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Sunday, July 15, 2018

National Ice Cream Day
Today we celebrate ice cream. On May 17, 1984, a bill was introduced by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky, to designate July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month, and July 15, 1984, as National Ice Cream Day. Senate Joint Resolution 298 was passed and became law after being signed by President Ronald Reagan on July 2. On July 9, President Reagan issued Proclamation 5219. In it, he called ice cream a "nutritious and wholesome food" that over ninety percent of American citizens ate. He said that almost ten percent of the milk from dairy farms was used to make ice cream at the time. He also said that ice cream provided thousands of jobs for citizens, and was an integral part of the dairy industry. Although the law was officially just for 1984, the day and the month have both continued to be celebrated. July 15, 1984, was the third Sunday of the month, and National Ice Cream Day has since been celebrated on the third Sunday of July.

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