Life Day 23927: Don’t be one of “those people”.

January 14, 2013 at 12:10 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning pet lovers. Today is Monday, January 14, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Dress Up Your Pet Day. With that said, please don’t be one of “those people.” I know, you say something like “aw, but he/she is so cute.” Meanwhile he/she is saying “How much humiliation and torture do I have to endure for shelter, a few morsels of food, and an occasional scratch behind the ears.”  “But look, he/she likes it, he/she is smiling.” NO! He/she is panting because he/she is nervous or smoldering in that ridiculous outfit.
The second and third “holidays” are somewhat related, so I’ll just consolidate them. They are Clean Off Your Desk Day and Organize Your Home Day. Both deal with the need to get a fresh start in the new year. And, the fourth and last “holiday” is Ratification Day. Ratification Day in the United States refers to the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD by the Confederation Congress. This act officially ended the American Revolution and established the U.S. as a sovereign entity.

A few other significant events that occurred on this date are:
In 1639, Connecticut’s first constitution, the “Fundamental Orders,” was adopted.
In 1878, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain’s Queen Victoria.
In 1882, the Myopia Hunt Club, in Winchester, MA, became the first country club in the United States. Really, the Myopia Hunt Club? Who was the founder, Mr. Magoo? I’m glad I didn’t hunt there.
In 1943,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt  became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
In 1952, NBC’s “Today” show premiered. Coincidentally, on this same date in 2002, the “Today” show celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. They could also have celebrated a 60th anniversary in 2012, but in that year, the 14th fell on a Saturday.
In 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.
Also in 1954, the Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator. The new company was called the American Motors Corporation.
And finally in 1973, – The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Hot Pastrami has always been one of my favorite sandwiches, along with a Reuben Sandwich. It appears that a visit to the Ace o’ Sandwiches, our neighborhood Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe, is in order for lunch. Incidentally, how many of you will admit to being old enough to remember this “little ditty” from 1963 by The Dartells?

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following  luminaries:
Benedict Arnold, 1741.
Albert Schweitzer, 1875.
William (the Life of Riley) Bendix, 1906.
Mark (television Producer) Goodson, 1915.
Andy (“60 Minutes”) Rooney, 1919.
Caterina (internationally famous singer, dancer, actress, musician) Valente, 1931.
Jack (pop singer) Jones, 1938.
Faye Dunaway, 1941.
Carl (Apollo Creed) Weathers, 1948.
James Todd (L.L. Cool J) Smith, 1968.
And finally, Jason Bateman, 1969.

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