National Disability Independence Day
National Disability Independence Day is celebrated each year on July 26. This day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services and communications for people with disabilities. “At the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act July 26, 1990, President George Bush stated, “Three weeks ago we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day. Today we’re here to rejoice in and celebrate another ‘Independence Day,’ one that is long overdue. With today’s signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.” Happy National Disability Independence Day!
Aunt and Uncles Day
Aunt and Uncles Day honors a very special pair of relatives. They are your mom and dad''s brothers and sisters. We hope you have a lot of Aunts and Uncles. The more, the merrier. Our Aunts and Uncles mean a lot to us. Among other things, they are most likely:
- The backup caretaker when mom and dad go out, or are at work.
- Real characters at family get-togethers and events.
- Someone we can talk to and related to..... some things we just can talk about with "parental units".
- Sound counsel and advice.
- Someone who takes you to fun places and events.
- Someone whose house is a great place to sleepover, especially if you have cousins.
- The ones who give you great presents for birthdays, Christmas and special events.
- And, the benefits of Aunts and Uncles goes on, and on, and on, and.........
National All Or Nothing Day
National Bagelfest Day
If you love the smell of fresh-baked bread, you’re in luck! July 26th is National Bagelfest Day, an annual “holiday” dedicated to the crunchy-on-the-outside yet chewy-on-the-inside bagels. It all started nearly 90 years ago when Harry Lender made bagels in his garage in Connecticut. Later, the “father of the frozen bagels” opened the first bagel bakery on the east coast. Today, the company owns the world’s largest bagel factory located in Mattoon, Illinois. Murray Lender, owner of Lender’s Bagels, began Bagelfest in Mattoon in 1986 when he offered a free bagel breakfast to the town. Since then, thousands of folks flock to the annual three day Mattoon Bagelfest held in July for loads of fun, entertainment, crafts and great food!
National Talk in an Elevator Day
Combine the lesson of not talking to strangers with our collective fear of public speaking, and you have an explanation for that awkward yet familiar silence found in an elevator full of people. More awkward is being in an elevator with one other person, silently. While most people seem to have no problem sharing what they had for lunch on their favorite social media, it seems nearly impossible to strike up a short conversation in an elevator. On National Talk in an Elevator Day, you are challenged to do just that. Toastmasters International gives these tips on the art of small talk: * Go beyond the weather. "Ask intelligent questions. If you can present some personality, the conversation becomes more engaging and animated." * Steer clear of controversial issues like money, religion, race or politics. * Don't initiate intimate conversation; small talk is also about knowing about what not to talk about.
One Voice Day
"One Voice Day" is a global initiative to unite all countries of the world in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant at exactly 1 p.m. CDT on July 26 each year. The Universal Peace Covenant is a 577-word pledge and plea to bring families, countries and the world together in a peaceful co-existence despite our constantly changing world. The Covenant is also celebrated each year during the Universal Hour of Peace, which begins at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and continues through 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
System Administrator Appreciation Day
Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud … Happy SysAdmin Day! Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right. At this point, you may be thinking, “Great. I get it. My sysadmin is a rock star. But now what?” Glad you asked! Proper observation of SysAdmin Day includes (but is not limited to):
- Cake & Ice cream
- Words of gratitude
- Custom t-shirts celebrating the epic greatness of your SysAdmin(s)