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On July 23rd, Gorgeous Grandma Day recognizes all women of a certain age, whether they are grandmothers or not.

Not all women become grandmothers. Those who do, don’t necessarily fit the traditional mold any longer. Others still reach a point where many assume grandmother status, even though no grandchildren are about. Gorgeous Grandma Day embraces the age of the nana and encourages all women to flaunt their granny attitudes with purpose and style.

While some grandmas fit the traditional mold with gray hair and cookie-baking, home-making, hug-giving, child-spoiling energy to spare, many grannies sport a whole new role. Many take on the part of grandma to the children in their lives.

No matter the type of grandmother they are, they’re all different. Some play the hippest games, wear the latest styles, and know how to find the best deals on technology. Even the grandkids can’t keep up! Funny, sassy and energetic grandmas, rebel grannies and smart grannies make the grade, too.

In many scenarios, grandmother-types step into the role where no grandmother remains. These women lend ears, laps, and hugs, much like the nanas of memory. Of course, they build foundations and set young men and women on their path.

Nearly all of these fantastic women pass down family traditions while teaching children to stand on our own. Full of wisdom and wit, what would anyone do without their nanas? They go by many names, but they’re all gorgeous in their own way.

On Gorgeous Grandma Day, let the grandmothers in your life know how much they mean to you.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GorgeousGrandmaDay

No matter your age, be your gorgeous self. Maybe you’re a grandma, and perhaps you’re not. It doesn’t matter. Own the attitude and celebrate. Use #GorgeousGrandmaDay to share on social media


Alice Solomon created Gorgeous Grandma Day in 1984 to honor women of a certain age, whether they were grandmothers or not. It’s a time to recognize their accomplishments and their abilities. Their lives have only just begun.



National Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23rd tips its hat at the second most popular flavor in America. Take a bow, vanilla. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…VANILLA ICE CREAM!! Of course, the day is part of  National Ice Cream Month and not too far behind National Ice Cream Day.

Since Americans love vanilla ice cream so much, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that vanilla is the most common flavoring in North America for ice cream. In fact, many people consider vanilla ice cream to be the default flavor. 

Many may be familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe. The third president of the United States may have discovered vanilla flavor while visiting France. While he wouldn’t have been the first to savor the delicious taste of vanilla ice cream, Jefferson enjoyed jotting down recipes. The same applied to ice cream. He also produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s. Only ten copies remain. In fact, the Library of Congress houses one copy that has a cookie recipe on the flip side. Today, the ice cream parlor at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota serves the same recipe so that anyone can have a taste.

HOW TO OBSERVE #VanillaIceCreamDay

Make your own with this old fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream recipe for you to enjoy!  While you’re at it, invite some friends to enjoy it with you. Maybe, go out for some vanilla ice cream. Scoop up a dish full from the ice cream in your freezer. Will you add chocolate syrup or caramel? Oh, and don’t forget the sprinkles! Post a photo on social media using #VanillaIceCreamDay to encourage others to do the same.


We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.

July 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The Ford Motor Company made its first sale to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago. The Model A cost $850.00.


The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducts the first African American – Jackie Robinson.


Warner Bros. released The World According to Garp based on the novel by John Irving in U.S. theatres. Starring Robin Williams as Garp, John Lithgow and Glenn Close, the critically acclaimed film follows Garp and his relationship with his mother.


NASA mission STS-93 launched astronaut Eileen Collins aboard the Columbia as the first woman to command a spacecraft.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Hot Fudge
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total Prep: 10 minutes
Servings: 6-8 



2 cups sugar
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups dark cocoa powder
1 cup salted butter


Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, continually stirring until the butter melts and all ingredients are incorporated.

Transfer to a container and seal.

Store in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, reheat over medium heat or in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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July 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Vera Rubin – 1928

While studying the rotation of the Andromeda Galaxy in the late 1970s at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, astronomer Vera Rubin discovered the first evidence of dark matter.

Daniel Goldin – 1940

The longest-serving Administrator of NASA served from 1992 to 2001.

Alison Krauss – 1971

The American blue-grass and country artist has been recording since the age of 14.

Daniel Radcliffe – 1989

Best-known for his role as Harry Potter, the English actor began his career in 1999 in the role of David Copperfield in the BBC television movie.

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