Life Day 23944: Everyone Day Backward Happy

January 31, 2013 at 12:16 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my backward friends. Today is Thursday, January 31st, 2013.  Day Backward is “holiday”  first today’s. That either sounds like the instructions from a toy manufactured in China, or “Yoda”. Today is the day to do everything backward. You can start by having lunch or dinner for breakfast. I do this quite often anyway. Try reading a book backward (last chapter first), or playing a board game backward. Here are a few more things that you can to to celebrate this “holiday”. If you are old, try acting young; if you are stoic, try acting silly; if you are right-handed try doing things with you left hand (and vise versa if you are left-handed); wear an article of clothing backwards; research palindromes, then try to make up a few of your own. Fun have, “holiday” this celebrate to decide you if.
Another “holiday” today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day. This “holiday” celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. If you fancy yourself an artist, create an inspirational masterpiece of your own. Visit your local art museum today and marvel at the works therein. (Drive or walk there backwards at your own peril).

The food-related “holiday” today is Brandy Alexander Day. One would think that since this is Backward Day, that the food-related holiday would be something like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but it is not. That holiday isn’t until sometime in April. Anyway, according to the Classic Cocktail Club of Milan, Italy, the Brandy Alexander was created in 1922 in London, “at the time of” the wedding of Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood to Viscount Lascelles.  I neither like Brandy nor do I  know anyone named Alexander, so I will not be celebrating this one.

On this date in 1940, the first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government. Ida May Fuller recieved the first monthly benefit check. The amount paid was $22.54.
Other significant events that happened on this date are:
In 1747, the first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. It was ratified by the necessary number of states on December 6, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
In 1876, all Native American Indians were ordered to move into reservations.
In 1993, the trademark “Coca-Cola” was first registered in the United States Patent Office.
In 1917, Germany announced its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1929, the USSR exiled Leon Trotsky. He found asylum in Mexico.
In 1930, U.S. Navy Lt. Ralph S. Barnaby became the first glider pilot to have his craft released from a dirigible, a large blimp, at Lakehurst, NJ.
In 1936, the radio show “The Green Hornet” debuted. It created quite a ‘buzz’.
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces invaded Kwajalein Atoll and other areas of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
In 1945, Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the U.S. Civil War to be executed for desertion.
In 1950, President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
In 1958, Explorer I was put into orbit around the earth. It was the first U.S. earth satellite.
In 1971, astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
In 1971, telephone service between East and West Berlin was re-established after 19 years.
In 1985, the final Jeep rolled off the assembly line at the AMC plant in Toledo, OH.
In 2000,  John Rocker (Atlanta Braves) was suspended from major league baseball for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in an interview published by Sports Illustrated.
And, in 2001, a Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Franz (composer) Schubert, 1797.
Zane (Western author) Grey, 1872.
Eddie (entertainer) Cantor, 1892.
Tallulah (actress) Bankhead, 1902.
“Jersey Joe” (boxer) Walcott, 1914.
Garry (entertainer) Moore, 1915.
Jackie (baseball player) Robinson, 1919.
Joanne (actress) Dru, 1923.
Norman (author) Mailer, 1929.
Ernie (baseball player) Banks, 1931.
James (actor) Franciscus, 1934.
Suzanne (actress) Pleshette, 1937.
Stuart (character actor) Margolin, 1940.
Dick (lobbyist) Gephardt, 1941.
Jessica (actress) Walter, 1944.
Nolan (baseball pitcher) Ryan, 1947.
Phil (musician) Collins, 1951.
Minnie (actress) Driver, 1971.
Portia (actress) de Rossi, 1973.
And finally, Justin (singer) Timberlake, 1981.

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Life Day 23943: “We gotta Get Outta This Place”.

January 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning members of the “rat race”. Today is Wednesday, January 30th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is National Escape Day. Did you ever want to just unshackle yourself from the bonds of responsibility and escape the mundane drudgery of your existence  Well this is the day to do so. If you are unable to physically leave your environment, there are still ways that you can ‘escape’. 1) Change the wallpaper on your computer at work to a tropical isle, a ski slope, a babbling brook, or any other destination to which you would like to escape. 2) After work, draw a nice hot bath, pour yourself a tall glass of wine, put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, and let your mind wander as you transform into a “happy prune”. 3) Escape into a good book. Read slowly and take time out to let the imagery soak into your brain. There are other ways to escape, but I don’t recommend them. They involve illegal substances, or excessive consumption of alcohol. Whatever means of escape you choose today, enjoy.
The other “holiday” is National Inane Answering Message Day. What is it about the infamous “leave-a-message-at-the-beep” prompt that makes us forget our name, develop a speech impediment, and take forever to convey our simple message? This phenomena is more prevalent in Troglodytes from my generation who grew up having to actually talk to a live person at the other end of the telephone line. That was easy. Why is conveying your message to a machine any  more intimidating? Is it the fact that you have to actually sum up your thoughts and express them coherently within 30 seconds? Who knows?  Am I the only one who has this problem?

The food related “holiday” is National Croissant Day. Who doesn’t enjoy a rich, buttery, crescent-shaped croissant? They are traditionally a breakfast bread served with jam and butter. In the early 1970’s, croissants evolved into sandwich form, though still primarily as breakfast sandwiches. Whichever way you prefer yours, enjoy one today.

On this date in 1798, the first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor. Personally, I would love to see a return to this practice. In fact, we could orchestrate matches between adversaries on the House floor, and show them on pay-per-view. It would be a good way to start reducing the national debt that these morons have run up during their tenure. I can see “cage matches”, no-holds-barred marches, last man standing submits his Bill to the President. IT WOULD BE GREAT.
Other significant events that happened on this date are:
In 1790, the first purpose-built lifeboat was launched on the River Tyne.
In 1844, Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
In 1847, the town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.
In 1862, the U.S. Navy’s first ironclad warship, the “Monitor”, was launched.
In 1894, C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer.
In 1911, the first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer “Terry.” Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
In 1933, The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.
In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
In 1958, the first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet.
In 1962, two members of the “Flying Wallendas” high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, MI.
And, in 1968, the  Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882.
John (actor) Ireland, 1914.
Dick (“Laugh-in”) Martin, 1922.
Barbara (Della Street) Hale, also in 1922.
Gene Hackman, 1931.
Vanessa (actress) Redgrave, 1937.
Dick Cheney, 1941.
Charles (actor) Dutton, 1951.
Brett (comedienne) Butler, 1958.
Jody (singer) Watley, 1959.
And finally, Christian (actor) Bale, 1974.

Life Day 23942: “I’ve been waiting for this day for a year.”

January 29, 2013 at 2:50 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning you cranky old coots. Today is Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Curmudgeon’s Day. It is an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, old fogeys who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. It is always held on January, 29th, the birthday of W. C. Fields, one of the truly great curmudgeons of all time. For most of my adult life, I was a “curmudgeon in training”, (I even owned a t-shirt at one point in my life that said exactly that). I can’t pinpoint the precise point in my life at which I became a full-fledged curmudgeon, but I am convinced that I have now achieved the ultimate state of “Curmudgeon” ( the polar opposite of Zen). I think curmudgeondom is based more on attitude than chronological age. I knew kids in High School who were already well on their way to curmudgeondom (like yours truly), and I know people well into their 80’s who aren’t the least bit curmudgeonly. Embrace your “inner curmudgeon” today. Here are a few ways to celebrate. 1) Go on your favorite Social Network and become the “grammar Nazi”. 2) If you have a Disney Store near you, purchase a “Grumpy” t-shirt and wear it proudly for the rest of the day. 3) Stand on your front porch and yell at all the kids to skedaddle. And, 4) Watch “Grumpy (and/or Grumpier) Old Men”.
The next “holiday” is Free Thinker’s Day. Free Thinkers Day is an opportunity to promote appreciation of free thought, support reason over faith, and reject arbitrary authority. It too is celebrated on January 29th, the birthday of another iconic American, Thomas Paine, a courageous freethinker, whose life and work inspired great social and political advancement across world. If you are not a free thinker but want people to think that you are, here are a few ways to ‘fake it’. 1) Go to a park and sit on a bench in the pose of the great Rodin sculpture “The Thinker”. 2) Take you laptop or tablet to the nearest Starbucks, order the most expensive, pretentious drink you can afford, and stare contemplatively at political websites (you don’t necessarily have to actually read them). And, 3) If someone asks you a question, say “hmm”,  put your hand on your chin, glance up and to the left or right, and slowly re-state the question back to them with  the emphasis on a different word, followed by the word ‘interesting’. Then walk away. Here is an example:
Them, “What do you think about the price of tea in China?”
You, “Hmm, (hand to chin, glance upward to the left or right) What do you think about the price of tea in China?” Interesting. Turn and leave.
Another “holiday” is National Puzzle Day. Puzzles come in all sizes, shapes, and forms. From jig-saw, to crosswords, puzzles are a favorite pastime of millions of people, young and old. Around 1760. People like puzzles for a variety of reasons. To some, they are just fun. Some just like the challenge of completing them, and graduating to evermore complex and difficult puzzle solving levels. For some, it is a way to kill time, and to eliminate boredom. And some people do puzzles to keep their mind sharp, or to learn new words. John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker, produced the first jigsaw puzzle by mounting one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood and cutting around the borders of the countries to create interlocking pieces. My favorite puzzles are crossword puzzles. I do about three every day.
And, the final “holiday today is Seeing Eye Dog Day. Seeing eye dogs, and other service animals, are wonderful creatures. They perform a valuable service to their masters. This link will take you to a website that will explain the qualities needed and the extensive training that these exceptional animals need to become seeing eye dogs.  As far as I’m concerned, every day should be “Seeing Eye Dog Day”.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Corn Chip Day. Corn chips come in a variety of shapes, flavors, and now even colors. From the usually unsalted variety served in Mexican restaurants, to the brands like Doritos or Tostitos, or Fritos found in supermarkets, corn chips have become one of America’s favorite snacks. Enjoy some with your favorite dip or salsa as a snack today. Did you know that Fritos Corn Chips were first marketed in 1961? How many  of you remember “Wampum”, Granny Goose’s answer to Fritos? Do they still even exist?

On this date in 1990, Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from the Exxon-Valdes oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date include:
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in the “New York Evening Mirror.”
In 1848, Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland.
In 1850, Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.
In 1886, the first successful gas-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.
In 1916, during World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.
In 1924, R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.
In 1936, the first members of  Major League Baseball’s’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown,NY. The first five inductees were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth,  Honus Wagner,  Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson.
In 1949,  “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia.
In 1958, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.
In 1963, the first members to the National Football League’s (NFL) Hall of Fame were named in Canton, OH. There were 17 original inductees. They were: Sammy Baugh, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Earl (Dutch) Clark, Harold (Red) Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Wilbur (Pete) Henry, Robert (Cal) Hubbard, Don Hutson, Earl (Curly) Lambeau, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, John (Blood) McNally, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, and Jim Thorpe.
In 1979, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House. The visit followed the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In 1987, “Physician’s Weekly” announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci’s Mona Lisa was caused by a “facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear.”
In 1995, the San Francisco 49ers became the first team in National Football League (NFL) history to win five Super Bowl titles. The 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
In 1996, French President Jacques Chirac announced the “definitive end” to nuclear testing.
Also in 1996, La Fenice, the 204 year old opera house in Venice, Italy, was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected.
In 1998, a bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged with this bombing and three other attacks in Atlanta.
In 1999, Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain’s Princess Diana.
And, also in 1999, the U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished denizens:
Thomas Paine, 1737.
William (25th President) McKinley, 1843.
W.C. (curmudgeon) Fields, 1880.
“Professor” Irwin (comedian) Corey, 1912.
Victor (actor) Mature, 1916.
John (Charlie’s Angels) Forsythe, 1918.
Katherine (“The Graduate”) Ross, 1942.
Claudine (singer,actress, dancer) Longet, also in 1942.
Tom (Magnum P.I.) Selleck, 1945.
Ann (actress) Jillian, 1950.
Oprah Winfrey, 1954.
Irlene (the funny Mandrell Sister) Mandrell, 1956.
Judy (“The Waltons”) Norton-Taylor, 1958.
And finally, Greg (Olympic diver) Louganis, 1960.

Life Day 23941: Diet of Worms

January 28, 2013 at 12:23 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Monday, January 28th, 2013. On this date in 1521, the Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. In this instance, the word ‘diet’ is used in its archaic form meaning a group meeting or council, (thankfully, not in reference to the latest weight loss fad). Luther had challenged the absolute authority of the Pope over the Church by maintaining that the doctrine of indulgences, as authorized and taught by the Pope, was wrong. Luther also maintained that salvation was by faith alone without reference to good works, alms, penance, or the Church’s sacraments. Luther maintained that the sacraments were a “means of grace”, meaning that while grace was imparted through the Sacraments, the credit for the action belonged to God and not to the individual. Furthermore, he had challenged the authority of the Church by maintaining that all doctrines and dogmata of the Church not found in Scripture should be discarded. To protect the authority of the Pope and the Church, the Diet of Worms issued the Edict of Worms on May 25th, 1521 denouncing Martin Luther.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
In 1807, London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight.
In 1878, the first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT.
Also in 1878, “The Yale News” was published for the first time. It was the first, daily, collegiate newspaper in the U.S.
In 1902, the Carnegie Institution was established in Washington, DC. It began with a gift of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie.
In 1915, the Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
In 1916, Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
In 1922, the  National Football League (NFL) franchise in Decatur, IL, transferred to Chicago. The team took the name Chicago Bears.
In 1935, Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.
In 1958, Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers) was seriously injured in an auto accident in New York. He would never return to play again.
In 1973, CBS-TV debuted “Barnaby Jones.”
In 1980, six Americans who had fled the U.S embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in Tehran.
Inn 1982, Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier who had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades 42 days before.
In 1986, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crew members were killed.
And, in 1994, in Los Angeles, Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg declared a mistrial in the case of Lyle Menendez in the murder of his parents. Lyle, and his brother Erik, were both retried later and were found guilty. They were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The first “holiday” today is Fun At Work Day. If you are one of the few lucky people who have a job they truly enjoy, good for you. Unfortunately, all of us are not lucky enough to have a job that’s fun to do. If you fall into this category, then today is a day just for you. Think of ways to make your job more fun and exciting. Look to do some fun things at work today, just be sure that it doesn’t interfere with productivity.
The next “holiday” is National Kazoo Day. Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840’s. Actually, he conceived the Kazoo, and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clock-master make it to his specifications. Commercial production of the Kazoo didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was first started by Emil Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today. Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. If you can’t locate your Kazoo, you can try the old comb and waxed paper version.
Another “holiday” today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Like many inventions, bubble wrap was discovered due to the failure of another project. Two New Jersey engineers invented Bubble Wrap in 1957. Originally, they were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. When idea didn’t work, the product transformed into a cushioning packaging material. Everyone likes to play with bubble wrap. Don’t even try to deny the fact that when you receive a package in the mail that contains bubble wrap, your first instinct is to pop all the bubbles. Happy popping everyone.
The last “holiday” is Data Privacy Day. Take time out today to review your privacy settings on all of your electronic media. In today’s environment, you should really be doing this about once a month.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Blueberry Pancake Day. Do I really need to explain to you how to celebrate this “holiday”? Remember, blueberries are full of healthy anti-oxidants. IHOP, here I come!

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following celebrities:
Sir Henry Morton (Dr. Livingstone, I presume) Stanley, 1841.
Arthur (pianist) Rubinstein, 1889.
Jackson (artist) Pollock, 1912.
Bernard Stanley “Acker” (musician) Bilk, 1929.
Susan (essayist) Sontag, 1933.
Alan (M.A.S.H.) Alda, 1936.
Barbie (Playboy/Hee Haw) Benton, 1950.
Sara (singer) McLachlan, 1968.
And finally, Elijah (actor) Wood, 1981.

Life Day 23940: Holy Crap!

January 27, 2013 at 12:36 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning doo-doo heads. Today is Sunday, January 27th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Thomas Crapper Day. I know, you are all asking yourselves; “Who the crap is Thomas Crapper?”, “Why the crap does he have a day dedicated to him?”, and “Why should I give a crap anyway?”. This link will give you a crap-load of information, and answer all of your questions. Basically, he popularized and improved the flush toilet. He was Baptized on September 28th, 1936, but no record of his actual date of birth is available.  Since the actual date of his birth is unknown, Thomas Crapper Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death on this date in 1910. Enough of this crap, time to move on to the next “holiday”.
And that “holiday” is,  Punch the Clock Day. Let me first of all go on record as saying that I am wholeheartedly against any form of chronometer abuse. Punching a clock is destructive, serves no logical purpose, and may result in personal injury. With that said, I believe that the actual intent of this “holiday” is not to encourage the destruction of any timepieces, but rather to celebrate the old-fashioned “time clock” that used to be at almost every work-site in America before the dawn of the ‘computer age’, and still is in many. Despite  exhaustive research, I found no information to determine the purpose or meaning of this day. So I’ll give you my theory, which is: This “holiday” honors all of those ‘working stiffs’ who “punch a clock” every day at manufacturing facilities across America, providing us with all of the ‘necessities’ we need to conduct our daily lives (or at least, used to before their jobs were outsourced to facilities in Third World countries who now use child-labor in sweatshops, or slave labor, to increase profits and line the pockets of greedy corporate CEO’s and Politicians with wealth beyond any reason). Anyway, if you still have one of these ever diminishing manufacturing jobs here in America, congratulations, and THANK YOU. My life is easier because of you.
These next three “holidays” are related, so I will just lump them together for continuity sake. They are: Auschwitz Liberation DayHolocaust Memorial  Day, and (from the United Nations, no doubt) International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (Whew! say that one three times really fast). On this date in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. On November 1st, 2005, the United Nations designated this date as the day to commemorate the victims of the holocaust.
The next “holiday” is World Leprosy Day. Be honest, how many of you even knew that  leprosy still existed? I won’t go into much detail in this BLOG except to say that leprosy still exists today, but it is now curable. This link will provide you with more information should you decide you want to participate.
And, the last “holiday” today is near and dear to the hearts of many from my generation. It is Vietnam Peace Day. On this date in 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris, France. The main negotiators of the accords were Dr. Henry Kissinger (United States National Security Adviser) and  Le Duc Tho (Vietnamese Politburo member). They both recieved the Nobel Peace Prize later in the year for their efforts. This link will provide you with more detailed information if you would like a “refresher course’.

There is also a food-related “holiday” today. It is National Chocolate Cake Day. Chocolate cake has long been one of America’s favorite desserts.  There are three objectives of  this holiday: 1) To bake a chocolate cake (thank God for cake mixes. Do you know how many steps are involved in making a chocolate cake from scratch)?  2) To decorate a chocolate cake.  And, 3) To eat a chocolate cake. If you are to busy to bake and/or decorate a cake, then just eating a chocolate cake will certainly do. There are many varieties of chocolate cake from which to choose; milk chocolate, dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate “lava” cake, or my favorite, Devil’s Food. I really don’t have to explain to you how to celebrate this one, do I?

On this date in 1606,  the trial of Guy Fawkes, and his fellow conspirators in the “gunpowder plot”, began. They were executed on January 31. This link will provide you with detailed information regarding who Guy Fawkes was, and why he was tried and executed.
Other significant historical events that occurred on this date are:
In 1870, Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s sorority, was founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, IN.
In 1880, Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.
In 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC.
In 1926, John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television.
In 1943, during World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhlemshaven.
In 1948, Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50 (no small sum in those days).
In 1951, in the U.S., atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
Inn 1967, at Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft.
In 1967, more than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations.
In 1981, President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.
In 1984, good ole Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL)   record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games.
In 1985,  The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union.
In 1992, former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.
In 1997, it was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
In 1998, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
And, in 1999, the U.S. Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Clinton and voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756.
Lewis (Alice In Wonderland) Carroll, 1832.
Jerome (American composer) Kern, 1885.
Harry (songwriter) Ruby (Rubinstein), 1895.
Hyman (Admiral) Rickover, 1900.
William Randolph Hearst Jr.,1908.
Lyle (Skitch) Henderson, 1918.
David (Chipmunks) Seville, 1919.
Donna (actress) Reed, 1921.
Troy (Surfside 6/Hawaiian Eye) Donahue, 1936.
James (“Babe”) Cromwell, 1940.
Milkail (ballet dancer) Baryshnikov, 1948.
Mimi (actress) Rogers, 1956.
Cris (NFL) Collinsworth, 1959.
Bridget (actress) Fonda, 1964.
And finally, Tracy (country artist) Lawrence, 1968.

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