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Do you like the thrill of a ride? A ride on a rollercoaster, that is! National Rollercoaster Day is celebrated annually on August 16th. The origins of the celebration are not completely clear, however, the most widely believed explanation for Rollercoaster Day is that the date was chosen to mark August 16, 1898 when the very first patent for a rollercoaster ride was issued. The date has been marked by fairgrounds and fans of rollercoasters all over the world since the eighties.
How Rollercoaster Day Is Celebrated...Many of the biggest amusement parks and fairgrounds across the USA and beyond choose to offer special deals to visitors on August 16th. These often involve a reduction in ticket prices or the chance to buy one ticket and get another free. Some parks promote the celebration in order to attract more people in on this particular date. For many of the world’s biggest rollercoaster fans, this is a celebration that can not afford to be missed! As such, enthusiasts will take a take off work in order to make sure they Enjoy the Thrill of the Ride! OR Just take a virtual ride by watching the video!
Bring on the smiles and join in the laughter...August 16th is always Tell A Joke Day! Remember your silliest joke, best joke, any joke and have some fun. Get serious but ONLY about laughter! To fully enjoy this day involves jokes, lots of jokes. Tell a joke in person, call someone on the phone, or pass along a hilarious email. Now, that's not hard! Easy peezy, right? The more jokes you tell, the more fun this day will prove to be. Everybody is getting into the picture for in order to "tell a joke" someone must be present to "listen to the joke." If it is a really good one, it will get passed along and along and along 'til at some point in time it will come back home to you! BTW Have you heard the one about...
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|Paratroopers just before take off at 11:07 p.m. on 5 June 1944 for the D-Day jump into Normandy.|
|June 1944, France: Paratroopers drop into Normandy. |
Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS)
National Airborne Day is a chance to pay tribute to the courage and dedication of airborne members of the Armed Forces. The special day has been marked every year since 2001, when it was created by American President George W Bush.
Of course, it's appropriate to give thanks for our military people any day of any year, but National Airborne Day is a chance to drill down a bit and recognize those who get into the action in a very special way: by jumping out of perfectly good aircraft in pursuit of our nation's military missions around the world. These are soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who not only volunteered to go in harm's way but agreed to get there via one of the most inherently risky methods known to military science, involving things like parachutes, gliders, and helicopters. These are the folks who serve at the very pointiest end of the American military spear. Read MORE...GREAT article!
The date chosen for the occasion was the anniversary of the first official US Army parachute jump in 1940. Forty-eight volunteers, who were all members of the Parachute Test Platoon, carried out a successful jump in Georgia – showing the way forward to hundreds of thousands of paratroopers who later followed in their footsteps.
Each year on National Airborne Day, a ceremony is held at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which is the home of the 82nd Airborne Division. There are also services in other parts of the US and paratroopers have marked the occasion in Afghanistan. If there isn’t a service in your area, you can still mark the day by holding a minute’s silence.
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