NATIONAL WORDS WITH FRIENDS DAY
On July 19th, National Words With Friends Day recognizes friendly competition and smart wordplay. The celebration also honors the 2009 launch of the popular game franchise!
Since before the invention of the dictionary, people have challenged each other with word puzzles and games. The day honors the intellectual spirit and camaraderie that comes with playing word games. With the advent of the internet, games like Words with Friends introduced us to a whole new level of competition. Not only could we connect with friends through the games we played, but we could also challenge ourselves to new levels of word knowledge with more people than ever before.
Whether you play to pass the time or take each challenge to heart, July 19th is the day to play!
HOW TO OBSERVE #WordsWithFriendsDay
Celebrate with a game of Words With Friends! Invite friends to join you in a friendly competition. Challenge yourself to a new high score. You can also
- Download the app and start a game.
- Share your best score.
- Celebrate the people you connect with.
- Share your most creative move.
- Share your tips and favorite words to play.
- Wish Words With Friends Happy Birthday!!
NATIONAL WORDS WITH FRIENDS DAY HISTORY
Zynga founded National Words With Friends Day in 2021 to celebrate the anniversary of its popular word game and to celebrate the players who share a passion for smart wordplay and intellectual competition.
In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Words With Friends Day to be observed on July 19th annually.
NATIONAL DAIQUIRI DAY
Each year on July 19th, people across the United States fill their glasses with a rum-based cocktail and toast to National Daiquiri Day. So, raise your glass and join all of the others in this celebration!
Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice (typically lime), and sugar.
Tasting of sunshine and beaches, it might be hard to believe how the Daiquiri came to be. Back in 1898, men blasted away in the mines of a small community off the coast of Cuba during the Spanish-American War. One American engineer, Jennings Cox, supervised a mining operation located in a village named Daiquiri. Every day after work, Cox and his employees would gather at the Venus bar. Then one day, Cox mixed up Bacardi, lime, and sugar in a tall glass of ice. He named the new beverage after the Daiquiri mines, and the drink soon became a staple in Havana. Eventually, someone added shaved ice, and sometimes lemons or both lemons and limes were used.
In 1909, Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer, tried Cox’s drink and subsequently introduced it to the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The popularity of the Daiquiri then increased over the next few decades.
The Daiquiri was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy.
While the Daiquiri is sometimes served frozen, combining it in a blender eliminates the need for manual pulverization. Commercial machines produce a daiquiri with a texture similar to a smoothie, and they come in a variety of flavors, too. Using a frozen limeade to create a daiquiri will provide the required texture, sweetness, and sourness all at the same time.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDaiquiriDay
Gather your friends and mix up a few daiquiris. Make them blended or on the rocks. Enjoy them as a mocktail or find a recipe for a daiquiri flavored dessert. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive). Post on social media using #NationalDaiquiriDay.
NATIONAL DAIQUIRI DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of National Daiquiri Day.
NATIONAL GET OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE DAY
Occasionally, we all need a free pass. National Get Out of the Doghouse Day on the third Monday in July offers the fast track home we all need once in a while.
Generally, when you are “in the doghouse,” you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the doghouse” with a friend or your boss at work. This day uses all those good cliches to get you back in the big house where you belong.
Here are some tips to get “out of the doghouse.”
- Put down the technology – If this is on your naughty list, don’t use email, texting, or other technology to apologize. A face to face or handwritten apology is best.
- Meet at a favorite coffee house – The purpose here is to start talking. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be judgmental or defensive. Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and give suggestions on how you can improve or fix the issue.
- Send flowers, chocolates, or an appropriate gift – Include a hand-written note about how you are committed to fixing the issue. Do this AFTER you have already spoken. You will win extra brownie points as this will be unexpected. (Brownies will garner additional points, too!)
HOW TO OBSERVE #GetOutOfTheDoghouseDay
Whoever is in the doghouse, let ’em out. The day pardons their transgression. However, if you’re in the doghouse, any or all of the above-suggested tips would be acceptable. Share your best methods for your ability to #GetOutOfTheDoghouseDay on social media. Help a person out!
You might need a bit of guidance on making an apology. If so, we offer 7 Steps to a Genuine Apology to help you out.
NATIONAL GET OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE DAY HISTORY
Heidi Richards Mooney of Ft. Lauderdale, FL founded National Get Out of the Doghouse Day in 1999.
July 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The Great Western Steamship Company launches the SS Great Britain. The steamship was the first ocean-going ship with an iron hull and screw propeller. She was also the largest ship on the ocean at the time.
The Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York, launches the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. The two-day event was attended by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucretia Mott and many others.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Ruby-Red Strawberry Smoothie
Prep: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 10 minutes
1 Ruby Red grapefruit
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup protein powder
1/2 teaspoon flaxseed
In a blender, add milk, yogurt, and flaxseed. Blend until smooth. Add grapefruit wedges, frozen strawberries, and protein powder. Blend until all ingredients are combined and smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
July 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Samuel Colt – 1814
In 1836, Colt received the patent that would change the West. His revolving-cylinder pistol, U.S. Patent No. 138 would fire six-shot before needing to be reloaded. This revolutionary design would not be an immediate success, though. It would take American expansion and war to convince the United States government to invest in Colt’s armament.
Mary Ann Bickerdyke – 1817
During the American Civil War, Nurse Bickerdyke served as an agent of the U.S. Sanitary Commission and improved or established several field hospitals for the Union.
Charles Mayo – 1865
Along with his brother William, Charles Mayo founded the Mayo Clinic. They were exposed to the medical field at a young age through their experiences with their physician father. Both became surgeons with expertise in many methods and procedures.
Alice Dunbar Nelson – 1875
The American poet published her first book in 1895. She wrote extensively for newspaper columns as well as essays and short stories. Nelson was also a prominent member of the Harlem Renaissance.
Joseph Hansen – 1923
The American crime novelist is best known for his series featuring investigator Dave Brandstetter.
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