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June 6, 2014

Do you have a yo-yo somewhere around?  I do.  I know I do.  I just don't know where it is.

UN Russian Language Day - One of the six official United Nations languages, this day commemorates the birthday of Aleksandr Pushkin, a Russian poet who is credited with being “the father of modern Russian literature.”

National Gardening Exercise Day – Today is a day to get some exercise in the garden. Weeding, planting, weeding, watering, weeding, hoeing, weeding, and finally...resting while you watch the weeds grow.  Get some fresh air and exercise those muscles at the same time.

National Applesauce Cake Day – This is a cake that has applesauce as a main ingredient. It is very moist, and shouldn't need any oil. Unless you have unusual food allergies like some of the people in my household do, this is a very good thing because apples are much healthier than oil to bake with.

D-Day – On this day in 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft were involved and at the end of the day, our troops had a foothold in Normandy but the cost was great. We lost more than 9,000 soldiers on that day.

National Yo-Yo Day – This is believed to possibly be Donald Duncan Sr.'s birthday, maybe. Not real sure about that and it appears that no one else is either. Why is that important, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. Yo-yo's have been around for well over two thousand years. In ancient Greece they were made from wood, or clay. In more recent times (1928), Pedro Flores began making yo-yo's to sell in California. Well, in 1929, Donald F. Duncan, felt that this new fad was going to go places and bought the Flores Yo-yo Corp. and registered the name Yo-yo as a trademark and really took off with it.

Drive-in Movie Day – There was a time when the Drive-in was THE place to go on a date. You could find one in almost any town. Nowadays, you'd be hard pressed to find one in every state. I happen to have one in my town, but that just makes me lucky. On this day in 1933, Richard Hollingshead's drive-in opened in New Jersey. His advertisement stated that “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” The first film they showed was called Wife Beware. The drive-in idea just took off from there and before long, they were everywhere.

National Doughnut Day – Celebrated on the first Friday of June, this day was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor women who served doughnuts to our soldiers during World War I. This day started as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army as they worked to help the large numbers of needy people during the Great Depression.

To celebrate today, speak Russian to your plants while you get your gardening exercise workout done.  Then watch a documentary on D-Day while you make applesauce cake.  This evening, go to a drive-in movie and eat doughnuts and play with your yo-yo.

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