Life Day 23967: Is The World Going To the Dogs?

February 23, 2013 at 12:11 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning dog breaths. Today is Saturday, February 23, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. This “holiday” falls into a gray area. Is it a food-related “holiday”, or a ‘normal’ one? It is listed in all of my sources for both types. Since there is another food-related “holiday” today anyway, and since I don’t want to rack my brain to think of another clever, ‘catchy’ title and opening sentence, I’ll deem this “holiday” as ‘normal’. They say that “Every dog has it’s day”, but this is the second day in a row that a “holiday” has been dedicated to our beloved canine companions. Are they trying to take over the world? What’s next? Will they start running for political office? The town of Sunol, CA elected a dog named “Bosco” as their mayor in 1981, and the hamlet of Rabbit Hash, KY has elected three dogs as mayor (so far). Maybe dogs should set their sights on higher office. They certainly couldn’t do any worse than the current ‘pack of mangy mongrels’ that we have in Congress currently. Anyway, I digress, back to the original topic. You would think that this “holiday” is sponsored by the manufacturers of bog biscuits and dog ‘treats’, but apparently that is not the case. In fact, today encourages us to learn how to make our own healthier alternative to ‘store bought’ dog treats. This link will give you more information, and even includes some rather tasty sounding recipes.
The second “holiday” is Curling Is Cool Day. Curling is an odd sport that combines bowling, ice-skating, and household cleaning. This “holiday” attempts to break away from the stereotypes, and to show curling as an interesting, exciting and cool sport (at least in terms of temperature) in its own right. Curling has been around since the Middle Ages, and was first developed in Scotland. It is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all eight of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends. Each team has a thrower, two sweepers, and a “skip”. The skip is the one who directs the sweepers when and where to sweep. When it was being considered as an official sport (rather than an exhibition sport) for the Olympic games in 1998, sweeping changes were made to the brooms (pause for groan here) used to sweep along the path of the ‘stone’. New brushes made from horse hair replaced the old corn straw brooms which left debris on the playing surface.
The next “holiday”  today is Tennis Day. On this day in 1874, Walter Wingfield of Pimlico, England, patented the game of Lawn Tennis. Tennis is a sport enjoyed by millions of people every day. In addition to being a good sport, its good exercise, too. Weather permitting, go out and play a set or two today. If the weather in your area prevents you from playing tennis today, then try watching a tennis match on TV, or reading magazine articles or books about tennis.
Yet another “holiday” is Open That Bottle Night. Since 2000, the last Saturday in February has been Open That Bottle Night. You know the one. The one you bought at that quaint little wine shop in (fill in city here) on your honeymoon. Or the one that you bought when you toured California Wine Country a few years back and was a little to expensive to serve to your casual friends. Tonight is the night to open that symbolically significant bottle and share the memories and stories of that event again with the ones you love.
The last “holiday” today is International Sword Swallowers Day. First, I would like to ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendos to yourselves, unless they are funny. International sword Swallowers Day is always held on the last Saturday in February. It’s purpose is to  to raise awareness of the medical contributions sword Swallowers have made in the fields of medicine and science, to honor veteran performers, and to raise funds for esophageal cancer research. It is co-sponsored by Ripley’s  “Believe It or Not!”. They will be holding events in Believe It or Not! “Odditoriums” world-wide.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Banana Bread Day. Banana bread is a delicious baked good, which is classified as a “quick bread” or “tea cake.” Bananas arrived in the United States in the 1870’s and quickly became one of the most popular fruits on the market. It wasn’t long before they started to appear in dessert recipes as the star ingredient. The first cookbooks that mentioned banana bread were published during the Great Depression. Culinary historians believe that a resourceful housewife who did not want to throw away over-ripe bananas may have invented the original recipe. Today there are many variations on this classic. Go to the back of granny’s recipe box, find her old recipe for banana bread, and make some today. It’s a great way to use up those bananas that are too ripe, and are no longer suitable for topping your Wheaties in the morning.

On this date in 2005, the New York, NY, city medical examiner’s office announced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.

Other historic events that happened on this date are:
In 1792, the Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.
In 1813, the first U.S. raw cotton-to-cloth mill was founded in Waltham, MA.
In 1821, the Philadelphia College of Apothecaries established the first pharmacy college.
In 1822, Boston was incorporated as a city.
In 1836, in San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.
In 1847, Santa Anna was defeated at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico by U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary.
In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take his office after an assassination attempt in Baltimore.
Also in 1861, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the Union.
In 1870, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union after siding with the Confederacy in the Civil War.
In 1883, Alabama became the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
In 1886, Charles M. Hall invented aluminum.
In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
In 1904, the U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.
In 1905, the Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, IL, by Attorney Paul Harris and three others.
In 1910, in Philadelphia, PA, the first radio contest was held.
In 1915, Nevada began enforcing convenient divorce law.
In 1919, the Fascist Party was formed in Italy by Benito Mussolini.
In 1927, the Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In 1954, the first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA.
In 1968, Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA.
In 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst. Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th.
In 1980, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared that Iran’s new parliament would have to decide the fate of the hostages taken on November 4, 1979, at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
In 1993, Gary Coleman won a $1,280,000 lawsuit against his parents.
And, in 1999, White Supremacist John William King was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr. Byrd was dragged behind a truck for two miles on a country road in Texas.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:
George Frederic Handel. 1685 – Composer.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1734 – Banker.
W.E.B. DuBois, 1868 – Civil Rights activist.
William Shirer, 1904 – Author.
Elston Howard, 1929 – Baseball player.
Diana Varsi, 1938 – Actress.
Peter Fonda, 1940 – Actor.
Fred Biletnikoff, 1943 – Football player.
Johnny Winter, 1944 – Musician.
Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, 1951 – Football player.
Patricia Richardson, also in 1951 – Actress.
Bobby Bonilla, 1963 – Baseball player.
Kristin Davis, 1965 – Actress.
Marc Price, 1968 – Actor.
Emily Blunt, 1983 – Actress.
And finally, Dakota Fanning, 1994 – Actress.

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