Life Day 23957: What’s in a Name?

February 13, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning good ole what’s your name. Today is Wednesday, February 13th, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Get a Different Name Day. If you don’t like the name that your parents picked for you (for instance, if you are the progeny of a ‘hip Hollywood celebrity couple’), today is the day change that odious moniker, or at least begin the process. The process, however, is not easy. There are more than a few ‘hoops to jump through’ to legally change your name. First, you have to fill out all the petitions, orders and affidavits, getting them stamped and notarized. And after you publish an announcement in the newspaper (for legal reasons) you’ll have to take your new name paperwork to the DMV, the Social Security office, get a new passport, a new birth certificate, change your business cards, email addresses, postal address, call the IRS. Then there are your credit cards, bank cards, and bank accounts, retirement accounts, etc. Since you will be dealing with petty bureaucrats throughout the entire process, if you start today, you may have your new name in time to celebrate this “holiday” next year. So, choose your new name wisely, and hope that you didn’t inherit your parents’ lack of ability to choose a proper name. It might just be easier to choose a nickname you can live with, and insist that everyone you know address you by that name.
The next “holiday is Employee legal Awareness Day. This “holiday” was created to emphasize the importance  of legal education for employees and small businesses to reduce their risk of legal problems. Do you know your rights in the workplace? In addition to pertinent laws, you should also brush up on your company’s policies. Make sure you have a copy of your employer’s handbook covering bereavement policy, attendance and punctuality, and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and Conflict of Interest Statements.
And, I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that today is Ash Wednesday. I hope that all of my readers who celebrate Lent celebrated yesterday’s holiday of Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, or whatever else you call it. The whole point of those “holidays” is to gorge yourself on fatty foods and sugar in anticipation of the fasting that begins on Ash Wednesday.

The food-related “holiday’ today is National Tortellini Day. Tortellini is a small pasta stuffed with a variety of fillings, and a favorite pasta dish worldwide. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat, and Parmesan cheese. They are also served in soups, as in the classic dish, “tortellini in brodo”.  Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna. Ravioli, tortelloni, and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pastas.

On this date in  1935, in Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes.
Other historical events that occurred on this date are:
In 1633, Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
In 1635, the Boston Public Latin School was established. It was the first public school building in the United States.
In 1741, “The American Magazine,” the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1889, Norman Coleman became the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
In 1920, the  National Negro Baseball League was organized.
In 1945, Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden during WW II.
In 1955, Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
In 1960, France detonated its first atomic bomb.
In 1965, sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.
In 1971, South Vietnamese troops invaded Laos. They were backed by U.S. air and artillery support.
In 1990, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the United States and its European allies forged an agreement with the Soviet Union and East Germany on a two-stage formula to reunite Germany.
In 2000, Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.
In 2002, in Alexandria, VA, John Walker Lindh pled innocent to a 10-count federal indictment. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network.
And also in 2002, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Bess Truman, 1885 – Former First lady.
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919 – Entertainer.
Chuck Yeager 1923, – Test pilot.
Gene Ames 1925 – Gene Ames 1925 – The Ames Brothers.
Dorothy (Dotty) McGuire, 1930 – McGuire Sisters.
Kim Novak, 1933 – Actress.
George Segal, 1934 – Actor.
Oliver Reed, 1938 – Actor
Bo Svenson, 1941 – Actor.
Carol Lynley (Jones), 1942 – Actress.
Jerry Springer, 1944 – Talk show host.
Stockard Channing, 1944 – Actress.
Peter Tork, 1944 – The Monkees.
Peter Gabriel, 1950 – Singer.
And finally, Mena Suvari, 1979 – Actress.

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