August 19th, we welcome you!
August 19th is a memorable holiday for black cows, spicy foods, popsicles, potatoes, Snuffleupagus and more. Flyers, race car drivers and other enthusiastic folks mark August 19th as a red-letter day.
Following is an assortment of popular August 19th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
August 19th is Aviation Day, particularly in the United States. Who wants to take an airplane ride to celebrate?
This high-flying holiday recalls the birthday of Orville Wright, who was born on August 19, 1871. Orville Wright, along with his brother Wilber Wright, pioneered aviation. In fact, Orville Wright was the first human to complete an airplane flight successfully. His short, but memorable, trip took place at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903.
August 19th may also be known as Wright Brothers Day, recalling these groundbreaking aeronautic achievers.
In 1939, 32nd U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued an official Presidental Proclamation to recognize Aviation Day each year on August 19th.
Perhaps ironically, August 19th is also the birthday of screenwriter Eugene Wesley (Gene) Roddenberry, who was born on August 19, 1921. Gene Roddenberry has been credited with the creation of the Star Trek space and science fiction series.
Black Cow Day
August 19th is Black Cow Day. Let’s start with a Black Cow Day riddle. (Stop me, if you’ve heard this one).
A black cow was standing still in the middle of a road, when a daredevil driver came racing down the street with his headlights off. The motorist slammed on his brakes just in time, leaving the black cow unharmed.
How did the driver see the cow? (The answer appears at the end of this article.)
On August 19th, honoring Black Cow Day, root beer lovers will pour on the fun with tasty treats in frosty mugs. Do you know how to make a black cow? (This is not a riddle or a trick question).
To make a Black Cow (or root beer float), simply fill up a chilled mug or tall glass with vanilla ice cream. Then pour root beer slowly over the top. Grab a straw or two, and enjoy your delicious Black Cow.
As a variation (if you dare), you might try a brown cow, which is made with chocolate ice cream and root beer.
Moo-ve on over to Black Cow Day on August 19th.
August 19th is also Popsicle Day, recognizing the invention of the frozen fruit pop.
On August 19, 1923, 11-year-old Frank Epperson accidentally over-chilled a fruit drink containing a swizzle stick. The next day, discovering his frozen fruit concoction, young Frank Epperson named his tasty icicle “The Epsicle.” Nearly two decades later, the entrepreneurial lad applied for a patent for his frosty pop, retagging the treat as “The Popsicle.”
What is your favorite flavor of popsicle? Do you prefer the one-stick frozen fruit juice pops or the traditional two-sticked sugary ones? Take your pick on August 19th – Popsicle Day. (Just take it outside, would you, please?)
Happy Potato Day on August 19th. Would you rather have your potatoes baked, fried, mashed or roasted?
Potato Day celebrations may vary worldwide. In the United Kingdom, for example, folks laud their favorite tater dishes on February 1st. The Irish make merry over murphys in March, while Peruvians point to potatoes in May, and Belgians celebrate spuds in October.
Potato Day festivities may include, potato carving or decorating contests, potato recipe exchanges, potato sack races and more.
Coach potatoes, on the other hand, may salute their favorite starchy staples all year long, sacked out and lounging and noshing on potato chips.
It’s Potato Day. Do you want fries with that?
Spicy Food Day
The summer heat is scorching sidewalks outdoors, even as foodies cook up a storm inside for Spicy Food Day on August 19th.
Barbecue parties, chili cookoffs, taco-eating contests and other fun food festivities celebrate the hottest and spiciest cuisine of the year on August 19th.
Why not add a little spice to your life – and your diet – on August 19th? Pick a pepper, have a jalapeno and go for the gusto on Spicy Food Day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 19th: Agapius, Andrew the Tribune, Anthony, Badulfus, Bartholomew Monfiore, Bertulf, Calminius, Christopher Robinson, Credan, Donatus, Elaphius, Emily Bicchieri, Ezekiel Moreno Y Diaz, Guenninus, Guerricus, Hugh Green, James Denxi, Joachim Firayama-Diz, John Eudes, John Foyamon, John Nangata, John Yano and Julius.
Additional Saints Days on August 19th include Lawrence Rokuyemon, Leo Suchiemon, Louis Flores, Louis of Toulouse, Magnus, Marianus, Marinus, Michael Diaz, Mochta, Namadia, Paul Sanchiki, Peter Zuniga, Rufinus, Sarah the Matriarch, Sebaldus, Thecla,Thomas Koyanangi and Timothy of Gaza.
Notable Anniversaries on August 19th:
The famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 19, 1909. Construction costs totaled approximately $3 million for the racetrack, which still hosts the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis 500 automotive races each year.
August 19th marks the birthday of Sesame Street‘s Mr. Aloysius Snuffleupagus, the furry friend of Big Bird. Snuffleupagus (or Snuffy), first appeared on Sesame Street on August 19, 1971. Initially, Snuffy was only visible to children, although Sesame Street staffers eventually decided to allow adults to see Snuffleupagus as well.
Various Other August 19th Holidays
August 19th is also Afghani Independence Day, Apple Spas Holiday (Russia), Birth of Crown Princess Mette Marit Holiday (Norway), Buhe Holiday (Ethiopia), Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Animals Holiday, Day of the Failed August 1991 Coup (Russia), Edinburgh International Festival Holiday (Scotland), Feast Day of St. Lewis of Toulouse, Feast of Saints Timothy Agapius and Thecla, Festival of Random Access Memory (RAM) Holiday, Friendship Week, Levi’s Ride & Tie Race Day and Montserrat Annual Pilgrimage (varies).
Additional August 19th holidays include National Aviation Day (USA), National Homeless Animals Day (varies), Revolution of 1945 Holiday (Vietnam), The Rustic Vnalia – Festival of Ripening Grape (Roman), Sandcastle and Sand Sculpture Day, St. John Eudes’ Day, St. Mochteus the Confessor Feast Day, St. Sebald’s Feast Day and World Youth Day (varies).
Happy August 19th to one and all!
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Here’s the answer to the Black Cow Day riddle: The black cow stood in the street in the middle of the day, so the driver did not need headlights to see her. (Did you figure that one out?)