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Flower - Gladiolus (signifies beauty and strength of character)

Alternate Flower - Poppy

Birthstone - Peridot (signifies friendship and happiness)

Alternate Birthstone - Sardonyx

Name Origin - named for Augustus Caesar, first Roman emperor


August 1

National Girlfriends Day - The more time that passes the more you realize how important your girlfriends are in your life. Get together today and celebrate your friendship.

Sports Day - Take this opportunity to play or watch a sport you've never tried before. See Sports Poems and Quotes.

First U.S. Census - The first census, in 1790, showed that there were four million people in the United States.

Respect for Parents Day - Unfortunately I see many parents today who don't teach their children to respect any adult, including their parents. See Parent Poems and Quotes.

Rounds Resounding Day - Gather up some friends and sing a round. We used to do this in grade school and I never was good at it. I usually ended up singing with the wrong group.

Birthday of Francis Scott Key - Key, an author, poet and attorney was born on this day in 1779. He is best known as the writer of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Chopsticks Song Birthday - Chopsticks, also known as The Celebrated Chop Waltz, was written by English composer, Euphemia Allen, in 1877.

Air Force Day - This was designated in 1947 by President Harry Truman. See Air Force Poems and Quotes.

Holiday Inn Birthday The first Holiday Inn opened in 1952. See Travel Poems and Quotes.

National Minority Donor Awareness Day - See Donate Life.

MTV Birthday - MTV stated on this day in 1981.

Woman Astronomers Day

San Francisco Cable Car Day - Cable cars started running on this day in San Francisco in 1873.

Spiderman's Birthday - Spiderman first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. He got his own comic book series in 1963.

Colorado Admission Day - Colorado became the 38th state in 1876. See Colorado Poems and Quotes.

National Friendship Day 2021 (first Sunday) - This was designated by Congress in 1935. See FriendshipDay.org and Friendship on WikipediA. Also see Friendship Scrapbook Ideas.

International Forgiveness Day 2021 (first Sunday) - This was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance. See Forgiveness Poems and Quotes which also includes 'letting go' as an alternative to forgiving.

Sisters Day 2021 (first Sunday) - If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child. (Linda Sunshine) See Sister Poems and Quotes.

National Night Out 2023 (first Tuesday) - This is also known as Night Out Against Crime. See National Night Out.


August2

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

National Pretty is as Pretty Does Day - See Beauty Poems and Quotes.

Lincoln Penny Anniversary The Lincoln penny was first issued on this day in 1909. See Money Poems and Quotes.

National Night Out 2022 (first Tuesday) - This is also known as Night Out Against Crime. See National Night Out.


August 3

National Watermelon Day - See Watermelon Scrapbook Ideas.

National Park Day - See The National Recreation and Park Association.

American Canoe Association Anniversary - The American Canoe Association was founded on this day in 1880.

Airplane Crop Duster Day - You don't see crop dusters much in the United States anymore but it is very interesting to watch. See Aviation Poems and Quotes.

National Night Out 2021 (first Tuesday) - This is also known as Night Out Against Crime. See National Night Out.


August 4

Kentucky Fried Chicken Birthday - The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise restaurant opened in 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Champagne Day - I know a lot of people who like Champagne but it reminds me of bad apple cider--and I don't even like good apple cider!

Coast Guard Day - The Revenue Cutter Service was established on this day in 1790. The fleet of ten cutters were responsible for tariff laws. The name was changed to the Coast Guard in 1915. See Coast Guard Poems and Quotes.

Birthday of President Barack Obama (born in 1961) - He was the forty-fourth president.


August 5

Beer Day - See International Beer Day and Beer Quotes.

Traffic Lights Birthday - On this day in 1914 a red/green traffic signal was installed on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. See Car Poems and Quotes.

Work Like a Dog Day - Today is an opportunity to recognize those individuals who work hard. Though I have never understood why hard work is equated with dogs. I have had many dogs and for the most part they play, eat, bark and sleep a lot but do very little work!

Income Tax Anniversary - To help finance the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the law imposing the first federal income tax on this day in 1861. Income taxes were stopped in 1872 and revived in 1894. In 1895 the Supreme Court determined that income taxes were unconstitutional but that was rectified when the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913. See Tax Quotes and Humor.

National Mustard Day 2023 (first Saturday) - If you don't like plain old yellow mustard you might want to try some of the various flavors now available. I never liked mustard until honey mustard came along.


August 6

Birthday of the World Wide Web (WWW) - The World Wide Web has a long history of trial and error but the first time it was available to the public on the internet was on this day in 1991. See Computer Scrapbook Ideas.

Wiggle Your Toes Day - Celebrate your toes today: take a barefoot walk in the sand, paint your toenails, get a pedicure, wear sandals or open-toed shoes, etc. See Foot and Toe Poems and Quotes.

National Fresh Breath Day - If you have been hesitant about mentioning a friend or family members bad breath this might be a good opportunity. We often fail to do this because of fear or hurting someones feelings but bad breath can be a sign of both dental and medical problems.

Purple Heart Award Day - Originally called the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart was established by George Washington on this day in 1782. At that time he was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. See The History of the Purple Heart and Veteran Poems and Quotes.

National Mustard Day 2022 (first Saturday) - If you don't like plain old yellow mustard you might want to try some of the various flavors now available. I never liked mustard until honey mustard came along.

National Friendship Day 2023 (first Sunday) - This was designated by Congress in 1935. See FriendshipDay.org and Friendship on WikipediA. Also see Friendship Scrapbook Ideas.

International Forgiveness Day 2023 (first Sunday) - This was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance. See Forgiveness Poems and Quotes which also includes 'letting go' as an alternative to forgiving.

Sisters Day 2023 (first Sunday) - If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child. (Linda Sunshine) See Sister Poems and Quotes.


August 7

Beach Party Day - If you live near the beach, pause today to think how fortunate you are to be able to have a beach party anytime. See Beach Poems and Quotes.

National Lighthouse Day - This is the anniversary of the day n 1789 when Congress approved See Lighthouse Poems and Quotes.

National Sea Serpent Day - When I was a child in the 50's there were reported sightings of strange sea creatures that were dismissed as imagination of alcohol related. However, over the past fifty years many of those same creatures have been documented as real by scientists and live captures. I am sure my grandchildren will learn about many more supposedly mythical sea creatures being discovered in their lifetime.

National Mustard Day 2021 (first Saturday) - If you don't like plain old yellow mustard you might want to try some of the various flavors now available. I never liked mustard until honey mustard came along.

National Friendship Day 2022 (first Sunday) - This was designated by Congress in 1935. See FriendshipDay.org and Friendship on WikipediA. Also see Friendship Scrapbook Ideas.

International Forgiveness Day 2022 (first Sunday) - This was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance. See Forgiveness Poems and Quotes which also includes 'letting go' as an alternative to forgiving.

Sisters Day 2022 (first Sunday) - If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child. (Linda Sunshine) See Sister Poems and Quotes.


August 8

Happiness Happens Day - Sometimes happiness needs a little push. When you smile at others they usually return the smile and that will make both of you happier. Also look around today at trees, flowers, butterflies and the hundreds of other things we often don't notice. Your mood will raise immediately. See The Secret Society of Happy People and smile ;-).

National Frozen Custard Day - We have restaurants here in Kansas called Freddy's Frozen Custard. They not only have great desserts but wonderful hamburgers as well.

Sneak Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night - If you have ever grown zucchini you know how it works. At first you check every day to see if there is any zucchini ready to eat. Then you start harvesting and the whole family is happy with the fried zucchini, zucchini bread and all the other creations you come up with - for about a month. Just as you start to get tired of zucchini the plants start producing in earnest. Then it is your family and friends who get to enjoy the bounty - for about a month. You just can't pull up a plant that is doing so well even though everyone you know pulls down the shades when they see you approaching their house with a paper bag. But this holiday saves the day as you walk around the neighborhood in the dark of night leaving bags of zucchini on your neighbors porches. One good way to sneak zucchini into your family's diets is by pureeing it in a blender and substituting it for milk in meatloaf, cakes, etc. I substitute zucchini in pickle relish and it was just as good.


August 9

National Hand holding Day - Hand holding can be a gesture of friendship or love. It is a good way to communicate feelings without saying a word. If you are having a difference of opinion with a loved one the conversation is more likely to stay calm if you walk hand in hand as you talk.

National Rice Pudding Day

Book Lovers Day - This is also celebrated the first Saturday in November. See The National Book Foundation and Book Poems and Quotes.

International Art Appreciation Day

Celebrate Your Lakes Day - If you have a lake in your area take this opportunity to fish, water ski or just sit and enjoy the view.

Dance a Polka Day - See Let's Polka.

Smokey Bear's Birthday - Smokey, mascot of the U.S. Forest Service, first appeared on a poster on this day in 1944.

Betty Boop Birthday - Betty Boop made her first appearance in a cartoon on this day in 1930. At that time she was depicted as a French poodle, but became the person as we know her by 1932. See The History of Betty Boop on WikipediA.


August 10

National S'mores Day - It is fun to create s'mores in the traditional way of putting a marshmallow toasted over a campfire between two graham crackers along with a piece of chocolate. However, they still taste good when made by heating in a microwave.

Lazy Day - Many of us tend to lead fast-paced, busy lives. Just for today slow down and relax. You may find out that you have been missing a lot.

National Spoil Your Dog Day - Most of us tend to spoil our dogs even without a special day set aside for that purpose. But today you might want to walk just a little farther, play just a little longer and give an extra treat or two. See Dog Poems and Quotes.

Smithsonian Institute Anniversary - The Act that created the Smithsonian Institute was signed by President James K. Polk was signed on this day in 1846. The more than 500,000 dollars used to start it were bequeathed in a will by British scientist, Jame Smithson, for reasons no one really knows.

Missouri Admission Day - Missouri became the 24th state in 1821. See Missouri Poems and Quotes.

Birthday of President Herbert Hoover (born in 1874) - He was the thirty-first president.


August 11

Son and Daughter Day - This is a day to spend as much time as possible with your sons and daughters before they are grown and gone. And even if they are already away from home take them out to lunch today. See Boy Poems and Girl Poems and Quotes.

Play in the Sand Day - If you don't have a nearby beach to play on try these Sand Craft Projects.

Roller Rink Birthday - The world's first roller rink opened on this day in 1866 in Newport, Rhode Island. Roller skating is not only a lot of fun but it is great exercise. If there is a roller rink near you why not declare one or two Saturdays a month 'roller skating day'. At first your kids might complain about time away from computers and video games but once they go a few times they won't want to miss it.

Mall of America Birthday - The Mall of America was opened to the public on this day in in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1992. This is the largest shopping mall in America in terms of retail space but second in terms of total floor space. Since malls often add space the largest mall title changes over time.

Birthday of Steve Wozniak - This co-founder of Apple computers was born on this day in 1950.

Birthday of Robert G. Ingersoll - This free-thinker, orator and rights advocate was born on this day in 1833.

Annual Medical Check-Up Day - If you have not yet had your yearly medical checkup, call your doctor today to schedule an appointment. If you are under forty and healthy every two years is recommended. Many potentially serious medical problems can be easily cured or managed if found early.

Presidential Joke Day - This day originated in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan was doing a voice test before a radio address. He didn't realize he was on the air and as a joke he said: "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." Fortunately, the statement didn't go on the air live but it was recorded and later leaked to the public. See Political Humor.

Gals Night Out 2023 (second Friday) - Whether you are single or married it is nice to have a night out sometimes with girlfriends.

Kool-Aid Days 2023 (second weekend including Friday) - This is celebrated in Hastings, Nebraska to celebrate Kool-Aid being Nebraska's official soft drink.


August 12

Middle Children's Day - See Middle Child Poems.

Vinyl Record Day - This was started in 2002 by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in California to recognize Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877. See Music Poems and Quotes.

International Youth Day - This was designated by the United Nations in 1999 to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.

Truck Drivers Day - As you do your shopping, keep in mind the truck drivers who delivered all the products you see around you. Take your favorite truck driver out to dinner, with you driving.

National Garage Sale Day 2023 (second Saturday) - Whether you are having a garage sale today or going to garage sales see these great tips at YardSaleQueen.com.

Gals Night Out 2022 (second Friday) - Whether you are single or married it is nice to have a night out sometimes with girlfriends.

Kool-Aid Days 2022 (second weekend including Friday) - This is celebrated in Hastings, Nebraska to celebrate Kool-Aid being Nebraska's official soft drink.


August 13

Left-Handers Day - This was created in 1976 by Left-Handers International. Today everyone should do things left-handed. That way they can see the difficulties faced by left-handed people when using products made for right-handers. See this list of Famous Left-Handers.

Greyhound Bus Birthday - In 1914 the first Greyhound bus line opened. There was only one bus and it went between the towns of Hibbing and Alice in Minnesota. See Travel Poems and Quotes.

Taxicab Birthday - Some sources indicate that the word 'taxicab' was coined by Harry N. Allen in 1907 but other sources dispute that. See Vehicle Poems and Quotes.

Bambi's Birthday - Walt Disney's Bambi opened in New York on this day in 1942 after premiering in London a few days earlier.

National Garage Sale Day 2022 (second Saturday) - Whether you are having a garage sale today or going to garage sales see these great tips at YardSaleQueen.com.

Gals Night Out 2021 (second Friday) - Whether you are single or married it is nice to have a night out sometimes with girlfriends.

Kool-Aid Days 2021 (second weekend including Friday) - This is celebrated in Hastings, Nebraska to celebrate Kool-Aid being Nebraska's official soft drink.


August 14

National Creamsicle Day - Creamsicles are like popsicles but with vanilla ice cream in the center.

Romance Day - As time goes on romance often fades from a relationship. Today is the day to buy flowers, give compliments and kisses and other things that you did at the beginning of your relationship. See Love Poems and Quotes.

Wiffle Ball Birthday The Wiffle Ball was created on this day in 1953 by David Mullany.

National Financial Awareness Day - Many people live from day to day with their money without any thought of the future. That can cause a lot of problems in your future. One example are people who apply for a mortgage and find they don't qualify because of their credit. Another example are people save money in order to retire early without researching exactly how much money they will need for medical insurance before they reach medicare age. See Finance Poems and Quotes.

International Nagging Day - This is a day for people who think they are being constantly nagged to consider why and what to do about it. It may be they are not living up to their family obligations. It can become a tug of will. She nags because he doesn't do things he should or has promised to do, he doesn't do things because he doesn't want to appear a doormat. Sit down with the person you feel is nagging you and agree what your obligations are and what you will agree to. For those who are doing the nagging be ready to compromise. You may expect him to mow the lawn every weekend because you like the look of a fresh mowed lawn. While he thinks it only needs to be done every two weeks. You can agree that you will mow it the opposite week or pay someone to do it or learn to live with it for two weeks. Obviously if you are nagging someone about things regarding their health or the well-being of you or children in the household their isn't as much room for compromise but their is still a benefit in talking things over.

Navajo Code Talkers Day - This was designated by President Ronald Reagan on this day in 1982. Navajos and other Native American code talkers have served in various wars and different branches of the military.

Social Security Act Day - On this day in 1935 the Social Security Act became law. See Retirement Poems and Quotes and Social Security History.

National Garage Sale Day 2021 (second Saturday) - Whether you are having a garage sale today or going to garage sales see these great tips at YardSaleQueen.com.


August 15

Sit Back and Relax Day - It seems were are always busy with work and home responsibilities as well as spare time activities. Just for today, sit back and watch the world go by. You will feel less stressed the next day when you jump back into the fray.

National I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day - See Cowboy and Cowgirl Poems and Quotes.

Wizard of Oz Day - The Wizard of Oz had its Hollywood premiere on this day in 1939 but was first shown three days earlier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Stay at Home with Your Kids Day 2022 (third Monday) - This was started in 1999 by Work at Home Moms online magazine. The purpose is to encourage and support parents who have chosen to work from home in order to spend more time with their children.


August 16

True Love Forever Day - If you are lucky enough to be married to the love of your life, tell them so today, and everyday. See Love Poems and Quotes.

Tell a Joke Day - For some ideas see Jokes and Humor.

National Bratwurst Day - This is sometimes listed as August 13th. Since there are various ways to cook brats, I suggest celebrating it both days!

Eyeglasses Birthday - Handheld magnification has been used since ancient times. There are also very early records of dark glasses to reduce glare. However, the first person to invent wearable, corrective eyeglasses is not known. One person so credited is Italian, Salvino D'Armate on this day in 1284. See Eyes and Glasses Poems and Quotes.

Klondike Gold Discovery Anniversary - Gold was discovered along the Klondike River in Canada on this day in 1896. Since that region was remote most prospectors landed in Alaska and then hiked and rafted to the area of the gold. See Klondike Gold Rush on Wikipedia and the Klondike Gold Rush.

Stay at Home with Your Kids Day 2021 (third Monday) - This was started in 1999 by Work at Home Moms online magazine. The purpose is to encourage and support parents who have chosen to work from home in order to spend more time with their children.


August 17

National Thrift Shop Day - If you don't shop at your local Goodwill, DAV or other thrift shop you are missing out on some wonderful things at a great bargain. Also, buying used things that would otherwise be thrown out, is very helpful to the environment.

Birthday of Davy Crockett - This frontiersman, politician and soldier was born on this day in 1786. He died 6 Mar 1836 at the battle of the Alamo.

Sandcastle Day - See Sandcastle Central for tips and tricks on building sandcastles as well as unbelievable sand sculpture photos.

Wrench Birthday - The first wrench patent was granted to Solymon Merrick in 1835.


August 18

Mail Order Catalog Printing Day - I couldn't find any info about this day but am guessing this is around the time when mail order companies start printing all the many catalogs they send out during the coming holiday season.

Birthday of Virginia Dare - The first English child born in America was Virginia Dare, on this day in 1587. She was the granddaughter of John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke.

BTK Sentencing Day - On this day in 2005, serial killer, Dennis Rader, aka BTK, was sentenced to ten life sentences in prison and will not be eligible for parole for at least 175 years. The killings started in 1974 with the killing of four members of the Otero family. This was six years after I moved to Wichita. He eventually killed at least ten people with the last murder in 1991. During the years of the killings Rader communicated with the police and newspapers and gave himself the name BTK (stands for Bind, Torture, Kill). Rader does not appear to have been real popular or well liked but seemed to be normal and was a family man active in the community and his church - certainly not the type of person you would suspect of murder. He may not have been caught if he hadn't started communicating with the police again.


August 19

Photography Day - This is the birthday of Louis Daguerre. In 1839 his invention of the Daguerreotype photographic process was announced. This lead to photography as we know it today. See Photography Poems and Quotes.

National Soft Ice Cream Day - Soft ice cream melts faster than solid frozen ice cream but many people prefer the taste. See Ice Cream Scrapbook Ideas.

National Potato Day

Hot and Spicy Food Day - I will celebrate half of this day. I like foods with enough spice to be flavorful but not enough to be hot.

Aviation Day - This was designated in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt. This day was chosen because it is the birthday or Orville Wright and it celebrates the development of aviation. See The Aviation History Online Museum and Aviation Scrapbook Ideas.

Birthday of President Bill Clinton (born in 1946) - He was the forty-second president.

International Homeless Animals Day® 2023 (third Saturday) - This was created by International Society for Animal Rights to create awareness of pet overpopulation and promote spay/neuter programs.

Woodward Dream Cruise Day 2023 (third Saturday) - This was started in 1995 in Detroit as a fundraiser for a soccer field in a nearby city. It has grown into the largest one-day classic car show in the world. See Woodward Dream Cruise and Cruise Poems and Quotes.


August 20

All-American Soap Box Derby Day - The first Soap Box Derby was held on this day in 1934

Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Bad Hair Day (birthday of Don King) - See Hair Poems and Quotes.

National Lemonade Day - Many sources indicate that lemonade was invented on this day in 1630 in Paris, France. However, the idea of adding water and sugar to fruit juice is simple and was likely 'invented' in more than one place instead of starting in one place and spreading worldwide.

National Radio Day - See The Radio Entrepreneurs website for stories about the history of radios and the people who made it all possible.

Dial Telephone Birthday - A. E. Keith and John and Charles Erickson applied for a patent on the dial telephone on this day in 1896. See Phone Poems and Quotes.

World Mosquito Day - On this day in 1897 Dr. Ronald Ross discovered the link between mosquitoes and malaria. For this discovery he was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1902.

Birthday of President Benjamin Harrison (born in 1833) - He was the twenty-third president.

International Homeless Animals Day® 2022 (third Saturday) - This was created by International Society for Animal Rights to create awareness of pet overpopulation and promote spay/neuter programs.

Woodward Dream Cruise Day 2022 (third Saturday) - This was started in 1995 in Detroit as a fundraiser for a soccer field in a nearby city. It has grown into the largest one-day classic car show in the world. See Woodward Dream Cruise and Cruise Poems and Quotes.


August 21

National Spumoni Day

Christopher Robin's Birthday - Christopher Robin Milne is the son of A.A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh book series. He was born on this day in 1920. Christopher and his stuffed animal collection were the inspiration behind the characters in the stories. See Teddy Bear Poems and Quotes and Quotes about Authors.

Monarch Butterflies - About this time of year monarch butterflies begin their fall migration from Canada and the northern part of the United States to central Mexico. For a number of years I lived in a house in rural south-central Kansas that was on the route of some of the monarchs. It was an incredible site to have hundreds of monarchs fluttering around for a couple of days and almost covering the cedar trees at night as they rested before continuing their long journey. See Monarch Watch and Butterfly Poems and Quotes.

National Senior Citizens Day always on the 21st - As designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. See Senior Citizens' Resources and Poems, Quotes and Humor about aging.

American Bar Association Birthday - The American Bar Association was founded on this day in 1878 in New York. See Legal Humor.

National Honey Bee Day - As much as one third of the food we eat is pollinated by honey bees, to say nothing of the honey they provide. See Bee Poems and Quotes.

Hawaii Admission Day - Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. See Hawaii Poems and Quotes.

International Homeless Animals Day® 2021 (third Saturday) - This was created by International Society for Animal Rights to create awareness of pet overpopulation and promote spay/neuter programs.

Woodward Dream Cruise Day 2021 (third Saturday) - This was started in 1995 in Detroit as a fundraiser for a soccer field in a nearby city. It has grown into the largest one-day classic car show in the world. See Woodward Dream Cruise and Cruise Poems and Quotes.

Stay at Home with Your Kids Day 2023 (third Monday) - This was started in 1999 by Work at Home Moms online magazine. The purpose is to encourage and support parents who have chosen to work from home in order to spend more time with their children.


August 22

Be an Angel Day - This was started in 1993 by Jayne Howard Feldman to encourage people to be an like an angel to someone today. See Angel Poems and Quotes.

National Eat a Peach Day - My favorite way to eat a peach is standing under a peach tree immediately after picking it with the juice running down my arm. If you have never tried that you are in for a treat.

Cadillac Birthday - The Cadillac Automobile Company was started on this day in 1902. See Car Poems and Quotes.

Tooth Fairy Day (also celebrated on February 28) - See Tooth Fairy Poems and Quotes.

Birthday of President Lyndon B. Johnson (born in 1908) - He was the thirty-sixth president.


August 23

Hug Your Sweetheart Day - There is no such thing as too many hugs, as long as they are from the right person. Take time today just to cuddle on the couch and talk about the reasons you love each other. See Hug Poems and Quotes.

Ride the Wind Day - My favorite way to ride the wind is on the back of a motorcycle. Other ways to celebrate are horseback riding, flying in an airplane, hang gliding, or vicariously by flying a kite. See Motorcycle Poems and Quotes.

Health Unit Coordinator Day - This was created in 1980 by the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators, Inc.

Prime Number Day - The discovery of the largest known prime number up to 2008. The number is two to the 43,112,609th power minus one and has more than ten million digits. This changes every year or so as new numbers are discovered.


August 24

Shooting Star Day - Living out in the country most of my life, I had more opportunity to see shooting stars than in the city where lights obscure the stars. Also much of my life I didn't have air conditioning so spent many evenings sitting outside waiting for the breeze to cool the house enough for sleeping. It was always exciting to see a shooting star. See Sun, Moon and Star Poems and Quotes.

Waffle Day - The waffle iron was patented on this day in 1869 to Cornelius Swartwout.

International Strange Music Day - This was created by professional musician, Patrick Grant. Today listen to types of music you haven't listened to before. See Music Poems and Quotes.

Single-Parent Family Day - When you are a single parent it is hard to find time for fun and relaxation. Today plan something special to do as a family.


August 25

Kiss and Make Up Day - If you have amends that need to be made, today is the day. See Kiss Poems and Quotes.

Healthy Lifestyle Day - This is a good day to explore ways to make your lifestyle healthier. Sometimes it just takes a small change to make a big difference. For example taking having an apple or banana for a snack instead of a candy bar or walking up a flight of stairs instead of taking the elevator.

National Park Service Day - the National Park Service was established in 1916. See The National Recreation and Park Association.

Amelia Earhart Day - On this day in 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first female to fly nonstop across the United States.

English Channel Swim Day - On this day in 1875, Captain Matthew Webb of England became the first person to swim the English Channel without assistance. Eight years later he drowned while attempting to swim across the Niagara River just downriver from the Falls.


August 26

Birthday of Mother Teresa - Mother Teresa was born on this day in 1910. She celebrated her birthday on the 27th because that is the day she was baptized. After her death in 1997 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

National Cherry Popsicle Day

Dog Appreciation Day - This was created in 2004 by author and dog trainer, Colleen Paige. See Dog Poems and Quotes.

Make Your Own Luck Day - Some people believe success in life is all a matter of luck. Others believe hard work and dedication create success and luck plays no part. The older I get the more I believe that luck and hard work both play a part in our lives. See Luck Poems and Quotes.

Women's Equality Day - On this day in 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote, became law. See Poems and Quotes for Women.

Horseshoe Day - I have heard that it brings good luck to nail a horseshoe over your front door with the ends pointed upward so the luck won't fall out. I have never tried this so can't say for sure, but it couldn't hurt. Unless, of course, you don't nail it securely and it falls on someones head.

Toilet Paper Birthday - This is listed by some sources as the day toilet paper was invented in 580. No one can really pinpoint the date because there were no patents, newspaper ads or written history of the event. Since the beginning of mankind, people tried all kinds of things before paper was invented. Some of the most common were grass, leaves, corncobs, stones, sponges and their left hand. After paper was invented many people used old catalogs and newspapers. The rolled and perforated toilet paper like we use today was first produced around 1880.


August 27

National Banana Lovers Day - I never cared much about bananas except in banana bread until I tried slicing them and mixing them with yogurt. I have tried several different flavors of yogurt and they all taste good. A couple of times I have added seedless grapes and other fresh fruit for a quick fruit salad.

Just Because Day - Today you can do what you want without explaining your reason, so let your whims guide you.

Global Forgiveness Day - This was created in 1994 by the Christian Embassy of Christ's Ambassadors. See Forgiveness Poems and Quotes which also includes 'letting go' as an alternative to forgiving.

Motorist Consideration Day - A little bit of consideration by drivers would likely result in fewer accidents and definitely in less stress. See Driving Poems and Quotes.


August 28

I Have a Dream Day - This is the anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream speech in 1963.

National Cherry Turnover Day

National Bow Tie Day - See Neckties on Wikipedia.

End of the Fairy Tale Day - Prince Charles and Princess Diana were divorced on this day in 1996.


August 29

Chop Suey Day

Final Episode of The Fugitive - The final episode of the TV series The Fugitive was on this day in 1967. I watched it in my hospital room four days after my second daughter was born. Back then they didn't have TVs in every room and you had to pay a dollar a day extra to have one. I had never missed a fugitive episode but didn't feel I could afford any extras. Fortunately, a family member arranged for me to have a TV for that night.

Lemon Juice Day - Lemon juice not only adds flavor to a wide variety of foods, it is also a great source of Vitamin C and flavonoids.

Mary Poppins Day - Mary Poppins was released on this day in 1964.


August 30

National Marshmallow Toasting Day - This time of year it is too warm to want a bonfire but it only takes a very small fire to toast marshmallows, and the flavor is worth a little heat.

Rowboat Day - Today is the day to row, row, row your boat . . .

National Frankenstein Day - Mary Shelly, author of the book Frankenstein was born on this day in 1797. See Quotes about Authors.


August 31

Eat Outside Day - Eat outside one more time before summer comes to an end and we all get busy with fall activities.

Trail Mix Day - Any kind of trail mix you like is great for a snack. But if you are actually going to be hiking be sure the mix doesn't have a lot of salt to make you thirsty or sticky stuff that means a lot of hand washing.

National Box Car Day

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Month-Long Events

Happiness Happens Month - See The Secret Society of Happy People and smile ;-).

Hug Month - Happiness is an unexpected hug so make a lot of people happy this month. See Hug Poems and Quotes.

Romance Awareness Month - Even if you have been in a relationship for years, it's more enjoyable if you still do romantic things for your significant other.

Artist Appreciation Month - This would be a good day to visit and art museum or gallery. See and Art Scrapbook Ideas.

Air Travel Month - Don't just sit there - plan a vacation! - See Travel Poems and Quotes.

Family Fun Month - In the busy world we live in, family togetherness often unintentionally goes by the wayside. Set aside one evening a week to do something as a family.

Golf Month - See Golf.com and Golf Scrapbook Ideas.

National Parks Month - See The National Recreation and Park Association.

Gladiola Month - See Growing Gladiolas.

Clown Month - See The World Clown Association.

Win With Civility Month - If you've never known a poor winner (bragging, making fun of the person who lost, etc.) it is hard to imagine how annoying they can be. The odd thing is that, for the most part, they do not recognize that they have a problem. They think that people stop competing with them because they are superior instead of because of their poor attitude.

Toddler Month - If you have or ever had a toddler you know how very busy they keep you. If you have a friend with a toddler they will greatly appreciate it if you volunteer to babysit for even a few hours.

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month - Now is the time to start traditions. Take a photo of your child on the front porch, at the bus stop, or in front of the school each year to see how much they change and grow. See School Poems and Quotes and School Scrapbook Ideas.

Child Support Month - If the person paying you child support misses even a few payments please report it right away (unless you know for a fact that they are in the hospital so physically unable to work.)

Data Entry Month - Thank anyone you know who has this non-glamorous but very important job.

Inventors Month - When you are together with family or friends have everyone write down what they think are the five most important inventions of the past fifty years. Try to imagine what life would be like without them.

Make a Will Month (also listed in May) - Making a will is something we tend to put off but it if you have ever had a family member pass away with no will you know the confusion and conflict it causes. Ideally a will should be drawn up by an attorney. But if that isn't an option there are many websites that will help you create your own will.

Coffee Month - For using coffee in desserts see INeedCoffee and Coffee Quotes.

Brownies at Brunch Month

Catfish Month - See Fish Poems and Quotes.

Harvest Month - If you know a farmer or commercial gardener, thank them for the food that we usually take for granted.

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month - See Prevent Blindness.org.

Children's Vision and Learning Month - There is info at See to Learn.

Cataract Awareness Month See the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Eye Exam Month - If it has been more than a year since your last eye exam you should schedule one today. See Eye-Related Poems and Quotes.

National Immunization Awareness Month - See The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medic Alert Month - See MedicAlert.

Psoriasis Awareness Month - See The National Psoriasis Foundation.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month - See Families of SMA.

Water Quality Month - Unfortunately, a lot of places have lower quality than in the past because of pollution.

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Week-Long Events

Simplify Your Life Week
(first week)
See 4 Ways to Simplify Your Live and Simplicity Poems and Quotes.

Clown Week
(first week)
See InternationalClownWeek.org.

Video Game Week
(first week)

National Fraud Awareness Week
(first full week)
This is sponsored by the FCC and aimed at phone and mail fraud. If you think you have been the victim of fraud, you can report it here.

Smile Week
(second week)
Visit your dentist regularly so your smile will stay bright. See Smile Poems and Quotes.

National Bargain Hunting Week
(week starting the first Monday)
This was created by author, Debbie Keri-Brown in 1996.

Air Conditioning Appreciation Week
(second full week)
Anyone who has lived without air conditioning knows how much more comfortable summer is with it. However, it brings problems. First it uses a lot of electricity. Ceiling fans help you keep comfortable with the air conditioner set on 78 degrees. Second, it encourages children to stay inside. Parents should encourage outside activities, especially in the morning and evening when it is cooler.

National Scrabble Week
(second full week)

Don't Wait! Celebrate! Week
(second full week)
This week was created by Patty Sachs to remind us that we don't always have to wait until a special occasion to celebrate.

Resurrect Romance Week
(second full week)
This was started in 1995 by author, Michael Webb, to promote romantic gestures that focus on time and attention and not money or things. See Love Poems and Quotes.

Aviation Week
(week including Orville Wright's birthday, born Aug 19, 1874)
See The Aviation History Online Museum and Aviation Scrapbook Ideas.

Thanks for all the Gifts Week
(third week)
This is the time to catch up on thank yous for birthday, graduation, wedding or anything you have gotten gifts for this year before the holiday seasons starts.

National Friendship Week
(third week)
See Friendship on WikipediA and Friendship Scrapbook Ideas.

National Veterinary Week
(fourth week)
See Veterinarian Quotes.

National Heritage Week
(fourth full week)
See National Heritage Week and Heritage Poems and Quotes.

Be Kind to Humankind Week
(25-31)
This was created in 1988 by Lorraine Jara to encourage people not to ignore the needs of our fellow human beings.



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