Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21 - National Ice Cream Day

Yahoo it's ice cream day. What better way to end the weekend and enjoy the summer weather than with a little ice cream.  Designated by former US president Ronald Reagan as the third Sunday in July.
Some interesting facts about ice cream:
- It takes approximately 50 licks to finish off a scoop of ice cream.
- Vanilla is the number 1 seller flavour.
- The US is the top ice cream consuming country in the world.

National Parenting Gifted Children week (21-27). What a great way to celebrate the awesome work parents of gifted children do than with a week dedicated to them. The SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted community) sponsors the third week in July in support of the joys and challenges of raising and guiding gifted children.  Take at look at the SENG website here.

We are also in the midst of National Scrabble week (19-24), which speaks for itself, if you enjoy words, games and putting the two together than this is the week for you.

The following are some interesting events in history.

- 356BC Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- 285 Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler.
- 365 Alexandria hit by Earthquake; about 50,000 die.
- 1320 Count Louis of Nevers marries 8-year old daughter of Philips V.
- 1540 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies.
- 1793 Alexander Mackenzie party reached the Pacific via the Bella Coola River, the first explorer to complete the journey overland. Though a physical triumph, Mackenzie's achievement failed to provide the fur traders with a viable route.

- 1796 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), dies at 37.

- 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte wins Battle of Pyramids in Egypt.

- 1836 Canada's first railway, the Champlain and St Lawrence Railroad, officially opened; it began operations on July 25. The railway heralded the most important change in transportation in Canadian history.

- 1865 In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.
- 1870 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dynamids), dies at 42.
- 1873 Jesse James & James Younger gang's 1st train robbery.
- 1899 Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park Illinois, author born.

- 1951 Robin Williams, Chicago, Illinois, American actor and comedian born.

- 1956 Michael Connelly, American author.

- 1966 Gemini X returns to Earth.
- 1969 Neil Armstrong steps on Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT).

- 1978 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m.
- 1980 Jean-Claude Droyer climbs Eiffel Tower in 2 hrs 18 minutes.
- 1996 Wayne Gretzky announced that he would join former Oiler teammate Mark Messier and play for the New York Rangers, after an unsuccessful stint with the St Louis Blues. It was his third team in a year.
- 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the bestselling Harry Potter series is released.

- 2010 Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (27) weds British actor Orlando Bloom (33) in a secret ceremony.
- 2011 NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.

A new segment that might make its appearance on some of our future blogs, Books and Movies: The Goods.

If your looking for some good reads, the New York Times Best Sellers list for this past week can be found here publishers weekly also has a best sellers list found here

Check out the Kirkus book review for Danny, Who Fell in a Hole by Cary Fagan here.
Joke of the Day

Knock knock.
Who's there?
You know.
You know, who?
He's dead, you can say his name now.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!  

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