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National Dog Day on August 26th encourages dog ownership of all breeds. While seeking a new companion, be sure to consider the mutts, mixes, purebreds, and everything in between. 

Whether mixed or purebred, embrace the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe, and abuse-free life. They all give us companionship. Additionally, they keep us safe, and they aid those in need. Dogs play. Well, they play many roles in our lives, too! They keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.

While many days aim to find loving homes for dogs, this day expands that consideration to look beyond the breed. Look into the heart of the animal. The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.

A dog is man’s best friend.


Purebreds are animals whose parents were both of the same breed. While the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes official breeds, not all dogs with parents from the same breed are considered official by the AKC. One benefit of purebred animals is that characteristics such as behavior and size are predictable.

With mixed breed animals, the genetics becomes uncertain, and some of the predictability is lost. However, when it comes to choosing a dog to add to your family or for training one to join a team, both purebred and mixed breeds may still fit the bill. Both types of dogs, young and old, find their way to shelters.

When is National Puppy Day?

Many popular breeds fill shelters due to recent films or television shows. Families buy an animal imagining they will make the perfect pet but are unprepared for the training, care, and other responsibilities that come with canine care. Regardless of their genetics, all dogs require care and training. If there’s a particular breed that has captured your heart, check the shelters. You might be surprised to find either a purebred or one that is a mix of the kind you’re fond of.

When dogs find a forever home, their companionship creates lifelong benefits. They bring with them joy, loyalty, and devotion. Eventually, no matter the breed, these pets become family.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDogDay

Listen to Dog Walking by The Knits from their album Pixel Parks.

When considering adoption, adopt, don’t shop. If you have your heart set on a purebred companion, consider visiting a website like or to find one at a shelter. Learn how organizations like these are changing the way we adopt. As you search for your new family member, get prepared. Keep in mind the needs of a small versus large dog. Until you find your forever companion, consider volunteering at your shelter or becoming a foster parent.

Use #NationalDogDay and post photos of your dog on social media. Take your dog for a walk.  If you do not have a dog, ask to take your neighbor’s dog for a stroll, or volunteer at a shelter. Be sure to stock up on plenty of Dog Treats as well.


Colleen Paige, pet lifestyle expert, founded National Dog Day in 2004.



The United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full and equal voting rights on this day in 1920. Every year on August 26, we commemorate this right with National Women’s Equality Day. 

Birth of a Movement

While in London at the World Anti-Slavery Convention 1840, several women were denied access to the convention floor planting the seeds for a women’s rights movement. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Staton, along with Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt, set in motion plans for the first woman’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Held at Wesleyan Chapel on July 19-20, 1848, the conference drew 200 women the first day. On the second day, the convention opened to men, and some did attend.

Resolved, that it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise. ~ 9th Resolution of the Seneca Falls Convention 1848

During the convention, leaders presented 12 resolutions. They enumerated in the rights that women should be equal to men socially, economically, legally and representatively. Of the resolutions, all but the 9th were approved unanimously. The right to vote created concern. Many women felt it would cause large numbers of their backers to withdraw their support. However, after much debate and the support of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the 9th resolution also passed.

The Right to Vote

Woman’s suffrage began in earnest in the United States then. Another advocate, Susan B. Anthony, joined Stanton in 1869 to create the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA). Through nearly ten years of persistence and lobbying, the NWSA introduced an amendment in 1878. Despite years of debate and finally to the floor of Congress in 1886, only to be defeated.

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Ultimately, it would take another 34 years before a new amendment made it to Congress. For several years, advocates continued passing the batons. New states entered the union. Their constitutions included rights for women that states before them never had – the right to vote. Civil disobedience ensued. Eventually, with women gaining equality, Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WomensEqualityDay

Learn more about the women’s civil rights movement and the 19th amendment. Read about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Delve further into the history and learn about the efforts of advocates in your home state. Study Lucy Stone, Carrie Chapman Catt, or Alice Paul.  We’ve done some of the work for you. Read about these 5 Notable Leaders in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Use #WomensEqualityDay to post on social media.


On July 30, 1971, Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) presented a bill designating August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. That year, rallies, celebrations and political debate filled the country on August 26th. By 1973, Congress passed a joint resolution declaring the day to be observed on August 26th of each year. Every year since each president declares this day as Women’s Equality Day commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.



National WebMistress Day recognizes women in web development on August 26th.

A WebMistress is a woman who designs, develops, markets and maintains websites. The term has existed since the mid-1990s. In June of 1995, the term officially entered technology’s lexicon. That month, Kat Valentine secured the domain name Taking the name a step further, Valentine then began web development under the job title WebMistress. Comparatively, the term WebMaster arrived on the scene as early as 1986, according to various classified ads.

Now, thousands of women work under the job title WebMistress. More than 20 years later, the word still raises eyebrows. However, WebMistress has a place not only on the résumé but is a legitimate job title in the business world. Take the time to acknowledge the women in web development to promote the job title in the business and lose the stigma associated with the word.


Share your experiences in web design. While you’re at it, give a shout out to an outstanding WebMistress you know.

Use #nationalWEBMISTRESSday on social media to show you are a woman web designer. Also, use the hashtag to demonstrate pride in working under the title WebMistress.  Visit for more information.


Kat Valentine founded National WebMistress Day in June of 2016 to promote women in web design. Additionally, the day celebrates the legitimacy of the job title.



Each summer on the 26th of August, Popsicle lovers across the United States enjoy National Cherry Popsicle Day.

An 11-year-old Frank Epperson inspired the creation when he invented the original popsicle back in 1905. After mixing up a powdered soda, he left the beverage overnight with the stirring stick in it. Temperatures dropped unusually low that night and the next morning, Epperson found the liquid frozen on the stick. He dubbed the creation the Epsicle.

When is National Blueberry Popsicle Day?

It wasn’t until years later, in 1922 during a fireman’s ball, that he introduced his frosty treat.  With the Popsicle’s huge success, Epperson proceeded to make and sell his frozen sweetness at an amusement park in Alameda, California.  By 1924, Epperson applied for a patent by that name, too. Sometime later, he changed the name to Popsicle.

Popsicle is the name brand of a frozen juice concoction on a stick. However, it’s so common, many people use the word for all frozen juice pops. Other name brand products that became household words include Kleenex, Crock-Pot, and Chapstick. But hundreds exist! The word for this phenomenon is called an eponym. 

Of course, as one of the summertime’s favorite treats, this celebration honors one of the top flavors of Popsicles!

HOW TO OBSERVE #CherryPopsicleDay

Have some fun and try making one of the following Cherry Popsicle recipes:

Cherry Coconut Pops
Homemade Cherry Popsicles
Cherry Lime Ice Pops

Use #CherryPopsicleDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of National Cherry Popsicle Day.

On Deck for August 27, 2020
On August 26 in History

The Missouri Board of Education establishes the first public kindergarten in the country. William Torrey Harris and Susan Blow directed the new program that would grow across the country.


Philo Farnsworth receives patent No. 1773980 for his invention of a television system.


The first African American professional pitcher in Major League Baseball makes his debut. Dan Bankhead took the mound for the Dodgers against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also a teammate of Jackie Robinson.


The Beatles single “Hey Jude” is released. 


Bobby Orr signs a million-dollar contract with the Bruins, the first in NHL history.


Mary Boitano wins her first long-distance foot race at the age of 10. She beat out her 11-year-old brother, the defending champion at the Dipsea race in Marin County, California. She began running the race at the age of 5.


The first photos of Saturn’s moon, Titan, are taken by Voyager 2.


At 15 years-old, Lydia Ko becomes the youngest LPGA tour winner.

Recipe of the Day

Cherry Cheese Cake Dip
Prep:  5 minutes
Total Prep:  5 minutes


1 – 8 oz block cream cheese softened
1 – 7 oz jar marshmallow cream
1 – 8 oz tub whipped topping
1 – 21 oz can cherry pie filling
Graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or animal crackers


In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and marshmallow cream together until well combined.

Add whipped topping and mix until just incorporated.

Pour the mixture into a 9-10 inch pie plate or a serving dish the same diameter.

Spread the cherry pie filling over the cheesecake mixture evenly.

Chill until served.

Dip with animal crackers, graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

Born on August 26
Charles Richet – 1850

A pioneer in immunology, Richet won the Nobel Prize for his research on anaphylaxis.

Le DeForest – 1873

Lee de Forest invented the Audion vacuum. This invention made live radio broadcasting possible. Born in Iowa in 1873, de Forest would become the chief scientist for the first U.S. radio firm, American Wireless Telephone, and Telegraph.    

Zona Gale – 1874

Author and playwright, Zona Gale, is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1921, she earned the award with her play Miss Lulu Bett.

Earl Biggers – 1884

The novelist invented the private detective character, Charlie Chan.

Albert Sabin – 1906

The virologist is best known for his work on the oral polio vaccine.

Mother Teresa – 1910

In 2003, the nun and missionary was beatified as Saint Teresa by the Catholic Church.

Katherine Johnson – 1918

Her work as a computer for NASA was vital to the success of the first moon missions.

Ben Bradlee – 1921

As a journalist, Bradlee served as a newspaper editor for the Washington Post for 23 years.

Naomi Parker Fraley – 1921

Best known as the model for the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster, “We Can Do It,” Fraley worked on an aircraft assembly line at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.

Irving Levine – 1922

As a journalist, Levine spent 45 years with NBC reporting news in his trademark bow tie.

Alva Jo Fischer – 1926

Following three years of pitching with the All American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, Fischer continued her career into the 1950s.

Mary Froning – 1934

Recruited at the age of 16, Froning played three years for the South Bend Blue Sox in the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League.

Geraldine Ferraro – 1935

Ferraro became the first female vice- president nominee in 1984 when Democratic nominee Walter Mondale chose her has his running mate.

Tom Ridge – 1945

Ridge became the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security in 2003.

Will Shortz – 1952

Also known as “The Puzzlemaster,” Shortz has served as crosswordpuzzle editor for The New York Timesand Games magazine. In 1978, he founded the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

Chris Burke – 1965

Known for his role as Corky Thatcher on the television series Life Goes On, Burke is also a Downs Syndrome advocate.

About National Day Calendar

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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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