What can we celebrate on August 14th?
August 14th is a holiday for creamsicles, lizards, romance, money and more. Loving husbands, senior citizens and other celebrants mark August 14th as a holiday for many reasons.
Let’s take a look at several popular August 14th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Slurp! Can anything beat a frosty creamsicle on a hot summer day? August 14th is Creamsicle Day, so calories don’t count – as long as you finish your creamsicle before it melts right down your arm.
What is a creamsicle? Originally produced as a brand-name frozen dessert on a stick, a creamsicle is an ice cream popsicle. The inside of a creamsicle usually contains vanilla ice cream, which is coated with a fruit-flavored ice (most often orange). The fudgsicle, a related item, is a solid frozen pop made of chocolate ice cream (or chocolate-flavored ice).
Financial Awareness Day
How well do you know your money? August 14th is Financial Awareness Day. Accounting groups and economic advisors present financial planning classes and cash management seminars on this fiscally responsible holiday each summer.
Even online gaming sites get into the act on Financial Awareness Day, highlighting activities that raise public awareness of money matters.
Husbands in Love Day
August 14th is Husbands in Love Day, celebrating masculine spouses who still bring the magic to marriage. Are you a husband in love with your wife? Are you a wife who still feels loved by your husband? If you are, then August 14th is for you.
Modern romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks (Dear John, The Last Song, Message in a Bottle, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook and A Walk to Remember) said this about husbands in love: “I think that men know how to romance a woman and most do it well, at least for a time, otherwise women wouldn’t marry them. The problem is that most of them begin to rest on their laurels.”
Would you agree or disagree with Nicholas Sparks on this point?
Perhaps coincidentally, August 14th is also Romance Day (see below).
Summer Romance Day
Summer romance is the stuff of paperback novels and fairytales, but this elusive enchantment may come to life on August 14th. It’s Summer Romance Day. Fictional fantasies of flirtations and flings, liaisons and love stories and affairs of the heart are celebrated on this occasion.
Why not sweeten (or spice) things up a bit with the one you love on August 14th? After all, it’s Summer Romance Day.
World Lizard Day
Globally, geckos and other reptilian wonders are feted on August 14th. It’s World Lizard Day. Libraries create special displays of reptile-related books. Toy stores showcase dinosaurs and lizard toys in their front windows. Science museums offer lizard lectures, exhibits, grand gila events and tours to mark World Lizard Day on August 14th. Many museums even promote discounted admission prices to celebrate World Lizard Day on August 14th.
Don’t be dragon your feet on August 14th. Iguana have a great time on World Lizard Day … don’t you? Chameleon along for reptilian fun.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 14th: Aimo Taparelli, Anastasius, Antony Primaldi and Companions, Arnulf of Soissons, Athanasia, Demetrius, Domingo Ibáñez de Erquicia, Eberhard of Einsiedeln, Eusebius of Palestine, Eusebius of Rome, Fachanan, Juliana Puricelli, Marcellus of Apamaea, Maximillian Kolbe, Sanctes Brancasino, Ursicius and Werenfridus.
Notable Anniversaries on August 14th:
The first published book (to carry a printed date mark) was issued on August 14, 1457, three years after the introduction of the Gutenberg printing press.
Felix the Cat first appeared in Feline Follies on August 14, 1919, created by Otto Messmer and Pat Sullivan. Animation fans mark August 14th as the birthday of Felix the Cat.
On August 14, 1941, 32nd U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed the Atlantic Charter. This document helped to pave the way for such future multi-national agreements as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces (via cable message) on August 14, 1945. Originally known as V.J. Day (or Victory Over Japan Day), August 14th celebrates the end of World War II. The final surrender ceremony took place aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, and 33rd U.S. President Harry S. Truman officially recognized September 2nd as V.J. Day (or Victory in the Pacific Day).
Sonny and Cher Bono grabbed the top of the American popular music charts on August 14, 1965, with their hit single, “I Got You, Babe.”
On August 14, 1995, North Carolinian Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, after winning a discrimination lawsuit filed against the American military academy.
Various Other August 14th Holidays
August 14th is also Assumption Eve (France), Bahrain Independence Day (1971), Fairies’ Anniversary of Snick-Snacker’s Deerk Foot (Fairy), Feast of St. Dubricius the Confessor, Festival of Sassari (Sardinia), Garage Sale Day (varies), Honey Spas Holiday (Russia), La Torta dei Fieschi (Italy), Liberty Tree Day (Massachusetts) and Navajo Code Talkers Day.
Additional August 14th holidays include Pakistan Independence Day (1947), Montserrat Annual Pilgrimage, National Flag Day (Paraguay), Oued Ed-Dahab Holiday (Morocco), Senior Citizen’s day (varies), Shinto O-Bon – Festival of Souls Holiday (varies), St. Arnold of Soissons’ Day, St. Laurence the Confessor Feast Day (Ireland), St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Day and St. Werenfrid’s Day.
Happy August 14th to one and all!
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