Life Day 23929: Much Ado About Nothing

January 16, 2013 at 12:51 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning idlers. Today is Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Nothing Day. It is quite simply… a day for nothing. The purpose is to provide Americans with one  day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything. It was created by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. Please note that this is not “do nothing” day. You still have to fulfill you daily obligations like going to work or school. Other than that, have an uneventful day.
If you absolutely feel the need to celebrate something today anyway, it is also Appreciate a Dragon Day. The purpose of this ‘holiday’ is to boost children’s literacy by encouraging them to read and create things about their favorite fictional dragons. The dragon is a powerful symbol in mythology all over the world, from Europe to Asia and beyond. This day encourages the exploration of the cultural significance of the dragon in our society and history.

There are two food-related “holidays” today.  The first is International Hot and Spicy Food Day. If you missed out on Curry Chicken Day a couple of days ago, today is your chance at redemption. If not, have another hot and spicy dish for dinner. Perhaps a big bowl of Chili.
Finally, if your taste buds demand something more bland, today is also Fig Newton Day. I personally dislike any kind of “Newton”, but especially Fig Newtons.

On this date in 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages, was ratified. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.
Other significant events that happened on this date are:
In 1517, Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.
In 1866, Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate.
In 1883, the United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.
In 1896, the first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, IA.
In 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
In 1961, Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.
In 1964, “Hello Dolly!” opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City.
In 1985, “Playboy” magazine announced its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton and elsewhere would come to an immediate end.
And finally, in 1997,  Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles,CA.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Andre (Michelin Tires) Michelin, 1853.
Frank Joseph (inventor of the ice resurfacing machine) Zamboni
Ethel Merman, 1909.
Jay Hanna (“Dizzy”) Dean, 1911.
A. J. Foyt, 1935.
Ronnie Milsap, 1943.
Jim (“I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes”) Stafford, 1944.
And finally, Kate Moss, 1974.

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