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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/25/16, BANANA SPLIT DAY!

Why do we so fondly remember David Evans Strickler, Apprentice Pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania? Without this enterprising young man, we wouldn’t be celebrating NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY! Strickler enjoyed creating ice cream sundaes at the pharmacy’s busy soda fountain, not exactly setting himself up […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/24/16 – PLUTO DEMOTED DAY!

One day there you are circling the sun as usual, minding your own and keeping your appointed heavenly rounds, proudly bearing the honor of being the outermost planet in the Solar System, and the next day you’re a nobody, a glorified asteroid, a planetoid. “Dwarf Planet” at best. Let’s […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/23/16 – NATIONAL VALENTINO DAY!

The name “Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla” doesn’t ring a bell with most people, until you realize that it’s long for Rudolph Valentino and today is NATIONAL VALENTINO DAY! Rudoph Valentino was the world’s first matinee idol, an Italian-born former taxi dancer and […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/22/16 – NATIONAL VICTROLA DAY!

Years before RCA and the Master’s Voice Dog, there was only Victor, which manufactured its first Victrola on this date in 1906, leaving us no option but celebrating NATIONAL VICTROLA DAY! The Victor Talking Machine Company was the baby of Eldridge R. Johnson, a sound recording pioneer […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/21/16 – POET’S DAY!

Roses are red, concrete is gray, let’s say “forsooth” ’cause it’s NATIONAL POET’S DAY! Shall we gyre and gimbal in the wabe, count the ways we love thee, quoth the raven, or just lose ourselves in one quixotic odyssey after another? Poetry doesn’t care about making sense […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/20/16 – RADIO DAY!

bedeepbedeepbedeepbedeep… this just in: It’s NATIONAL RADIO DAY! Drive time news, Top 40 hits, Oldies stations, NPR, Jazz, Classical, Grunge, Alternative, Blues, ballgames or angry guy talk shows, we’re still big radio people, no matter what else they invent. Before television, there was a Golden Age of […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/19/16 – AVIATION DAY!

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane!” Stop right there, Superman Opening Credits Guy, it’s a plane, and today is NATIONAL AVIATION DAY! Established in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt, National Aviation Day celebrates, well… aviation in America. Good call, FDR, since aviation is […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/18/16 – WIZARD OF OZ DAY!

We’re not in Kansas anymore. Even if your are, it’s still NATIONAL WIZARD OF OZ DAY! On August 18, 1939, one of the iconic movies of all time was released, “The Wizard of Oz.” We all know the story: Young Kansas farm girl Dorothy gets conked on […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/17/16 – FULTON’S FOLLY DAY!

  Robert Fulton started thinking about powering ships with steam engines when he was a 12 year-old farmboy in Pennsylvania, so August 17, 1807 was a sweet day for him, NATIONAL FULTON’S FOLLY DAY! This was the day his North River Steamboat took its maiden voyage on […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/16/16 – RAMONES DAY!

You knew them, you loved them, you miss them, and you know damned well that Sheena is a Punk Rocker. Let’s rock NATIONAL RAMONES DAY! On this date in 1974, The Ramones played their first show at the legendary nightclub CBGB’s on The Bowery in lower Manhattan. […]

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