NATIONAL V-J DAY
On September 2nd, National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) recognizes Allied Forces’ victory over Japan during World War II. Officials announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies on August 15, 1945. The official signing of surrender took place on September 2, 1945, officially ending World War II.
Between 50 to 80 million lives were lost during World War II. These numbers include both military and civilian lives. Fought on every continent except Antarctica, the war consumed entire cities. More than 50 countries took up arms. Even those who maintained isolationist stances held sympathies for one side or another.
Militaries fought on the land and sea and in the air. Civilians often had front row seats to the devastation. When they didn’t, technology brought reports to them more quickly. Radio broadcasts and war correspondents informed the public with first-hand details.
For six long years, the world endured rations, victory gardens, evacuations, drills, and an entirely different way of life – an uncertain future.
Six-years of sacrifice and horrors preceded this moment. All around the world, celebrations erupted. However, there would be years of reconciliations, discoveries, and coming to terms with the damage done to relations and humanity.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVJDay
Learn more about World War II, the people who served and sacrificed and how life changed after the war ended. Take time to visit with those who lived through it. Read their memoirs and discover the stories you’ve never heard before. Use #NationalVJDay to post on social media. Share photos of friends and family who served in World War II. Honor those who sacrificed to maintain our freedom.
HISTORY OF V-J DAY
The formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. At that time, President Truman declared September 2nd to be the official V-J Day. However, over the years, many citizens of the United States celebrated August 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on August 15th.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPSICLE DAY
National Blueberry Popsicle Day on September 2nd also kicks off National Blueberry Popsicle Month. Scheduled in the midst of the dog days of summer, it’s a delicious way to cool off. Purchase a box of blueberry-flavored Popsicles or make your own. Either way, the treat will be a tasty one! With the end of summer at hand, now is the time to celebrate this National Day.
In San Francisco, California, in 1905, 11-yr-old Frank Epperson was outside on his porch, mixing water with a white powdered flavoring to make soda. Upon going inside, he left it there on the porch with the stirring stick still in it. That night the temperature reached a record low and the following morning, Frank discovered the drink had frozen to the stick.
Years later, in 1922, Epperson introduced his treat at a fireman’s ball where it was a huge success. Then in 1923, he made and sold his frozen treat-on-a-stick at an amusement park in Alameda, California. Epperson applied for a patent in 1924 for his frozen confectionery, which he called “Epsicle” ice pop. He then renamed it “Popsicle“.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryPopsicleDay
Be sure to get yourself a blueberry Popsicle and use #BlueberryPopsicleDay to post on social media. Here is an Easy Homemade Blueberry Popsicles Recipe to try out. We have some other terrific ideas for a berry blueberry celebration:
- Share a Blueberry Popsicle recipe with us. If you do, we will be sure to give you credit, too! Visit our recipe page to complete the form.
- Bring blueberry popsicles to share at work, school or with friends.
- Order some blueberries from your favorite ice cream truck. (Yes, they carry Popsicles, too!)
- Take a selfie as you enjoy your frozen treat.
- Bring blueberry Popsicles to a game or the beach in a cooler packed with ice.
- Add a blueberry Popsicle to your favorite carbonated clear soda. It will cool your drink and flavor it, too!
Don’t forget to share your Blueberry Popsicle celebration on social media, too. Use #NationalBlueberryPopsicleDay.
BLUEBERRY POPSICLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of the frozen celebration.
Over a year after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Congress created the Treasury Department. With the third Cabinet office created, President George Washington placed Alexander Hamilton in charge as Secretary of Treasury.
While laying out his foreign policy at the Minnesota State Fair, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt quoted the West African proverb, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” It became known as “Big Stick diplomacy.” Following his election to the presidency, he applied his Big Stick diplomacy to foreign policy and would later win the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Boy Scouts of America honor their first Eagle Scout with a medal ceremony. Arthur Eldred earned 21 merit badges in his journey to Eagle Scout, Boy Scout’s highest honor.
Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut in his series called “15 Minutes With Bing Crosby.” Soon after, the performer launched into an international music and film career.
Flying in their Breguet Br. 19 TF Super Bidon named Point d’ Interrogation (Question Mark), aviators Dieudonné Costes and Maurice Bellonte complete the first non-stop transatlantic flight by plane. Their journey began in Paris, France, and ended at Long Island, NY.
The Great Smoky Mountains join the National Park System.
The surrender of Japan to the Allied Forces becomes official, ending World War II.
Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, NY installs the first Automatic Teller Machine. The revolutionary machines made simple transactions easier and more accessible.
President Gerald Ford signs the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The law guarantees pension rights and creates tax rules for employee benefits and contributions.
The baseball film Eight Men Out debuts. Starring John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd and Charlie Sheen, the film re-tells the story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team and the players accused of accepting money to throw the series.
Decades of space competition come to an end when the United States and Russia agree to build a space station.
Name: Cheese Monkey
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10-15 minutes
Total Prep: 25-30 minutes
This version of Welsh Rarebit is an excellent way to use up the ends of a loaf of bread or serve with crackers as a snack.
1 cup milk, evaporated milk or light cream
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
Crisp toast or crackers
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
In a double boiler, melt cheese together with the milk and bread crumbs.
Once melted, stir in the spices and Worcestershire sauce.
Add the slightly beaten egg and stir well. Cook about one minute, stirring continuously.
Pour immediately over toast or crackers. Garnish with diced tomatoes. For added flavor, add corn beef slices, too.
Lucretia Hale – 1820
Lucretia Peabody Hale is an American novelist also noted for her children’s book. Some of her stories include The Peterkin Papers. She also contributed to the book Six of One by Half a Dozen of the Other: An Every Day Novel by Harriet Beecher Stow.
Albert Spalding – 1850
After a career as a professional baseball player, Spalding opened a sporting goods store. He also published Spalding’s Official Baseball Guide.
Romare Bearden – 1911
The talented artist is best known for his work depicting African American culture. He’s also the author of the book Lil Dan, the Drummer Boy.
Arnold Greenberg – 1932
Greenburg launched the Snapple Beverage Corp with two business partners. The business’s original name in 1972? Unadulterated Food Products. However, they changed the name to Snapple after one of their failed products.
Glenna Sue Kid- 1933
Glenna Sue Kid played four seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Though she was only a teenager when she joined the league, her phenomenal pitching did not go unnoticed. Kid’s arsenal of pitches was in demand making her popular with the fans.
C. Wilson Markle Jr. – 1938
Markle is credited with inventing the film colorization process. In 1987, a patent for the process was issued under US Patent No. 4710805.
Christa McAuliffe – 1948
In 1985, McAuliffe was selected as an astronaut for the NASA Teacher in Space Project. On January 28, 1986, she along with 6 other crew members perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight.
Jimmy Connors – 1952
Connors achieved professional tennis success during the late 1970s. He is also known for his rivalry with John McEnroe.
Guy Laliberté – 1959
The businessman is co-founder of Cirque du Soleil. In 1984, the elaborate circus performance debuted.
Keanu Reeves – 1964
While the actor has played numerous roles, his career has been buoyed by several franchise films. These include The Maxtrix, John Wick, and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Salma Hayek – 1966
The versatile actress is known for her roles in Desperado and Frida. Her producing credits include the television comedy Ugly Betty and the drama Monarca.
William Hanson – 1989
As an author of two etiquette books, Hanson has become the modern equivalent of Miss Manners. He doles out his advice on social media, radio, and television.
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