Good morning neighbors. Today is Wednesday, September 28th. Today’s holidays are:
National Good Neighbor Day
National Good Neighbor Day was initiated by Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970’s. She recognized the importance of good neighbors and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with many governors. Below is President Carter’s Proclamation, issued in 1978.
“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the Peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is the concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September. However, in 2003, the Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, changing National Good Neighbor Day September 28th.
Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. To celebrate this holiday, get to know your neighbors a little better.
Read a Child a Book You Like Day
Read a Child a Book You Like Day celebrates the birthdate of Kate Smith-Wiggin, author of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and other wonderful children’s stories. It encourages you to pick a favorite book from your childhood and read it to your children or grandchildren. Hopefully, they will enjoy it as much as you did.
Note: Mrs. Smith-Wiggin was a lifelong educator and an author who left a legacy of timeless books for children…although she had no children herself.
World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day seeks to raise awareness about Rabies. Although not as prevalent as it once was, Rabies is far from being eradicated. This holiday urges you to ensure that your pets are vaccinated against this disease, which is always fatal to animals. Stopping Rabies in dogs and cats is the key to preventing the disease in people.
National Drink Beer Day
National Drink Beer Day is all about beer. Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories; ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
Beer aficionados have a wider selection of beers from which to choose than ever before. The explosion in the craft beer market keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors all the time. Artisanal beers offer such a variety of new beer experiences – from hard root beer to raspberry, to caramel to different herbs – that you might find it hard to decide which one to try first.
There’s really only one way to celebrate this holiday. Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Cheers!
Note: Please drink responsibly. You don’t want this special day to end badly.
National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie for your National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebration today, you will find that there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a moussé, and there are dozens of different toppings.
No matter which variety is your favorite, enjoy a slice of strawberry cream pie today.
On this date in
- 1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.
- 1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
- 1787 – Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
- 1850 – The United States Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
- 1850 – President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
- 1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.
- 1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.
- 1939 – During World War II, Germany, and the Soviet Union, agreed upon a plan regarding the division of Poland.
- 1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
- 1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
- 1978 – Don Sherman, the editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.
- 1991 – In response to President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
- 1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
- 1997 – The official debut of the DVD format was featured at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY.
- 2000 – The Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
- 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the United States Pacific Coast. They started the trek from the Canadian border on June 8.
- 2004 – The Federal Reserve and the Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.
- Confucius 551 B.C. – Teacher, philosopher.
- Georges Clemenceau 1841 – French statesman.
- Kate Smith-Wiggin 1856 – Author.
- William S. Paley 1901 – Network executive.
- Ed Sullivan 1902 – Entertainment writer, TV host.
- Alfred Gerald Caplin 1909 – Cartoonist.
- Peter Finch 1916 – Actor.
- William Windom 1923 – Actor.
- Marcello Mastroianni 1924 – Actor.
- Arnold Stang 1925 – Actor.
- Jerry Clower 1926 – Comedian.
- Brigitte Bardot 1934 – Actress.
- Ben E. King 1938 – Singer.
- Joel Higgins 1943 – Actor, singer.
- Sylvia Kristel 1952 – Actress.
- Steve Largent 1954 – Football player, congressman.
- Moon Unit Zappa 1967 – Actress.
- Carre Otis 1968 – Model, actress.
- Naomi Watts 1968 – Actress.
- Mira Sorvino 1967 – Actress.
- Sean Levert 1968 – Singer.
- Mandy Barnett 1975 – Singer.
- Hilary Duff 1987 – Actress.
Good morning environmentally conscious fans of mashed metal. Today is Tuesday, September 27th. The holidays today are:
National Crush A Can Day
As you might suspect, National Crush A Can Day encourages you to gather your recyclable cans together today and take them to your recycling center. Although this holiday specifies cans, it is probably a good idea to gather all of your recyclables, (plastic, paper, glass, etc), together as well and make one trip (it’s better for the environment because one trip saves gas).
There are a number of ways to crush your cans. In my research today, I discovered a scientific way to crush your aluminum cans. This link will give you insight on how to perform this method. Although impractical and not actually environmentally friendly, it seems impressive nonetheless.
There are more practical, albeit less impressive, ways to crush your cans. First, you can invest in (or make) a can crusher. This is the method that I recommend. The second way is to crush them with a heavy object, such as a coffee can filled with cement with an embedded handle. You could also stomp on them with your feet, crush them in your hands or smash them on your forehead. However, personally, I don’t recommend any means of crushing cans that involves the use of body parts – they can easily go awry and involve you a trip to the Emergency Room.
No matter the method you use to crush your cans, take your recyclables to the recycling center today.
Ancestor Appreciation Day
Ancestor Appreciation Day encourages you to get in touch with your roots. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come. It can also give you “bragging rights” if you chance across someone famous (or infamous) in your family tree.
It can also benefit you medically. Knowing if there is a history of heart disease, cancer, or any one of a number of genetic diseases in your family can provide you and your doctor with vital information necessary for your preventive health regimen.
So, I hope that you start looking into your ancestry today if you haven’t already — and that your family tree more closely resembles a spreading oak than a totem pole.
National Voter Registration Day
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012. In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, more than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day event.
On National Voter Registration Day hundreds of local, state and national organizations will partner with other grassroots organizations and businesses to help to stage thousands of public events in an effort to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration. Volunteers will be at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts – anywhere people gather, to assist anyone who wants to register to vote.
Voting is not only a right, it is a way to make your voice heard. If you aren’t already registered to vote, I urge you to do so. This upcoming election will be pivotal in deciding the future of our beloved country.
National Corned Beef Hash Day
Corned Beef Hash Day celebrates, oddly enough, corned beef hash. Corned beef hash is a favorite dish here in America. I’m not talking about that putrid looking dog food-like substance you buy in cans at the supermarket. I’m talking about real corned beef sliced from a brisket, then chopped or ground and fried with diced potatoes, onions and bell pepper. Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, corned beef hash also makes an excellent dinner served with some type of green vegetable. Heck, I’ve even made a sandwich out of it for lunch.
Corning beef refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that are mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Note: Smoking a corned beef, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami.
National Chocolate Milk Day
Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. Many people like to have it with cookies [I like to dip Graham Crackers into mine].
Chocolate milk was invented in the late 1600’s by Sir Hans Sloane, for whom London’s Sloane Square is named (and whose collection of art objects and curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum). Sloane devised a means of mixing the ground cacao beans with milk, to make it more pleasant. He brought both cacao and his recipe (most likely unsweetened) back to England. As a physician, Sloane was initially interested in the medicinal properties of cacao; he thought chocolate milk had soothing qualities and the recipe was initially sold in apothecary shops.
In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Shortly thereafter, Cadbury started adding sugar and marketing it as an “anytime beverage; soothing to the stomach”. Today, chocolate milk is a popular beverage for people of all ages.
Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious.
So, enjoy some chocolate milk as a treat today. Don’t forget to grab your box of cookies out of the cupboard.
On this date in
- 1779 – John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
- 1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.
- 1928 – The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.
- 1940 – The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact between Germany, Italy, and Japan was to be in effect for 10 years.
- 1954 – The “Tonight!” show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
- 1962 – The United States sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
- 1968 – The United Kingdom’s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.
- 1979 – The Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet position, was established after the final approval from Congress.
- 1982 – Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.
- 1989 – Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horseshoe Falls.
- 1991 – President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
- 1994 – More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
- 1995 – The United States government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
- 1998 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.
- 2004 – North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing United States nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The State Department noted that the United States has repeatedly said that it has no plans to attack North Korea.
- Thomas Nast 1840 – Political cartoonist.
- Jayne Meadows 1920 – Actress.
- William Conrad 1920 – Actor.
- Sada Thompson 1929 – Actress.
- Kathleen Nolan 1933 – Actress.
- Greg Morris 1934 – Actor.
- Wilford Brimley 1934 – Actor.
- Kathy Whitworth 1939 – Pro Golfer.
- Randy Bachman 1943 – Musician.
- Liz Torres 1947 – Actress.
- A Martinez 1948 – Actor.
- Mike Schmidt 1949 – Baseball player.
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa 1950 – Actor.
- Marvin Lee Aday 1951 – Musician, actor.
- Shaun Cassidy 1958 – Actor, singer.
- Amanda Detmer 1971 – Actress.
- Gwyneth Paltrow 1972 – Actress.
- Avril Lavigne 1984 – Singer.
Good morning apple lovers. Today is Monday, September 26th. Today’s holidays are:
Johnny Appleseed Day
Johnny Appleseed Day honors Johnny Appleseed [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on this date in 1774]. He was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, a property had to have an amount of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to decide which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute because it was never recorded, however, it is believed to be around 11 March 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.
Shamu the Whale Day
On this date in 1985, the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla and it is for this reason that we celebrate Shamu the Whale Day today.
Shamu is the name used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960’s. Although the original Shamu died in 1971, the name “Shamu” was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at various times when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks. Sea World continues to use the name “Shamu” for their orca shows to this date.
Here are a few interesting orca facts:
1) Female orcas can live to 90 years. Male orcas can live to 60 years.
2) Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
3) On average, a killer whale eats 500 pounds a day.
4) Killer whales imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin.
If you think that there aren’t enough holidays that celebrate fictional caped vigilantes, who dress up as nocturnal flying creatures and zip around Gotham City at night in a customized vehicle thwarting the nefarious schemes of villainous ne’er-do-wells – I offer you Batman Day.
Batman Day celebrates the anniversary of the character’s first ever appearance, in Detective Comics #27 back in 1939. Since those early comic book appearances, Batman has grown into one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters and has been the focal point of television shows, animated cartoons, video games and Hollywood blockbusters.
To celebrate Batman Day, watch one of the many Batman movies, or better yet, if you can find them, watch a few episodes of the 1960’s Batman TV series. POW! ZONK! BLAM!
Love Note Day
The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high-quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Why not send a love note to your ‘special someone’ today to let them know just how much they mean to you?
National Better Breakfast Day
Nutritionists agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sadly, to most of us, breakfast is either greasy, fatty pork products with fried eggs, cold sugar-laden cereal with milk, or a cup of coffee and a piece or two of toast wolfed down as we rush out of the house. As the name implies, National Better Breakfast Day urges us to make a healthier breakfast a part of our daily routine.
Research shows a clear link between breakfast and school performance. Eating a balanced breakfast (a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) is linked with helping children concentrate and do well in school. The same holds true for the performance of adults in the workplace.
Cottage cheese mixed with fruit or peanut butter on an English muffin combined with a glass of milk has no frills, but will noticeably fuel your body and brain to get you through a busy day. Protein (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, eggs) + carbohydrate (oatmeal, toast, cereal) + fat (already included in the foods you choose) are all essential for a balanced breakfast. This website offers you some good breakfast choices. Or, if you’re in a hurry, try one of these.
Now, with that said, I offer you the following holiday.
Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day
It may seem odd that a themed holiday is being combined with a food-related holiday, but in actuality, they are one in the same holiday.
Lumberjack Day was created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable. They were tired of other themed holidays, like “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, which we celebrated last week and decided that it was about time that lumberjacks got some recognition. Venable, herself a former lumberjack, admitted that the original idea for this holiday was conceived as an excuse to go out and eat pancakes and waffles with friends – and there is where the connection with pancakes begins.
Over the next few years, Lumberjack Day grew as more and more people began celebrating the holiday, getting dressed up in plaid and beards, carrying fake axes and throwing huge lumberjack themed parties.
In 2013 Lumberjack Day exploded and was redubbed National Pancake Day. It garnered recognition online in places like Food.com and Buzzfeed. Perkins Restaurants, and many smaller restaurants, even offered free pancakes on the newly created National Pancake Day. Since then Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day celebrations have spread all across America.
Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Lumberjacks, and most other Americans. Early settlers of this country ate pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America, and countless more worldwide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate this/these holiday(s), make some pancakes today — Plaid flannel shirts, beards, and fake axes are optional. If you really want to impress your family/friends, learn some lumberjack lingo to sprinkle into your breakfast conversation.
Author’s note: While some of my sources listed these holidays separately, they all made the correlation between the two.
On this date in
- 1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
- 1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the Supreme Court. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General, and Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
- 1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.
- 1914 – The Federal Trade Commission was established.
- 1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.
- 1950 – United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
- 1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released about President Eisenhower’s heart attack.
- 1960 – The first televised debate, between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, took place in Chicago, IL.
- 1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
- 1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
- 1984 – Britain and China initiated a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
- 1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.
- 1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
- 1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a United States astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.
- 2000 – The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.
- 2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.
- T.S. Eliot 1888 – Author.
- George Raft 1895 – Actor.
- George Gershwin 1898 – Composer.
- Jack LaLanne 1914 – Fitness expert.
- Barbara Britton 1919 – Actress.
- Bobby Shantz 1925 – Baseball player.
- Marty Robbins 1925 – Singer.
- Julie London 1926 – Actress, singer.
- Donna Douglas 1939 – Actress.
- Kent McCord 1942 – Actor.
- Christine Todd Whitman 1946 – Politician.
- Lynn Anderson 1947 – Singer.
- Olivia Newton-John 1948 – Singer.
- Carlene Carter 1955 – Singer.
- Linda Hamilton 1956 – Actress.
- Melissa Sue Anderson 1962 – Actress.
- Jim Caviezel 1968 – Actor.
- Serena Williams 1981 – Tennis player.
Good morning music lovers. Today is Sunday, September 25th. The holidays today are:
National One-Hit Wonder Day
A “one-hit wonder” is is a Top 40 phenomenon; the combination of artist and song that scores huge in the music industry with one single (Top 40 on Billboard Pop/Hot 100 chart), but is unable to repeat the achievement. The term usually refers to the artist, but can refer to the song as well, or both together.
One hit wonders have been around since Billboard Magazine started keeping track of record sales in the mid-1950’s. Many of these songs deserve to remain in the obscurity of the dustbin of musical archives. A few, however, have become timeless classics.
Taste in music varies from individual to individual, but in my humble opinion, one of the best “one hit wonders” of all time has to be, from 1968 — Classical Gas by Mason Williams. And, again in my humble opinion, one of the worst “one hit wonders” of all time has to be, from 1994; Macarena —by Los del Río. I won’t torture you by providing a link to that musical atrocity [and I use the word ‘musical’ here in it’s loosest possible context]. This link will provide you access to a list of all “one hit wonders” from 1955 to the 2010’s. What is your favorite, and least favorite, “one hit wonder”? How many “one hit wonders” are in your music collection? I must confess, my collection contains quite a few.
National Comic Book Day
Comic books, in one form or another, have been in existence for over 200 years. But, comic books in the format most of us identify as “comic books” today have only been around for about 80 years. In 1933, the first comic book appeared in America. It was a reprinted compilation of humor comic strips from newspapers titled “Famous Funnies”. That is, in fact, how they got their name.
Despite their name, comic books are not necessarily humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres. The real success of comic books didn’t begin until 1937 with the publication of Detective Comics. The issue of Superman in 1938 ushered in a whole genre of comic books, the action super-hero. Comics such as Batman and Spiderman soon followed. They were often serialized to keep the readers returning each week to buy more comic books.
Today, comic books are considered collectibles. Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, recently sold for 2.6 million dollars. It originally sold for 9¢ in newsstands at the time of its issue.
Here are a few more interesting facts about comic books:
1) In 1946, comic book sales in the United States outsold traditional books.
2) On July 20, 2006, the United States Postal Service released DC Comics Super Heroes. It was the first commemorative stamp pane honoring America’s legendary comic book Super Heroes.
3) The world’s largest comic book collection belongs to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. It contains more than 6,000 titles, 100,000 issues, and grows by about 200 issues each month.
Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day
National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in September annually. It pays tribute to those who have lost their son or daughter while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces. Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America. ~ President Barack Obama ~ September 23, 2011.
The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929 and obtained a federal charter from the United States Congress. It began in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the United States. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day and proclaimed annually by each president. In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the day to “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day”.
World Rivers Day
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the vital role our rivers play in the ecology of our planet and strives to increase public awareness and encourage the responsible stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in almost every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.
The United Nations launched the “Water for Life Decade” in 2005 to increase awareness of the need for better care of our limited water sources. The first World Rivers Day was established shortly afterward in response to an environmental proposal by internationally respected river advocate, Mark Angelo, who sponsored BC (British Columbia) River Day events beginning in 1980.
National Cooking Day
Cooked up by PotsandPans.com, National Cooking Day was created to celebrate the joys of home cooking. Home cooking is often taken for granted or deemed a time-consuming chore yet it is an important part of our daily lives.
Making food more flavorful and presentable is a challenge and National Cooking Day encourages us to exchange ideas and recipes with and one another to add variety to our daily menus. It also seeks to inspire those whose culinary skills are a bit lacking to become more ‘at home’ in the kitchen. Taking the time to learn how to cook a proper meal brings one a sense of accomplishment and allows you to express yourself through your meals. More often than not, cooking at home from scratch is cheaper than those boxed and instant meals, and certainly better than those take-out meals from the local pizza shop or Chinese restaurant.
National Cooking Day is about exemplifying the wonder of the home cooked meals and bringing them back into the ‘mainstream’ once again. So, to celebrate, make all of your meals today from scratch at home. Bon Appetité!
Crab Meat Newberg Day
Crab meat Newberg (often shortened to simply “Crab Newberg”) is a rich, creamy seafood dish made with lump crab meat, butter, cream, sherry, eggs, and spices. It is a variation of its more famous cousin, Lobster Newburg.
Crabs are found in all the world’s oceans and on land as well. They are divided into three types; freshwater, terrestrial, and semi-terrestrial. Crabs are prepared and eaten in many popular dishes such as crab cakes, bisques, and, of course, crab Newberg. Certain varieties like the soft-shell crab can be eaten whole.
Here is a recipe for Crab Meat Newberg if you are feeling adventurous and want to celebrate this holiday at home.
On this date in
- 1513 – The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
- 1789 – The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of these amendments became the Bill of Rights.
- 1847 – During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey Mexico.
- 1882 – The first major league doubleheader was played.
- 1890 – The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.
- 1890 – Mormon President Wilford Woodruff issued a Manifesto in which the practice of polygamy was renounced.
- 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, CO. The speaking tour was in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
- 1956 – A transatlantic telephone cable system began operation between Newfoundland and Scotland.
- 1957 – 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.
- 1965 – Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 home runs in a single season ten years earlier.
- 1973 – The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.
- 1978 – Melissa Ludtke, a writer for “Sports Illustrated”, filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.
- 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice. She had been nominated the previous July by President Ronald Reagan.
- 1983 – A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.
- 1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to impose an air embargo against Iraq. Cuba was the only dissenting vote.
- 1992 – In Orlando, FL, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley. He had sought a divorce from his biological parents.
- 1992 – The Mars Observer blasted off on a mission that cost $980 million. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.
- 1997 – NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.
- 2002 – U.S. forces landed in Ivory Coast to aid in the rescue foreigners trapped in a school by fighting between government troops and rebel troops. Rebels had attempted to take over the government on September 19.
- 2012 – China launched its first aircraft carrier into service.
- William Faulkner 1897 – Author.
- Phil Rizzuto 1918 – Baseball player.
- Aldo Ray 1926 – Actor.
- Barbara Walters 1931 – Journalist.
- Ian Tyson 1933 – Singer, songwriter.
- Juliet Prowse 1936 – Dancer, actress.
- Oscar Bonavena 1942 – Boxer.
- Robert Walden 1943 – Actor.
- Michael Douglas 1944 – Actor.
- Cheryl Tiegs 1947 – Model.
- Mimi Kennedy 1949 – Actress.
- Anson Williams 1949 – Actor.
- Mark Hamill 1951 – Actor.
- Christopher Reeve 1952 – Actor.
- Michael Madsen 1958 – Actor.
- Heather Locklear 1961 – Actress.
- Aida Turturro 1962 – Actress.
- Scottie Pippen 1965 – Basketball player.
- Will Smith 1968 – Actor, musician.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones 1969 – Actress.
- Bridgette Wilson 1973 – Actress.
- Chris Owen 1980 – Actor.
Good morning practitioners of proper punctuation. Today is Saturday, September 24th. Today’s holidays are:
National Punctuation Day
Either through laziness, ignorance, or just a rebellious nonchalant attitude, with the advent of social media, proper punctuation seems to be all but forgotten. National Punctuation Day seeks to remedy this situation; if only for one day. From the lowly comma (,) to the mysterious and exotic ellipsis (…), proper punctuation enables people to communicate the written word easily and with more clarity. There is a big difference between “Let’s eat grandpa”, and “Let’s eat, grandpa”. Here is another example of the power of punctuation:
An English professor wrote the following words on the chalkboard and asked the students to punctuate it.
“A woman without her man is nothing.”
The majority of male students punctuated it: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”
The majority of female students punctuated it: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”
I could provide many more examples, but it should be abundantly clear to you by now that proper punctuation is the key to effective written communication. To help you in your attempt to properly use punctuation today below is a list of punctuation marks currently used in the English language. I have provided a link with each one that will explain its proper usage.
To finish with National Punctuation Day, I leave you with this “blast from the past” —by Victor Borge.
National Hunting and Fishing Day
National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September, is one of the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.
After almost eliminating Buffalo from the planet in the 1870’s, sportsmen realized the crucial role animals play in nature’s plan. For over a century now, hunters and fishermen have led the way in conservation efforts. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Led by fellow sportsman and President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged a sustainable method of using of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time. Species such as white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.
In the 1960’s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were dismayed to learn that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played,and continue to play, in the conservation movement.
The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state. The concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, FL, introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills. On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.” By late summer of that year, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Fish Amnesty Day
When I first saw this holiday, I thought that it would have something to do with some sort of “catch & release” program. But alas, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Fish Amnesty Day was created by PETA in 1997 to counteract and coincide with the aforementioned, National Hunting and Fishing Day. This holiday is a day to recognize fish as living animals with rights and in need of protection just the same as other vertebrates. In addition to protection of fish, its purpose is also to convert near vegetarians who still eat seafood to take the final step and become fully vegetarian.
National Bluebird of Happiness Day
National Bluebird of Happiness Day celebrates the Bluebird. Bluebirds are a member of the Thrush family related to the American Robin. There are three bluebird types in North America: The Eastern Bluebird, The Western Bluebird, and the Mountain Bluebird. The mythology of the Bluebird of Happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, and hearth and home.
Once a common sight all across America, Bluebirds have decreased in number due to loss of natural habitat, overuse of pesticides, and predators. To celebrate this holiday, do some research on Bluebird species common to your region, then try to spot one.
On this date in 1734, members of the Schwenkfelder Church gave thanks for their deliverance from Old World persecution as they prepared to take up new lives in the Pennsylvania-Dutch counties of Pennsylvania. This day of thanksgiving is still celebrated today by the remaining members of the religion; all located within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia. For more information on the Schwenkfelder Church, use this link.
Gallbladder Good Health Day
I guess that before we start celebrating Gallbladder Good Health Day, we should figure out exactly what the heck a gallbladder is and what it does. The gallbladder is part of the digestive system and helps to keep it liver healthy. Your gallbladder stores the bile that your liver produces and after you eat, it releases some of this bile into your intestines to lubricate the intestinal walls. It is about 4-5 inches long, looks like a baby eggplant, and is located just under the ribcage and liver.
High fiber foods like apples are good for the gallbladder, whereas fatty foods are not. For some reason, women are 3-4 times more likely to suffer gallbladder attacks than men, which is odd because women are more likely to eat a healthy diet than men.
National Cherries Jubilee Day
Cherries Jubilee is an easy flambéed dessert that is presented with much fanfare. A sauce is made of cooked, pitted cherries and cherry liqueur (Kirschwasser brandy can be substituted), which is flambéed in a chafing dish and ladled over a dish of vanilla ice cream at the table. It’s great entertainment for people who have never had flambéed food. Chef Auguste Escoffier created the dish for Queen Victoria, for her Golden Jubilee celebration (in 1887, her 50th anniversary as queen), hence the name, Cherries Jubilee.
This is an elegant and impressive dessert, yet remarkably simple to make. To celebrate this holiday, impress your family by serving this dessert tonight.
On this date in
- 1789 – Congress passed the First Judiciary Act. The act provided for an Attorney General and the lower federal courts.
- 1869 – Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.
- 1929 – The first all-instrument flight took place in New York when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY – 2 Biplane over Mitchell Field.
- 1934 – Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.
- 1938 – Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open, and the British Open.
- 1955 – President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, CO.
- 1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.
- 1957 – President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.
- 1960 – The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, VA.
- 1961 – “The Bullwinkle Show” premiered in prime time on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as “Rocky and His Friends.”
- 1963 – The Senate ratified a treaty that limited nuclear testing. The treaty was between the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union.
- 1968 – “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS-TV.
- 1995 – Three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities ended with the signing of a pact by Israel and the PLO.
- 1996 – The United States and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.
- 1998 – The Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.
- 2001 – President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups.
- John Marshall 1755 – Supreme Court Justice.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896 – Author.
- Don Porter 1912 – Actor.
- Larry Gates 1915 – Actor.
- Jim McKay 1921 – Sportscaster.
- Sheila MacRae 1924 – Actress.
- Anthony Newley 1931 – Singer, actor.
- Jim Henson 1936 – Puppeteer.
- Linda McCartney 1941 – Musician.
- Gerry Marsden 1942 – Musician.
- Joe Green 1946 – Football player.
- Phil Hartman 1948 – Actor, comedian.
- Gordon Clapp 1948 – Actor.
- Kevin Sorbo 1958 – Actor.
- Nia Vardalos 1962 – Actress.
- Rafael Palmeiro 1964 – Baseball player.
- Megan Ward 1969 – Actress.
- Kyle Sullivan 1988 – Actor.