Life Day 23949: I Saw a Butterfly, Flutter By

February 5, 2013 at 1:50 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my little butterflies. Today is Tuesday, February 5th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is California Western Monarch Day. This “holiday” does not refer to the Supreme Leader in Sacramento, but rather to the California Western Monarch Butterfly which makes it’s winter home in many State Parks along California’s Central Coast. California Western Monarch Day was established by the state Legislature of  in 2004. It celebrates the annual migratory return of the Western Monarch Butterfly to the central coast of California to spend the winter during October through March. Thousands of Western Monarch Butterflies overwinter on the California coast each year.  One of the most popular spots for the Western Monarchs is Pismo Beach, California. This link will enable you to learn more about Monarch Butterflies.
The next “holiday” is National Weatherman’s Day. National Weatherman’s Day honors weathermen, and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather. Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather is still a tricky, and ever changing business. Knowing the weather is important in so many ways. It affect how we dress, where we go, and even if we go. Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather. And, knowing the weather can save lives. The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornadoes may hit. According to the Air Force News, Weatherman’s Day “commemorates the birth of  Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen”. Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816.

There are two food-related “holidays” today. The first is Nutella Day.  Gee, I wonder if this “holiday” is commercially sponsored, steeped in long-standing tradition, or based upon the celebration of a religious ritual? If you like Nutella, by all means have some today. The second is Chocolate Fondue Day. Chocolate fondue is rich and luscious. It has appeal to children and adults alike. It is simple to prepare. It’s light enough to provide sweetness, yet lavish enough to satisfy your cravings for decadence. The key to good fondue is good chocolate, and good dippers. And good company, of course, fondue is a dish to share. What are some of your favorite fruits to dip into a chocolate fondue? Mine are strawberries, pineapple, and bananas.

On this date in 1999, Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.
Other historic events which happened on this date are:
In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
In 1846, “The Oregon Spectator”, based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.
In 1861, Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.
In 1881, Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.
In 1917, the U.S. Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s December 14, 1916 veto.
In 1931, Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.
In 1937, President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.
In 1972, Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
In 1988, a pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama’s military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
In 2001, it was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin’s co-host. The show was renamed to “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”
And, in 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following prominent people:
Felix Mendelssohn, 1809 – Composer.
Belle Starr, 1848 – Outlaw.
Andre-Gustav Citroen, 1878 – French industrialist.
Adlai Stevenson, 1900 – Politician.
John Carradine, 1906 – Actor.
Red Buttons, 1919 – Entertainer.
Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, 1934 – Baseball legend.
Stephen J. Cannell, 1940 – Producer.
Roger Staubach, 1942 – NFL quarterback.
Barbara Hershey, 1948 – Actress.
Nigel Olsson, 1949 – Drummer.
And finally, Jennifer Jason Leigh, 1962 – Actress.



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