NATIONAL UNDERWEAR DAY | AUGUST 5
On August 5th National Underwear Day provides an opportunity to wear your favorite undergarments. Boxers. Briefs. Panties. Tighty-whities. No matter what you call them, our underthings provide a layer of comfort. Read more…
NATIONAL WORK LIKE A DOG DAY | AUGUST 5
On August 5th, National Work Like A Dog Day urges us to charge forth and meet every challenge we face. However, if you look to your dog for direction, you may be confounded. Read more…
NATIONAL WATER BALLOON DAY
Fill ’em up! The first Friday in August ushers in National Water Balloon Day just in time for the hottest days of summer! Read more…
NATIONAL OYSTER DAY | AUGUST 5
Get slurping on August 5th with National Oyster Day! Oysters are enjoyed as seafood in many parts of the world. Read more…
INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY | FIRST FRIDAY IN AUGUST
The first Friday in August brings a toast to ales, lagers, and pilsners that put the international in International Beer Day. Read more…
On Deck for August 6, 2022
- National Fresh Breath Day
- National Root Beer Float Day
- National Wiggle Your Toes Day
- National Disc Golf Day – First Saturday in August
- National Jamaican Patty Day – First Saturday in August
- National Mustard Day – First Saturday in August
- National Play Outside Day – First Saturday of Every Month
- Mead Day – First Saturday in August
- National Summit Day – First Saturday in August
- International Hangover Day – Day after International Beer Day
Recipe of the Day
Fresh Black Bean Dip
Prep: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (removing seeds is optional)
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
½ cup of red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of cilantro
½ garlic clove, finely chopped
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (1 teaspoon for additional heat)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of light zesty Italian dressing
In a small mixing bowl, add dressing, cayenne pepper and garlic together and mix well. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the peppers, onion, jalapeno, corn tomatoes and black beans. stir gently until combined.
Drizzle Italian dressing mixture over ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Stir until all ingredients is thoroughly combined.
Chill for 1 hour to allow ingredients to absorb flavor.
Serve with tortilla chips.
August 5th Celebrated History
Cyrus W. Field’s idea to lay a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean comes to fruition. On this day, the final section of the cable was laid.
Congress enacts the Revenue Act and it is signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act allows the collection of income tax for the first time in the United States.
Cleveland, OH installs the first electric traffic light at Doan’s Corner. Today, the intersection is East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue.
Major League Baseball broadcasts its first game over the radio. The Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cartoonist Harold Gray publishes “Little Orphan Annie” in the New York Daily News.
Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini attempts his most challenging escape. However, after spending 91 minutes in a casket underwater, he signals to his assistant to release him.
American Bandstand broadcasts nationally for the first time. Hosted by Dick Clark, bands would lipsynch their music to a dancing crowd of teenagers.
At the 27th Academy Awards, From Here to Eternity wins Best Picture.
South African police arrest Nelson Mandela on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government.
Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe dies. Monroe was known for film hits such as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch.
Launched on March 27, 1969, Mariner 7 flies past the planet Mars. While the spacecraft was the second craft to fly by Mars, it used information from the first flyby to cataloged additional information scientists were seeking.
Joan Jett forms the first all-girl hard rock band, the Runaways.
Marathon runner, Joan Benoit, wins gold in Los Angeles at the first Olympic marathon for women.
The U.S. version of the improvisational comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” debuts on ABC.
August 5th Celebrated Birthdays
Deodoro Da Fonseca – 1827
The first president of Brazil, Fonseca was a military leader who led a coup to end the Empire and establish a republic on November 18, 1889. The coup took place after the Empress, Princess Isabell abolished slavery in 1888. However, Fonseca served less than a year, making him the first Brazilian president to resign.
Neil Armstrong – 1930
The astronaut is known for being the first human to step foot on the moon. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Their feat was broadcast around the world.
Herb Brooks – 1937
The American hockey player and coach is best known for leading the U.S. Olympic hockey team to gold. Known as the “Miracle on Ice,” the team upset the Soviets during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.
Loni Anderson – 1945
Best known for her role as Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, Anderson was also married to actor Burt Reynolds. The WKRP character was the AM radio station’s receptionist.
Patrick Ewing – 1962
Now the head coach for Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team, Ewing began his professional career as a first-round pick in the NBA draft. He played the majority of his career with the New York Knicks. In 1992, he also played as a member of the U.S. Olympic Dream Team.
Reid Hoffman – 1967
Hoffman launched the internet’s largest professional network, LinkedIn, in 2002. Since then, the social media network has grown to 575 million users.
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