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JUNE 20, 2018 | NATIONAL AMERICAN EAGLE DAY | NATIONAL VANILLA MILKSHAKE DAY | NATIONAL ICE CREAM SODA DAY | NATIONAL HIKE WITH A GEEK DAY | NATIONAL KOUIGN AMANN DAY

NATIONAL AMERICAN EAGLE DAY

Observed each year on June 20th is National American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal.

In the latter 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States.  Eventually, populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. On June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico.  They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagles survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water.  Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest was found in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep.  It weighed in at nearly 3 tons.

The name “Bald Eagle” derives from an older meaning of “white headed” as the bird is actually not bald.  The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.

HOW TO OBSERVE

For more information on National American Eagle Day visit www.eagles.org.  Use #NationalAmericanEagleDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

National American Eagle Day is sponsored by The American Eagle Foundation.

NATIONAL VANILLA MILKSHAKE DAY

National Vanilla Milkshake Day is happily enjoyed by many people on June 20th of each year.  You can celebrate this day by making a homemade vanilla milkshake for you and your family today.

The first time the term “milkshake” was used in print was in 1885.  This milkshake was a concoction of cream, eggs, and whiskey which was often served with other alcoholic tonics such as lemonades and soda waters

By 1900, a milkshake was often referred to as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrups.”  A few years later in the early 1900s, people began asking for this new treat with a scoop of ice cream.  It was then by the 1930s that milkshakes were a popular drink in malt shops everywhere.

Maybe you want to top off your vanilla milkshake with a little bit of whipped cream and a cherry on top!!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Give these delicious recipes a try:

Vanilla Milkshake by Paula Deen – Food Network

Creamy Vanilla Milkshake

Use #VanillaMilkshakeDay to share on social media.

Looking for a pick-me-up? National Coffee Milkshake Day is July 26.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

NATIONAL ICE CREAM SODA DAY

On June 20th enjoy a cool, frothy ice cream soda.  It is National Ice Cream Soda Day!

There are many claims to the invention of this delicious treat.  One such claim was made by a Mr. Robert McCay Green.  According to Green, he created the beverage in 1874 in Philadelphia when he ran out of ice for his shaved ice treats.  Substituting ice cream, he had a hit on his hands. Green even put in his will that his gravestone read “Here lies the originator of the ice cream soda.”

Philip Mohr of Elizabeth, New Jersey would mix soda water with ice cream to make the drink colder.  This practice took place as earlier as 1862 beating out Mr. Green’s claim.

Advertisements in an 1862 Newport Daily News for Sheld’s Celebrated Ice Cream Soda encourages customers to “Try It, Try It, Try It, It.”  By the looks of it, it was something new at the time.

Whenever the ice cream soda was invented, it was certainly a winning combination.  For generations, we have been enjoying these creamy carbonated desserts at pharmacies and soda fountains across the country.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy your favorite ice cream soda flavor with a friend.  Use #NationalIceCreamSodaDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Ice Cream Soda Day.

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NATIONAL HIKE WITH A GEEK DAY

Going beyond desk exercise, National Hike with a Geek Day on June 20 summons the techies, geeks, IT gurus and gamers to push away the keyboard and strike out across the inviting landscapes of nature.

The day isn’t limited to the tech-savvy who speak in code. Nor is it just for emoticon loving, web surfing fact finders.  If you have ever texted your significant other from another room or checked to see if Alexa has a skill to restart the dryer, you probably fit the criteria for National Hike with a Geek Day. Both as a way to unplug from technology and to re-engage with the people around them, National Hike with a Geek Day calls to all those who can pronounce osmium correctly the first time, the number crunchers and every area of scientific study to refresh and stretch their horizons.

June 20 is also the summer solstice.  It’s the perfect time to grab your nearest, dearest geek and plunge into the neighboring wilderness for some adventure.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Geeks beware! You’ll be cajoled, coaxed and perhaps prodded by friends and loved ones.  But, this is your day.  Go, take the lead.  When asked, surprise them by whipping out your hiking boots, map and compass. Friends and family, don’t be surprised if your geeks have been waiting for just this moment all along. Visit hikingwithgeeks.com for inspiration or motivation. Use #HikeWithAGeekDay @HikingWithGeeks to share your adventure on social media.

You can also follow Hiking with Geeks on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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HISTORY                                                                     

Hiking with Geeks founded National Hike with a Geek Day to give friends with geeks an opportunity to entice them outdoors into the fresh air where journies, human interactions, and exploration take place outside the virtual world.  Mendel Kurland founded Hiking with Geeks in 2016 when he realized he had been skipping out on Mother Nature.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Hike with a Geek Day to be observed annually in 2017.

NATIONAL KOUIGN AMANN DAY

National Kouign Amann Day is observed annually on June 20.  Kouign amann is a round crusty cake, made with a yeast-raised dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in, similar in fashion to puff pastry or croissants but with fewer layers. The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough creating the layered aspect of it and the sugar caramelizes. The name comes from the Breton words for cake “kouign” and butter “amann.” Kouign amann is a popular and traditional pastry in Brittany, where it originated in 1860 when flour was scarce, but butter was abundant.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Buy a kouign amann to share with your family and friends.   If you are feeling adventurous, try your hand at making your own.  On social media, use #NationalKouignAmannDay.

HISTORY

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National Kouign Amann Day was submitted by b.patisserie in April 2015.  The Registrar of National Day Calendar declared June 20 as National Kouign Amann Day in June 2015

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