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June 27, 2024

A king, a battle, and shades—what a combo!

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From the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 to National Sunglasses Day today, June 27th has seen its fair share of memorable moments. Who knew a single day could juggle historical battles and trendy eyewear?Whether you’re shielding your eyes from the sun or just trying to look cool, don’t forget to don your shades and give a nod to June 27th’s quirky legacy!

If you’re a history buff—an 18th-century British history buff to be more precise—you may already know this historical tidbit. Nevertheless, here goes for the rest of us. On this day in 1743, King George II led his troops into battle at the Battle of Dettingen. Dettingen, for those who are geographically challenged (like me), is located in Bavaria, Germany. Our British friends might recognize this date as significant because it was the last time a reigning British monarch took command of troops on the battlefield. It was also an event that boosted the morale of those fighting against the French and ended a string of French victories.

Okay, so that’s your 18th-century history lesson for the day. Let’s fast-forward a couple of hundred years and talk sunglasses, or shades, or wayfarers, or whatever else you want to call them, That’s because today is National Sunglasses Day!

Image of woman with sunglasses
Image by Bernd Everding from Pixabay

While National Sunglasses Day may seem like it’s not a serious special day, it actually is. It was established by The Vision Council to promote the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect eyes from harmful UV rays. If you’re like me (cynical) you’re probably thinking this is just another industry group set up to boost sales. The Vision Council does that, but they also have another role, and that’s to promote eye health and vision care.

The day is celebrated annually on June 27th, serving as a reminder of the health benefits associated with wearing sunglasses. Over the years, it has gained popularity, becoming a day when people share selfies donning their favorite shades, brands offer special deals, and awareness about eye health takes center stage.

Between their UV protection, the ability to prevent dust or dirt from getting into your eyes, or just to correct your vision, sunglasses have a lot of practical uses. But let’s be real, they are also a fashion statement.

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From Audrey Hepburn’s oversized shades in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Tom Cruise’s sleek aviators in “Top Gun,” sunglasses have become synonymous with style and sophistication. So let’s all don our shades, crank up the tunes, and enjoy the sun because tomorrow will be a new special day!

Which topic fascinates you the most: kings (royalty), epic battles, or sunglasses (fashion and sophistication)? I’d love to hear from you.

Want to know more about our author Terry Ambrose, who writes funny mysteries like the Seaside Cove B&B Mysteries? His most recent book, THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO MURDER released in late March. In this series, his amateur sleuth helps battle crime in sunny California, where shades are a necessity! Visit Terry’s WEBSITE.

And if you’re a fan of jigsaw puzzles, check out Terry’s Friday Morning Post, where you can visit a new amazing destination while you play an online jigsaw puzzle inspired by that place!

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12 thoughts on “A king, a battle, and shades—what a combo!

  1. Gee, Terry, and here I thought you were going to tie the two together by telling us that sunglasses were first worn at the Battle of Dettingen. 🙁

  2. Hi Terry, I followed Lois down the path of how you would marry the two topics into one. My choice for fascination is always history. I simply can’t get enough. Thanks for feeding me.

  3. today, I’m tired … I’ll take the sunglasses and a beach if you can provide one.

  4. I do like to watch romantic movies and period dramas about royalty. Otherwise, I never go outside without wearing sunglasses and also a hat. Living in Florida, we especially have to protect our eyes and skin from the sun. Speaking of eye health, I have my annual checkups coming up soon. Cataract surgery is in my future.

  5. I’m a major sunglass fan, having grown up in Texas and now living in Florida. Even when it’s cloudy outside I’m wearing them. Fun post! 🙂

  6. I like all three! But in every day life, I couldn’t live without my sunglasses. So glad they are a thing. Just another reason why I wouldn’t have been a successful pioneer woman.

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