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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

It's Presidential Joke Day: No joke!

When it comes to holidays, Aug. 11 celebrates famous presidential faux pas and blunders. It's Presidential Joke Day in the USA! No joke!

While the yearly occasion is the perfect time to poke fun at the sitting president, this annual “holiday” was actually created in honor of one of America’s most beloved leaders, United States President Ronald Reagan.

On this day back in 1984, Reagan was preparing to give a radio address. Speaking into the microphone during a sound check, Reagan announced he had just signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union and “we begin bombing in five minutes.” Unfortunately, the radio feed was live and the Russians were not laughing! Ahh, the perils of an open microphone created quite a stir even decades ago!

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