Life Day 23964: Hoodie Hoo

February 20, 2013 at 12:06 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Hoodie Hoo to all of you. Today is Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Hoodie Hoo Day. If you live in the northern tier of our country, you are probably tired if being cooped up inside and not seeing the sun all winter, and are ready for spring to arrive. If so,  today at noon, go outside, wave your hands in the air, and shout “Hoodie Hoo”. I don’t think it will make spring arrive any sooner, but it may help you relieve some of the frustration of winter, if only for a few moments. Those of you in the southern tier, if you too are tired of winter, can feel free to participate as well. I don’t think your friends will find your behavior any weirder than normal.
The next “holiday” is Love Your Pet Day. It is my opinion that if you need a ‘special’ day to remind you to love your pet(s), perhaps you shouldn’t have pet(s) anyway. With that said, today is the official day for pampering your pet with a little extra love and affection to show them just how much you care. Today, most households in the United States have at least one pet. Approximately 39% of US households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat. Pets provide wonderful companionship and can actually help decrease your blood pressure and stress. If you don’t have a pet, maybe today is the day for you to consider adopting one. Take a trip to your local Humane Society and check out what pets are available. If you are not ready to take on the responsibility of owning a pet, a donation to the local Humane Society will be appreciated. Whether you have a cat, dog, hamster, gerbil, rabbit, bird, reptile, or goldfish, or a “pet rock”, shower them with love and affection today.
The third “holiday” today is National Handcuff Day. This date was chosen because, on this date in 1912, the US Patent office issued patent 1,017,955 to George A. Carney for a “swinging bow ratchet – type” adjustable handcuff. Before that handcuffs were heavy and bulky and there was no standard style. Carney’s design was always ready and was light weight compared to older models. Since that patent, most modern handcuffs around the world have been made with the same swing through design, with minor modifications. The Carney Patent was bought by The Peerless Handcuff Company of Springfield, Mass., and the first models were manufactured for them by Smith & Wesson.
The final “holiday” today is another one of those esoteric, “touchy/feely”, United Nations “holidays” that enable them to justify their existence to themselves, but quite frankly, make my stomach churn. Today is World Day for Social Justice. The audacity of these morons to think that by proclaiming a “day for social justice” they are affecting any significant change in anyone’s, or any nations’, behavior. The hundreds millions of dollars each year that American taxpayers are forced by our Government to waste on supporting the United Nations (who ,in my opinion, despise us and our form of government) would be better spent here at home. I won’t bore you anymore with my opinions. If you absolutely feel compelled to find out more about this “holiday”, click this link.

“I cannot tell a lie”, the food-related “holiday” today is National Cherry Pie Day. Why is today cherry pie day? Who knows and who cares? Cherry pie is America’s favorite pie, so that should be reason enough. The important thing is that there is a cherry pie day. To me, it would seem more appropriate to celebrate the 22nd of this month as “national cherry pie day” because it is the actual birth date of George Washington, and he has been quoted as saying; “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down that Cherry tree.” But, what the heck, any day that includes cherry pie is a good day. Cherry pie is easy to make, and, if you are “domestically challenged”, even easier to purchase. Treat yourself to a slice (or two) for dessert tonight.

On this date in 1815, the USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captured both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.
Other historic events which occurred on this date are:
In 1673, the first recorded wine auction took place in London.
In 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Office.
In 1809, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.
In 1839, the U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1872, Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that manufactured paper bags. Also, Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine.
Additionally in 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
In 1880, the American Bell Company was incorporated.
In 1901, the first territorial legislature of Hawaii convened.
In 1931, the U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
In 1933, the U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.
In 1952, Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.
In 1958, jockey Eddie Arcaro got win number 4,000, as he rode the winner at Santa Anita race track in Southern California.
In 1962, astronaut John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
In 1987, a bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.
In 1988, American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
In 2001, FBI Agent Robert Phillip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians for 15 years.
And, in 2003, in West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished denizens:
William Prescott, 1726 – American Revolution.
Ansel Adams, 1902 – Artist/photographer.
Carl Stotz, 1910 – Little League baseball.
John Daly, 1914 – Reporter, TV host.
Sidney Poitier, 1927 – Actor.
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924 – Fashion designer.
Robert Altman, 1925 – Director.
Amanda Blake, 1929 – “Miss Kitty”.
Bobby Unser, 1934 – Race car driver.
Nancy Wilson, 1937 – Singer.
Roger Penske, 1937 – Race car driver.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941 – Singer/songwriter.
Phil Esposito, 1942 – NHL.
Sandy Duncan, 1946 – Actress.
Jerome Geils, 1946 – The J. Geils Band.
Peter Strauss, 1947 – Actor.
Jennifer O’Neill, 1948 – Actress.
Kathie Baillie, 1951 – Singer.
Patty Hearst, 1954 – Kidnapped heiress.
Charles Barkley, 1963 – NBA.
Cindy Crawford, 1966 – Supermodel.
Kurt Cobain, also in 1967 – Musician.
And finally, Rhianna, 1988 – Singer.

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