NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY
The second Sunday in June is known as National Children’s Day in the United States.
A day to honor the children in our lives, National Children’s Day is a time to slow down our fast-paced lives, turn off the tech and refocus on the important things. Taking one day may not be enough, but using it as an opportunity to redirect our family’s lives may be an important step in a child’s life.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Cherish our children, spend time with them and use #NationalChildrensDay to share on social media.
Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts started Children’s Day in 1856 as a special day to Baptize children. He originally named it Rose Day. In 1995, President Clinton proclaimed National Children’s Day as October 8th. He was later followed by President Bush in 2001 who declared the first Sunday in June as National Child’s Day. However, National Children’s Day is generally celebrated the second Sunday in June or October 8th.
NATIONAL EARL DAY
June 9 is dedicated to those with a particular qualification and a genuine capacity for achievement. On National Earl Day we honor those legends named Earl.
It’s an uncommon name these days, but hopefully, those who have the privilege of being so named have earned it.
One enterprising man by the name of Earl Baltes went from bandleader to dirt race track owner in 1954 when he transformed the El dora Ballroom into Eldora Speedway, a quarter-mile dirt track in 1954. By 1958, it was expanded to its present day half mile length.
By 1962, Eldora was a favored track for sprint cars, and Baltes began promoting more tracks and events. Across Ohio and Indiana, Baltes promoted some of the highest paying short track races. Ohio named a portion route 118 Earl Baltes Highway.
Fast forward to 2016, one year after Baltes passed, and Eldora Speedway and the events he created are still going strong. Other events such as the World 100 started in 1971, and the King’s Royal part, of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, are held annually at Eldora Speedway as well.
About the same time, Baltes was making a name for himself, another Earl was picking his way into bluegrass music history. Becoming known for his three-fingered banjo picking, Earl Scruggs was uniquely talented. In his early career, he was paired with Lester Flatt as The Foggy Mountain Boys. Together they recorded country and bluegrass hits.
The Foggy Mountain Boys split in 1969 and Scruggs continued to make music with his sons. Influenced by his sons’ musical tastes, he became interested in the sound of an electrified banjo.
From a Beverly Hillbilly to Dueling Banjos, Earl Scruggs had quite an electrifying and influential career. He left an enduring mark on bluegrass music. Scruggs died on March 28, 2012.
While Scruggs’s popular bluegrass song Pearl, Pearl, Pearl was being released, Earl the Pearl, aka Earl Monroe, was just starting his college basketball career. A few years later in 1967, he would be the first round pick for the Baltimore Bullets. He became a fan favorite with his impressive moves and twisting, hesitating pump shots that often mystified opponents. Averaging 24.3 points per game in his rookie season, Monroe’s points were coined “pearls” hence the nickname.
Season after season Monroe continued to add up the pearls, but he had his critics. Then in 1971, he was traded to the dreaded rivals, the Knicks.
Both the Bullets (now the Washington Wizards) and the Knicks have retired Monroe’s jersey. Monroe was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Sometimes when Earls get down to business, it’s serious business. In the case of Earl Warren, it was Supreme Court business. The 14th Supreme Court Chief Justice, Warren was involved in several prominent decisions including Brown v. Board of Education and Miranda v. Arizona. Warren also headed the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalEarlDay to post on social media.
National Earl Day was submitted in 2016 by Roger Slack in honor of Earl Baltes and approved by the Registrar for the 2016 opening day $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway, which was founded by Baltes in 1954.
NATIONAL DONALD DUCK DAY
National Donald Duck Day is observed annually on June 9th. This day commemorates the birthday of the funny animal cartoon character, Donald Duck. Donald made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.
Donald Duck usually wears a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie and is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality
Donald Duck has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all times.
It was in Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit that he was introduced to his comic friend, Mickey Mouse. Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy Duck, along with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were introduced shortly after that.
In addition to animation, Donald is also known for his appearance in comic books and newspaper comic strips.
One of Donald Duck’s famous sayings is “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #DonaldDuckDay to post on social media.
National Donald Duck Day first proclaimed by LA Mayor Tom Bradley in 1984 on Donald’s 50th birthday. The world’s most famous duck gave the city a silver statue of himself as a gift in memory of the big day. He also toured the country leading up to the big Disney birthday party bash.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY
On June 9th of each year, National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day is observed. A tart vegetable, rhubarb is often paired with sweet fruits making for a delicious dessert.
Around the country, rhubarb is a perennial favorite for home gardens. One of the first fruits of their labors, gardeners begin to harvest rhubarb in the middle of May and early June, and it finds its way into desserts and preserves. Since it takes on the flavor of the fruit or vegetable it is paired with, it is an excellent compliment to many recipes.
Not only is rhubarb known for making deliciously baked goods and satisfying the hankering for something from the garden early in the season, but it also has many other qualities. Rub a cut stalk of rhubarb over a burnt skillet and let the high oleic acid content do the work. It’s been a primary ingredient in many cleansers for over a 100 years.
Rhubarb is so high in oleic acid, in fact, the leaves are toxic to humans. The stalks, however, are a consumable, rich and healthful source of oleic acid. The benefits of enjoying rhubarb could help reduce blood pressure, increase your body’s ability to burn fat and generate brain myelin. Now, that’s a reason to celebrate National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Print out following recipe a try and share with friends and family:
Use #StrawberryRhubarbPieDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.
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