NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY | August 1
On August 1st, National Girlfriends Day encourages women across the U.S. to get together and celebrate their special bond of friendship.
Girlfriends fall into many categories. While many grew up together, others meet through work or college. Still, others share a bond much deeper; sisters and mothers meet the definition of girlfriends, too.
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Though these types of relationships cross our minds frequently, we often fail to set aside time to spend with each other. The day promotes the laughter and joys girlfriends bring. Rarely do girlfriends let another go it alone. Not only do they enjoy spending time together, they support each other, too. While laughing and sharing secrets, girlfriends offer advice, and celebrate successes. When it’s time for a glass of wine, a chat over a cup of coffee or to go for a long walk, girlfriends are there.
Friendship is one of the most special connections in life.
Whether we have one or many, girlfriends make life better, fuller, and complete. These are the friends that can make you laugh at life’s silliest things. A girlfriend is who you turn to when life is not so kind. In its simplest form, National Girlfriends Day celebrates the unlimited ways life is better with our girlfriends in it.
August 1st Celebrated History
Scientist Joseph Priestly isolates oxygen from the air for the first time and soon publishes his results. Earlier the same year, chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele performed experiments and made similar observations. However, he delayed publishing his discovery until 1777.
The British Empire abolishes slavery with the Slavery Abolition Act.
The United States admits Colorado to the Union as the 38th state.
A Nebraska senator and lawyer, Henry Perky, patents shredded wheat. He later founded the Natural Food Company in Niagara Falls, NY. The company would go on to produce the Triscuit which are still popular today.
Lord Baden-Powell hosts the first scout camp for boys at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England. The camp would lead to a worldwide scouting organization and inspires the Girl Scouts, too.
U.S. Army establishes the Signal Corps, the first aeronautical division in the United States military. It was the precursor to the U.S. Air Force.
Adolf Hitler presides over the opening ceremonies of the Berlin Olympics
The Joint Chiefs of Staff establishes the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the direction of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara. The organization integrated military intelligence efforts.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY inducts right fielder Reggie Jackson. He played 21 seasons with four different teams in Major League Baseball.
The movie Ghostbusters ranks #1 at the box office. The movie would launch a franchise that’s still popular today.
August 1st Celebrated Birthdays
William Clark – 1770
Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark would set off on the Corps of Discovery on March 4, 1804. Now known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the explorers would last for over two years and 8,000 miles.
Herman Melville – 1819
The author is best known for his novel Moby Dick. He also wrote short stories and poetry.
Francis Scott Key – 1779
Author of the Star-Spangled Banner, the lawyer wrote the words to the song aboard the ship Tonnant. The sight of his country’s flag after a brutal bombing of Fort McHenry inspired Key to compose the song that would later become the National Anthem of the United States.
Maria Mitchell – 1818
In 1847, the first female astronomer in the United States looked through her telescope into the October sky. She scanned the sky and in a familiar quadrant noticed something new. Maria Mitchell discovered a new comet and the first to be identified by an American scientist.
Herman Melville – 1819
After spending time at sea, Melville began writing his masterpiece, Moby Dick, at the age of 25. However, it wouldn’t be recognized as a masterpiece during the 20th century, long after his death.
Charlotte Hughes – 1877
Born in Hartlepool, United Kingdom, Hughes lived to the age of 115, making her a supercentenarian. She lived through, 27 changes in Prime Minister, 6 monarchs, women’s suffrage movement, two world wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the Beatles, and more.
Jackie Ormes – 1911
A pioneering artist in her day, Ormes became the first African American cartoonist. Her syndicated comic strips, Torchy Brown, Patty-Jo and Ginger, and Candy all featured Black female characters.
Dom DeLuise – 1933
The multi-talented entertainer starred in movies, directed, and even put his talents to work in the kitchen as a professional chef.
Yves St. Laurent – 1936
The French designer launched his world-famous fashion label in 1961.
Jerry Garcia – 1942
Garcia made a name for himself as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band the Grateful Dead. Fun fact, the band was originally known as The Warlocks.
Tommy Bolin – 1951
Best known as guitarist and songwriter for the band Deep Purple, Bolin also launched a successful solo career.
Coolio – 1963
Rapper Coolio rose to stardom in the mid-1990s with the single “Fantastic Voyage.” He also brought a new level of artistry to Gangsta Rap.
Tempestt Bledsoe – 1973
Known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, Bledsoe continues a career in both television and movies.
Jason Momoa – 1979
As a model and actor, Momoa is best known for his role as Aquaman in the DC Comics film series and Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones television series.