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National Radio Day

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

National Radio Day

When : Always August 20th

National Radio Day celebrates a great invention and communications medium.

The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800's. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention.

Celebrating National Radio Day is easy listening. Simply tune into your favorite radio stations(s). You could also give your local radio personalities a little recognition.

The Origin of National Radio Day:
We found some evidence on blogs and radio station websites suggesting that this is a more recently established holiday, dating only to the 1990s. Radio station personnel, in a number of radio stations, began talking about creating their own holiday. After all, they frequently promoted bizarre and unique holidays of all kinds. From these conversations, this special day took on life.

Our research did not find a identify an individual or group having created this day.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

This Day in History August 20th

The first Siege of Pensacola comes to end with the failure of the British to capture Pensacola, Florida. (1707)

The Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in the town that became Tucson, Arizona. (1775)

Battle of Fallen Timbers – American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat. (1794)

Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory. (1858)

President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over. (1866)

The Great Fire of 1910 (also commonly referred to as the Big Blowup or the Big Burn) occurred in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana, burning approximately 3 million acres. (1910)

The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan. (1920)

Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands. (1938)

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few". (1940)

World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being "terror fliers", arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp. (1944)

Korean War: United Nations repel an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Naktong River and assault the city of Taegu. (1950)

The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered civilian ship, embarks on its maiden voyage. (1962)

Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars. (1975)

Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft. (1977)

In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide. (1986)

"Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park (1988)

Iran–Iraq War: a ceasefire is agreed after almost eight years of war. (1988)

Estonia, annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, issues a decision on the re-establishment of independence on the basis of historical continuity of her pre-World War II statehood. (1991)

After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month. (1993)

The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval. (1998)

U.S. embassy bombings: the United States launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. (1998)

A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin, Germany for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering. (2002)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FCARMICH 8/21/2013 6:33PM


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NWFL59 8/20/2013 9:48PM

    radio is audible magic

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PATRICIAAK 8/20/2013 5:42PM

    I listen all the time when I am in the car.

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TIGRRRRRRRRL 8/20/2013 1:26PM

  Thanks for recognizing National Radio Day! I wonder if the creators of it were thinking of the day the first commercial radio station went on the air in 1920 when they picked the day. Thanks for letting us all know about that.

Here's how we are celebrating National Radio Day in Seattle:http://nationalradioday.bro -- by building our own low power FM radio stations! For more information, check out:

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PMAY0313 8/20/2013 12:55PM

    My hubby is in radio for over 30 years! He still loves it.

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MARTYLYNN1 8/20/2013 12:49PM


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HANSBRINK 8/20/2013 11:58AM

  I love listening to the radio, even the radio stations that are online. So much more variety than what's on the television.

thanks for the history tidbits.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 8/20/2013 11:57AM

    Good stuff!

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