Yes, it is December! Another year almost gone! However, instead of thinking about the holidays, I’m going to write about some of the lesser known celebrations of December.
Basketball was created in December of 1891 by James Naismith. To create an indoor sport that could be played during the winter months, he nailed up peach baskets at opposite ends of the gym and gave the students soccer balls to toss into the baskets.
BINGO also celebrates it’s “birthday” in December. The manufacturing of the game began in 1929 by Edwin S. Lowe. Bingo has grown into a five-billion-dollar-a-year-charitable-fund-raiser.
Mary Martin was born in December. She won Tony Awards for her staring roles in South Pacific, Peter Pan, and The Sound of Music.
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations joined together in December of 1955 to found the AFL-CIO.
The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in December of 1933. In short Prohibition was repealed.
Melvil Dewey, American Librarian and inventor of the Dewey Decimal classification system was born in December of 1851.
The film Gone With The Wind premiered in December of 1939.
UNICEF The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was established in December of 1946.
Emergency Aid of Boulder City is a local organization which offers aid to children. I am proud to work with this group each year as they do their Angel Tree project, as well as their food distribution to so many during the holiday seasons. Emergency Aid helps members of our community in so many other ways, including assisting with funds for rent and utilities. However, Emergency Aid needs our help now. The community is very generous with donating to the food bank, but this year, Emergency Aid’s real need is for money to help out with expenses other than food. Keep the group in mind while we all celebrate people helping people.