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AUGUST 12, 2018 | NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY | NATIONAL VINYL RECORD DAY | NATIONAL SPIRIT OF ’45 Day | NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY

NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY

Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day is observed across the United States. This day gives special recognition to the middle child or children in the family.

It is believed by many that birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children.  The “Middle Child Syndrome” states that the first-born is often the leader and the role-player while the youngest one is always considered the baby of the family, therefore, leaving the middle child without a special “role”.

Birth order is known to contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience.

One personality study claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Keep your middle child/children in mind.  Post on social media using #NationalMiddleChildDay to alert others.

HISTORY

National Middle Children’s Day was created by Elizabeth Walker in the 1980s.  It was originally intended to be observed on the second Saturday in August, however, along the way it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12.  In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.”  The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.

NATIONAL VINYL RECORD DAY

The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees.  Does the mention of these musicians make you picture a round black record?  A vinyl record? The vintage vinyl is almost as much of a classic as the bands themselves.

These vinyl records are commemorated annually on August 12.  Vinyl records are also known as a gramophone record, phonograph record or a record.  It is an analog sound storage medium consisting of a flat disc which has an inscribed, modulated spiral groove.

Juke Box at Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas loaded with 45s.
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Juke Box at Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas loaded with 45s.

Vinyl records are referred to based on rotational speed  The RPM’s, or revolutions per minute of the more popular vinyls are:

  • 45s
  • 33 1/3
  • 78s

Other features of vinyl records included reproductive accuracy or “fidelity” (High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, Orthophonic and Full-Range), their time capacity (long playing or single), and the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo or quadraphonic).

Vinyl records were also sold in different sizes such as:

  • 12 inch
  • 10 inch
  • 7 inch

Vinyl records left the mainstream in 1991.  They continued to be manufactured and have started to become increasingly popular with collectors and audiophiles.

Rich Rosen, owner of Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas, has 45 years expereince in the vinyl record industry.
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Rich Rosen, owner of Wax Trax Records in Las Vegas, has 45 years experience in the vinyl record industry.

HOW TO OBSERVE

National Vinyl Record Day is a good time to reminisce about the “Good Ole Days”.  Stop by a vinyl record store in your town.   Use #VinylRecordDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Gary Freiberg of Los Osos, California founded National Vinyl Record Day (commemorating the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877) as a reminder of fond memories and the good things in life, especially vinyl records.

NATIONAL SPIRIT OF ’45 Day

National Spirit of ’45 Day honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II. Observed every year on the second Sunday in August, communities around the country hold events and memorials honoring those who have inspired us, sacrificed and preserved our nation for future generations.

HOW TO OBSERVE

The Spirit of ’45 Organization provides a place to register and find events for upcoming the upcoming Spirit of ’45 Day.  They also share past Spirit of ’45 events to keep the inspiration, honor and preservation alive.  Visit and share using #NationalSpiritof45 on social media.

HISTORY

From a humble project pairing kids with seniors to document the World War II generation’s memories, Warren Hegg and the Spirit of ’45 Organization soon realized many shared a common story after the project started in 1996.

In 2009, spokesman Ernest Borgnine and Edith Shain (one woman who claimed to be famously photographed kissing a celebrating sailor in Times Square) talked about a day honoring the men and women of the World War II generation. Congress passed a joint resolution in 2010 on the 65th anniversary commemorating the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.

NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY

Each year, National Julienne Fries Day is observed on August 12th.

Cut into thin, uniform matchsticks, julienne fries tend to be crispier and are often called “shoestring fries”. The oldest written known reference to the julienne cut is the 1722 edition of Francois Massialot’s Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois.  

Although the origin of the julienne cut is uncertain, Eneas Dallas in the book Kettner’s Book of the Table written in 1877, analyzes the origins of the julienne cut. He considers one recipe, Julienne Soup, which calls for all the vegetables, such as turnips, carrots, potatoes, to be cut into long strips or straws.  Staying on the trail of “receipts” the original Julienne recipe may have come from a wooodsorrel soup which required two cuts to be made on each leaf.  Not one or three, but two.  By doing so would create a trefoil or a trinity, which would be significant to some Christian or superstitious cooks.  

According to Dallas, the woodsorrel was also known in Europe by many names.  In France it was known as La petite oseille and surelle (among many others), in England it was known as stubwort, sour trefoil, cuckoo’s meat and most interestingly it was known as Alleluia or Allelujah.  By this name also it was found in Italy and Spain.  The word would often become corrupted or manipulated. For example, the scientific name for woodsorrel is Conserva Lajulce. Dallas carry’s this point to Italy where the name becomes Juliola.

Dallas’s third suggestion is that when woodsorrel is cooked, the leaves cook away, leaving only the twigs or the representative julienne cuts.

On National Julienne Fries Day, now you share the possibilities of their origin while noshing on some freshly fried potatoes.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Grab some julienne fries and use #JulienneFriesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Julienne Fries Day.

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