August 19, 2021 – National Potato Day | National Aviation Day

Today We Celebrate The Birthday Of This Pioneer Of Aviation!

Welcome to August 19th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate playing with our food and more than a century in the wild blue yonder.

For as long as anyone can remember, parents have told their children to not play with their food. But Mr. Potato Head changed that. In the late 1940s, Mr. Potato Head—or at least parts of him—were included in cereal boxes. Kids would collect the body parts and piece them together with actual potatoes to make the character. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Hasbro began making the plastic version of the beloved character that we know today. So raise a French fry and remember our favorite spud as we celebrate National Potato Day. Later, taters!

While folks have been dreaming of navigating the skies for centuries, we usually give the credit to the Wright brothers for the first controlled, powered and sustained flight.  The brothers tossed a coin to see who would test their glider first. Wilbur won the toss, however, his flight at Kitty Hawk lasted only 3 and a half seconds.  Orville claimed the second attempt and made history on December 17, 1903.  Today we can thank many inventors from Leonardo da Vinci to George Cayley for their contribution to aviation.  But it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who chose August 19th as the official date for National Aviation DayOn this day we also celebrate Orville Wright’s birthday.   

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

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