1. World Health Day—celebrating the most valued treasure a person can have—one’s good health.
2. National Beer Day—celebrating the beginning of the end of Prohibition by allowing the sale of beer with less than 3.2% alcohol on this day in 1933.
3. 1960 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1960, as part of a nine week run, Theme from a Summer Place by Percy Faith, noted Canadian bandleader, composer and considered to be father of “easy listening.” Here is a music video of a performance of Theme from a Summer Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaXzeQoWTko
4. National Coffee Cake Day—celebrating that great snack designed to break up the day along with a cup of your favorite coffee, iced or hot.
5. Moonbeam Day—commemorating or bemoaning depending on your political views the birthday on this day in 1938 of Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown who has the distinction of being both one of the youngest and the oldest governor.
On this day in
a. 1827 John Walker, an English chemist, sold the first friction match.
b. 1922 the Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was bribed to lease the Teapot Dome Naval Oil Reserve to private oil companies at low rates—before Watergate, the scandal was this nation’s most infamous scandal and Fall became the first Cabinet member to be sentenced to prison.
c. 1940 Booker T. Washington became the first African American to be featured on a postage stamp.
d. 1948 the World Health Organization was founded and is still very active today combating health problems of disease, malnutrition and unsanitary water.
e. 1964 IBM announced the release of its System 360 computer.