August

TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/30/23 – FRANKENSTEIN DAY!

Torches and pitchforks, midnight at the castle, pass it on! It’s NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY! Today is Mary Shelly’s 226th birthday, the author of one of the most popular stories in history. Originally published in 1818 as “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,“ Shelley not only wrote a completely original and compelling novel, but introduced an enduring

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/29/23 – 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 in High Laver, Essex, England. The son of

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/27/23 – 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 personal managers in music history, arranged for the Beatles to meet Elvis Presley in his Memphis mansion, Graceland. The Beatles

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/25/23, 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 for the Pharmacist Hall of Fame, but he

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/24/23 – 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. Ouch. Let’s rally ’round our old friend Pluto on NATIONAL

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/23/23 – 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’s long for Rudolph Valentino, and today is NATIONAL VALENTINO DAY! Rudolph Valentino was the world’s first matinee idol, an Italian-born former taxi dancer and gigolo turned silent movie superstar. He was also the

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 8/22/23 – NATIONAL VICTROLA DAY!

Years before RCA and the His Master’s Voice Dog, there was only Victor, as in Victor Talking Machine Company, 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 and

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