Life Day 23922: Where’s the Beef

January 9, 2013 at 12:06 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning beefeaters. Today is Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. On this date in 1984, Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the “Where’s the Beef” commercial campaign for Wendy’s.
Here are a few more significant historical events whuch occurred on this date.
In 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States.
In 1861, The state of Mississippi seceded from the United States.
In 1902, New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public.
In 1929, The Seeing Eye was incorporated in Nashville, TN. The company’s purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind.
In 1936, The United States Army adopted the semi-automatic rifle.
In 1951, The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.
In 1969, The supersonic aeroplane Concorde made its first trial flight, at Bristol.
In 1986, Kodak got out of the instant camera business after 10 years due to a loss in a court battle that claimed that Kodak copied Polaroid patents.
In 2002, Yasmine Bleeth was sentenced to two years of probation, regular drug tests, 100 hours of community service and pay the court costs in connection to a cocaine-possession charge.
And finally, also in 2002, The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a criminal investigation of Enron Corp. The company had filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001.

The “holiday” today is National Static Electricity Day. Static electricity is fun for sticking balloons to your hair; not so much for touching doorknobs after crossing a carpeted room in your socks. This phenomenon occurs when two surfaces rub together and electrons jump ship, leaving one surface too positive and the other too negative. Now you know how it works. Good luck trying to avoid it, especially in cold weather.

The food-related holiday today is National Apricot Day. Why? I don’t know. They are in season here in America during July and August. The word “apricot” means “precious” in Latin. Apricots ripen earlier than most summer fruits, making them a precious commodity. The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago and eventually made their way across Asia to the Mediterranean. They arrived in America around 1720 in Virginia. Today, farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley produce 95% of the apricots grown in the United States. Since they are out of season this time of year, here is a link to a simple recipe for Baked Apricot Chicken that uses apricot jam.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of note:
Richard (“I am not a crook”) Nixon, 1913.
Fernando Lamas, 1915.
Anita (early film actress, and the mother on the 50’s TV series “My Friend Flicka”) Louise, 1915.
Bart (NFL) Starr, 1934.
Bob (Gilligan) Denver, 1935.
Joan Baez, 1941.
Jimmy (Led Zepplin) Page, 1944.
Crystal Gayle, 1951.
David John (Dave) Matthews, 1967.
And, Catherine Elizabeth(recent bride of Prince William) Middleton, 1982.


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