FEBRUARY 8, 2020 | GLOBAL MOVIE DAY | NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY | NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY | NATIONAL IOWA DAY

Global Movie Day - Second Saturday in February

GLOBAL MOVIE DAY

Right in the heart of Oscar season, the second Saturday in February celebrates Global Movie Day to honor the way movies have captured audiences’ hearts and minds around the world for over 100 years. Since their inception, movies have transcended geography, language, time, and culture, connecting us all through the power of storytelling.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalMovieDay

Celebrate the Academy’s Global Movie Day by watching and discussing movies that have inspired you throughout the years. Share movie recommendations and discover ones you’ve never seen. Rewatch your favorite movies with friends or visit your local theater to see something new. Share the movies that have made an impression on you. Make your own “Top 10 Movies of All Time” list, catch up on this year’s Oscar nominees, and post your predictions.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, be sure to take pictures/videos and share moments and memories using #GlobalMovieDay across social media

GLOBAL MOVIE DAY HISTORY

Global Movie Day logo, AMPAS Gold Oscar SilThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences founded Global Movie Day in 2020 to celebrate the power of movies to reach, connect, and inspire people across the globe.

On January 15th, 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the Global Movie Day to be observed on the 2nd Saturday in February, annually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY – February 8

NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY

February 8th annually recognizes National Boys Scouts Day. Since 1910, boys across America have been doing good deeds, learning survival skills and developing moral foundations through the Boy Scout of America. 

The Boy Scouts of America has roots in the British Boy Scouts organization which was created in 1908 after the success of the book Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell.

On a foggy day in London an American newspaperman, William Dickson Boyce, became lost when a Boy Scout came to his assistance. With the boy’s guidance, Boyce arrived at his destination. When Boyce offered payment for the assistance, the Boy Scout refused explaining it was a good deed.

Boyce was inspired to organize similar youth groups into one organization. On February 8, 1910, Boyce filed papers of incorporation, and the Boy Scouts of America was born.

Boy Scouts have had a profound impact on the United States.  Many presidents and other dignitaries have been Boy Scouts.  A total of 181 Astronauts have also been a part of the Boy Scout program.

Boy Scouting Facts

Timeline 

  • Boy Scouts of America incorporated in 1910
  • First Boy Scout Handbook published in 1911
  • Boys’ Life premiered in 1911
  • First Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred in 1912
  • Scouting magazine premiered in 1913
  • Registration of Scouts began, 25¢ annual fee was 1913
  • Order of the Arrow began in 1915
  • Federal charter granted by Congress in 1916
  • The first season at what would become Northern Tier High Adventure Base started in 1923
  • Boy Scout membership tops 1 million in 1925
  • Cub Scout program began in 1930
  • Philmont donated to the BSA in 1938
  • First BSA Wood Badge course taught in 1948
  • First Pinewood Derby® held in 1953
  • Webelos program added to Cub Scouting in 1954
  • Exploring program began in 1959
  • Florida National High Adventure Sea Base officially opened in 1980
  • Tiger Cubs program added to Cub Scouting in 1982
  • Alexander M Holsinger became the 1 millionth Eagle Scout in 1982
  • Learning for Life program began in 1991
  • Venturing program began in 1998
  • 100 millionth member registered in 2000
  • Anthony Thomas became the 2 millionth Eagle Scout in 2009

Membership*

  • Cub Scouts  62,226,396
  • Boy Scouts/Venturers  52,077,933
  • Total Youth Served  114,304,329
  • Total Adult Volunteers  33,364,261

Statistics provided by National Boy Scouts of America – http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/100_years.aspx

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBoyScoutsDay

With so many Boy Scouts across the nation, celebrate the day. Share your experiences and skills. Learn more about the Boy Scouts and what they have to offer. Share the benefits of Boy Scouts and use #NationalBoyScoutsDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY HISTORY

February 8th recognizes the anniversary of the date William Dickson Boyce filed the letters of incorporation. February is also Boy Scout Month.

NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY – February 8

NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY

Observed annually on February 8th, National Kite Flying Day encourages exploring kite flying and making. Enthusiasts across the country mark the day by launching their kites or making plans to attend festivals. 

Kites date back to China in 470 B.C. China is full of lore and histories of the origins of the kite. Many are related to the way wind affects the leaves on the trees, the shelters they lived in, blowing away the sails on their ships, and the hats they wore upon their heads. The stories also tell of kites invented to spy on their enemies or to send messages.

Evidence also shows the people of the South Sea Islands were using kites for fishing around the same time as the people of China.

Early kites were constructed from bamboo or sturdy reeds for framing. Leaves, silk, or paper made ideal sails. Vines or braided fibers completed the line or tether. While people initially used kites as tools, they also used them for ceremonial reasons as well. Whether they sent messages into the heavens or to lift offerings up to the gods, kites had a symbolic place in the culture.

Today kites are popular both as hobbies and for outdoor fun. They range from a simple diamond kite to more complicated box kites and giant sled kites. Stunt kites, also known as sport kites, are designed so the operator can maneuver the kite into dips, twists, and dives with dramatic effect.

Tips for Getting Your Kite Up in the Air and Keeping it There
  • Be sure the kite is assembled correctly.
  • Check the wind.  Some kites require more wind and others less. Picking the right day for your kite is key.  A light breeze (5-20 mph) is generally optimal.
  • Be safe. Don’t fly a kite near power lines, trees, or other sky-high obstacles. Wide-open spaces are best.
  • Be safer. Don’t fly in the rain.
  • When launching the kite, be sure to have your back to the wind.  If the wind is light, have a friend hold the kite downwind and hold your line taught, reeling in slowly until the kite launches.
  • Don’t let the line out too quickly.  Let the line out at the same pace the kite is gaining altitude.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKiteFlyingDay

Go outside and fly a kite if weather permits. If not, make one inside.  In some parts of the country, the time of year may make it difficult to fly a kite.  There are kite festivals at various periods of the year. Use today to scout out those festivals and make a plan to join in. Use #NationalKiteFlyingDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this high-flying holiday.

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 IOWA DAY - February 8

NATIONAL IOWA DAY

On February 8, National Iowa Day recognizes The Hawkeye State.

The 29th state to join the United States is known for fertile prairie, rolling hills, raising innovative people and some nostalgic movie moments. From the Mississippi River to the harvests in Plymouth, Harrison or Fremont counties, Iowa’s history, beauty and hospitality flourish.

The state was named for Iowa Native Americans who populated the area when European settlement forced Eastern tribes westward.

Acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase, Iowa Territory settlement didn’t start to take place until around the 1830s.

Other Fascinating Faces and Places

One of the later settlements that remain today is the Amana Colony. A congregation of the Community of True Inspiration, their faith and persecution in Germany led them to immigrate to America for religious freedom. Iowa supplied fertile farmland and a home for them to practice their skills and their beliefs. Today, they open their community to the public. Shop for handmade gifts, homemade baked goods, wine and stay for a home-cooked meal.

In the southwestern part of the state, Madison County boasts beautiful covered bridges which were featured in the movie by a similar name. While touring the bridges, be sure to stop by Winterset and take in the birthplace of John Wayne.

Not far from the Mississippi River, The Field of Dreams home is just outside Dyersville. They built it so that you would come.

For fantastic performances in a historic rock and roll venue, check out the events at the Surf Ballroom. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper played their last concerts at the Surf Ballroom the night they perished in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Nature lovers will find plenty of adventure in Iowa. Effigy Mounds National Park will satisfy those with a mystical and historical curiosity. Rockhounds should seek out Geode State Park. The Corps of Discovery’s Louis and Clark Trail come through Iowa, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIowaDay

From the Quad Cities to Shimek Forest, Iowa offers city and country to explore. Join National Day Calendar as we examine the 29th state’s dynamic people and pioneering history. Travel byways and discovery Iowa’s stunning scenery! Use #NationalIowaDay to share on social media.

Recipe of the Day

French Bread
Prep:  60 minutes
Bake:  20 minutes
Total Prep:  1 hour 20 minutes
Servings:  2 loaves

Ingredients:

2¼ cups water
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
2¼ cups water
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups flour plus 3¼ to ¾ tablespoons
1 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons yeast

 

Instructions:

Mix water and margarine or butter in saucepan and heat to 120°.

In separate bowl, add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.

Slowly add liquid mixture to dry ingredients.

Add remaining flour and knead until smooth and not sticky.

Set aside and covered. Let rise until doubled in size.

Divide dough in half and shape l each half into a long cylinder shape.

Using a sharp knife, cut three slashes in the top. Cover and let rise again.

Make an egg wash using 1 egg and water mixed well. Brush across the top of each loaf.

Bake in a 375° oven for 20 minutes.

For added decoration, sprinkle sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds or toasted onion or garlic on dough before baking.

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