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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BANNERS: National Aboriginal Day! | June 21

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Source(s): aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/

BANNERS: National SELFIE Day! | June 21

Every day might be selfie day for you but today it's official... well as official as a selfie day can get.
Happy National Selfie day!

Source(s): nationalselfieday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BANNERS: International BATH Day! | June 14

So when was the last time you had a bath? There are so many positives to having a bath versus a shower:

  • More relaxing
  • You're able to read
  • More soothing for those body aches
  • Peaceful
  • You're actually cleaner - we could go on and on...

But usually one has no time. Well, today is the day and a reason to have that bath! International Bath Day is also a time to learn and discover.

It's time for little scientists to learn and discover things using bath toys or simple objects.

Legend has it that the Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, made a great discovery on this day. While taking a bath, he saw that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water. Unable to contain his excitement, he jumped out of the bathtub, and ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece while shouting, “Eureka! Eureka!”

Archimedes’ exact date of birth is not known, only the year (287BC) so the day chosen to commemorate is the day that he leapt out of the bath tub, June 14th.

Happy International Bath Day!

Source(s): roodepoortrecord | nationalcalendar

Monday, June 12, 2017

BANNERS: LOVING Day! | June 12

Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states." In the United States, anti-miscegenation laws were U.S. state laws banning interracial marriage, mainly forbidding marriage between non-whites and whites.

Loving Day is not an officially recognized holiday by the U.S. government, but there was a movement to persuade U.S. President Barack Obama to make it so. Loving Day is the biggest multiracial celebration in the United States.

The "Loving" side of the U.S. Supreme Court case was married Mildred Loving (née Jeter), a woman of African and Rappahannock descent, and Richard Loving, a white man. They first met when she was 11 and he was 17. He was a family friend and over the years they courted.

After she became pregnant, they married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, when she was 18. Reportedly, Mildred did not realize that interracial marriage was illegal, and they were arrested a few weeks after they returned to their hometown north of Richmond, Virginia. They pleaded guilty to charges of "cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth", and avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia.

The Lovings moved to Washington, D.C., and began legal action by writing to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy referred the case to the American Civil Liberties Union. After the Warren Court unanimously ruled in favor of the young couple, they returned to Virginia, where they lived with their three children. In 1975, Richard Loving had died in a car accident. Mildred Loving died May 5, 2008 at the age of 68. Each June 12, the anniversary of the ruling, Loving Day events around the country mark the advances of mixed-race couples.

Today we remember Mildred and Richard Loving for their rebellious stance against anti-miscegenation laws in America...

Mildred and Richard Loving and their children

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Did you know, Chocolate was one of the first ice cream flavours ever created - even before vanilla?

The earliest frozen chocolate recipes were published in Naples, Italy in 1693 in Antonio Latini's The Modern Steward. Chocolate was one of the first ice cream flavors, created before vanilla, as common drinks such as hot chocolate, coffee, and tea were the first food items to be turned into frozen desserts. Hot chocolate had become a popular drink in seventeenth-century Europe, alongside coffee and tea, and all three beverages were used to make frozen and unfrozen desserts. Latini produced two recipes for ices based on the drink, both of which contained only chocolate and sugar.

In 1775, Italian doctor Filippo Baldini wrote a treatise entitled De sorbetti, in which he recommended chocolate ice cream as a remedy for various medical conditions, including gout and scurvy

Chocolate ice cream became popular in the United States in the late nineteenth century. The first advertisement of ice cream in America started in New York on May 12,1777 when Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was officially available "almost every day".

Happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

Source(s): wikipedia | nationaldaycalendar