Life Day 23972: Having Designs on Flora

February 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning flower children. Today is Thursday, February, 28, 2013. The first holiday today is Floral Design Day.  Take a stroll past your local flower shop and admire the floral arrangements in their window. Or you can buy, or pick, some flowers and design your own floral arrangement at home. Either way, take some time out today to “stop and smell (and arrange) the flowers”.
The next holiday is Public Sleeping Day.  I recommend that you don’t celebrate this one. If you are still employed, your boss will likely look upon you with disfavor if he catches you sleeping at your desk. If you’re retired or unemployed, sleeping in a public place, such as a park bench, will likely result in your being robbed, or else arrested for vagrancy.
The third holiday today is National Tooth Fairy Day. For hundreds of years people have shared mystical legends, stories, and traditions about the loss of baby teeth. The early Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t use them for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had magical powers that could help them fight in battle. They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth and string them onto necklaces and other jewelry. Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who scampers around town and steals children’s teeth in the middle of the night. The story of the mouse evolved into the story of the Tooth Fairy who leaves treasures under children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth. Tooth Fairy traditions are still popular today. Kids all over the world place their lost baby teeth under their pillows at night and look forward to a wonderful surprise in the morning.
The last holiday today is Rare Disease Day. What is a rare disease? A disease or disorder is defined as rare in the USA when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. However, in Europe, a disease or disorder is defined as rare when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign targets primarily the general public but it is also designed for patients and patient representatives, as well as politicians, public authorities, policy-makers, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Souffle Day. The French word Souffle comes from the verb souffler, meaning to “to blow” or “puff up.” Two very simple ingredients make a souffle : a cream/ puree base, and egg whites beaten to a soft peak meringue. The base gives the Souffle its flavor, while the egg whites give the puffy treat its bloated appearance. The best souffles are cooked using a porcelain ramekin and tend to fall 5-10 minutes after coming out of the oven, so you should serve them as soon as you remove them from the oven. The first Chocolate Souffle recipe can be traced to the 1742 French recipe book, “Le Cuisinier.” Popular variations include, fruit, jam, and even potato.

On this day on 1993, Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco, TX. The ATF had planned to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on federal firearms charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff followed.
Other historic events which happened on this date are:
In 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.
In 1849, regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
In 1854, the Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.
In 1861, the territory of Colorado was organized.
In 1883, the first vaudeville theater opened.
In 1885, AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) was incorporated. The company was capitalized on only $100,000 and provided long distance service for American Bell.
In 1911, Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.
In 1940, the first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York.
In 1951, a Senate committee issued a report that stated that there were at least two major crime syndicates in the U.S. What they didn’t mention in the report is that they were one of them. (OK, maybe not true then, but certainly true today).
In 1979, Mr. Ed, the talking horse from the TV show “Mr. Ed”, died.
In 1983, “M*A*S*H” became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.
In 1994, NATO made its first military strike when U.S. F-16 fighters shot down four Bosnian Serb warplanes in violation of a no-fly zone over central Bosnia.
In 1995, the Denver International Airport opened after a 16-month delay.
And, in 2001, the Northwest region of the U.S., including the state of Washington, was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale. There were no deaths reported.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Charles Blondin, 1824 – Acrobat.
Ben Hecht, 1894 –  Screenwriter.
Linus Pauling, 1901 – Dual Nobel Prize winner.
Vincente Minnelli, 1903 – Director.
Billie Bird, 1908 – Actress.
Zero Mostel, 1915 – Actor.
Charles Durning, 1923 – Actor.
Chris Kraft, 1924 – NASA.
Stanley Baker, 1927 – Actor.
Gavin MacLeod, 1931 – Actor.
Tommy Tune, 1939 – Dancer.
Joe South, 1940 – Singer/songwriter.
Bernadette Peters, 1948 – Actress/singer.
John Turturro, 1957 – Actor.
And finally, Rae Dawn Chong, 1961 – Actress.




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