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June 23, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Typewriter Day - On this day in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his typewriter. It’s hard to find a real typewriter these days. I remember when I was in high school, typing classes were given on real typewriters and there were stores all over the place where you could buy ribbons for them. Now I know there are some young people reading this wondering why you need a ribbon for a typewriter. That just makes me feel old. Anyway, this particular invention made secretary’s lives all over the world a hundred times easier and faster.

National Pecan Sandies Day – A special kind of cookie that may have originated in the medieval Arab world.

National Pink Day – This is a day for people who love the color pink. I can't figure out why pink deserves a special day. I haven't yet seen any other color get it's own day, so go figure. But today you are urged to buy things that are pink, wear things that are pink and decorate things with pink.

SAT Math Day – This is a day to share your favorite SAT math problems. It is celebrated today because today is Alan Turing's birthday. Alan Turing, as I'm sure you already know, was a British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst, and logician who was born in 1912. That's a lot of responsibilities for one man but he was brilliant at what he did. He also had a very large role in ending World War II. Sadly, he committed suicide just before he turned 42 because of governmental persecution over issues in his private life.

United Nations Public Service Day – On this day the UN Public Service Awards are given out to worthy public servants. This is a very prestigious event that celebrates the value of public service to communities around the world.

Pink Flamingo Day – This day was declared by Dean Mazzaralla in 2007. Mr. Mazzaralla was the Mayor of Leominster, MA. He apparently really liked pink flamingos and felt that enough other people did as well. If you're a fan of pink flamingos, decorate your yard today with a flock of them. It is my understanding that less than 4 flamingos does not constitute a flock.

Runner’s Selfie Day - These people have a facebook page and I’m hoping they will post more of an explanation about this day than I saw when I wrote this post. All I can really make out is that it’s a day for runners to take a selfie.

International Widows’ Day - A United Nations day which acknowledges that widows can be found in every country, culture, race, and age bracket. Millions of these women suffer from poverty, discrimination, violence and more. This is a day to recognize their hardships and work to help the ones who need it.

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