Life Day 23953: Rub a Dub Dub

February 9, 2013 at 1:15 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bath and book fans. Today is Saturday, February 9th, 2013.  The first “holiday” today is Read in the Bathtub Day. There are many simple pleasures in life, but very few holidays that give you license to celebrate more than one at a time. Read in the Bathtub Day lets you enjoy a good book, a hot bath, and a little bit of peace and quiet all at the same time. If you want to have your hands free for, perhaps, a glass of wine, you may want to look into purchasing a bathtub reading caddy. Make your book selection wisely. I couldn’t ascertain the origins of this “holiday”, but I suspect a corporate conspiracy between a bathtub manufactures and publishing companies is responsible this one.
The next “holiday” is Toothache Day. Almost everyone has had a toothache, regardless of how meticulous their dental hygiene regimen. There are many causes such as cavities, gum disease, the emergence of wisdom teeth, a cracked tooth, infected dental pulp, jaw disease, or exposed tooth root. A toothache may also be a symptom of diseases of the heart, such as angina or a myocardial infarction, due to referred pain. My research could not find the origins of this “holiday”, but I don’t think that this being the date that the  Hershey’s Candy Corporation was founded is coincidental. If you have a toothache, see your dentist immediately. If not, use today to examine your own dental care regimen. You only get one set of teeth, so take care of them.
In a more somber vane, the last “holiday” today is National Stop Bullying Day. Bullying is becoming rampant in our society these days, especially among adolescents and teens. Use today to talk to your children or grandchildren about bulling. Let them know that if they are being bullied, or if they know someone who is being bullied, they should tell someone about it immediately. If you are a bully, knock it the HELL off!!!

There are two food-related “holidays” today. The first is Bagels and Lox Day. A bagel topped with lox (thinly sliced cured salmon) is an iconic Jewish-American dish. Once found only in New York delis, this delicious sandwich is now popular all across the country. To celebrate this day, enjoy a tasty bagel topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers.
The other food-related “holiday” is Pizza Pie Day. The history of pizza as we know it today is relatively recent. As far back as 8000 B.C., man knew how to mix flour with water into dough, season it with herbs and heat it on a hot stone to create a flat bread and the earliest cheese making began about 5500 B.C. However, the key elements that turned the baked flat breads with toppings into what we know today as pizza was the tomato, which was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century. As a member of the Nightshade family of plants, it was believed by many Europeans to be poisonous. During a famine in the 18th century, the starving poor gambled and ate the fruit. No one was poisoned; in fact, a delicious new foodstuff was discovered. The poor in the area around Naples then added tomato to their flat bread, often serving it as their main meal with melted cheese and/or anchovies. Thus the pizza was born.

On this day in history, on February 9, 1894, the Hershey Chocolate Company was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While the Hershey brand is known worldwide for its chocolate products, the company’s creator, Milton Hershey, actually found his first success with a different kind of candy, caramels.
Other significant events in history that occurred on this date are:
In 1825, the U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president. No candidate had received a majority of electoral votes.
In 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis as its president.
In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS).
In 1895, Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan.
In 1900, Dwight F. Davis put up a new tennis trophy to go to the winner in matches against England. The trophy was a silver cup that weighed 36 pounds.
In 1932, America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, NY.
In 1942, daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the U.S.
In 1950, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.
In 1960, the first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward.
In In 1969, the Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.
And, in 1997, “The Simpsons” became the longest-running prime-time animated series. “The Flintstones” held the record previously.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
William Henry Harrison, 1773 – 9th President.
Ronald Colman, 1891 – Actor.
Brian Donlevy, 1899 – Actor.
Carmen Miranda, 1909 – Singer/dancer/actress.
Gypsy Rose Lee, 1914 – Burlesque entertainer.
Roger Mudd, 1928 – Journalist.
Jo Ann Prentice, 1933 –  LPGA.
Janet Suzman, 1939 – Actress.
Barry Mann, 1942 – Songwriter.
Carole King, 1942 – Singer/songwriter.
Joe Pesci, 1943 – Actor.
Barbara Lewis, 1943 – Singer.
Mia Farrow, 1945 – Actress.
Charles Shaughnessy, 1955 – Actor.
And finally, Travis Tritt, 1963 – Country singer.

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