AUGUST 7, 2021 | PURPLE HEART DAY | MEAD DAY | NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY | NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY | NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY | NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY | NATIONAL RASPBERRIES N’ CREAM DAY | NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY
PURPLE HEART DAY
Purple Heart Day, on August 7th, commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers.
General George Washington created the Badge of Merit in 1782. Washington intended the honor to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” Its design included a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver. Across the face, the word Merit was embroidered in silver. While the badge symbolized the courage and devotion of an American Patriot, no one knows who designed the award.
Until Washington’s 200th birthday, the Purple Heart persisted as a Revolutionary War footnote. Through the efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department created the Order of the Purple Heart. Today the medal bears a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.
While an accurate and complete list of names no longer exists, National Geographic recently estimated that nearly 1.9 million service members have earned Purple Hearts since its creation. It is the oldest U.S. military honor still bestowed upon service members today. Until 1944, the Purple Heart recognized service members’ commendable actions as well. Then in 1944, the requirements limited the award to only those wounded or killed in combat.
Purple Heart Firsts
- The Badge of Military Merit replaced the Fidelity Medallion. At the time, William Brown and Elijah Churchill received the first honors with the Badge of Military Merit during the Revolutionary War.
- Army General Douglas MacArthur received the first modern-day Purple Heart.
- The first woman receives a Purple Heart. Following her actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Army Lt. Annie G. Fox received the Purple Heart during World War II.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PurpleHeartDay
Purple Heart Day encourages us to honor everyone who has received a Purple Heart. We can also learn more about the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
While celebrating the heroes who earned the honor, learn more about them.
- Read For Military Merit: Recipients of the Purple Heart by Fred L. Borch or Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick.
- Watch a documentary. We recommend Purple Heart Warriors: Tears of a Warrior by Tony Seahorn.
- Visit a military museum. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor or The National WWII Museum both offer in-depth history on the Purple Heart.
Another way to celebrate is by sharing your discoveries. You can also recognize someone who has received a Purple Heart. Express why you think it’s important to celebrate Purple Heart Day. When you do, use #PurpleHeartDay to post on social media.
PURPLE HEART DAY HISTORY
Since 1932, Americans have celebrated Purple Heart Day on both Washington’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. Some states and cities observed the day in their own way at different times throughout the year. Each declaration encouraged citizens to support wounded veterans with the purchase of a purple viola.
No matter when the observance occurred, it recognized the men and women killed and wounded in combat and their heroic actions. As the day evolved, it more commonly was observed on the day of the Purple Heart’s creation, August 7, 1782.
Mead Day, on the first Saturday in August, increases awareness and fosters camaraderie among mead makers. A long history and rich craft and trade follow mead where ever it is found.
One of the world’s oldest fermented beverages, mead is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar. A craftsman combines honey, water, and yeast to make mead. With honey production in high gear, Mead Day shines a spotlight on its key ingredient and the time-honored craft surrounding it.
Mead has been known to be called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”
The flavor of mead varies depending on the ingredients added to the fermentation. Anything from seasonal fruits, herbs, and blossoms can be added. Additionally, some mead makers carbonate their beverages like beer, sparkling cider, or wine. For a more hoppy flavor, makers add hops to the recipe.
In addition to hops, producers distill mead. The result creates a more liqueur quality mead producing a brandy.
Homebrewers look forward to this day every year. But it’s not the only day on the calendar for craftspeople where mead is concerned. In May, National Homebrew Day celebrates the craftspeople all across the country. Other days on the calendar important to mead producers include World Bee Day and National Pollinators Month. Why? Because without pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats and more, there would be no honey to make mead.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MEADDAY
Go out and enjoy a glass of mead. This is an excellent time for those in the mead craft to network with farmers, beekeepers, orchards, and others associated with pollinators. Mead making relies heavily on honey and the crops that bees, bats, and butterflies pollinate. Working together, these producers can not only secure their products for the following year but provide the essential blossoms for pollinators to find. (Always remember to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive). Post on social media using #MeadDay.
MEAD DAY HISTORY
American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created Mead Day in 2002.
NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
Grab your discs and call up your friends! The first Saturday in August is National Disc Golf Day!
How to Play Disc Golf
Disc golf and traditional golf share many common characteristics. For example, both sports include a goal of reaching each target with the fewest number of strokes; or in the case of disc golf, throws.
While disc golf parallels the traditional game in many ways, there are differences. Instead of clubs and a ball, the only gear necessary is a disc or Frisbee™. Players start from a tee pad which is generally a rectangular area made of anything from rubber to cement or even brick. After each throw, the player progresses down the fairway.
From where the disc lands, the player throws again and repeats until the disc lands in the target. As in traditional golf, the total number of throws a player takes to get the disc into the target is equal to the score for that hole.
Since the late 1960s, enthusiasts have been playing disc golf. The game became a formalized sport in the 1970s. In the beginning, targets were nothing more than tree trunks or wooden posts cemented into the ground. As the game progressed, courses replaced trees and posts with metal baskets with chains. The chains added the benefit of helping to catch the discs. Initially, the metal baskets were called a Disc Golf Pole Hole. However, today, these modern-day targets come in dozens of design variations with the same general idea and technical specifications in mind.
Benefits of Disc Golf
Several advantages to disc golf immediately jump to mind. First of all, the sport is convenient and inexpensive. While on vacation or camping, discs easily pack along with other gear without adding much space or weight. Unlike traditional golf, a majority of disc golf courses across the country are open to the public. That means no fees, memberships, or tee times.
As a growing international sport, the number of courses is increasing all the time. In August of 2015, the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition to Flying Disc sports providing a global platform for Flying Disc sports, including disc golf.
People of all ages and abilities play disc golf. The sport offers a terrific low-impact, cardiovascular workout that can test both physical skill and mental determination. Not only that, but disc golf brings the whole family together for an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment together.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDiscGolfDay
The Professional Disc Golf Association encourages you to get out on the course to celebrate National Disc Golf Day. With courses in all 50 states, finding a course near you should be easy. Invite friends tp lay a round or two with you. The PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource to locate courses in your area. Use the #NationalDiscGolfDay to share where you plan to play and what your favorite courses are on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
The Professional Disc Golf Association founded National Disc Golf Day to celebrate one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. August is a significant month for the sport of disc golf. The first patent (#4,039,189) was issued on a chain-catching device to “Steady” Ed Headrick on August 12th, 1977, which changed the future of the sport. It is now a standard for course design.
Additionally, on August 2, 1974, disc golfers in the Rochester, NY area decided to make their annual City of Rochester Disc Golf Championship a big national tournament. Their goal was to find out just how many other people around the country were playing disc golf. They called the event the American Flying Disc Open, and to attract the attention of the Frisbee™ community, they put up a brand new 1974 automobile to be awarded to the winner!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in July of 2016.
NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY
National Jamaican Patty Day on the first Saturday in August celebrates a delicious turnover style pastry. Be sure to enjoy one where ever you are!
Filled with a variety of fillings, Jamaican patties satisfy hunger with seasoned ground beef, chicken, seafood or vegetables. Made into a half-moon shape, the flaky crust provides a delicious package. While usually spicy, milder stuffings please those who are faint of heart.
Since the Jamaican Patty is similar to an English Cornish Pastry, it should be no surprise recipes for the dish hails from there. Many even suggest that the pastry came to Jamaica during the colonial days, bearing some resemblance to the Spanish empanada.
Among Jamaicans, the patty serves as a quick grab-n-go meal or snack. A typical person eats a patty or two for lunch while in school or at work. Meanwhile, the patty also works well as a hot and nutritious snack. And when paired with a coco-bread it becomes a belly-filling and satisfying meal in itself.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PattyDay
Enjoy a tasty Jamaican patty! All Golden Krust stores will feature 99 cent patties from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. As you celebrate, be sure to share the tasty experience with others! Share the fun and post pics on social media, too. You can also learn more about Jamaican flavors and cooking. Share your experience using #PattyDay. Enjoy the flavor, try a new flavor or two, and Celebrate the Power of the Patty.
NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY HISTORY
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery founded National Jamaican Patty Day in May of 2015. The month of August is significant to Golden Krust for a myriad of reasons. Golden Krust first opened its doors for business in August of 1989. Jamaica also celebrates both the Emancipation and Independence holidays in the month of August. Most importantly, Mavis Ephraim, the matriarch of the Hawthorne family was born in the month of August.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Jamaican Patty Day to be observed annually on the first Saturday in August.
ABOUT GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY & GRILL
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is the brainchild of Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne, also the founders of Hawthorne & Son’s Bakery in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and parents of the present owners.
In 1989, Lowell, President, and CEO, along with his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, pooled all their resources to open the first Golden Krust retail location on East Gun Hill Road in Bronx, NY. By 1996 they owned 17 Restaurants throughout New York City. The business became so successful the Hawthorne’s felt encouraged to create franchises, and they seized the opportunity to do just that.
In that same year, Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. granted a franchise license. The pivotal year of 1996 signified Golden Krust’s relocation to its plant in the South Bronx, eventually purchasing the entire block from 172nd Street to Claremont Parkway on Park Avenue.
Today, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill operates a chain of over 100 Restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
To satisfy all tastes, at Golden Krust we offer a variety of fillings which include Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Cheezee Beef, Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetable, Spinach, and Soya. Try them all and let us know your favorite!
NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY
Observed annually on August 7th, National Lighthouse Day honors the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea. At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines.
A lighthouse is described as a tower, building or any other type of structure that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
A lighthouse serves multiple purposes such as marking dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, and reefs providing safe entry to harbors. They also provide aerial guidance. Once lit by open fire and candles, they’re now brightly lit by electric or oil-fueled lamps. However, the number of lighthouses are declining. Maintenance is expensive and modern electrical navigation systems are replacing them.
- Their style may differ depending on the location and purpose but they have standard components.
- The lantern room is a glassed-in housing at the top of a lighthouse tower
- Beneath the lantern room is the Watch Room or Service Room
- Next to the Watch room is an open gallery.
- Development accelerated in the 17th century with Britain’s Trinity House constructing its first in 1609.
- In North America, St. Augustine, Florida built the first lighthouse. Printed on a 1791 map, it had been built by Menendez after his landing in 1586.
- Boston Light built on little Brewster Island next in 1716.
- The oldest existing lighthouse in the United States is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. Built in 1764, this lighthouse is still in operation.
- At the end of the 19th century, the United States had the most lighthouses of any nation.
- The 9th Act of the first Congress created the US Bureau of Lighthouses in 1789, which placed lighthouses under federal control.
- The United States Coast Guard took over on July 7, 1939.
- Hobbyists enjoy visiting and photographing lighthouses. They also collect ceramic replicas.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLighthouseDay
Tour lighthouses near you. Take a road trip. With lighthouses on every coast and the great lakes, one or more is surely worth the trip! As you celebrate, you can learn more about lighthouses, too.
- Read Lighthouses of North America: Beacons from Coast to Coast by Sylke Jackson.
- Watch a documentary about lighthouses. Give A Day in the Life of a Lighthouse Keeper a view from National Geographic. Or perhaps, Behind The Light: Lighthouse Keepers will interest you.
- Share your experiences visiting lighthouses including visits to lighthouse museums around the country.
Share your photos of lighthouses and use #NationalLighthouseDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY HISTORY
On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” It was two hundred years later that Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day.
NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY
If it’s the first Saturday of the month, it’s National Play Outside Day. So, no matter what month it is, everyone put down your electronic devices and get outside!
All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Day is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in the great outdoors.
Benefits of Outdoor Play
Why is playing outside so good for us? Besides getting us off the sofa or away from the desk, it also gives us an opportunity to explore our neighborhoods. While it’s impossible to list all the benefits of outdoor play, we do have a few to share.
- Playing outdoors is a freeing activity. It frees us from routines, enclosed spaces and frames of mind.
- The outdoors fills us with energy. Whether it’s the fresh air, sunshine or physical activity, we perk up and become motivated to accomplish things.
- It clears the cobwebs from our brains. We sometimes get stuck on a topic, project or issue and are unable to resolve it. A change of scene often brings clarity we didn’t have before.
- Outdoor play provides terrific physical activity for our bodies. Our hearts pump fresh oxygen to our limbs and brains.
- We experience new sights and sounds. Children get to experience the world around them.
- As a social activity, playing outside encourages positive interactions.
- When you play outside every month, it becomes habit-forming – and this one good habit to have!
- It stimulates the imagination. Outdoor play almost has no boundaries. Your yard can be a kingdom or the playground can be a mountain to scale.
We’ve only scratched the surface of the benefits of outdoor play. There are so many more! So, be sure to get outside with the family on the first Saturday of every month – or even more often than that!
We know the seasons change, so what we were able to do outside last month will be different this month. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating the day. This is your quarterly reminder that it’s time to get outside and play. We have suggestions for every season that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!
- Explore hiking trails near you.
- Visit the local swimming pool or even take swimming lessons.
- Check out every park in your neighborhood and climb, slide, swing on every playground set.
- Start a game of catch, kickball, tag, Frisbee or make up a game.
- Go to the beach.
- Run through the sprinkler.
- Go camping.
- Go fishing.
- Fly a kite.
- Jump in a pile of leaves.
- Build a fort – of leaves or snow or whatever is handy.
- Walk around the block.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Build a snowperson.
- Go sledding.
- Identify the constellations at night and look for meteors.
- Visit your favorite state or national park.
What’s your favorite way to play outside? Introduce some of the games you used to play to your children. Whatever you do, be sure to get outside and play! Use #PlayOutsideDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY HISTORY
In 2011, Aaron Wiggans and Rhonda D. Abeyta founded National Play Outside Day as a reminder to explore and play in the world outside. The day encourages healthful habits that will last a lifetime.
NATIONAL RASPBERRIES N’ CREAM DAY
Enjoy fresh berries in cream on August 7th during National Raspberries N’ Cream Day. With the raspberry season in full swing, what better way to celebrate than with this simple and delicious treat.
There are several days on the calendar celebrating raspberries. We just finished National Raspberry Cake Day last week. You will find three delicious recipes on that page alone to enjoy.
At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, new technology, cultivars, and transportation make it possible to enjoy these sweet berries all year long. Because of these new technologies, raspberry growers now have an extended selling season.
Did You Know?
- There are more than 200 species of raspberries.
- Scotland grows an abundance of raspberries. Raspberries love their fertile, well-drained soils.
- However, Russia produces the most raspberries in the world at 120,000 tons per year.
- Besides red, raspberries also come in purple, gold and black colors.
- Unlike other fruits, raspberries don’t ripen off the shrub. If picked green, the raspberry will not sweeten or soften.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RaspberriesNCreamDay
While enjoying raspberries at the height of their season, explore recipes. There are so many ways to enjoy raspberries. Preserving them in jams and jellies is just one way. Another delicious treat this time of year is ice cream. Baked goods are always a family favorite, too.
However, eating berries fresh off the shrub is one of the greatest pleasures around! Visit a pick-your-own farm and experience warm, juicy berries popping in your mouth on a summer day.
Please enjoy this Raspberry Cream Layer Cake Recipe:
Use #RaspberriesNCreamDay to post on social media and spread the word.
NATIONAL RASPBERRIES N’ CREAM DAY HISTORY
We have not determined the origins of Raspberries N’ Cream Day.
NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY
National Mustard Day on the first Saturday in August recognizes a versatile condiment. Used in many different cuisines, mustard comes from the seeds of the mustard plant.
Depending on the kind of mustard, flavors and color will vary. For example, white or yellow mustard comes from a mustard known as Sinapis hirta. Brown or Indian mustard comes from Brassica juncea. And black mustard comes from Brassica nigra.
The mustard seed may be used whole, ground, cracked, or bruised in cooking, too. When mixed with liquids such as water, lemon juice, or broth, mustard produces different textures and flavors. At times, cooks use the paste as a sauce or even a marinade. Try mixing mustard with other seasonings to create a dry rub for roasts, chicken, or chops.
Since some mustards are zestier than others, the spice pairs well with meats and cheeses. Pile up slices of ham, turkey, and Munster between your favorite crusty bread. Next, add some creamy mustard and fresh veggies. That’s how you build a sandwich with zing. The same can be done with salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs, too.
Once you’ve mastered the sandwich move on to dressings, glazes, and soups. Around the world, the spice is used in many forms beyond the seed. For example, in India, the entire plant is used from the sprouts to the mature greens. Expressing the oil of the seed is beneficial for both cooking and medicinal uses. Try a Mediterranean recipe by making creamy tahini or aioli and make your dishes sing. Similar recipes can be found in northern and southeastern Europe, too.
And don’t forget Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Because of mustard’s diversity, cooks reach for the spice and condiment more often than almost any other spice in the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONALMUSTARDDAY
If you’re in Middleton, Wisconsin, head down to the Mustard Museum for a festive day of mustard sampling and events. Everywhere else, try tasting a variety of mustards at home or in a local spice store. Find one that makes your tongue happy and add it to your cooking. An even easier way to celebrate is by inviting friends over for a cookout of hot dogs and burgers. Top one off with your favorite kind of mustard and enjoy!
Experiment and try new recipes with mustard as the spotlight ingredient. Post photos on social media using #NationalMustardDay.
NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY HISTORY
The Mustard Museum began sponsoring National Mustard Day in 1991. In 2010, the event moved to the current home of the Museum in Downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. With more than 6,000 enthusiastic mustard lovers in attendance annually, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local charity.
The origins of the day prior to that date are unknown.
- Global Sleep Under The Stars Night
- National CBD Day
- National Happiness Happens Day
- National Frozen Custard Day
- National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
- National Dollar Day
- National Spirit of ’45 Day – Second Sunday in August
August 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The first U.S. Congress created the United States Lighthouse Establishment bringing all lighthouses under the responsibility of the federal government. It was the first public works law passed.
An election day battle between the Hatfields and McCoys leads to the death of Ellison McCoy.
Theophilus Van Kannel patents the first successful revolving door. He would later sell his business, Van Kannel Revolving Door Co., to International Steel. Today, Kannel’s original invention lives on through revolving doors made by International Revolving Door Co.
Howard Hughes receives the Congressional Gold Medal from Congress. The eccentric billionaire, aviator, and entrepreneur never appeared to receive the medal, however. The Congressional Gold Medal along with the Presidental Medal of Freedom are the two highest honors a civilian can receive in the United States.
Legislation passed approving a Booker T. Washington memorial silver half dollar. The former slave advised presidents and established the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute.
American, Alice Coachman earns gold at the London Olympics in the high jump. Her achievement made her the first Black woman to ever win Olympic gold.
Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The limited legislation was the first of its kind in the 20th century. It primarily focused on voting and juries and established the Commission on Civil Rights.
NASA launches Explorer 6 into orbit around the Earth. Equipped with photography technology, the satellite sent back the first photos of Earth.
Arnold Palmer earns his 20th PGA Tour win of his career. That year, he would go on to win one more at the Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational.
The Baseball Hall of Fame admits Yogi Berra. As an icon of baseball, Berra was known for his turns of phrase. Some examples include:
- “No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded”
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”
- “It gets late early out here.”
Others inducted to the Hall of Fame that year were Sandy Koufax, Early Wynn, Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard and Josh Gibson.
Operation Desert Shield begins when military assistance was ordered to Kuwait’s defense during the early days of the Gulf War.
Louisiana State University’s 7’1″ center, Shaquille O’Neal signs with the Orlando Magic as a first draft pick.
Ada Deer is sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior and the first woman to hold the position of head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The day of her swearing-in was also her birthday.
Greg Maddox joins the 300 Win Club when he pitches his 300th career game win. The Cubs won against the Giants.
A veteran of 20 seasons with the NFL, Jerry Rice is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Others in the 2010 class included Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Russ Grim, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little.
Recipe Of The Day
Zucchini Bread Recipe
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
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
Preheat oven to 325°F.
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.
August 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Joseph Marie Jacquard – 1934
Jacquard invented an attachment for looms to improve the production of figured fabrics like brocades and damasks.
Mata Hari – 1876
Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, she accepted the role of spy for France during World War I. However, she was later accused of being a double agent for Germany. France executed her on October 15, 1917.
Billie Burke – 1884
The actress is best known today for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in the technicolor film Wizard of Oz.
Herb Reed – 1928
As a founding member of the vocal group The Platters, Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Abebe Bikila – 1932
The Olympic marathon runner won his first gold running barefoot.
Robert Mueller – 1944
Mueller began serving as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2001 after President Bush’s nomination. He served until 2019.
Alan Page – 1945
After 15 years as a defensive tackle in the NFL, Page began a career in law that culminated in his election as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Charlize Theron – 1975
Academy Award-winning actress, Charlize Theron has starred in Snow White and the Huntsman, Monster, Hancock, the Astronaut’s Wife and more.
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