NATIONAL KISS AND MAKE UP DAY
National Kiss and Make Up Day reminds us to end the quarrels, arguments, and fights. Instead, come to an agreement with anyone you’ve had a disagreement with on National Kiss and Make Up Day on August 25th.
Similar to the April 2nd National Reconciliation Day, THIS National Day gives us a chance to make amends. Each one of us has had a fight with a loved one at some point in our lives. Whether it is between you and a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker, after time has passed, do you remember the cause? Who was even at fault? Do you want the discord to go on any longer? That is probably the most important question of all.
Offering an apology, or simply just breaking the silence can be enough to begin the healing. Strive to compromise. Even in a no-win situation, if the relationship is worth preserving, agreeing to disagree may be the only resolution. When we talk through issues calmly after a serious dispute, we often find both sides misunderstood the other person. Looking back, hopefully, we can find something to laugh about and repair the relationship.
Factoid: Kissing prompts your brain to release a happy elixir of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. This isn’t only important for your happiness, it may also help to strengthen your relationship.
HOW TO OBSERVE #KissAndMakeUpDay
Let’s find a way to resolve the differences and celebrate with a new start on Kiss and Make Up Day! Use #KissAndMakeUpDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL KISS AND MAKE UP DAY HISTORY
Jacqueline Milgate of Hilton, New York founded Kiss and Make Up Day giving loved ones a scheduled day to mend relationships.
NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY
National Banana Split Day recognizes the sweet ice cream treat served with a banana, whipped cream, and various toppings. Get yours on August 25th!
How to Make a Banana Split
Originally served in drug stores, soda fountains and ice cream parlors, the banana split is traditionally served in a long dish called a boat. To make a banana split, cut the banana lengthwise and place it in the dish. Then add scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream between the slices of banana. Each scoop gets a topping; add crushed pineapple to the strawberry, drizzle chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and add strawberry topping to the chocolate. Next, sprinkle with crushed nuts. Finally, garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.
A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904. David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. For only 10 cents, Strickler sold his first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae,” double the cost of all the other sundaes.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBananaSplitDay
Whether you go out for a banana split or make one at home, be sure to get two! One for you and one to share. Host a banana split buffet with a variety of ice creams and toppings. Let judges taste each kind. Then crown the winner with bragging rights. If you need a recipe to get you started, try this Banana Split Cheesecake recipe.
However you celebrate, don’t forget the cherry on top! Use #NationalBananaSplitDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of National Banana Split Day. However, David Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, proudly celebrates his creation with a festival every August. In 2013, they placed an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. Then, the United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp” depicting the banana split. It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series. For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUNDERS DAY
On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed what is now called the Organic Act. It established the National Park Service. As part of the Department of Interior, the National Park Service protects 400 areas in each of the 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia totaling 84 million acres.
National Park Service Founders Day recognizes the superior conservation and preservation efforts of the National Parks System. Whether enjoying scenic trails, open spaces, watersheds or recreational areas, the National Parks Service provides a natural outdoor resource accessible to every American. Hiking and biking trails entice us to explore. They also offer an outdoor experience like no other. These parks challenge us with more beauty and history that most of us can imagine.
A Trip Through Time
Not only does the National Park Service provide access to millions of acres of the most picturesque places in the country, but it also takes us back in time. Through historic trails, we walk in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman. A historic trail in Maryland takes us along the path of the Underground Railroad where Tubman led men and women away from slavery and to freedom. In Ohio, we explore the infancy of aviation in the United States.
As we travel through the beauty of the historic Natchez Trace, we’ll discover the intense and tragic histories that lay along the way. From Native Americans to European settlement and the Civil War, the Natchez Trace survived it all.
West of the Mississippi, ancient ruins and resurrected forts tell the stories of those who have gone before us. In rustic settings or an out-of-the-way oasis in New Mexico, rediscover the history of untold ages. After the arid West, head North and study the Klondike Gold Rush in Washington or the history of Columbia River, too.
Majestic beasts and glorious sunsets throughout the National Park Service entice visitors all year long. Some of these parks are in your own backyard, too! They are a mere stone’s throw away. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop. Make a list and keep going.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NPSFoundersDay
Celebrate by visiting one of the 400 management areas across the country. There’s one not far from each of us. There are several ways to get started, too!
- Make a list of the parks you’d like to see.
- Map them out! Then hit the road every chance you have.
- Help keep our National Parks clean and natural. If you pack it in, pack it out.
- Revisit your favorite ones and share photos on social media.
- Introduce a friend or family member to the world of National Parks.
- While visiting, take a hike or learn about the history and culture of the region.
- Read about the history of the National Park Service or watch a documentary.
- Take a virtual tour.
Don’t forget to share your journey’s too! Share your experiences, past and present, where ever you go.
Use #NPSFoundersDay to share on social media.
Educators and families, be sure to visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ideas and projects to Celebrate Every Day! You can also download and print the Hike Color Page to inspire your next visit to a National Park. Send a picture of it, and we just might share it on our social media pages.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUNDERS DAY HISTORY
On August 25, 1916, President Wilson signed into law the Organic Act passed by Congress. It created the National Park Service which became a part of the Department of Interior. At the time, there were 35 management areas including national parks and monuments. Since then, it has grown and the National Park Service continues to preserve these beautiful gems for generations to come.
NATIONAL SECONDHAND WARDROBE DAY
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day encourages deals and savings each year across the United States on August 25. Find steals in secondhand and consignment stores all day long on gently worn clothing for all ages.
Did you know, secondhand shopping offers numerous benefits. Beginning with the savings, for a fraction of the price of retail, thrifty shoppers fill their wardrobe while pocketing the savings. Additionally, they conveniently shop for the whole family in one or two stores. Many secondhand stops cater to particular age groups making it easier to find the styles shoppers seek. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the lightly used clothing gets another go around. And, this National Day benefits the Earth as well!
When is National Thrift Shop Day?
Freeing up some of your closet space and giving some of your rarely worn clothes will benefit you with extra space. Donating your clothing will be helping someone else who is a secondhand store shopper. Your donation will be a blessing to them as well as to the charity that runs the store.
Why allow the stigma of wearing used clothing beat the above scenario of the recycling, reusing, re-purposing cycle we are trying to teach the next generation. Plus, many local secondhand stores are set up as a nonproft raising additional funds for local needs in the community.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SecondhandWardrobeDay
For all secondhand store shoppers, find an entire wardrobe in thrift stores across the United States. Do you need more ways to celebrate? Well here you go:
- Watch thrift store makeover shows inspiration.
- Share your tips and trick to thrift store shopping.
- Learn how to best utilize a bargain for maximum appeal.
- Invite others to join you and then host a thrift store fashion show.
Put your new outfit on and use #SecondhandWardrobeDay to post images on social media.
NATIONAL SECONDHAND WARDROBE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this thrifty holiday. However, check out these other deal days.
- National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
- National Consignment Day
NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY
Each year on August 25t, people across the United States observe National Whiskey Sour Day.
Traditionally garnished with half an orange and a maraschino cherry, a whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often bourbon), lemon juice and sugar. Whiskey sours are shaken then either served straight or over ice.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain
An alternative to the traditional whiskey sour is the Boston sour which is made by adding a dash of egg white to the recipe. Another variation is the Ward 8. This beverage has a base of either Bourbon or rye whiskey with both lemon and orange juices and grenadine syrup added for sweetness.
The first mention of a whiskey sour was in an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper.
- After opening, a bottle of whiskey will remain good for five years.
- An unopened bottle of whiskey can be kept for over 100 years and will still be fit to drink.
- Both “Whisky” and “Whiskey” spellings are correct. Whisky is specific to Scotch Whisky, and Whiskey is Irish.
- Whiskey is the official state beverage of Alabama.
- Legend has it that Jack Daniels ran away at the age of 6 and learned to make whiskey from a Lutheran minister.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWhiskeySourDay
Have a whiskey sour with a friend this evening. While you enjoy your cocktail, explore the history of whiskey, its production, and trade. The documentaries Straight Up and Scotch: The Golden Dram will give you a look inside both Bourbon and Scotch.
(Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.) Use #NationalWhiskeySourDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of this popular National Day.
On August 25 in History
The first patent for preserving food in tin cans is issued to Peter Durand. The merchant would later sell the English patent No. 3372 to Bryan Donkin and John Hall.
Addressing the issue of proper field seeding, Joseph Gibbons patents a grain drill that regulated the amount of seed sown in a single row.
Captain Matthew Web swims across the English Channel unassisted. His accomplishment is the first swim recorded swim across the channel from England to France.
The bacteriologist identified the organism responsible for the bubonic plague.
Fifty-two graduates of nursing, led by Martha Franklin, organized the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses.
The National Park Service was created.
The first international passenger air service begins operating between London and Paris.
At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Ethelda Bleibtrey becomes the first woman to win gold in swimming.
From sea to shining sea, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the North American content solo.
Chikin Ramen becomes the first instant noodles on the market. Momofuku Ando perfected the process and Nissin Foods sold the product.
Tennis player Arthur Ashe earns the men’s singles champion becoming the first African-American to win the U.S. Open.
GE registers copyright for the jingle “We Bring Good Things To Life.”
The world’s tallest living tree is discovered. Named Hyperion, the redwood discovered by Michael Taylor and Chris Atkins grows in Redwood National and State Parks.
NASA’s Voyager 1 enters interstellar space, making it the first spacecraft to venture beyond the power of the solar winds.
Recipe of the Day
Chocolate Pots de Creme
Total Prep: 65
8 ounces bitter sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 large egg yolks
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Place chocolate in medium bowl.
In a small saucepan, bring cream, milk, and salt to simmer.
Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Whisk until smooth.
Whisk egg yolks in a separate medium bowl.
Slowly add melted chocolate and whisk until blended.
Strain mixture into another container.
Divide custard into six ramekins.
Place ramekins in a roasting pan or baking dish.
Add hot water to the pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the cups.
Cover with foil and place carefully in the oven.
Bake the custards until they are set around the edges, but the centers slightly move when shaken, approximately 55 minutes.
Born on August 25
Allan Pinkerton – 1819
The former deputy sheriff of Cook County in Chicago is best known for establishing one of the country’s most famous private detective agencies, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
Joshua L. Cowen – 1877
The inventor and toymaker co-founded the Lionel Corporation and developed the first Lionel model train for the company.
Mary Bruce – 1900
Founder of the Mary Bruce Dance School in Harlem, the ballet and tap dancer taught legendary dancers Gregory Hines, Ruby Dee, and Katharine Dunham.
Mollie Panter – Downes – 1906
English author of such works as The Shoreless Sea and One Fine Day, Panter-Downes was also a columnist for The New Yorker.
Dorothea Tanning – 1910
The artist is best known for her surrealist painting and sculpture.
Arnold Neustadter – 1910
Before there was the Facebook friends list, there was the Rolodex. And Arnold Neustadter invented it.
Walt Kelly – 1913
As an animator, Kelly worked for Walt Disney Studios but he also created the comic strip Pogo.
Monty Hall – 1921
Comedian and game show host, Monty Hall, is best known for hosting the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.
Sean Connery – 1930
The first actor to play the role of James Bond in the Bond films, Connery has appeared in over 90 films including The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and The Untouchables.
Regis Philbin – 1931
The perennial talk show host also hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and made several cameos in film and television.
Gene Simmons – 1949
Co-founder of the band KISS, Simmons joined reality TV in 2006 when the A&E network began airing Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
Tim Burton – 1958
Filmmaker, Tim Burton, is known for creating dark and wonderous film and animation.
Ian Falconer – 1959
The children’s author and illustrator is best known for his Olivia books and television show.
Rachael Ray – 1968
The syndicated celebrity chef is known for lifestyle and cooking programs as well as her cookbooks and product line.
Jo Dee Messina – 1970
The country music artist has a string of number 1 hits including “Bring on the Rain.”
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