Life Day 23965: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning locomotive breath. Today is Thursday, February 21, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Of course we should encourage young women to be engineers. It’s the 21st century for Pete’s sake, young women should be allowed to pursue any career they want. If they want to drive a train, they should be allowed to drive a train. What? Wait. Oh, this is about the other kind of engineer. (Best Emily Litella voice) NEVER MIND. Engineering, though vastly diverse, still remains typically male-dominated field. One reason for this probably has to do with female gender roles adopted in early in life. Instead of making progress in this area as one might think, there is evidence to suggest we are actually going backward. In 2009, only 17.9 percent of American undergraduate students enrolled in engineering programs were women. That’s an actual decline from 19.8 percent a decade earlier. To counter this sociological phenomenon, today we should show the young girls in our lives the myriad of career choices they can enjoy which are engineering-based. Today is also Card Reading Day. The origins of this “holiday” are a bit tenuous, but most believe it refers to greeting cards. So if you’re one of those sentimental people who save their greeting cards from year to year, today’s the day to get them out and enjoy the sentiment all over again. However, I can’t help but wonder if the true origin of this day didn’t refer to Tarot Cards instead. After all, the English idiom “It’s in the cards” most likely refers to the reading of these fortune-telling icons. You can make up your own mind.
The last “holiday” is International Mother language Day. This is yet another one of those obsequious U.N. “holidays” that I love so much. It is a day to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and multilingualism. Jeez. If you want to know more about this “holiday” click here.

The food-related “holiday today is National Sticky Bun Day. Sticky buns, also known as cinnamon rolls, are a delicious breakfast pastry made with leavened dough. Traditional recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter.The first people to add honey and nuts to their bread were the Ancient Egyptians. Glazed pastries have been popular ever since! German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns. The pastries were originally called “Schnecken” and are still considered a Philadelphia specialty. Celebrate by baking or buying some fresh sticky buns for breakfast today.

On this date in 1947, Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year.
Other significant events that occurred on this date are:
In 1804, the first self-propelled locomotive on rails was demonstrated in Wales.
In 1842, John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine.
In 1848, the Communist Manifesto was published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
In 1858, the first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, MA.
In 1866, Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school. The school was the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.
In 1878, the first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a single page of only fifty names.
In 1925, the first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.
In 1932, William N. Goodwin patented the camera exposure meter.
In 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City at the age of 39 by assassins identified as Black Muslims.
In 1975, former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
In 1988, in Baton Rouge, LA, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed to his congregation that he was guilty of an unspecified sin. He announced that he was leaving the pulpit temporarily. Swaggart had been linked to an admitted prostitute.
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini’s death warrant against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie “deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior.”
And, in 1995, Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. He landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Andres Segovia, 1893 – Classical guitarist.
Zachary Scott, 1914 – Actor.
Ann Sheridan, 1915 – Actress.
Sam Peckinpah, 1925 – Director.
Erma Bombeck, 1927 – Humorist/columnist/writer.
Nina Simone, 1933 – Singer/songwriter.
Rue McClanahan, 1935 – Actress.
Gary Lockwood, 1937 – Actor.
Tyne Daly, 1946 – Actress.
Alan Rickman, also in 1946 – Actor.
William Petersen, 1953 – Actor.
Kelsey Grammer, 1955 – Actor.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1958 – Singer.
Christopher Atkins, 1961 – Actor.
William  Baldwin, 1963 – Actor.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1979 – Actress.
Charlotte Church, 1986 – Singer.
And finally, Ashley Greene, 1987 – Actress.

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