Life Day 23960: Do a Grouch a Favor Day

February 16, 2013 at 1:03 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning grumps. Today is Saturday, February 16th, 2013. This should be a good day for yours truly. The “holiday” today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day. If you know a grouch, or even someone in a grumpy mood, do something nice for them. I know, everyone gets a little grumpy occasionally, but some people seem to default to the grouch position. Try to do something nice to everyone you meet today. Who knows, you may just be the one to bring them out of their “funk”.
The food-related “holiday” today is National Almond Day. I can think of no tastier combination of Vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. Almonds are one of the few foods that are both nutritious and tasty. I don’t know about “a can a week”, but a couple of handfuls as a snack today won’t hurt you (unless you’re allergic). Historians say that Almonds were among the worlds first cultivated foods. They are mentioned in the Old Testament and early Roman historical accounts. They are believed to have originated in China and then been  traded to the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean areas during those ancient times. Today, California produces about 80% of the world’s almond supply.

On this date in 1923, Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. The next day he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.
Other historical events that happened on this date include:
In 1741,  Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, “The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle”.
In 1857, the National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.
In 1862,about 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, TN.
In 1868, the Jolly Corks organization, in New York City, changed it name to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).
In 1883, “Ladies Home Journal” began publication.
In 1914, the first airplane flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco took place.
In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers received a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.
In 1945, U.S. troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines.
In 1946, the first commercially designed helicopter was tested in Connecticut.
In 1959, Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba after the overthrow of President Fulgencio Batista.
In 1960, the U.S.S. Triton began the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip ended on May 10.
In 1968, the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.
In 1987, John Demjanjuk went on trial in Jerusalem. He was accused of being “Ivan the Terrible”, a guard at the Treblinka concentration camp. He was convicted, but the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the ruling.
In 1989, investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was the reason that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down the previous December. All 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground were killed.
In 1999, testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.
In 2002, the operator of a crematory in Noble, GA, was arrested after dozens of corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around in the surrounding woods.
In 2005, the Kyoto global warming pact went into effect in 140 nations. Thankfully, the United states was not among them.
And, also in 2005, the NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following dignitaries:
Chester Morris, 1901 – Actor.
Edgar Bergen, 1903 – Entertainer.
Hugh Beaumont, 1909 – Actor.
Patty Marie Andrews, 1918 – Singer The Andrews Sisters.
Gretchen Wyler, 1932 – Actress.
Sonny Bono, 1935 – Sonny and Cher.
William Katt, 1951 – Actor.
Margaux Hemingway, 1955 – Actress.
LeVar Burton, 1957 – Actor.
Ice-T, 1958 – Rapper/actor.
Lisa Loring, 1958 – Actress.
And finally, John McEnroe, 1959 – Tennis player.

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