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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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Who doesn't like gardening? Gardening brings great pleasure - and burn calories too! Happy National Gardening Exercise Day!

Source(s): holidayinsights

Monday, June 5, 2017


Observed annually on June 6th, the unofficial holiday celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1933 when the first patented drive-in theatre was opened in Camden, New Jersey by Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr.

Ironically, the theatre failed to make any profit and was sold after three years to a Union, New Jersey theatre owner who moved the infrastructure to that city. The concept caught on nationwide.

Happy Drive-in Movie Day!

Source(s): timeanddate | wikipedia

Friday, June 2, 2017


Thanks to corporate consultant, Laura Stack, today is "National Leave the Office Early Day!."

The idea is to get things done in less time and have the rest of the day to spend with family and friends. It's not an official national holiday but you get the picture!

"It's not about changing jobs or being less productive," says Stack. "It's about being more productive in the hours that you're actually scheduled to work."

"You know that hyper-drive you go into before a vacation, when you get everything in place so that you can actually get away and relax?" she says. "You need to harness that energy and focus in everyday situations, so that you can have free time every week."

Source(s): abcnews.go | thedaysoftheyear

Friday, May 26, 2017

BANNERS: National CHERRY DESSERT Day! | May 26

There is cherry trifle, cherry cheesecake, chocolate covered cherries, pancakes with cherries on top, whatever your favourite cherry dessert of choice is, today is the day to make it, order it... and eat it!
Happy National Cherry Dessert Day!...


Today you get to enjoy a slice (or two) of blueberry cheesecake whether at home or at your favourite place to eat because today it's National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

The type of cheese used to make cheesecake has a huge impact on the flavour and texture of this delicious dessert. American cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, Italian cheesecakes are made with ricotta, and German and Polish cheesecakes are made with “quark” cheese, which is a type of curd cheese.

Blueberry cheesecake is one of the most popular cheesecake flavours.

Source(s): punchbowl

Thursday, May 18, 2017

BANNERS: National No Dirty Dishes Day! | May 18

It's paper plates and plastic/disposable cutleries, dining out or ordering in today because you deserve a break from doing dirty dishes!
Happy National No Dirty Dishes Day!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

BANNERS: Military Spouse Appreciation Day! | May 12

Thanks to President Ronald Reagan, the first National Military Spouses Appreciation Day was observed on May 23, 1984. President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984.

Originally intended on being a one-off holiday, the US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day aka National Military Spouses Appreciation Day.

In 2016, President Obama was quoted as saying that military families “give up their time with loved ones so we may live safely and freely. Few Americans fully understand the sacrifices made by those who serve in uniform, but for spouses of service members across our country, the costs of the freedom we too often take for granted are known intimately. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we honor the spouses of those who have left behind everything they know and love to join our Nation’s unbroken chain of patriots, and we recommit to giving military spouses the respect, dignity, and support they deserve.”

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

Source(s): heavy | wikipedia | militarybenefits

BANNERS: International NURSES' Day! | May 12

International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth) of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.

In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaim a "Nurses' Day"; he did not approve it.

In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Each year, ICN prepares and distributes the International Nurses' Day Kit. The kit contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere.

Happy International Nurses' Day to nurses the world over!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BANNERS: Trust Your Intuition Day! | May 10

Insight, gut feeling, trusting your heart, a sixth sense, instinct. No matter how you describe, it, everyone knows that feeling inside that either causes a tense stomach or causes a feel-good reaction. The trouble with intuitions is that we don’t always acknowledge or heed it. Intuition can steer you either away from or toward a situation. It’s not tangible, but it is recognizable, if you’re open to it. Trust Your Intuition Day is a day to follow your first instinct.

For left-brainers who rely on rational, analytical, logical and objective decisions, celebrating this holiday may be a challenge. The Association for Psychological Science errs on the side of caution, as sometimes following gut instincts can hinder decisions.

Source(s): investmentwatchblog

BANNERS: National CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM Day! | May 10

It's National Clean Up Your Room Day and even though its origin is unknown, we're going along with it!
Parents, you might me thinking this day is for kids only, but it applies to you also! If you've got a messy room, today is the day to clean it up! Happy National Clean Up Your Room Day!

Source(s): holidayinsights