Dick Clark hosted American Bandstand for the first time in 1956.
Cow Appreciation Day is celebrated to remind us how integral cows are to our daily lives. In some regions, such as parts of India, cows have significant religious meaning. In some cultures, cows are considered as the oldest form of wealth. Cattle today are the basis of a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.
The production of milk, which is also made into cheese, butter, and other dairy products, is comparable in economic size to beef production and provides an important part of the food supply. (from www.cute-calendar.com)
Enjoy this day by eating a proper amount of chocolate without remorse and guilt! Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Chocolate chip cookies have become very common and very popular in most parts of Europe, as well as North America. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays. Chocolate is also used to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate.
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, the dried and partially fermented seeds of the cacao tree, a small evergreen tree native to the deep tropical region of the Americas. Roughly two-thirds of the entire world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa, with 43% sourced from Côte d’Ivoire, where child labor is a common practice to obtain the product. According to the World Cocoa Foundation, some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood.
Several types of chocolate can be distinguished. Pure, unsweetened chocolate contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining chocolate with sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk.
The health effects of chocolate refer to the possible beneficial physiological effects of eating chocolate. For example, cocoa and dark chocolate may support cardiovascular health. Other effects under preliminary research include reduced risks of cancer. (from www.cute-calendar.com)
The idea behind the International Kissing Day is that many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing’s sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. International Kissing Day is not as commercialized as Valentine’s Day.
Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. A kiss may be used to express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck, among many others. The act of kissing has become a common expression of affection among many cultures worldwide. (from: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)
A bikini, an abbreviated two-piece swimsuit for women, debuted this date in 1946. The basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the woman’s breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the buttocks in back. The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.
The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Reard, the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini ATOLL where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Heim, also from Paris, re-released a similar design earlier that same year, the Atome. Due to its controversial and revealing design, the bikini was slow to be adopted. In many countries it was banned from beaches and public places. While still considered risqué, the bikini gradually became a part of popular culture when film stars—Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and others—began wearing them on public beaches and in film.
The bikini design became common in most Western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear and swimwear. By the late 20th century it had become common as sportswear in sports such as beach volleyball and bodybuilding. The bikini has gradually grown to gain wide acceptance in Western society. By the early 2000s, bikinis had become a $811 million business annually in the U.S. and boosted spin-off services such as bikini waxing and sun tanning.
Archaeologist James Mellart described the earliest bikini-like costume in Catalhoyuk, Anatolia in the Chalcolithic era (around 5600 BC), where a mother goddess is depicted astride two leopards wearing a costume somewhat like a bikini. The two-piece swimsuit can be traced back to the Greco-Roman world, where bikini-like garments worn by women athletes are depicted on urns and paintings dating back to 1400 BC. (from Wikipedia)
This national day is commonly known as the Fourth of July (or July Fourth or Independence Day). It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was responsible for its independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is a huge celebration all over the country, including fireworks, concerts, parades, baseball games, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, political speeches, and various other public and private events.
4th of July celebrates the history, government, and traditions of the United States and is an opportunity for a reunion of family and friends as schools are closed, and the day is a holiday for almost everyone. All non-essential federal institutions are closed on Independence Day, too, as in 1938 the US Congress changed the day to be a paid federal holiday. The celebrations are also marked by patriotic displays: both decorations and clothing are colored white, red, and blue – like the colors of the American flag.
On July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. On July 4th its 56 delegates finally adopted the Declaration of Independence and thirteen colonies (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, South Carolina, and Virginia) became the United States of America. (from www.cute-calendar.com)