Life Day 23933: Penguin Particulars

January 20, 2013 at 12:28 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Sunday, January 20th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Penguin Awareness Day. The reason for this “holiday” is to bring to the public’s attention the fact that many penguin species are now on the Endangered Species list. Commercial fishing and climate change are the main factors causing the decrease in the penguin population. Many people do not know that not all penguins love snow and cold climates; Galapagos Penguins are found near the equator. There are 18 different species of penguins, living in all climate ranges. Here are a few other facts about penguins:
Penguins are kind of amphibians, and their wings, over a period of time has evolved into flippers.
Penguins thrive on a diet mostly comprising of krill, fish, squids, etc.
Penguins mate for life.
Among all the species of penguins, the Emperor penguins are largest in size. The adults may grow up to a height of just over 3 feet and weight more than 75 lbs.
The Little Blue Penguin is the smallest of the penguin species. They grow to a size of 15 inches and weigh 2 lbs.
If your local zoo has a penguin exhibit, visit it today. You can also celebrate by doing an internet search of “penguins” to learn more about them. Gather your family around the TV tonight and watch a few old “Tennessee Tuxedo” cartoons, either or both of the “Happy Feet” movies , or “Madagascar”.
The other “holiday” today is National Disc Jockey Day. Be sure to show your appreciation to your favorite disc jockey, local or otherwise. One of the earliest D.J.’s was the late, great, Alan Freed. He is credited with coining the term Rock and Roll. Turn on your radio today and enjoy.

There are three food-related “holidays” today. The first is National Buttercrunch Day. I’ll be having a  Butterfinger candy bar as a treat at some point today.
If you are more inclined to have a healthier treat today, it is also National Granola Bar Day.
And the final “holiday” is National Cheese Lover’s Day. As far as I’m concerned, every day is “Cheese Lover’s Day”.

Some significant historical events which took place on this date are:
In 1841, the island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
In 1885, the roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson.
In 1887, the U.S.  Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
In 1891, James Hogg took office as the first native-born governor of Texas.
In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.
In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were flown to Algeria and then to a U.S. base in Wiesbaden, West Germany. The release occurred minutes after the U.S. presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
In 1994,  Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina. Faulkner joined the cadet corps in August 1995 under court order but soon dropped out.
And finally, in 2002, Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) played his first game in Chicago as a visiting player. The Wizards beat the Bulls 77-69.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
George Burns, 1896.
Aristotle Onassis, 1906.
DeForest (Bones) Kelley, 1920.
Federico Fellini, 1920.
Otis Dewey (Slim) Whitman, Jr., 1924.
Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin, 1930.
Arte (“Laugh In”) Johnson, 1934.
Dorothy Provine, 1937.
Paul (KISS) Stanley, 1950.
Bill Maher, 1956.
And finally, Lorenzo Lamas, 1958.


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