Life Day 23944: Everyone Day Backward Happy

January 31, 2013 at 12:16 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my backward friends. Today is Thursday, January 31st, 2013.  Day Backward is “holiday”  first today’s. That either sounds like the instructions from a toy manufactured in China, or “Yoda”. Today is the day to do everything backward. You can start by having lunch or dinner for breakfast. I do this quite often anyway. Try reading a book backward (last chapter first), or playing a board game backward. Here are a few more things that you can to to celebrate this “holiday”. If you are old, try acting young; if you are stoic, try acting silly; if you are right-handed try doing things with you left hand (and vise versa if you are left-handed); wear an article of clothing backwards; research palindromes, then try to make up a few of your own. Fun have, “holiday” this celebrate to decide you if.
Another “holiday” today is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day. This “holiday” celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. If you fancy yourself an artist, create an inspirational masterpiece of your own. Visit your local art museum today and marvel at the works therein. (Drive or walk there backwards at your own peril).

The food-related “holiday” today is Brandy Alexander Day. One would think that since this is Backward Day, that the food-related holiday would be something like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but it is not. That holiday isn’t until sometime in April. Anyway, according to the Classic Cocktail Club of Milan, Italy, the Brandy Alexander was created in 1922 in London, “at the time of” the wedding of Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood to Viscount Lascelles.  I neither like Brandy nor do I  know anyone named Alexander, so I will not be celebrating this one.

On this date in 1940, the first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government. Ida May Fuller recieved the first monthly benefit check. The amount paid was $22.54.
Other significant events that happened on this date are:
In 1747, the first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. It was ratified by the necessary number of states on December 6, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
In 1876, all Native American Indians were ordered to move into reservations.
In 1993, the trademark “Coca-Cola” was first registered in the United States Patent Office.
In 1917, Germany announced its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1929, the USSR exiled Leon Trotsky. He found asylum in Mexico.
In 1930, U.S. Navy Lt. Ralph S. Barnaby became the first glider pilot to have his craft released from a dirigible, a large blimp, at Lakehurst, NJ.
In 1936, the radio show “The Green Hornet” debuted. It created quite a ‘buzz’.
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces invaded Kwajalein Atoll and other areas of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
In 1945, Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the U.S. Civil War to be executed for desertion.
In 1950, President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
In 1958, Explorer I was put into orbit around the earth. It was the first U.S. earth satellite.
In 1971, astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
In 1971, telephone service between East and West Berlin was re-established after 19 years.
In 1985, the final Jeep rolled off the assembly line at the AMC plant in Toledo, OH.
In 2000,  John Rocker (Atlanta Braves) was suspended from major league baseball for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in an interview published by Sports Illustrated.
And, in 2001, a Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Franz (composer) Schubert, 1797.
Zane (Western author) Grey, 1872.
Eddie (entertainer) Cantor, 1892.
Tallulah (actress) Bankhead, 1902.
“Jersey Joe” (boxer) Walcott, 1914.
Garry (entertainer) Moore, 1915.
Jackie (baseball player) Robinson, 1919.
Joanne (actress) Dru, 1923.
Norman (author) Mailer, 1929.
Ernie (baseball player) Banks, 1931.
James (actor) Franciscus, 1934.
Suzanne (actress) Pleshette, 1937.
Stuart (character actor) Margolin, 1940.
Dick (lobbyist) Gephardt, 1941.
Jessica (actress) Walter, 1944.
Nolan (baseball pitcher) Ryan, 1947.
Phil (musician) Collins, 1951.
Minnie (actress) Driver, 1971.
Portia (actress) de Rossi, 1973.
And finally, Justin (singer) Timberlake, 1981.

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