Monday, July 1, 2013

... Cloudless skies and dusty street.

According to the Gregorian calendar, July is the seventh month. On the Roman calendar, it was the fifth month and it was called 'Quintilis', meaning 'fifth'. Julius Caesar gave the month 31 days in 46 B.C. Being a dictator he could. Luckily for us he didn't authorize the constant changing of underpants or most of the glory that was Rome may never have been built, due the high laundry bills. The Roman Senate named it 'Julius', in honor of Caesar because - well, he was a dictator.

July is usually the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. July is one of the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere. The climate is mild in most of the Southern Hemisphere, with the exception of the COLD Antarctica, and the cold, rainy part of South America.

During July, when there isn't much rain, the grass often loses it's greenness. Some flowers are abundant in July, because they strive on the heat. Also, insects are abundant as well - life is striving in July (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway)!

Independence Day is observed in the United States on July 4. On that day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. In France, a similar holiday, Bastille Day, occurs on July 14 (although they did not adopt the Declaration of Independence.) Several other countries celebrate national independence in July. Independence Day is celebrated in Venezuela on July 5; in Argentina, July 9; in Belgium, July 21; and in Peru, July 28.

In my home, July 12th is a national holiday.

July is chock-a-block of celebrations

The Ruby is the gem for July.

The water lily is the flower for the month of July.

Here are some of the causes recognized in July:

American Beer Month.

Anti-Boredom Month (Once again I've been beaten out by Paula Deen as the spokesperson. I believe a certain Southern syndicate has lobbied heavily for Paula. What can I do?)

Boredom is an important sign of depression.

July is National Baked Beans Month.

You all know - Beans, beans, the magically fruit...

Hitchhiking Month

Remember, if you're on a dark and lonely road during a thunderstorm, pick up that hitchhiker.

July is National Hot Dog Month - National Hot Dog Day is July 23.

Remember don't look too closely into the bit end of your hot dog

National Ice Cream Month

Remember to SCREAM about it

Lead Poison Control Week

So rather than stop and frisk, we should have the police telling kids - don't lick those walls!

Peach Month (There seems to be some confusion on whether National Peach Month is in July or August.

So Dammit, dare to eat the peach!!!)

Read An Almanac Month


Which is what I celebrate all the time.

July 1, 1956 -
Columbia Pictures released the classic scifi movie, Earth vs The Flying Saucers, featuring special effects by Ray Harryhausen, on this date.

This science fiction movie was "suggested" by the 1953 non-fiction book "Flying Saucers From Outer Space" by retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, who believed that certain aerial phenomena were interplanetary in origin.

July 1, 1965 -
Paramount Pictures released the film The Sons of Katie Elder, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin on this date.

This picture marked the return of John Wayne to work after having a cancerous lung removed just four months earlier. He insisted on doing all his own stunts to show the public that the illness hadn't slowed him down.

Today in History:
Canada celebrates Canada Day (Canadian for "Fourth of July") today.

Hey, when your neighbor has a party, you don't ask why, you just bring a bottle of wine and something to throw on the grill.

July 1,1893 -
President Grover Cleveland underwent a secret oral surgery aboard the yacht Oneida for a cancerous growth in his upper palate on this date.

The cancer operation remained a secret until July 1, 1917, when the doctor who performed the operation revealed the story.

July 1, 1912 -
Drama critic Harriet Quimby took a passenger up in her new Blériot monoplane from Boston to fly over Dorchester Bay at the Harvard-Boston Aviation Meet. As she descended for landing, the plane went into a dive and, without seat belts, she and her passenger were thrown out into the shallow water of the bay, where they struck the muddy bottom and were crushed to death.

Quimby was the first American to receive a pilot's license (1911) and was the first woman to solo across the English Channel (1912).

Kids, put on the damn seat belt.

July 1, 1979 -
The Sony Corporation revolutionized the music industry on this date when the first Walkman was sold. The Walkman, the first portable personal audio cassette player, allowed people to take music with them anywhere.

The first sale - a blue-and-silver model (TPS-L2), was made in Japan.  

Bonus points - in the U.S., it was first marketed as the Soundabout.

And so it goes.

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