Life Day 23926: Happy Skeptics Day

January 13, 2013 at 12:44 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning “doubting Thomases”. Today is Sunday, January 13th, 2013. I don’t care whether you believe it or not, but today’s first “holiday” is International Skeptics Day. A skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. A skeptic does not accept the “Given”. Due to the current political climate, I tend to be skeptical of  just about everything these days. Since when did the “truth” become dependent upon to which political party you belong? The only thing that I know to be absolutely true is that as soon as a politician begins to speak, he is basically engaging is a sex act, because someone, somewhere, is about to get “screwed”.
The second “holiday” is Public Radio Broadcasting Day. No, this “holiday” does not pertain to PBS. On this date in 1910, the first public radio broadcast was an experimental broadcast by Dr. Lee De Forest and the Lee De Forest Company. The microphones were set up at the Metropolitan Opera House where Enrico Caruso and a few other opera stars of the day performed selected arias from Pagliacci. The few radio receivers were those at the De Forest Laboratory, on board ships in New York Harbor,  and at a few New York City locations where reporters were stationed at receiving sets.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Peach Melba Day. Peach Melba is a dessert which combines two popular summer fruits:  peaches and a raspberry sauce accompanying vanilla ice cream. It was created in 1892 by French chef  Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honor Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Sounds good to me. I’ll try it.

On this date in 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
In 1854, Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, PA, patented the accordion. It can’t be proven, but it is rumored that the first song he played on his new creation was a Polka. (For my  humor impaired readers, the previous sentence was a joke).
In 1928,  Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.
In 1957,  Wham-O began producing “Pluto Platters.” This marked the true beginning of production of the flying disc. And the ‘Frisbee” was born.
In 1962, Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles, CA.
In 1966, Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on “Bewitched,” had a baby. The baby’s name was Tabitha.
Also in 1966,Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation’s first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
And last but not least, in 1997,  Debbie Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Horatio Alger, 1834.
Sophie Tucker, 1884.
Robert (The Untouchables) Stack, 1918.
Gwen (singer, dancer, actress) Verdon, 1926.
Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931.
Billy (son “Bud” on “Father Knows Best”) Gray, 1938.
Richard (“Night Court”) Moll. 1943.
And finally, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1961.

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