Each month we look for special events, holidays and celebrations as well as seasonal items to feature at Playrific. We’ll often highlight and celebrate the birthday of a someone in children’s literature. If we miss a birthday, we may wish the author or character(s) a Happy Belated Birthday.
August is jam packed with notable events. Although we are not, unfortunately celebrating Ice Cream Day again, we will celebrate Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Some of the events are listed below. Be sure to check back to see others we’ve found and for links to media that relates to the events.
Birthdays this month include:
- Aug 1: Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Spangled Banner,” the US national anthem (1779)
- Aug 5: Neil Armstrong’s Birthday – 1930
- Aug 6: Alfred Lord Tennyson – 1809
- Aug 6: Odie (Garfield’s best friend)
- Aug 9: Betty Boop (1930)
We found a biography of Betty Boop at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Aug 10: Herbert Hoover
- Aug 11 : Hulk Hogan
- Aug 13 : Annie Oakley (1860)
- Aug 15: Julia Child
- Aug 17: Davy Crockett
- Aug 19: Bill Clinton
- Aug 19: Mr. Snuffleupagus
- Aug 19: Orville Wright – 1871
- Aug 21: Wilt Chamberlain
- Aug 27: Mother Teresa 1910
- Aug 29: Speedy Gonzales’ Birthday
- Aug 30: Herry Monster
- Aug 31: Alan Jay Lerner
- MTV debuted on August 1, 1981. Happy Birthday MTV!
- Aug 2, celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on the 4th.
- Aug 3: Columbus Set Sail on his 1st voyage – 1492
- Aug 23: First Photograph of Earth From the Moon – 1966
It seems so long ago to those who watched it all unfold on TV. After a successful launch July 17th, Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 touched down at 20:18 UTC (5:18 PM Eastern) and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first astronauts to land on the Moon. Six hours later, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Although a member of the mission crew, Michael Collins stayed aboard the orbiting Command Module to await the return of the Lunar Landing module for the trip home.
NASA restored the the footage of the lift off, moon landing, first steps and takeoff (back to earth!). The landing was emotional – exciting, awe inspiring and mesmerizing. Take a look through history’s camera at the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Playrific brings historic and current footage and media of space-related events of interest to adults and kids of all ages to one site.
Do you know that May 4th is Space Day? Of course we’ve found a variety of educational content to bring to you through Playrific. Among the items
If you’re in the Washington DC area, take your kids to Space Day Family Day, an annual event sponsored by Lockheed Martin is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the National Air and Space Museum. Learn more about Space Day programs at www.spaceday.org/
1-2-3-Blast Off! Space and rocketry have been part of kid’s learning and play for a long time. We’ve some edutaining videos and games that use fun themes to help kids learn. We’ve linked a few of the space-related items below: