NATIONAL SISTERS DAY | FIRST SUNDAY IN AUGUST
National Sisters Day on the first Sunday in August celebrates the unique bond between sisters. This particular set of siblings embrace moments that make them laugh and cringe. While they don’t always agree, sisters have each other’s backs. Read more…
NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY | FIRST SUNDAY IN AUGUST
On the first Sunday in August, National Friendship Day encourages people across the country and world to connect with friends. Make a new friend or reconnect with an old one. Read one…
PURPLE HEART DAY | AUGUST 7
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. Read more…
AMERICAN FAMILY DAY | FIRST SUNDAY IN AUGUST
American Family Day on the First Sunday in August encourages us to enjoy the waning summer rays with those dearest to us. Read more…
NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY | AUGUST 7
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. Read more…
NATIONAL RASPBERRIES N’ CREAM DAY | AUGUST 7
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. Read more…
On Deck for August 8, 2022
- Global Sleep Under The Stars Night
- National CBD Day
- National Dollar Day
- National Frozen Custard Day
- National Happiness Happens Day
- National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
8 cups of popped popcorn
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Prepare popcorn according to instructions. Add chopped walnuts.
Place popcorn in two large, shallow baking dishes or jelly roll pans.
Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt butter.
Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
Stirring constantly, bringing to a boil.
Allow to boil without stirring for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.
Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until evenly coated.
Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes.
Bake for 1 hour.
Toss warm caramel corn with dried cranberries.
Store in an air-tight container.
August 7th 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.
August 7th Celebrated Birthdays
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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