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December brings us World AIDS Day on the first day of the month, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have passed. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in December of 1877 and Marconi first broadcast his radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. Disney’s founder Walt, golf’s Tiger Woods, lyricist Ira Gershwin and baseball great Ty Cobb celebrate birthdays this month. It was December 1903 when the Wright brothers first flew, and 1968 when Apollo 8 reached the moon. And in the words of Dr. Seuss, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
November brings us All Saints Day on the first day of the month. The International Space Station opened for business this month in the year 2000. Basketball inventor James Naismith, pioneer Daniel Boone, industrialist Andrew Carnegie and Disney’s chief mouseXcutive Mickey Mouse celebrate their birthdays in November. In the USA, there are many days celebrating food, including nachos, deviled eggs, sandwiches, candy, homemade bread, cashews and Thanksgiving. And, in the words of American poet Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth, “November comes, and November goes, with the last red berries, and the first white snows.”
October brings us World Vegetarian Day on the 1st, the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, artist Pablo Picasso, first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were all born in October. Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture in 1889, and American Bandstand premiered with host Dick Clark in 1957. And, in the words of novelist Thomas Wolfe, “ All things on earth point home in old October – sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunter to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”
September brings us the International Day of Peace on the 21st of the month, marking its 30th anniversary with this year’s theme of “Right of the Peoples to Peace,” which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Cartoon icon Scooby Doo, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Olympian Jesse Owens and HG Wells were all born in September. The New York Times was first published in September 1851, and Google was incorporated in 1998. And, in the words of poet Helen Hunt Jackson, “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
August brings us Dream Day on the 28th, inspired by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963. IBM unveiled its first Personal Computer this month in 1981. The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton; chef and TV star Julia Child; The Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key; and professional wrestler Hulk Hogan were all born in August. And in the words of singer, songwriter Garth Brooks, “That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice.”
In July, 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer action will continue in Brazil, with the finals taking place on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT. The match will be broadcast live on ABC from Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Circus showman PT Barnum, Ernie from Sesame Street and Princess Diana were all born in July. The first zeppelin flight took place this month in 1900. NASA was established in 1958. And Apollo 11 made its voyage to the moon in 1969. In the words of astronaut Neil Armstrong, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”
June brings us World Juggler’s Day on the 17th, presented by the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA). Henry Ford made his first operational car this month in 1896. Celebrating birthdays in June are Superman; the Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley; Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street; and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Father’s Day is celebrated on June 15, along with the first day of summer on the 18th. And, in the words of English philosopher Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”
May brings us Mother’s Day on the 11th. Dr. Benjamin Spock, President John F. Kennedy, Jim Thorpe (the world’s greatest athlete) and Frank L. Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz) were all born in May. International Museum Day is celebrated May 18; this year’s theme, chose by the museum community, is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” The first Kentucky Derby ran this month in 1875. World No Tobacco Day takes place on the 31st of May. And, in the words of Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith, “But winter lingering chills the lap of May.”
April brings us International Children’s Book Day, celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday on the 2nd. Webster’s Dictionary was first published this month in 1828. Educator Booker T. Washington, aviator Wilbur Wright and seismologist Charles Richter were all born in April. The MP3 audio format was patented in Germany this month in 1989. On April 10, “Encourage a Young Writer Day” is celebrated followed by “Tell a Story Day” on the 27th. And, in the words of Mark Twain, “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
March brings us International Women’s Day on the 8th, with the theme of “Inspiring Change.” Inventor Alexander Graham Bell, artist Michelangelo, illusionist Harry Houdini and the world’s favorite soft drink, Coca Cola were all born in March. The Ides of March fall on the 15th. Twitter had its first ever tweets go out in March of 2006. We look forward to the first day of Spring on the 20th of the month. And in the words of author, scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold, “One swallow does not make a Summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.”
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