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August 16, 2022 - NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY – NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY – NATIONAL RUM DAY – NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY

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AUGUST 16, 2022 | NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY | NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY | NATIONAL RUM DAY | NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY

National Tell A Joke Day | August 16

NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY | AUGUST 16

What happened to the comedian on August 16th during National Tell A Joke Day? Everyone stole his punchlines! All joking aside, get out there and laugh a little and tell some funny ones. Read more…

National Airborne Day | August 16

NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY | AUGUST 16

National Airborne Day on August 16th honors the military’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces. Read more…

National Rum Day | August 16

NATIONAL RUM DAY | AUGUST 16

Join National Rum Day on August 16th as blended beverages and cocktails create a delicious celebration. Rum is a distilled clear alcoholic beverage which is a byproduct of sugar production. It can also be made directly from sugar cane juice. After the fermentation and distillation process, most rum ages in wooden oak barrels. Read more…

National Roller Coaster Day | August 16
National Roller Coaster Day | August 16

NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY | AUGUST 16

Each year on August 16th, people flock to amusement parks for a thrill, a few exciting screams, and to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day. Take a ride on a roller coaster near you. Read more…


On Deck for August 17, 2022

National Days

Spiced Raisin Bars
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook:  20 minutes
Total Prep:  35 minutes
Servings:  80 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 – 1/2 cups golden raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Glaze (optional):

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons rum
2 teaspoons water

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Prepare a 15x10x1 jelly roll pan by greasing bottom the bottom and sides.

Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Sift all ingredients together twice.

Cream together shortening and sugar.

Add molasses, egg, rum extract, water, and vinegar.

Pour batter into baking pan evenly.

Bake 17-20 minutes until bars turn light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cool for 10 minutes.

Turn the pan onto a cooling rack to cool for an additional 10 minutes.

Place on a cutting board.

Glaze (optional):

Combine confectioners’ sugar, rum, and water in a small bowl.

Brush glaze over the bars and allow to harden.

Cut bars into desired serving sizes.

August 16th Celebrated History

1858 

President James Buchanan receives the first transatlantic cable from Queen Victoria.

1870 

Professional pitcher, Fred Goldsmith successfully proves the curveball is not an optical illusion. In the demonstration, the tricky and twisty pitcher repeatedly pitched around a center pole driven into the ground and brought the ball back across the before reaching the target.

1898 

Edwin Prescott patents the “loop-de-loop” roller coaster which he operated at Coney Island.

1916 

The United States and Canada sign one of the first treaties designed to protect wildlife – The Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

1930 

The artist who sketched the first Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks, releases the first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks.

1940 

The first official Army parachute jump takes place at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

1954 

Sports Illustrated publishes its first issue. The cover photo was of Milwaukee Braves batter Eddie Mathews swinging away at a home game against the New York Giants.

1962 

After a disappointing performance during an audition, the Beatles release drummer Pete Best. They replaced him with Ringo Starr a few days later.

1969 

The Auditorium Theater in Chicago hosts the folk-rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for their first concert.

1977

Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack in his Memphis home at the age of 42.

1983 

Actress Carrie Fisher and musician Paul Simon marry. They would divorce less than a year later.

1986 

Madonna’s single “Papa Don’t Preach” hits #1 along with her album True Blue.

1993

Thomas Welsh granted patent no. 5,236,208 for Platform Steerable Skateboard.

2018

Housing 40 cows, the first floating dairy farm opens in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

August 16th Celebrated Birthdays

Amos Alonzo Stagg – 1862

Coaching until the age of 98, Stagg contributed to college football both as a player and coach. He coached more than any other American football coach, too – 71 years.

Hugo Gernsback – 1884

Gernsback is known for his contributions to the science fiction genre. He published one of the first magazines dedicated to the genre- Amazing Stories.

T.E. Lawrence – 1888

Nicknamed Lawrence of Arabia, the military leader is noted for his role in several campaigns, including the Arab Revolt.

Otto Messmer – 1892

As an American animator, Messmer created the cartoon character Felix the Cat.

Louis Lomax – 1922

As a journalist and author, Lomax became the first African-American television journalist. He hosted a weekly talk show and also interviewed Malcolm X in the documentary The Hate that Hate Produced with Mike Wallace.

Shimon Peres – 1923

Peres served as both the 9th President of Israel and prime minister.

Suzanne Farrell – 1945

The professional ballet dancer is known for her long and successful career. She founded her own ballet company in 2000, the Suzanne Farrel Ballet.

Kathie Lee Gifford – 1953

Gifford has hosted the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee as well as the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb.

James Cameron – 1954

Hollywood director and producer, James Cameron, is known for his blockbuster hits such as The Terminator series, Titanic, and Avatar.

Angela Bassett – 1958

Bassett is known for her roles in American Horror Story, Black Panther and Waiting to Exhale.

Madonna – 1958

Known as the Queen of Pop, the performer released her first single in 1982. She quickly rose to stardom after the release of her first album Madonna a year later.

Steve Carell – 1962

Best known for his role as Michael Scott in the sitcom The Office, the comedian also starred in films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the Anchorman series. He also voiced the character Gru in the animated collection from Despicable Me.

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