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AUGUST 19, 2019 | INTERNATIONAL BOW DAY | NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY | NATIONAL AVIATION DAY

International Bow Day - August 19

INTERNATIONAL BOW DAY

On August 19, International Bow Day recognizes the accessory that has been changing fashion for centuries – bows! Adding accessories makes just about any look so much better. 

During the 18th century, men primarily wore bows. However, as fashion trends changed, women began to wear the accessory, too. They chose a variety of fabrics, styles, sizes to compliment their wardrobe. Throughout the generations, bows continue to maintain their fashion power. While they never went out of style, designs and place dictated the fashion trends.

On International Bow Day, celebrate your style with bows. Whether you chose to where them in your hair on as a clothing accessory, there’s something for everyone! 

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalBowDay

Wear your favorite bow accessories and use #InternationalBowDay and #itsatclaires to share on social media.

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INTERNATIONAL BOW DAY HISTORY

Claire’s founded International Bow Day to celebrate and share the versatile, lasting global trends of the bow. Claire’s has a full range of bow accessories for girls no matter what their style! Customers can find bow themed product in almost every category carried by Claire’s.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared International Bow Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

About Claire’s:

Claire’s® is seen as one of the world’s leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and kids. Our goal is to be the emporium of choice for all girls (in age or attitude) across the world. We deliver this by offering a range of innovative, fun and affordable products and services that cater to all of her activities, as she grows up, whenever and wherever; becoming a “Girl’s Best Friend” and her favorite shopping destination! Our broad and dynamic selection of merchandise is unique, and over 90% of our products are proprietary.

Claire’s® offers a differentiated and fun store experience with a “treasure hunt” setting that encourages our customer to visit often to explore and find merchandise that appeals to her. We believe that, by maintaining a highly relevant and ever changing merchandise assortment, offering a compelling value proposition, delivered in a fun and accessible way, Claire’s® has universal appeal to teens, pre-teens and kids.

According to our estimates, Claire’s® has over 95% brand awareness within this group in our largest markets. As of January 31, 2017, Claire’s® had a presence in 49 countries through the 2,414 company operated Claire’s® stores in North America and Europe, 933 concession store-in-stores and 584 franchised stores in numerous other geographies, namely the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and South Africa.

National Soft Ice Cream Day - August 19

NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY

National Soft Ice Cream Day on August 19th gives us a tasty way to cool off on a hot summer day. Whether you enjoy it in a bowl or on a cone, grab some soft serve and enjoy!

Melting Ice Cream

In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend in Hartsdale, New York, Tom Carvel had a flat tire. After pulling his ice cream truck into a parking lot, the businessman knew his product was melting. As vacationers drove by, Carvel sold the softened ice cream to them. Surprisingly, they loved the soft ice cream! The potential for a new dessert was not lost on the salesman. Instead of roving ice cream truck, Carvel could have a fixed location with soft ice cream.

Two years later, Tom Carvel opened his first ice cream store on the site where his truck broke down. In the preceding years, Carvel patented a super low-temperature ice cream machine and created a secret formula ice cream.

It wasn’t long before other businesses began to crop up. The hard ice cream industry began to object. Despite both products providing similar flavors, servings, and enjoyment, they were different. Hard ice cream business did suffer a reduction in revenue during the first years of soft ice cream’s popularity. Even the Minnesota legislature passed laws prohibiting the sale (technically by law it was considered to be ice milk) of soft-serve ice cream from a machine. It had to be sold pre-packaged. The law was later changed. (Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 19 Aug 1951)

Soft vs. Hard Ice Creams

How different are soft and hard ice creams? While they are made with the same ingredients, soft ice cream has less milk fat. It also has more air than hard ice cream. Both of these factors contribute to the ice cream being more delicate and smoother. The milk fats in the hard ice cream cause it to be firmer when frozen.

Another difference is the temperatures the ice creams are kept frozen. Soft ice cream machines keep a temperature of 6°C. However, hard ice cream is kept at a temperature of 12°C. While that might not seem like a big difference, the evidence is in the ice creams.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSoftIceCreamDay

There are many ways to enjoy soft ice cream. Order a dipped cone or have a sundae. Soft ice cream comes in a variety of flavors. One that seems to taste better as soft serve is chocolate mint. However, that may just be an opinion. Go out for some soft ice cream and use #NationalSoftIceCreamDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Soft Ice Cream Day.

National Aviation Day - August 19

NATIONAL AVIATION DAY

National Aviation Day on August 19th recognizes the pioneers of human flight.  

For centuries, humans have been fascinated by flight. In ancient China, kites few to investigate the weather. Inventors such as Leonardo da Vinci developed many ideas about flight. Gliders and balloons lifted humans into the sky, but none of the inventions gave a person control of where they flew.

Before Powered Flight

The physics of flight and propulsion play key roles in who became pioneers. George Cayley used aerodynamics while designing fixed-wing aircraft. His designs would later inspire Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Since propulsion is one of the primary requirements to lift a human into the sky for flight, it would make sense that an engine could provide that power. Samuel Langley, an astronomer from Boston, designed a steam-powered model called an aerodrome in 1891. It flew for 3/4ths of a mile.

After receiving a grant to build a full-sized aerodrome, Langley’s first test crashed. He never made another attempt.

First Powered Flight

In a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, two inventors eagerly began testing their ideas about flight. Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, had studied Octave Chanute’s 1894 Progress in Flying Machines. The brothers set to work testing their designs, first with gliders. Eventually, they sought to add an engine.

Two American inventors and aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on December 17, 1903.

In 1902, Charles Edward Taylor joined their team in pursuit of powered flight. Since automobile companies couldn’t supply an engine light enough and powerful enough, they would have to build it. Taylor, a machinist, set to work building the 12-horsepower engine. It took Taylor 6 weeks to build the engine.

After completing the design, in September of 1903 Wrights returned to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Just months before, they had successfully tested their glider. However, setbacks and weather postponed the powered flight.

It wasn’t until mid-December that the brothers finally felt all was in order. After flipping a coin to decide who would pilot the machine, Wilbur climbed aboard. The first attempt failed, only flying 3.5 seconds. However, the brothers learned what worked.

The next attempt on December 17, 1903, Orville took the controls. After launching, the machine flew for 120 feet. Man flew.

Since that day, aviation exploded into the skies. Its applications became immediately apparent to the military. The Wrights consulted with the Army for several years after their success.

Now that humans could fly, they set new challenges – flying across oceans, around the world, and into space.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAviationDay

Use #NationalAviationDay to post on social media and spread the word.

NATIONAL AVIATION DAY HISTORY

In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established National Aviation Day by presidential proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday for the observance.  Born August 19, 1871, Orville Wright was still living when President Roosevelt issued the proclamation. Orville Wright continued living for nine more years until his death in 1948.

Proclamation USC 36:I:A:1:118 allows the sitting United States President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year.  If desired, the President’s proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the U.S. flag on that day. The President may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.

On Deck for August 20, 2019

Recipe of the Day

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep:  1 hour, 5 minutes
Servings:  2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325°.

Prepare two loaf pans with a thin coat of butter and lightly dusting with flour.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs one at a time.  Add sugar, oil, flour, soda, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix well. Add zucchini and nuts.

Transfer mixture to loaf pans.

Bake for 1 hour, 5 mins. Loaves are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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