DECEMBER 7, 2018 | NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY | NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY | NATIONAL ILLINOIS DAY | FAUX FUR FRIDAY
NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
In 2017, we recognized the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed across the nation this day in honor of all those who lost their lives serving this nation at Pearl Harbor. There were more than 3,500 Americans who lost their lives or were wounded on that solemn day.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also sometimes referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
For the 76th anniversary, organizations across the country honored the memory of Pearl Harbor with tributes; survivors are sharing their stories and joining in reunions. Traditionally the Flag of the United States is flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who lost their lives serving this nation at Pearl Harbor. Use #PearlHarborRemembranceDay to post on social media.
It was on August 23 of 1994 that United States Congress by Pub L 103-308, designated December 7, of each year, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY
Dating all the way back to the 1400’s when it was first called spun sugar, cotton candy has been a favorite treat for young and old alike at carnivals, fairs and the circus. Now December 7th celebrates this sweet delight as it is National Cotton Candy Day. Each year on December 7th, cotton candy lovers look forward to celebrating the day as they pull puffs of cotton candy from a stick or out of a bag and reminisce about their childhood days.
Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton are credited for the invention of machine-spun cotton candy in 1897.
Cotton candy is also called candy floss or fairy floss.
During the 18th century when cotton candy (spun sugar) was first recorded in Europe, it was very expensive and labor-intensive and generally was not available to the average person. It was after the invention of machine-spun cotton candy that it was introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as Fairy Floss. People loved it and bought over 68,000 boxes for 25 cents a box.
Cotton candy is still popular to this day!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy some cotton candy and use #NationalCottonCandyDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Cotton Candy Day.
NATIONAL ILLINOIS DAY
On December 7, National Illinois Day recognizes the Land of Lincoln, home to the Windy City, and fertile prairies.
As the 21st state to join the United States, Illinois’s distinct political, industrial, agricultural and population densities create an intriguing contrast to other states.
When farmers began to settle on the Illinois prairie, they found the thick soil challenging to sow. One Vermont blacksmith made the work easier with the invention of the steel plow that cut sod more efficiently than previous tools. John Deere plow was born.
Railroads and shipping lines grew with farms in the rich prairies as settlers spread across the state. Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan has made it a major hub for transportation of goods across the country.
With the invention of the combustion engine, more reliable public highways became a national goal. U.S. Route 66 would become the iconic ribbon from Chicago to Los Angeles. Officially established in 1926, portions of the route were created from already existing roads.
Illinois completed the first leg of Route 66 during an era when Prohibition was in full swing. A paved roadway gave illegal transportation of spirits a bootleg up and the state a reputation that has become legendary for this era.
While Ronald Reagan was the only president born in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Barack Obama all called Illinois home.
Traveling around the state, we will glimpse the wonders of nature or the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. From tours of his architecture in Oak Park to Starved Park State Park and Horseshoe Mound, Illinois offers urban and outdoor enjoyment.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Illinois’ history and pioneering spirit. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Illinois highways and byways! Use #NationalIllinoisDay to share on social media.
FAUX FUR FRIDAY
Faux Fur Friday is observed annually on the first Friday in December.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Throw a faux fur style show or shop for a faux fur deal. Use #FauxFurFriday to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of Faux Fur Friday.
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