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June 16, 2016

Today we celebrate:

International Day of the African Child - Created by the Organization of African Unity to honor the people involved in the Soweto Uprising on this day in 1976. Soweto is in South Africa, and about 10,000 black school kids marched to protest the fact that they were being given a very poor education and weren’t even allowed to learn in their own language. Hundreds of these kids were shot that day and hundreds more were killed or injured in the weeks that followed. The theme for this year is “Conflict and Crisis in Africa; Protecting all Children’s Rights”.

Dump The Pump Day – Celebrated annually for the last 10 years on the third Thursday in June, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems all across the country celebrate this day. The idea is to save money on gas by riding public transportation instead of driving on this day. Another good way would be to invent a car that runs on garbage which we certainly produce plenty of.

Recess At Work Day – Also celebrated on the third Thursday in June, this is a day when recess is serious business. It's an opportunity to increase creativity in the workplace, increase morale at your office, improve the health of the employees, create the spirit of everyone being on the same team, and share the fun side of you that the people you work with rarely have a chance to see. These people are so serious about it that they have a Recess At Work Training System that you can learn about here.

World Sea Turtle Day - This day is the birthday of Dr. Archie Carr, founder of the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Dr. Carr left behind a legacy of love for sea turtles. He researched them and advocated for them in order to save them from extinction. They have been on this planet for apparently 110 million years, according to scientists. We have only been on this planet for approximately 60,000 years, I believe. It would be a tragedy if our short time on this earth cause the extinction of such an old species.

No Orange Clothes Day - On this day in 1784, the powers that be in Holland banned the wearing of orange clothing. I found lots and lots of reference to this day, but no information to answer my biggest question which was, “Why?” Never fear, I found the answer. It all began with Willem of Orange back in the 1500s when he invaded the Netherlands with a flag of orange, white and blue. He was a strong leader, unfortunately his successors were not and they gradually began losing power. Their attempts at keeping their power were many and all involved rallying around the color orange. So in 1784 the Estates of Holland, in an effort to prevent a rebellion, banned the wearing of the color orange. This is a very short explanation of a problem that occurred over at least two centuries so I’m sure it was far too complex for this blog to report on.

National Fudge Day – My grandmother used to make fudge every year. Now, I'm not a big fan of fudge, but it was pretty good. There are plenty of people who do love it so this is a good day for you if you are one of them.

Bloomsday – This day celebrates the life of James Joyce, an Irish author who wrote a novel, Ulysses, which is set on this day in 1904. Mr. Joyce chose this particular day for his novel because it was the date of his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle. Dubliners celebrate this day with readings from the book, or by dressing as characters in the book.

Ladies Day (Baseball) – On this day in 1883, the New York Giants hosted the very first Ladies' Day baseball game. Revolutionary for it's time, the Giants allowed both escorted and unescorted ladies to watch the game for free. Just to hazard a guess, I would think that most ladies didn't need to work too hard to find someone willing to escort them to a baseball game.

Fresh Veggies Day - Celebrated on this day every year, this is a day to have fresh vegetables with every meal. Fresh veggies, in my opinion, taste so much better than frozen or canned. Although there is nothing wrong with the frozen and canned options, fresh is far more flavorful and they retain more of their vitamins and nutrients. If you have the option, chose fresh.

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