Thursday, August 8, 2013

August 8 - A diversity of celebrations

As the title says today marks some pretty interesting and diverse celebrations.

Firstly we have Eid-Al Fitr, which is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.

Next we can celebrate Odie Day the loveable pal of Garfield. It was on this day in 1978 that Odie made his first appearance in the Garfield comic strip where he has been a staple ever since in all the many forms of the Garfield franchise.

For those Doctor Who fans out there, you'll understand the awesomeness of this day without too much explanation. Because of course, its Dalek Day. This celebration of all things Dalek is due to the birthday of Terry Nation the creator of Dalek. So in support of this awesome day lets do everything Dalek, talk-walk and threaten Dr. Whos everywhere.

Now if this isn't the most ingenious find ever. Combining two of our celebrations today.

As an odd and somewhat interesting day we have Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbour's Porch Night, established by Pennsylvanian Tom Roy to encourage sharing due to the overzealous planting of zucchini.

If you thought the day couldn't be any more full of crazy celebrations, you were wrong. It also happens to be Happiness Happens Day (Founded in 1999 under the name of “Admit You’re Happy Day” by the Secret Society of Happy People, Happiness Happens Day aims to spread the joy of being happy, and to persuade people to look on the brighter side of life.).

It is also National Hobo Week (The National Hobo Convention is held on the second weekend of every August since 1900 in the town of Britt, Iowa, organized by the local Chamber of Commerce, and known throughout the town as the annual "Hobo Days" celebration. The National Hobo Convention is the largest gathering of hobos, rail-riders, and tramps, who gather to celebrate the American traveling worker. For more information on National Hobo Convention check out the Britt, Iowa homepage.

Now on for the staple part of our presentation ;) "On This Day In History!"

-1549 France declares war on England.
-1610 After a disastrous year for the fur trade, Samuel de Champlain set sail for France, leaving behind 16 men under the command of Jean de Godet Du Parc.
-1786 Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money.
-1815 Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena.

-1864 Red Cross forms in Geneva.

-1876 Thomas Edison patents mimeograph.

-1937 Dustin Hoffman, LA, actor (Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer) born.

-1938 Composer Jacques Hétu, who is one of the most frequently performed composers worldwide, was born at Trois-Rivières, Qué.
-1947 Hockey player and author Kenneth Dryden was born at Hamilton, Ont.

-1950 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23).
-1960 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1.
-1965 Shirley Jackson, US author (Road Through the Wall), dies at 45.
-1981 Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (16 grand slams) born.

-1988 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced.

Books and Movies: The Goods.

This great site found it's way into my mailbox the other day (thanks Mrs. Gates) it highlights all the great summer reading lists check it out for some must reads to get in before school starts back up.

If your looking for some good reads, the New York Times Best Sellers list ending August 11th can be found here publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list found here

Check out the Kirkus book review for Cat in an Alien X-Ray by Carole Nelson Douglas.

Movies that have been released in theaters recently are: Disney's Planes and Elysium
Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Craft of the Day
I couldn't find a great applicable joke for today so thought a craft might be a good go to (However if you do know a joke feel free to post it below).

-Build your own Dalek
-Build your own Tardis


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

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