NATIONAL DONALD DUCK DAY
National Donald Duck Day on June 9th each year commemorates the birthday of a funny animated cartoon character. Donald Duck made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.
Usually wearing a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, Donald Duck is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality. He 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 time.
His middle name is Fauntleroy. The name means “child king” and derived from Old French.
During Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit, he introduced 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 #DonaldDuckDay
Wish Donald Duck a Happy Birthday! While you’re celebrating, check out these other fun ideas, too:
- Host a Donald Duck impersonation contest.
- Bake Donald Duck-shaped cookies.
- Watch episodes of Donald Duck cartoons.
- Play Donald Duck trivia games.
Use #DonaldDuckDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DONALD DUCK DAY HISTORY
National Donald Duck Day was first proclaimed by L.A. 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 EARL DAY
June 9th each year dedicates National Earl Day to those with a particular qualification and a genuine capacity for achievement. The day honors those legends named Earl. While the name is becoming uncommon these days, 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, he expanded the track to its present-day half-mile length.
Eldora earned a reputation as the favored track for sprint cars by 1962, and Baltes began promoting more tracks and events. Across Ohio and Indiana, Baltes promoted some of the highest paying short track races. Ohio also named a portion of route 118 the 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, Scruggs 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 making 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. By the time of his death on March 28, 2012, Scruggs had left an enduring mark on bluegrass music.
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 #NationalEarlDay
Celebrate the Earls you know. Share their stories or give them a shout-out. You can also share racing history and memories. Use #NationalEarlDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EARL DAY HISTORY
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 STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY
On June 9th of each year, National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day recognizes a delicious and seasonal pie. A tart vegetable, rhubarb is often paired with sweet fruits making for a pleasing 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 complement 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 100 years.
Rhubarb is so high in oxalic acid, in fact, the leaves are toxic to humans. The stalks, however, are a consumable, rich, and healthful source of oxalic 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!
Harvest that rhubarb and pick some strawberries. It’s time to make pie! Break out your favorite recipes or try this one out:
Use #StrawberryRhubarbPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pie holiday. While we do, explore these other pastry days. Did you know there’s at least one pie day every month of the year? It’s true!
June 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The U.S. Patent Office issued patent no. 2,641,545 to John H. Kraft for his method to “manufacture of soft surface cured cheese.” The process related to soft cheeses with a “bloomy rind” such as Camembert, Brie, and Chaource. While these types of cheese were not new, Kraft’s method for producing these cheeses was.
Ron Turcotte rides Secretariat to a Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stakes.
Margaret Thatcher is re-elected to Prime Minister of England.
Recipe of the Day
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10-15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 cobs
8 cobs of sweet corn in the husk
salt to taste
Fill sink half full of cool water.
Soak corn in the water with the husks intact for 10 minutes.
Preheat grill to at least 350 degrees.
Remove corn from the water and shake off the excess.
Place corn on the grill and cook for 15 minutes until tender.
Remove cobs from the heat.
Strip the husks and silks. The steam will make the husks and silks come away more easily.
Add butter and seasoning while still warm.
June 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson – 1836
After being denied entry to medical school in Britain, Elizabeth Anderson pursued her education in France and obtaining her license in 1865. She was the first woman in France to do so and also the first British woman to earn a medical degree. She would later co-found the London School of Medicine for Women.
Cole Porter – 1893
Composer and songwriter, Cole Porter is known for his catchy Broadway and Hollywood show tunes such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Anything Goes.”
Les Paul – 1915
One of the pioneering names in electric guitars, Les Paul began his career playing music and establishing a jazz band. Paul revolutionized the music world when he invented one of the first solid-body electric guitars in 1941.
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