August 7: National Lighthouse Day
On this day in 1789, the U.S. Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys, and public piers. National Lighthouse Day was first celebrated 200 years later when President Ronald Reagan signed Senate Judiciary Resolution 306 of the 100th Congress into law. The joint resolution designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day. Although the resolution did not establish the day as an annual celebration, various lighthouse organizations have continued the tradition of taking this day to celebrate the role of lighthouses in the United States.
Curriculum connections: Civil engineering, Fresnel lens, lighthouses, navigation, optics, pharology, safety, shipping, technological innovation.
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