August 9: Book Lover’s Day, Veep Day, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, National Polka Day

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Book Lover's Day

Book lovers the world over will appreciate "Book Lover's Day." It's a chance to temporarily scoot to the sidelines those pesky electronic readers that have been infringing on the multiple joys of reading a real book. Touching, feeling, holding, smelling … there's nothing like reading a real book with pages you can turn and mark.

The history of books began with papyrus rolls, the earliest of which dates back to 2,900 BCE. From there the written word progressed to stone tablets. The first known dictionary was a cuneiform tablet from around 2,300 BCE.

Perhaps you can celebrate Book Lover's Day by starting a book club or volunteering at your local library to read to children and share your passion for books.

Veep Day

On Aug. 9, 1974, Gerald Ford became President of the United States after a combination of unusual circumstances culminating in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. This was the first time in U.S. history that the president had not actually been elected as either president or vice president.

When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned due to a kickback scandal, President Nixon appointed Gerald Ford, who at the time was the House Minority Leader, to take his place. This process was provided for by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Then, when President Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, the 25th Amendment provided for Vice President Gerald Ford to assume the presidency. This day is known as "Veep Day."

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations website explains that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People was first proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in December of 1994. This year's theme is "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices," and it "aims to highlight the importance of indigenous media in challenging stereotypes, forging indigenous peoples' identities, communicating with the outside world, and influencing the social and political agenda."

You can celebrate this special day by familiarizing yourself with some of the world's indigenous peoples. Here are some indigenous peoples facts to get you started:

* There are at least 5,000 different indigenous groups in the world.

* Indigenous peoples represent over 4,000 different languages.

* The Amazon River Basin is home to about 400 different indigenous groups.

National Polka Day

Polka originated in the 1800s in Bohemia. It is a lively, triple-stepped dance done with a partner, usually to the accompaniment of accordion music. Depending on where you live in the U.S, you may be accustomed to seeing the polka performed at various community festivals and celebrations.

You can celebrate "National Polka Day" with the whole family by watching "The Last Polka." Check it out on Yahoo! Movies.

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