August 14, 2021 – National Bowling Day | National Code Talkers Day

It Took An Extra Bowling Pin To Beat This Loophole!

Welcome to August 14th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a game with a checkered past and a code that changed the game.

In the 1830s and 40s, officials in Connecticut passed a law to ban bowling.  Apparently, the excessive gambling associated with the sport made it a threat to public welfare.  Bowling at the time consisted of 9 pins, which is what the state outlawed.  As a way to get around this, bowlers added an extra pin, creating the 10-pin game we know today.  This new version of the game caught on inNew England, though it took a few innovations before bowling caught on with the rest of the country.  First, the material used for bowling balls was changed from wood to rubber.  Then in the 50s the automatic pinsetter changed the game forever.  On National Bowling Day get out and celebrate this family sport that’s still on a roll.

During World War II, the United States military became frustrated as the Japanese cracked every code used by the Allies. The solution to this problem came from an unlikely source, Native American tribes. Because many native languages such as Navajo and Comanche were unwritten and spoken only by tribespeople, they became the perfect basis for a new secret code. Native speakers were sent with army divisions to transmit and decode messages from the field of battle.  The code they created could not be broken and helped change the course of history. On National Code Talkers Day, we celebrate these unsung heroes of World War II and the top secret role they played. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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