August 19, 2020 – National Golf Month | National Aviation Day

Today We Celebrate Taking to The Skies, But Do You Know Why it Happens on This Day?

Welcome to  August 19th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a centuries old game and more than a century in the sky. 

Some things just make sense, like celebrating National Golf Month in August.  Most greens offer discounted prices during this month, making it the perfect time to bring along a novice golfer. Just prepare them that the game takes patience, and that practice at the driving range makes perfect.  Even the pros would envy the longest drive by Michael Austin, who shot a record 515 yards in 1974.   And if the long game seems too intimidating, there’s always miniature golf to level the playing field. Celebrate National Golf Month with the perfect way to social distance and still enjoy some fun in the sun.

While folks have been dreaming of navigating the skies for centuries we typically credit the first controlled powered and sustained flight to Orville and Wilbur Wright.  The brothers tossed a coin to see who would test their glider first, and while Wilbur won the toss, his flight at Kitty Hawk lasted only 3 and a half seconds.  Orville claimed the second attempt and made history on December 17, 1903.  And though we celebrate National Aviation Day thanks to the contributions of many inventors from Leonardo da Vinci to George Cayley, August 19th was chosen by Franklin Delano Roosevelt  in honor of Orville’s birthday. Today we celebrate these pioneers by dreaming up new heights to reach.  

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