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June 30, 2015 – NATIONAL METEOR WATCHING DAY – SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

29 Jun
National Meteor Watch Day - June 30

National Meteor Watch Day – June 30

 

NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY

National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30th.  On this day, which is also known as National Meteor Day,  people across the country search the skies hoping to find meteors or “shooting stars” streaking across their view.

Daily there are millions of meteors that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere.

“A meteor or “shooting star” is the visible streak of light from a meteoroid or micro-meteoroid, heated and glowing from entering the Earth’s atmosphere, as it sheds glowing material in its wake.” (Wikipedia)

The majority of the meteoroids that cause meteors are only the size of a pebble.

Meteors sometimes occur in showers.

Meteors are usually observed at night and are visible when they are about 34 to 70 miles above the Earth and they usually disintegrated at about 31 to 51 miles above.  Their glow time is normally about a second.

A very small percent of meteoroids hit the Earth’s atmosphere and then skip back into space. 

The chemical composition and the speed of the meteoroid will cause different hues to the light.  Possible colors and elements producing them include:

  • Orange/yellow (sodium)
  • Yellow (iron)
  • Blue/green (copper)
  • Purple (potassium)
  • Red (silicate)

A list of meteor shower dates as well a a guide to successful watching can be found on the EarthSky website.

NATIONAL METEOR WATCHING DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Meteor Watching Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

Social Media Day - June 30

Social Media Day – June 30

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th.  In it’s short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate and share with family, friends and the world.

With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media had become mainstream.  2004 brought the founding of the king of social media, Facebook.  Twitter brought social media to the traveling public with encouraging people to post under 140 characters with their smart phones.

Social media has made it possible to stay connected and informed about what is going in with those you care about.   Re-connecting with classmates, past work associates and more is also an important part of social media.

CELEBRATE

Post something on your favorite social media platform.  Find a social media meetup in your area.  Use #SMDay when posting and to remind others of this day.

HISTORY

Social Media Day was founded in 2010 by Mashable.  

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June 29, 2015 – NATIONAL CAMERA DAY – NATIONAL ALMOND BUTTERCRUNCH DAY – NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY

28 Jun
National Camera Day - June 29

National Camera Day – June 29

NATIONAL CAMERA DAY

National Camera Day is observed each year on June 29th.  This day celebrates photographs, the camera and its invention.  The camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events and people/places.  Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting.  As there are not many people who can perfectly replicate something into a painting, the power of a camera provided many people with a simple, inexpensive and fast solution.

The camera was made popular by a man named George Eastman, also called “The Father of Photography”.  While he did not invent the camera, he did invent  many additions that improved the use, ease and production of a camera, making it widely available to homes around the world.

The original camera was large and bulky, but has now evolved into something that can be as small as a pen.  Cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to men and women of all ages for personal and professional use.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Camera Day, go find something or someone who you enjoy, snap a picture and cherish the memory.  Post photos on social media using #NationalCameraDay.

NATIONAL CAMERA DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Camera Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Almond Buttercrunch Day - June 29

NATIONAL ALMOND BUTTERCRUNCH DAY

National Almond Buttercrunch Day is observed annually on June 29th.  This unofficial national food holiday celebrates this toffee candy. Buttercrunch is a combination of toffee covered with chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. Variations on the recipe include toasted almond sprinkles.

Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience. Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing and the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome. Buttercrunch can be served on top of ice cream or on it’s own. Buttercrunch flavored cookies or cakes are other ways to enjoy the sweet treat.

National Buttercrunch Day History

The beginning of National Buttercrunch day is not well documented. However, a related food holiday, National Almond Butter Crunch Day is celebrated on June 29th. The crunchy candy, sometimes called just buttercrunch but other times referred to as almond buttercrunch, was made famous in World War II. A buttercrunch candy called Almond Roca, made by Brown and Haley was shipped in tins to U.S. troops overseas.

National Waffle Iron Day - June 29

National Waffle Iron Day – June 29

NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY

Waffle lovers finally have their day of recognition on June 29, which is the day National Waffle Iron Day os observed.  Some people enjoy their waffles plain with syrup, but we like ours topped with berries, whipped cream, and syrup,  Who knew a simple machine would make such a big impact on our lives!

June 28, 2105 – NATIONAL PAUL BUNYON DAY – NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY

27 Jun
National Paul Bunyan Day - June 28

National Paul Bunyan Day – June 28

NATIONAL PAUL BUNYAN DAY

Each year on June 28, National Paul Bunyan day is celebrated across the country.  It is suggested that on this day, take some time and read one of the Paul Bunyan original tales.

Described as a giant and a lumberjack of unusual skill, Paul Bunyan is one of the most famous North American folklore heroes. In the tales, Paul Bunyan was almost always accompanied by his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.

First appearing in print in 1906, in a story published by Northern Michigan journalist James MacGillivray, Bunyan’s character originated in folktales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.  One account states that the tales began during the Papineau Rebellion of 1837.   In 1914, the stories  were reworked by William Laughead, for a logging company’s advertising campaign, and found a new widespread popularity.  It was the 1922 edition of Laughead’s tales that inspired many others and soon the character was widely known across all of the United States and Canada.

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley, MN

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley, MN

The Paul Bunyan legend tells that it took five storks to carry him as a newborn and as he was a little older and clapped and laughed, it broke windows.  The legend continues that he sawed off the legs of his parents’ bed, in the middle of the night, when he was only seven months old and that the Grand Canyon was formed as he and Babe the Blue Ox walked through dragging his axe behind him. The myth of the Great Lakes being formed by Bunyan needing to create a watering hole for Babe to drink from is another popular one told by many.

Many cities in the north-central section of the United States, claim the title as ” the official home of Paul Bunyan”.  

 NATIONAL PAUL BUNYAN DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Paul Bunyan Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Insurance Awareness Day - June 28

National Insurance Awareness Day – June 28

NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY

National Insurance Awareness Day is observed each year on June 28.  This day was created as a day to review your insurance coverage’s.

Insurance does offer a person peace of mind knowing they are financially protected in case of loss, damage, illness or death. 

 NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Insurance Awareness Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

June 27, 2015 – NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY – NATIONAL ORANGE BLOSSOM DAY

26 Jun

NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY

Article Contributed by Bethany Cleg

Celebrated each year on June 27th, National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council try to inform people on the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. So in honor of the holiday—and to help you pick out a pair of your own—we present the top 10 sunglasses styles that have stood the test of time.

Prada Model SPR07F

Photo: Mary Evans/Everett Collection

Most known for their appearance in the 1963 Academy Award-winning Italian film 8 ½, these glasses are anything but old fashioned. They were first introduced by Prada as Prada model SPR07F, but the design has undergone some changes since the 60’s.Regardless, these sunglasses might be one of the only designs that can not only be worn with a suit, but that make a suit look so good.

Persol 714

Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

The original folding glasses, the Persol 714 sunglasses were introduced in the 1960s when the iconic actor Steve McQueen wore them in the film The Thomas Crown Affair. These glasses were based on the Persol 649 model and adapted with 10 additional manufacturing steps to allow them to fold. In 2006, a pair of Persol 714’s from McQueen’s personal collection were auctioned off at nearly $70,000. Get suave with aperhaps less expensivepair for National Sunglasses Day.

Ray-Ban 3138 Shooter

Photo: Raoul Duke

These yellow-tinted aviator shooters were not first worn by Johnny Depp in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but that is where they first became famous. The sunglasses, which have a small circle in between the lenses that is said to aid in hunting or shooting, were regularly worn by Hunter S. Thompson, the author of the novel that inspired the film. Shooters come in different color tints.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer

Photo: iloveretro.com

At their introduction in 1956, Ray-Ban’s Wayfarers were almost instantly popular because of the revolutionary plastic frame, a distinct diversion from the metal-framed sunglasses that were popular at the time. The sunglasses continued to be popular throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s but then slumped in popularity until the late 2000s when artists like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars wore them in their music videos.

Round and Oversized

Photo: rdujour.com

Often known today simply as Jackie O’s, these sunglasses were popularized by former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy during the years that her husband was president. They are instantly recognizable by their large round shape and still serve to make quite a fashion statement when worn today. It’s hard to wear these sunglasses and not channel some of the grace, style and elegance that Jackie was so famous for.

Gold-rimmed Aviator

Photo: Oliver Cheshire

The history of the archetypal Ray-Ban Aviators begins in the 1930s when US Army pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness. American company Bausch & Lomb created what was originally known as “Anti-Glare,” sunglasses with plastic frames and green lenses. Just a year later they were remodeled with metal frames and rebranded as “Aviators,” how we still know them today.

The Clubmaster

Photo: fashionologieedina.wordpress.com

Clubmasters are a type of browline sunglasses, which gets its name from the fact that the bold upper part of the frames frame the lenses like the eyebrow frames the eyes. Ray-Ban introduced the Clubmaster in the 1980s when Bruce Willis wore a pair of browline Shuron Ronsirs on the series Moonlighting. The Clubmasters gained popularity and quickly became the third best-selling sunglasses of the 1980s, after Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer and Aviator styles.

Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck

Photo: Cateshill.com

Not only did Gregory Peck win an Oscar for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill A Mockingbird, but he also won a fair amount of acclaim for the glasses frames he wore in the film. These frames are once again popular today, thanks partly to their reintroduction in 2011 when Oliver Peoples released a new model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the novel that inspired the film. Don these on National Sunglasses Day and channel your inner Atticus Finch.

Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan

Photo: everythingaudrey.com

Audrey Hepburn is one of film’s most well-known faces, and it was usually with a pair of Oliver Goldsmith Manhattans framing her eyes. These large, rounded-square sunglasses were first made famous when Hepburn wore them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a role that was originally supposed to be played by Marilyn Monroe. The glasses, instantly recognizable today, are still popular.

Rose-colored Glasses

Photo: Allyn Scura

“To see the world through rose-colored glasses” is a phrase that means to view the world in a perpetual optimistic, perhaps naive, and unrealistic way. It remains in question what the origin of the phrase is, though there are some interesting and possible theories. One theory suggests that early mapmakers used rose petals to clean the lenses of the glasses. Not only would the natural oils protect the glass, but they would also leave a rose-colored stain.

For National Sunglasses Day this year, decide which of the above personalities or looks you’d like to emulate and grab a pair of sunglasses to match. Check in with an online sunglasses retailer for the styles of frames and lenses you want and celebrate in style while protecting your eyes at the same time.

Article Contributed by Bethany Cleg

 

National Orange Blossom Day - June 27

NATIONAL ORANGE BLOSSOM DAY

National Orange Blossom Day is observed annually on June 27th.  This day is set aside to enjoy Orange Blossoms for their aesthetic beauty.  Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide.  They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!

 

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