On this day

A Games of Thrones was released into the world image
1st August

A Games of Thrones was released into the world

On this day in 1996, George R. R Martin, the American novelist dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, published A Game of Thrones, the first instalment

Peter O'Toole's birthday image
2nd August

Peter O'Toole's birthday

One of the world's great drinkers, a buddy of hellraisers Richard Harris and Richard Burton, and the most-nominated lead actor never to win an Academy

National Watermelon Day image
3rd August

National Watermelon Day

We have America to thank for National Watermelon Day which falls annually on this day. Why the 3rd August? Who cares, it's a good excuse to eat a watermelon,

National White Wine Day image
4th August

National White Wine Day

The word National in the title of this celebratory day is key. This is a day to, if possible, not just enjoy white wine but to celebrate your own nation's

National Oyster Day image
5th August

National Oyster Day

Whether you're enjoying them raw, cooked or just trying to find a pearl, the oyster has a long history dating back to the age of the dinosaurs and has

Jamaican Independence Day image
6th August

Jamaican Independence Day

This day in 1962, after 300 years of British rule, the Union Jack was ceremonially lowered and the new Jamaican flag proudly hoisted aloft as Jamaica declared

Henry C. Ramos' birthday image
7th August

Henry C. Ramos' birthday

The man who is arguably New Orleans's most famous bartender, Henry Charles Ramos, generally known as Carl, made his appearance on this day in 1856 in Indiana,

The Dollar's birthday image
8th August

The Dollar's birthday

During the 1700s, the first worldwide currency appeared. And, no, it wasn't the US dollar, but a Spanish silver coin with a value of eight Spanish reales,

Singapore National Day image
9th August

Singapore National Day

Very few countries are blessed with an instantly recognisable national cocktail – yet Singapore, which celebrates its independence from Malaysia this

World Lion Day image
10th August

World Lion Day

First celebrated on this day in 2013, World Lion Day aims to raise awareness and build support for the conservation of these endangered big cats.

It's Mountain Day in Japan image
11th August

It's Mountain Day in Japan

Mountain Day, also known as 'Yama no Hi' in Japan, is a day to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.

The Glorious Twelfth image
12th August

The Glorious Twelfth

Today is a great day for gourmets. If not such a good day for grouse. It is, of course, the Glorious Twelfth, the day when the shooting season opens in

Prosecco Day image
13th August

Prosecco Day

One of the most sold sparkling wines in both the USA and UK, prosecco adds a touch of Italian sparkle to numerous cocktails.

Power failures across NE America image
14th August

Power failures across NE America

This day in 2003, a domino effect, thought to have started by a power plant in Ohio unexpectedly shutting down, led to power cuts in successive states

Lemon Meringue Pie Day image
15th August

Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Sweet, tangy and delicious! No wonder the lemon meringue pie is one of the most popular desserts both here in the UK and across the pond in the States.

International Rum Day image
16th August

International Rum Day

August 16th is National Rum Day in the United States so for the rest of us it's International Rum Day - because, let's face it, there's never a bad day

Air Mail's birthday image
17th August

Air Mail's birthday

On this day in 1859, balloonist John Wise attempted the first ever mail delivery by air - taking to the skies in Lafayette, Indiana, and aiming for New

Pinot Noir Day image
18th August

Pinot Noir Day

The wine created from its namesake grape may have its birthplace in Burgundy, France, but there are now far more pinot noir vines planted a little further

World Photography Day image
19th August

World Photography Day

The old adage is still as true today as it ever was: a picture is worth a thousand words. It's certainly far easier to convey a message with a photograph

World Mosquito Day image
20th August

World Mosquito Day

Mosquitoes don't actually bite humans - they don't have teeth. The reality is more shocking. Mozzies drive their serrated proboscis through the skin to

Hawaii became the 50th US State image
21st August

Hawaii became the 50th US State

Some 2,000 miles west of California in the Pacific Ocean lies the land of surfing, hula dancers, lūʻaus and poke bowls. We are, of course, talking about

Tooth Fairy Day image
22nd August

Tooth Fairy Day

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day in the US and it seems like the kind of day we should be celebrating internationally. After all, as a force for good

Sponge Cake Day image
23rd August

Sponge Cake Day

The sponge cake has conquered the world with versions popular in countries across Europe and as far afield as Malaya, but it is the Americans we have to

International Strange Music Day image
24th August

International Strange Music Day

Founded by Patrick Grant, a New York musician, International Strange Music Day aims to broaden minds by encouraging people to listen to something new,

Whiskey Sour Day image
25th August

Whiskey Sour Day

They have a day for everything in the States and today is National Whiskey Sour Day in America, a wonderful excuse to revisit this classic cocktail and

New colour transforms science image
26th August

New colour transforms science

In 1856, a teenage chemistry prodigy, William Perkin, accidentally invented a new colour. His discovery, mauveine, which he patented on this day, would

National Banana Lovers Day image
27th August

National Banana Lovers Day

Go Bananas! It's National Banana Lovers Day. Today we celebrate the world's favourite fruit, and rightly so, as this delicious snack packs a healthy punch

Harry Johnson's birthday image
28th August

Harry Johnson's birthday

Known as the Dean of Drink - in contrast to Jerry Thomas' Professor - Harry Johnson, one of the pioneers of bartending, was born on this day in 1845 in

Τα γενέθλια του Harry Craddock image
29th August

Τα γενέθλια του Harry Craddock

Ο πιο διάσημος bartender του ξενοδοχείου Savoy, αλλά και ο άνθρωπος που κρύβεται πίσω από το

Τα γενέθλια των Angostura Bitters image
30th August

Τα γενέθλια των Angostura Bitters

Σαν σήμερα το 1921 η εταιρία J.B Siegert's η οποία εμπορεύονταν bitters για ιαματικούς λόγους,

Independence Day in Trinidad And Tobago image
31st August

Independence Day in Trinidad And Tobago

Any excuse for a party in the Caribbean: today Trinidadians and Tobagonians are bringing out the steel drums, calypso, limbo dancers and rum for an all-day

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