHeros.org.

Honor our men and women of Armed Forces by offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce and use #HireAVeteranDay to share on social media.

HISTORY
Hire Our Heroes founded Hire a Veteran Day to provide a day to spread awareness and create a platform where employers and veterans can network. Hire Our Heroes (HOH) is a non-profit organization operated and founded by veterans for veterans.

For information on volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, please visit the Hire Our Heroes website.

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We are 37 days away from the start of the Texas Hig School Football Season and today is....

NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY

Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25, employers across the country are reminded to consider these servicemen and women as highly trained, qualified individuals to fill open positions in their ranks during National Hire a Veteran Day.

While legislation is in place protecting separating servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce, the best way a potential employer can honor a veteran is to hire one!

Around the world, our military personnel serves to protect our freedom. While they are doing so, provide their returning brothers and sisters with the opportunities to pursue a career in the civilian world. Find qualified candidates for a range of fields from Information Technology, Engineering and Cyber Security, to Sales, Marketing, Management, Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Trades and so many more!

HOW TO OBSERVE
On July 25, 2017,  join Hire Our Heroes at a virtual career fair. Through the Virtual Veteran Career Fair, interested companies meet and interview veterans in a live, virtual, online environment. Employers and job seekers register at www. targetedjobfairs.com through the Hire Our Heroes Virtual Career Fair links.

For a year-round partnership, employers and veterans can find more assistance and resources www.HireOurHeros.org.

Honor our men and women of Armed Forces by offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce and use #HireAVeteranDay to share on social media.

HISTORY
Hire Our Heroes founded Hire a Veteran Day to provide a day to spread awareness and create a platform where employers and veterans can network. Hire Our Heroes (HOH) is a non-profit organization operated and founded by veterans for veterans.

For information on volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, please visit the Hire Our Heroes website.

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U.S. postal system established

On this day in 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system. During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. In 1753, Benjamin Franklin, who had been postmaster of Philadelphia, became one of two joint postmasters general for the colonies. He made numerous improvements to the mail system, including setting up new, more efficient colonial routes and cutting delivery time in half between Philadelphia and New York by having the weekly mail wagon travel both day and night via relay teams. Franklin also debuted the first rate chart, which standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight. In 1774, the British fired Franklin from his postmaster job because of his revolutionary activities. However, the following year, he was appointed postmaster general of the United Colonies by the Continental Congress. Franklin held the job until late in 1776, when he was sent to France as a diplomat. He left a vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the colonies and Britain. President George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood, a former Massachusetts congressman, as the first postmaster general of the American nation under the new U.S. constitution in 1789. At the time, there were approximately 75 post offices in the country.

Today, the United States has over 40,000 post offices and the postal service delivers 212 billion pieces of mail each year to over 144 million homes and businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The postal service is the nation’s largest civilian employer, with over 700,000 career workers, who handle more than 44 percent of the world’s cards and letters. The postal service is a not-for-profit, self-supporting agency that covers its expenses through postage (stamp use in the United States started in 1847) and related products. The postal service gets the mail delivered, rain or shine, using everything from planes to mules. However, it’s not cheap: The U.S. Postal Service says that when fuel costs go up by just one penny, its own costs rise by $8 million.

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NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY

On July 27, we recognize an aged whisky distilled from malted barley.  It is National Scotch Day!

This particular whisky first and foremost must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water and yeast, other grains can be included, but no fermentation additives, per law.

There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch and blended Scotch.

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BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY

Buffalo Soldiers Day is observed annually on July 28th.  This day commemorates the formation in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers.

“Buffalo Soldiers” (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.

Mark Matthews, who is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery, was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier at 111 years old when he died on September 6, 2005.

The segregated regiments were disbanded during the 1940s and 1950s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration.

On the first Buffalo Soldiers Day in 1992, a monument to the Buffalo Soldier was dedicated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas by General Colin Powell.

The Buffalo Soldier Museum is located in Houston Texas.

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NATIONAL DANCE DAY

National Dance Day is observed each year on the last Saturday in July.  Created as a day to raise awareness about and to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

National Dance Day achieved national recognition when in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.

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NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY

July 30 commemorates the day our Founding Fathers recognized the need to protect the courageous whistleblowers, those who take notice and step forward to report corruption when they see it. National Whistleblower Day reminds us to honor and support the people who speak up when they witness fraud, abuse or waste.

A whistleblower is any individual who reports violations, exploitation, misrepresentations or other suspicious activity within an organization either public or private.  The history of whistleblowers is long and often trying. While legislation now protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, they carry a heavy burden often followed by legal battles. Whether they work in the private sector, local or federal government, when a whistleblower reports a suspected activity, their motivation is to protect consumers, taxpayers, and the general public.

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NATIONAL MUTT DAY

Each year on July 31st and December 2nd, National Mutt Day is observed across the United States.  National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs.

Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs in shelters across the United States are waiting for someone to come and adopt them.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit a shelter, if you are unable to adopt a dog, you can always volunteer. Post on social media using #NationalMuttDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige.  This day is celebrated on both December 2 and July 31 of each year.

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RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY

In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,” Respect for Parents Day was born.   These are the words of Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA as she created Respect for Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st.

This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make sure you are respectful to your parents. Post on social media using #RespectForParentsDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA created Respect For Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st.   You can sign the proclamation written by Mrs. Dalrymple at Respect for Parents Day.

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NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY

Observed each year on August 2, it is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.  This food holiday is one that will refresh each one of us on a warm summer day with a delicious frozen ice cream sandwich.

The original ice cream sandwich sold for a penny in 1900 from a pushcart in the Bowery neighborhood of New York.  The vendor, who was never identified in the article printed in papers across the nation, sandwiched the ice cream between milk biscuits. Soon, push carts popped up around the city and country during the summer months selling the portable treats.

The modern version of the ice cream sandwich was invented by Jerry Newberg in 1945 when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field.   There are pictures from the early 1900s, “On the beach, Atlantic City”, that show Ice Cream Sandwiches were popular and sold for 1 cent each.

There are alternatives to the classic ice cream sandwich using chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies or a rice crispy wafer in place of the original chocolate one.

Ice cream sandwiches are known around the world by a variety of names including the Monaco Bar, Giant Sandwich, Maxibon, Cream Between, Vanilla Slice and many more.

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NATIONAL GEORGIA DAY

The 13th colony and the 4th state to enter the Union, National Georgia Day recognizes the natural wonders and immense complexities of this bastion of Southern culture.

Georgia’s founder, James Oglethorpe, settled the colony’s first capital, Savannah. Georgia would go on to have four more capitals, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and finally, Atlanta

Politically and socially, a divide has always seemed to exist. Considering it was initially established as a barrier of fortification between South Carolina’s southern border and Spanish settled Florida, perhaps Georgia lived up to destiny.

Of the 13 original colonies, Georgia was the only one that prohibited slavery officially in 1735. The prohibition lasted only 15 years. Leading up the Revolution, Georgia leaned toward supporting the crown and was the only colony not in attendance at the First Continental Congress.

During the Second Continental Congress, Georgia initially sent one delegate, Lyman Hall. However, Hall didn’t vote because he only represented a single parish in Georgia. The colony later sent Button Gwinnett and George Walton as official delegates. All three signed the Declaration of Independence.

Wars were destructive for Georgia. Her people and the economy suffered, and the resistance to social change persisted.

During the 20th century, industrial and technological advancements found a niche in Georgia’s economy. A hub for airlines, military bases and international corporations, Georgia rebounded once more.

The Georgia’s history is fertile for inspiration. Alongside the peach orchards and cotton fields surge crops of masterful artists, musicians, writers and poets. Their experiences with the beauty, history and humanity of Georgia fill the eyes and ears with more than can be appreciated in one visit.

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NATIONAL COAST GUARD DAY

National Coast Guard Day observed annually on August 4. This is a day set aside to celebrate and honor the courageous work of the Coast Guard. 

The United States Coast Guard is one of the five US Armed Forces. It is a maritime, military and multi-missioned service. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime but can be transferred to the US Navy by the President of the United States any time deemed necessary, or by Congress during war times.

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of America, the US Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives. An estimated 24,000 of these lives were rescued from peril in severely dangerous conditions.

HOW TO OBSERVE

In America, there are thousands of events nationwide for you to get involved in and show your support. Post on social media using #NationalCoastGuardDay.

HISTORY

The founding of the United States Coast Guard can be traced to an act of Congress on August 4, 1790.  The Coast Guard consisted of 10 vessels which carried out the enforcement of various trade and humanitarian duties.

 

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NATIONAL UNDERWEAR DAY

National Underwear Day is observed annually on August 5th.  If you’re like many Americans, your mother warned you to always wear clean underwear, because you never know when you will be in an accident! Although there are probably better reasons to wear fresh underwear, this is the one that most often comes to mind.

Underwear is the layer of clothing worn closest to the body and under the outer clothing.  It protects clothing from sweat and provides the wearer protections from cold and chafing.  Underwear also provides support and shapes a body. Fabrics allow underwear to be designed for specific climates and sports.  They are designed for both modesty and to look alluring.

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NATIONAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY 

On August 6, float a scoop of vanilla ice cream in an ice cold mug of frothy root beer.  It’s National Root Beer Float Day!

Also known as the “Black Cow,” the root beer float got its start in Colorado in a mining camp. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the “Black Cow”  way back in August of 1893.

One night Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters he was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek when he came upon an idea.  The full moon that night shined on the snow-capped Cow Mountain and reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  He hurried back to his bar and scooped a spoonful of ice cream into the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. After trying, he liked it and served it the very next day.  It was an immediate hit.

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