Friday, July 20, 2012

Moon Day, Chess Day, Lollipop Day, more

July 20th, 2012, is Moon Day, Friends Day, Chess Day, Ugly Truck Day, Independence Day (Colombia), National Lollipop Day, and Fortune Cookie Day.

July 20th is Moon Day, commemorating the day in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and Armstrong became the first man to set foot there. Do you remember where you were on that historic day? Were you even born?

Friends Day is the creation of Enrique Febbraro, an Argentine teacher and musician, who was inspired by the global unity of man's first moon landing in 1969. The holiday has been celebrated in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Spain. The makers of Bodega Elena de Mendoza wine are bringing the celebration to the United States this year.

Today is Chess Day. Celebrate by playing a game, or, if you're a chess newbie like me, start to learn how.

Ugly Truck Day is here. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, but a road-worn old truck has a certain charm, an aura of time passing.

Colombia observes its 201st Independence Day on this date, celebrating independence from Spain. Parades and other festivities are planned.

Lollipops put me in the mind of Shirley Temple singing "Good Ship Lollipop" and the Lollipop Guild from Wizard of Oz. More recently, Mika recorded "Lollipop." Enjoy the videos and have a happy National Lollipop Day!

Your fortune cookie fortune says...." Reading The Holiday Whiz every day leads to a long and prosperous life." Or maybe not. In any event, today is Fortune Cookie Day.

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