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August 19, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Aviation Day – Established by Presidential Proclamation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, this is a day to celebrate the development of aviation. This day was chosen because it is Orville Wright's birthday. He was born in 1871 and was still alive when the proclamation was made.

Potato Day – This is a day to celebrate the potato. My daughters would prefer to miss this day since they don't care for potatoes, but they are not cooking dinner tonight, I am. I think I'll make homemade french fries. Potatoes have been an important food source for humans for hundreds of years, possibly longer.

"Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day – The root beer float is made with root beer and vanilla ice cream and ends up a light brown color. However, if you make it with chocolate ice cream, it is not a traditional root beer float and so it is instead called a “black cow” root beer float, or in some areas, a “brown cow” root beer float. Drink up!

World Humanitarian Day – This is a day to honor humanitarians all over the world who have worked for a humanitarian cause. It particularly honors those who have died in the course of their humanitarian work. This is not the same as Humanitarian Day, which we celebrated on January 15th, because this is a world wide day that was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2008.

To celebrate today, Take an airplane ride to the country of your choice to visit with the humanitarians there so you can thank them for their hard work. Then, when you get home, have some potatoes for dinner along with a “black cow” root beer float.

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