Singin' in the Rain Day
Aug. 23 is Gene Kelly's birthday and appropriately, is also "Singin' in the Rain Day." This year we'll see an extra special celebration as it would have been Mr. Kelly's 100th birthday and is the 60th anniversary of this classic musical. TCM will be showing the movie at midnight ET, and theaters across the country will also be showing this unforgettable film.
Many movie critics believe that "Singin' in the Rain" was the greatest musical ever filmed. Surprisingly, Gene Kelley was reported to have had a temperature of 103 when he performed the movie's title number. You can celebrate this special day in film history by grabbing your umbrella and joining Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds as they perform that magical number. Can't wait? Check it out now on Yahoo! Movies.
National Sponge Cake Day
Today is a day to celebrate air. That's right, because it's "National Sponge Cake Day!" Air is what gives this curious cake its light and spongy texture, a result of carefully beating the batter to just the right volume and consistency. Some believe the secret to making a perfect sponge cake is to warm the eggs, as warm eggs hold more air when beaten than cold ones.
What better day to challenge your baking prowess than today, by whipping up a beautiful sponge cake for the whole family to enjoy! If you don't already have a great recipe, try out one of these from Yahoo! Shine:
Even those of us who were born after the silent film era recognize the fame and notoriety of Rudolph Valentino. Born in Italy, he became known through his film persona as the "Great Lover." Like many other stars throughout the ages, his tragic, early death at the age of 31 only fueled his popularity and mystique.
On Aug. 23, 1926, Rudolph Valentino died of peritonitis as a result of surgery for acute appendicitis. In honor of his memory and achievements, we celebrate this day as "Valentino Day." You can learn about his life and career by checking out "Valentino" on Yahoo! Movies.
Buttered Corn Day
Nothing screams summer like hot, buttered corn on the cob! Grilled, roasted, broiled or boiled, this delicious carriage of kernels is one of America's most iconic food celebrities. It's no wonder we've given it its own special day -- Aug. 23 is "Buttered Corn Day!"
In addition to celebrating by breaking out the corn cob holders and butter, you might enjoy learning some little known facts about corn.
* Each ear of corn has about 600 kernels.
* The "Corn Belt" consists of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky.
* Early American settlers planted four corn kernels in each hill: "1 for the maggot, 1 for the crow, 1 for the cutworm, and 1 to grow."
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