Good morning ‘vidiots’. Today is June 25, 2012. Today is Color TV Day. On this date in 1951, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC approved CBS Field Sequential Color System. After a decade of testing from three competing companies, the FCC decided that the CBS system was the simplest and most reliable and made that system the industry standard. The Public did not own color TV’s at the time, so the broadcast went largely unnoticed.
On this date in 1876, general George Armstrong Custer and the 210 of the 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn, Montana. The event is known as Custer’s Last Stand.
On this date in 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, initiating the Korean War.
And for you baseball fans, on this day in 1968, Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam home run is his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam.
If you were born on this date, you share your birthday with the following people of note: Henry (Hap) Arnold (1886), George Orwell (1903), June Lockhart (1925), Clint (the Moody Blues) Warwick (1940), Carly Simon (1945), Ian (Foreigner) McDonald (1946), Alan (Blue Oyster Cult) Lanier (1946), Jimmy (J.J.) Walker (1947), David (Toto) Paich (1954), and George Michael (1963).
The holiday today is food-related. It is National Strawberry Parfait Day. Who doesn’t love a refreshing parfait? Why not make yours strawberry, and have one for dessert tonight?
This evening we had us a good old-fashioned “weenie” roast. I made a nice potato salad to go along with the ‘weenies’.
In addition, we had corn-on-the-cob, roasted squash, and chili and sauerkraut, ostensibly for the hot dogs, but they turned into extra side dishes as well.
After dinner, we had some toasted marshmallows, or in my case, had “marshmallows flambe”. I never could keep the darn things from catching fire.
The “cool dogs” called ‘dibs’ on any hot dogs that hit the ground.
Good morning aqua-maniacs. Today is Sunday, June 24, 2012. It is Swim a Lap Day. Summer is here, and so is the need to get relief from the heat. Can you think of a better way to cool off than to go for a swim. Besides, swimming is great exercise, and a lot of fun. If you are a member of the 1%, take a few laps in your own pool. If you are a member of the 99%, take your family to a community swimming pool in your area, or buddy up to one of your 1% friends. Heck, pack a picnic lunch to take along, just remember to wait half an hour after you eat before you resume swimming.
On this date in 1844, Charles Goodyear received patent #3,633 for his vulcanized rubber process. Although he is credited with its invention, modern evidence has proven that Mesoamericans used stabilized rubber for balls and other objects as early as 1600 BC.
On this date in 1896, Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to receive an MA degree from Howard University. On this date in 1922, the American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League (NFL). On this date in 1948, the Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade. And on this date in 1982, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision (Nixon v. Fitzgerald) that no President could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the United States.
If you were born on this date, you share your birthday with the following illustrious individuals: Jack Dempsey (1895), Al Molinaro (1919), Billy Casper (1931), Michelle Lee (1942), Mick (Fleetwood Mac) Fleetwood (1942), Jeff (the Yardbirds) Beck (1944), Colin (the Zombies) Blunstone (1945), John (Dire Straits) Illsley (1949), Nancy Allen (1950), and Sherry (E.R.) Springfield (1967).
There is also a food-related holiday today, which is National Pralines Day. It looks like I might have to pay a visit to “ye olde ice cream parlor” and pick up a pint of Pralines and Cream Ice Cream for dessert tonight.
Good morning “oldschoolers”. Today is Saturday, June 23, 2012. On this date in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the typewriter, which he called a Type-Writer. Other types of typewriters had been around since the early 1700′s, but his was the first to be both practical and commercially successful. Part of that invention was his QWERTY keyboard. Unlike the typewriter, his QWERTY keyboard is used to this day. How many of you still have a typewriter in your home? My old Royal, which got me through high school, college, and my first few years of military service has long since been discarded.
On this date in 1947, the Senate joined the House of Representatives in over-riding President Harry S. Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, which limits the activities and power of labor Unions, especially those which affect interstate commerce. It is the act that President Ronald Reagan used to break up the Air Traffic Controllers Union (PATCO) strike in the 1980′s.
Furthermore, on this date in 1989, the movie Batman was released in theaters nationwide. In my humble opinion, it was by far the best of the Batman movies.
If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with the following people of note: Alan (co-creator of the first computer) Turning (1912), Bob Fosse (1927), June Carter Cash (1929), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Rosetta (the Orlons) Hightower (1944), Clarence Thomas (1948), and Frances (Fargo) McDormand (1957).
The holiday today is Baby Boomers Recognition Day. We Baby Boomers have witnessed a significant number of historical events. We saw the transition from radio to television, and went from vinyl records to 8-track tapes, to cassette, to CD’s. We were around for the dawn of the ‘computer age’. We saw the first man go into space, and saw man’s first walk on the moon. We survived Viet Nam, the Civil Rights protests, student unrest, Watergate, and even the Carter Presidency. And I have just scratched the surface. We are now rapidly approaching retirement age, or are already retired. Today is the day to recognize our many accomplishments and contributions to society.
The food-related holiday today is National Pecan Sandy Day. As you sit around contemplating Baby Boomers and their accomplishments and what they bore witness to this evening, have a Pecan Sandy or two, or three with a cool refreshing glass of milk.
Good morning former, present, and future members of the Armed Forces. Today is Friday, June 22, 2012. On this date in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. This comprehensive legislation was created to thwart a return to the “Great Depression” after WW II. Among many other benefits, it provided for low-interest loans to returning soldiers for housing, education, and job training.
On this date in 1970, President Nixon signed a bill to lower the legal voting age to 18 years of age in all federal, state, and local elections. The bill also extended the 1965 Voting Rights Act for another five years.
Furthermore, on this date in 1933, the German government declared that the National Socialist (NAZI) Party was the only “legal” political party. Included in this decree was the creation of the German State Secret Police (Gestapo), and the banning of all trade unions. The death penalty was declared for all non-fascists. Additionally, in Germany on this day in 1934, work on the first prototypes for “Peoples Car” (later the V W Beetle) was begun by Ferdinand Porshe; however, a working model wasn’t ready until 1936.
If you were born on this date, you share your birthday with the following luminaries: Kris Kristopherson (1936), Ed (60 Minutes) Bradley, (1941), Peter (Peter & Gordon) Asher (1944), Don (the Eagles) Henley (1947), Lindsey (Bionic Woman) Wagner (1949), Meryl Streep (1949), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Freddie Prinze (1954), and author Dan Brown (1964).
The holidays today are both food related. The first is National Onion Rings Day. I’m not a big fan of onion rings, so I will not be celebrating this one. The second holiday today is National Chocolate Eclair Day. Now this is one into which I can (and will) sink my teeth.