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    Each year on August 12, we observe International Youth Day (IYD).  On this day, we celebrate youth across the globe to honor the promising future in today’s society.  In addition, the day also brings worldwide awareness to issues youth face in their lives on a daily basis.

    The World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth first would make recommendations to the United Nations to honor youth on an international level.  In 1999, after the precedent was set, U.N. Resolution 54-120 became a reality. Since then, International Youth Day celebrates “to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth” on an international level, respectively.

    There are nearly 2 million youth across the world ages 10 to 24. Unfortunately, almost half live in war-torn areas.  Also, many of today’s youth do not have access to education, healthcare, jobs, and opportunity.  Even though youth unemployment is high, many are very tech-savvy.  In fact, youth today adapt quickly to technology changes.

    One of the main goals of IYD is to teach youth how to make a better life for themselves.  Beginning with empowerment, youth learn to have become involved in society.  Teaching youth how to deal with social injustice and promote peace ensure future generations will make the world a better place.


    Engaging in social development with youth in your area is one way to show support for IYD.  By acknowledging youth groups, you are showing support and offering encouragement for youth to share ideas and solutions to problems of today and the future.  Share your support on IYD using #YouthDay and  #TransformingEducation on social media.


    Through U.N. Resolution 54-120, International Youth Day has celebrated youth across the world since 1999.  Additionally, each year, a new theme becomes a priority for celebrations across the globe.


  • WORLD ELEPHANT DAY – August 12


    Join in the worldwide observance on August 12th of one of Earth’s most magnificent creatures.  It’s World Elephant Day.

    For more information visit  Use #WorldElephantDay to share on social media.




    Each year, on National Julienne Fries Day on August 12th, everyone fries up skinny sliced potatoes for a delicious and crunchy treat.  


    Cut into thin, uniform matchsticks, julienne fries tend to be crispier and are often called “shoestring fries.” It’s no surprise this delicate and precise cut is a French favorite. Just look to the 1722 edition of Francois Massialot’s Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeoi for the oldest known written reference to the julienne cut.  


    Although no one knows the origin of the julienne cut, Eneas Dallas, in the book Kettner’s Book of the Table written in 1877, analyzes the sources of the julienne cut. One recipe interests him, called Julienne Soup. The recipe calls cooks to cut all the vegetables,(such as turnips, carrots, potatoes), into long strips or straws. Another recipe may share a clue. A woodsorrel soup recipe required two cuts to be made on each leaf. Not one or three, but two. By doing so would create a trefoil or a trinity, which would be significant to some Christian or superstitious cooks.  

    According to Dallas, the people of Europe knew the woodsorrel by many names. The French knew it as La petite oseille and surelle (among many others). In England, it was called stubwort, sour trefoil, or cuckoo’s meat. Another unusual name for the woodsorrel was Alleluia or Allelujah. By this name also it was found in Italy and Spain. The word would often become corrupted or manipulated. For example, the scientific name for woodsorrel is Conserva Lajulce. Dallas carries this point to Italy, where the name becomes Juliola.

    Dallas also suggests that when woodsorrel is cooked, the leaves cook away. The soup leaves only the twigs or the representative julienne cuts.

    Despite all these possibilities, National Julienne Fries Day promotes noshing, not superstitions. However, sharing the origins may impress your friends. 


    What’s the best way to celebrate this food holiday? By slicing up some potatoes into small sticks and frying them up, of course! You can also visit your favorite restaurant and order some. We even have some tips to help you succeed at homemade shoestring potatoes:

    • Once you’ve sliced your potatoes into matchsticks (which can be achieved with a tool with a julienne blade), let the potatoes rest in a bowl of ice water for about 10 minutes.
    • After 10 minutes, pat the potatoes dry with paper towels. You want them dry before placing them in hot oil, or the grease will vigorously splatter.
    • When you add the potatoes to the hot grease, don’t add too many at a time. They need room to fry on all sides. This tip also prevents your oil from excess splatter and overflowing.
    • The ideal temperature for frying your potatoes is about 350°F.
    • Once the potatoes become golden brown, remove them from the oil to a clean paper towel to drain and season immediately.

    Use #JulienneFriesDay to post on social media.


    We were unable to find the creator of National Julienne Fries Day.

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  • NATIONAL BOWLING DAY – Second Saturday in August


    On the second Saturday in August, National Bowling Day encourages everyone to set up the pins. Now go throw strikes!


    While bowling style games likely existed in ancient civilizations, we probably owe the modern game of bowling to Germany. Kegels were used much like batons for protection or sport. Participants would place the kegels at the end of an alley. Each person then rolled a stone, attempting to knock down the kegels. It was believed that by knocking down the kegel, their sins would be forgiven.

    Other lawn games such as bocce and petanque may also be precursors to bowling. One such bowling game was called ninepins. American literature first mentions ninepins in Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle.

    Bowling, like many sports, attracted gamblers. As a result, the game came under the scrutiny of legislatures and city councils. In 1841, Connecticut passed a law prohibiting ninepin bowling alleys. Circumventing the law, alleys added one pin to the line-up. Very little about the game has changed since.

    In 1905, the game introduced the first rubber compound bowling ball. Up until then, players threw wooden balls made of lignum vitae. However, this modern ball launched a whole new era of bowling.

    During the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, bowling was featured as a demonstration sport. However, the game never returned to the Olympics again. 


    Gather a group of friends and family and go bowling together. Throughout the country, bowling alleys offer discounts and deals to celebrate the day. Whether you decide to go during the day or at night, bring several friends. It doesn’t matter how well you play either. The point is to have fun.

    There are other ways to celebrate the day, too! 

    • Read up on bowling in Pin Action by Gianmarc Manzione or in Bowling Across America: 50 States in Rented Shoes by Mike Walsh.
    • Take a bowling class to learn how to improve your skills. 
    • Teach someone how to bowl. 
    • Give a shout-out to your favorite bowling alley. 
    • Watch the documentary A League of Ordinary Gentleman by Christopher Brown.

    Use #NationalBowlingDay to post on social media and alert others.


    The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, Inc. sponsored the first National Bowling Day in association with the General Cigar Company and NBC-TV in 1956. Attracting millions of bowlers, the event raised money for the American Red Cross through hundreds of bowling tournaments in 48 states. On October 14, 1956, the televised Final Bowl Off on National Bowling Day in Macon County, Illinois featured bowling stars Bill Lilian and Anita Cantaline of Detroit.

    The event never repeated, but National Bowling Day traditions have started once more. Continuing in the same spirit as the 1956 event, the modern era #NationalBowlingDay takes care of others while taking down those pins. One example was the Million Pin Challenge. Donations helped provide half a million meals to Feeding America to fight domestic hunger.

    Bowling FAQ

    Q. What are bowling balls made of?
    A. Today’s bowling balls are made of different materials. The most common are coverstock-plastic, urethane, reactive resin, and particle. Depending on the type of performance, durability, and the bowlers skill, they may prefer one material over another.

    Q. Where is the largest bowling alley in the United States?
    A. The Thunderbowl in Allen Park, Michigan boasts the country’s largest bowling alley with 90 lanes.

    Q. Is bowling an Olympic event?
    A. No, it is not.

    Q. What is the heaviest bowling ball allowed?
    A. The heaviest bowling ball allowed in the sport is 16 pounds.

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  • NATIONAL GARAGE SALE DAY – Second Saturday in August


    National Garage Sale Day on the second Saturday in August recognizes the perfect time to sell our good but used items. Set up the tables and price your things. Or, head out around the neighborhood looking for great deals.  


    A successful garage sale requires a little planning and organization.

    • Sort like items together.
    • Keep prices reasonable, but don’t undersell. Also, don’t price anything less than a quarter. Who wants to make small change?
    • Clearly price items.
    • Be willing to negotiate. You don’t want to pack up the items again, do you?
    • Wash and fold the clothes. Clean items sell more quickly than musty, wrinkled clothes.
    • Place clearly marked signs in ideal locations. (Check your local ordinances. Some cities only allow signs on boulevards or not at all.)
    • Be prepared with plenty of small bills.
    • If you advertise, be clever. A humorous note about your vast collection will catch garage sale hunter’s eyes more quickly than the ho-hum, everyday ad.

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    For the savvy shopper, garage sales offer an inexpensive way to update their decor. They also help young families obtain gently used items for their children and homes. 


    Get out and seek some deals. Or better yet, clean out the attic and basement. Put some prices on those antiques and make some money. How else can you celebrate the day? We’ll show you how:

    • Post your greatest finds. Whether it was an Antique Roadshow-worthy deal on collector’s item or the toy your child loves more than anything, tell the story. 
    • Host a garage sale as a fundraiser for a charity. 
    • Share the most impressive garage sale signs you see. 
    • Share your tips for browsing garage sales and making deals. 

    No matter how you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalGarageSaleDay to share your great deals on social media.


    C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama created National Garage Sale Day in 2001. After seeing neighbors having sales on different weekends, Rhodes thought coordinating sales on the same weekend would be convenient. He is also the founder of Mulligan Day and Brother’s Day.

    Garage Sale FAQ

    Q. Where is the world’s largest garage sale?
    A. The LONGEST garage sale takes place along US Highway 127 and crosses six states.

    Q. Do people sell rare items at garage sales?
    A. Yes, and you have to know what you’re looking at to know it. Many people sell items not knowing their real value. From artwork and furniture to books, toys, music and vintage clothing may have a higher value than the sticker price. However, the old adage, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” also applies.

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    Get spinning on August 12th with National Vinyl Record Day! Whether it’s the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Johnny Cash, or the BeeGees, vinyl records have a sound all their own. Most will agree, vintage vinyl is as classic as the bands themselves.


    The day encourages listening to all kinds of music on vinyl records. Spin a disc on a jukebox or show off your style by demonstrating your hip-hop moves.

    About Vinyl Records

    When vinyl records first came on the market they had other names. Some of them were a gramophone record or a phonograph record. They are also called records for short. The analog sound storage medium consists of a flat disc. The sound is recorded by inscribing it on a modulated spiral groove.

    Depending on the speed at which the sound was recorded, the vinyl record will need to be played at a corresponding speed on the record player. This is referred to as rotational speed. The revolutions per minute (RPMs) of the more popular vinyls are:

    • 45s
    • 33 1/3
    • 78s

    Other features of vinyl records included reproductive accuracy or fidelity (High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, Orthophonic and Full-Range), their time capacity (long-playing or single), and the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo or quadraphonic).

    Vinyl records were also sold in different sizes such as:

    • 12 inch
    • 10 inch
    • 7 inch

    By 1991, vinyl records left the mainstream. However, manufacturers continue to produce them. Collectors and audiophiles increasingly desire the unique sound that only vinyl can produce. Since 2006, vinyl record sales continue to increase according to Even more dramatic sales started hitting the markets beginning in 2012. 


    Stop by a vinyl record store in your town. While browsing through the selections, reminisce about the Good Ol’ Days. You can also dive into your own collection. Listen to your favorites or find a new favorite to enjoy. Share your discoveries using #VinylRecordDay to post on social media.


    Gary Freiberg of Los Osos, California founded National Vinyl Record Day commemorating the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Freiberg encourages everyone to remember fond memories and the good things in life, especially vinyl records.

    Vinyl FAQ

    Q. Are vinyl records making a comeback?
    A. Yes, in a way. In 2020, more vinyl records were sold than CDs.

    Q. Can I even buy a record player today?
    A. Yes. You can even buy new record players.

    Q. What are the standard vinyl record sizes?
    A. Vinyl records come in three standard sizes: 7-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. However not all record players will play all sizes.

    Q. Do vinyl records sound better?
    A. Many people will tell you, “Yes, they do.” And their reasons make sense. The number one reason for this positive response is that vinyl records are recorded in analog and most closely represent the sounds being recorded – music, speech, even nature sounds. Digital music, due to its nature, misses some of the nuances in many recordings.

    Q. Will vinyl records ever outsell digital music?
    A. Due to digital music’s portability, it’s hard to see vinyl outselling this medium. In our portable world, vinyl record sales only make up a tiny fraction of music sales.




    Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Of course, larger families celebrate more than one middle child, too! 


    Many believe birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children. For example, the Middle Child Syndrome describes the firstborn as the leader and the role-player. Meanwhile, the youngest one earns the title of the baby family. Therefore, the middle child’s role remains undefined.

    Birth order may also contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. One personality study also claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative. 

    No matter what the personality tests and therapists say, the day directs us to focus on the middle child. The day directs parents and siblings to pull out all the stops. Make your middle-born family members feel special. 


    On August 12, recognize the sibling in the middle, the meat of your family sandwich! If you’re a middle child, celebrate your unique position in the family. Keep all middle children in mind. Try these ideas:

    • Make their favorite homemade dish and invite them over.
    • Send a card and share a memory of them. (Be sure the memory is of the middle child and not one of your other children.)
    • Invite your middle child for coffee. 
    • Call your middle child to find out about their day. This is especially important if you don’t usually call.
    • Take a walk with your middle child. Throw a frisbee or do one of their favorite activities. 
    • Play a card or board game.
    • If your middle child has a middle child, suggest all of you make a day of activities together. 

    Post on social media using #NationalMiddleChildDay to alert others.


    Elizabeth Walker created National Middle Children’s Day in the 1980s. The first celebrations took place on the second Saturday in August. However, along the way, it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12th. In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National Day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.” The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.

    Middle Child Day FAQ

    Q. Are there fewer middle children today than in years past?
    A. While the size of a household is growing, that doesn’t mean more families are having more children. According to Pew Research data, the number of children born to a woman on average dropped to 1.86 in 2006. The years preceding that wavered around 2 births per woman. Those numbers suggest fewer middle children. However, middle children do exist. Consider families who adopt, blended families, and those who are still having large families of 3+ children.

    Q. Are other children in the family celebrated, too?
    A. Yes! For example, National Only Child Day celebrates, well, the only child. Considering the statics above, that population is trending upward. National Siblings Day also celebrates every sibling in the family, regardless of birth order. There are also National Sisters Day and Brothers Day.


    August 12th Celebrated History


    Isaac Singer’s first patent for a commercial sewing machine is granted. Patent No. 8,294 was for improvements to a machine previously patented by Singer.


    Using carbolic acid, Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery on a compound fracture. The patient recovered with no infection.


    Thomas Edison completes the first model for the phonograph. While working on the telegraph and telephone, inspiration struck The Wizard of Menlo Park. He speculated if messages could be transferred from paper tape, then voice might also be recorded and transferred. The resulting idea led to Edison developing the phonograph.


    The first National Archery Tournament begins at White Stocking Park in Chicago, Illinois.


    Bertha Benz makes the first long-distance road trip in her husband’s invention, a motorized carriage. She set out to prove the value of a car in an era ruled by horses. In 12 hours, she drove 106 kilometers (65 miles). A horse-drawn carriage traveling the same distance would take approximately 16 hours.


    Ford completes the first Model-T. The car rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan, on September 27th. The company introduced the revolutionary vehicle to the masses on October 1st of that year.


    The home of abolitionist, author, and former slave, Frederick Douglass, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Restoration the national shrine, Cedar Hill, began in 1921. Then in 1962, the National Park Service took over the supervision of the historic site.


    Clarence Birdseye obtains a patent for “Method of Preparing Food Product” that demonstrated how to freeze food and package it for distribution. His patent No. 1773079A led to the frozen food industry.


    Ann Davidson completes her 15-month voyage on her sloop, the Felicity Ann. Her achievement makes her the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.


    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, raising the minimum wage from 75¢ to $1.00 per hour.


    NASA launches Echo 1A, the first successful communications satellite.


    The Space Shuttle Enterprise flies free of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for the first time.


    The personal computer (PC) comes to market for the first time when IBM releases its Model 5150.


    Sue Hendrickson discovers Tyrannosaurus rex remains in South Dakota. One of the most complete skeletons in the world was named Sue in honor of Hendrickson.


    Professional baseball players strike, bringing Major League Baseball’s season to an end. The World Series is canceled.


    NASA launches the Parker Solar Probe beginning the first mission to the sun. With each perihelion (closest point in orbit to the sun), the probe will gradually edge closer to the sun. By 2025 it will be at its closest perihelion, 6.9 gigameters from the center of the sun.

    August 12th Celebrated Birthdays

    Christy Mathewson – 1880

    As one of the first pitching greats in professional baseball, Mathewson played for several teams, including the New York Giants.

    Cecil B. DeMille – 1881

    The noted filmmaker produced and directed more than 70 films.

    Erwin Schrödinger – 1887

    As a theoretical physicist, Schrödinger made contributions to wave theory and quantum mechanics. The Nobel Laureate is noted for being one of the father’s of quantum mechanics and for his thought theory today known as Schrödinger’s Cat.

    Tedd Pierce – 1906

    Actor, animator, and screenwriter, Pierce is most known for his contributions to the film Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and his animation work.

    Gladys Bentley – 1907

    As a Blues singer, Bently played the piano and sung with a bold voice. She’s also noted for also breaking down barriers.

    Jane Wyatt – 1910

    Known for her roles on Father Knows Best and as Spock’s mother in Star Trek, Wyatt began her film career with One More River.

    Margaret Burbidge – 1919

    Burbage’s achievements include developing instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope and being the first woman appointed as director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. She also supported opportunities for women in science, an area where she was often denied equality, and shared the spotlight with her husband.

    Buck Owens – 1929

    Born as Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., the performer achieved success as a musician and singer-songwriter. He played a prominent role in the popular comedy and music show Hee Haw. In 1996, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Charlie O’Donnell – 1932

    The voice behind several game shows, O’Donnell is best known for announcing the Wheel of Fortune.

    John Poindexter – 1936

    Poindexter served in the United States Navy and was appointed to the role of Deputy National Security Advisor and National Security Advisor under the Reagan administration.

    Mark Knopfler – 1949

    As one of the founding members of the band Dire Straights, Knopfler played lead guitar. The composer also wrote several film scores, including The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog.

    Ann M. Martin – 1955

    Best known for her children’s series The Baby-Sitters Club, Martin began her career in elementary education.

    Lynette Woodard – 1959

    Woodard was the first female Harlem Globetrotter. She went on to head coach the Winthrop Eagles women’s basketball team.

    Sir Mix-A-Lot – 1963

    Anthony Ray is known for his hit rap song “Baby Got Back,” released in 1992. He began his career in the mid-1980s as Sir Mix-A-Lot.

    Pete Sampras – 1971

    Sampras launched his professional tennis career in 1988. He went on to hold the title of most Grand Slam singles wins (14) until it was broken in 2009.