Rev it up for August 21st!
Well, hello! August 21st is a holiday for spumoni, great roads and more. Poets, seniors, good friends and others mark August 21st as a special day for many reasons.
What are some of the most popular holidays celebrated on August 21st (arranged alphabetically)?
Good Roads Day
Road warriors and devotees of the open road celebrate Good Roads Day on (or around) August 21st each year. By this point in the summer, warm-weather highway construction is usually in full swing. Lane closures abound.
Why not put a positive spin on the perennial traffic jams at this late midsummer junction? Pass the potholes, and point for the smoothest, recently resurfaced roads on the map?
Poetry is celebrated on August 21st each year. This literary holiday recognizes wordsmiths who create ballads, free verse, haikus, limericks, odes, senryus, sonnets and more. Even lyricists are honored on August 21st.
Who is your favorite poet? What is your most treasured poem?
On August 21st, libraries and bookstores feature volumes of verse. Writers’ associations hold poetry readings and poetry slams. And poets pick up feather quills and pens (or tap on computer keyboards) to create their own unique turns of phrase.
After all, today is Poet’s Day, so have a grand old rhyme.
Senior Citizens Day
On August 19, 1988, 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed American Presidential Proclamation #5847, declaring August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day.
On this annual occasion honoring the aged among us, folks are encouraged to display affection and appreciation for the elderly among us. In many communities, local civic organizations and philanthropies hold special events to recognize and benefit senior citizens and to recruit volunteers to visit and serve in senior centers and programs.
What senior citizen might you stop in to see on Senior Citizens Day, August 21st?
Italians and Italian food enthusiasts scoop up their celebrations on August 21st, which happens to be Spumoni Day.
Spumoni is a molded frozen dessert, much like ice cream, that is usually served in multi-flavored layers. Often, candied fruits and nuts are added to spumoni as well.
In Canada, Spumoni Day may be celebrated on November 13th, rather than August 21st. However, true spumoni aficionados may mark both dates on their calendars for extra helpings.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 21st: Abraham of Smolensk, Anastasius Cornicularius, Aria, Avitus I of Clermont, Bassa and Companions, Bernard Tolomeo, Bruno Zembol, Cameron, Cyriaca, Gilbert, Hardulph, Joseph Nien Vien, Ladislaus Findysz, Leontius the Elder, Luxorius, Maximilian of Antioch, Our Lady of Knock, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Paternus, Pius X, Quadratus, Sidonius Apollinaris and Victoire Rasoamanarivo.
Notable Anniversaries on August 21st:
Illinois House Representative Abraham Lincoln squared off against Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas for the first of a series of seven debates on August 21, 1858. The two candidates were vying for a U.S. Senate Seat. Abraham Lincoln later became the 16th President of the United States.
On August 21, 1878, the American Bar Association (a professional association of attorneys) was formed in Sarasota, New York.
The General Motors Corporation jump-started its Oldsmobile division on August 21, 1897.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece portrait, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, on August 21, 1911. The Louvre was closed for an entire week, as several suspects were investigated. Two years later, Vincenzo Peruggia (a Louvre employee) was charged with the theft, and the famous painting was returned.
On August 21, 1920, Christopher Robin Milne was born to children’s author A. A. Milne and his wife, Daphne Milne. Christopher Robin Milne became the namesake and inspiration for the young owner of Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and other characters in A. A. Milne’s treasured series.
Hawaii became the 50th state in the Union, when the United States officially admitted the island paradise on August 21, 1959.
On August 21, 1980, pop singer Linda Ronstadt opened on Broadway, starring the Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical, The Pirates of Penzance.
Various Other August 21st Holidays
August 21st is also Feast Day of St. Maximilian the Martyr, Festival of Goliath (Belgium), Friendship Week, Hawaii Admission Day, Mohammed VI’s Birthday Holiday (Morocco), National Homeless Animals Holiday (varies), Romanian Constitution Day, St. Bernard Ptolemy of Olivet Day, St. Jane Frances de Chantal’s Day, St. Pius IX’s Day and St. Richard of Andria the Confessor Day.
Happy August 21st to one and all!
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