Category: August 10



    On August 10th each year, Agent Orange Awareness Day provides information regarding the effects of Agent Orange. It also serves as a reminder of the lasting damage a single decision can cause.


    In the early 1960s, Americans used the herbicide in Vietnam to clear thick foliage from battlegrounds to eliminate the enemy’s protective ground cover.

    Those exposed to the chemical suffer a wide range of negative medical effects including:

    • AL amyloidosis
    • Diabetes Mellitus, Type II
    • Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
    • Leukemia
    • Multiple Myeloma
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Respiratory Cancer
    • Soft Tissue Sarcoma

    The use of Agent Orange impacted U.S. troops and the Vietnamese troops and civilians. It cost hundreds of thousands of lives and continues to impact survivors today.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a registry to help veterans and their families receive treatment. Those with suspected exposure can receive an exam free of charge from Veterans Affairs.


    The observance encourages us to support those who’ve been impacted by the use of Agent Orange and to also learn from its use. There are several ways to participate in the day:

    • Learn more about the effects of Agent Orange.
    • Visit a Vietnam Memorial.
    • Attend a memorial ceremony.
    • Light a candle in honor of those who have died as a result of Agent Orange.
    • Support a military or veterans organization.

    Share your stories using #AgentOrangeAwarenessDay on social media.


    Over 50 years ago, Agent Orange was first used in Vietnam. The date is thought to be August 10, 1961. In 1988, Agent Orange Awareness Day began as a way to reach Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange. The campaign informed the country through newspaper and radio messages, encouraging veterans to seek assistance through VA programs. Since then, military and veteran organizations have continued to promote the observance.


  • WORLD LION DAY – August 10


    Today, we invite you to celebrate one of the most majestic species to walk the earth. It’s World Lion Day!  Each year on August 10, lion lover’s around the globe use this day to bring awareness to the declining population of lions. Furthermore, we suggest learning about ways to help the preservation of lion habitats, as well.

    The lion species, also known as Panthera leo, is one of the largest species on earth. Typically weighing 300 to 550 pounds, the lion can vary from a light buff color to a deep reddish brown color.  Surprisingly, there is also the rare white lion found in the wild. Easily recognized by it’s thick mane, the lion is also muscular and has a loud, deafening roar.  Unfortunately, as majestic lions my seem, they are slowly disappearing.

    As far back as 3 million years ago, lions roamed freely across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East .  Today, loins are live freely in their natural habitat in only two locations, Africa and Asia.  In addition, some lions are bread in captivity.

    Lions are listed as a vulnerable species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Though they are not under the classification of an endangered species, they still face obstacles that endanger their survival.

    Currently, there are about 30,000 to 100,000 lions left on earth.  In the past few decades, lion populations have decreased almost by half.  Trophy hunting and loss of natural habitat are the primary reasons for the diminishing lion population.

    OBSERVATION OF #WorldLionDay

    Volunteering at a local zoo that houses lions is a great way to learn more about the care required to protect lions.  Volunteering  or making a donation to a conservation group is another way to show support for the good work organizations do. Whatever you do, don’t forget to share your day’s celebration on social media using #WorldLionDay.

    HISTORY OF #WorldLionDay

    In 2013, co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert of Big Cat Initiative and National Geographic began a partnership to form World Lion Day.  Also known as the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, the partnership aims to protect these wild cats in their natural habitat. Furthermore, the initiative also works on safety measures with communities that live near wild cats.



    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

    National Connecticut Day | August 10
    National Connecticut Day | August 10


    Woven into the fabric of this state’s historic landscape, we find revolutionaries, innovators, and philosophers. On August 10th, National Connecticut Day recognizes the contributions of the fifth state to join the United States of America.


    Like other colonies of the region, the Dutch first explored and founded trading posts in Connecticut. In 1633, Puritans from Massachusetts established the first permanent settlement.  From the outset, the industry established a means to prosperity in the colony. Production of brass buttons and munitions placed the colony in a position to later supply the Revolutionary Army. The colonial governor of Connecticut, Jonathan Trumbull, was the only governor who supported independence.

    All three Connecticut delegates to the first Continental Congress continued their representation of the colony at the Second Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.

    In fact, Roger Sherman is the only person to have signed the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. Eliphalet Dyer served the state of Connecticut as chief justice after the revolution.

    Connecticut became a state on January 9, 1788.

    Silas Deane served as a spy during the war and was for a time branded a traitor along with another Connecticut native, Benedict Arnold. He died penniless, but decades later in 1840, his granddaughter would petition Congress to review his records. His name would be cleared.

    Connecticut’s small but full landscape holds countless revolutionary stories and adventures along New England’s National Scenic Trail. Through every season and every era, there’s something for every generation to enjoy!


    Explore all the adventures Connecticut has to offer with National Day Calendar and share your favorites by using #NationalConnecticutDay on social media.

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    Grave of XYZ – Deep River

    Mystic Seaport – Mystic

    Hogpen Hill – Woodbury

    Louis’ Lunch – New Haven


    In 1776, at the age of 21, Captian Nathan Hale volunteered to carry out a mission ordered by General George Washington to gather information on the British troops. When the Patriot’s identity was revealed, a noose was swiftly placed around his neck. According to legend, Hale declared before being hung, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

    Dedicated to reforming a young country’s language, Noah Webster is credited with teaching generations of children to read and pronounce words through his “Blue-Backed Speller” and the publication of An American Dictionary of the English Language which contained 70,000 words. Find out more by visiting the National Day Calendar page for National Dictionary Day on October 16.
    After years of trial and error, Charles Goodyear finally developed a process making rubber stable for industrial use. He called the process vulcanization. His troubles would continue, however. Goodyear spent years battling patent infringement in court around the world running up debt.

    Decades later, an Akron business would honor the Goodyear inventor when the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company is born.
    Promoter and entertainer, PT Barnum created his booming show business in the mid-19th century with a menagerie of animal and human oddities he named “The Greatest Show on Earth”.
    Harriet Beecher StoweA prolific author and advocate, Harriet Beecher Stowe is best known for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Unique for her time, Stowe vocally debated topics of the day and provided financially for her family through teaching, her written works and speaking engagements.
    In 1836, Colt received the patent that would change the West. His revolving-cylinder pistol, U.S. Patent No. 138 would fire six shot before needing to be reloaded. This revolutionary design would not be an immediate success, though. It would take American expansion and war to convince the United States government to invest in Colt’s armament.
    Frederick Law Olmsted designed and preserved numerous grand parks and green spaces across the United States and is considered the father of landscape architecture. With an artist’s eye, he created spaces where neighborhoods and entire communities continue to relax and enjoy today.  Not only have they stood the test of time, the urban spaces have flourished.  Olmsted also impacted natural spaces, believing strongly places like Yosemite Valley and Niagara Falls should be preserved for their beauty and never be held privately.
    William Gillette played the iconic Sherlock Holmes on stage more than 1,000 times, and it was his portrayal that may have set the persona we most associate with Sir Arthur Conan Doyal’s genius detective.  Gillette performed in only one film, also recreating the detective for the silent screen. Just a few years ago, the lost film was rediscovered.
    Edith Roosevelt married Theodore Roosevelt in 1886 and as the first lady defined the role for future first ladies.
    Katharine Hepburn shunned the traditional starlet roles of Hollywood. Her bold attitude and strong will stole the stage. At a time when women rarely held the reins in Hollywood, Hepburn steered a prolific career with twelve Academy Award nominations and four wins.
    As the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush served from 2001 to 2009. As the son of the 41st President, Bush 43 had some family history with the White House.

    While in office, an era of change took place during his first term. On September 11, 2001, the attacks on the U.S. would set the tone for the duration of the term. Heading into his second term, Hurricane Katrina would do the same.
    From presidents to actors, models and musicians and Olympians, Annie Leibovitz takes icon portraits of iconic people. Since the beginning of Rolling Stone and on to covers of Vanity Fair, her large portfolio continues to expand.



    National Shapewear Day on August 10th celebrates the history, current trends, and continued use and evolution of body shaping garments. The day recognizes what has been a long-standing important, and at times, essential, article of clothing building confidence and poise for centuries. 


    History of Shapewear

    The history of shapewear parallels the development of clothed civilization. As far back as Greek and Roman times, evidence exists from archaeological drawings depicting women in corset-like garments. However, during the 16th-century, corsets and shaping undergarments ascended to the status of required fashion. Then, royalty typically led the trends and the current style of the era. Many changes and shifts in clothing fashion accompanied the popular corset – perhaps the most recognizable item in a woman’s ensemble.

    Modern Shapewear

    Fast forward to the 21st century, and shapewear becomes barely recognizable. Once the constricting, cumbersome, and impractical garments worn by our predecessors, today’s shapewear has transformed. It meets the varied and sophisticated needs of modern society. And it is also created from some of the most advanced materials available. Today, makers construct shapewear out of breathable, flexible, and durable fabrics. Additionally, shapewear comes in almost any style and shapes imaginable. To that point, you can easily custom-fit shapewear to any wardrobe

    Today’s versatile and practical shapewear smooths and supports. It also targets the most stubborn spots on the body. When men and women don business wear, formal attire, or even casual clothes with shapewear beneath, they share a more polished look to the world. The resulting confidence they exude does not go unnoticed. And you can thank their modern supporting shapers! Whatever the occasion, shapewear will have you covered.


    Celebrate National Shapewear Day by wearing your favorite shaper. If you think shapewear is the uncomfortable and restrictive garment of the past, check out the latest styles. Times have most certainly changed. And shapewear is now one of the most versatile articles of clothing, making them suitable for use during all seasons and occasions.

    Throughout the observance, share your shapewear experiences with others. And don’t forget to put your confident self forward!

    Use #NationalShapewearDay to share on social media.


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    The Pink Room founded National Shapewear Day in 2017 to celebrate and generate interest in the ongoing advancements, improvements, and benefits of foundation garments. Shapewear empowers people by making them feel confident and beautiful in their own skin with a little help from shapewear!

    In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed annually on August 10th.

    National Shapewear Day FAQ

    Q. What is most shapewear made of?
    A. Usually, shapewear is made of nylon or spandex.

    Q. Who invented nylon?
    A. In 1935, Du Pont patented nylon and it was a big hit. Wallace Carothers, director of Dupont’s research center, developed the synthetic fiber that became an integral part of many products.

    Q. Who invented Lycra, aka spandex?
    A. Another Du Pont development, chemist Joseph Shivers invented the strong, stretchy synthetic fiber in the 1950s.

    Q. Can shapewear flatten my stomach?
    A. Shapewear has a slimming effect by compressing the fatty areas. It also smooths the back, sides, and legs.

    Q. Can shapewear permanently reshape my body?
    A. No. Shapewear works like a corset, only much more comfortable. However, once it is removed, the fatty areas return to their relaxed positions.


  • NATIONAL S’MORES DAY – August 10


    National S’mores Day on August 10th recognizes the most popular campfire treat! Millions of people of all ages love this gooey, toasted treat. 


    S’mores consists of a roasted marshmallow with a layer of chocolate bar sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

    The origin of this tasty snack is credited to the entrepreneur Alec Barnum. However, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.  Even though the Girl Scouts were not the first ones to make s’mores, Girl Scout groups describe them in their reports as early as 1925. Earlier recipes used the name “Some Mores.”  It is unclear when the word “S’mores” became the more common name.

    Today, many variations on the original s’more find their way around a campfire.

    • Try spreading peanut butter on the graham crackers before adding the other ingredients.
    • Substitute peanut butter cups in place of the chocolate bar.
    • Replace the graham crackers with fudge-dipped cookies.
    • Add banana slices. 


    Try this S’more Bar recipe at home. Enjoy and share with your friends and family. However, if you think s’mores are too messy for you but enjoy the flavor, add the s’more ingredients to delicious desserts. Cakes, pies, dips, trifles also offer a terrific way to enjoy the taste of a s’more.

    How many different ways can you make a s’more? Use #NationalSmoresDay to post on social media. 


    National S’mores Day origins are currently unknown. 



    Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes the chamber piece “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (A Little Serenade). As one of his most popular works, the composition wasn’t published until after his death.


    The Paris museum now known as the Grand Louvre opened in the former royal palace.


    The state known as the gateway to the West joins the Union as the 24th state.


    President Franklin D. Roosevelt is stricken with a paralytic illness at the family’s summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello. While doctors diagnosed the President with poliomyelitis, doctors today believe the cause of Roosevelt’s condition may have been a rare condition called Guillain–Barré syndrome.


    President Coolidge dedicates Mount Rushmore in the South Dakota Black Hills.


    The debut of Candid Camera brought humorous practical jokes played on unsuspecting everyday people to our living rooms.


    Sunset Boulevard premiers at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The American film noir was directed by Billy Wilder and starred William Holden and Gloria Swanson.


    The U.S. Treasury discontinues circulation of the $2. The design included the image of President Thomas Jefferson on one side and his Monticello estate on the other. In 1976, they reintroduced the bill as a Federal Reserve Note.


    During the Perseid meteor shower, one fireball streaked across the sky during daylight hours. Visible from Utah to Canada, the fiery ball caused numerous calls to the FAA. It is the only known case of a meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere and then leaving it again.

    1985 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million

    Michael Jackson completes the deal to purchase ATV Music, including the catalog of Beatles songs, for $47 million.


    Magellan enters orbit around Venus and begins mapping its surface.


    Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes the oath of office becoming the 2nd woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.


    The United Kingdom tops 100°F for the first time in recorded history.

    Henri Nestlé – 1814

    As a pharmacist, Nestlé had the training and understanding to experiment with products. Before becoming a chocolatier, he created milk products for infants. Today, his brand is one of the most recognizable around the world.

    Eliza Frances Andrews – 1840

    As a Southern author who lived through the Civil War, Andrews offers a glimpse into the world of women in the south after the war. She also was a recognized botanist. Some of her books include A Family Secret, The Wartime Journal of a Georgia Girl and A Practical Course in Botany.

    Hugo Eckner -1868

    The pilot of the Graf Zeppelin, Eckener would set records around the world with the lighter-than-air-ship.

    Herbert Hoover – 1874

    Serving as the 31st President of the United States, Hoover took office at the beginning of the Great Depression.

    Jack Haley – 1898

    Best known for his role as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, Haley began his career as a vaudeville actor.

    Leo Fender – 1909

    The musical innovator, Leo Fender, didn’t even play guitar. However, his name and brand continue to influence the electric guitar world, today.

    Buddy Lewis – 1916

    Born John Kelly Lewis, he played for the Washington Senators for 14 years. The third baseman and right fielder made two All-Star appearances during his career.

    Jimmy Dean – 1928

    The talented country singer and actor would also launch a brand of sausage enjoyed by millions.

    James Reynolds – 1946

    Best known for his role as Abe Carver on Days of Our Lives. He was cast in the role in 1981 and has played it ever since.

    Michael Gerard Bauer – 1955

    Children and young adult author, Michael Gerard Bauer, began his career as a teacher. He published his first book, Running Man, in 2004.

    Antonio Banderas – 1960

    The Spanish actor made is American debut in the film The Mambo Kings in 1992. Since then his roles have brought him international attention.

    Suzanne Collins – 1962

    Best known for The Hunger Games series, the author began her career writing for children’s television.

    Josh Gates – 1972

    International globe trekker and television host of Expedition Unknown, Gates is also an author.

    Wade Barrett – 1980

    The English WWE wrestler was born Stuart Alexander Bennett. Following his 12-year wrestling career, Bennett went on to commentating.

    Andrew Drummond – 1993

    As a first round draft pick for the Detroit Pistons in 2012, Drummond went on to play center for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • NATIONAL LAZY DAY – August 10


    On August 10th, National Lazy Day gives us permission to relax and kick back. So, we’re going to be a bit lazy here.


    As you can see, there is not much information regarding this annually celebrated holiday as we do not feel like doing any research. Actually, we do not feel like doing anything at all. Consequently, we are in our hammocks with a couple of good books and glasses of lemonade and iced tea. Yes, it is a Lazy Day. We choose to be lazy rather than tell much more about this day.

    Quote markYou can’t teach people to be lazy – they either have it, or they don’t. ~ Dagwood Bumstead


    Take this test to prepare yourself for the day. Lazy people fact #72432143726413424. If you were too lazy to read that number, you’re ready to celebrate this day.

    The number one rule of any lazy day is if you can’t reach it, you don’t need it. Don’t break the rule.

    We assigned an alternative word for lazy for the day. We call it very relaxed.

    What is the official exercise of #NationalLazyDay? Diddly squats.

    For some tips on how to enjoy a successful lazy day visit A Pint-Sized Life Blog. We were too lazy to give you our own list.


    The creator and origin of #NationalLazyDay could not be found.

    Have a great day!

    National Lazy Day FAQ

    Q. Do lazy people live longer?
    A. Possibly. A 2018 study by the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences suggests that being lazy can help you live longer.

    Q. What other lazy days are on the calendar?
    A. September recognizes National Lazy Mom’s Day. You know they deserve a lazy day once in a while. In January, International Sweatpants Day gives us permission to dress lazily.
    National Hammock Day on July 22 also suggests a heavily lazy day.

    Q. What are the best ways to relax?
    A. Some of the best ways to relax (or get that lazy feeling) include getting a massage, stretching, and hugs.