Life Day 23947: The Day the Music Died

February 3, 2013 at 12:19 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning music lovers. Today is Sunday, February 3rd, 2013. Today’s first “holiday” may be a sad day for many of you. It is The Day The Music Died Day. On this day in 1959, near Clear Lake, IA, a small plane crash claimed the lives of rock music legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. (“The Big Bopper”) Richardson, (and the pilot, Roger Peterson). Click this link to find out more about the circumstances of the crash. Don McLean, in his song “American Pie”, is credited with coining the phrase “The Day the Music Died”. Although it was certainly a tragic event, I respectfully disagree with Mr. McLean’s premise. To me, “The Day The Music Died” is subjective. Your parents or grandparents, depending upon your age, probably thought the “The Music” died when Bill Haley and the Comets song “Rock Around the Clock” became popular, but music persevered. Others thought that “The Music” died the day Elvis Presley first swiveled his pelvis on the Ed Sullivan Show, but music still persevered. In my humble opinion, good music continued to be written, produced, recorded, and performed until the mid 1970’s when, with the beginning of the “Disco Era”, “Music” just faded peacefully away into the sunset, with it’s head bowed in shame, never to be heard from again. What particular song, event, or era do you associate with The Day The Music Died?
Today’s second “holiday” is Dump Your “Significant” Jerk Day. Are you in a bad relationship that’s gone on way too long? Then this holiday is for you.  It’s time to get rid of the excess baggage and get on with your life. Get a fresh start with someone who actually cares about you. In the interest of fairness and equality I would like to point out to you guys out there in a similar predicament that you should consider ending your bad relationship as well.
Today’s last “holiday” is Cordova Ice Worm Day.  Not being from the frozen north, I had no idea that there was such a thing as an ice worm. Apparently these are real creatures,  and this link will show you that National Geographic has spent some time digging into the habitat of these mysterious creatures. Cordova, Alaska has an annual Ice Worm Festival celebrated today. This quaint, rural town without any stop lights goes ice worm crazy with parades, talent shows, and even a Miss Ice Worm pageant in this festival celebrating the glacier-dwelling worm. Traditional Ice Worm Day contests include the Oyster Shuck-n-Suck, the longest beard and the tastiest smoked salmon.
Oh, I almost forgot. Apparently, there is some sort of competition occurring this afternoon. From what I understand, it involves a huge bowl in which they have put 49 Ravens. I don’t get it, but if you can’t make it to the Cordova Ice Worm Festival, you might want to check it out. I think it might be televised, so check your local listings.

The food-related “holiday” is National Carrot Cake Day. Carrot Cake has been around since the Middle Ages. At that time, sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, so people used sweet vegetables to flavor their puddings. During World War II, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation’s sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, and carrot cakes. Today, many families in the UK still serve carrot cake on Christmas Day. Carrot cake is much healthier than many other baked goods. A traditional recipe calls for carrots, raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar (instead of refined white sugar). Enjoy a slice from your local bakery, or bake one yourself in honor of National Carrot Cake Day.

On this date in 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax. And, politicians began spending twice as much as they collected.
Other historical events that happened on this date are:
In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec.
In 1783, Spain recognized the independence of the United States.
In 1809, the territory of Illinois was created.
In 1815, the  world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
In 1862, Thomas Edison printed the “Weekly Herald” and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. It was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train.
In 1900, in Frankfort, KY, gubernatorial candidate William Goebels died from an assassin’s bullet wounds. On August 18, 1900, Ex-Sec. of State Caleb Powers was found guilt of conspiracy to murder Gov. Goebels.
in 1917, the U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1951,  Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time.
In 1966, the first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made by the Soviet space vehicle Luna IX.
In 1969, at the Palestinian National Congress in Cairo, Yasser Arafat was appointed leader of the PLO.
In 1972, the first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan.
In 1984, Challenger 4 was launched as the tenth space shuttle mission.
In 1988, the House of Representatives rejected U.S. President Reagan’s request for at least $36.25 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker. She was the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984.
And, also in 1998, in Italy, a U.S. Military plane hit a cable causing the death of 20 skiers on a lift. If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:

Horace Greeley,  1811 – Newspaper editor.
Norman Rockwell, 1894 – Artist.
James A. Michener, 1907 – Author.
Joey Bishop, 1918 – Comedian.
Shelley Berman, 1926 – Comedian.
Emile Griffith, 1938 – Boxer.
Fran Tarkenton, 1940 – NFL quarterback.
Blythe Danner, 1943 – Actress.
Morgan Fairchild, 1950- Actress.
Nathan Lane, 1956 – Actor.
And finally, Michele Greene, 1962 – L.A. Law.

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