Life Day 23968: May I Have the Envelope Please

February 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Oscar hopefuls. Today is Sunday, February 24, 2013. Tonight is Academy Awards Night. I don’t consider this a holiday, but some of you might, so I’ll cover it . The Academy Awards, as of February 20, 2013 officially re-branded as The Oscars, are a set of awards given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements. The awards were first given in 1929 at a ceremony created for the awards, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. Over the years that the award has been given, the categories presented have changed; currently Oscars are given in more than a dozen categories, and include films of various types. As one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world, the Academy Awards ceremony is televised live in more than 100 countries annually. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media. I dislike watching most every type of “Awards” show, so I won’t be watching.
For all of you guys out there, today is also Daytona 500 Day. I don’t consider this a holiday either, but, again, some of you might, so I’ll cover it too. The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race is the direct successor of shorter races held on Daytona Beach. This long square was partially on the sand and also on the highway near the beach. Earlier events featured 200-mile races with stock cars. Eventually, a 500-mile stock car race was held at Daytona International Speedway in 1959.  By 1961, it began to be referred to as the “Daytona 500”. I’m not a big fan of NASCAR, so I wont be watching this either. In fact, I personally think that NASCAR was created solely to give “Jerry Springer” watchers something to do on weekends.

The food related “holiday” is Tortilla Chip Day. Tortilla chips are made from round corn or flour tortillas that are cut into wedges. The chips may be either fried or baked.Tortilla chips are considered a Mexican food, however they originate from Los Angeles. During the late 1940’s The Carranza’s, a couple who ran a tortilla factory came up with the idea to cut ‘misshaped’ tortillas into triangles and fry them. They sold them by the bag and the tortilla chip began to compete with corn chips (Fritos, et al).

On this date in 1839, Mr. William S. Otis received a patent for the steam shovel. He died later that year of Typhoid Fever. He was just 26 years old. His steam shovel revolutionized the construction and mining industries . It was an integral part of the expansion of the railroad system in America.
Other significant events which happened on this date are:
In 1803, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.
In 1857, the first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.
In 1863,  Arizona was organized as a territory.
In 1868, the first parade to use floats occurred in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.
Also in 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson due to his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The U.S. Senate later acquitted Johnson.
In 1903, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.
In 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.
In 1942, the U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.
Also in 1942, the Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.
In 1956, the city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.
In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award to Rev. Jerry Falwell that had been won against “Hustler” magazine. The ruling expanded legal protections for parody and satire.
In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”. A bounty of one to three-million-dollars was also put on Rushidie’s head.
In 1992, Tracy Gold began working on the set of “Growing Pains” again. She had left the show due to anorexia.
In 1994, Garrett Morris was shot during a robbery attempt in Los Angeles, CA. He eventually recovered from his injury.
In 1997, the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective “morning-after” pills for preventing pregnancy.
And in 2008, Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Wilhelm Grimm, 1786 – Author.
Honus Wagner, 1874 – Baseball player.
Chester Nimitz, 1885 – U.S. Navy Admiral.
Marjorie Main, 1890 – Actress.
Zachary Scott,1914 – Actor.
Abe Vigoda, 1921 – Actor.
Linda Cristal, 1936 – Actress.
James Farentino, 1938 – Actor.
George Harrison, 1943 – Musician.
Sheila Larkin, 1944 – Actress.
Barry Bostwick, 1945 – Actor.
Rupert Holmes, 1947 – Musician.
Edward James Olmos. 1947 – Actor.
George Thorogood, 1950 – Musician.
Steven Jobs, 1955 – Co-founder of Apple, Inc.
Paula Zahn, 1956 – TV journalist.
Billy Zane, 1966 – Actor.
And finally, Bonnie Somerville, 1974 – Actress.


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