When : the first Sunday of August
Friendship Day is a day to nurture relationships, new and old. It's a really easy and fun day to celebrate.
Start the day by getting in touch with some old friends. Start early. Chances are, they know it's Friendship Day. You want to beat them to the punch, and contact them first. Phone calls, emails, Ecards, are great tools. See if you can make plans for lunch today, or some other day (soon).
Then, catch up to some of your current pals and buddies. Make sure to do some interesting things with them before the day is through. As you go through the day, be ever vigilant to spot an opportunity to make a new friend. Finding new friends today, is a real feather in your cap.
One thing is for certain...... if you put your all into the spirit of Friendship Day, you will have a great, great day.
Happy Friendship Day to people all over the world!
Origin of Friendship Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We have found some documentation suggesting that this day was created by the U.S. Congress in 1935. We are trying to verify this.
Our research did uncover that this appears to be an "International" day. A number of sites referred to it as "International Friendship Day". We like the idea of fostering and promoting friendships around the world.
This Day in History August 4
The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans. (70)
First War of Scottish Independence: James Douglas leads a raid into Weardale and almost kills Edward III of England. (1327)
Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne, although he actually did not have anything to do with sparkling wine. (1693)
Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing about 1,400 people. The eruption causes a famine, which results in an additional 20,000 deaths. (1783)
A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard). (1790)
Atkinson & Alexander publish The Saturday Evening Post for the first time as a weekly newspaper. (1821)
The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships. (1854)
American Indian Wars: while protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Sioux near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed. (1873)
The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. (1892)
World War I: Germany invades Belgium. In response, the United Kingdom declares war on Germany. The United States declare their neutrality. (1914)
Diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union are established. (1924)
The Holocaust: a tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others. (1944)
The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time. (1958)
American civil rights movement: civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21. (1964)
Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, American representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail. (1969)
The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish Chargé d'affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya. (1975)
U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy. (1977)
The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues "fairly". (1987)
A federal judge sentences Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights. (1993)