Life Day 23973: Porcine Propaganda

March 1, 2013 at 12:38 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning swine lovers. Today is Friday, March 1, 2013. There are a plethora of holidays today. The first  is Pig Day. Pig Day was created in 1972 by Ellen Stanley, and her sister Mary Lynn Rave. It is a day to afford our porcine friends the recognition they justly deserve. Pigs are often maligned as being stupid, but are, in fact, one of the most intelligent of domesticated animals. They can be kept as pets, and can be trained just like Rover. Show Porky some love today. Also, out of deference, try to abstain from eating pork in any form today. Your bacon will still be in the refrigerator tomorrow.
The second holiday is also animal related. Today is Horse Protection Day. These majestic animals, more than any other, were at the forefront of forging this nation. Until the early 20th century, they were our primary mode of transportation. They were used as beasts of burden to move supplies from one location to another. They helped farmers plow their fields to grow food. This holiday was created to raise awareness through public education about the plight of horses in America, their abuse, neglect, homelessness, and even slaughter, and to promote adoption events around the nation to help unwanted horses find a forever home. To celebrate this holiday, make a donation to your local animal shelter, or, better yet, foster or sponsor a horse at your local shelter until they can find the horse a home.
Another holiday is Re-fired, Not Retired Day. This is a day for retirees (or those soon to be retired) who choose to get “fired-up” about their retirement. It is for those who feel that retirement is the beginning of the next chapter of their lives, rather than the epilogue. It is for those who are ready to commit to make it an exciting adventure.
The next holiday is Plan A Solo Vacation Day. Are you getting wanderlust? Are you tired of waiting for friends’ timetables to coincide with yours? Are you unable to agree with your spouse on the perfect vacation? Then today is the day to follow the lead of the 34.8 million other adults in America who have taken a vacation by themselves in the past three years. Indulge yourself by spending the day checking out your growing opportunities for solo travel, including tours, cruises and travel clubs. Ready, set, GO!
In the interest of brevity, I am just going to list the rest of the holidays for today and, rather than expound on each one individually, I’ll provide a link where you can find more information if you desire.
Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day.
Employee Appreciation Day. Always the first Friday in March.
National Salesperson Day. Always the first Friday in march.
Peace Corps Day.
Dress in Blue Day.
World Day of Prayer. Always the first Friday in March.
World Compliment Day.

There are two food-related holidays today as well. The first is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Who doesn’t like peanut butter (besides Rover)?
Here are a few peanut butter facts from peanutbutterlovers.com.
1890: A St. Louis physician developed the idea of packaging peanut paste for people with bad teeth. Peanut paste was sold for six cents per pound.
1895: The Kellogg brothers patented the process of preparing peanut butter with steamed nuts. Today the nuts are roasted, and the peanut butter is much tastier.
1903: Dr. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 other uses for peanuts, and is considered by many to be the father of the peanut industry.
1904: C.H. Sumner introduced peanut butter to the world at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis. He sold $705.11 of the treat at his concession stand!
1908: Krema Products Company in Columbus, Ohio, began selling peanut butter and is the oldest peanut butter company still in operation today.
1922: Joseph L. Rosefield sold peanut butter in California, churning it to make it smoother. He received the first patent for peanut butter that could stay fresh up to a year.
1928: One of the first companies to adopt Rosefield’s process was Swift & Company, later renamed Peter Pan.
1932: Rosefield began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label, and created the first crunchy-style peanut butter two years later.
1955: Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business, introduced Jif in 1958. Now owned by the J.M. Smucker Company, Jif operates the world’s largest peanut butter plant, producing 250,000 jars every day.
Now that you know more than you need to about peanut butter, enjoy a PBJ sandwich or two for lunch.
The second food-related holiday is National Fruit Compote Day. Fruit compote is a cooked fruit dessert which combines an assortment of fruits and a rich, thick syrup. The fruit is cooked on low heat to warm it and break it down slightly, and the result may be served warm or chilled. It appears most commonly dressed with whipped cream or spooned over ice cream, but there are many other uses for it as well.  The origins of this dessert are unclear, since, for centuries, many cultures have made some form of stewed, sweet fruit as a dessert item. Fruit Compote is easy to make at home, and home cooks can create unique versions with special fruits to suit their individual taste. Make one of your own for dessert tonight.

On this date in 1692,  in Salem, Massachusetts, the infamous Salem Witch trials began. Four women were the first to be charged. The “suspects” were jailed, and many were put to death. Some historians believe that the real motive behind the Witch Hunt had nothing to do with Witchcraft, but was, in fact, a means to gain title to their land by a group of corrupt Politicians. Greedy, sleazy, corrupt Politicians in Massachusetts, who’d have thunk it?
Other historic events that happened on this date are:
In 1498, Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique on his way to India.
In 1781, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
In 1784, in Great Britain, E. Kidner opened the first cooking school.
In 1790, the U.S. Congress authorized the first U.S. census.
In 1803, Ohio became the 17th U.S. state.
In 1815, Napoleon returned to France from the island of Elba. He had been forced to abdicate in April of 1814.
In 1845, President Tyler signed the congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas.
In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state.
In 1869, postage stamps with scenes were issued for the first time.
In 1872, Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park. It was the world’s first national park.
In 1873, E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY, began the manufacturing the first practical typewriter.
In 1907, in New York, the Salvation Army opened an anti-suicide bureau.
In 1912, Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
In 1932, the 22-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead in May.
In 1937, Connecticut issued the first permanent automobile license plates.
In 1941, FM Radio began in Nashville, TN, when station W47NV began operations.
In 1947, the International Monetary Fund began operations.
In 1949, Joe Louis announced that he was retiring from boxing as world heavyweight boxing champion.
In 1950, Klaus Fuchs was convicted of giving U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
In 1954, five U.S. congressmen were wounded when four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1969, Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from major league baseball.
In 1971, a bomb exploded in a restroom in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol. There were no injuries. A U.S. group protesting the Vietnam War claimed responsibility.
In 1974, seven people were indicted in connection with the Watergate break-in. The charge was conspiring to obstruct justice.
In 1989, Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry and the City council imposed a curfew on minors.
In 1992, Bosnian Muslims and Croats voted to secede from Yugoslavia. Also, Bosnian Serb snipers fired upon civilians after a majority of the Muslim and Croatian communities voted in favor of Bosnia’s independence.
In 1994, Israel released about 500 Arab prisoners in an effort to placate Palestinians over the Hebron massacre.
In 1995, Yahoo! was incorporated. Yahoo.
In 2003,  approximately 180,000 personnel from 22 different organizations around the government became part of the Department of Homeland Security. This completed the largest government reorganization since the beginning of the Cold War.
And, also in 2003, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured by CIA and Pakistani agents near Islamabad. He was the suspected mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following celebrities:
Glenn Miller, 1904 – Bandleader.
David Niven, 1910 – Actor.
Harry Caray. 1914 – Baseball broadcaster.
William Gaines, 1922 – Publisher.
Deke Slayton, 1924 – Astronaut.
Robert Clary, 1926 – Actor.
Pete Rozelle, 1926 – NFL.
Harry Belafonte, 1927 – Singer.
Robert Conrad, 1935 – Actor.
Judith Rossner, 1935 – Author.
Joan Hackett, 1942 – Actress.
Roger Daltrey, 1944 – Musician.
Dirk Benedict, 1945 – Actor.
Alan Thicke, 1947 – Actor.
Ron Howard. 1954 – Opie.
Catherine Bach, 1954 – Actress.
Timothy Daly, 1956 – Actor.
And finally, George Eads, 1967 – Actor.

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