Life Day 23963: Iwo Jima Day

February 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Iwo Jima Day.  It marks the 68th anniversary of the day that American Forces landed on Iwo Jima. This invasion was the first American attack on Japanese home territory. The Americans wanted to capture this island because of its strategic importance and proximity to the Japanese home islands. This small island had three air fields, and the Americans wanted to use those air fields to launch air-strikes, and the rest of the island to possibly stage an invasion force against Japan. It was a protracted battle that lasted for over a month, and included some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the War in the Pacific during World War II. Although the Americans had naval and air superiority, most of the Japanese soldiers and Marines fought to the death. The battle ended on March 26, 1945. Joe Rosenthal’s historic photograph of five soldiers raising the American Flag on Mt. Suribachi became one of the most famous photographs of all time. For a more detailed account of this major battle, click this link.
The other “holiday” today is Single-Tasking Day. If, like me, you find it difficult to walk and chew gum at the same time, then today is your day. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but it seems that the exact opposite is true. The demand for increased production puts stress on all of us. Multi-tasking has become the norm. Today is the day to turn the ‘rat race’ into a leisurely stroll. Concentrate on completing one task at work before moving on to the next. When you get home, unplug everything (after you finish reading this BLOG post, naturally). Spend some time with your family. Yes, those annoying people who reside there with you, and are constantly interrupting you while you are trying to do a half dozen things at once. Play some board games. Sit down and talk with them and find out what the heck is going on in their lives.

The food-related “holiday” today is Chocolate Mint Day. Combining chocolate and mint is probably one of the greatest culinary ideas, ever. I don’t know whose idea it was, but I am forever in their debt. The most common chocolate mint treats are ice cream, candies, cookies, and desserts. I plan on doubling up on my chocolate mint consumption today; to make up for those few freaks who don’t like chocolate, mint, or God forbid, both. While on a shopping spree yesterday, I bought some mint chocolate chip ice cream, and purchased a box of “thin mints” from a precious Girl Scout who had stationed herself at the entrance of Walgreen’s. I’m fully prepared, and can’t (and probably won’t) wait for dessert tonight.

On this date in 1987, a controversial, anti-smoking public service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired. It make me wonder if, in today’s drug culture, if some ‘celebrities’ who are known substance abusers, shouldn’t make similar public service announcements: And if they did, would the media air them?
Other significant historical events that happened on this date are:
In 1807, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was later tried and acquitted on charges of treason.
In 1846, the formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.
In 1856, the tintype camera was patented by Professor Hamilton L. Smith.
In 1878, Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph).
In 1881, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
In 1922, Ed Wynn became the first big-name, vaudeville talent to sign on as a radio talent.
In 1942, President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
In 1953, the State of Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the U.S. Newspapers were excluded from the new legislation.
In 1959, Cyprus was granted its independence with the signing of an agreement with Britain, Turkey and Greece.
In 1963, Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw “several thousand” of its troops in Cuba.
In 1985, Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days. You could call it a “Mickey Mouse” tour to promote the Disney franchise. Plans to build a “Disneyland” in China were scrapped when Disney executives realized that 95% of the population wouldn’t be tall enough to ride the rides. (Just kidding, or not).
Also, in 1985, Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company. Sacrilege.
In 1986, the U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification. Nice to see the Senate acting in such a timely manner. If only they had shown the same sense of urgency before they passed Obamacare (without even reading it first).
Also, in 1986, the Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.
In 1999, Dennis Franz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2001, the museum at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center was dedicated.
And, in 2008, Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of note:
Nicolas Copernicus, 1473 – Astronomer.
Sir Cedrick Hardwicke, 1893 – Actor.
John Bubbles, 1902 – Actor.
Merle Oberon, 1911 – Actress.
Stan Kenton, 1912 – Composer.
Eddie Arcaro, 1916 – Jockey.
Lee Marvin, 1924 – Actor.
Smokey Robinson, 1940 – Singer.
Lou Christie, 1943 – Singer.
Amy Tan, 1952 – Author.
Jeff Daniels, 1955 – Actor.
Lorraine Crook, 1957 – TV hostess.
Prince Andrew, 1960 – Duke of York.
Seal, 1963 – Singer.
And finally, Justine Bateman, 1966 – Actress.


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