Life Day 23921: The Beginning of the 1%ers

January 8, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning 99%ers. Today is Tuesday, January 8th, 2013. On this date in 1675, the first corporation was chartered in the United States. The company was the New York Fishing Company. And so began the era of  ‘corporate greed’.
Other significant events which happened on this date are:
In 1790, George Washington gave the first State of the Union address.
In 1815, the famous Battle of New Orleans began. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24th, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. However, news of the signing did not reach the British troops in time to prevent the attack.
In 1856, Borax was discovered by Dr. John Veach.  The thriving metropolis of Boron sprang up soon after.
In 1889, the tabulating machine was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith. His firm, Tabulating Machine Company, later became International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
In 1901, the first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, IL.
In 1958, Bobby Fisher, at age 14, won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson a “War on Poverty”.
In 1975, Ella Grasso became the governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman to become a governor of a state without first being preceded by her husband.
And finally, in 1997, Mr. Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

There are a few “holidays” worth mentioning today. The first is Earth’s Rotation Day. Do you ever feel like you world is spinning out of control. Well, it is.
The second “holiday” is Argyle Day. Argyle is a pattern which consists of diamond-shaped blocks against a solid colored background. The most common uses of argyle are in making socks and sweaters. Dig deep into your drawer or closet,  find your favorite argyle garment(s), and wear it/them proudly.
And one more “holiday ” that warrants mention  is Bubble Bath Day.  You probably think that this one is just for the women or kids, but if you do, you would be WRONG. I used to have a Friday night ritual. As soon as I got home, I would draw a bath (sometimes with bubbles, sometimes without) as hot as I could stand it, make a good, stiff, tall rum and Coke, or chill a carafe of  red wine, get a good book or my favorite mix tape, lock the bathroom door, and soak for about an hour. I called it ‘soaking away the week’. It is very therapeutic.

The food-related “holiday” today is National English Toffee Day. Looking at a cup of sugar and a stick of butter, who would have thought that they could be combined over high heat to create such a delicious confection. I don’t know either, but I’m glad they did. Enjoy some as a treat today.

If your birthday is today, you share it with the following luminaries:
James (Civil War General) Longstreet, 1821.
Jose (actor, director) Ferrer, 1909.
Larry (“F Troop”) Storch, 1923.
Soupy (Milton Hines) Sales, 1926.
Sander (broadcast journalist, ABC News) Vanocur, 1928.
Charles (broadcast journalist, CBS News) Osgood, 1933.
Elvis (the King) Presley, 1935.
Yvette (actress) Mimieux, 1941.
Steven (theoretical physicist) Hawking, 1942.
David (David Robert Jones) Bowie, 1947.
And finally, Ami (actress, daughter of “Monkee” Mickey) Dolenz, 1969.

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