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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 7/19/24 – MAX FLEISCHER DAY!

He invented the Rotoscope for integrating cartoons and live footage, and came up with the follow-the-bouncing-ball technique, but his greatest contributions to American culture were cartoon characters, making today NATIONAL MAX FLEISCHER DAY! What would America be without Popeye the Sailor man, Betty Boop, Koko the Clown and Fitz the Dog? A poorer place is

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 7/18/24 – INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY!

If we are lucky, such people appear every couple of generations, the Transcendent Ones who elevate not only their own nation, but all of humanity. We celebrate one such man today on INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY! His story is South Africa’s story, his triumph was South Africa’s glory. The whole world knows Nelson Mandela’s story;

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 7/17/24 – WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY!

He took off from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennet Field on July 17, 1938, heading for Long Beach, California in a beat up Curtiss Robin OX-5 monoplane, but somehow landed 28 hours later in Ireland, making today NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY! Douglas Corrigan was a 30 year-old high school dropout who had been working as an aircraft

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 7/15/24 – INTERNATIONAL REMBRANDT DAY!

Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn, better known as the mononymous Rembrandt, was born on this day in 1606 and became one of the greatest painters and print makers in history, making today INTERNATIONAL REMBRANDT DAY! Born in Leiden, Netherlands, the 9th child of a successful miller and his baker’s daughter wife, Rembrandt was educated in Latin

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 7/13/24 – HOLLYWOOD SIGN DAY!

It was originally erected on July 13, 1923 to advertise a housing development called “Hollywoodland” in the hills above the Hollywood district of Chinatown, and intended to last only 18 months, but it’s still there and remains one of the most iconic signs in America, making this day NATIONAL HOLLYWOOD SIGN DAY! It has fallen

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 7/12/24 – INTERNATIONAL CAESAR DAY!

We still use his calendar, only slightly modified by Pope Gregory, still eat his salads, and still live in the world he created. Today we wish him a Happy 2,124th birthday on INTERNATIONAL CAESAR DAY! Yes, Julius Caesar was everything they say he was and more; politician, brilliant military strategist, author, dictator, conqueror, famous concubine-keeper,

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