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Smile on August 8th to share in National Happiness Happens Day. On this day each year just let it happen. You know.  Happiness.  Because happiness happens. 

The day encourages happiness all day. Recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure. Don’t let it pass. Most importantly, a flicker of a giggle should be given its due, and should it blossom into full-blown happiness, don’t be surprised. It happens!

Quote markFor every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Another element of the day prohibits the squashing of other people’s happiness. From time to time, we might find other’s happiness might seem irritating. Those moments happen when we have particularly rotten days. However, our bad days don’t give us the right to squash another person’s joy. Instead, allow their delight in the day to infect us. Perhaps, their ability to smile will blow the storm clouds away from your day.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #HappinessHappensDay

Share your happiness and seek ways to infuse happiness in your life. Make it happen! Use #HappinessHappensDay to post on social media and let others know to do the same.

Are you looking for more ways to boost your happiness level? Well, we have 14 Ways to Foster Happiness in Your Life that we think are worth sharing.


In 1999, the Secret Society of Happy People created Admit You’re Happy Day. It eventually evolved into Happiness Happens Day, a day created to celebrate the expression of happiness. August 8th was chosen as it is the anniversary of the first membership in 1998.

The Secret Society of Happy People is an organization that was founded in August of 1998 and formed to celebrate the expression of happiness. The society encourages members to recognize their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life.  They have two motto’s which include “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade.”  Their purpose is to stimulate people’s right to express their happiness.



Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day on August 8th offers gardeners a way to rid themselves of extra produce. For some, this day offers a way to rid their garden of an overproducing squash plant. 

Did you know that zucchini was a fruit? Well, if you’re a gardener, you know this fact already.  You also know that zucchini grows in abundance and is ready for harvest in August. Zucchini growers also know that one plant of zucchini allows you to share this wonderful treat!

Zucchini is also incredibly helpful with weight loss. The produce is low in calories, high in fiber, and full of water. As such, when you eat it, your tummy doesn’t feel empty. Hopefully, you are less likely to overeat. If your zucchini produces well, add it soups, salads, and baked goods. 

When you receive a zucchini on your porch, savor the delicious squash. Eat if fresh by slicing it. Other ways to use it are:

  • To preserve zucchini, shred it and freeze it in freezer bags to use later.
  • Baking it into quick breads and delivering it to a neighbor will also please them.
  • Add zucchini slices to tomato sauces or pasta dishes.
  • Make Ratatouille. You won’t be disappointed. 
  • Grill the zucchini. Add garlic and parmesan.

HOW TO OBSERVE Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

Sneak some zucchini into your neighbor’s porch. Don’t be surprised if your gift delights the recipient, either. Those who have none in their garden are usually excited to have some fresh zucchini, especially if they didn’t have to grow it themselves. To alert others, use #SneakSomeZucchiniIntoYourNeighborsPorchDay to post on social media.

Whether you’re sneaking or receiving, we’ve got you covered for recipes and tips. Check out these 11 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Zucchini.

Take a moment to visit our recipe page. You just might find a zucchini recipe or two


Tom Roy at created this zucchini holiday while doing years of news & talk radio.

Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch FAQ
  • Q. What kinds of zucchini are there?
  • A. Zucchini come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Each variety also develops its own flavor.
  • Q. Is zucchini good raw?
  • A. Yes! Zucchini can be eaten raw. Add it to a salad or lightly pickle it for a crisp fresh taste.
  • Q. Are zucchini flowers edible?
  • A. Yes, they are. They can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • Q. Is zucchini native to North America?
  • A. Yes, the plant grew wild in North America and was later taken across the Atlantic Ocean by European explorers.
  • Q. Does zucchini grow in limited space?
  • A. Yes! Certain varieties grow well in containers. Consider Cube of Butter, Max’s Gold, or Astia. Use light, well-drained soil and place in full sun for best results. Be sure to water daily until the seeds sprout and then water when the top layer of soil dries, usually every day when in a sunny location but don’t over-water. Fertilize once a month.

    NATIONAL CBD DAY - August 8


    On August 8th, National CBD Day recognizes the natural hemp product everyone’s clamoring for! Learn about CBD and updated laws impacting its use.

    Over the years, hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) has made quite a name for itself in the wellness world. Since a growing number of products – from tinctures to topicals – hit the marketplace, CBD continues to be shoppers’ favorite holistic option. As an added bonus, CBD does not possess the psychoactive properties of THC.

    Another advantage of CBD is that it is naturally sourced and extremely versatile. Try swallowing it, vaping it, rubbing it on your skin, or bathing in it. CBD even benefits your pets!

    CBD Through the Ages

    The hemp plant has withstood the test of time and politics; herbalists have long used hemp to promote wellness. Farmers have also grown it as a source of fiber to make cloth and rope. Yet, in the 20th century, governments clamped down on all things cannabis and everything related to it.

    Nowadays, political leaders recognize what scientists long knew; properly sourced CBD will not get you high. In 2018, the federal government defined hemp, which has little or no THC in it (less than .03% to be exact), as a legal plant that is distinct from marijuana. Therefore, hemp-based products like CBD oil don’t fall under national anti-drug laws.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National CBD Day

    National CBD Day offers a wealth of opportunities to explore hemp. Whether you are new to CBD or are already reaping the benefits, the day is for you. Discover how hemp and CBD can benefit your life and the world around you.

    When you seek the powerful properties of CBD you also experience a wealth of natural relief and recovery. Join others seeking natural support on #NationalCBDDay, and get proactive about your wellness regimen.

    Don’t forget to use the hashtag on social media to help spread the message on #NationalCBDDay.


    cbdMD founded National CBD Day to bring awareness to what CBD (cannabidiol) brings to millions of people annually.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National CBD Day to be observed annually beginning on August 8, 2018.



    National Dollar Day on August 8th commemorates the day Congress established the U.S. monetary system in 1786. 

    In 1862, the United States printed its first dollar bill. Do you know whose face was printed there? It wasn’t George Washington. The first dollar bill featured Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Secretary of Treasury.

    More Dollar Facts

    Interestingly, the dollar bill in our pockets today hasn’t been changed for more than 50 years. While the $5, $10, $20, and $50 earned redesigns in recent years, the single remains unchanged. Due to counterfeiting, redesigns keep the larger currencies ahead of counterfeiters. However, the single doesn’t face attention the more significant notes see.

    Above the right number 1 on the face side of the dollar, a tiny bird peeks out. Whether it’s an owl, an eagle or another such bird is uncertain. Like other embedded items in the bill’s design, it fuels many conspiracy theories.

    Speaking of conspiracy theories, the pyramid on the back fuels a few. It’s part of the Great Seal of the United States. However, the truth of the pyramid represents several things. You’ll find 13 steps on the pyramid equaling the 13 original colonies. The unfinished top represents a young country growing and expanding. Finally, the Eye of Providence includes the Latin motto Annuit Coeptis, which means, “It is favorable to our undertakings.”

    The number 13 is represented on the dollar bill in several places. Do you know where else?

    Opposite the pyramid is an eagle. The image represents both war and peace. In the eagle’s left talon it holds arrows and in its right an olive branch. How many arrows do you think the eagle holds? If you guessed 13, you’d be right.

    Above the eagle’s head, there is a cloud with a constellation. How many stars are in the constellation? Again the number 13 is represented. The eagle includes a shield 13 stripes, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDollarDay

    Spend or save a dollar, depending on your preference. Investigate your dollar bill. Where has it been? If you have a dollar in your wallet now, you can track where it has been. Visit the website Where’s George. Enter the serial number. After you spend it, track where your dollar travels next.

    Can you find all the symbols? Use #NationalDollarDay to post on social media.


    We were unable to identify the creator of National Dollar Day. However, the origins are clearly related to the establishment of the U.S. monetary system on August 8, 1786.

    Global Sleep under the Stars Night - August 8th


    August 8th is Global Sleep Under the Stars Night.

    Whether it’s in the backcountry or your own backyard, one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the outdoors is to spend a night under the stars. Gazing up at the night sky gives us a sense of peace and, at the same time, an overwhelming sense of awe.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SleepUnderTheStarsNight

    Let’s do this! Make a day of it on August 8th. Set up camp in your backyard, pitch a tent on the patio, bring blankets to the rooftop, or lay your sleeping bags out on the back deck and turn your gaze upward.

    The celebration lands in the middle of the Perseid meteor showers! So, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, look northeast for the best view and count the shooting stars as you fall into a peaceful sleep. Make it an annual tradition and share your experiences using #SleepUnderTheStarsNight or #EBUnderTheStars on social media.


    Founded in 2020, Global Sleep Under The Stars is a unique way to encourage the world to experience the beauty of the outdoors under the same night sky, and also to celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of the outdoor brand, Eddie Bauer – who has been inspiring and enabling people to live their adventure since 1920.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on August 8th, annually.


    National Spirit of ’45 Day honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II. Observed every year on the second Sunday in August, communities around the country hold events and memorials. Each one honors those who have inspired us, sacrificed, and preserved our nation for future generations.

    The day ideally sets out to illustrate the people of the Greatest Generation. Over the years, iconic images have been imprinted on our minds. However, they only tell a part of the story. Still, thousands more remain to be told. Spirit of ’45 Day urges us to explore the history. Listen to the stories. Get involved and help preserve the memories of those who lived it.

    Around the world, servicemen and women stepped up to the task in the Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean or Africa. At home, men and women provided valuable food, parts, and labor. Everyone did their part. The youngest of them managed farm work and took on duties on the homefront. Often, supplies of certain items were low – rubber for tires or leather for shoes for example. And gas, too. Rationing was not uncommon.

    The generation innovated. They sacrificed. And roles shifted. While they did, technology advanced, too. As a result, manufacturing faced a new horizon.

    Those motivated to do their duty often did so at a personal cost. While migrating great distances, sometimes the only means of communication was the post office. Journalists filled in the blanks via radio and newspaper. Their words filled the airwaves or emptied bottles of ink onto pages with their stories. And the nation paid attention.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SpiritOf45Day

    Even though 75 years have passed, so much can be learned from those who endured World War II. Some of those lessons are still being learned today. The Spirit of ’45 Organization provides a place to register and find events for the upcoming Spirit of ’45 Day. They also share past Spirit of ’45 events to keep the inspiration, honor, and preservation alive.

    • Visit with one of the Greatest Generation and record an interview.
    • Dive into history and uncover the untold stories by touring the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
    • Learn about people like Betty Wason or the contributions of the USO.
    • Help create a wall of honor with the Spirit of ’45 organization.
    • Share using #NationalSpiritOf45 on social media.


    In 1996, a project paired children with seniors to document their memories from World War II. Started by Warren Hegg and the Spirit of ’45 Organization, the project grew. Soon they realized many shared a common story.

    In 2009, spokesman Ernest Borgnine and Edith Shain* talked about a day honoring the World War II generation. A year later in  2010, Congress passed a joint resolution in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the day President Truman announced the end of World War II.

    *Edith Shain is one of the women who claims to be the woman kissing the sailor in the iconic Times Square photo.



    When it comes to scooping up a delicious celebration, National Frozen Custard Day on August 8th knows how to do it right. With a smooth texture and fresh flavor, frozen custard delights in many ways. 

    Similar to ice cream, frozen custard is made with eggs in addition to cream and sugar. The dessert comes in several flavors, too. Franchises and custard shops all across the country cater to perfecting this creamy dessert and all its delicious options. Mixing it up with toppings such as syrups, nuts and fruits, custard is another satisfying version of ice cream. 

    In fact, ice cream vendors, Archie and Elton Kohr invented frozen custard on Coney Island, New York in 1919. They found that adding egg yolks to ice cream created a smoother texture and helped the ice cream stay cold longer. On their first weekend, the Kohr brothers sold 18,640 cones on the boardwalk. 

    More Frozen Custard Facts

    • Its popularity grew in 1933 when frozen custard found a market at the World’s Fair in Chicago. 
    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin became known as the unofficial frozen custard capital of the world.
    • The United States Food and Drug Administration requires frozen custard products to contain at least 10 percent milkfat and 1.4 percent egg yolk solids.
    • Because of the egg yolk, frozen custard must be carefully prepared.
    • Frozen custard is commonly prepared fresh at the place of sale.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FrozenCustardDay

    Refresh yourself with frozen custard. Invite a friend and try different flavors. Make your own at home or order from your favorite custard shop. But don’t stop there. 

    • Learn to make waffle cones and demonstrate your skills.
    • Shop for the perfect scoop.
    • Explore custard toppings and mix-ins.
    • Host a freeze-off. (This would be a custard-making competition with taste testing judges.)

    Get a scoop or two and use #FrozenCustardDay to post on social media.


    We were unable to find the creator or origin of National Frozen Custard Day.

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August 8th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

The U.S. Patent Office issues patent #N.180,857 to Thomas Edison for Improvement in Autographic Printing. Samuel F. O’Reilly would make further modifications to Edison’s motorized pen design for use in the tattoo trade.


The first International Lawn Tennis Championship begins. The event eventually becomes known as the Davis Cup.


Five years after the Wright brothers achieved motorized flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they present their flying machine to a public audience for the first time. Wilbur Wright piloted the aircraft at a racecourse in Le Mans, France.


Warner Bros. releases “The Squakin’ Hawk” and debuts the character Henery Hawk. The spirited brown hawk appeared in 13 Looney Toon shorts. He was often seen pursuing a chicken for supper. His most popular target was Foghorn Leghorn.


During World War II, 6 Nazi spies who brought their activities to the United States, are executed for treason in Washington, D.C.


Florence Chadwick swims the English Channel from France to England. Her time of 13 hours and 23 minutes broke the record previously held by American Gertrude Ederle.


Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.


The Beatles release “Yellow Submarine” in the United States. The flip side of the single included the song “Eleanor Rigby.”


President Richard Nixon informed the public on national television that he would resign the presidency effective noon the next day.


A British mail train becomes the target of a heist. In the robbery, 15 thieves relieve a mail car of £2.6 million. While all of the thieves are later captured and convicted, the mastermind and insider is never revealed.


In the new agreement, Major League Baseball will permit two new National League teams in 1993. The teams added in the expansion year were Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (Miami Marlins).


Sara Ferguson, Duchess of York, gives birth to a baby girl.


The Chicago Cubs play their first night game at Wrigley Field 112 years after their inception. When darkness set in, 91-year-old Harry Grossman threw the switch that brought to the theater below. However, the game was never completed due to rain at 3 1/2 innings. It’s interesting to note that the first night game ever played at Wrigley Field came in 1943 during World War II when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played their All-Star game under temporary lights.

US Dream Team wins Olympic gold in Barcelona Olympics.

Coolio releases “Gangsta’s Paradise” which features music from Stevie Wonder. The song would go on to be featured in the 1995 movie Dangerous Minds.


Denver Bronco’s quarterback John Elway elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame


Former Washington Post editor, Benjamin Bradlee, receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Recipe Of The Day
Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chocolate Pudding
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  12 minutes
Total Prep:  22 minutes
Servings:  4


2 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until light yellow and they increase in volume. Whisk in cornstarch and 1 cup of milk. When the mixture is smooth, set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa, salt, remaining 1 cup of milk just to a simmer over medium-high heat while whisking.

Remove from the heat.

Add small amounts of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture while whisking constantly.

Once both mixtures have been combined, pour back into the saucepan and heat over medium-high while whisking constantly.

Bring to a full boil.

Reduce to a simmer and continue to whisk until the pudding thickens.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allowing it to come into complete contact with the pudding’s surface.

Chill for one to two hours.

August 8th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Matthew Henson – 1866

In an expedition led by Robert Peary, Henson became the first African American to reach the North Pole.

Robert Smith – 1879

Also known as “Dr. Bob,” Smith co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous.

Ernest Lawrence – 1901

The physicist is known for inventing the cyclotron. In 1939, he won the Nobel Prize for his invention of the cyclotron.

Paul Dirac – 1902

The 1933 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the British physicist contributed to the advancement of quantum physics.

Esther Williams – 1921

Swimming champion turned movie star, Williams appeared in many of her films doing what she does best – swimming. She would also earn her star on the Walk of Fame in 1960.

Mel Tillis – 1932

The country musician and songwriter is known for songs like “Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Let’s Go All The Way Tonight.”

Dustin Hoffman – 1937

An Oscar-winning actor, Hoffman made his film debut in 1967 in The Tiger Makes Out. He is also known for his roles in The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, and Hook.

Svetlana Savitskaya – 1948

Pilot and cosmonaut, Savitskaya’s achievements include being the 2nd woman in space. During her second flight to space, she also became the first woman to complete a spacewalk. She is the only Russian woman to perform a spacewalk.

Keith Caradine – 1949

Television and film actor, Carradine is known for many roles including FBI Agent Frank Lundy in the HMO series Dexter and Lou Solverson in the FX series Fargo.

Deborah Norville – 1958

An Emmy-winning journalist, Norville anchored the TV news show Inside Edition.

Manjul Bhargava – 1974

In 2014, the Canadian American mathematician earned the Fields Medal, often viewed as mathematics’ highest honor.

Roger Ferderer – 1981

The Swiss-born tennis player holds more men’s singles Grand Slam championships than any other player.

Anthony Rizzo – 1989

The Red Sox drafted the first baseman into the MLB in 2007. He has also played for the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

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