Life Day 23938: Happy Opposite Day (or not)

January 25, 2013 at 12:14 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Bad evening no one. Today is Friday, January 25th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is National Opposite Day. Or is it? Today isn’t national opposite day. So don’t celebrate by doing the opposite of what you mean to do and saying the opposite of what you mean to say. Then again, if you don’t want to do something you shouldn’t do just because it’s the opposite of what you should do, then consider what you don’t want to do the thing that you do want to do, then you won’t do what you don’t want to do and you will do what you do want to do and everything should work out fine. I think. Is that clear enough for you?
Today is also Fun at Work Day. This fun holiday falls on the last Friday of January each year. What better reason to add some fun to your work day. I don’t know the origins of this “holiday”, but I do know one thing for sure. It is NOT a recognized day off work. DRAT! If you are still among the gainfully employed, celebrate this day with a few harmless office pranks. (Emphasis on the word “harmless” please), or have lunch with a few of your favorite co-workers.
And, the last “holiday” is Macintosh Computer Day. The “Mac” made its debut on this date in 1984, spawning legions of “fan-boys” ( and girls) worldwide. I am probably committing sacrilege in the eyes of those above mentioned Mac “fan-persons” by using my HP Desktop with Windows 7 to write this BLOG. Unfortunately, my Mac Notebook is in the shop (again). At least this time, it will have the latest Mac OSX (Mountain Lion) installed. I think it had “cub” installed previously (it’s pretty old).

The food-related “holiday” falls under the category of “spirits” rather than food, but anyway, today is National Irish Coffee Day. Contrary to popular belief, Irish Coffee is not a centuries old recipe handed down from generation to generation. It was created in Port of Foynes in County Limerick, Ireland sometime around the beginning of WWII by Joseph Sheridan, head chef at the (only) restaurant there. Port of Foynes was a sea-plane port near the site where Shannon International Airport was under construction. I dislike both Irish whiskey and coffee, so I will not be celebrating this “holiday”. If you are so inclined, this link will take you to Chef Sheridan’s original recipe.
On this date in 1858, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was performed at the wedding of Victoria, the Princess Royal, to Prince Frederick William, the crown Prince of Prussia.  The bride was the daughter of Queen Victoria, who loved Mendelssohn’s music and for whom Mendelssohn often played while on his visits to Britain. The “Wedding March” was originally written in 1842. The first time that it was used at a wedding was when Dorothy Carew wed Tom Daniel at St Peter’s Church, Tiverton, England, on 2 June 1847.  The performance at Princess Victoria’s wedding however is what made it universally popular.
Other significant events in history which occurred on this date are:
In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
In 1799, Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
In 1870, G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.
In 1881, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.
In 1915, in New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.
In 1924, the 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.
In 1927, Jack Benny married Sadye Marks on this day. Sadye changed her name to Mary Livingstone.
In 1949, the first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
In 1950, a  federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
In 1959,  in the United states, American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.
In 1971, Charles Manson and three female members of his “family” were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree. They were all sentenced to death for the 1969 killings. The sentences were later commuted to life sentences.
In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.
In 1999, in Louisville, KY, man received the first hand transplant in the United states.
And finally, in 2010, in Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Robert (poet) Burns, 1759.
W. Somerset (playwright/novelist) Maugham, 1874.
Virginia (novelist) Woolf, 1882.
Edwin (Newscaster) Newman, 1919.
Dean (“The Love Bug”) Jones, 1931.
Etta (Blues singer) James, 1938.
Diana (actress) Manoff, 1958.
And finally Alicia (singer) Keys, 1981.


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