Sunday, August 25, 2013

These may be, in general, the Dog Days of Summer, but Monday really is National Dog Day

The Animal Miracle Network and darn near all of the Usual Suspects agree that Monday, August 26 is National Dog Day. Visit the Dog Day website for 50 ways to celebrate the occasion.

And, as we mentioned yesterday, Monday is also Women's Equality Day. Wikipedia tells us that Women's Equality Day was established by Congressional resolution in 1971, August 26 being selected because the U.S. government proclaimed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution effective as of August 26, 1920. That's the Amendment that gave women the vote.

We don't know why August 26 may have been selected for Toilet Paper Day, but Usual Suspect American Greetings says it is. According to Wikipedia, the earliest documented use of toilet paper goes back to 6th Century China. (The Romans used a sponge on a stick. History isn't always pretty.)

Actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy turns 43 on Monday. Former Congressman Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated for a national ticket by a major political party, was born on Women's Equality Day 1935. Mother Teresa was also born on August 26, in 1910. Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003, Mother Teresa's feast day is September 5, the anniversary of her death.

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