Life Day 23931: Convivial Onomasticon Diurnal Course to all of you.

January 18, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning wordsmiths. Today is Friday, January 18th, 2013. Today is Thesaurus Day. On this date in 1779, Peter Mark Roget was born. He is best known for the publication of his Thesaurus in 1852. The thesaurus was not the result of his vocation (he was a physician), but rather his avocation since his youth. His life was rather tragic. I won’t go into detail here. This link will give you a better explanation. Celebrate this “holiday” by learning a couple of new words, as I did when I came up with this title. So, once again, Convivial Onomasticon Diurnal Course to each of you.
Another “holiday” today is Winnie-the-Pooh Day. The author of the series, A. A. Milne, was born on this date in 1882. This collection of stories, first published in 1926, was inspired by the teddy bear of author A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, who himself became one of the stories’ characters. The original Winnie-the-Pooh (and hyphens too!) was named for Winnie, a black bear at the London zoo, and Pooh, a swan Christopher encountered while on vacation. The result of this combination was not some freakish bear/swan hybrid, but thankfully, the adorable honey-loving bear we’ve all come to know and love. Celebrate this “holiday” by reading to your children or grandchildren from a book in this collection, or re-visiting one of them for yourself.
If you are absolutely opposed to expanding your mind today, yet are still in a celebratory mood, you can celebrate one of these “holidays”.  National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day). This link will provide you with the information that you need. Or, you can celebrate International Fetish Day. This link will provide you with more information than you could ever possibly need about this “holiday”.

Today’s food-related “holiday” is Peking Duck Day. Peking Duck is a famous duck dish originally created in Peking (now Beijing), hence the name. The dish is prized for the thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed oven. The meat is eaten with pancakes, scallion, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce. The dish dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Peking Duck is a national dish of China. Many restaurants require 24-hour notice to prepare the dish, but many don’t anymore.

Here are a few significant historical events which occurred on this date:
In 1778,  English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he called the “Sandwich Islands.” He must have been famished after his long voyage.
In 1788, the first English settlers arrived in Australia’s Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.
In 1803, Thomas Jefferson sought authorization for the first official exploration by the United states government.
In 1886, the Hockey Association was formed in England. This date is the birthday of modern field hockey.
In 1896, the x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.
In 1911, an aircraft landed on a ship for the first time. Pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.
In 1919, the World War I Peace Congress opened in Versailles, France.
In 1943, during World War II, the Soviets announced that they had broken the Nazi siege of Leningrad, which had began in September of 1941.
Also in 1943, commercial bakers in the United States stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.
In 1958, Willie O’Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. He was the first black player to enter the league.
In 1964, the plans for the World Trade Center in New York were disclosed.
In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the “Boston Strangler,” was convicted in Cambridge, MA, of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. He was sentenced to life in prison. Desalvo was killed in 1973 by a fellow inmate.
In 1975, “The Jeffersons” debuted on CBS-TV.
In 1990, in an FBI sting, Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession. He was later convicted of a misdemeanor.
And finally, in 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.

If you were born on this date, you are in good company. Here are some of the iconic individuals with whom you share your birthday. I have already mentioned two; Peter Roget in 1779 and A. A. Milne in 1882. Here are some others:
Daniel (early American statesman) Webster, 1782.
Oliver (Laurel and Hardy) Hardy, 1892.
Cary Grant, 1904.
Danny Kaye, 1913.
Bobby Goldsboro, 1941.
David (The Temptations) Ruffin., also in 1941.
And finally, Kevin Costner, 1955.

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