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NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY - August 12

NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY

Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Larger families celebrate more than one middle child, too! 

Many believe birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children. The Middle Child Syndrome describes the firstborn as the leader and the role-player. Meanwhile, the youngest one earns the title of the baby family. Therefore, the middle child’s role remains undefined.

Birth order may contribute to the Big Five personality traits, too: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience. One personality study also claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative. 

No matter what the personality tests and therapists say, the day directs us to focus on the middle child. The day directs parents and siblings pull out all the stops. Make your middle-born family members feel special. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMiddleChildDay

Keep your middle child/children in mind. Try these ideas:

  • Make their favorite homemade dish and invite them over.
  • Send a card and share a memory of them. (Be sure the memory is of the middle child and not one of your other children.)
  • Invite your middle child for coffee. 
  • Call your middle child to find out about their day. This is especially important if you don’t usually call.
  • Take a walk with your middle child. Throw a frisbee or do one of their favorite activities. 
  • Play a card or board game.
  • If your middle child has a middle child, suggest all of you make a day of activities together. 

Post on social media using #NationalMiddleChildDay to alert others.

NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY HISTORY

Elizabeth Walker created National Middle Children’s Day in the 1980s. The first celebrations took place on the second Saturday in August. However, along the way, it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12th. In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National Day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.” The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.

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On August 12th in History

1851

Isaac Singer’s first patent for a commercial sewing machine is granted. Patent No. 8,294 was for improvements to a machine previously patented by Singer.

1865 

Using carbolic acid, Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery on a compound fracture. The patient recovered with no infection.

1877

Thomas Edison completes the first model for the phonograph. While working on the telegraph and telephone, inspiration struck The Wizard of Menlo Park. He speculated if messages could be transferred from paper tape, then voice might also be recorded and transferred. The resulting idea led to Edison developing the phonograph.

1879

The first National Archery Tournament begins at White Stocking Park in Chicago, Illinois.

1888 

Bertha Benz makes the first long-distance road trip in her husband’s invention, a motorized carriage. She set out to prove the value of a car in an era ruled by horses. In 12 hours, she drove 106 kilometers (65 miles). A horse-drawn carriage traveling the same distance would take approximately 16 hours.

1908 

Ford completes the first Model-T. The car rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan, on September 27th. The company introduced the revolutionary vehicle to the masses on October 1st of that year.

1922 

The home of abolitionist, author, and former slave, Frederick Douglass, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Restoration the national shrine, Cedar Hill, began in 1921. Then in 1962 the National Park Service took over the supervision of the historic site.

1930 

Clarence Birdseye obtains patent for “Method of Preparing Food Product” that demonstrated how to freeze food and package it for distribution. His patent No. 1773079A led to the frozen food industry.

1953

Ann Davidson completes her 15-month voyage on her sloop, the Felicity Ann. Her achievement makes her the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1955 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, raising the minimum wage from 75¢ to $1.00 per hour.

1960 

NASA launches Echo 1A, the first successful communications satellite.

1977 

The Space Shuttle Enterprise flies free of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for the first time.

1981 

The personal computer (PC) comes to market for the first time when IBM releases its Model 5150.

1990 

Sue Hendrickson discovers Tyrannosaurus rex remains in South Dakota. One of the most complete skeletons in the world was named Sue in honor of Hendrickson.

1994 

Professional baseball players strike, bringing Major League Baseball’s season to an end. The World Series is cancelled.

2018 

NASA launches the Parker Solar Probe beginning the first mission to the sun. With each perihelion (closest point in orbit to the sun), the probe will gradually edge closer to the sun. By 2025 it will be at its closest perihelion, 6.9 gigameters from the center of the sun.

Born on August 12th

Christy Mathewson – 1880

As one of the first pitching greats in professional baseball, Mathewson played for several teams, including the New York Giants.

Cecil B. DeMille – 1881

The noted filmmaker produced and directed more than 70 films.

Erwin Schrödinger – 1887

As a theoretical physicist, Schrödinger made contributions to wave theory and quantum mechanics. The Nobel Laureate is noted for being one of the father’s of quantum mechanics and for his thought theory today known as Schrödinger’s Cat.

Tedd Pierce – 1906

Actor, animator, and screenwriter, Pierce is most known for his contributions to the film Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and his animation work.

Gladys Bentley – 1907

As Blues singer, Bently played the piano and sung with a bold voice. She’s also noted for also breaking down barriers.

Jane Wyatt – 1910

Known for her roles on Father Knows Best and an as Spock’s mother in Star Trek, Wyatt began her film career with One More River.

Margaret Burbidge – 1918

Burbage’s achievements include developing instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope and the first woman appointed as director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. She also supported opportunities for women in science, an area where she was often denied equality and shared the spotlight with her husband.

Buck Owens – 1929

Born as Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., the performer achieved success as a musician and singer-songwriter. He played a prominent role in the popular comedy and music show Hee Haw. In 1996, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Charlie O’Donnell – 1932

The voice behind several game shows, O’Donnell is best known for announcing the Wheel of Fortune.

John Poindexter – 1936

Poindexter served in the United States Navy and was appointed to the role of Deputy National Security Advisor and National Security Advisor under the Reagan administration.

Mark Knopfler – 1949

As one of the founding members of the band Dire Straights, Knopfler played lead guitar. The composer also wrote several film scores, including The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog.

Ann M. Martin – 1955

Best known for her children series The Baby-Sitters Club, Martin began her career in elementary education.

Lynette Woodard – 1959

Woodard was the first female Harlem Globetrotter. She went on to head coach the Winthrop Eagles women’s basketball team.

Sir Mix-A-Lot – 1963

Anthony Ray is known for his hit rap song “Baby Got Back,” released in 1992. He began his career in the mid-1980s as Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Pete Sampras – 1971

Sampras launched his professional tennis career in 1988. He went on to hold the title of most Grand Slam singles wins (14) until it was broken in 2009.

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