Life Day 23951: Like a Good Neighbor

February 7, 2013 at 12:26 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning friends and neighbors. Today is Thursday, February 7, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day. With all the challenges we face these days, isn’t it time to put them all aside for at least one day. Wave “hello” to everybody and mean it. Yes, even that one “special neighbor” down the street who normally only rates a “one-finger” wave. You know who he is. Every neighborhood has one. If you don’t know who he is, then you’re probably him. Please note that I purposely used the male gender merely for the sake of continuity. Feel free to substitute the feminine gender or the plural gender if it is applicable in your particular circumstance.
The second “holiday” is Ballet Day. Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker. You my ask, “How does one celebrate Ballet Day anyway?” Well, you could wear your hair in a tight ‘bun’, the iconic hair style of ballerinas the world over. If you are folically unencumbered (like yours truly), you could sign up for a Ballet Class, or gift a child or grandchild with some Ballet lessons. Or, you could just attend a Ballet performance near you.
The last “holiday” today is Send a Card to a Friend Day. Reach out to some friends that you haven’t heard from for a while. From what I can glean from my sources, this “holiday” applies to both paper cards and e-cards, so there is really no excuse not to send a friend, or two or three or more, a card.

The food-related “holiday is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. The original recipe was created in 1914 by Alfredo Di Lelio, owner of Alfredo alla Scrofa restaurant in Rome. It is a variation of an classic old Italian dish,  fettuccine al burro (fettuccine with butter). I know what’s on my menu for dinner tonight.

On this date in 1795, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It  was the first Constitutional amendment after the adoption of the Bill of Rights. This link will explain what it   was about.
Other events of historical significance which happened on this date are:
In 1882, the last bareknuckle fight for the heavyweight boxing championship took place in Mississippi City.
In 1893, Elisha Gray patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents.
In 1922, DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of “Reader’s Digest” magazine for the first time.
In 1936, the U.S. Vice President’s flag was established by executive order.
In 1943, the U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days.
In 1962, the U.S. government banned all Cuban imports and re-export of U.S. products to Cuba from other countries.
In 1984, space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk.
In 1985, “New York, New York” became the official anthem of the Big Apple.
In 2000, California’s legislature declared that February 13 would be “Charels M. Schulz Day.”
And, in 2001, Robert Pickett, 47, fired several shots at the White House near the South Lawn. He was subdued after being shot in the knee. No one else was hurt in the incident.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notables:
John Deere, 1804 – Inventor.
Charles Dickens, 1812 – Author.
Frederick Douglas, 1817 – Statesman.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867 – Author.
Eubie Blake, 1883 – Composer/lyricist.
Sinclair Lewis, 1885 – Novelist.
Larry “Buster” Crabbe, 1908 – Actor.
Gay Talese, 1932 – Author.
Sammy Johns, 1946 – “Chevy Van”.
James Spader, 1960 – Actor.
Garth Brooks, 1962 – Country singer.
Chris Rock, 1966 – Comedian.
And finally, Ashton Kutcher, 1978 – Actor.

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