I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Events and Celebrations

 Purple is the color of the day for NATIONAL FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY.  This musculoskeletal condition causes pain, fatigue, skin sensitivity, IBS and a host of other symptoms.  Unfortunately, it is a hard disease to do research on and there is presently no cure.  Massage, exercise, chiropractic care and acupuncture can all help with the symptoms, but unfortunately some people don’t respond well to any treatment. Let’s keep working to find a cure.

Ol’ Kev liked his pizza and beer – Pepperoni was his favorite I hear – He looked oh so glum – After eating his last crumb – Then smiling raised his glass for a cheer

Without Edward Lear, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate NATIONAL LIMERICK DAY, which falls on his birthday (1812).  He published the first limericks in his “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.  A typical limerick is five lines with the first, second and fifth rhyming and the third and fourth lines going together.  There are plenty of these short poems on-line – if you don’t know any, you can look them up or even write some of your own.

NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY lets us know how far we’ve come.  This little piece of tech has been around since the 1600’s when it was used on horse-drawn wagons.  Today’s odometers are a little more sophisticated, but essentially do the same thing.  I am just glad our bodies don’t come equipped with them.

Our dessert of the day is just nuts.  NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY brings the richness of fudge and the saltiness of nuts together for a unique and satisfying blend of taste and texture.  That first bite of creamy goodness and crunchy taste will leave you wanting more.

On this day…

1846 – The Donner Party leaves Independence, MO for California.  42 out of 89 members didn’t make it

1926 – Roald Amundsen is the first to fly over the North Pole

The Lindbergh Baby Memorial at Jacksonville Beach Elementary School

1932 – A grief-stricken Charles Lindbergh, his wife Anne, and the whole country learn of the death of his kidnapped baby – 10 weeks after the abduction

1936 – August Dvorak and William Dealey receive a patent for the Dvorak keyboard.  This keyboard is slightly more efficient than your typical QWERTY keyboard – but never replaced it

1949 – The Soviet Union ceases its Blockade of Berlin

2002 – President Jimmy Carter visits Cuba – the first one to do so since the 1959 revolution

Happy Birthday to…

 Florence Nightingale -1820 – “The Lady with the Lamp” became famous during the Crimean War and was known for her nightly rounds.  She is considered the founder of modern nursing

Baron Clemens von Piquet – 1874 – Developed the test for identifying tuberculosis

Katherine Hepburn – 1907 – 4-time Academy Award winner who had a reputation for doing things her way

Yogi Berra – 1925 – Quite the character – between playing, coaching and managing, he won 13 World Series’

George Carlin – 1937 – A very funny guy with some unique perspectives on life

Tony Hawk – 1968 – Gave skateboarding just the boost it needed with innovative moves, boards and apparel

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Dear Heavenly Father, we give thanks for your love and mercy.  Please continue to watch out for these amazing people and keep them safe.  Bless and heal our friend with cancer as well as those who are suffering from COVID.  I ask this in your name, Jesus, Amen.

Thank you to National Day Calendar; National Today; History.com; Britannica.com; Wikipedia


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