National Peach Month / National Doll Day

National Peach Month

Month of August

Peach originate from the region of Northwest China, but today it can be found in many parts of the world. The Ancient Romans referred to the peach as malum persicum “Persian apple”, and later becoming known as French pêche, hence the English “peach”. There are over 2000 varieties of peaches in the world. The peach is a member of the rose family and is a close relative of almonds. Peaches, along with cherries and apricots, are stone fruits. They are called “stone fruit” because of the hard pits surrounding their seeds. China is the world’s leading producer of peaches accounting for about half of the world’s production. On average, a person in the U.S. eats 2.2 pounds of peaches per year.

National Doll Day

August 2

The earliest dolls were made from available materials such as clay, stone, wood, bone, ivory, leather, or wax. Archaeological evidence places dolls as the foremost candidate for the oldest known toy. Wooden paddle dolls have been found in Egyptian tombs dating to as early as the 21st century BC.

Dolls with movable limbs and removable clothing date back to at least 200 BC. Possibly the most famous doll is Barbie.  The first Barbie doll sold in 1959 and had a price of $3. One Barbie is sold somewhere in the world every three seconds. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

James Baldwin – Novelist – born in New York City, New York

Carroll O’Connor – Actor – Archie Bunker – born in New York City, New York


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