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Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Of course, larger families celebrate more than one middle child, too! 

Many believe birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children. For example, the Middle Child Syndrome describes the firstborn as the leader and the role-player. Meanwhile, the youngest one earns the title of the baby family. Therefore, the middle child’s role remains undefined.

Birth order may also contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. One personality study also claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative. 

No matter what the personality tests and therapists say, the day directs us to focus on the middle child. The day directs parents and siblings to pull out all the stops. Make your middle-born family members feel special. 

HOW TO OBSERVE National Middle Child Day

On August 12, recognize the sibling in the middle, the meat of your family sandwich! If you’re a middle child, celebrate your unique position in the family. Keep all middle children in mind. Try these ideas:

  • Make their favorite homemade dish and invite them over.
  • Send a card and share a memory of them. (Be sure the memory is of the middle child and not one of your other children.)
  • Invite your middle child for coffee. 
  • Call your middle child to find out about their day. This is especially important if you don’t usually call.
  • Take a walk with your middle child. Throw a frisbee or do one of their favorite activities. 
  • Play a card or board game.
  • If your middle child has a middle child, suggest all of you make a day of activities together. 

Post on social media using #NationalMiddleChildDay to alert others.


Elizabeth Walker created National Middle Children’s Day in the 1980s. The first celebrations took place on the second Saturday in August. However, along the way, it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12th. 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.

Middle Child Day FAQ

Q. Are there fewer middle children today than in years past?
A. While the size of a household is growing, that doesn’t mean more families are having more children. According to Pew Research data, the number of children born to a woman on average dropped to 1.86 in 2006. The years preceding that wavered around 2 births per woman. Those numbers suggest fewer middle children. However, middle children do exist. Consider families who adopt, blended families, and those who are still having large families of 3+ children.

Q. Are other children in the family celebrated, too?
A. Yes! For example, National Only Child Day celebrates, well, the only child. Considering the statics above, that population is trending upward. National Siblings Day also celebrates every sibling in the family, regardless of birth order. There are also National Sisters Day and Brothers Day.



Each year, on National Julienne Fries Day on August 12th, everyone fries up skinny sliced potatoes for a delicious and crunchy treat.  

Cut into thin, uniform matchsticks, julienne fries tend to be crispier and are often called “shoestring fries.” It’s no surprise this delicate and precise cut is a French favorite. Just look to the 1722 edition of Francois Massialot’s Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeoi for the oldest known written reference to the julienne cut.  


Although no one knows the origin of the julienne cut, Eneas Dallas, in the book Kettner’s Book of the Table written in 1877, analyzes the sources of the julienne cut. One recipe interests him, called Julienne Soup. The recipe calls cooks to cut all the vegetables,(such as turnips, carrots, potatoes), into long strips or straws. Another recipe may share a clue. A woodsorrel soup recipe 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 people of Europe knew the woodsorrel by many names. The French knew it as La petite oseille and surelle (among many others). In England, it was called stubwort, sour trefoil, or cuckoo’s meat. Another unusual name for the woodsorrel was 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 carries this point to Italy, where the name becomes Juliola.

Dallas also suggests that when woodsorrel is cooked, the leaves cook away. The soup leaves only the twigs or the representative julienne cuts.

Despite all these possibilities, National Julienne Fries Day promotes noshing, not superstitions. However, sharing the origins may impress your friends. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #JulienneFriesDay

What’s the best way to celebrate this food holiday? By slicing up some potatoes into small sticks and frying them up, of course! You can also visit your favorite restaurant and order some. We even have some tips to help you succeed at homemade shoestring potatoes:

  • Once you’ve sliced your potatoes into matchsticks (which can be achieved with a tool with a julienne blade), let the potatoes rest in a bowl of ice water for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, pat the potatoes dry with paper towels. You want them dry before placing them in hot oil, or the grease will vigorously splatter.
  • When you add the potatoes to the hot grease, don’t add too many at a time. They need room to fry on all sides. This tip also prevents your oil from excess splatter and overflowing.
  • The ideal temperature for frying your potatoes is about 350°F.
  • Once the potatoes become golden brown, remove them from the oil to a clean paper towel to drain and season immediately.

Use #JulienneFriesDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of National Julienne Fries Day.



Get spinning on August 12th with National Vinyl Record Day! Whether it’s the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Johnny Cash, or the Bee Gees, vinyl records have a sound all their own. Most will agree, vintage vinyl is as classic as the bands themselves.

The day encourages listening to all kinds of music on vinyl records. Spin a disc on a jukebox or show off your style by demonstrating your hip-hop moves.

About Vinyl Records

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

When vinyl records first came on the market they had other names. Some of them were a gramophone record or a phonograph record. They are also called records for short. The analog sound storage medium consists of a flat disc. The sound is recorded by inscribing it on a modulated spiral groove.

Depending on the speed at which the sound was recorded, the vinyl record will need to be played at a corresponding speed on the record player. This is referred to as rotational speed. The revolutions per minute (RPMs) 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

By 1991, vinyl records left the mainstream. However, manufacturers continue to produce them. Collectors and audiophiles increasingly desire the unique sound that only vinyl can produce. Since 2006, vinyl record sales continue to increase according to Even more dramatic sales started hitting the markets beginning in 2012. 


HOW TO OBSERVE National Vinyl Record Day

Stop by a vinyl record store in your town. While browsing through the selections, reminisce about the Good Ol’ Days. You can also dive into your own collection. Listen to your favorites or find a new favorite to enjoy. Share your discoveries using #VinylRecordDay to post on social media.


Gary Freiberg of Los Osos, California founded National Vinyl Record Day commemorating the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Freiberg encourages everyone to remember fond memories and the good things in life, especially vinyl records.

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August 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Isaac Singer’s first patent for a commercial sewing machine is granted. Patent No. 8,294 was for improvements to a machine previously patented by Singer.


Using carbolic acid, Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery on a compound fracture. The patient recovered with no infection.


Thomas Edison completes the first model for the phonograph. While working on the telegraph and telephone, inspiration struck The Wizard of Menlo Park. He speculated if messages could be transferred from paper tape, then voice might also be recorded and transferred. The resulting idea led to Edison developing the phonograph.


The first National Archery Tournament begins at White Stocking Park in Chicago, Illinois.


Bertha Benz makes the first long-distance road trip in her husband’s invention, a motorized carriage. She set out to prove the value of a car in an era ruled by horses. In 12 hours, she drove 106 kilometers (65 miles). A horse-drawn carriage traveling the same distance would take approximately 16 hours.


Ford completes the first Model-T. The car rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan, on September 27th. The company introduced the revolutionary vehicle to the masses on October 1st of that year.


The home of abolitionist, author, and former slave, Frederick Douglass, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Restoration the national shrine, Cedar Hill, began in 1921. Then in 1962, the National Park Service took over the supervision of the historic site.


Clarence Birdseye obtains a patent for “Method of Preparing Food Product” that demonstrated how to freeze food and package it for distribution. His patent No. 1773079A led to the frozen food industry.


Ann Davidson completes her 15-month voyage on her sloop, the Felicity Ann. Her achievement makes her the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, raising the minimum wage from 75¢ to $1.00 per hour.


NASA launches Echo 1A, the first successful communications satellite.


The Space Shuttle Enterprise flies free of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for the first time.


The personal computer (PC) comes to market for the first time when IBM releases its Model 5150.


Sue Hendrickson discovers Tyrannosaurus rex remains in South Dakota. One of the most complete skeletons in the world was named Sue in honor of Hendrickson.


Professional baseball players strike, bringing Major League Baseball’s season to an end. The World Series is canceled.


NASA launches the Parker Solar Probe beginning the first mission to the sun. With each perihelion (closest point in orbit to the sun), the probe will gradually edge closer to the sun. By 2025 it will be at its closest perihelion, 6.9 gigameters from the center of the sun.

Recipe Of The Day
Lemon Pound Cake recipe

Name: Lemon Pound Cake
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 10-12



1 pound cake flour (3-1/2 cups)
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar (2 cups)
1 pound eggs (9 large)
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 300°F. Prepare two or three bread loaf pans or one bundt pan and a loaf pan.

Cream butter well, add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy.

Add eggs two at a time, and beat well after each. Add lemon juice and lemon zest.

Add flour gradually and beat until smooth.

Pour mixture into pans. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Let cool slightly, 5-10 minutes, and then invert onto a serving plate.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake before serving.

August 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Christy Mathewson – 1880

As one of the first pitching greats in professional baseball, Mathewson played for several teams, including the New York Giants.

Cecil B. DeMille – 1881

The noted filmmaker produced and directed more than 70 films.

Erwin Schrödinger – 1887

As a theoretical physicist, Schrödinger made contributions to wave theory and quantum mechanics. The Nobel Laureate is noted for being one of the father’s of quantum mechanics and for his thought theory today known as Schrödinger’s Cat.

Tedd Pierce – 1906

Actor, animator, and screenwriter, Pierce is most known for his contributions to the film Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and his animation work.

Gladys Bentley – 1907

As a Blues singer, Bently played the piano and sung with a bold voice. She’s also noted for also breaking down barriers.

Jane Wyatt – 1910

Known for her roles on Father Knows Best and as Spock’s mother in Star Trek, Wyatt began her film career with One More River.

Margaret Burbidge – 1919

Burbage’s achievements include developing instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope and being the first woman appointed as director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. She also supported opportunities for women in science, an area where she was often denied equality, and shared the spotlight with her husband.

Buck Owens – 1929

Born as Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., the performer achieved success as a musician and singer-songwriter. He played a prominent role in the popular comedy and music show Hee Haw. In 1996, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Charlie O’Donnell – 1932

The voice behind several game shows, O’Donnell is best known for announcing the Wheel of Fortune.

John Poindexter – 1936

Poindexter served in the United States Navy and was appointed to the role of Deputy National Security Advisor and National Security Advisor under the Reagan administration.

Mark Knopfler – 1949

As one of the founding members of the band Dire Straights, Knopfler played lead guitar. The composer also wrote several film scores, including The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog.

Ann M. Martin – 1955

Best known for her children’s series The Baby-Sitters Club, Martin began her career in elementary education.

Lynette Woodard – 1959

Woodard was the first female Harlem Globetrotter. She went on to head coach the Winthrop Eagles women’s basketball team.

Sir Mix-A-Lot – 1963

Anthony Ray is known for his hit rap song “Baby Got Back,” released in 1992. He began his career in the mid-1980s as Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Pete Sampras – 1971

Sampras launched his professional tennis career in 1988. He went on to hold the title of most Grand Slam singles wins (14) until it was broken in 2009.

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