Life Day 23955: Make a Friend Day

February 11, 2013 at 12:20 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning friends. Today is Monday, February 11th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Make a Friend Day. Today is a great opportunity to meet someone new, or do something to make a new friend. Making a new friend can be easier to do than you think. There are a multitude of ways to make new friends. It often helps to smile and just be friendly or helpful. Friends are one of life’s valuable assets. You can never have too many, so spend the day being friendly, and doing special or nice things for others. You’ll be surprised.
The second “holiday” is White Shirt Day. It marks the end of a union strike by employees of General Motors on this date in 1937. These autoworkers helped the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers. The strike was intended to send a message to management that “blue collar” workers had earned the right to the same respect as their management counterparts.  The traditions of White Shirt Day are simple: Everyone must wear a white shirt or blouse, your white shirt must not get dirtier than your boss’s shirt, and safety and work rules must be followed. When I was researching this “holiday”, one of my sources listed it as “White T-Shirt Day”. This immediately brought to mind this song by the group “Plain White T’s”. It has no relevance to this topic, but I like it. It’s worth a listen.
Another “holiday” today is Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. This “holiday” recognizes that everyone spills a little milk now and then. It’s a day to  be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. Stuff happens in life, and, when it does, don’t worry, or fret, or cry over it. Rather, take a positive attitude and fix it, or get past it. Keep an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face today.
Today is also, Clean Out Your Computer Day. Today is the day to logically review, and delete old files and programs from your computer (you should be doing this about once a month anyway). This “holiday” was originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in 2000, as a way help businesses become more efficient. Most of us add programs and files to our computer without even thinking about it. After all, computers have huge storage capacity.  Many of these files and programs are forgotten over time. Overtime they clog memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other files. And, some may slow down your computer. Take some time today to do a little ‘computer maintenance’. Both you and your computer will be happier.
The last “holiday” is Satisfied Staying Single Day. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, some singles wish to let the world know that they are just fine being single, and that they don’t need the “sympathy” of their friends who are in relationships.

The food-related  “holiday” today is Peppermint Patty Day. Sorry all of you “Peanuts” fans, but it does not refer to the unrequited love of Charlie Brown’s life. Good grief! Instead, it refers to those yummy after dinner mints. A peppermint patty is a tasty confection made with a rich, creamy peppermint filling covered in semisweet chocolate. The York Cone Company, which was based in Pennsylvania and originally produced ice cream cones, invented the York Peppermint Patty in 1940. Unlike the existing chocolate-covered peppermint candies, York’s product was firm and crisp. It soon became the premier candy of its kind. Do I really have to tell you how to celebrate this one?

On this date in 1808, Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel. Almost immediately, protesters started “picketing” in front of his house with signs warning about “global warming'”. OK, probably not, but who knows for sure?
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
In 1752, the Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.
In 1812, the term “gerrymandering” had its beginning when the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a redistricting law that favored his party.
In 1878, the first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed.
In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed. Italy now recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
In 1943, General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
In 1945, during  World War II, the Yalta Agreement was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
In 1957, the NHL Players Association was formed in New York City.
In 1958, Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black woman to become a stewardess by making her initial flight.
In 1960, Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the “Tonight Show” with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.
In 1968, the new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth “Garden”.
In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
In 1982, ABC-TV’s presentation of “The Winds of War” concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.
In 1989, Rev. Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
In 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
In 1993, Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by U.S. President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.
In 2002, the six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.
In 2006, in Texas, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.
And, in 2009, John Dingell of Michigan became the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He had more than 53 years of service.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following celebrated people:
Lydia Child, 1802 – Abolitionist, women’s rights activist, poet.
Thomas Alva Edison, 1847 – Inventor.
Josh White, 1908 – Activist, folk singer.
Sidney Sheldon, 1917 – TV scriptwriter.
Eva Gabor 1921, – Actress.
Leslie Nielson, 1926 – Actor.
Conrad Janis, 1928 – Actor.
Tina Louise, 1934 – “Ginger”.
Sergio Mendes, 1935 – Musician.
Burt Reynolds, 1936 – Actor.
Bobby “Boris” Pickett, 1938 – “Monster Mash”.
Jeb Bush, 1953 – Politician.
Carey Lowell, 1961 – Actress.
Sheryl Crow 1962, – Singer, musician.
Sarah Palin, 1964 – V.P. candidate.
Jennifer Aniston, 1969 – Actress.
And finally, Brandy Norwood, 1979 – Singer.

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