Sunday, July 20, 2014

Holidays and Observances for July 20 2014

Moon Day


Moon Day commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.
The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event it was!

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the "Eagle", touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported "The Eagle Has Landed". A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the moon's surface and proclaimed: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".

Enjoy Moon Day re-living this historic day. Watch a movie on space or read a book on space flight. We suggest the movie " Apollo 13". 

Space Exploration Day


The origins of Space Exploration Day date back to man first walking on the moon, with the day itself first observed to commemorate this historic event during events held in the early 1970s. It is about more than just the moon landings though and is intended to pay homage to the incredible achievements of the past and fire up enthusiasm for the benefits of space exploration efforts to come in the future.

The Space Exploration Day website provides details of ways to take part, with these produced by the man behind the original idea for the event, J. David Baxter. These include taking a nature hike in the spirit of exploration, organizing public star gazing parties, setting off model rockets, or having a science fiction party to show a classic space movie. There are plenty of other options to have some fun and celebrate a universe to be explored.

In April of 1961 President John F. Kennedy, with the support of the CIA, carried out an Invasion of Cuba, hoping to bring out popular local Cuban support for the overthrow of Fidel Castro’s communist regime. This mission failed, and soon America was threatened by the Russian led Cuban Missile Crisis.

At this time it became important to build a world view of United States technological leadership, so that America could compete with Communism on a world scale. President Kennedy decided to establish a Man on the Moon Goal. This became a race with the Soviet Union, to get there first. He announced this goal on September 12, 1962. The original goal was motivated by military fears and events. However, Kennedy foresaw the conquest of space, as a potentially peaceful endeavor. When we finally got to the Moon, on July 20, 1969, we conducted Space Exploration, and we came in peace for all mankind.

National Ice Cream Day


In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2014, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 20.

The U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market's overall value. (Source: MarketLine, an Informa business)

About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation's dairy industry.

Founded in 1900, IICA is the trade association for manufacturers and distributors of ice cream and other frozen dessert products. The association's activities range from legislative and regulatory advocacy to market research, education and training. Its 80 member companies manufacture and distribute an estimated 85% of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. IICA is a constituent organization of IDFA.

National Lollipop Day


On the 20th day of July every year in the United States, lovers of candy on a stick have one more reason to indulge. This is because National Lollipop Day falls at this time. Lollipops are a favorite sweet candy treat for both children and adults alike, and on this day you can surprise someone you know with a lollipop or enjoy on all your own. If you have children, be warned -- if you inform them that this holiday exists, you will likely need to make sure that they receive a lollipop on this date, or you just might never hear the end of it!

The precise origins of National Lollipop Day are not simple to find on the Internet, such as is the case with the majority of similar food holidays. The day is, however, acknowledged by the National Confectioners Association, which also happens to provide some interesting information on candy and other food holidays in general. According to their website, holidays such as these are usually created by food companies or individual people who have some sort of connection to the product. Typically, they will request that a major calendar company (such as Chase's Calendar of Events) publish their special day. More rarely, government officials will proclaim commemorative holidays.

Most National Candy Day celebrations will not be widely advertised, and many will take place on the regional level at candy stores or similar venues. You may find reduced prices on lollipops at grocery stores. Perhaps the best way to celebrate this special day is by handing out lollipops to your friends and family members, or simply by enjoying one yourself.

Myths and facts about lollipop
  • Previously, the lollipop was a traditional hard candy on a stick or a hard candy on a ring.
  • It contained bubble gum or chocolate in the center to enhance the taste.
  • Sometimes the lollipop used to spin or glow.
  • But the fact is whether traditional or novel, the lollipop is very favorite item for almost all candy lovers.
Process of making lollipop
  • The lollipop manufacturing process is not very typical.
  • Candy is made by mixing heated sugar and corn syrup.
  • After cooking colors and flavors are added.
  • The mixture then goes to a machine that forms the head of the lollipop and inserts the stick.
  • Machine can be preset to form a desired shape of the lollipop.
  • Then the lollipops are cooled.
  • Finally, it is packed in attractive wrappers and shipped.
Variety of Lollipops
  • Tootsie Pops are the largest Selling lollipops.
  • Tootsie Pops are homegrown and manufactured in Chicago.
  • The production of over 20million lollipops is done each day by the manufacturers.
  • It meets the demand of millions of people around the world thus listing
  • Tootsie Pop is world the largest lollipop producer.
  • Many scientists were involved in studing this pop at Purdue University, Yale, Cornell University, University of Michigan.
  • They were reasearching, to conclude how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
  • Tootsie Pops does not contain fats and has only 60 calories.
National Ugly Truck Contest Day


If you are one of those folks who have special names for your vehicles, this annual holiday may be right up your alley. July 20th is Ugly Truck Day. Also known as National Ugly Truck Contest Day, the origins of this "holiday" are unknown.

In honor of this special day, why not crank up Lil Red or Betty Lou and take her for a spin – that is if she’ll start. And if you notice an old beater out on the road today, why not show her some love and give her a great big wave or a couple of friendly honks. Or even better, take your best shot of your ugly truck and use the photo as your Facebook profile pic just for today? The rustier, dirtier and uglier the better!

If you or someone you know has the ugliest truck of ‘em all, why not enter it into the Eastwood Ugly Truck Day Photo Contest? Just submit an original image, a description of the ugly truck and your name and address to contest@eastwood.com. One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from Eastwood. Only one entry per person and all submitted images will become property of Eastwood. Please visit the website for further information.

World Jump Day


The World Jump Day was an event scheduled for July 20, 2006 at 11:39.13. A day in which people jump. UTC, at which time the organization claimed to have 600 million people from the western hemisphere jump simultaneously. They claimed this would move the Earth out of its orbit, and into a new one, one that would not cause global warming. The site was a hoax, an art installation by Torsten Lauschmann (claiming to be a Professor Hans Peter Niesward from the Institute for Gravitational Physics in Munich), and in no way serious. The German student association Lambda Omega Lambda provided hosting and programming services.

Misconceptions often get carried away. There is a new website called World Jump Day. It asks for people to jump at certain times on July 20, 2006. They claim that if it happens, the world will shift out of its orbit and there will be no more global warming. In fact their website says quite plainly that “Scientific research has proven that this change in planetary position [that's caused by jumping] would very likely stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a more homogenous climate.” My first complaint in this claim is that he says research has proven it is silly to make such claims because science is definitely not the end all be all.

The goal of science—particularly physics—is to further our understanding of the world by looking at thimgs differently and thereby challenging convention. Einstein became what he was by challenging the foundation of his field. Therefore, if we are to assume that because some unnamed man with uncited research claims that bouncing will change our ecosystem, you have to take it with an enormous grain of salt. Anyway, to show you how claims should be made, I am here to refute the whole argument with numbers and basic physics. By the way, I shouldn't be making this agrument to begin with! That is because if the people who are jumping are from earth, then the forces of them leaving and landing would cancel each other out, and their net force would be zero (Newton's 3rd law). So, for the sake of it, let's invent new people!