By Sandie Grassino
July 1: “Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day”
July 2: “Build a Scarecrow Day”
July 3: “Superman Day”: July 3, 1940, was declared as Superman Day at the World’s Fair in New York. The superhero, who had his own comic book from the late 1930s, was rolled out as a 100-page special edition that day by DC Comics. That comic book was only available at the World’s Fair.
July 4: “The Death of the Last Revolutionaries”: Independence Day, 1826, saw the deaths of two presidents of our young country. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on this day.
July 5: “National Bikini Day”
July 6: “International Kissing Day”
July 7: “National Chocolate Day”
July 8: “Bald is In Day”
July 9: “National Sugar Cookie Day”
July 10: “Teddy Bear Picnic Day”: The origins of this holiday are not certain, but believed to have some relationship to the popular 1950s children’s television show by the same name.
July 11: “World Population Day”: Designed to keep people aware of the steadily increasing world population, the day of observance was started on July 11, 1987, the approximate date that the world’s population first reached 5 billion.
July 12: “Different-Colored Eyes Day”: The actual name for this condition is heterochromia.
July 13: “Barbershop Music Appreciation Day”: On this day in 1945, Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Okla., invited to her home the wives of her husband’s barbershop quartet friends. Ladies were not “allowed” in those quartets at that time, so the ladies created “Sweet Adelines” that evening.
July 14: “Bastille Day”: This has been “celebrated” since this day in 1790, the first anniversary of the French citizens “storming the Bastille” – a prison that they considered to be a symbol of the French monarchy.
July 15: “Cow Appreciation Day”
July 16: “National Ice Cream Day”
July 17: “Yellow Pig Day”: This has been celebrated annually on this date since the early 1960s, mostly by mathematicians and on college campuses. It acknowledges both yellow pigs and the number 17.
July 18: “National Caviar Day”
July 19: “Women’s Rights Conference”: This day marks the opening of the first known women’s rights convention held in the United States. It was held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.
July 20: “Moon Day”: This holiday has been observed since 1969, marking the day that man first walked on the moon.
July 21: “National Junk Food Day”
July 22: “Ratcatcher’s Day”: This day pays homage to the old legendary story of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” who, after removing 1 million rats from the town, did not receive the agreed-upon pay. So he used the same method he used to lure the rats to lure away all the town’s children. Legend says these episodes happened between June 26 and July 22 in the year 1284.
July 23: “National Hot Dog Day”
July 24: “Amelia Earhart Day”: This day acknowledges the birthdate of the famous aviatrix who was born in 1897. Along with being a pilot, she was one of the first celebrities to have her own clothing line.
July 25: “National Video Game Day”: This day has been observed annually on this date since it was created in Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1983.
July 26: “All or Nothing Day”
July 27: “National Chili Dog Day”
July 28: “Buffalo Soldiers Day”: Signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 24, 1982, this day acknowledges and commemorates the 180,000 African-Americans who fought in the Civil War and beyond in the U.S. Cavalry. The signing identified July 28 of each year as this commemorative date.
July 29: “National Lasagna Day”
July 30: “International Day of Friendship”: This day’s history goes back to 1919 in the United States. It was adopted worldwide by the United Nations in 2011.
July 31: “Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day”: Do you know what a fotoplayer is? How about an armonica? A sacbut?