Life Day 23952: Go Fly a Kite

February 8, 2013 at 12:18 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my flighty friends.Today is Friday, February 8th, 2013. Today’s first “holiday” is Fly a Kite Day. Have you ever wanted to tell someone to “go fly a kite”? If so, then today is the day to do so. People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years. Its an ever popular activity for children, and enjoyed by many adults. Ben Franklin was perhaps the most well known kite flyer. In 1752, it is rumored that he flew a kite in a thunderstorm and discovered electricity. Chances are few people in the northern areas of the country will brave the snow and cold today to go outdoors and fly a kite, but if you live in a more hospitable climate, “go fly a kite” Interesting fact: Kites were first used by the military in ancient China over 3,000 years ago.
The other “holiday” today is Laugh and Get Rich Day. If it were only that simple. Today celebrates the power of laughter. Happy people are more productive and tend to remain at a job longer, and therefore seem to advance more rapidly in their chosen profession.  So yuck it up today, and better your chances for promotion.

The food-related “holiday” is Molasses Bar Day. Molasses is a thick, sticky syrup made from sugarcane. The quality of molasses depends on the maturity of the sugarcane, the amount of sugar extracted, and the method of extraction. Since the 1500,s, people have used molasses to sweeten their food. Its distinctive taste is still called for in many recipes including gingerbread, sauces, cookies, toffee, baked beans, fruitcake, and molasses bars. If you know what a ‘molasses bar’ is, enjoy one as a snack today.

On this date in 1910, William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million adult volunteers. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.
Other significant events which happened on this date are:
In 1693, a charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
In 1802, Simon Willard patented the banjo clock.
In 1861, the Confederate States of America was formed.
Also in 1861, a Cheyenne delegation and some Arapaho leaders accepted a new settlement (Treaty of Fort Wise) with the U.S. Federal government. The deal ceded most of their land but secured a 600-square mile reservation and annuity payments.
In 1896, the Western Conference was formed by representatives of Midwestern universities. The group changed its name to the Big 10 Conference.
In 1918, “The Stars and Stripes” newspaper was published for the first time.
In 1922, the White House began using radio after U.S. President Harding had it installed.
In 1936, the first National Football League draft was held. Jay Berwanger was the first to be selected. He went to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne. Her father, George VI, had died on February 6.
In 1963, the Kennedy administration prohibited travel to Cuba and made financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens.
In 1969, the last issue of the “Saturday Evening Post” was published. It was revived in 1971 as a quarterly publication and later a 6 times a year.
In 1971, the Nasdaq stock-market index debuted.
In 1973, U.S. Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
In 1978, U.S. Senate deliberations were broadcast on radio for the first time. The subject was the Panama Canal treaties.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced a plan to re-introduce draft registration.
In 1985, “The Dukes of Hazzard” ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television.
And, in 1993, General Motors sued NBC, alleging that “Dateline NBC” had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that some GM pickups were prone to fires after certain types of crashes. The suit was settled the following day by NBC.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820 – Union Civil War General.
Jules Verne, 1828 – Author.
Lyle Talbot, 1902 – Actor.
Lana Turner, 1921 – Actress.
Audrey Meadows, 1924 – Actress.
Jack Lemmon, 1925 – Actor.
James Dean, 1931 – Actor.
John Williams, 1932 – Composer.
Larry Verne, 1936 – “Please Mr. Custer”.
Ted Koppel, 1940 – Newscaster.
Nick Nolte, 1941 – Actor.
Robert Klein, 1942 – Comedian.
Dan Seals, 1948 – Musician.
Brooke Adams, 1949 – Actress.
Mary Steenburgen, 1953 – Actress.
John Grisham, 1955 – Author.
Vince Neil, 1961 – “Motley Crue”.
And finally, Gary Coleman, 1968 – Actor.

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