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Daily Holidays - July 4

Fourth of July or Independence Day This day is a federal holiday which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Political speeches and ceremonies along with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, baseball games, class reunions and family reunions take place all across the country celebrating our independence. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/independence-day-july-4/

Independence From Meat Day A day to try and go meat-free, be it just for the day or a more permanent lifestyle choice, Independence From Meat Day is your chance to try out a vegetarian lifestyle and see how it goes! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/independence-from-meat-day/

Build a Scarecrow Day is a unique and fun festival that is celebrated each year in the USA on the first Saturday in July. Scarecrows are special human shaped figures that are created by farmers to scare the birds away from their crows. They are traditionally made from straw and covered with old clothes. After they have been completed, these scarecrows are set in fields.

On this special day people gather to build scarecrows and celebrate the coming of autumn. While this festival has been celebrated in the USA for more than a century, it is now gaining international appeal. In fact, Build a Scarecrow Day has been celebrated in rural parts of the United Kingdom since 1990. This is a good opportunity for members of the community to get together and celebrate the changing of the seasons in a unique way. Competitions are even held to see who can make the best scarecrow. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/build-a-scarecrow-day/

Hop A Park Day encourages you to visit the local parks in your area, and to enjoy public space put aside tor rest and relaxation. Larger or managed parks often host events on this day, from barbeques to sporting events – why not find out what’s going on at your local park and join in? https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hop-a-park-day/


Daily Holidays - July 3

National Chocolate Wafer Day National Chocolate Wafer Day is observed each year on July 3rd. Once again, chocolate lovers across the country have a reason to enjoy their favorite flavor for breakfast, lunch and supper and as snacks in between.

These crispy snacks are an American favorite. With their waffle surface pattern and thin layers, they make an excellent addition to ice cream. They are a popular ingredient in cakes and cheesecakes. Chocolate wafers can be crushed to make a delicious pie crust.

No matter where or how you are eating your wafers, these delicious treats are truly worth celebrating! http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-chocolate-wafer-day-july-3/

National Eat Your Beans Day National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday celebrated every year on July 3. This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes and colors. Beans (legumes) are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BCE.

Now, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are an important source of protein. A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber, are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-eat-your-beans-day-july-3/

Compliment Your Mirror Day Take a step back, and examine your reflection. This is you, the only you, and the best you there is. Compliment Your Mirror Day encourages you to recognise your own inner beauty, and to give yourself a great face-to-face prep talk! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/compliment-your-mirror-day/

International Plastic Bag Free Day Most of us use them every day, the thin plastic bags used by almost every retailer we visit. Whether we’re shopping for groceries or the newest Prada, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be leaving the store with a plastic bag stuffed full of your new goodies. Then, when you arrive home, you’ll quickly remove them like a kid opening Christmas presents, tossing aside the wrapping with thoughtless abandon. Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to those plastic bags? Has it ever occurred to you just how many of them we go through, individually, in a year?

International Plastic Bag Free Day is dedicated to heightening awareness about these and very real and pressing issues brought about by this most popular of disposable carrying devices. We are reminded that those bags we pick up from the retailers are used for an incredibly short time, usually under 25 minutes, and are then disposed of. They may pass out of our thinking then, but they do not pass out of our world. Plastic bags remain in the world for anywhere from 100-500 years before finally decaying completely, and have a profound impact upon our environment as a result.

Out in the great reaches of the ocean are massive reefs made up of all sorts of plastic waste, and plastic bags play heavily among them. Such is the magnitude of the problem that these great floating islands reach hundreds of miles, like great monuments to mankind’s wastefulness, and disregard for the world upon which we live. International Plastic Bag Free Day gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves, and others, that every action we take, and every bag we dispose of, effects the lives of everyone in the world for generations to come. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-plastic-bag-free-day/

Stay Out Of The Sun Day Everybody loves a sunny day, but in the height of summer it’s easy to get dehydrated, sunburnt and worse. Stay Out Of The Sun Day is about looking after yourself by taking a day away from the sun and finding some nice, relaxing shade – and if you are out and about, make sure you’ve got sun cream, plenty of water and some shade! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/stay-out-of-the-sun-day/


Daily Holidays - July 2

National Anisette Day On July 2nd we observe National Anisette Day. Anisette is an anise-flavored liqueur that is made by distilling aniseed and sometimes adding a sugar syrup. Anisette is popular in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.

True Anisette should not be drunk straight as its alcoholic content is high enough to cause irritation to the throat. However, mixing it in with coffee, gin, bourbon or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor. To enjoy this sweetness without drinking, you can make Anisette cookies!

If you are one to grab all of the black jelly beans at Easter, you will surely enjoy this day and the drink that makes it special, Anisette. Although Anisette does not contain licorice, it does have that sort of distinct flavor. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-anisette-day-july-2/

I  Forgot Day I Forgot Day gives you the chance to make up for forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, and even those days you think you might forget in the future.

Apologise (belatedly) for anything you’ve missed, let slip or otherwise forgotten! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/i-forgot-day/

World UFO Day Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s an unidentified flying object! Celebrate UFO Day by looking to the sky, visiting Roswell, and watching sci-fi films! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/ufo-day/


The economic plan that could save America (but scares conservative billionaires senseless)

Long-term unemployment is the scourge of modern economies. In a society where people take value from work, unemployment is destabilizing and degrading. A bout of long-term unemployment can permanently scar worker, leaving them with lower wages and fewer usable skills. Last year, Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker put forward a persuasive case for a return to full employment as the palliative to unemployment. But it’s increasingly clear the private sector cannot create full employment on its own. Even at the height of the Clinton boom, millions of African-Americans and low-skilled workers were jobless. To get full employment, progressives should embrace an idea that hasn’t surfaced recently in mainstream American political dialogue: a universal government job guarantee.

In a recent article, Derek Thompson explored a future “world without work.” While his article was well-researched and informative, it misses a key point: For inner-city Black Americans, “a world without work” is not a dystopian future, but a present reality. As Mark Levine writes, “By 2010, in five of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than half of working-age black males held jobs. In 25 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than 55 percent of working-age black males were, in fact, employed.” In a recent Center for Economic Policy Research report Cherrie Bucknor notes the Black/white gap in employment rates “increased during the recent recession and is still larger than its pre-recession level.”


Nurses vote not to decertify their union at SLU Hospital

Members of the nurse’s union at Saint Louis University Hospital voted against de-authorizing their union June 15, a measure that would have effectively created a “right-to-work” policy within the hospital.

The National Nurses United affiliate has about 650 members at SLU Hospital; only 140 voted in favor of de-authorization during three scheduled voting periods throughout the day. The measure needed 326 votes to pass.

The group calling for the de-authorization vote was led by Brian Hendricks, a registered nurse who has been with SLUH since 1989.

The union, National Nurses Organizing Committee, entered its contract with the nurses in June 2013; the contract expires in June 2016.


The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.

That’s according to a scathing report obtained by our friends over at War Is Boring that details the results of visual range air-to-air engagement tests between an F-35A and an F-16C. The F-35, which the US Air Force, Navy, and Marines are expected to rely upon, in addition to the air arms of militaries across the world for at least the next few decades, was supposed to be better than its F-16 predecessor in all respects.

The F-35’s ability to compete against other fighter aircraft in a close-in dogfight, even against the decades old designs it looks to replace, has always been a contentious issue. Long ago, the F-35’s maneuverability was planned to far exceed that of fourth generation fighters. Over time, those claims eroded to the point where the troubled stealth jet is described as being “about as maneuverable as an F-16.”

The fact that the F-35 can carry its weapons and fuel internally was of course the major deciding factor in being able to make such a claim.


Ferguson police antagonized Michael Brown protesters, DoJ report finds

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement’s response.

The report summary, which covers the two-week period of unrest that followed a white officer fatally shooting the unarmed black 18-year-old in August, also faulted officers for inappropriately using teargas, withholding information that should have been made public and relying on military-style equipment “that produced a negative reaction” in the community.

The summary is part of a longer after-action report to be released in the coming weeks focusing on the actions of police in Ferguson, St Louis city and county and the Missouri state highway patrol.

Details of the summary were first reported by the St Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. The Associated Press later obtained a copy.


Daily Holidays - July 1

Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! July 1st celebrates National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, a day to ponder over, or taste, the many creative, awkward or just plain silly different types of ice cream flavors. It is meant for more than the love of the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

National Gingersnap Day Mmmmmm, hungry? Celebrate July 1st, National Gingersnap Day, by enjoying this sweet and savory treat. Gingersnaps are cookies typically made from molasses, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar. They are a combination of sweet and spicy and have long been enjoyed by many.

Gingersnaps are a healthier alternative to other cookies, being that they are generally low in calories and have many benefits. The ginger that is in these cookies has anti-inflammatory properties, is known to help treat nausea and fight heart disease and other illnesses. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

U.S. Postage Stamp Day We can celebrate National U.S. Postage Stamp Day by appreciating the ease and simplicity with which we can send and receive mail. Because of the invention of the postage stamp, we can simply pay a standard rate to purchase a “symbol” that we can attach to our letter and send it with no responsibility to our recipient.

Before the postage stamp, the cost of sending a letter/package was actually given to the recipient. The postal worker would take the letter and deliver it to the desired destination and would only then, collect the money for the postage. Because of this, there were times that the recipient would refuse the letter, leaving the cost to the postal service. The postal service had to set aside an allotted amount of money for this, and took it as a loss. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/


Daily Holidays - June 30


Meteor Watch Day Today is Meteor Watch Day! A meteor or “shooting star” is the visible streak of light from a heated and glowing meteoroid falling through the Earth’s atmosphere; it is also call a “shooting star”.

Legend has it that if you wished upon a shooting star the wish would come true. It is believed to have originated in Greece, when a Greek astronomer Ptolemy, around AD 127-151, wrote that the Gods occasionally, out of curiosity, peer down at the Earth from between the spheres. When this happened stars sometimes slip through the gap, becoming visible as shooting stars. It was though that because the Gods were already looking at us, they would be more receptive to any wishes we made!

Did you know that these shooting stars are actually very small? The size of the meteoroid can vary the size of a closed fist to the size of a pebble. Thousands of meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis, but very few of them actually reach the surface; but when they do, they are called “meteorites.”

To celebrate Meteor Watch Day, hope for clear skies and spend some time star-gazing. Or why not find out when the next meteor shower is going to take place. Remember if you see a shooting start make a wish, the Gods may answer it. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/meteor-watch-day/

Social Media Day was launched by the popular website Mashable back in 2010, and often sees fans of the site going to real life meetups.

Social media seems to be everywhere these days. Though the days of social media pioneer Myspace are now long gone, we’re constantly hearing about trending topics on Twitter, laughing at social media fails and many people are obsessive about keeping up with their Facebook news feed. Even if Facebook and Twitter aren’t for you, there’s still blogging, Vine, Snapchat and even LinkedIn, among many others. Even businesses have recognised the value of social media for connecting with customers and selling their product, as well as quickly updating users about problems affecting their service.

Social media has become a major factor in the world. For many of us, it is how we keep up with what our friends are up to, even if they’re on the other side of the planet. It has also played a big part in world events. Twitter was used to organise protests and report on events during the Arab Spring, for example. On a more shallow note, Twitter is a great way to keep up with what your favourite celebrities are up to – as long as they don’t just use it to Instagram pictures of their lunch!

If we’re honest, most of us use social media for less than upright purposes ourselves. We use it to show off our holidays and what adventures we have planned for the weekend. Almost everyone presents an idealised version of themselves on social media, whether by detagging unflattering photos or implying their life is more exciting and glamorous than it really is. Never compare yourself negatively to your friends on social media as you’re only seeing what they want you to see! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/social-media-day/

Daily Holidays - June 29

National Almond 
Buttercrunch Day Delicious, delicious almond buttercrunch, is there anything that’s better than this crunchy buttery caramelized candy? Almond Buttercrunch Day is a great day to indulge in this rich flavorful treat, and maybe even to learn a little bit about its history. This delicious treat is the foundation of some of the most mouthwatering confections out there, and is generally agreed to be best accompanied by any sort of chocolate you care to name!

This treat was particularly popular back in the days of World War II, it’s ease of shipment making it the perfect taste of home to wrap up and send along in care packages. One of the most recognizable forms of this candy is that produced by the company ‘Brown & Haley’ out of Seattle, WA. They started the tradition of wrapping them in their signature gold wrappers and storing them in tins to help keep them delicious and ready to consume on arrival.

Toffee is made by mixing together the base ingredients, which is quite simply caramelized sugar and butter, and boiled until it reaches the hard crack stage (roughly 149-154 Celsius, or 300 to 310 Fareneight) . Just before it reaches this stage, the almonds are added, making the simply toffee crunch into Almond Buttercrunch! The Almond Roca brand is cooled, dipped in chocolate, and then rolled in crumbled almonds to create it’s signature look and taste.

The best way to celebrate Almond Buttercrunch Day is to share the wonderful taste and joy that is this delicious candy. You can buy candies that are based on this wonderful base and hand them out to friends, family, and co-workers. If you’re in the Seattle area you can go on a tour of their factory, or for that home-made authentic taste, stop by a local candymaker in your town. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, you can even use the below recipe and make it yourself! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/almond-buttercrunch-day/

Waffle Iron Day Ahhh the Waffle Iron, creator of some of the most delicious breakfast delicacies the world round. There’s so many different types of them as well, you have your regular waffle iron, your deluxe multi-waffle irons that make more than one at a time, round ones, Belgian waffle-makers with their deep squares and thick waffles begging to be topped with strawberries and cream. Waffle Iron Day is the perfect time to celebrate this delicious breakfast staple!

Waffle Irons were first found in that area of Northwestern Europe known as the Low Countries, which includes Belgium and the Netherlands as well as other places. Originally they were made to be used over an open flame, and were thus constructed on the end of two long, typically wooden, handles with a clamshell system at one end, which would be held over a fire to bake.

The origin of the waffle iron can be traced back to the middle ages, where they were developed from a device known as the ‘wafer iron’. These were commonly used in the creation of the communion wafer, but larger varieties existed, consisting of nothing more than two flat irons often engraved with elaborate scenes. For the communion wafer, it was depictions of the crucifixion of Christ. While the larger secular designs varied widely, often engraved with artistic floral designs, illumination, or just about any other form of design you could imagine.

Later, during the 17th and 18th centuries, they were developed further by the Dutch. Sugar was particularly precious at that time, sometimes catching as much as a half an ounce of silver for a kilogram of sugar. During this time the mestiers were particularly popular among the rich, being made of only the finest ingredients, and sweetened with the precious sugar. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/waffle-iron-day/

Camera Day There is no better day than Camera Day to snap some photos during your lunch hour, on your commute to work, or whenever a moment of inspiration strikes. Cameras and photography have developed substantially over the years, from its early roots with the French inventor Joseph Niépce right up to modern day digital photography.

Joseph Niépce was a French inventor; he is most noted as one of the inventors of photography and was a pioneer in the field. He developed the heliograph; a technique used to produce the world’s first known photograph in 1825, the view from the window at Le Gras the families estate.

In 1839, Louis Jacques Daguerre took the first fixed image that didn’t fade. He is recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. His method required 30 minutes of exposure. He named the process – the Daguerreotype. Tintypes were developed in 1856 by Hamilton Smith and decades later, George Eastman invented flexible and unbreakable film that could be rolled. This was the birth of the first Kodak that was offered for sale in 1888.

In 1925 the Leica I went on sale, the Leica’s immediate popularity spawned a number of competitors. Kodak released its Retina I in 1934 though 35 mm cameras were still out of reach for most people things would soon change with the introduction of the inexpensive Argus A in 1936. The Japanese camera industry began with the birth of Canon in 1936 with its 35 mm rangefinder. Japanese cameras would soon become incredibly popular in the West after the Korean War as veterans and soldiers stationed in Japan brought them back to the United States. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/camera-day/

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