Elvis Presley Day

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Elvis Presley Day is a tribute for the “King of rock ‘n’ roll”. Elvis was a singer, musician and actor from the small US-American town Tupelo in the state of Mississippi. He sang gospel, ballads or songs that make you dance. In 1977 Elvis died unexpectedly on August 16 at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is also interred.

Travel to Memphis or Tupelo and spend time in the museums close to the Elvis estate or the souvenir shops. Elvis Week takes place every year, with the biggest celebrations held close to the 16th.

Elvis did not participate in awards shows, did not perform in TV shows and exclusively surrounded himself with well-chosen colleagues. His death hit the headlines and caused a lot of special broadcasts and breaking news. Newspaper headlines the day after his demise proclaimed “The King is Dead.” His death is considered the end of an era and since then his fans recommend him annually on Elvis Presley Day, the anniversary of his death date. (from me and www.cute-calendar.com)

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Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an artificial 51-mile long waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmua od Panama and is a conduit for maritime trade. Canal locks lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 85 ft above sea level, and then lower the ships at the other end. The original locks are 110 ft wide. A third, wider lane of locks was constructed between September 2007 and May 2016, and the expanded canal began commercial operation on June that year, allowing transit of newer and larger ships, capable of handling more cargo.

France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker  mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal this day in 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South AMerica via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan.

Columbia, France, and later the United States controlled the territory surrounding the canal during construction. The U.S. continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, in 1999, the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government and is now managed and operated by the government.

Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in 1914, when the canal opened, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, to more than 815,000 vessels in 2012. It takes 11.38 hours to pass through the Panama Canal. The American Society of Civil Engineers has called the Panama Canal one of the  seven wondes of the modern world. (from Wikipedia)

Lefthander’s Day

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International Lefthanders Day is celebrated today and was first observed in 1976. As its name suggests, it’s meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates the left-handers, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population.

International Lefthanders Day was founded by the Left-Handers Club in 1992, with the club itself having been founded in 1990. International Left-Handers Day is, according to the club, “an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality [meaning left-handedness] and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.” (from: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

Perseid Meteor Shower Peak

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The maximum of Perseid activity in 2018 is expected during the nights of August 12th and 13th.  The Perseids is the name of a prolific meteor shower visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.

The visible path of a meteoroid that enters Earth’s atmosphere is called a meteor, or colloquially a shooting star or falling star. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface. (From: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

Sons and Daughters Day

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Son and Daughter Day is celebrated today, a day to spend with your children, the joy of your life. Daily life in a family with kids can sometimes be very busy, exhausting and distressing. Son and Daughter Day invites the moms and dads to pause and remember that it is not all stress and work, but that their children are actually pure joy.

The best way to take part in Son and Daughter Day is to show appreciation to sons and daughters. Spend some time together, hug each other and do stuff kids like. If those children are already grown up give them a call or visit them to let them know they are still beloved sons and daughters. (from www.cute-calendar.com)