July 8th is:
Bodypainting Day *
Carver Day *
Chocolate with Almonds Day
National Blueberry Day *
(Blue & Silver Bells Margarita)
Video Game Day
MORE! Matthew Perry, Käthe Kollwitz and Hirao Kishio, click
WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Argentina – Día de la Independencia
Belgium – Antwerpen:
Antwerp Metal Festival
Germany – Düsseldorf:
Open Source Festival
Italy – Lucca:
Summer Music Festival
Laos, Malaysia – Boun Khao Phansa
(Buddhist ‘Lent’ begins)
Malaysia – Penang Governor’s Birthday
Sri Lanka – Esala Full Moon Poya
Thailand – Asanha Bucha
(Buddha’s first sermon)
Ukraine – Family Day
United States – Taos NM:
Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
On This Day in HISTORY
1099 – Some 15,000 starving Crusaders begin the siege of Jerusalem by marching in a religious procession around the city walls as its Muslim defenders watch. The Crusaders will seize Jerusalem from the Fatimid Caliphate and lay the foundations for the Kingdom of Jerusalem
1497 – Vasco da Gama embarks on the first direct European voyage to India
1592 – Imjin War: The Korean Navy decisively beats the Japanese Navy at the Battle of Hansan Island, South Gyeonsang Province, Korea, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
1593 – Artemisia Gentileschi born, Italian painter, one of the most accomplished painters of her generation, noted for painting strong and suffering women from myth
Artemisia Gentileschi self-portrait
1663 – Charles II of England grants John Clarke Royal charter to Rhode Island
1776 – John Nixon, an American Militia lieutenant-colonel, delivers the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence of the United States, in Philadelphia
1821 – Maria White Lowell, American poet and abolitionist, advocate for temperance and women’s rights
1822 – English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns
1839 – John D. Rockefeller born, future world’s richest oil tycoon
1844 – Mary Bailey Lincoln born, American pioneer in domestic science, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book: What to Do and What Not to Do in Cooking
1853 – Commodore Matthew Perry resorts to “gunboat diplomacy,” arriving in Edo Bay with four armed vessels, and firing off blank shots from their 73 cannons, to intimidate the Japanese into opening up trade with the U.S.
1862 – Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor born, labor organizer and activist in American socialist and communist movements
1867 – Käthe Kollwitz born, German painter, printmaker and sculptor, often depicting the tragedy of war, poverty, and hunger
Käthe Kollwitz, self-portrait
1874 – An initial force of North-West Mounted Police depart from Fort Dufferin in Manitoba on the March West, heading to Fort Whoop-up, a notorious American whisky-trading post located at the junction of the St. Mary River and Oldman Rivers, but the Americans are warned they are coming, and the Mounties find no whisky
1882 – Percy Grainger born, Australian composer, arranger and pianist
1889 – The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published
1896 – William Jennings Bryan “Cross of Gold” speech at Democratic Convention
1907 – Hirao Kishio born, Japanese composer
1908 – Louis Jordan born, African American musician, “King of the Jukebox”
1911 – “Two Gun” Nan Aspinwall arrives in New York City, after riding across the U.S. on horseback, departing from San Francisco CA on September 1, 1910
1926 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross born, Swiss psychiatrist and author; theory of five stages of grief; author of On Death and Dying; inducted into the American National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007
1929 – Shirley Ann Grau born, American author; 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Keepers of the House
1932 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22.
1933 – Harold Ickles is chosen by President Franklin Roosevelt to head the new Public Works Administration (PWA), created by the National Industrial Recovery Act, to distribute and oversee loans and grants to state and local governments so they can contract private companies to build public works projects, 34,000 over the next ten years, including New York’s Triborough Bridge, Grand Coulee Dam, the San Francisco Mint, Washington National Airport, and Key West’s Overseas Highway. During 1939, shifted to preparations of war funding the construction of the aircraft carriers Yorktown and Enterprise, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and aircraft
1934 – Raquel Correa, Chilean journalist, mostly worked for newspaper El Mercurio de Santiago, awarded Chile’s National Journalism Award in 1991
1943 – Carver Day * is established to honor George Washington Carver; ceremonies and events are planned by the National Park Service at the George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond, Missouri
1948 – The U.S. Air Force’s recruits first women into its W.A.F. program, and the U.S. Navy accepts its first peace-time female recruits after the Women’s Armed Service Integration Act allows women to serve when the nation is not at war
1958 – The soundtrack for Oklahoma! is awarded the first gold record album
1960 – U2 Incident: USSR charges US pilot Francis Gary Powers with espionage
1966 – The Beatles release “Nowhere Man”
1972 – The Who release “Join Together” in the U.S.
1975 – Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin begins his historic visit to West Germany, the first by an Israeli head of government, beginning by laying a memorial wreath at the Nazi death camp at Belsen
1981 – U.S. Senate confirms Sandra Day O’Connor to Supreme Court (99-0)
1996 – The Spice Girls release their debut single “Wannabe” in the UK
2011 – NASA launches the space shuttle Atlantis in its final mission
2014 – Bodypainting Day * is founded by Andy Golub in New York City; now also observed in Amsterdam, San Francisco and Berlin
2016 – The first National Blueberry Day * is launched by Holiday Insights to honor blueberries during their season of ripening – if you’d rather drink your blueberries, mix up a Blue & Silver Bells variation on a margarita: 2 ounces Silver Tequila, ¾ ounce Blueberry Lavender Syrup, ½ ounce fresh Lemon Juice, Lemon Twist as garnish – build in rocks glass over ice, stir, garnish
Thanks for this! I love the Carver quotation, never heard it before. I must say I have never honored a blueberry — but when my kid was little, we used to go out to a farm to pick blueberries, then to a park that had a small lake in it, and have blueberries for lunch when we spent Saturday at the park. Perhaps they were honored by that?
The Kubler-Ross quote spoke to me. Much truth in that. It never goes away, but one learns to live with it.
Hi Chuck –
I thought of you as soon as I read her quote.
Hi Malisha –
The folks at Holiday Insights felt the Blueberry had been slighted because it didn’t have its own Day, like other fruits, such as Strawberries and Blackberries, so they started one. I think eating Blueberries would have to be the highest form of ‘honoring’ them!
Bodypainting Day? I had to look it up. Only been going on in New York since 2014 as a formal event, but body painting seems to be a big thing all over the world.
One of the more fascinating things to me, as a psychologist, is how people walk about town and don’t notice other people. Body painters and some of their models have taken it to the next level. “Clothes” made of paint only. The model goes all day wearing only body paint, and no one seems to notice.
LOL – I think not noticing details about others is one of the skills learned to help make your way along crowded sidewalks. Women in particular barricade themselves against the presence of so many other pedestrians because of the increased chance of harassment by men if you accidentally make eye contact.
There is a local restaurant that serves a variation of that blueberry/lavender cocktail minus the lemon. It’s very nice. I’ll have to ask for it with lemon next time I’m there. I suspect it might overpower the lavender but lemon and blueberries are always a winner. To wit, lemon curd with fresh blueberries: a dessert I could eat until I require medical assistance.
Thanks Gene, I love lemon curd – will have to try it with blueberries – sounds delicious!
Gene, have you tried fried corn, Southern style?
Our blog buddy Camellia, at ‘Camellia’s Cottage’, has a fine recipe for fried corn.
You can see why I follow her blog.
I’ve had it back in the day, Chuck. During the summer months, that menu Camillia included with the recipe used to be a favorite of my grandmother (just add watermelon). However, it has been some time since any corn other than ground or hominy was on my menu. I do rather miss it. The sweet corn is coming in from the fields now and has been for a week or two. It’s cheap. It’s everywhere. It’s fantastic if memory serves. I’ve made some for Mom though. She reports good things.