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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.”
February brings us Robinson Crusoe Day on the firstday of the month. The Vietnam War ended in February 1973. The first President of the United States, George Washington was born this month in 1732, and the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. Each year on February 22nd, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). International Polar Bear Day falls on the 27th of the month. And, in the words of American journalist Hunter S. Thompson, “February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.”
January brings us a brand new 2014. Benjamin Franklin was born this month in 1706. The drinking straw was patented in 1888. Make Your Dreams Come True Day fall on the 8th. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Pacific Ocean in January 1935, and first flight of the supersonic Concorde happened in 1976. The United Nations General Assembly first met in London in January of 1946. And, in the words of Suze Orman, “No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”
December brings us International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the third day of the month -  the theme of 2013 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” Inventor Eli Whitney and composer Ludwig van Beethoven were both born this month in the 1760s. The first day of winter falls on December 21. Texas became the 28th state in the United States in December 1845. And in the words of William Shakespeare, “When we shall hear the rain and wind beat dark December, how in this our pinching cave shall we discourse the freezing hours away?”
November brings us World Hello Day on the 21st of the month, a day to bestow simple greetings to others and express your concern for world peace. Magellan sailed into the Pacific Ocean in November of 1521, and Lewis and Clark trekked the United States from east to west and reached the Pacific this month in 1805. Scientist Marie Curie was born in November 1867. King Tut’s tomb was discovered this month in 1922. The first iPod was sold in November of 2001. And, in the words of J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
October brings us International Day of Non-Violence on the 2nd of the month, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The International Red Cross organized in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863. Pablo Picasso was born in October of 1881. Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture in 1889. World Food Day on the 16th is a global movement to end hunger. The first space vehicle, Sputnik 1 launched this month in 1957. Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was the first CD released by Sony in 1982, and now can be found on millions of iPods, which was first revealed this month in 2001. Halloween ends October on the 31st.  And, in the words of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, “There is no reason when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feeling, as now in October.”
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