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National Golf Day

Friday, October 04, 2013

National Golf Day

When : Always October 4th, or varying dates in June.

National Golf Day is a major charitable event, sponsored annually since 1952 by the PGA.

On National Golf Day, all of the over 4,300 professional members of the PGA are encouraged to play golf with contributors. The entry fees of contributors goes towards a wide range of charitable causes. Each year, a top ranked golfer is made chairman of this event. This is a truely admirable and worthy event. Many golf course hold their own events, with the proceeds going to charities.

When is the date?
Calendar companies, and Ecard websites have this day documented on October 4th. We have scoured many golf related sites, which report this day on varying dates in June.

Origin of National Golf Day:
The Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) created and sponsors National Golf Day. It has been held every year since its inception in 1952. The first event was held at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, in Lemont, Il. The first event raised $80,000 for charities.

Did You Know? At the very first National Golf Day event, celebrities Bob Hope, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis were in attendance.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation. However, the contributions of this day to charitable groups, would make this day worthy of national recognition.

This Day in History October 4th

The first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale. (1535)

Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year is followed directly by October 15. (1582)

Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe. (1777)

The Fort Wilson Riot takes place (1779)

Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence with a "Whiff of Grapeshot", using cannon to suppress armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the French Legislature (National Convention). (1795)

Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic. (1824)

Texas A&M University opens as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, becoming the first public institution of higher education in Texas. (1876)

First run of the Orient Express. (1883)

The first U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship administered by the United States Golf Association is played at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. (1895)

The Battle of Broodseinde fought between the British and German armies in Flanders. (1917)

An explosion kills more than 100 and destroys the T.A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant in Sayreville, New Jersey. Fires and explosions continue for three days forcing massive evacuations and spreading ordnance over a wide area, pieces of which were still being found as of 2007. (1918)

Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore. (1927)

Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at the Brenner Pass. (1940)

Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. (1941)

World War II: U.S. captures Solomon Islands. (1943)

Space Race: Launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. (1957)

Leave It To Beaver premieres on CBS. (1957)

Eastern Air Lines Flight 375, a Lockheed L-188 Electra, crashes after a bird strike on takeoff from Boston's Logan International Airport, killing 62 of 72 on board. (1960)

Becoming the first Pope to ever visit the United States of America and the Western hemisphere, Pope Paul VI arrives in New York. (1965)

Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 mph (1,019 km/h), driving Thrust 2 at the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (1983)

Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, United States. (1985)

U.S. televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted for fraud. (1988)

The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. A Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken. (1997)

SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space. (2004)
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