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AUGUST 4, 2021 | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY | NATIONAL COAST GUARD DAY

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY - August 4

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY

On August 4th, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day gives us an opportunity to dunk American’s #1 favorite cookie. Whether yours are homemade or storebought, pour a glass of milk and enjoy.

Without chocolate chips, the cookie would still be number one. Or would it?

For that reason, we also recognize Ruth Graves Wakefield on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Thanks to her inventiveness and curiosity, chocolate chips and a cookie dough go together. And for this reason, we hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.

How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Began

Imagine if Ruth Graves Wakefield hadn’t run out of baker’s chocolate for her cookie recipe that day in 1937. Because that’s what happened. The cookie recipe she was preparing called for baker’s chocolate and would have blended smoothly into the dough. However, she was out. And what if Mrs. Wakefield hadn’t considered using semi-sweet chocolate instead? She figured it would just melt into the dough and work much like the baker’s chocolate.

Or, what if someone had interrupted Ruth Graves Wakefield that day and caused the cookies to burn and ruin the experiment?

Well, none of that happened. Instead of interruptions or doubts, the baker added the chocolate to the dough. Moments later the mouthwatering aroma began to waft from Mrs. Wakefield’s oven. Perhaps the smell lured a child into the kitchen. Or maybe a guest at the Tollhouse Inn she and her husband owned. We may not know the finer details of the day the chocolate chip cookie came to be. However, we do know Ruth Graves Wakefield made it happen.

And if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t know the ecstasy of warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue. We know that feeling. When our eyes close in heavenly satisfaction and a perfect smile graces our face. No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would be denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

We could even go so far as to say she is responsible for all those other nuggets of goodness. Those morsels of butterscotch, peanut butter, and white chocolate we enjoy in much the same way we enjoy our chocolate delights. Nothing, though, rates quite as high as the chocolate chip cookie Ruth Graves Wakefield brought to us in 1937. No, nothing.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateChipCookieDay

Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and throw some extra chocolate chips into the mix! Give this recipe a try. Other ways to celebrate the day include:

  • Read the book Ruth Graves Wakefield: One Smart Cookie by Sarah Howden
  • Visit your favorite bakery and give them a shout out, too.
  • Organize a chocolate chip cookie bake-off. It could even be a fundraiser for a local charity.
  • Try recipes from Ruth Wakefield’s Toll House: Tried and True Recipes.

Post on social media using #ChocolateChipCookieDay.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the origins of this holiday.

RELEVANT OBSERVANCES

Need more cookie days to celebrate? Check out these!
Oatmeal Cookie Day
Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Sugar Cookie Day
Pecan Cookie Day
Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
Gingerbread Cookie Day
Oreo Cookie Day
Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

NATIONAL COAST GUARD DAY – August 4

NATIONAL COAST GUARD DAY

National Coast Guard Day on August 4th celebrates and honors the courageous work of the service members of Coast Guard. 

The United States Coast Guard is one of the six US Armed Forces. While this maritime service is a branch of the military, they are a multi-missioned service. During peacetime, it operates under the Department of Homeland Security. However, their responsibilities can be transferred to the US Navy by the President of the United States any time deemed necessary, or by Congress during war times.

Always ready, The United States Coast Guard’s official motto in Latin reads Semper Paratus.

Since 1790, the Coast Guard’s missions have changed. As the nation and the military services grew, maritime needs evolved. In 1917, the first Coast Guard aviators graduated from Pensacola Naval Aviation Training School. Today, aviation is a large part of the Coast Guard’s security, enforcement, and defense readiness.

Always ready to protect our shores and waterways, the Coast Guard provides more than search and rescue. They are a large part of the nation’s navigation system and Marine Environmental Protection.

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of America, the US Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives. Their maritime efforts rescued an estimated 24,000 lives from peril in severely dangerous conditions.

Since 1790, service members have been at the ready to provide support whatever the mission. Their commitment continues today. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoastGuardDay

In America, thousands of events nationwide honor the Coast Guard. Get involved and show your support. Other ways to celebrate the day include:

  • Taking a tour of one of the many Coast Guard museums in the country.
  • Share stories of Coast Guard experiences.
  • Listen to the U.S. Coast Guard Band.
  • Watch movies featuring the Coast Guard. Find a complete list here.
  • Read about the Coast Guard in The Coast Guard by José Hanson and Tom Beard or So Others May Live: Coast Guard’s Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death by Marth J. Laguardia-Kotite and Tome Ridge

Post on social media using #NationalCoastGuardDay.

NATIONAL COAST GUARD HISTORY

The United States Coast Guard traces its founding to an act of Congress on August 4, 1790.  The Coast Guard consisted of 10 vessels that carried out the enforcement of various trade and humanitarian duties.


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August 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1790

The U.S. Coast Guard is established, serving as the only U.S. force on the seas at the time.

1821

The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first edition. Printed on a press previously operated by Benjamin Franklin, the Saturday Evening Post was stylized after The Pennsylvania Gazette, also printed by Franklin.

1870

Red Cross forms in Britain as the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War.

1919

Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum) opens in Paris displaying the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

1944

Two years after she went into hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank and her family are arrested.

1956

German Wilhelm Herz breaks a motorcycle land speed record by when he achieves 210 miles per hour at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

1971

Pitcher Bob Gibson wins his 200th game in a home game in St. Louis. The final score was 7-2 against the San Francisco Giants.

1984 

Carl Lewis earns his first gold medal at the Los Angels Olympics. He ran the 100-meter sprint in 9.99 seconds.

1984 

“Purple Rain” hits #1 on the music charts. The Minnesota pop-rocker, Prince released the song on July 14th.

Recipe Of The Day

Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  30 minutes
Total Prep:  40 minutes
Servings:  3 dozen

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 12 ounce package chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a medium bowl, combine butter and sugar until creamy.

Add eggs one at a time.

Stir in vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients.

Gradually add to the wet ingredients.

Incorporate the chocolate chips.

Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

August 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Percy Bysshe Shelley – 1792

Known for his romantic poetry, Shelley would also gain a reputation as a rebel.

Louis Vuitton – 1821

Making a name for himself as a fashion designer, Vuitton launched his brand in 1854.

Queen Elizabeth II – 1900

The Queen Mother has reigned longer than any other British monarch.

Louis Armstrong – 1901

Also known as Satchmo, Armstrong’s five-decade career included jazz songs like “Wonderful World”, “Hello, Dolly,” and “Isn’t This a Lovely Day.” The talented musician played trumpet and his voice provided a one-of-a-kind sound.

Helen Thomas – 1920 Journalist

Thomas served in the White House press corps and her career spanned presidents from Kennedy to Obama.

Elsberry Hobbs – 1936 

Hobbs played bass for the Drifters from 1959 – 1966.

Mary Decker – 1958

During her career, Decker appeared in four Olympics, and she’s the only athlete to achieve U.S. records in every distance between 800 meters to 10,000 meters.

Barack Obama – 1961

Serving two terms as the 44th President of the United States, he is also the first Black U.S. president.

Roger Clemens – 1962

As a pitcher, Clemens played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball. Due to his powerful pitches, he earned the name “Rocket.”

Lori Lightfoot – 1962

Upon her election to Chicago’s mayor in 2019, Lightfoot became the first African-American woman elected to the office.

Daniel Dae Kim – 1968

Known for his roles in the television shows Lost and Hawaii Five-0, Kim is also a voice actor and producer.

Jeff Gordon – 1971

The former professional stock car driver earned a long list of honors. Gordon now announces for Fox NASCAR.

Meghan Markle – 1981

Sharing a birthday with the Queen Mother, Markle joined the British Royal Family when she and Prince Harry married.

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