Life Day 23717: War of 1812 Bicentennial

June 18, 2012 at 10:07 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning musketeers. Today is Monday, June 18th, 2012. It marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. The American declaration of war, opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, was called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seaman into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. The war was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1814. However, the famous Battle of New Orleans (considered America’s greatest victory of the war), was fought two weeks later, on January 8, 1815 because word of the war’s end had not yet reached the troops.

Also on this day in history, in 1928, Checker Cab company produced their first taxi in Kalamazoo, MI and in 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American female astronaut.

If today is your birthday, you share it with the following luminaries: Jeanette MacDonald (1903), E.G. Marshall (1910), Paul McCartney (1942), Roger Ebert (1942), and Carol Cane (1952).

The holiday today is National Picnic Day. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Palo Alto it is perfect picnic weather. Plan a picnic today. Just keep an eye out  for Yogi Bear and/or Boo Boo lest your pic-a-nic basket disappear.

Author’s NoteAs you can see, I have decided to change the format of these posts somewhat. No longer will you have to suffer the idiocies of every “holiday”, real or imagined, for a particular  day. Instead, I’ll pick one (perhaps two) “holidays” that I find quirky, hilarious, or that touch my heart and expand a little on it (them). Also, I am picking one significant event in history, and a couple of less significant events, to highlight each day. Additionally, I will be including the birthdays of celebrity/historic figures that fall on that particular day. I hope that you find this format a bit more entertaining and informative and less mundane. Let me know what you think by commenting here or on whatever social network you find this. Thank You

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