JULY 17, 2021 | WORLD EMOJI DAY | NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY | NATIONAL TATTOO DAY | NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY | NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY | NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY | TOSS AWAY THE “COULD HAVES” AND “SHOULD HAVES” DAY | NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB WINE DAY
WORLD EMOJI DAY
July 17th recognizes World Emoji Day and many of the world’s symbolic icons for digital calendars. The day encourages us to use emojis to send unique messages.
Before the emoji, there were emoticons. Emoticons (emotion + icon) was developed as an expression of emotions in the cold hard texts that were devoid of them.
Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1990. While working for the Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo, Kurita would design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.
The release of the first iPhone by Apple in 2007 had an emoji keyboard embedded into the phone to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for U.S. users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.
Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. The emojipedia.org keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. Over 1800 emojis cover much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather, and bodily functions, emojis virtually speak for themselves.
When it comes to celebration emojis, the designers created a variety to make sure we could express our excitement. Whether we celebrate the arrival of a new baby, an anniversary, or a birthday, there’s something for every celebration. In fact, if we search our emojis carefully, we could probably Celebrate Every Day® on National Day Calendar® emoji style.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldEmojiDay
Explore emojis. Send them to your friends. if they it! Use #WorldEmojiDay to share on social media.
WORLD EMOJI DAY HISTORY
In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17th has been intrinsic to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.
NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY
National Yellow Pig Day on July 17th honors the unique attributes of the number 17 and its significance to mathematics.
If you don’t think the number 17 plays any role in our lives, consider these facts:
- The number 17 is a premium number in the arena of prime numbers. Add the first four prime numbers together, and 17 is their sum.
- The average school bus weighs 17 tons with passengers inside.
- Each of the following words has 17 letters:
- The atomic number of chlorine is 17.
- Pebble Beach has a specific road known as the 17 Mile Drive along the Monterey Peninsula in California. However, the exact length of the road is 16.78 miles.
- The 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gave the citizens of the United States the right to elect their senators by popular vote. Before the states ratified the amendment on April 8, 1913, each states’ legislature would elect the senators to Congress.
Look for the not so random occurrence of the number 17. Look! Yellow pig!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalYellowPigDay
Brush up on your calculus and round up your yellow pigs. Look for the number 17. It’s everywhere! We even have more ideas to help you celebrate:
- See how many times you find the number 17 in the newspaper on July 17.
- Do 17 jumping jacks.
- Order a round of drinks for 17 people (you big spender, you).
- Eat 17 spoonfuls of Peach Ice Cream.
- Buy 17 lottery tickets.
- Get 17 tattoos a number 17 tattoo.
While you’re celebrating, be sure to post on social media using #NationalYellowPigDay.
NATIONAL YELLOW PIG DAY HISTORY
Our research found National Pig Day originates sometime during the early 1960s. Two mathematicians by the name of Michael Spivak and David Kelly were analyzing the random properties of the number 17 and a mysterious yellow pig. It seems the process became excessive and professional. Kelly gave lectures and taught classes around Yellow Pig, and Spivak made publications in several mathematics texts. While not based upon it, Spivak does subtly reference the number 17 and Yellow Pig.
NATIONAL TATTOO DAY
National Tattoo Day on July 17th recognizes the history, culture, and artists dedicated to etching ink permanently on the skin. The day might just be the date to get that ink you’ve been contemplating.
Evidence of humans marking their bodies with permanent designs have existed for thousands of years. Egyptian and ice mummies reveal several forms of religious and status symbols.
The word “tattoo” is derived from the Polynesian language for tatau, which means “to tap or to mark.” Around the world, cultures surrounding tattooing vary, and some have changed very little over time. In the United States, sailors brought tattooing to coastal shores from their island exploits.
Getting inked continues to grow as technology and acceptance increase. While age, gender, religion, and class once divide the tattooed from the non-tattooed, those barriers are less common than they used to be. The reasons why we go under the needle differ, too. A tattoo may represent a significant event or hold intensely personal meaning. However, some people do get tattoos on a whim. Still, others confess, the need for a new tattoo is an addiction.
As the art form increases in popularity, considering a few things before getting a tattoo is essential:
Getting a Tattoo
- Research and find a reputable artist. Remember, this art is permanent. You will want a polished finished piece with no regerts – that is, no regrets.
- Once you’ve found an artist, be sure you have a design in mind. If you aren’t an artist, pulling an idea from your head and making it a reality will take time to develop.
- Check spelling. Fact check. If you use a foreign word or a quote in your design, research the meaning and check the spelling. The same applies to symbols. Just because a website translated a meaning or said symbol represented peace or love in a specific culture, doesn’t mean it’s true. And it’s not the artist’s responsibility to know either. Sometimes the design means something altogether different to the client.
- Be prepared to be placed on a waiting list. Good artists are in demand.
- You will pay more for good art. Nobody wants a lousy tattoo.
Day of Your Appointment
- Clear your day, especially if you’re getting a large tattoo.
- Arrive on time. Most artists charge by the hour, and any adjustment throws their entire day off. You can’t rush good art.
- Dress comfortably. You will be sitting or lying in a fixed position for long periods of time.
- Eat something. A protein bar won’t make you feel stuffed but will keep you alert and satisfied throughout the session.
- Bring water and stay hydrated.
- Tip your artists when the session is over.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTattooDay
Take some time to thank your tattoo artist. Do you have a new design? July 17th is the day to share your design. Use #NationalTattooDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL TATTOO DAY HISTORY
National Tattoo Day has been observed since 2016. However, National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of the day.
NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY
National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17th sweetens the day with a few scoops at the peak of peach season.
Since peaches begin peaking in July, this celebration comes just in time. It also lands right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month. So, it’s an excellent time to add peach ice cream to the growing list of flavors to choose from when it comes to frozen, creamy treats.
Generally speaking, there are two types of peaches – freestone and clingstone. The difference has to do with how the flesh comes away from the stone or the pit in the middle of the peach. When the meat comes away freely from the stone, the peach is a freestone peach; if the flesh clings to it, it’s a clingstone.
While Georgia may be the first state to come to mind when we think of peaches, California actually leads the nation in production. In the United States, 20 states produce peaches commercially. Besides California and Georgia, the other two top producers are South Carolina and New Jersey. Pennsylvania and Washington grow a lot of peaches, too.
This sweet stone fruit makes delicious ice cream when it’s very ripe and full of peachy juices. However, you don’t have to use fresh peaches to make this ice cream. Buy frozen peaches if the grocery or farmer’s markets don’t have them in yet. The family will love making homemade ice cream together. The best part will be eating up the finished product on a hot summer day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PeachIceCreamDay
Grab your ice cream maker and invite your friends and neighbors over for an old-fashioned ice cream social! Give this homemade peach ice cream recipe a try. If you need tips for picking fresh peaches visit Frog Hollow for an easy guide to the best peaches.
You can also visit an ice cream parlor and order a dish or cone. Don’t hesitate to add sprinkles or some pecans.
Share your own on social media using #PeachIceCreamDay.
NATIONAL PEACH ICE CREAM DAY HISTORY
The origin of Peach Ice Cream Day is currently unknown.
NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY
If you feel extra lucky on July 17th, it might be because it’s National Lottery Day! Celebrate the way lotteries contribute to local and state programs.
Lotteries date back to the 15th century. While early lotteries funded village needs by feeding and clothing the poor, they also strengthened defenses. According to Random Riches author, Manfred Zollinger, one of the oldest lotteries dates back to 1441 in Bruges, Belgium.
In early lotteries, merchants paid for the chance to win money prizes. Often, the grand prizes included the tax farm on the wijnscrooderschap (wine transporters). These early Renaissance lotteries granted one grand prize winner the opportunity to own the tax farm. Their winnings also included quality control of the wine. There’s no question, merchants gained a lucrative position if they won this lottery.
In the United States, early lotteries paid for cannons during the American Revolution. Lottery money also paved roads up and down the East Coast. Today, states own and operate the lotteries. The funds they gather support government programs and the communities they serve.
The day encourages local and state lotteries to offer special promotions on July 17th. Celebrate the contributions provided by lotteries in each of their regions. Watch for promotions in the lottery nearest you. Use #NationalLotteryDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LOTTERY DAY HISTORY
Massachusetts State Lottery founded National Lottery Day in 2018 to provide consumers with a day of special promotions for lottery products. Since selling their first ticket in 1972, the Massachusetts State Lottery has been an essential source of unrestricted local aid in the Commonwealth.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on July 17th annually.
NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day on July 17th commemorates the transatlantic flight of an Irish-American stunt pilot from Galveston, Texas. Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995) gained notoriety for an unplanned transatlantic flight to Ireland on July 17, 1938.
Growing up as a boy, Douglas Corrigan’s fascination with flight was not uncommon. Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight may have been the most impressionable moment in his young life. In 1938, the young stunt pilot flew from his home in California to New York. Upon his arrival, he asked for permission to duplicate his hero’s historic flight. Unfortunately, the flight service quickly denied his request due to the age of his 1929 Curtiss Robin aircraft.
With only a magnetic compass, Corrigan advised officials he was returning to California. According to the story, after takeoff, cloud cover prevented Corrigan from accurate navigation. When Corrigan dropped below the clouds hours later, he saw nothing but water. Then Corrigan realized his navigation was off. Despite the confusion, he continued on his journey. Surprisingly, 28 hours later, he landed in Ireland.
Corrigan’s story of his flight never faltered. Despite accusations that he secretly planned this flight, Corrigan held fast to his original explanation.
After the Flight
The wayward pilot wrote about his misadventure in his memoir, That’s My Story. While out of print, you can find a few copies for the right price. Corrigan also received a movie deal and soon played himself in The Flying Irishman. During World War II, he tested bombers. After the war, the stunt man toured the country with other familiar war heroes in parades. As the notoriety died down, Corrigan settled into a quiet life with his wife and family. Occasionally fame would catch up to him again when Corrigan would run into a reporter who wanted to question the veracity of his story.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WrongWayCorriganDay
Explore the history of transatlantic flight and more stories like Douglas Corrigan’s. Watch The Flying Irishman or visit an air museum. Use #WrongWayCorriganDay to share on social media. Explore these other 8 Amazing Firsts in Flight, too!
NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY HISTORY
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day originates with the date Corrigan left New York in 1938. The first celebration took place in 1987 when Long Island commemorated the 49th anniversary of Corrigan’s flight. The city hosted a parade in honor of the 80-year-old pilot. The celebration was given the name “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.” In 1992, Corrigan’s hometown of Galveston, Texas, also proclaimed Wrong Way Corrigan Day. They chose the date of January 22nd, celebrating their hometown hero’s birthday.
TOSS AWAY THE “COULD HAVES” AND “SHOULD HAVES” DAY
Across the United States, the third Saturday in July recognizes Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day. In short, don’t go through life with regrets.
Created by author and motivational speaker Martha J. Ross-Rodgers, this day is intended for everyone to let go of the past and live for the present. The first step to participating in this day is to find a pen and paper. Then write down your “could haves” and “should haves” on the paper. Finally, throw away the list.
Once you have thrown your “could haves” and “should haves” in the trash, make the following resolution:
“From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past. The past is history that I can not change. I can do something about the present; I choose to live in the present.”
Could haves and should have phrases take many forms. “What if I…” or “If only…” type thoughts keep us from moving forward. This day focuses on eliminating the thoughts that cause us to choose the past over the future. Sometimes it’s a matter of making different choices now that matters most.
Now, take care of yourself and your health by living for now. Do your best and make the best of each and every day!
HOW TO OBSERVE #TossAwayTheCouldHavesAndShouldHavesDay
To celebrate, let go of the things that have been burdening you and live in the now. Post on social media using #TossAwayTheCouldHavesAndShouldHavesDay to encourage others to join in.
TOSS AWAY THE COULD HAVES AND SHOULD HAVES DAY HISTORY
Author and motivational speaker, Martha J. Ross-Rodgers created Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB WINE DAY
National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day on the third Saturday in July celebrates the strawberry sweetness of summer with a relaxing sip of wine. The day offers an excellent opportunity for a wine tasting featuring a strawberry rhubarb wine, too.
In July of 2010, Maple River Winery in historic downtown Casselton, North Dakota, proudly accepted the Double Gold Award at the Indy International Wine Competition for its Strawberry Rhubarb Wine. What a delicious way to celebrate! But what is rhubarb?
It may be difficult for the common person to classify rhubarb. Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? While technically rhubarb may be known as a tart perennial vegetable, combining it with strawberries creates a unique flavor. Some even consider it the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Rhubarb even went to court over the matter. In 1947 in a customs court in Buffalo, New York, the court ruled that since rhubarb is used as a fruit in the United States, for the purposes of regulations and duties, it was to be counted as a fruit.
And from the wine perspective, that’s a good thing. Fruit wines sound so much better than vegetable wine. Of course, strawberry rhubarb wine celebrates the day with a flavor that tastes like summer.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StrawberryRhubarbWineDay
While enjoying the summer day, savor some chilled strawberry rhubarb wine. Uncork a bottle and pour a glass. Actually, pour a few glasses and share it with a friend or two. Strawberry rhubarb wine goes well with a picnic, so take a bottle or two! A bottle makes a great gift, too. Strawberry rhubarb wine also complements many dishes and you just can’t go wrong! Share your celebration by posting on social media using #StrawberryRhubarbWineDay.
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB WINE DAY HISTORY
In 2013, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the 3rd Saturday in July as National Strawberry Rhubarb Wind Day to recognize the significance of the Double Gold Award being presented in July. The day also recognizes the popularity of strawberry rhubarb wine.
Engineer and inventor, Willis Carrier designs the first modern air conditioner.
Pilot Douglas Corrigan departs from Brooklyn, New York in his Curtiss Robin aircraft. His destination was home to California, but he somehow ended up in Ireland.
Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California.
The House of Representatives convenes a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics. Two of the Mercury Thirteen (women who passed two of the three testing phases created by Dr. William Lovelace) appeared before the committee to testify regarding gender discrimination. Jerrie Cobb and Janey Hart presented their cases to the committee in the hopes of being permitted to join the space program and continue into phase three with NASA. Jackie Cochran, who had sponsored the privately funded phase one and two testings, also testified. However, her testimony, along with others, suggested the women were not qualified for the Mercury program.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Fresh Herb Simple Syrup
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Fresh herb of choice
1 part sugar
1 part water
Pinch of salt
Fennel, basil, mint, lavender, sage, stevia, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, lemongrass, ginger or cilantro work well. You will need more of a mild herb and less of a potent herb. Herbs like fennel and ginger are more potent than rosemary and lavender.
Prepare the herb by washing, removing stems. For some herbs such as fennel, you can use either the fronds or the bulb. The bulb will need to be chopped. The same applies to ginger. With lemongrass, the blades will need to be crushed.
In a medium saucepan heat, sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Add the herb and salt. Simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve or cheesecloth. Discard herbs. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Use to flavor teas, cocktails, an ice cream topping or make a homemade ice cream using the syrup to flavor and sweeten it. The possibilities are endless!
Michele S. – North Dakota
Phyliss Diller – 1917
The American comedic legend was one of the first women to launch a stand-up career. She brought audiences to laughter and tears with her bold and witty one-liners in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Nils Bohlin – 1920
In 1962, the Swedish engineer received a U.S. patent for his invention of the three-point seat belt.
Toni Stone – 1921
Toni Stone became the first woman to play professional baseball when she was signed to the Negro American League’s Indianapolis Clowns in 1953. For the Clowns, she played second base and maintained a respectable .243 batting average. In 1991, Stone was inducted into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Diahann Carroll – 1935
In 1962, the American actress and singer of stage and screen won a Tony Award for her role in the musical No Strings. Carroll became known for her roles in the films Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess as well as several television shows including the drama Julia.
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