August 14: National Senior Citizen's Day, National Creamsicle Day, National Navajo Code Talker’s Day, International Nagging Day

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National Senior Citizens Day

The Social Security Act was passed into law on Aug. 14, 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt. Since that time we have celebrated Aug. 14 as "National Senior Citizen's Day." There has been some confusion surrounding this honorable day, however, because in 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared Aug. 21 to be National Senior Citizen's Day as well.

Why not celebrate by taking the special seniors in your life out to dinner? Or, if you're a senior yourself, go ahead and get a massage or play a round of golf. And don't count seniors out of the game just yet … You might recognize some of these famous people who didn't make their way in the world until after the age of 50:

* President Ronald Reagan wasn't elected to his first public office until the age of 56.

* Grandma Moses didn't begin painting until she was well into her 70s.

* Orville Redenbacher founded his famous popcorn company at the age of 58.

National Creamsicle Day

What a wonderful invention … ice cream and fruit juice in one! Today is "National Creamsicle Day," and you can celebrate by reminiscing with the favorite creamsicle flavor of your youth. Creamsicles were invented by Frank Epperson in 1905 when he was only 11 years old. He called his invention, which was vanilla ice cream surrounded by frozen fruit juice, the "Epsicle."

For a rich, creamy adult beverage, why not make yourself a creamsicle cocktail? It's easy … Just mix two ounces orange juice, one ounce cream, one ounce vanilla vodka and a half ounce orange liqueur.

National Navajo Code Talker's Day

On July 28, 1982, President Reagan declared Aug. 14 "National Navajo Code Talker's Day." Navajo code talkers were a group of young Navajo men who created a secret code derived from their ancient language and used it on the battlefields during WWII. It was one of the most successful secret codes in U.S. military history, and is credited for saving countless lives in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1945.

Today we honor those brave young men and the entire Navajo nation for their dedication and undying spirit through service to their country. You can celebrate by taking the time to learn more about the Navajo Code Talkers and supporting the Navajo Code Talker's Foundation.

International Nagging Day

Just in case you needed an excuse to nag, today you have it -- it's "International Nagging Day!" Have the kids been promising to mow the lawn, or does hubby still need to clean out the garage? Maybe your wife has yet to deliver on her promise to organize the closet so you actually have room for your clothes. Whatever the reason, today's the day to let them have it with both barrels. When the clock strikes 12, however, zip your lips, because research has shown that persistent nagging is harmful to the health of family relationships!

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