ON THIS DAY: August 26, 2016

August 26th is

National Women’s Equality Day *

Suffrage Poster

National Dog Day *

World Daffodil Day *

Cherry Popsicle Day

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Abkhazia – Official Recognition Day

Bangladesh – Janamashtami
(breaking fast after Lord Krishna’s birthday)

Bhutan – Thimphu:international Flags
Mountain Echoes Literary Festival

Mexico – Guadalajara:
Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi

Namibia – Heroes Day

Nepal – Krishnashtami
(Krishna celebration)

Papua New Guinea –
National Day of Repentance

Philippines – Heroes Day

United States –
Blue Ash OH: Taste of  Blue Ash
Boston MA: Mass Brewers Fest
Fremont CA: Fremont Street Eats

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On This Day in HISTORY

55 BC – Britain invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar

1346 – English archers with longbows prove superior to the armor of the French cavalry at the battle of Crécy in Picardy, France. The English forces were greatly outnumbered by the French, but English tactical flexibility, better use of the terrain and outstanding weaponry won a decisive victory. The longbow becomes the dominant weapon of the Western European battlefield until it is replaced by the arquebus in the 16th century


Crecy English archers with longbows


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1498 – Michelangelo commissioned to sculpt the ‘Pietà

The Pieta


1768 – Captain James Cook’s first expedition sails from England

1842 – U.S. Congress establishes the first fiscal year is to begin on July 1st

1847 – Liberia proclaimed as an independent republic

1873 – The St. Louis MO School Board authorizes the first U.S. public kindergarten

1920 – 19th Amendment of US Constitution ratified granting women the right to vote


suffragettes-celebrating 19th Amendment 1920


1939 – The NBC Symphony Orchestra plays on the radio for the first time

1947 – Don Bankhead becomes the first black pitcher in major league baseball

1957 – Ford Motor Company rolls the first Edsel off the assembly line

1967 – U.S. release of “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix

1968 – The Beatles release “Hey Jude” (with “Revolution” on the b-side) as a single on their new Apple Records label



1970 – In NY City, Betty Friedan opens a nationwide protest called the Women’s Strike for Equality on the fiftieth anniversary of women’s suffrage

1971 – First Women’s Equality Day,* initiated by Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), is established by Presidential Proclamation, now reaffirmed annually

Happy-Womens-Equality-Day-August-26


1990 – Cancer Society of New Zealand starts Daffodil Day fundraiser for cancer research, treatment and support services. Daffodil is symbol of hope. Other Cancer Societies start their own Daffodil Day programs, so it’s now World Daffodil Day *

2002 – The U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development opens in Johannesburg, South Africa, resulting in Johannesburg Declaration to address depletion of the world’s fisheries. U. S. President George W. Bush boycotted the summit, and sent no delegation.

2003 – Warren Zevon, fighting mesothelioma, releases his last album, The Wind. He dies only two weeks after its release.

2004 – National Dog Day * is founded by animal advocate Colleen Paige to celebrate all dogs and to encourage adoption – rescue dogs make great companions and each one deserves a “forever home”

dogs in shelters 2
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Visuals

  • Woman Suffrage poster – from Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
  • International flags
  • English archers with longbows
  • The ‘Pietà’
  • Celebrating passage of 19th Amendment
  • Happy Women’s Equality Day – exercise your right to vote
  • Dogs in a shelter, waiting for new homes

About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: August 26, 2016

  1. pete says:

    The one in the middle looks like a mix between a yellow lab and a corgi.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Quite possible pete – my cousin’s family got a dog at the shelter years ago that we think was a lab dachshund mix – looked mostly like a a half-pint lab, but with doxie legs – they picked the ugliest dog there, figuring it needed the most love.

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