NATIONAL MOON DAY
National Moon Day on July 20th commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. NASA reported the moon landing as being “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.”
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first humans to the moon. , Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, stepped foot on the moon. Six hours after landing, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. The astronaut spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft. Soon to follow, Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface. After joining Armstrong, the two collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material.
After joining Armstrong, the two collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material. Their specimens would be placed onto Apollo 11 and brought back to Earth to be analyzed.
In the command module, a third astronaut waited. Pilot, Michael Collins, remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned.
Caught up in the thrill of the adventure, millions of Americans watched the mission from Earth. Televisions around the world tuned in to the live broadcasts giving the astronaut a world-wide audience. As a result, all witnessed as Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface and described the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Unquestionably, putting men on the moon became a tangible achievement in the space race. It placed the United States in a role to go forth and explore farther and deeper into the reaches of the universe. In the months and decades that followed, NASA and the Soviets stepped up their missions.
Fast forward forty years and private expeditions plan to take humankind exploring our solar system. Armstrong’s “one small step for man” inspired imaginations and sparked innovation for generations to come. Even future moon missions are planned. Some even include manned landings.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL MOON DAY
Share your memories of the moon landing. View the moon through a telescope or telephoto lens and explore the surface. Start a discussion about space exploration and how it influences the world today. What do you think about future moon landings and exploration? Use #NationalMoonDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL MOON DAY HISTORY
In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed National Moon Landing Day on July 20 to commemorate the anniversary of man’s first moon landing.
With no continuing proclamation to follow, Richard Christmas took up the baton. He began a “Chrismas Card” writing campaign. A former gas station attendant, the Michigan native wrote to governors, members of Congress, and senators in all 50 states. He urged them to create National Moon Day. By July of 1975, 12 states had sponsored bills observing Moon Day.
James J. Mullaney, former Curator of Exhibits and Astronomy at Pittsburgh’s original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and Staff Astronomer at the Allegheny Observatory, is a modern-day supporter of a National Moon Day. He says, “If there’s a Columbus Day on the calendar, there certainly should be a Moon Day!” Mr. Mullaney has been working toward making National Moon Day an official Federal holiday.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB WINE DAY
Summer days are as sweet as strawberries and wine. That’s why National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day on the third Saturday in July recognizes the smooth fruity taste found in a glassful! It’s an excellent day to go to a wine tasting featuring a strawberry rhubarb wine.
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.
Is rhubarb a fruit or 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 tartness and sweetness. Rhubarb even when to court over the matter. It happened 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.
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HOW TO OBSERVE
A bottle of strawberry rhubarb wine is best enjoyed chilled. Uncork a bottle and pour a glass. Enjoy it on the patio or porch with friends. Take a couple of bottles on a picnic or give them as a gift. Post on social media using #StrawberryRhubarbWineDay.
In 2013, 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 and the popularity of Strawberry Rhubarb Wine.
NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY
July 20th recognizes National Lollipop Day as a way to celebrate this enduring and ever-popular treat. Pick up your favorite flavor to savor!
Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. How long lollipops have existed is uncertain. During prehistoric times, a form of lollipop may have preserved nuts and berries in honey. As sugar became plentiful, lollipops appeared much later in 16th century Europe.
In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms. However, George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story in 1908. He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop. In 1931, Smith trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.
Lollipops range in size. The smaller lollipops can be purchased by the bagful. Banks, barbershops and vendors at parades give these away to customers and more! Confections make large lollipops in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes. While they are attractive, these lollipops can be cumbersome and often are more than we can handle!
Lollipops in Pop Culture
1934 – In the movie Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sang the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”
1939 – The Wizard of Oz brought us a world of characters, including the Lollipop Guild. Armed with a giant spiral sucker, The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz.
1969 – How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. The Tootsie Pop (the trademark name for Tootsie Roll’s lollipop) commercial debuted on U.S. television. The 60-second advertisement included a boy, cow, fox, turtle, owl and the narrator.
1973-1978 -The lollipop-loving detective, Kojak, from the TV series of the same name, softened the tough guy while at the same time, toughened up the lollipop.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY
Enjoy a lollipop today to celebrate. Post on social media using #NationalLollipopDay.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY
The National Confectioners Association founded National Lollipop Day.
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.”
These 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
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.
Author and motivational speaker, Martha J. Ross-Rodgers created Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day.
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 Pennsylvania Day on July 20 recognizes the second state to join the Union. Once the home of the temporary capital of the United States in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State. While the source of the nickname has been forgotten, the meaning is not lost. Bridge builders know leaving the vital keystone out of their structure would be folly and would lead to collapse.
Pennsylvania played many roles that could be considered keystones. Its vote for independence split between eight delegates. The split played a vital role in deciding to move toward independence and cementing the union of the newly formed country.
Throughout military operations, Pennsylvania provided forces to support the cause. Valley Forge tells the story of leadership and sacrifice of a young, developing army and citizenry.
The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in Philadelphia during its tenure as the temporary capital. It was geographically centered among the 13 original colonies.
We can eat our way through history, too! To understand Pennsylvania’s flavor profile, we will start in Lancaster County and the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country. German and Swiss immigrants brought with them a wide range of hearty recipes that they incorporated into the fresh ingredients available in Pennsylvania countryside. From pork and sauerkraut, pot pies to scrapple, they filled the tables with the bounty of the land.
Much of more of the sweeter side of Pennsylvania Dutch flavor finds its way into restaurants than the savory does. The whoopie pie, shoofly and funnel cakes are a tourist and fair favorites, but the home-cooked seasoning of chicken corn chowder or stuffed cabbage rolls often cannot be found in a restaurant.
For the best and original Philly Cheesesteak, there is only one place to go. Made with thinly sliced beef rib eye, sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms, melted cheese, on a long, crusty Italian roll. A hot dog vendor, Pat Olivieri, created the cheesesteak in the 1930s. One cab driver caught a whiff and soon Olivieri opened a restaurant. It’s still there with competition across the street, a 24-hour a day rivalry for tourists and cheesesteak lovers to choose along with several others in the area.
Head on over to Hershey to pick up all variety of chocolate and adventure. Don’t stop there! Pennsylvania’s sweet tooth has deep roots. From Twizzlers to Peeps, confectioners love Pennsylvania. Candy isn’t the only sweet treat on the menu, though. In 1904, the banana split was invented in Latrobe, PA.
If your preference is more on the salty side, Pennsylvania has that covered, too. They’ve mastered soft and hard pretzels and have a terrific competition between four regional potato chip brands.
Full of regional festivals and local cuisine, Pennsylvania is also home of Kennett Square, Mushroom Capital of the United States. Every year, they shut down the town square for a mushroom festival. Their mushrooms make it into dishes around the world, even into your very own.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PENNSYLVANIA DAY
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate National Pennsylvania Day by exploring the iconic, historic and hidden treasures of this enchanting and complex state. Use #NationalPennsylvainaDay to share your experiences on social media.
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