MTV Premieres: 37th Anniversary August 1, 1981
Nina Blackwood. Hamana hamana hamana.
Rush Limbaugh Premieres Nationally August 1, 1988 (He dated Crystal Bernard.)
Black Business Month August 1-31
Six months after Black History Month, this creates awareness of black-owned businesses and enterprises. www.springboardtraining.com
National Immunization Month August 1-31
Respect For Parents Day August 1
A day to honor and respect parental units, wherever they may reside. Call Marilyn Dalrymple at 661-945-2360. Probably not a huge fan of most Fox programming.
World Clown Week August 1-7
Originally was done in 1971 as a poke at Richard Nixon this now honors our bulbous nosed friends. Since there are a lot of people with irrational fears of clowns, well, there’s just so much you can do. You just need the nose, the wig and some floppy shoes.
National Minority Donor Awareness Month August 1-31
A great cause. www.organdonor.gov
“Spiderman” Comic Debuts August 1, 1962
Girlfriend’s Day August 1
Often combined with Cousins Day in some parts of the rural South. Call Thelma at 404-849-1249.
World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7
If you want to have hundreds of angry breast feeding women show up in the station parking lot (and really, who wouldn’t?), ask Bobby Irwin with 98.9 Magic FM in Colorado Springs. Sponsored by the La Leche League. 847-519-7730.
World Lung Cancer Day August 1
World Wide Web: 28th Anniversary August 1, 1990
First proposed by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau on this date, they had designed a prototype browser by October of that year. Adult content has never been the same..
Iraq Invades Kuwait: 28th Anniversary August 2
National Coloring Book Day August 2
Take A Penny, Leave A Penny Day August 2
Kathryn Harrold Turns 68!! and Mary-Louise Parker Turns 54!!! August 2
Sturgis Rally August 3-12
If you have a true deathwish, then go to South Dakota and mock the 350,000 bikers who come for this ode to leather, motorcycles and drunk topless women. 605-347-0200.
Single Working Women’s Day August 4
National Mustard Day August 4
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin is home to the Mustard Museum. Luckily, if the gas prices have nixed this years pilgrimage to the Mecca ‘O Mustard, you can enjoy it on-line atwww.mustardmuseum.com
National Underwear Day August 5
Models in their undies, walking the streets of New York. I miss when Radio was fun. Go to wwwfreshpair.com
Marilyn Monroe Death Anniversary August 5, 1962
A good opportunity for some on-air “channeling”.
Jonathon Silverman Turns 52!! August 5 (Name the film where someone boinked his prom date and win a cassette from the prize closet.)
Assistance Dog Week August 5-11
Honors all the service dogs, their trainers and volunteers.
Stop On Red Week August 5-11
National Fresh Breath Day August 6
Anniversary Of The First Execution By Electrocution August 6
On this date in 1890 William Kemmler, a convicted ax murderer, was electrocuted at Auburn Prison in New York.
Psychic Day August 6
But you probably already knew this. Get some local psychics on the air to pool their power and have them tackle a local mystery.
Hiroshima Atomic Bombing: 73rd Anniversary August 6
Peter Bonerz Turns 80 and Soleil Moon Frye Turns 42!! August 6
Exercise With Your Child Week August 5-11
Hook them up to a jitney cart and have them pull you around the cul de sac. [email protected]
Sisters’ Day August 5
A day for sisters around the world to show appreciation and give recognition to one another for the special relationship they share. Call Tricia Eleogram at 901-725-5190.
National Bargain Hunting Week August 6-12
“Extreme Couponing” is an odd show. I have a friend who is a flight attendant and has dated, well, a lot of people. She was talking about some standup comic she dated and she knew it was over when the whole date was done on coupons. http://bargainhunting.webs.com
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day August 7
A day to become one with our packages….wait…that didn’t come out right. How about, a day to focus on all of the impossible-to-open packaging, or the bag that when you FINALLY get it opened, is only half filled with chips. Call 717-279-0184 for more info.
National Night Out August 7
Charlize Theron Turns 43!!!! August 7 (MrF)
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night August 8
This used to be a neighborly thing to do. Nowadays, in certain small towns in the South, it’ll get you blown away and land you the lead-in slot on CNN. Sneaking zucchini? A likely story. Call 717-279-0184. I got your zucchini. I got it right here.
Happiness Happens Day August 8
This is sponsored by The Secret Society Of Happy People. www.sohp.com Happy people. They’re the worst.
International Cat Day August 8
Whitney Houston Would Have Been 54!!!! August 9
Perseid Meteor Showers August 13
Among the best known and most spectacular meteor showers are the Perseids, peaking about August 13. As many as 100 can be seen in a single night.
Nixon Resigns The Presidency August 9, 1974
Hobo Convention August 9-12
Hop a freight and get your hobo ass to Britt, Iowa for this annual celebration of people who can’t be tied down to a dead end job and lead a lifestyle of independence, travel, and eating out of supermarket dumpsters. Call 641-843-3367.
S’mores Day August 10
National Duran Duran Appreciation Day August 10
I think they really nailed it when they said “She’s about as easy as a nuclear war.” Wow. The truth of it.
Kool-Aid Days August 10-12
Hastings, Nebraska’s ONE claim to fame: it was the place where Kool-Aid was invented. And damned if they’ll let you forget it. This is their annual festival. www.kool-aiddays.com
Elvis Week August 11-18
Memphis shuts down for this. www.elvisweek.com
Presidential Joke Day August 11
This is the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s voice-test joke in 1984. In preparation for a radio broadcast, during a thought-to-be-off-the-record voice test, instead of counting “one-two-three…”, the President said: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I have signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.” The statement was picked up by live TV cameras and microphones and was carried to a worldwide audience. This is a day to re-call all Presidential jokes. Interpret that as you may.
National Garage Sale Day August 11
A Mr. C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, Alabama is a huge fan of going through people’s cast-off’s looking for bargains. Honey, look, a Billy Beer hat for ten cents! Call him at 205-987-2986.
National Bowling Day August 11
Milkman Day August 12
IBM Introduces First Personal Computer August 12, 1981
Vinyl Record Day August 12
Gary Freiberg encourages us to celebrate the vanishing LP. Go to www.vinylrecordday.com
Feeding Pets Of The Homeless Week August 12-18
Quinn Cummings Turns 50!!!!! August 13
International Left-Handers Day August 13
A day for left-handers to unite and for right-handers to cross the street and attempt some left-handed things. www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk
365 Inning Softball Game: Anniversary August 14-15
The longest softball game on record occurred on these dates in 1976. The Gagers Diner team beat the Bend ‘N Elbow Tavern team 491 to 467 and raised $4000 for the Monticello, New York Community Hospital. Here’s your promotion to end the summer: break this record.
Japan Surrenders: VJ Day August 14, 1945
Tim Tebow Turns 31!!, Halle Barry Turns 50!! and Mila Kunis Turns 35!! Aug. 14
Woodstock Anniversary August 15
The three day concert in 1969 in an alfalfa field featured 24 bands and drew a crowd of more than 400,000 people.
Check The Chip Day August 15
A reminder to pet owners to have their pets microchipped and their information updated. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association. www.avma.org
National Relaxation Day August 15
A day to do what you’d rather be doing.
Debra Messing Turns 50!!!! August 15
Elvis Presley Death Anniversary August 16
Elvis Presley was officially pronounced dead at 3:30 pm on this day in 1977 at Memphis Baptist Hospital, though many people have claimed to have seen him in various places like 7-11 and stocking the breakfast bar at Shoneys. Maybe you could track down some of the authors of “Elvis Is Alive” books and get them on the air to present their evidence. Or do a “Spot The King And Win” contest. Call pizza parlors and fast food joints around the South and ask them to page Elvis. His girlfriend found him on the bathroom floor. I’ve always thought it would be great to honor this day by having the morning show broadcast while laying on a restroom floor.
Wave At Surveillance Day August 16
I once spent a rainy Saturday at Cox in Birmingham taking wooden dowels, taping cartoon characters on them and then ducttaping them to walls so they’d be a few inches in front of all of the security cams in the building…not knowing that these all fed to and were monitored by corp VP’s in Atlanta. Whoops. Take today and mug for the cams.
Sour Herring Debut In Sweden August 16
By government proclamation, the year’s supply of sour herring may begin to be sold on the third Thursday of August. And people here are all upset about gun control. You know what they say, “when the government starts to regulate sour herring, only outlaws will have sour herring.” Or something like that. I wonder what happens to you if you sell it early?
Madonna Turns 60!! And Steve Carell Turns 55!!!! August 16
Clinton’s Meaning Of “Is” Anniversary August 17
On this date in 1998, the following testimony was given by then-President Bill Clinton. “It depends on what your meaning of ‘is’ is. If ‘is’ means ‘is and never has been’ that’s one thing. If it means ‘there is none’, that is a completely true statement.” He also danced around the meanings of “alone”, “sexual relations” and “sex”.
Black Cat Appreciation Day August 17
Because Gino Vanelli would want you to. http://www.lifewithcats.tv/
I Love My Feet Day August 17
Bad Poetry Day August 18
Contact Hallmark and get some of the awful poetry that’s been submitted for use in greeting cards. You can do the same thing by having listeners call in with bad poems that have been written for them by old boy/girl friends. Call Tom Roy for some bad poetry at 717-279-0184.
Serendipity Day August 18
Madeline Kaye wants you to spread serendipity and make the world a better place, one person at a time. Her mood elevators clearly have kicked in.
First Mail-Order Catalogue August 18, 1872
First published my Montgomery Ward. Two words that got the attention of any elementary school boy in the ‘60s. “Sears” and “Bra”.
19th Amendment Ratified Giving Women The Right To Vote August 18, 1920
First Commercially Sold Birth Control Pills Introduced August 18, 1960
Amy Adams Turns 43!!!! And Demi Lovato Turns 26!!! August 18
Bill Clinton Turns 72 and Jennifer Morrison Turns 39!!!! August 19
International Homeless Animals Day And Candlelight Vigils August 19
Memorializes the dogs and cats who have been euthanized at shelters because of over-population. “Pets” tied only with “Kids” in terms of being a hot button. Call Susan Dapsis with the Intl. Society for Animal Rights at 570-586-2200 or [email protected]
World Honey Bee Day August 19
Brazilian Blow-Out Day August 21
Unfortunately not what I thought it would be. http://www.brazilianblowout.
Hawaii Becomes 50th State August 21, 1959
Kim Cattrall Turns 62 and Clarence Williams III Turns 79!!! August 21
Be An Angel Day August 22
A day to do “one small act of service for someone and be a blessing in someone’s life.” Call Jane Howard with the Angelic Alliance at 410-833-6912.
Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day August 22
Those wacky Roys encourage everyone to go outside at noon and yell “Hoodie hoo!”. This is also “Please Won’t You Move Somewhere, Anywhere Else” Day in their community of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Call ‘em at 717-279-0184.
Kobe Bryant Turns 40! Richard Sanders Turns 78! And Shelly Long Turns 69! August 23
“The Facts Of Life” Television Premiere August 24, 1979
I actually saw Mindy Cohn at the St. Louis airport in the late 90’s.
Kiss And Make Up Day August 25
Which of course could lead to making out and making up. Call Jacqueline Milgate at Jay Inc., 716-264-3600.
National Second Hand Wardrobe Day August 25
Ally Walker Turns 57!!! August 25
National Toilet Paper Day August 26
International Tongue Twister Day August 26
Webmistress Day August 26
Go Topless Day August 26
This lists some places you seriously might want to be at on the 26th. http://gotopless.org/
National Dog Day August 26
Could there be at better pet? www.nationaldogday.com
Burning Man 2016 August 26 – September 3
First Baseball Game Televised August 26
WXBS television in New York City did the first-ever telecast of a baseball game, a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodger’s at Ebbets Field, on this date in 1939.
Just Because Day August 27
First Commercial Oil Well August 27, 1859
Near Titusville, Pennsylvania.
“Good Sex!” With Dr. Ruth Westheimer Premieres August 27, 1984
Sarah Chalke (the best Becky)(and Canadian!) Turns 42!! August 27
Crackers Over The Keyboard Day August 28
March On Washington: 55th Anniversary August 28
Radio Commercials First Aired WEAF in NYC on August 28, 1922
The spot was for Hawthorne Court, a group of apartment buildings in Queens and the spot rate was $100 for 10 minutes. Better then giving away remotes, especially in 1922 dollars. (Of course they had to do Apartment Trivia on the ‘EAF Morning Zoo to get the buy. Plus the client wanted backstage passes to send his daughter to meet Al Jolson.)
Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day August 28
Kill time while you’re waiting for graphic images and graphic graphics to appear on your screen by doing obstacle course races around the icons.
Emma Samms Turns 56 and David Soul Turns 70!! August 28
More Herbs, Less Salt Day August 29
According to the inmates over at the Wellness Permission League, it’s “healthier, zestier and lustier!” Alrighty then. Call them at 717-279-0184.
Hurricane Katrina Strikes Gulf Coast August 29, 2006
Michael Jackson Would Have Turned 59!! August 29
National Holistic Pet Day August 30
Celebrates the growing trend of using holistic therapy when treating sick pets. I tried to neuter my Rottweiler holistically. They’re saying the scars on my arms and legs will eventually fade. Call Shawn at 972-867-8800.
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day August 30
Diana, Princess Of Wales 20th Death Anniversary August 31
Love Litigating Lawyers Day August 31
This is the day to punk the corporate attorney. “Richard, it’s Paige. Say, the on-air vasectomy this morning…what?…they
Debbie Gibson Turns 47!!! August 31