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

The Allied forces strike a decisive blow with Operation Overlord against the Axis powers as they invade Normandy Beach on D-Day.  In 1944, American, British and Canadian forces storm a 50 mile stretch of beach in Northern France. After fierce fighting they establish a foothold in the German occupied country and begin their advance towards Berlin.  By the end of August, all of France was liberated.  It is estimated that around 15,000 soldiers lost their lives that day.

NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY is all about educating students on how they can realize their dreams in academics.  Costs, circumstances, and indecision can all derail the plan for continuing education, but with the proper planning, resources and stick-to-it attitude – it can happen.

NATIONAL EYEWEAR DAY is brought to us by Zyloware Eyewear.  Eye protection and being able to see correctly can make all the difference when it comes to perspective.  If you haven’t had an eye exam in a while, go get one.  And if you choose to sport some specs, you should be able to find a pair that fits your personality.  In the meantime, don those aviator sunglasses and head into the danger zone.

This one is a triple threat to unhealthiness – NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY.  Not only do you get outside for the fresh air, but you reap the benefits of exercise as well as experience the joy of bringing a garden to life.

YO-YO DAY is celebrated on the birthday of Donald F. Duncan (1892), the guy who brought this toy to the masses in the early 1900s.  The Yo-yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999 and deservedly so.  For generations, people have made their yo-yos go to sleep, walk the dog, go around the world and climb a ladder.  If you get a hankering to pull one out of a drawer and start spinning, go ahead. Today is the day for it. 

Our dessert of the day combines apples with cake.  NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY mixes up the recipe to bring about a moist, tasty cake.  Instead of oil or butter, add applesauce to your cake recipe.  You can even swap out an egg for the tasty stuff.  Bake it up, have some friends over and enjoy.

On this day…

1844 – George Williams starts the Young Men’s Christian Association

1892 – Chicago’s “L” train starts moving people around the city

1933 – The first drive-in theater opens

1934 – The Securities and Exchange Commission is established

1988 – “Sex and the City” premiers on HBO

2004 – Phylicia Rashad becomes the first African-American woman to win a Tony for best actress.  She earned it for “A Raisin in the Sun”

Happy Birthday to…


 Nathan Hale – 1755 – 1776 Patriot who said “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” – right before he was hanged by the British


Sarah Parker Redmond – 1826 – 1894 – African-American abolitionist who spoke out against slavery and lobbied for equal voting rights


Ferdinand Braun 1850 – 1918 Nobel Prize winner in physics for his work on wireless telegraphy


Thomas Mann – 1875 – 1955 Nobel Prize winning author


David Scott – 1932 Astronaut who was the first person to drive on the moon


Bjorn Borg – 1956 Swedish tennis player who knows his way around the court

Alan Deardorff – Doting husband, loving father, pretty sharp card player, adoring dog lover, cool father-in-law and he can also fill you in on all that economic stuff.  Today, we wish him nothing but the best on his special day.


Enjoy the day and make it your own

Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for this beautiful day and all of these wonderful people.  Watch over them, bless them and may they feel your loving presence.  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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