Today is National Lottery Day

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Today is National Lottery Day
If you’re feeling extra lucky on July 17th, it might be because it’s National Lottery Day! Celebrate the way lotteries contribute to local and state programs. Historically, lotteries date back to the 15th century. While early lotteries funded village needs, they also were vital to strengthening defenses. Money raised would also feed and clothe the poor. According to Random Riches author, Manfred Zollinger, one of the oldest lotteries dates back to 1441 in Bruges, Belgium.

In the United States, early lotteries paid for cannons during the American Revolution. They also raised money to pave roads up and down the East Coast. Today, lotteries are state-owned and operated. The funds they gather support government programs and the communities the lotteries serve.

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Today in History: First documenta opened in 1955

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Today in History: First documenta opened in 1955

On this day in 1955, the documenta in Kassel, Germany, opened its doors for the first time. The documenta is perhaps one of the most important cyclically recurring exhibitions for modern and contemporary art in the world. Founded in 1955 by artist and curator Arnold Bode, the exhibition was initially scheduled to take place every 4 years, but has been staged in 5-year intervals since 1972. Every documenta is limited to 100 days of exhibition. In its inaugural year, the showcase had 130,000 visitors and a budget of roughly 180,000 Euros. 60 years later (according to 2012 figures), the documenta attracts over 900,000 people and boasts a budget that exceeds 30 million Euro.

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Today in History: Washington DC declared capital of the United States in 1790

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Today in History: Washington DC declared capital of the United States

On this day in 1790, the young American Congress declares that a swampy, humid, muddy and mosquito-infested site on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia will be the nation’s permanent capital. “Washington,” in the newly designated federal “District of Columbia,” was named after the leader of the American Revolution and the country’s first president: George Washington. It was Washington who saw the area’s potential economic and accessibility benefits due to the proximity of navigable rivers.

George Washington, who had been in office just over a year when the capital site was determined, asked a French architect and city planner named Pierre L Enfant to design the capital. In 1793, the first cornerstones of the president’s mansion, which was eventually renamed the “White House,” were laid. George Washington, however, never lived in the mansion as it was not inhabitable until 1800. Instead, President John Adams and his wife Abigail were the White House’s first residents. They lived there less than a year; Thomas Jefferson moved in in 1801.

Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/

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Today is National Nude Day

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Today is National Nude Day
On July 14th, laundry is unnecessary. Enjoy an air bath or explore the naturist movement. National Nude Day is a way to keep cool on a hot, sticky summer day. Nudist groups around the world celebrate this holiday and take it quite seriously! Nudists (also known as naturists) are not perverts, even though their desire to go “au natural” might be offensive to the conservative population! Nudists are individuals who believe the human body is most beautiful in its natural state. Whether or not you agree with them, nudists encourage people to shed the restrictions of clothing and be natural.

Noted for enjoying the natural state, Benjamin Franklin would reportedly take air baths by the open window of his room allowing the fresh air to drift around his birthday suit. The postmaster didn’t invent the naturist movement, nor did it take any particular nation by storm. Its observance is firmly planted during the middle the summer months of the Farmer’s Almanac for a good reason; the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mess around in January!

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Today is Bastille Day!

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Today is Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, celebrated annually on July 14. It is quite similar to the Independence Day festivities in the United States. The Bastille was a stronghold built in Paris in the 14th century. In fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign, Louis XVI used it as a prison and the structure became a symbol of his power. In 1789, rioters stormed the Bastille and proceeded to demolish it. It was an act of rebellion and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Today, the French celebrate Bastille Day and their independence with parties, parades, and festivals. Uncork a bottle of French wine or dine at a French restaurant to join in the fun!

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Today in History: First World Cup in 1930

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Today in History: First World Cup in 1930
On this day in 1930, the first-ever World Cup football matches were played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. France defeated Mexico 4-1 while the United States defeated Belgium 3-0. 13 teams participated “by invitation” in this first World Cup. For the Europeans, the trip to Uruguay was especially costly. In the end, only 4 European teams were persuaded to make the trip. They joined 7 South and 2 North American teams. Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final and became the first nation to win the World Cup. Total attendance was 590,000. The World Cup has since become the world’s most watched sporting event.

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Today in History: First performance of the Rolling Stones in 1962

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Today in History: Rolling Stones’s 1st Live Performance in 1962
On this day in 1962, the British rock band performed for the first time as a group at the Marquee Club in London. The Rolling Stones soon secured a residency at the Crawdaddy Club, bringing in younger audiences who were looking for something new and exciting

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Today in History: U.S.A. Coca Cola Changes Formula in 1985

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Today in History: U.S.A. Coca Cola Changes Formula in 1985
The Coca Cola company makes one of worst decisions in marketing history when it decides to change it’s original formula and introduces “New Coke.” This was a resounding flop and the public did not like the taste. After just a short period the old coke product was reintroduced as “Classic Coke.”

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Today in History: Heat Record in 1913

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Today in History: Heat Record in 1913

On this day in 1913, Death Valley (USA) experiences the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Measurements showed that the temperature had reached a whopping 134°F or 56.7°C!

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Today in History: First Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

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Today in History: First Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
On this day in 1877, the world’s first official lawn tennis tournament was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, a district of London. Twenty-two players participated in the Gentlemen’s Singles competition, the only event at the first Wimbledon. In front of a crowd of some 200 people, Spencer Gore became the first champion by defeating William Marshall in three straight sets that lasted only 48 minutes. Gore took home a silver cup (worth 25 guineas) and 12 guineas in prize money.

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