Life Day 23966: Happy Birthday George

February 22, 2013 at 1:47 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Friday, February 22, 2013. The first “holiday” today is George Washington’s birthday. I know that federal and state governments observed it last Monday, on President’s Day,  but today is the date of his actual birth. I won’t dwell on this any further since I covered it then.
Today’s second “holiday” is Walking the Dog Day. This “holiday” does not refer to that classic yo-yo trick ‘Walking the Dog’ that every kid from my generation had mastered by the third grade, nor does it refer to the Korean culinary practice of  “Woking the Dog”. It simply means to walk your beloved canine companion today. I know that if you have a dog, you probably walk him/her every day anyway.  But today, don’t just walk him/her around the neighborhood. If your dog has a favorite trail, beach, or  ‘no leash’ dog park, take him/her there. Be sure to lavish extra praise and treats on them as well. If you don’t own a dog, ask a friend who does have a dog if you can join them on their walk.
The next “holiday” is  Be Humble Day. Being humble is a virtue that will serve you well in life and, you should practice every day. No one likes a braggart anyway.
The last “holiday” today is International World Thinking Day. This sounds like yet another of those U.N. “holidays” of which I am so fond, but it is not. It’s pretty close though. This “holiday” is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girl groups. The reason that this date was chosen is that it is the birth date of Lady Baden-Powell who founded Girl Guides in the UK in 1910. This day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world  to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to “sister” Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women.

The first food-related “holiday” today is Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Sweet potatoes are a distant cousin of the ‘normal’ potatoes that you find in markets everywhere. Most people think of them as that candied side-dish served on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but today, they are enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can use them in virtually any dish in which you would use a ‘normal’ potato. Why not try a new way to have some tonight.
The other food-related “holiday” is National Margarita Day. The Margarita is the most popular cocktail in the U.S. It was created by an American, Margaret “Margarita” Sames, a wealthy Dallas socialite, over the Christmas holiday in 1948, while she was on vacation with her husband in Acapulco, Mexico. Mexico is home to the tequila that is essential to the drink. And, the original was made with Cointreau, not Triple Sec, a cheaper substitute.

On this date in 1855, the U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project. I see that Congress hasn’t change much in 150+ years.
Other historic events that happened on this date are:
In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States. It didn’t become a State until 1845.
In 1860, organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.
In 1865, Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.
In 1879, in Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.
In 1885, the Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889. Finally!
In 1920, the first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
In 1969, Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.
In 1984, the U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent.
In 1994, the U.S. Justice Department charged Aldrich Ames and his wife with selling national secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames was later convicted to life in prison. Ames’ wife received a 5-year prison term.
And, in Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable individuals:
George Washington, 1732 – First President of the United States.
Rembrandt Peale, 1778 – Artist.
Frederic-Francois Chopin, 1810 – Composer.
Robert Baden-Powell, 1857  – Boy Scout founder.
Olave Baden-Powell, 1889, – Girl Guides Founder.
Robert Young, 1907 – Actor.
Sheldon Leonard, also in 1907 – Producer.
John Mills, 1908 – Actor.
Edward M. Kennedy, 1932 – Philandering Playboy.
Oliver Swofford, 1945 – Singer.
Julius Erving II, 1950 – NBA.
Kyle MacLachlan, 1959 – Actor.
Jeri Ryan, 1968 – Actress.
Lea Salonga, 1971 – Actress.
Michael Chang, 1972 – Pro tennis player.
And finally, Drew Barrymore, 1975 – Actress.

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