July 20, 2020 – National Moon Day | National Lollipop Day
Transcript for July 20, 2020
Welcome to July 20th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. I’m John McClain sitting in for Marlo Anderson. Today we celebrate the giant leap that launched a National Day to stardom and a time honored treat named after a race horse. More after the break from Anna Devere.
We all appreciate that first step taken by Neil Armstrong of the Apollo 11 Mission on July 20th 1969. NASA has called the event the single greatest technological achievement of all time. And while Richard Nixon proclaimed National Moon Landing Day in 1971 to commemorate the anniversary, no continuing celebration was observed. As the fan fare died down, the holiday was drifting into obscurity until a gas station attendant from Michigan took up the cause to rouse our spirits for this day once again. Richard Christmas mailed letters to Congressmen and Governors in all 50 States urging them to create National Moon Day. This became known as the Christmas Card Campaign and today we celebrate National Moon Day thanks to the efforts of this one man.
This confectionary classic first appeared in the16th century, though it didn’t take off until 1931. That’s when George Smith trademarked the treat, naming it after his favorite race horse, and the lollipop has been a fan favorite ever since. Immortalized in song by Shirley Temple and its very own Guild in the Land of Oz, National Lollipop Day celebrates this simple sweet that can satisfy even the toughest of customers.
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