Good morning everyone. Today is Friday, July 13, 2012. (I have already covered the superstitions associated with Friday the 13th, so I won’t delve into that today). Let me preface this post by noting that all the historical events, “holidays,” etc., etc., etc., mentioned today, in my humble opinion, pale in comparison to the one obscure, yet iconic event that occurred on this date 65 years ago, in 1947, when, at about 1:00 PM, yours truly was born. And the world has never been the same. Now, let us begin, in earnest.
On this date in 1835, John Ruggles was issued a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for a traction device used in locomotive steam engines. You are probably asking yourself right about now: “Why is this invention of any significance to me?” Well, let me enlighten you. The Patent Number was #1. All 9,957 previous patents issued were not numbered.
Furthermore, on this date in 1954, in Geneva Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain, and France reached an accord on Indochina, which divided Viet Nam into two separate countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel. Everyone from my generation knows how well that worked out.
The first holiday today is Cow Appreciation Day. I am unsure whether Chick-fil-A created this holiday or not, but they are taking advantage of it anyway. If you show up at any Chick-fil-A restaurant today attired in a cow costume, you will receive a free meal. Fortunately, for the sake of my dignity, I neither own a cow costume, nor is there a Chick-fil-A within reasonable proximity from my house.
Today is also Gruntled Workers Day. No, you didn’t misread that last sentence. Believe it or not, there are actually people out there who enjoy what they do for a living. Today is the day to show your appreciation to these dedicated people who gladly go to work each day without complaint. You can usually tell who they are because they tend to actually be helpful and not try to make your day as miserable as theirs.
Additionally, today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. A geek is a person who brainy and technically oriented, and are generally associated with computers and computer systems. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd, however, may not have the same level of technical expertise. Celebrate your ‘inner geek’ today by spending as much time as possible on your computer and by using computer lingo and jargon when you can.
Today’s food-related holiday is National French Fries Day. No matter how you like your fries (crinkle cut, waffle, shoestring, curly, steak cut, or regular), enjoy some with your favorite seasonings and/or sauces (ketchup, Ranch, Bar-B-Q, heck, I even knew a guy once who liked his with mayonnaise) for lunch or dinner. I’ll be having some with my Prime Rib dinner tonight.
Those luminaries fortunate enough to share a birthday with me include: Dave Garroway (1913), (Bob (Hogan’s Heroes) Crane (1928), Jack Kemp (1935), Patrick (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Stewart (1940), Harrison Ford (1942), Roger (The Byrds) McGuinn (1942), Erno (Rubik’s Cube) Rubik (1944), Cheech Marin (1946), Didi (comedic character actress) Conn (1951), Louise Mandrell (1955), and Cameron (screenwriter and director) Crowe (1957).
Good morning everyone. I haven’t done a “Today is” post for a couple of weeks. However, today a couple of things caught my eye that I think are worthy of mention.
Today is Thursday, July 5, 2012. On this date in 1950, U.S. Forces engaged North Korean Forces for the first time at Osan, Korea. At the time, Osan, besides being a quaint little village, was home to a Korean Army base. It was hurriedly being converted to an Air Base so that it could be used as a supply point for ground forces. The attack by North Korean forces was eventually repelled, but in the aftermath, thirteen U.S. Security Policemen were found hanging from this tree.
I took this picture on a dreary day in mid December in 1976 as a part of a project for a photography class. My choice to photograph it using black-and-white film proved to be correct. It provides an extra layer of foreboding and adds an even more ominous effect, especially if you know the history and significance of the tree.
Today’s quasi food-related holiday is National Graham Cracker Day. On this date in 1822, Reverend Sylvester Graham created Graham bread. Graham’s bread was an unleavened bread made from Graham’s flour, which was an un-sifted, coarsely ground wheat flour with no additives or preservatives. He created his bread (crackers) to be “health food”. Rev. Graham was a leader in both the vegetarian and temperance movements of the time. He believed that preservatives and chemical additives in food made it unwholesome. He said that they increased carnal urges, and they also contributed to alcoholism, and if you used his flour your propensity toward these afflictions would be greatly diminished. Before all you male readers stampede to the cupboard to discard all of your Graham Crackers, you should know that the Graham Crackers made these days resemble Rev. Graham’s bread in name only. They are not made from Graham’s flour and, since they are sweet and not salty, they aren’t technically crackers either, but more resemble cookies (or English biscuits). Today, they are made from bleached, heavily processed white flour with copious amounts of sugar added, and should in no way affect your Libido or your ability to consume the occasional strong spirit, unless you get diabetes from eating too many of them.
And, if you were born on this date, you share your birthday with the following luminaries: P.T. Barnum (1810), Henry Cabot Lodge (1902), Milburn (Doc on Gunsmoke) Stone (1904), Warren Oates (1928), Katherine Helmond (1934), Huey Lewis (1951), Richard (“The Goose”) Gossage, (1951), and Edie (The Sopranos) Falco (1963).
Author’s note: I plan on still doing these occasionally, but not regularly. I may eventually start doing a weekly version where I pick through the historical events/holidays of a given week and highlight those that amuse or interest me. If you are my “friend” on Facebook, I might just do one tailored to you, or at least the day you were born.