Life Day 23934: Food for Thought

January 21, 2013 at 12:43 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning chowder-heads. Today is Monday, January 21st, 2013. The food-related “holiday”  today is  New England Clam Chowder Day. I am starting with the food-related holiday because otherwise, my opening sentence makes no sense. I suppose that if you prefer Manhattan Clam Chowder ( that tomato-based crap) you can still celebrate today. I personally dislike seafood in general, and seafood-based soups in particular, therefore, I will not be celebrating this one.

The first non-food-based holiday today is Martin Luther King Day (observed the third Monday in January). Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. grew to become one of the greatest Social Activists in modern history. At 35, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while making a speech from the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. President Ronald Reagan signed the law that made his birthday a National holiday in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20th, 1986.
You may think that I’m nuts, or even a bit squirrely, but the second “holiday” is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Squirrel Appreciation Day is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate your tree climbing, nut gathering friends. It’s held in mid-winter when food sources are scarce for squirrels and other wildlife.  Squirrels spent all fall gathering and “squirreling ” away food. The problem is that they only recover about 20% of it. They either can’t remember where they stashed the rest, or other squirrels beat them to it. So, give them an extra special treat today to supplement their winter diets. They are particularly fond of sunflower seeds and dried corn.
The third ‘holiday’ is National Hugging Day. Kevin Zaborney and Adam Olis created the holiday in 1986. The date of January 21 was chosen because it marks a midpoint between Christmas and Valentines Day, where people are figured to be at their emotional low. It is a day custom made for all of my Environmentalist Wacko friends. They can go out and appreciate their squirrel friends, then hug the tree in which they dwell. I’m sure that you are all capable of figuring out how to celebrate this ‘holiday’.
This must be the day to celebrate vermin, because the fourth “holiday” is Fancy Rat and Mouse Day. Do with this one what you will. I have no interest in it myself.

On this date in 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI was executed on the guillotine. He had been found guilty of treason two days earlier.
Other significant events which happened on this date are:
In 1846, the first issue of the “Daily News,” edited by Charles Dickens, was published.
In 1853, Dr. Russell L. Hawes patented the envelope folding machine.
In 1861, the future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, resigned from the U.S. Senate. Four other Southerners also resigned.
In 1865, an oil well was drilled by torpedoes for the first time.
In 1915, the first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, MI.
In 1954, the Nautilus was launched in Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered submarine. U.S. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow.
In 1994, a jury in Manassas, VA, acquitted Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding (severing his penis) her husband John. She accused him of sexually assaulting her.
And, in 1999, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a ship headed for Houston, TX, that had over 9,500 pounds of cocaine aboard. It was one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following celebrities:
Stonewall (Confederate General) Jackson, 1824.
J. Carrol Naish, 1897.
Telly (Kojak) Savalas, 1924.
Benny (British comedian) Hill, 1925.
Robert Weston (Wolfman Jack) Smith, 1939.
Jack (PGA) Nicklaus, 1940.
Richie (Jazz guitarist) Havens, 1941.
Placido (opera singer) Domingo, 1941.
Mac Davis, 1942.
Jill (L.A. Law) Eikenberry,, 1947.
Billy Ocean, 1950.
Geena (actress) Davis, 1957.
Hakeem (NBA) Olajuwon, 1963.
And finally, Emma Lee (“Baby Spice”) Bunton, 1976.

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