Thursday, July 2, 2015

Holidays and Observances for July 2 2015

I Forgot Day

Those of us of a “certain” age will probably appreciate this holiday. July 2 is, well, um, hmm... Oh yeah - July 2 is I Forgot Day!

I Forgot Day
This annual occasion was created by Gaye Anderson after going through what she refers to as a particularly forgetful period in her life, if she remembers correctly. Trouble is, she can’t really say for sure exactly when she came up with the idea because well, she can’t recall it!

Chances are pretty good you've probably forgotten a loved one’s birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special event at some point. Anderson’s pretty sure she created I Forgot Day as a way to make amends for those important days and special events already forgotten about and those that may be forgotten in the coming weeks, months and years ahead.

Let’s be brutally honest. Most of us lead hectic and busy lives. We are overworked, underpaid and totally stressed out. Who on earth has the time to remember details, anyway?

To avoid any possible unpleasantness, send a free I Forgot Day greeting card to that special person in your life and you’ll be covered for that special event in the future that you are sure to forget about today.

Made in the USA Day

Today is Made In The USA Day, a time to remind ourselves of the value of buying American.

What's the use, some might ask - everything's made in China.

Well, that's the point.

America is the innovator, the inventor. And if you haven't heard yet, China is the copier, the maker of knock-offs. For years, now, China has been stealing US trade secrets and turning around and selling us cheaper-priced goods. The whole time, it was good old American research and development that paid for the cost of coming up with the products to begin with.

So how do we stem the tide of the resulting trade imbalance?

The answer is simple. Buy American.

And that starts right here and right now.

When you patronize local businesses, such as farmers markets and the Downtown Market in Estherville, you're buying products directly from the grower or manufacturer. And you know that's local.

The same goes for when you're grocery shopping. Fruits and vegetables that are "in season" locally are more likely to be grown locally. Sure, it's nice to buy those fruits from South America in February. But you can buy those same fruits now, and Iowa-grown. The choice should be simple.

The same philosophy goes when you're buying a vehicle, too. One thing you want to make sure of, though, is what percentage of the assembly was done in the US. This is something you can research through publications like Consumer Reports and other sources.

Certainly, we have a world economy. We'd be like the proverbial ostrich, sticking our heads in the sand, if we denied that. But we'd also be sticking our heads in the sand if we thought we were helpless to do anything about it.

So as the Fourth of July approaches, ask yourself if you personally can't do something to improve our country's economy.

And the answer is simple.

Buy American.

National Anisette Day

Every year, on the 2nd day of the month of July, lovers of anise and sweet liqueurs have reason to rejoice. That is because National Anisette Day falls on this date, giving an excuse to raise a glassful of anisette, either in a cocktail, on the rocks or straight up, and offer a toast to the flavorful spirit.1

Anisette is not the most well-known of alcoholic beverages, and National Anisette Day provides an opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with this liqueur to get to know it a little bit better (and of course, for those who are familiar with it to partake as well). The drink has a sweet an aromatic taste, and is somewhat reminiscent of black licorice. Because it has a strong flavor, it is often mixed with other liquors and flavorings rather than being consumed on its own.

It is hard to track down any specific information on the origins of National Anisette Day. Anisette itself has roots in Europe, and is typically seen in Italy, France, Portugal, Spain and Mexico. It has a relatively low alcohol content (25 percent), and was originally created as a replacement for absinthe. Anisette contains 16 different herbs, which are mixed with syrup and a neutral alcohol.2

National Anisette Day celebrations may be few and far between, as it is not among the most popular of liqueurs and many people have never heard of this holiday. However, you may run into specials at local bars or restaurants. You can always celebrate by enjoying a glass of the stuff (or a cocktail that contains it), and even invite friends over for a National Anisette Day party.

World Sports Journalists Day

World Sports Journalists Day is celebrated on July 2, every year.

The occasion is celebrated to urge members of the sporting media to strive for excellence in their professional work. On should grab hold of every opportunity to use sport as a vehicle for world peace, and to be fair and impartial goal. World Sports Journalists Day is the responsibility as journalists to set an example to the world. A journalist can add value not only to the world of sport, but to the world at large - to culture, to peace, and to good values
History of origin

World Sports Journalists Day all started when various sports journalists assembled at a game show during the twentieth century. World Sports Journalists Day took place during the Olympic Games at Antwerp in the year 1920. The requirement and plan for uniting sports journalists from the entire globe firstly took place from this event. The International Sports and Press Association (AIPS), a body was established in the year 1924 while Olympic Games took place in Paris. As that venue is the Headquarters of the Sporting Club of France.
Main initiators were:
  • Frantz Reichel
  • The Belgian Victor Boin along with their co-workers Tegner and Pozzi.
  • goal of the association is to increase the participation from different member countries in order to defend sport and the skilled interest of the members.
  • It emphasizes on strengthening the companionship, bonding and liking & disliking between sports journalists all over the globe.
  • Its effort is to provide the better working environment for the fellow members.
Facts and Figures
Sport journalism has flourished as a different kind of sports activities all over the world has taken a new shape in terms of power, wealth and influence. Sports journalism is an integral coverage matter for every media group. Sports journalism involves organizations dedicated only to different sports covering dailies, like L'Equipe in France, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy. Life of sports in various Britain and American magazines like Sports Illustrated and the Sporting News, sports talk radio stations, and television channels like ESPN. The 1950s and 1960s saw a rapid growth in sports journalism both in the printing and the broadcasting media.

There was development of specialist sports news and the photographic agencies. Through some outstanding photography media business has grow into a multi-million pound. Since the 1990s, the sport is growing on a rapid pace. It has become a global business and the handsome amounts of money are involved from sponsorship and in the staging of the Olympic Games and football World Cups. These events have attracted the attention of well-known investigative and skilled journalists. The nature of the relationships between the subjects of sports journalists reporting and sports journalists is very sensitive. Most of the countries have formed their individual national association for the sports journalists. The particular sport has its personal associations and clubs for specialist journalists. These associations are not like trades unions; rather, it sets certain goal in order keep up the exact podium of press at sports venues. They emphasize on better accreditation methodologies and try to maintain good standards of sports journalism. The Sports Journalist Association was established in the year 1948 in Britain.

It organizes two honorable awards shows. One is an annual Sports Academy ceremony. This show hunts great performances by sportsmen and sports women of the last event
Second is the British Sports Journalism Awards. Main sponsor of this event is UK Sport. It is presented each Year in March. Few reputed dailies, like The Sunday Times, started adopting the policy to hire former sports personalities to write columns in place of journalists. But use to work as ghost writers. But it could not grow much as good-will of sports journalism started falling under the category of academic scrutiny as per the parameter. Sports journalism in Britain has attracted different talented journalist.

The Daily Mirror proprietor Peter Wilson, Hugh McIlvanney of Sunday Times, Ian Wooldridge of the Daily Mail and soccer writer Brian Glanville use to write for the Sunday Times, became very popular names through their instant and skilled journalistic approach for giving coverage on various memorable events like the Massacre at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Muhammad Ali's fight career, and the Heysel Stadium disaster.

World UFO Day

World UFO Day is celebrated on July 2nd of each year. World UFO Day was established by the World UFO Day Organization (WUFODO). According to, there are several reasons this day was founded.

On of the first and foremost reasons is to raise awareness about the undoubted existence of UFO’s and with that intelligent beings from outer space.

Also this day is used to encourage governments to unclassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history. Many governments, the US government for instance, are believed to have gained exclusive information about UFO’s through their military departments. A subject that still raises a lot of curiosity is the Roswell incident in 1947 when a believed UFO crashed in Roswell New Mexico.

Find out more about World UFO Day by visiting their website:

What is a UFO?
An unidentified flying object, often abbreviated UFO or U.F.O., is an unusual apparent anomaly in the sky that is not readily identifiable to the observer as any known object, often associated with extraterrestrial life.

While technically a UFO refers to any unidentified flying object, in modern popular culture the term UFO has generally become synonymous with alien spacecraft; however, the term ETV (ExtraTerrestrial Vehicle) is sometimes used to separate this explanation of UFOs from totally earthbound explanations.

Proponents argue that because these objects appear to be technological and not natural phenomena and are alleged to display flight characteristics or have shapes seemingly unknown to conventional technology, the conclusion is that they must not be from Earth. Though UFO sightings have occurred throughout recorded history, modern interest in them dates from World War II (see foo fighter), further fueled in the late 1940s by Kenneth Arnold’s report of a close encounter, which led to coining of the term flying saucer, and the Roswell UFO Incident. Since then governments have investigated UFO reports, often from a military perspective, and UFO researchers have investigated, written about, and created organizations devoted to the subject. One such investigation, the UK’s Project Condign, made public in 2006, attributed unaccountable UFO sightings to a hitherto unknown and scientifically unexplained “plasma field.” It also concluded that Russian, former Soviet Republics, and Chinese authorities had made a co-ordinated effort to understand the UFO phenomenon and that military organizations, particularly in Russia, had done “considerably more work (than is evident from open sources)” on military applications stemming from their UFO research. The report also noted that “several aircraft have been destroyed and at least four pilots have been killed ‘chasing UFOs’.