Put on Your Own Shoes Day
On the heels of Wear Brown Shoes Day (Dec. 3) comes Put on Your Own Shoes Day. A parent of a young child must have come up with this holiday. While young ones struggle with putting on their shoes or boots multiple times a day, adults may struggle with not helping themselves. Putting on your own shoes could be a variation on the concept of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, or making improvements to your own life. So put on your own shoes today, and don't ask for any help. You may amaze yourself.
A little shoe history according to Fashion Era:
* In the 1800s dainty slipper low pump shoes were popular but they wore out quickly and were for indoor use only. Instead, half boots were worn outside.
* In the 1920s shoes were mass manufactured and "footwear became an essential fashion accessory" thanks to shorter hemlines according to Fashion Era. The Mary Jane ankle strap was all the rage.
* Wedge heels were popularized in the 1930s thanks to Italian shoe designer Ferragamo.
* By the 1940s wedged platform shoes had thicker soles and provided more support for walking.
National Miners Day
Although work in the mining sector (except for coal) is expected to decline according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers get their own holiday. On Dec. 3, 2009, the Senate passed a resolution making Dec. 6 National Miners Day to:
* Recognize "the materials procured with the sweat and blood of miners."
* Honor the hundreds miners killed in the Dec. 6, 1907, mining tragedy at Monongah, W.Va.
* Recognize miners' contributions to make the U.S. economy.
Microwave Oven Day
An accidentally melted chocolate bar helped Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer develop the microwave oven. He was working with "magnetron tubes for use in radar" and the chocolate in his pocket melted, according to the Smithsonian. He experimented with some corn that popped. He patented the microwave oven on Jan. 24, 1950. The first one sold for $2,000.
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