Life Day 23945: Freedom Isn’t Free

February 1, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning freedom lovers. Today is Friday, February 1st, 2013. Today’s first holiday is National Freedom Day. On this date in 1865, a joint resolution was signed that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation’s constitution. Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery. The Amendment was ratified and made into law on December 18th, 1965. The first commemoration of this day day took place on February 1, 1942, although it was not made into law yet. A tradition of laying a wreath at Liberty Bell also began. On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill to proclaim February 1 as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States.
The next “holiday” is Robinson Crusoe Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the rescue in 1709 of Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore in September 1704 on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures there are said to have formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe.
Another “holiday” today is Spunky Old Broads Day. Spunky Old Broads Day is for any female over the age of 50 who refuses to let her age get to her. For fear of retribution, I will not admit to knowing any “spunky old broads”. However, I will gladly admit that I am acquainted with several spirited, mature women. If you are in a relationship with a spirited  mature woman, it would behoove you to go out of your way today to make her feel special.
Yet another “holiday” today is Hula in the Coola Day. This is a day for those longing to escape the winter doldrums to laugh at the cold with a luau party. Put away your winter coats, get out your shorts and flip-flops, do the limbo, and say, “Aloha!”
Still another “holiday” today is Working Naked Day. Unless you are a Stripper, I think that this “holiday” refers to those fortunate enough to work at home. If you do work from home and decide to celebrate this ‘holiday’, I highly recommend that you wait until after your video conference with your boss.
The sixth “holiday” is National Wear Red Day. Wear Red day is sponsored by the American Heart Association to bring awareness to heart disease, especially among women. Wear something red today to show your support.
I am going to combine the next two “holidays” because they are somewhat related. They are Bubble Gum Day and Give Kids a Smile Day. Bubble Gum Day is a day where some schools and libraries allow children to chew gum if they donate money to charity (usually 50¢). The school or library then donates the money raised to a local charity that benefits children.  The American Dental Association began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for ADA members to join with others in the community to provide dental services to under-served children.
And finally, the last “holiday” today is National Serpent Day. It is a day to celebrate our slithery friends. Latin for “something that creeps,” serpents are famous throughout mythology. One of the most recognized serpents throughout the ages is the snake. “Asp” pire to learn something new today about serpents.

The food-related “holiday” today is national Baked Alaska Day. Baked Alaska is a masterpiece of chemistry: ice cream, cake and meringue baked in the oven until the meringue browns. Ice cream, in a rectangle or  mounded in a pie plate, is covered on all sides with slices of sponge cake or pound cake, which is then covered with meringue. The entire dessert is then placed in a 425°F oven just long enough to firm the meringue—three or four minutes. The meringue is an effective insulator, and in the short cooking time needed to finish the dessert, it prevents the ice cream from melting. Sounds to fancy-schmancy for my taste. I dislike meringue anyway. I’ll just have plain ole ice cream and cake. Surely it’s someone’s birthday today.

On this date in 1994, Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, OR, for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.
Other significant events which happened on this date are:
In 1788, Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.
In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City.
In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union.
In 1862, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the “Atlantic Monthly.”
In 1884, the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
In 1893, Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world’s first motion picture studio in West Orange, NJ.
In 1898, the Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
In 1900, Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the $1.00 Brownie box camera.
In 1913, Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station) opened in New York City, NY. It was the largest train station in the world.
In 1919, the first Miss America was crowned in New York City.
In 1920, the first armored car was introduced.
In 1921,  Carmen Fasanella registered as a taxicab owner and driver in Princeton, New Jersey. Fasanella retired November 2, 1989 after 68 years and 243 days of service.
In 1930, the New York Times published its first crossword puzzle.
In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
In 1951, the first telecast of an atomic explosion took place.
In 1957, P.H. Young became the first black pilot on a scheduled passenger airline.
In 1960,  four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. They had been refused service.
In 1979, Patty Hearst was released from prison after serving 22 months of a seven-year sentence for bank robbery. Her sentence had been commuted by U.S. President Carter.
In 1999, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against U.S. President Clinton.
And, in 2003, NASA’s space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board were killed.
If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the followings celebrated individuals:
Clark Gable, 1901 – Actor (“It Happened One Night”, “Gone with the Wind”)
Langston Hughes, 1902 – Author
Stuart Whitman, 1928 – Actor (“Cimarron Strip”, “The Longest Day”)
Boris Yeltsin, 1931 – Russian president 1991-1999
Bob Shane, 1934 – Singer (The Kingston Trio)
Garrett Morris, 1937 – Actor, comedian 
Don Everly, 1937 – Singer (The Everly Brothers)
Sherman Hemsley, 1938 – Actor (“The Jeffersons”)
Sherilynn Fenn, 1965 – Actress (“Twin Peaks”)
Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi  (Princess Stephanie of Monaco),1965 – Youngest child of Grace Kelly and Rainier III of Monaco 
Lisa Marie Presley, 1968 – Daughter of Elvis Presley
And finally, Pauly Shore, 1970 – Comedian  

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