Category: August 11



    Every year on August 11th, Global Kinetic Sand™ Day celebrates the magically fun sand that is so oddly satisfying, you can’t put it down! Squish, mix, slice, and mold Kinetic Sand into any shape you want – the creative possibilities are endless. Made with natural sand, you can feel the flow through your fingers, almost like real sand, but without the mess!


    Kinetic Sand ignites the senses through mesmerizing experiences that you can’t look away from. Whether you’re mixing and slicing rainbows, building castles, or playing with your hands in the sand, there are ways to play for everyone! Kinetic Sand brings the beach to you – it magically sticks together and never dries out so you can create again and again.


    Who likes to play with Kinetic Sand? Everyone! Kids of all ages get their creativity flowing when they play with Kinetic Sand. Create something magical with Kinetic Sand! Share your favorite ways to play – if you’ve never played with Kinetic Sand, August 11th is the perfect day to start! Mold it. Slice it. Feel the flow through your fingers. Share your creations on social media, and be sure to use #GlobalKineticSandDay when sharing.


    SPIN MASTER, LTD founded Global Kinetic Sand Day on August 11th, 2020, to share the magic of the squeezable sand that never dries out. Since 2014, Kinetic Sand™ has been the moldable and mesmerizing sand that is so satisfying you can’t help but put your hands in the sand! Kids and parents alike love Kinetic Sand™ as an indoor activity, all year long! Originally developed to make sand play less of a mess by mixing sand with beeswax, Kinetic Sand has been further developed to the squeezable sand everyone knows and loves today.

    Kinetic Sand™ has been awarded several seals of approval from household names such as Walmart, Target, Good Housekeeping, and the National Parenting Product Awards! KINETIC SAND is a trademark of SPIN MASTER, LTD. Made in Sweden.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed Global Kinetic Sand Day to be observed on August 11th, annually.



    National Raspberry Bombe Day on August 11th recognizes this tantalizing frozen dessert. A raspberry bombe creates a beautiful finale to any summer meal. The dessert will be the centerpiece of your meal and tastes delicious, too!


    Throughout August, raspberries are ripening. That’s why this is the third raspberry holiday in the month. Who doesn’t love the sweet, juicy berry? And they’re even better frozen into a delicious dessert. 

    A typical bombe contains sherbet, heavy cream, sugar, chopped nuts, candied fruit and a dash of rum. The dessert is layered using a spherical mold and frozen overnight. With raspberries as the main ingredient, the result creates a terrific centerpiece. 

    Since one raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries per year, make more than one raspberry bombe. That way you can celebrate two days in a row or share with a friend. While the raspberry bombe is already an eye-catching dessert, add some rose petals to the finished product. Why? They will be a conversation starter. Then you can tell your guests that the raspberries are in the genus Rubus of the rose family. 


    You can find numerous recipes for these frozen treats in cookbooks and on the internet. They’ve been served in a variety of flavors since at least 1882. Create your own after picking some fresh raspberries. Share the treat with your helpers. We even have a recipe for you to enjoy!

    Raspberry bombe recipe  

    Use #RaspberryBombeDay to post on social media.


    While we were unable to identify the creator of this refreshing holiday, we suggest exploring other fruity days on the calendar.

    Raspberry FAQ

    Q. When is raspberry season?
    A. Raspberries are harvested from June until October. That means National Raspberry Bombe Day placed smack dab in the middle of picking season!

    Q. How many calories do raspberries have?
    A. One cup of raspberries contains 65 calories.

    Q. Should I use fresh or frozen raspberries to make a raspberry bombe?
    A. Both! For best results, follow the recipe’s recommendations.




    National Son’s and Daughter’s Day on August 11th brings parents and their children together for quality time. On this day, be with the joys of your life.


    Let your children know that you are glad they are part of your life. While listening to the events of their day, share family stories. Find out about their hopes and dreams. Learn what inspires them. Teach them something new, or maybe there’s something they can teach you. Enjoy every day you have with them and spend as much quality time as you can. 

    Time with our children can be fleeting. Not only do they grow quickly, but their interests and needs change, too. Whether we realize it or not, sons and daughters look up to us. They emulate our behavior – the good and the bad. As much as times change, children don’t. We craved our parent’s approval and acceptance. Our children do, too.

    Every child is different. Their personalities uniquely fitted to them. While one child devours books, another may deconstruct every electronic device in the house. The chatterbox keeps us awake on long road trips and the night owl keeps us alert to everything under the stars. No two are the same. That’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. Celebrate them and the parts they play in your family.


    Do something special for your children today. If they are at home, go for a walk, or enjoy a local park. Send a card or make a phone call to grown children. Remind them how special they are to you. Use #SonsAndDaughtersDay on social media.


    The earliest record National Day Calendar could find of an August 11th observance of this day took place in 1988. It’s mentioned in a Nanaimo (British Columbia, Canada) Daily News article dated August 12, 1988. While we were unable to identify the creator of National Son’s and Daughter’s Day, we did find other earlier events with this name. 

    According to an article in the August 20, 1944, St. Joseph News-Press/Gazette, in 1936, J Henry Dusenberry first pursued the idea of a Sons’ and Daughters’ Day. The thought occurred to him after hearing a child ask why there was no such occasion. Through his efforts, the day started in Missouri and spread. Parents placed a flower representing each of their children in a vase and put the vase in a prominent room in the house. Throughout the day, parents thought about their children as they gazed at the flowers, especially those who no longer lived in the house. By 1945, the celebration reached its peak at 22 states with organizations participating in the event. 

    In the following years, organizations such as the Lions Club and women’s auxiliaries would host Sons and Daughters Day in their municipalities. However, these observances would change from year to year. 

    Then, in 1972, Florida Congressman Claude Pepper submitted a request for the establishment of a Sons’ and Daughters’ Day on behalf of Georgia Paul of Del Rio, Texas. According to the Del Rio News-Herald dated October 28, 1972, the request suggested the proclamation would observe the day on last Sunday in January annually. However, neither the House nor the Senate signed a bill or joint resolution to declare the day. 



    August 11 Celebrated History


    Newport, Rhode Island opens the first public roller rink.


    Gottlieb Daimler receives patent for the world’s first motorcycle – German Patent No. DRP 36423.


    John Bray becomes the first animator to patent animation and the assembly line process for mass-produced cartoons. However, his patent was eventually rejected because he submitted another man’s techniques – Winsor McCay.


    Curly Lambeau and George Whitney establish the Green Bay Packers.


    The Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth, hits his 500th career home run – the first professional baseball player to reach this achievement.


    Alcatraz Prison accepts its first civilian prisoners.


    The Beatles premiere the movie Help in New York City.


    The Third Battalion, Twenty-First Infantry leaves South Vietnam. They were the last ground combat troops remaining.


    The movie American Graffiti opens in the United States. George Lucas directed the coming of age film. It also starred several notable faces, including Richard Dreyfuss, Wolfman Jack, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford and Cindy Williams.


    President Ronald Regan jokes during a sound test that he has “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes.”


    With 330 stores, the Mall of American in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota opens. It is the largest shopping mall in the United States.


    One of the most widely viewed total solar eclipses in history begins in the west Atlantic and passed over Europe, the Middle East, and ended over the Bay of Bengal. However, much of the northeastern United States viewed a partial eclipse.


    Airbnb launches its official vacation rental website.


    Biologists publish an article revealing the oldest living vertebrate on Earth. The Greenland shark lives between 272 years and maybe even as long as 512 years.

    August 11 Celebrated Birthdays

    Enid Blyton – 1897

    The prolific children’s author is best known for her novels The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, and Noddy.

    Dik Browne – 1917

    Browne is best known for his comic book characters Hägar the Horrible and Hi and Louis.

    Alex Haley – 1921

    The American author is best known for his book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The book has been produced into a television mini-series twice – once in 1979 and again in 2016.

    Vada Pinson – 1938

    After an 18-year career, professional baseball player and center fielder, Pinson was elected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame just two years after his retirement.

    Joanna Cole – 1944

    Best known as the author of The Magic School Bus, Cole made science fun for children of all ages. Her Ms. Frizzle characters and the students debuted in an animated series in 1994.

    Marilyn Vos Savant – 1946

    With an I.Q. more than double the average person, vos Savant is ranked by Guinness World Records as the woman with the highest I.Q. in the world. She writes the “Ask Marilyn” column for Parade Magazine.

    Craig McCaw – 1949

    As an entrepreneur, McCaw led the way into the wireless frontier when he launched McCaw Cellular. The company was later sold to AT&T.

    Steve Wozniak – 1950

    The electronics engineer, programmer, and entrepreneur joined forces with Steve Jobs to launch Apple Inc in 1977.

    Hulk Hogan – 1953

    Terry Eugene Bollea wrestled under his ring name Hulk Hogan from 1977 to 2012. Hogan has also appeared in several movies and television shows.

    Viola Davis – 1965

    The award-winning actress, Viola Davis, is the first black actress to receive an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. Some of her most notable roles include Doubt, The Help, and How to Get Away with Murder.

    Chris Hemsworth – 1983

    Best known for his role as Thor in the Marvel films, the Australian actor also played the father of James T. Kirk and starred in Snow White and the Huntsman.



    National Presidential Joke Day is observed annually on August 11th.


    This day recognizes the humor often found and yet not so appreciated in the highest office in the land. With a nod to the blunders, take a look back at some of our presidents’ social missteps. Many of them are awkward. While in the moment, the Commander in Chief might not find them so funny. However, looking back, sometimes, they’re downright hilarious mistakes.

    • Everyone loves hot dogs. There’s even a National Hot Dog Day. However, when the President of the United States serves them to the King and Queen of England, things might become awkward. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt hosted a good old-fashioned wiener roast when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the U.S. in 1939.
    • In 1968, President Richard Nixon joined the set of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. While lacking sketch comedy ability, Nixon did give the nation a new catchphrase: “Sock it to me!”
    • George H. W. Bush pledged in 1988, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Two years later, Bush raised taxes.
    • Sometimes the gaffes are vice presidential. At a Trenton, New Jersey spelling bee in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled the word potato.

    During an election year, the scrutiny of the constituency can be brutal. The presidential candidates should be prepared to handle the presidential joke. The citizenry will be listening!


    Share your favorite presidential missteps and jokes. We even have a few to get you started:

    • What kind of tea did the colonists demand?
    • Which of Washington’s officers had the best sense of humor?
    • Barack Obama – “There are few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate.”
    • Jimmy Carter – “My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.”

    Which president tells the best joke? Who handles their missteps the best. Let us know and use #PresidentialJokeDay to share on social media.


    National Presidential Joke Day began on August 11, 1984. During a soundcheck for his Saturday evening radio broadcast, President Ronald Reagan joked, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Since 1982, the networks had agreed comments made during sound checks were off the record. However, someone leaked the recording to the general public. Eventually, CBS broadcast the recording on its Monday evening report. Critics blasted Reagan as being unpresidential, and others considered the joke harmless under most circumstances.