August 9, 2020 – National Veep Day | National Book Lovers Day

How Many Vice Presidents Can You Name From History? It May Be Time To Crack Open A Book. Or Listen to Today’s Show…

Welcome to  August 9th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate our love of books and perhaps a history lesson or two.  

Daniel Tompkins, George Dallas, Hannibal Hamlin. You may have never heard of these men, but at one point each was Vice President. In modern times, when you vote for a President, the VP is part of the package, but it was much different in our country’s early years. Originally, the office went to whomever finished with the second most electoral votes. That made a huge mess, however in the presidential election of 1800 when Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for second place. This led to the passage of the 12th Amendment and that changed the system so that voters cast separate ballots for Vice President. On National Veep Day, break out the history books and read up on some of the men who helped shape our country, even though they may only be footnotes.

Bibliophiles everywhere are embracing the celebration of National Book Lovers Day.  If you are one of them then you likely know the power of the written word to transport you through story to any corner of the imagination.  The first public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages and featured books written on vellum that were chained to a desk or a shelf to prevent stealing.  Today books are nearly free, with online ebooks and tablets replacing the hardbound and paperback kind.  But if you still enjoy the freedom of cracking open a book with a spine, offline in your favorite retreat, then enjoy the adventure of this centuries old pastime that lets you get lost virtually anywhere you please.  And on National Book Lovers Day don’t forget to read to the next generation of up and coming bibliophiles.  

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