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August 19, 2015

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 in 1939.

Potato Day – This is a day to celebrate the potato. My oldest daughter would prefer to miss this day since she doesn’t care for potatoes, but she is 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.

National Medical Dosimetrist Day – Celebrated on the third Wednesday in August, this is a day to recognize the importance of medical dosimetry professionals to our lives. If you have lived with cancer treatments either for yourself or for a loved one then you might know that medical dosimetrists work with the radiation oncologist team. They generate radiation dose distributions in collaboration with the rest of the team.

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 with a medical dosimetrist that you know.

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