NATIONAL V-J DAY (Victory over Japan Day) | AUGUST 14
National V-J Day on August 14th commemorates the day in 1945 when news broke around the world the Imperial Government of Japan would surrender ending a long a grueling world war. In Europe, the date was August 15 due to the time zone, but regardless, the celebrations that broke out were no less zealous. Read more…
NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY | AUGUST 14
National Creamsicle Day on August 14th celebrates the creamy citrus dessert on a stick. During the height of summer, what better way to enjoy refreshment than with a creamsicle! Read more…
NATIONAL SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY | AUGUST 14
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 August 14, communities around the country hold events and memorials. Each one honors those who have inspired us, sacrificed, and preserved our nation for future generations. Read more…
NATIONAL NAVAJO CODE TALKERS DAY | AUGUST 14
Each year on August 14th, National Navajo Code Talkers Day honors the contributions of the Native Americans who brought their unique abilities to the World War II effort. The day also highlights their impact on U.S. code and the Native American language that made it possible. Read more…
On Deck for August 15, 2022
- V-J Day – (Observed in Europe)
Recipe of the Day
Name: Kiwi Mango Parfait
Prep: 5 minutes
Total Prep: 5 minutes
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup granola + 1 tablespoon
1-2 mangoes, sliced
2 kiwi, sliced
In a small bowl, mix half the yogurt with the chia seeds. Divide the chia seed mixture between the two jars, creating the first layer. Add 1/4 cup granola to each jar. Layer the mango slices. Add the remaining yogurt. Top with the kiwi and sprinkle with the last two tablespoons of granola.
August 14th Celebrated History
Daniel Boone and Rebecca Bryan marry in North Carolina. They would later move west, blazing trails and leading a pioneer life.
Edward Delafield and John Kearney Rodgers found the first specialty hospital in the United States. The New York Eye Infirmary treated both eyes and ears and in 1964 the name changed to The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary to include the otology specialty.
A meteorite weighing 2.3 kilograms (approximately 5 pounds) falls in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The first patent ever issued in Japan went to Hotta Zuisho. Along with Zuisho’s anticorrosive paint, Japan issued seven other patents that day. Zuisho would go on to obtain a U.S. patent for his paint as well.
Folkestone, Kent, England hosted the first international beauty pageant, Miss European. The event still takes place and travels from city to city. In 2019, Naples, Italy hosted the pageant.
Congress passes and President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act. The sweeping legislation created a pension program based on and supported by workers’ income.
After 10 years of work, the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine is completed. More than 2,000 miles of trails and paths entice hikers from all over the country.
The Student of Prague becomes the first feature-length film to broadcast on BBC television. Many of the themes and subplots are mirrored in the animated film series Shrek.
The White Sox win their first night game at Comisky Park.
Japan surrenders and the announcement becomes known as V-J (Victory in Japan) Day.
Muhammad Ali and Sonji Roi marry. They divorced less than two years later.
After a 43 year military career, Rear Admiral Grace Murry Hopper retires from active duty in the U.S. Navy. Known as the “grandmother of the computer age,” Hopper was a pioneer of computer language.
The New York Yankees retire the number of left-handed outfielder Reggie Jackson. Known as Mr. October for bringing in the big hits in the postseason, Jackson earned 5 World Series Championships.
After challenging the all-male admittance, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first woman cadet to attend the Citadel in its 152-year history. However, 6 days later to would leave the military college located in Charleston, South Carolina.
August 14th Celebrated Birthdays
Doc Holliday – 1851
Known as a gambler and dentist, Holliday’s given name was John Henry. His associations with Wyatt Earp and other colorful characters earned him a reputation as a gunfighter, too.
Ernest Thayer – 1863
Best known for his baseball poem “Casey,” Thayer also worked as a columnist and pursued philosophy.
Ernest Everett Just – 1883
As a biologist and educator, Just was a pioneer in embryology. He graduated from Dartmouth University and after joining the faculty at Howard University, he would go on to many achievements as the director of the biology department.
John Ringling North – 1903
While his uncles founded the Ringling Brothers Circus, North made the circus the glamorous show it became.
Ethel Lois Payne – 1911
Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” Payne reported on the Civil Rights movement in the Chicago Defender. Her journalism and activism eventually gained her entry as the first African American woman in the White House Press corps.
Russell Baker – 1925
Humorist, journalist and satirist, Baker wrote for The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times. In 1979, he earned the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
Thomas Meehan – 1929
Playwright Thomas Meehan wrote the books for popular musicals. Three of them, Annie, Hairspray and The Producers, earned him Tony Awards.
Steve Martin – 1945
Actor and comedian Steve Martin began his career writing comedy sketches that earned him an Emmy Award. He appeared on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live several times. His acting credits include The Jerk, All of Me, ¡Three Amigos!, Father of the Bride, and many others.
Danielle Steel – 1947
As an author of romance novels, Steel holds the title of the bestselling author alive. She published her first novel in 1972.
Gary Larson – 1950
The cartoonist Gary Larson is best known for his syndicated Far Side cartoons.
James Horner – 1953
Horner is one of the best-known composers in the world thanks to his contributions to the movie industry. He earned an Academy Award for Best Music for Titanic. Some of his other scores include Apollo 13, An American Tail, Glory, just to name a few.
Magic Johnson – 1959
For 13 seasons, Earvin “Magic” Johnson played point guard for the L.A. Lakers. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Dream Team. His roles on both teams earned him two inductions into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Halle Berry – 1966
Berry has earned both critical and commercial success with a variety of roles in movies and television. Her Best Actress Oscar award came after her role in Monster’s Ball. She also starred in Catwoman, the James Bond film Die Another Day, and Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever.
Tim Tebow – 1987
The former NFL quarterback turned baseball player in 2016 when he attended open tryouts. He has spent the following years playing on New York Mets minor league teams.
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