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July 11, 2021 - ALL AMERICAN PET PHOTO DAY – NATIONAL CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY – NATIONAL 7-ELEVEN DAY – NATIONAL MOJITO DAY – NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY – NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY

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JULY 11, 2021 | ALL AMERICAN PET PHOTO DAY | NATIONAL CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY | NATIONAL 7-ELEVEN DAY | NATIONAL MOJITO DAY | NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY | NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY

ALL AMERICAN PET PHOTO DAY – July 11

ALL AMERICAN PET PHOTO DAY

All American Pet Photo Day encourages pet owners to share their favorite pet photos on July 11th. Be sure to charge your camera and be prepared to take adorable pictures of your pets!  

Whether they are the four-legged furry kind or come from the more serpentine species, click away. Fishes and birds, pigs and equine, canine and feline should all get in line for their favorite pose. If they are friends, take a few snapshots of them together! On All American Pet Photo Day, every pet gets included.  

When it comes to capturing the perfect image of your loyal pal, it might take some effort. Like humans, some furry and not so furry friends are camera shy. A pocketful of treats helps ease them into the shot. If bribery doesn’t work, sometimes exercise before the photoshoot will. Another option is misdirection. Focus their attention on another area beyond the lens of the camera, and you might get the picture you want. If all else fails, wait until your sweet companion falls asleep and click away. They’re at their cutest when they’re resting anyway.

Remember to keep your pet safe and comfortable. Don’t let your pet become overheated or over-anxious. A stressed pet won’t take a good photo. Defer to your pet’s temperament, toss out the costumes, and accept the blurred selfie.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AllAmericanPetPhotoDay

Dress them up, take them to the park, set them in a chair, put them on a fancy pillow, or whatever your imagination creates for a unique photograph of your loved ones. Post on social media using #AllAmericanPetPhotoDay.

Another great way to celebrate is to think about subscribing to monthly shipments of the pet items you regularly need to care for your critters.

ALL AMERICAN PET PHOTO DAY

National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this pet photography holiday.

NATIONAL CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY – July 11

NATIONAL CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY

Each year on July 11th, people across the United States make a special effort to give someone a lift on National Cheer Up The Lonely Day.

If you know someone who is lonely or going through a difficult time, be a bright spot in their life with a little extra thoughtfulness today. Whether their loneliness is due to health issues, financial reasons, grief due to loss or personal reasons, isolation can be overwhelming. Use this day as a reminder to contact those people in your life who need a little extra love and attention. Your small act of kindness can make a big difference to them. One word or special consideration may brighten their world at just the right moment. 

A burden shared is a burden halved. ~ T.A. Webb Let’s Hear it for the Boy

We are all lonely from time to time. The gift of companionship and support when we least expect it may not solve our problems, but it eases the burden a little. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #CheerUpTheLonelyDay

While visiting may be the number one thing to do on this day, here are a few other ideas to try:

  • Deliver a few spare magazines to an ailing friend.
  • Watch a movie with them and share some freshly popped popcorn.
  • Read a book out loud to your friend.
  • Set up a playlist with inspirational music.
  • Offer to go for a walk with them.
  • Mail a sweet or funny card.
  • Bake one of their favorite foods.
  • Call and visit on the phone.
  • Email funny jokes every day to remind them to laugh.
  • Play a board game.
  • Go for a drive.
  • Play 20 questions.
  • Watch funny YouTube videos.

Use #CheerUpTheLonelyDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY HISTORY

Our research found Francis Pesek of Detroit, Michigan created this day. His daughter, L.J. Pesek reports that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. The idea came to him as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins  or in nursing homes.” July 10th was Mr. Pesek’s birthday.  

NATIONAL 7-ELEVEN DAY – July 11

NATIONAL 7-ELEVEN DAY

On July 11th, one convenience chain celebrates with specials on National 7-Eleven Day! Conveniently scheduled on 7-11 of each year, the day often features one of their signature items, the Slurpee. 

The day focuses on franchise customers. The chain offers discounts and often free Slurpees in their many flavors. Since July is known for its summer heat, the icy cold beverage is a popular choice for cooling off all summer long. 

The Slurpee debuted in 1966. While the machine already existed, 7-Eleven modified the machine made by Knedlik, which was used to make the Icee, and then branded and licensed the frozen drink under the name Slurpee. Advertising executive, Bob Stanford, gave the sweet, icy drink the name for the sound it makes as it is sucked through a straw.

The term brain freeze existed before 7-Eleven commandeered it in 1991 to replace ice cream headache or the more technical cold stimulus headache. In 1990, brain freeze was often used as a sports term to refer to athletes who faltered on the field. It also applied to the side effects of medications, especially if they affected our mental capacity. However, immediately after 7-Eleven supposedly redefined the phrase, sports columnists quickly reused the phrase to their benefit. Athletes still had a brain freeze when they made an error, but the columnists cleverly explained the player must have had a Slurpee before taking the field.

Brain Freeze Tips

Of course, brain freeze is inevitable if you drink a frozen beverage too fast. In preparation for the day, we offer a few tips.

  1. Put down the drink.
  2. Sip from a warmer liquid.
  3. If a warmer liquid isn’t available, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with your hand.
  5. Breath through your nose. This allows warmer air to circulate through your sinus passages.
  6. Return to drinking your Slurpee at a slower pace.

HOW TO OBSERVE #National7ElevenDay

Go to your local 7-Eleven and get a free Slurpee in your favorite flavor. Share on social media and include #National7ElevenDay

7-ELEVEN DAY HISTORY

7-Eleven first celebrated 7-Eleven Day in 2002. They encouraged customers to visit their local 7-Eleven to enjoy a free beverage as a thank you to the 7-Eleven customers. The company, which is considered the first convenience store which started in 1927 under the name of Southland Ice Company with the logo Totem, because people could conveniently “tote ’em” home their items. It wasn’t until 1947 when the company expanded its hours to from 7 AM to 11 PM that it changed its name. 

NATIONAL MOJITO DAY – July 11

NATIONAL MOJITO DAY

Each year on July 11th, people across America raise a glass to mark National Mojito Day. The cocktail consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.

The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball, and while rumored to be a drink favored by the author Ernest Hemingway, it’s never been proven. It seems the story behind Hemingway and the Mojito is a tall tale to attract visitors and to sell drinks. Isn’t every origin story behind a drink designed to sell more of the original anyway? 

Whether Hemingway ever had a Mojito or even liked it, doesn’t matter. With a low alcohol content, this refreshing cocktail gains popularity in the summertime for its refreshing combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors. The exhilarating flavor says summer and stimulates the palate, too. The Mojito serves up a perfect pairing with barbecues and evenings at the beach.

Lime wedges and mint leaves garnish an ice filled glass of Mojito. 

Although born in Cuba, the exact origin of the Mojito remains under debate with roots as early as 1586.

A variety of recipes add fruit to the Mojito for unique summer combinations. The already refreshing beverage lends itself to being mixed in large pitchers for serving a crowd or individual drinks for one or two people. Mixes also offer the simplicity of just adding rum. However, fresh, simple ingredients bring out the best flavor of a Mojito. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMojitoDay

Mix up a pitcher to enjoy Mojitos with friends on the patio or deck. It will hit the spot on a hot summer day, too. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) 

The bright summer flavor of the Mojito also inspires desserts. So, we found some delicious recipes to try. Won’t you share yours, too?

The Real Mojito
Mojito Cheesecake
Mojito Cupcake

Post on social media using #NationalMojitoDay.

NATIONAL MOJITO DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beverage holiday.

NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY – July 11

NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY

National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11th gives us a great reason to get up in the morning and celebrate! Americans love their blueberry muffins so much, it’s their number 1 favorite muffin flavor. Whether it is for breakfast or a snack, blueberry muffins are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. 

While enjoying a delicious blueberry muffin, consider the powerhouse the blueberry is. This once wild berry became domesticated during the early 1900s thanks to the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville. Before their efforts, wild blueberries were never successfully transplanted and raised in any farming operation for personal or commercial production. The only way to enjoy fresh blueberries was to seek them out where they grew naturally.

Today we can enjoy the abundant potassium, vitamin C and B6, and other health benefits of the blueberry much more readily than they did 120 years ago. We bake them into muffins and eat them by the handfuls. They are so likable that we celebrate blueberries as a popsicle, cheesecake and a popover day, too! Don’t forget, July is also National Blueberry Month.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryMuffinDay

While celebrating the day, be sure to make a few for co-workers and family, too. It’s not a celebration if you don’t share. It is America’s favorite muffin after all.

Give this blueberry muffin recipe a try! If you don’t bake, be sure to stop by your favorite bakery and pick up a few. Give them a shout out, too.

Use #BlueberryMuffinDay to share and follow on social media. 

HISTORY OF NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY

National Day Calendar has not determined the origins of National Blueberry Muffin Day.

NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY – July 11

NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY

National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11th recognizes the cherry variety named after Mount Rainier. In 1952, Harry Fogle of Washington State University developed the Rainier cherry by cross-breeding the Bing and Van cherry varieties. 

The sweet Rainier cherries have a thin skin and a thin creamy-yellow flesh. Cherries are a temperamental crop that is sensitive to temperature, wind, and rain. Each season, birds eat almost one-third of the crop. While cherries in general present growing challenges, Rainier cherries are unique. Their delicate skins require the cherries to be hand-picked. However, superior taste keeps producers and consumers coming back for more.

Due to their superior taste, Rainiers are considered a premium cherry.

This popular fruit is in such high demand that growers take extra pains to ensure the fruit does not go to the birds. They cover the trees in nets and plant them between red cherry trees to encourage the bees to pollinate the blossoms. Besides hand-picking the fruit, the harvesters place the cherries into small bags to avoid bruising. Every necessary precaution is taken, so the cherries arrive in the market in perfect and delicious condition.

In honor of the day and as part of the Tree-to-Table program, the Northwest Cherry Growers hand-pick one restaurant in each state to feature at least one Rainier cherry dish on July 11th in their restaurants.

For more information, visit www.nwcherries.com/treetotable.

HOW TO OBSERVE #RainierCherryDay

Purchase some Rainier cherries. Either bake with them or eat them fresh. Take some time to shop around. You may even find wine, cordials, or preserves made from Rainier cherries. The makers of the products will proudly display a label indicating the item is made with Rainier cherries. Post on social media using #RainierCherryDay to encourage others to join in as well.

NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY HISTORY

While we were unable to identify the creator of the day, the observance does occur during the peak cherry harvest. Celebrations and contests take place throughout July in recognition of National Rainier Cherry Day.


On Deck for July 12, 2021

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July 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1801

French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons co-discovers with Charles Messier the comet once known as Pons-Coggia-Winnecke-Forbes. The discovery is Pon’s first. Throughout his career, he discovers 37 comets in all.

1804

Aaron Burr fatally shots Aaron Burr during a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

1914

Babe Ruth makes his professional baseball debut in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox.

1960

Harper Lee publishes To Kill A Mockingbird.

1979

Skylab is destroyed as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. It was the first space station deployed by the United States.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Pecan Pie
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Pecan Pie

Ingredients:1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup corn syrup
4 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup pecans

Instructions:Preheat oven to 350°. Mix brown sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Boil until sugar melts.  In a medium bowl mix eggs, butter, vanilla, and pecans.  Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg mixture. Beat together. Pour into pie crust and bake 45 minutes.

July 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

John Quincy Adams – 1767

Following in his father’s footsteps, John Quincy Adams served as the 6th President of the United States.

Isabel Martin Lewis – 1881

The American astronomer became the first woman assistant astronomer hired by the Naval Observatory.

E.B. White – 1899

The American author and essayist also wrote several popular children’s books, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.

Yul Brynner – 1920

The award-winning Russian-American actor is best known for his role in The King and I.

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