Life Day 24003: Happy Easter

March 31, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment

Good morning bunnies. Today is Sunday, March 31, 2013. Unless you are just emerging from a hidden cave deep in the Himalayas, you know that the first holiday today is Easter. The date for Easter varies from year to year. Basically, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal (spring) Equinox. To Christians, Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. It is the most significant of the religious holidays. The birth date of Jesus (Christmas) is important, but Easter represents the hope for eternal life. To children, Easter is all about the Easter Bunny and all of the baskets, candy, and festively dyed eggs that he/she (the gender of the Easter Bunny is ambiguous) left strewn in their yards. To chocoholics like me, it represents an excuse to over-indulge in my favorite confection.

The next holiday is Bunsen Burner Day. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on this date 1811. And, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner. For all of you non-chemists, a Bunsen Burner is a device used to create flame using gas and air used in Laboratories everywhere to conduct experiments requiring a controlled heat source. If it has been a while since your high school chemistry class, spend a few minutes today to reflect upon the value of this important scientific tool.

The third holiday today is National Crayola Crayon Day. Crayola Crayon Day, celebrates the day Crayola Crayons were first released to the public, on this date, in 1903. Remember how awesome it was to get a full box of 64; the one with the sharpener in it? I was never really, by any sense of the imagination, artistic. In fact, it takes me three tries to draw a “happy face”. But, nonetheless, I still enjoyed coloring the pre-drawn pictures in coloring books. I hope to soon be able to stay within the lines, and make appropriate color choices for what the picture is supposed to represent.

The fourth holiday is National “She’s Funny That Way” Day. National “She’s Funny That Way” Day pays tribute to the women that make us laugh. Show appreciation for the humorous side of women, the things they do and say. What quirky, eccentric things do the women in your life make you laugh? Today, make a list of the five top things they do that make you laugh.

The last holiday today is World Backup Day. World Backup Day serves as a reminder to back up all of your important documents, pictures, and music files to a secondary hard-drive, and store it in a location other than your home. If you are like most computer users today, you pay little attention to backing up your files. I speak from personal experience when I recommend that you heed this advice. I lost all of my pictures and music files about 8 years ago because of a hard-drive crash.

The first food-related holiday today is Tater Day. Man, I loves me some taters. Hash browns, fried, boiled, baked, french fries, potato salad, even home-made potato chips (stop me any time). Enjoy some taters yourself today. You choose how healthy, or unhealthy, to make them.
The other food-related holiday today is Oranges and Lemons Day. Oranges and lemons are the two most popular citrus fruits. Hey, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you oranges, make fresh squeezed orange juice.

On this date in 1999 – Fabio was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, VA. Fabio received a one-inch cut across his nose.
In 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity.
In 1776 – Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights.
In 1870 – In Perth Amboy, NJ, Thomas P. Munday became the first black to vote in the U.S.
In 1880 – Wabash, IN, became the first town to be completely illuminated with electric light.
In 1889 – In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.
In 1900 – The W.E. Roach Company was the first automobile company to put an advertisement in a national magazine. The magazine was the “Saturday Evening Post”.
In 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
In 1917 – The U.S. purchased and took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
In 1918 – For the first time in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time went into effect.
In 1923 – In New York City, the first U.S. dance marathon was held. Alma Cummings set a new world record of 27 hours.
In 1932 – The Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine.
In 1933 – The “Soperton News” in Georgia became the first newspaper to publish using a pine pulp paper.
In 1940 – La Guardia airport in New York officially opened to the public.
In 1949 – Newfoundland entered the Canadian confederation as its 10th province.
In 1958 – The U.S. Navy formed the atomic submarine division.
In 1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10, which became the first spacecraft to enter a lunar orbit.
In 1976 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from a respirator. Quinlan remained comatose until 1985 when she died.
In 1980 – U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry.
In 1993 – Brandon Lee was killed accidentally while filming a movie.
In 1998 – Buddy Hackett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2004 – Air America Radio launched five stations around the U.S.
And, also in 2004 – Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Rene Descartes 1596 – Philosopher.
John Harrison 1693 – Clock-maker.
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen 1811 – Chemist.
Jack Johnson 1878 – Boxer.
Henry Morgan 1915 – Comedian.
Richard Kiley 1922 – Actor.
Cesar Chavez 1927 – Labor leader.
William Daniels 1927 – Actor.
Gordie  Howe 1928 – Hockey player.
Lefty Frizzell 1928 – Country musician.
Liz Claiborne 1929 – Fashion designer.
Shirley Jones 1934 – Singer, actress.
Richard Chamberlain 1934 – Actor.
Herb Alpert 1935 – Musician.
Christopher Walken 1943 – Actor.
Gabe Kaplan 1945 – Actor, comedian.
Al Gore 1948 – Former Vice President.
Rhea Perlman 1948 – Actress, comedian.
Ed Marinaro 1950 – Football player.
Marc McClure 1957 – Actor.
William McNamara 1965 – Actor.
And finally, Ewen McGregor 1971 – Actor.

Life Day 24002: “Let Me Pencil That In”

March 30, 2013 at 12:10 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning eraser-heads. Today is Saturday, March 30, 2013. The first holiday today is Pencil Day. On this date in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the first-ever patent for a modern pencil with an eraser attached to it. Hymen Lipman created the wooden pencil and received high praise for how easy it was to use for writing and drawing. Did you know that a single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long? A pencil can also write upside down, or in zero gravity. Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor. People quickly began assuming that yellow pencils were the best type. With all of the technological advances in ink, and the onset of the computer age, I am sad to report that I no longer own one of these remarkable devices. Perhaps I will rectify this oversight today, if only for the sake of nostalgia.
The next holiday is National Doctor’s Day. National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to doctors everywhere. Doctors’ Day observances date back to March 30, 1933. It was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. The day marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. On March 30, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctors Day. The resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day was signed by President George Bush. Doctors perform a vital service to all of us, albeit with a notable lack of the altruism exhibited by the doctors of yore. Still, take time out today, or on your next scheduled appointment, to thank your physician for what he/she does for you and your family.
The third holiday today is I am in Control Day. This holiday does not refer to some new-age mantra. Instead, it refers to the day, March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt. Lots of confusion prevailed. In the White House, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig was taken out of context when he said “I am in control here”. Instead of focusing upon the entire statement, certain people and the press, deliberately in my opinion, focused upon these few words and tried to make it sound as if he were trying to usurp control of the Government. In a propaganda coup for the left, he was eventually forced to resign as a result.
Another holiday today is The Grass Is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day. It celebrates those of us who are satisfied with our lives, and not fooled by those, so called, “greener pastures”. It is a day to be satisfied with what you have.
The fifth holiday today is Take A Walk In the Park Day. Walking is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise. Take time today to stroll through your favorite park and commune with nature, breathe in the fresh spring air, and clear your head. The exercise probably wouldn’t kill you either.
The final holiday today Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature and held the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. At 8:30 PM tonight (your local time) you are supposed to turn off all of your lights (and I presume all other electronic devices). Yeah, right.  When the Global Warming advocates stop using private jets to fly from event to event, and sell their energy inefficient mansions, I may may begin to take Global warming more seriously. Until then, it isn’t going happen in my house.

The food-related holiday today is Turkey Neck Soup Day. The thought of Turkey Neck Soup might cause a few people to raise their eyebrows. Sure, this stock is made by slow simmering the tough, flavorful meat on actual turkey necks. But once it’s strained of bones and cooked with vegetables and rice, your family will regard it simply as a delicious dinner of turkey soup. If you still have a turkey neck in your refrigerator left over from Thanksgiving or Christmas, you should probably discard it immediately. Now, proceed to your local Butcher Shop, purchase a ‘fresh’ turkey neck, then make your Turkey Neck Soup. Enjoy.

On this date in 1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
In 1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
In 1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
In 1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
In 1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
In 1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
In 1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
In 1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
In 1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
In 1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
In 1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
In 1946 – The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
In 1950 – The invention of the photo-transistor was announced.
In 1950 – President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
In 1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
In 1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
In 1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
And, in 1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:
Anna Sewell 1820 – Author.
Vincent Van Gogh 1853 – Artist.
Ted Heath 1900 – Band leader.
Frankie Laine 1913 – Singer.
Peter Marshall 1926 – Game show host.
Richard Dysart 1929 – Actor.
John Astin 1930 – Actor.
Warren Beatty 1937 – Actor.
Astrud Gilberto 1940 – Singer.
Graeme Edge 1941 – Musician.
Eric Clapton 1945 – Musician.
Robbie Coltrane 1950 – Actor.
Dave Ball 1950 – Musician.
Randy VanWarmer 1955 – Singer, songwriter.
Paul Reiser 1957 – Actor.
M.C. Hammer 1962 – Rapper.
Tracy Chapman 1964 – Singer.
Celine Dion 1968 – Singer.
And finally, Norah Jones 1979 – Musician.

Life Day 24001: It’s Good Friday; or Good, It’s Friday

March 29, 2013 at 12:44 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Friday, March 29, 2013. The first holiday today is Good Friday. Good Friday always occurs on the Friday before Easter Sunday in the United States. It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith. It is not a federal holiday in the United States, although it is a state holiday in some states. As I am not Catholic, or even religious, what makes this Friday “good” for me? Well, to begin with, it’s Friday, and it’s not the 13th, so that’s “good”. I can (and will) eat meat, so that’s “good”. I don’t know about these days, but when I was growing up we only had to go to school for half a day, so that was “good”. Since I have no Easter feast planned, I don’t have to go shopping, so that too is “good”. So I guess that today is Good Friday for me after all.
The next holiday is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day. Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day is celebrated by locals in the vicinity of Niagara Falls to commemorate the day, in 1848, that ice blockages caused rivers to run dry, and reduced the flow of water to such an extent that Niagara Falls’ 3,160 tons of water per second flow came to a halt. The flow was stopped for about 40 hours. It has never happened again.
The third holiday today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. The deck seems to be stacked these days against small businesses. The failure rate is somewhere around 70% to 80%, yet still each day thousands of stalwart individuals take the plunge and start a new business. Today we celebrate that “entrepreneurial spirit” which made this great nation great. If you own a small business, or have ever owned one, give yourself a pat on the back. If you have to shop for anything today, patronize the Mom & Pop store in your neighborhood rather than that National Chain or “Box Store”, even if you have to pay a little more.
Another holiday today is Smoke and Mirrors Day. Smoke and Mirrors Day is a day of illusions. The term is a euphemism used to describe the fact that things are not always as they seem. Magicians use this technique to perform most of their “magic tricks”. You see this everyday in one form or another. Advertisers use it all the time. Politicians are experts at it. Here is a prime example: While the “main-stream media” distracts us with all the hype about the Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.), President Obama signs into law  the “Monsanto Protection Act”, a bill written by the very people it benefits.
The final holiday today is Knights of Columbus Founders Day.  It was on this day in 1882 that Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut. Knights of Columbus, a volunteer force of “Knights” and family members totaling nearly six million, is a Roman Catholic Fraternal Organization. They annually donate tens of millions of dollars and volunteer hours to countless charitable projects.

The food-related holiday today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. An insurance salesman, aptly named Harry Baker, invented chiffon cake in the 1920’s. He sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles and all of Hollywood fell in love with the dessert’s lighter-than-air texture. Baker carefully guarded the recipe for over twenty years before selling it to General Mills (home of the Betty Crocker brand) for an undisclosed amount. The recipe for chiffon cake debuted in a 1948 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. General Mills marketed it as “the first new cake in 100 years” and it quickly became a nationwide sensation. The secret recipe called for vegetable oil instead of butter or shortening, and instructed the baker to beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately. There are many flavors of chiffon cake, but today’s reason to celebrate is; lemon.  However, if you choose to celebrate one of the other flavors; including chocolate, orange, walnut, and/or maple, no one will be the wiser.

On this date in 1971 – Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
In 1638 – First permanent European settlement in Delaware was established.
In 1847 – U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott took possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
In 1903 – A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless.
In 1906 – In the U.S., 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.
In 1932 – Jack Benny made his radio debut.
In 1943 – America began rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.
In 1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed in June 19, 1953.
In 1961 – The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment allowed residents of Washington, DC, to vote for president.
In 1962 – Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
In 1962 – Jack Paar made his final appearance on the “Tonight” show.
In 1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
In 1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
In 1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973.
In 1974 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.
In 1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
In 1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.
In 1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana.
In 1993 – Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for best film and best director for the film “Unforgiven.”
In 1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate.
And, in 1999 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
John Tyler 1790 – 10th POTUS.
Cy Young 1867 – Early baseball pitcher.
Phillip Ahn 1905 – Actor.
Phil Foster 1914 – Actor.
Eugene McCarthy 1916 – Politician.
Sam Walton 1918 – Entrepreneur.
Pearl Bailey 1918 – Actress, singer.
John McLaughlin 1927 – TV host.
Judith Guest 1936 – Author.
Vangelis 1943 – Composer.
Eric Idle 1943 – Comedian.
Terry Jacks 1944 – Singer.
Bud Cort 1950 – Actor.
Chris Lawford 1955 – Actor.
Kurt Thomas 1956 – Olympic gymnast.
Christopher Lambert 1957 – Actor.
Amy Sedaris 1961 – Comedian, actress.
Elle MacPherson 1964 – Model.
Lucy Lawless 1968 – Actress.
And finally, Jennifer Capriati 1976 – Tennis player.

Life Day 24000: Wow! Far Out Man.

March 28, 2013 at 12:18 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my hippie friends. Today is Thursday, March 28, 2013. Before I start today’s cavalcade of holidays and minutia, I would like to point out the milestone I have achieved (though no effort on my part other than breathing). I am 24,000 days old today. If you would like to calculate the number of days that you have been alive as well, go here.
The first holiday today is National Weed Day. Before you start salivating in anticipation, I should warn you that this holiday does not refer too that kind of ‘weed’. It refers to your common, run-of-the-mill, everyday garden variety of weed. Many birds and insects rely on weeds as their primary source of food. Did you know that many varieties of weeds, such as Dandelion, are edible and rich in vitamins and minerals. I suggest, however, that before you run willy-nilly through your yard picking weeds for your dinner salad, you do extensive research first. Some are poisonous.
The other holiday  today is Barnum and Bailey Day. On this date in 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form the “Greatest Show on Earth™.” They parted ways in 1885, but again re-united in 1888. In 1907, the Ringling Brothers purchased the Barnum and Bailey Circus, however, they ran them independently. When running them this way became too expensive, they decided to merge them. So, on March 29th, 1919 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus that we all know and love today, was created; much to the delight of children of all ages.

The first food-related holiday today is Something On A Stick Day. Americans love food on a stick. From lollipops, popsicles, and corn dogs, to gourmet shrimp skewers and Shish-Kabobs, almost any meat or vegetable can be eaten on a stick. You even eat those little cocktail wieners and cheese cubes from the appetizer tray are on toothpicks. Heck, the “trendy” thing these days is cake-pops, JEEZ. Plan your own “food-on-a-stick” menu tonight. Be creative, and enjoy.
The other food-related holiday today is National Black Forest Cake Day. Black forest cake is a layered chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries in between each layer. The cake is decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings on top. Black forest cake can be made with or without alcohol. Cake layers can be soaked with kirsch syrup before decorating. Kirsch (cherry brandy) is the common liquor used to make black forest cake, but kirsch can be replaced with rum. I don’t think that Black Forest Cake will pair well with ‘food-on-a-stick’ day, but feel free to try. Let me know how it works out.

On this date in  1898 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
In 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
In 1834 – The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
In 1865 – Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned “painting on stones, rocks and trees.”
In 1885 – The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.
In 1908 – Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
In 1910 – The first seaplane took off from water at Martinques, France. The pilot was Henri Fabre.
In 1917 – During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.
In 1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.
In 1922 – Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.
In 1933 – In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
In 1938 – In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.
In 1945 – Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.
In 1947 – The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person’s body.
In 1962 – The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
1968 – The U.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.
1974 – A streaker ran onto the set of “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”
In 1979 – A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.
And, in 1990 – Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of distinction:
Santi Raphael 1483 – Artist.
Paul Whiteman 1890 – Band leader.
August Busch 1899 – Brewer.
Frank Lovejoy 1912 – Actor.
Dirk Bogarde 1921 – Actor.
Conchata Ferrell 1943 – Actress.
Ken Howard 1944 – Actor.
Dianne Wiest 1948 – Actress.
Ronnie Ray Smith 1949 – Olympic athlete.
Reba McEntire 1955 – Singer.
Tracey Needham 1967 – Actress.
Max Perlich 1968 – Actor.
Vince Vaughn 1969 – Actor.
Brett Ratner 1969 – Actor.
Annie Wershing 1977 – Actress.
Julia Stiles 1981 – Actress.
And finally, Lady Gaga 1986 – Musician.

Life Day 23999: “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”

March 27, 2013 at 12:09 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning music lovers. Today is Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The first holiday today is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day. Today is the day to pay tribute to those unique country songs that always put a smile on your face. Country music evolved from Appalachian folk music in the 1920’s and became a nationwide sensation in the 1940’s, when The Grand Ole Opry radio station in Nashville, Tennessee began broadcasting weekly concerts which showcased all the different genres of country music; hillbilly, honky-tonk, bluegrass, western, rockabilly, and gospel. If you’re from my generation, you probably remember the song, “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” by Little Jimmy Dickens, truly a timeless classic. But it is by no means singular in the “quirky” country music song titles class.
Here are a few more:
“If I Had A Nose Full of Nickels, I’d Sneeze Them Atchoo”, by Lou Carter.
“Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart”, by Johnny Cash.
“How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You”, by Glen Campbell.
“Too Much Month Left (At the End of the Money)”, by Marty Stuart.
“Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed”, by Kinky Friedman.
“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”, by Joe Nichols.
“How Can I miss You If You Won’t Go Away”, by Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks.
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”, by Kenny Chesney.
And last, but certainly not least, “She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart” by Homer and Jethro.
I’m sure that you can add a few more to this list as well.

The next holiday is National Joe Day. When I first read the title of this holiday, I thought that the term “Joe” referred to coffee, but that is not the case. It instead refers to those people who are dissatisfied with their given name. I certainly fall into this category, so call me “Joe” today. Why Joe? Well, it seems that Joe is a name that everyone likes. Are you a “Joe” today as well? If you are female, you can substitute “Josephine” or “Jody”.

The last holiday today is Celebrate Exchange Day. Celebrate Exchange Day celebrates the National Exchange Club. It is a service organization with 700 clubs and more than 20,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1911 in Detroit by business leaders who wanted to “exchange” ideas on making their community better, the Exchange Club moved its headquarters to Toledo in 1917. Its core values –  Family, Community and Country are held by each Exchange member with pride and commitment. For over a hundred years, Exchange’s volunteer efforts have supported the needs of the country and of local communities, making it America’s oldest service organization.

The food-related holiday today is National Spanish Paella Day. Every cuisine has one; a one-pot meal, a peasant dish that is the quintessential definition of that place and people. Louisiana has jambalaya. Chile has the cazuela. There’s Irish Stew and Pad Thai. And the Spanish? Well they have paella. The roots of paella reach back to Valencia. The original Valencian dish was a mixture of meat, snails, beans and green vegetables. There two basic variations on the original. Seafood paella, as the name suggests, eliminates the meat in favor of all seafood, a popular meal for Friday observance. Mixed paellas are more akin to the original but usually include chicken instead of the traditional rabbit, and shellfish instead of snails. Perhaps, the most distinctive characteristic of any paella is the bright yellow rice, all thanks to a generous dose of saffron, or should I say azafrán? Basically, paella is a meal that makes use of what is at hand; local, fresh, and available.

On this date in 1836 – In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.
In 1794 – The U.S. Congress and President Washington authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.
In 1814 – U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians at Horshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.
In 1836 – The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.
In 1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
In 1860 – The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn.
In 1866 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.
In 1904 – Mary Jarris “Mother” Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.
1912 – The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
In 1931 – Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.
In 1933 – About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.
In 1941 – Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
In 1942 – The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
In 1952 – The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.
In 1955 – Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on “Goodyear Playhouse.”
In 1964 – An earthquake in Alaska killed 114 people and registered 8.4 on the Richter Scale.
In 1968 – Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth, died in a plane crash.
In 1976 – Washington, DC, opened its subway system.
In 1988 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
In 1992 – Police in Philadelphia, PA, arrested a man with AIDS on charges that he may have infected several hundred teenage boys with HIV through sexual relations.
In 1998 – In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.
In 2002 – Rodney Dangerfield received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And, in 2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:
Louis XVII 1785 – King of France.
Nathaniel Currier 1813 –Lithographer.
William Conrad Rontgen 1845 – Physicist.
Sir Henry Royce 1863 – Car designer.
Gloria Swanson 1899 – Actress.
Richard Denning 1914 – Actor.
Sarah Vaughan 1924 – Jazz singer.
David Janssen 1931 – Actor.
Judy Carne 1939 – Actress.
Michael York 1942 – Actor.
Maria Schneider 1952 – Actress.
Xuxa 1963 – Singer, actress.
Quentin Tarantino 1963 – Movie director.
Talisa Soto 1967 – Actress.
Pauley Perrette 1969 – Actress.
Mariah Carey 1970 – Singer.
Elizabeth Mitchell 1970 – Actress.
Nathan Fillion 1971 – Actor.
Fergie 1975 – Singer.
Emily Ann Lloyd 1983 – Actress.
Brenda Song 1988 – Actress.
And finally, Taylor Atelian 1995 – Actress.

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