Life Day 23969: Cupachowda Anyone?

February 25, 2013 at 12:49 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning chowder heads. Today is Monday, February 25, 2013. The only “holidays” I could find today are food-related. The first is National Clam Chowder Day. It might not be in Webster’s Dictionary, but if you have ever spent any length of time in New England, you know that “cupachowda” is an actual word. There are two distinct types of clam chowder; New England and Manhattan. The New England style is a roux based chowder made with milk or cream whereas the Manhattan style is tomato based. The most popular of the two is the New England style, which originated in the Northeast in the early 1800’s. Neither appeal to me since I dislike seafood in general, and seafood based soups in particular.
The other food-related “holiday” is Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day. Again, I ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendos to yourself, unless they are funny. Any kind of nut will do, as long as it is covered in chocolate. Nuts are packed with protein, so they must be healthy, right? What is your favorite type of chocolate-covered nut? I have to say that my favorite is almonds.
On this date in 1836, Samuel Colt was issued a Patent (# 138) for the Colt Revolver, the first pistol with a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers for cartridges.
Other historic events that happened on this date are:
In 1570, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
In 1751, Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the U.S.
In 1793, the department heads of the U.S. government met with President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on record in them United States.
In 1901, the United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
In 1919, the state of Nebraska became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
In 1928, the Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.
In 1933, the first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched.
In 1940, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
In 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
In 1956, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
In 1972, Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
In 1986, Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
In 1999, William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
And in 2005, Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following prestigious personages:

Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841 – Impressionist artist.
Zeppo Marx. 1909 – Comedian.
Jim Backus, 1913 – Actor.
Bobby Riggs, 1918 – Tennis player.
Tommy Newsom, 1929 – Musician.
Faron Young, 1932 – Singer.
Sally Jessy Raphael, 1935 – TV talk show host.
Bob Schieffer, 1937 – Newscaster.
Diane Baker, 1938 – Actress.
Karen Grassle, 1944 – Actress.
Veronica Webb, 1965 – Actress.
Téa Leoni, 1966 – Actress.
Carrot Top, 1967 – Comedian.
And finally, Rashida Jones, 1976 – Actress.

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