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.
- Clasps or straps kept the books closed.
- Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
- Public libraries often chained the books to a shelf or a desk to prevent theft.
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 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, too. And share what your reading with us, too! Need more ways to celebrate? We’ve got them!
- Shop for a new title to read or explore the shelves for one you would like to give.
- Explore the shelves of used book stores. You might find an out of print tome that might become the highlight of your collection.
- Discover the world of online book stores. Their stock includes a variety of subjects and collectible items, too.
- Record a video of you reading a story for a child in your life.
- Randomly give a book to someone.
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
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.
Millard Fillmore filled the vacancy left by the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850.
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.
When Charles J. Guiteau assassinated President James Garfield in 1881, Vice President Chester Arthur completed his term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Have you ever heard of Levi Morton or William King? Well, they were vice presidents, too. You can also test your knowledge of the vice presidents or read up on them, too.
- Take this quiz to find out how many Veeps you can name: sporcle.com
- How did you do on the quiz? Pick up these books to improve your knowledge: First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power by Kate Andersen Brower or At the President’s Side: Vice Presidency in the Twentieth Century by Timothy Walch.
- Host a trivia night and challenge your friends on their vice presidential knowledge.
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 SPIRIT OF ’45 Day
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 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.
NATIONAL SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY HISTORY
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.
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.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
4 cups cooked white rice (not instant)
1 teaspoon salt
6 slices white bread, cubed
2 cups whole milk
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup raisins
5 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter
Add 1 teaspoon of salt while rice is cooking.
In a large bowl, stir together bread, milk, sugar, raisins, eggs, and vanilla. Add rice and mix well. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot with pats of butter. Bake 1 hour at 350°.
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