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AUGUST 9, 2019 | NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY | NATIONAL VEEP DAY | NATIONAL RICE PUDDING DAY

NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY

National Book Lovers Day on August 9th harnesses all the excitement bibliophiles feel about books into one celebration. 

A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.

Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.

Step back in time
  • The very first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
  • The book covers were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • The books were fitted with clasps or straps.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • Public libraries often chained the books to a shelf or a desk to prevent theft.
Moving forward

Along with several recent developments, book manufacturers use digital printing.  Book pages are printed using toner rather than ink.  As a result of digital printing, print-on-demand opens up a whole new realm of publishing. In this case, distributors don’t print the books until the customer places the order.

More and more, people read E-books. E-book (electronic book) refers to a book-length publication in digital form.  They are usually available through the internet. However, they can also be found on CD-ROM and other systems.  Read an E-book on a computer or via a portable book display device known as an e-book reader, such as a Reader, Nook or Kindle.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBookLoversDay

Sit back, relax and READ! Don’t forget to share the joy of reading with the young people in your life. Inspire them with your favorite novel or find out about the last book they took off the shelf. Read to the littlest of the up and coming readers. And share what your reading with us, too! Use #NationalBookLoversDay to post on social media and spread the word.

NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator or origin of National Book Lovers Day.

NATIONAL VEEP DAY

National Veep Day on August 9th recognizes the succession plan of the President of the United States. The day also acknowledges the one president who was neither elected vice president nor president – Gerald Ford. 

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CLAUSE 6

In the history of the United States, 14 vice presidents became President. The people elected only 5 of them at some point after completing their terms as vice president. The other eight ascended to the presidency due to the death of the president. And then there is one vice president who became president who was never elected at all.

Vice President Facts

  1. John Tyler

    After one month of being sworn in, President William Henry Harrison died in office in 1841. His vice president, John Tyler, ascended to the presidency.

  2. Millard Fillmore

    Millard Fillmore filled the vacancy left by the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850

  3. Andrew Johnson

    Andrew Johnson was President Abraham Lincoln’s second term vice president. His term began when Lincoln died after John Wilkes Booth’s successful assassination of the president at Ford’s Theater.

  4. Chester Arthur

    When Charles J. Guiteau assassinated President James Garfield in 1881, Vice President Chester Arthur completed his term.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt

    President William McKinley’s first vice president died of a heart attack. During McKinley’s second term, Theodore Roosevelt served as his Veep. Then McKinley was assassinated six months into the term. Roosevelt became the third vice president to step up under these circumstances.

  6. Calvin Coolidge

    After the death of President Warren G. Harding in 1923, Vice President Calvin Coolidge ascended to the presidency. He also ran and won a second term.

  7. Harry S. Truman

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to run for and win three terms. He also had three different vice presidents. His third Veep, Harry S. Truman, ascended to the presidency when FDR died in 1945 after just three months in office.

  8. Lyndon B. Johnson

    The fourth president to be assassinated in the United States was John F. Kennedy. Lyndon B. Johnson served as his vice president. An interesting note: Richard Nixon, whom this day is partially inspired by, ran unsuccessfully against JFK. Before running for president, Nixon served two terms as veep for President Dwight Eisenhower. After his losing presidential runs, Nixon would run again and win two consecutive terms.

  9. Gerald Ford

    Nixon’s first vice president was Spiro Agnew. However, Agnew resigned in 1973. Gerald Ford obtained the position of vice president by appointment. When Nixon later resigned in 1974, Ford ascended to the presidency. He’s the only president to service who was neither elected to the position of veep or president.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVeepDay

Brush up on your vice-presidential history. While you’re at it, check into your government history, too. Use #NationalVeepDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL VEEP DAY HISTORY

On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford became President of the United States upon the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

NATIONAL RICE PUDDING DAY

On August 9th many enjoy their favorite dish on National Rice Pudding Day.

A variety of recipes exist for rice pudding. All of them include cooked rice as the base ingredient and combine a milk (such as cow’s, coconut, evaporated or cream) with bread. Sugar, molasses or honey gives the pudding a sweet taste along with other flavors such as vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Eggs hold the dish together and butter gives it a rich, creamy consistency. 

While many enjoy rice pudding as a dessert, it’s also ideal for breakfast or as a side dish. Add fruit, nuts, raisins or enjoy it with whipped cream. Since there are so many recipes for rice pudding, the opportunity to sample more than one presents itself

Dating back to the Tudor period, the earliest rice pudding recipes were called white pot.  One of the first-known methods was written down by Gervase Markham in 1615.

After being baked, serve the pudding hot or cold. Add fresh fruit, nuts or whipped topping. However, raisins are traditional. Other spices, such as nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and even cayenne, add variety to rice pudding recipes. Citrus zests bring brightness to the dessert that can at times be rich and heavy to the palate.  Although most recipes call for sugar, alternatives include monk fruit, agave syrup or palm sugar. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRicePuddingDay

Have fun in the kitchen by trying this Rice Pudding Recipe and then share it with your family and friends!  Have a rice pudding bake-off and relish tasting the different recipes. Bake one large batch and offer a buffet of toppings. If there are any leftovers, server them up on Lazy Day! Use #NationalRicePuddingDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL RICE PUDDING DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Rice Pudding Day.

On Deck for August 10, 2019

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