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July 30, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Cheesecake Day – The flavor of the cheesecake is not specified so I think it would be acceptable to have whatever kind you like best. I’m not particular. I have yet to meet a cheesecake I don’t like. I even like the Jello No Bake Cheesecake. I pile on the mandarin oranges and I’m in heaven.

International Day Of Friendship – This day has been declared the official International Friendship Day by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2011, however some countries choose to celebrate this day on the first Sunday in August. It was actually begun by the greeting card industry in the 1920's in the United States, but it didn't do well because people thought it was a pretty obvious ploy to sell greeting cards. It never really gained popularity, but it never really went away either. Then, with the spread of the internet and mobile phone technology, it has spread to other countries who have adopted the sentiment behind the day wholeheartedly.  Maybe people in other countries are less cynical than Americans.

National Dance Day – Begun by Nigel Lythgoe and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2010, this is a day to celebrate dancing and other forms of physical fitness in order to have a healthy lifestyle and fight obesity. We celebrate on the last Saturday in July by dancing or participating in another physical activity that you enjoy.

Paperback Book Day – On this day, in 1935, Penguin Books published its first paperback books. Ten of them, in fact. While there had been other paper covered books before, they were considered poor quality books to say the least, such as dime novels. These ten in 1935 were the first respectable books to be printed inexpensively in this manner and included authors Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie, as well as 8 others that you may not recognize as readily these days.

Father-In-Law Day – This is a day to honor your father-in-law. Hopefully you have a good relationship with yours so call him up today or go see him if you can and wish him a very happy day.

National Support Public Education Day – There was a petition out there on that  attempted to gather support to ask the President of the United States to declare this day National Support Public Education Day. The petition was begun by the SOS Million Teacher March Organization in an effort to convince the government that public education needs the kind of support that a special day like this can give. Unfortunately, they were only able to gather 322 signatures so it wasn’t enough.

Paddle For Perthes Disease Awareness Day – Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a disease that causes problems with the blood supply to the hips. Without enough blood, the bones break easily and do not heal well. So, to celebrate today, we don't use our legs much, hence the paddling. Paddle your canoe, or kayak or small boat or raft to show support for those who suffer from this disease. This day is always celebrated on the last Saturday of July.

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