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Relaxation Day

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Relaxation Day

When : August 15th

Relaxation Day is a day to kick back and do nothing. Ahhhh! What a great day.

The stresses, the hustle and bustle seemingly consumes us, every day of the year. Even Sundays are no longer days of rest and relaxation. There never seems to be a day to just kick back and relax. For those us with a hectic lifestyle, Relaxation Day is a day to look forward to. It provides a break from the madness of your busy work and personal schedule. Todays is the day to enjoy either doing absolutely nothing, or partaking in your favorite relaxation activity.

Avoiding stressful activities today is the rule. For example, if golf is your favorite hobby, yet it can cause you stress, then make plans to play golf another day. Spending the day in a hammock is a far more appropriate activity.

Top Ten ideas to enjoy on Relaxation Day:

Do nothing today
Go to a Spa
Go fishing
Play a round of golf(caution: not always relaxing)
Lounge around in a hammock
Take a bubble bath
Spend the day at the beach
Go to the movies
Do a little gardening (no heavy duty work, though)
Have a picnic in the park

The Origin of Relaxation Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. By far, the most common references to this day on the Internet are from spas. It appear that health spas have adopted Relaxation Day for themselves.

This Day in History August 15th

The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.) (1248)

Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel. (1483)

Panama City, Panama, is founded. (1519)

War of 1812: The Battle of Fort Dearborn is fought between United States troops and Potawatomi at what is now Chicago, Illinois. (1812)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States. (1843)

Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. (1843)

Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, "Priest-Apostolic" to America and the West Indies. (1907)

A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground. (1914)

The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon. (1914)

A story in New York World reveals that the Weimar German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort and diverted it to Bayer for aspirin production. (1915)

Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska. (1935)

The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. (1939)

An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbor during peacetime, marking the most serious Italian provocation prior to the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in October. (1940)

Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason. (1941)

World War II: Operation Pedestal – The SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island's defenses. (1942)

World War II: Operation Dragoon – Allied forces land in southern France. (1944)

World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war. (1945)

Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall. (1961)

James Joseph Dresnok defects to North Korea after running across the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Dresnok still resides in the capital, Pyongyang. (1962)

Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland, UK. (1963)

The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York, New York, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock. (1965)

Woodstock opens. (1969)

Patricia Palinkas became the first woman to play professionally in an American football game (1970)

President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors. (1971)

Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends. (1973)

The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project. (1977)

In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later). (1995)

Israel's unilateral disengagement plan to evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the
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