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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/29/15 – ENLIGHTENMENT DAY!

Okay, “The Enlightenment” is an elastic term claimed by several historical epochs, and if the world hasn’t caught up to your particular philosophy yet, perhaps you won’t join us in celebrating NATIONAL ENLIGHTENMENT DAY! It was August 29, 1632 when Mr. Enlightenment himself, John Locke, was born […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/28/15 – I HAVE A DREAM DAY!

52 years ago today a man made a speech to 300,000 people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A gifted speaker and an extraordinary man, Martin Luther King, Jr. departed from his prepared text to share a dream with his country, and today we celebrate NATIONAL […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/27/15 – BEATLES MEET ELVIS DAY!

Call it the Yalta of Rock & Roll, When Worlds Collide or Clash of The Titans, but today is NATIONAL BEATLES MEET ELVIS DAY! In 1965, Brian Epstein and Colonel Tom Parker, the two most celebrated managers in music history, arranged for the Beatles to meet Elvis Presley […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/26/15 – DOG DAY!

Big ones, small ones, pedigrees or mutts, we salute them all on NATIONAL DOG DAY! This is the date when dogs and man became besties; August the 26th, 15,000 years ago. Either that, or it’s the anniversary of the first of about two hundred times that Lassie […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/25/15, 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, 8/24/15 – 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, 8/23/15 – 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, 8/22/15 – 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, 8/21/15 – 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, 8/20/15 – 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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