Sleepytime (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
More sweet kittens from the shelter:
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Autumn Equinox Festival at Chichen Itza — beginning today, thousands will gather for the amazing play of light and shadow each evening at sunset through the 27th)
 
Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala — Tonga
 
Citizenship Day — US
 
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 7, Women (sponsored by We, the World)   
 
Feast of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Fundacion de Melilla — ML, Spain
 
International Country Music Day
 
International Love Your Files Week — the week to make sure your filing system is working for you
 
International Women’s Ecommerce Days — supporting women’s online business endeavours and buying power; through Friday     
 
Keiro no hi — Japan (Respect for the Aged Day)
 
National Apple Dumpling Day
 
National Heroes Day — Angola
 
Niketeria — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
 
Operation Market Garden Remembrance — Netherlands
 
Pledge Across America Day — US (beginning of Constitution Week, every school is invited to join a synchronized Pledge of Allegiance across the whole nation, from 8am Hawaiian time to 2pm Eastern; schools are also encouraged to have an exercise of some kind about the US Constitution)
    on the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, or on the school day nearest if it’s a weekend
 
Return of Kelp-Koli Celebration — Fairy Calendar (under duress, of course)
 
Stigmata of St. Francis’ Day
 
St. Hildegard von Bingen’s Day (author of treatises on natural healing and the first musical composer whose biography is known)
 
St. Lambert’s Day (Patron of Middelaar, Netherlands)
 
Time’s Up Day — created by Wellcat Holidays; time’s up on holding that grudge, you need to make amends with people today, since you aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow
 
VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day — anniversary of founding in 1914
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
The Constitution of the United States is signed, 1787
American Professional Football League (later the NFL) founded (a/k/a the Swallowing Up of Weekends), 1920
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Chuck Liddell, 1969
Kyle Chandler, 1965
Rita Rudner, 1956
Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, 1951
John Ritter, 1948
David H. Souter, 1974
Ken Kesey, 1935
Maureen Conolly, 1934
Anne Bancroft, 1931
Roddy McDowall, 1928
George Blanda, 1927
Hank Williams Sr., 1923
Chaim Herzog, 1918
Warren E. Burger, 1907
Jerry Colonna, 1904
John Willard Marriot, 1900
Andrew “Rube” Foster, 1879
Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, 1730
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Home Improvement”(TV), 1991
“Head of the Class”(TV), 1986
“M*A*S*H”(TV), 1972
“McMillan and Wife”(TV), 1971
“Mission: Impossible”(TV), 1966
“Bewitched”(TV), 1964
“The Fugitive”(TV), 1963
“Car 54 Where are You?”(TV), 1961
“Outward Bound”(Play), 1923
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Battle of Thermopylae, fought between 300 Spartans, led by their king, Leonidas, and the Achaemenid Empire begins, BC480
Arabs conquer Alexandria, and destroy its library for the last time, 642
Netherland sailors discover Mauritus, 1598
Massachusetts Bay Colony gets a new charter, 1691
Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain, 1776
US Constitution is adopted by the Philadelphia convention, 1787
Sprinkler system for extinguishing fires is patented by Phillip W. Pratt, 1872
The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality, 1908
The first transcontinental airplane flight, from New York to Pasadena, is completed after 82 hours 4 minutes, 1911
The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards 
of 2,500 people, the third deadliest natural disaster in United States history, behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, 1928
The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives, 1949
Television is first broadcast in Australia, 1956
Malaysia joins the United Nations, 1957
Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau join the United Nations, 1974
The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA, 1976
The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt, 1978
Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America, 1983
Estonia, North Korea, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations, 1991
The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet, 1991
Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years, 2006
A drill finally reaches the 33 Chilean miners trapped after the Aug. 5 Copiapo mining accident, 2010 
United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan, 2012
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer the hottest on record, 2015

 

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Party Fun (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
This was an awww-some party at church.  International students at the local university were invited to come have a game afternoon with church members to foster friendships.  Food, games, and fun:
 

 

 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 

 

 
 
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Today is:
 
Dia del Nino — Honduras (Children’s Day)
 
Harvest Home Nibbling Contest  — Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)
 
National Day — Gibraltar
 
Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Competition and Display — Lahaska, PA (through Oct. 29, with the big Scarecrow Festival this month on the 15th and 16th)
 
Rosh Hashanah — Judaism (began last night at sundown, through tomorrow at sundown)
 
Saint George’s Caye Day — Belize (National Day)
 
Sewing Machine Day — date of issuance of an early sewing machine patent, to Elias Howe; some sites call this “Sew Be It! Day”
 
Swap Ideas Day — Robert L. Birch of Puns Corp wants people to explore ways in which their ideas can be put to work to benefit all humanity and develop incentives to encourage using our creative imaginations
 
St. Finian’s Day (Patron of Ulster, Irland)
 
St. Nicholas of Tolentino’s Day (Patron of animals, baby, dying people, mariners/sailors, sick animals; Albi, Italy; Cabanatuan, Philippines; Guimbai, Philippines; Lambuna, Philippines; Mati, Philippines; Tandag, Philippines; Toentino, Italy)
 
Teacher’s Day — China
 
TV Dinner Day
 
Wakes Monday — Abbots Bromley, England; related festival
   Abbots Bromley Horn Dance — Abbots Bromley, UK (a/k/a Antler Dance or Ceremony of the Deermen; uses deer horns from the 11th Century, and a traditional dance, tune, and circuit around the neighboring farms, and includes a fair)
 
World Suicide Prevention Day — a great resource is here   
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Clark Johnson, 1964
Randy Johnson, 1963
Colin Firth, 1960
Amy Irving, 1953
Joe Perry, 1950
Judy Geeson, 1948
Jose Feliciano, 1945
Stephen Jay Gould, 1941
Karl Lagerfeld, 1938
Charles Kuralt, 1934
Roger Maris, 1934
Arnold Palmer, 1929
Rin Tin Tin, 1918
Fay Wray, 1907
Adele Astaire, 1896
Elsa Schiaparelli, 1890
Franz Werfel, 1890
Ian Fleming, 1888
Isaac Kauffman Funk, 1839
Marie Laveau, 1801
Carter Braxton, 1736
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Fight Club(Film), 1999
“The X Files”(TV), 1993
“Gentle Ben”(TV), 1967
“The Road Runner Show”(TV), 1966
“Gunsmoke”(TV), 1955
“Benvenuto Cellini(Berlioz opera), 1838
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Battle of Marathon takes places between the forces of the Persian Empire and those of Athens, BC490*
An earthquake known as “The Lesser Judgment Day” hits Istanbul, 1509
John Smith is elected president of Jamestown, Va., Colony Council, 1608
Nathan Hale answers the call of George Washington for a volunteer spy, 1776
Simón Bolívar is named President of Peru, 1823
Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine, 1846
George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora, 1858
Lincoln Highway, the first paved coast-to-coast road in the US, opens, 1913
Austria and the Allies sign the Treaty of Saint-Germain recognizing the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, 1919
20 African-American students enter public schools in Alabama, 1963
Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by guillotine in France, 1977
Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations, 2002
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland, 2008
Scientists discover a cache of skeletons of a possible new species of human ancestor, named Homo naledi, in a South African cave, 2015
 

 

*actual date disputed, but it was the 9th day of the 9th moon on their calendar

 

Chillin’ (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
Just chillin’ while waitin’ to find forever homes.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Armed Forces Day — Taiwan
 
Cromwell’s Day — The Cromwell Association holds a service at his statue on his death date
 
Day to Mourn All Manifestations of Sexism — in honor of passage of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
 
Day of Universal Alarm — Fairy Calendar (no one remembers what to be alarmed about, which is what is so alarming, at least to the Fairies)
 
Dia de Santiago Iglesias Pantin — Puerto Rico
 
Feast of San Marino and the Republic — San Marino
 
Flag Day — Australia
 
Gaura Parba — Nepal (women’s festival for the goddess Gauri to ask for health and long life for their husbands)
 
Labor Day/Labour Day — Bermuda; Canada; Palau; U.S. and Territories
 
Luxembourg City Kermesse — Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (the capital city gets a day off to enjoy the country’s biggest fun festival)
 
Macchina di Santa Rosa — Viterbo, Italy (St. Rose, patron of the city, celebration begins this evening at 9pm sharp)
 
Merchant Navy Remembrance Day — Canada
 
National Stearman Fly-In Days — Galesburg, IL, US (the largest gathering of Stearman bi-planes in the world, with flying, seminars, and exhibits; through Saturday)
 
National Welsh Rarebit Day
 
National Wilderness Day — US (commemorates passage of The Wilderness Act in 1964)
 
Organ Donation Week begins — UK (join the organ donor registry, when you don’t need your parts any more, someone else will!)    
 
Skyscraper Day — birth anniversary of Louis H. Sullivan in 1856, architect credited with some of the first skyscrapers
 
St. Giles Fair — Oxford, England (dates back to 17th century; through tomorrow)
 
St. Gregory the Great’s Day (Inventor of Gregorian Chant; Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, papacy, Popes, schoolchildren, singers, stone masons, stonecutters, students, teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indes; against gout and plague)
 
St. Marinus’ Day (Patron and founder of San Marino; also Patron of bachelors, deacons, and falsely accused people)
 
Tokehega Day — Tokalau (remembrance of the Treaty of Tokehega)
 
Umhlanga — Swaziland (Reed Dance Public Holiday and final day, culmination of the Reed Dance Celebration begun last week and sponsored by the Royal Family)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Shaun White, 1986
Kiran Desai, 1971
Charlie Sheen, 1965
Valerie Perrine, 1943
Pauline Collins, 1940
Eileen Brennan, 1937
Alison Lurie, 1926
Anne Jackson, 1926
Mort Walker, 1923
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 1914
Alan Ladd, 1913
Edward Albert Filene, 1860
Louis Henry Sullivan, 1856
John Humphrey Noyes, 1811
Prudence Crandall, 1803
Anna, Duchess of Bedford, 1783 (in 1840, she began the tradition of afternoon tea)
Nicolo Amati, 1596
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Search for Tomorrow”(TV), 1951
“Poppy”(Musical), 1923
“Funf Orchestrerstucke/Five Pieces for Orchestra”(Schoenberg Op. 16), 1913
“What Every Woman Knows”(Play), 1908
The New York Sun(Newspaper, first of what was to become the Penny Press newspapers), 1833
“Uncle Sam”(Image first used), 1813
 
 
Today in History:
 
Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, is defeated in the Battle of Naulochus by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, which ends the resistance to the Second Triumvirate, BC36
Saint Marinus founds San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, 301
Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great, 590
King Richard I (the Lionheart) crowned, and 30 Jews are massacred as part of the celebration, 1189
Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, 1658
The first large group of Swiss and German colonists reach the shores of North and South Carolina areas, 1709
The Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time, 1777
Signing of the Treaty of Paris, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1783
John Dalton, English scientist begins using symbols to represent different atomic elements, 1803
The first daily newspaper, a “penny paper”, that actually succeeded, The Sun (New York), begins publication, as well as employing the first paper boys, 1833
Outbreak of the Greek revolution against the autocratic rule of King Otto, 1843
William, Prince of Albania, leaves the country after six months because of opposition to his rule, 1914
Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph, 1935
68th and final transport of Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family/friends, leaves for Auschwitz, 1944
Wally Gator premiers, 1962
Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight, 1967
The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars, 1976
Russia and the People’s Republic of China agree not to target each other with nuclear weapons, 1994
An 87-automobile pile-up happens on Highway 401 freeway just East of Windsor, Ontario, Canada after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair, 1999
Iran’s Parliament approves the first woman minister in 30 years, confirming the appointment of Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi as Minister of Health, 2009
The mobile division of Nokia is purchased by Microsoft for $7.2billion, 2013
The county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, is jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples, 2015
Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece 40kg (88lb) near Canberra, Australia, 2015
A 1.4 ton WWII bomb, the largest postwar bomb found yet, is defused in Frankfurt, Germany, requiring the evacuation of 60,000 people, 2017 

 

Grin, Baby, Grin! (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
The other day, i got to go see Baby Lee and his daddy, Red-headed Alec.  He has turned into one happy baby!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Araw ng mga Bayahi — Philippines (National Heroes’ Day)
 
August / Summer Bank Holiday — UK
 
Banana Lover’s Day
 
Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Motorist Consideration Monday 
 
Birthday of Isis — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Day Sacred to Consus — Ancient Roman Calendar (god of graineries, horses, and mules)
 
Feast Day of Pan — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
 
Feast of Incandescent Rebellion — on lots of websites, and supposedly something celebrated in China, but no detail as to what it is really celebrating
 
Just Because Day — internet generated, enjoy something ordinary you like to do, just because!
 
Liberation Day — Hong Kong (from Japan in 1945; no longer an official holiday, but still acknowledged by many)
 
National Old-Time Country, Folk, and Bluegrass Music Festival — LeMars, IA, US (largest and oldest festival devoted to rural music, arts, and crafts; through Sept. 3)
 
National Pots de Creme Day
 
Ould Lammas Fair — Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland (claims to be Ireland’s oldest festival; through tomorrow)
 
Petroleum Day — on the anniversary of the opening of the first commercial oil well in Titusvilla, PA, US, in 1859, a day set aside to work on figuring out how to do without petroleum
 
St. Caesarius’ Day (Patron against fire)
 
St. Monica’s Day (Mother of St. Augustine; Patron of abuse victims, alcoholics, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, married women, mothers, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, wives; Bevilacqua, Italy; Mabini, Bohol, Philippines)
 
“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day — birthday of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who wrote under the pseudonym “The Duchess” and first said, “Beaty is in the eye of the beholder” in her novel, Molly Bawn
 
Threethousandth Thnork of the Year — Fairy Calendar
 
Umhlanga — Swaziland (Reed Dance for the Zulu King; a fascinating week long ritual with beautiful costumes, dancing and singing, culminating with the final dance and a speech in which the King addresses the people, on Sept. 3)
 
Volturnalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (god of water)
 
Ziua Republicii — Moldova (Independence Day, 1991)
 
 
Birthdays Today
 
Sarah Chalke, 1976
Chandra Wilson, 1969
Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens, 1952
Barbara Bach, 1947
Tuesday Weld, 1943
Tommy Sands, 1937
Martha Raye, 1916
Mother Teresa, 1910
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908
C.S. Forester, 1899
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Theodore Dreiser, 1871
Charles Gates Dawes, 1865
Hannibal Hamlin, 1809
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Birdman(Film), 2014
“Good Sex! with Dr. Ruth Westheimer”(TV), 1984
Mary Poppins(Disney film), 1964
“Prométhée/Prometheus”(Fauré tragédie lyrique), 1900
 
 
 
Today in History
 
The Persian invasion of Greece is halted with Greek victories in two separate battles, BC479
Koreans battle and prevent Japanese invasion, 663
The first unmanned hydrogen balloom flight reaching 900 m altitude, 1783
Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well, 1859
The shortest war in world history occurs from 09:00 to 09:45 between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar, 1896
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ publishes “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1912
First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft, 1939
The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA, 1962
Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Altikat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1982
The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo’s Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed, 1993
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, 2003
Curiosity, the Mars rover, broadcasts its first audio recording of a human voice from the surface of another planet, 2012
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos names the top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou, to be Greece’s first female Prime Minister, 2015

 

Don’t Wanna Nap! (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
Link, a/k/a Linker Stinker, is like a toddler when you are trying to get him to take a nap.  First he needs to get up and get some water.  Back to the bed.  Then a trip to the litter box.  Back to the bed.  When he finally seems to be settling down:
 
Oh, wait!  I can’t go to sleep yet!  Something smells odd on this sheet, I have to investigate!
 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Arafat Day — Afghanistan; Bahrain; Djibouti; Kuwait; Libya; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates
 
Bad Hair Day — birth anniversary of Don King
 
Birth of the White Buffalo — Lakota Native American rituals honoring the birth of the White Buffalo in 1994, signaling the return of the White Buffalo Woman (manifestation of the Star Goddess Wohpe), who gave them the sacred peace pipe
 
Boil Over Thursday — Fairy Calendar (sometimes on Thursday, most often not)
 
Dial the Phone Day — the first rotary dial phone patent was applied for by A. E. Keith, John Erickson, and Charles Erickson on this day in 1896
 
Eid al-Adha — Islam (Festival of Sacrifice, a three-day commemoration of Abraham’s obedience and willingness to sacrifice his son; begins at sunset, local customs of date and official government days off in many places will vary)
 
Feast of Asma — Baha’i
 
Independence From USSR Day — Estonia
 
Lemonade Day
 
Moon’s Birthday — Aztec Calendar (according to some websites, but i haven’t confirmed it; if you want something to celebrate, this is as good as anything else)
 
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
 
National Radio Day — on the day WWJ(AM) radio first signed on in Detroit in 1920, one of the earliest news broadcast stations
 
Revolution Day — Western Sahara
 
Revolution of the King and People — Morocco
 
RSPCA Cupcake Day — a fun and delicious way to raise funds to stop animal cruelty    
 
Stay at Home With Your Kids Day — begun by Work at Home Moms ezine in 1999, to encourage and support parents who work from home
 
St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s Day (Patron of bees and beekeepers, candle makers, wax refiners; Burgundy, France; Cistercians; Gibralter; Queens College, Cambridge, England; Speyer Cathedral)
 
Stop and Smell Your Dog Day — and, depending on the results, maybe even Give Your Dog a Bath Day
 
St. Stephen’s Festival —  Budapest, Hungary (National Day for all of Hungary)
 
Thoth orders the healing of the Eye of Horus — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Virtual Worlds Day — internet generated, as well it should be
 
World Mosquito Day — commemorates the day Dr. Ronald Ross discovered the link between mosquitoes and malaria in 1897
 
Yukon Discovery Day — YT, Canada
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Amy Adams, 1975
Tara Dakides, 1975
Jan Allen, 1956
Theresa Saldana, 1955
Al Roker, 1954
Robert Plant, 1948
Connie Chung, 1946
Don King, 1931
Jim Reeves, 1924
Jacqueline Susann, 1921
Eero Saarinen, 1910
Edgar Albert Guest, 1881
H.P. Lovecraft, 1880
Eliel Saarinen, 1873
Benjamin Harrison, 1833
Bernardo O’Higgins, 1776
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“1812 Overture”(Tchaikovsky Op. 49), 1882
 
 
Today in History:
 
Hungary is established as a kingdom by Stephen I, 1000
The Dutch bring the first African slaves to the colony of Jamestown, VA, 1619
The Spanish establish the presidio that will be the town of Tuscon, Arizona, 1775
The Lewis and Clark “Corps of Discovery”, exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis 1804
Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuts in Moscow, 1882
Rotary Dial telephone is patented, 1896
The Big Blowup, a huge fire in the Northwestern US, burns 3 million acres, 1910
Adolphe Pegoud makes the first parachute jump from an airplane, 1913
Stainless steel is first cast, 1913
WJM,8Mk, Detroit, becomes the first commercial radio station to start daily broadcasting, 1920
UK becomes the first to use radar, 1940
Plutonium’s weight determined, 1942
Launch of Voyager 2, 1977
George and Joy Adamson, the Born Free conservationists, are gunned down by poachers, 1989
The Oslo Peace Accords are signed in Norway, 1993
The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec may not secede from Canada without federal government approval, 1998
As part of ongoing political reforms, the government of Myanmar announces it will end media censorship, 2012
Thirty students at West Point Military Academy are injured in the traditional end-of-summer mass pillow fight, 2015

 

Healthy Critters (Awww Monday) and the Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
Annie, the sweet cat that had an operation to remove a bullet from under her shoulder blade, is fully healed now and ready for a forever home:
 
Her back is completely healed and the fur hides the scars.  Despite it all, she still loves people.
 
 
Meanwhile, we keep chasing mama duck and babies away from the cat food at the shelter, and they keep trying to sneak back.  They are getting big:
 
Mama and half of the babies.

 

The rest of the babies.  They know not to get closer.
 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anniversary of Snick-Snacker’s Right Foot — Fairy Calendar
 
Carnival Monday — Grenada
 
Day of Battle between Horus and Set; Aset gains the Horns of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Festival of Aventine Diana / Nemoralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (commemoration of the dedication of her temple; celebrated between now and the 15th, and rededicated as the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin after Christianization)
 
Festival of Xocotl Huetzi — Ancient Aztec Calendar (first fruits of harvest festival; date approximate, but two weeks around the end of August)
 
Heroes Day — Zimbabwe
 
Independence Day — Central African Republic(1960)
 
International Left-Hander’s Day — sponsored by Lefthanders International     
 
Lao Issara — Laos (Day of the Free Laos)
 
Lesser Festival of Flora — Ancient Roman Calendar
 
National Filet Mignon Day
 
Obon — Buddhist (celebration to revere the ancestors; celebrated at different times even within Japan, but usually the biggest dates are in mid-August)
 
Runic Half Month As begins (the gods)
 
Skinny Dipping Day — funny t-shirt:  I no longer skinny dip. I chunky dunk!
 
St. Cassian’s Day (Patron of students and teachers; Brixen, Italy; Comacchio, Italy; Imola, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico)
 
St. Concordia’s day (Patron of nursing mothers and wet nurses)
 
St. Hippolytus’ Day (Patron of horses, prison guards/officers/workers; Bibbiena, Italy)
 
Teej Festival — HR, India (a woman’s festival, celebrating marriage and the uniting of Shiva and Parvati; through tomorrow)
 
Wall Day — anniversary of the day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall began going up; observe it by trying to break down a wall or communication barrier somewhere in your own life
 
Women’s Day — Tunisia
 
 
Birthdays Today
 
Shani Davis, 1982
Midori Ito, 1969
Quinn Cummings, 1967
Danny Bonaduce, 1959
Dan Fogelberg, 1951
Kathleen Battle, 
Philippe Petit, 1949
Kevin Tighe, 1944
Don Ho, 1930
Pat Harrington, Jr., 1929
Fidel Castro, 1926
George Shearing, 1919
Ben Hogan, 1912
Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907
Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
Bert Lahr, 1895
Annie Oakley, 1860
Lucy Stone, 1818
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Zaire/The Tragedy of Zara”(Voltaire’s “Tragedy in Verse”), 1732
 
 
Today in History
 
The English army under King Henry V lands at the mouth of the Seine River, 1415
Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs is conquered by the Spanish, 1521
Tenbun Hokke Disturbance, in which Buddhist monks from Kyoto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto, 1536
John Smith submits the story of Jamestown’s first days for publication, 1608
Christiaan Huygens discovers the Martian south polar cap, 1642
Founding of Litchfield, CT, 1651
Marie Antoinette and other French royals are imprisoned by Revolutionaries, 1792
Nat Turner sees the solar eclipse which he interprets as a sign from heaven to begin his ill-fated slave rebellion, 1831
Earthquake in Peru and Ecuador kills 25,000, 1868
Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his “Navigable Balloon”, 1889
First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, 1913
Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, 1918
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany, 1918
The first barbed wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall is erected, 1961
The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York, 1969
Michael Phelps sets the Olympic record for most the gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history, 2008
Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world, 2013

 

Helping (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
Sister wanted to help brother with his grooming:
 
Brother, you’re missing a spot.

 

Here, let me help you.
 
 
 
 
 
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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Accession Day — United Arab Emirates (accession of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan)
 
August Bank Holiday — Australia; Ireland; (UK)
 
August Monday/Culturama — Saint Kitts and Nevis 
 
Best Elf Awards — Fairy Calendar
 
British Columbia Day — British Columbia, Canada
 
Carnival Monday — Anguilla (August Monday); Antigua and Barbuda (J’ouvert); British Virgin Islands (Festival Monday/Parade); Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (Saba only)
 
Civic Holiday — AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NT, & NU, Canada
 
Emancipation Day —  Bahamas; Dominica; Granada; Montserrat; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Turks and Caicos Islands (Obs.)
 
Farmer’s Day — Zambia
 
Feast of Everything Green Except Money — Hooray for veggies! You’ll need them before you have that root beer float.
 
Ferry Fair Festival — South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland (centuries old fair, with the Burry Man Walk on Friday and the main Parade on Saturday, originally a time for farmers to find labour for harvest, now for fun; through the 11th)
 
Festival of Nut and Ra; Chief Festival of Thoth — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Frídagur verslunarmanna — Iceland (Commerce Day)
 
Hiroshima Day
 
Independence Day / National Day — Bolivia; Jamaica
 
Kadooment Day — Barbados (huge carnival celebration of the end of the Crop Over festival, celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest)
 
National Children’s Day — Tuvalu
 
National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day — shouldn’t that be anti-halitosis?
 
National Root Beer Float Day — A&W Root Beer really gets into this day    
 
New Brunswick Day — New Brunswick, Canada
 
Old Fiddler’s Convention — Galax, VA, US (fun and fiddles, dulcimers, banjos, autoharps, and more; through Saturday)
 
Peace Festival — Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan
 
Picnic Day — NT, Australia
 
Sts. Justus and Pastor’s Day (Patrons of Alcala, Spain; Madrid, Spain)
 
Tampere Theatre Festival — Tampere, Finland (largest such festival in the Nordic countries; through Sunday)
 
Tanabata Festival — Sendai, Japan (Japan’s largest Tanabata ‘Star Festival’, through the 8th)
 
Teinne Festival — Ancient Celtic Calendar (Teinne, the Celtic Holy Fire, sometimes called Tan; date apprximate)
 
Transfiguration of the Lord — Orthodox Christian
 
Wiggle Your Toes Day — internet generated, and my suggestion is to celebrate it with a cool drink out by the pool!
 
Youth Day — Kiribati
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Romola Garai, 1982
Melissa George, 1976
Soleil Moon Frye, 1976
M. Night Shyamalan, 1970
Michelle Yeoh, 1962
Catherine Hicks, 1951
Dorian Harewood, 1950
Shirley Ann Jackson, 1946
Peter Bonerz, 1938
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, 1934
Andy Warhol, 1928
Robert Mitchum, 1817
Lucille Ball, 1911
Clara Bow, 1905
Hoot Gibson, 1892
Alexander Fleming, 1881
Louella Parsons, 1881
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 1861
Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809 
Daniel O’Connell, 1775
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Help”(Album debut), 1965
 
 
Today in History:
 
Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada founds the city of Bogota, Colombia, 1538
Holland (The Dutch Republic) sells Brazil to Portugal and the two 
countries sign the Treaty of The Hague, 1661
The first private military school in the US, Norwich University, is 
founded in Vermont, 1819
The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg, 1845
William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by the electric chair, 1890
Alice Ramsey takes three friends (none of whom could drive) to become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, 1909
Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, 1926
Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree, is cut down by the US National Forest Service, for reasons even they cannot explain, 1964
The Federal Voting Rights Act is signed, 1965
A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, 1986
The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, 1990
NASA makes the still disputed announcement that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms, 1996
The incoming coalition government of the United Kingdom discontinues the use of the controversial ContactPoint database of all children in that country, 2010
After a century of silence, Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts, spreading volcanic ash across the country’s central North Island and affecting airports, 2012
The Curiosity Rover, controlled by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, lands safely on the surface of Mars, 2012
The world’s largest ever Pinball tournament, “Pinburgh,” is held in Pittsburgh, PA, US, with 700 machines, 2015