Life Day 23975: “Oh Say Can You see”

March 3, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Sunday, March 3, 2013. The first holiday today is National Anthem Day. On this day in 1931, the “Star-Spangled Banner” officially became the National Anthem for the United States. Many people think that the song was written during the Revolutionary War, but this is not the case. Also, the idyllic pap you were fed in elementary school about Francis Scott Key being inspired to write the “Star-Spangled Banner” after seeing the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after a prolonged battle are only partially true. In August 1814, during the War of 1812, the British army detained Dr. William Beanes as a prisoner of war. He was a friend of Francis Scott Key. On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key and a U.S. negotiator boarded a British vessel where Beanes was being held. He negotiated his friends’ release. But then, Francis Scott Key was detained that day along with the negotiator. They were held until after the attack on Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore. He watched the bombardment of the fort from the ship. The next morning, he was ecstatic to see that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry. This historic event inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry” the following day (September 14, 1814).  The lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner” were derived from that poem, and were set to the melody of a popular British drinking song.
The second holiday is “If Dogs and Cats Had Opposable Thumbs” Day. If dogs were to suddenly develop opposable thumbs, I think they would just figure out ways to open their own food containers, or open the refrigerator and raid the meat keeper. Cats, on the other hand, would do both of those things as well, but in addition, being the incarnations of Satan that they are, would also immediately begin plotting ways to use this new found  ”gift” to exterminate mankind in retribution for Millenia of subjugation.
The next holiday today is Peach Blossom Day. This holiday celebrates the approach of Spring when Peach trees begin to blossom. Unfortunately, in Japan, it also celebrates the misogynistic belief that girls are just delicate, dainty “peach blossoms” incapable of being  indepentent or thinking for themselves. Japan holds a Doll Festival each year on this date. Welcome to Japan, please set your watch back two centuries.
Another holiday today is “I Want You to be Happy ” Day. There are endless ways to make someone happy. Give an old friend a call, compliment someone on a job well done, or cook a special meal for your family. Be creative. Make an extra effort today to make someone happy, even if it means just leaving their presence.
The fifth holiday is Namesake Day. This is the first holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week”, celebrated during the first complete week in March. Namesake Day encourages you to explore the roots of your name. Ever wondered why you have the name you do? Explore the origins of your given name(s). Explore your surname too. Have fun discovering whether you have a name twin. Find out if you were named after somebody or something in particular.
The final holiday today is International Sister-Cities Day. Palo Alto, where I currently reside, has six. They are Linkoping, Sweden; Albi, France; Enschede, The Netherlands; Palo, Leyte, Phillipines; Oaxaca, Mexico; and Tsuchiura, Japan. Does your City have a Sister-City?

There are two food-related holidays today. The first is National Cold-Cuts Day. Today is one day where it is acceptable to be “full of baloney”. Cold-cuts are precooked sausages or meat loaves that are usually served cold in sandwiches or on party trays. You can buy them already sliced in vacuum packs, or have them sliced to order at a deli counter.  Beware! Although tasty, most cold-cuts are high in fat and sodium, so celebrate responsibly.
The other food-related holiday is National Mulled Wine Day. Mulled wine is a favorite drink throughout most of Europe during winter. It is nothing more than wine (usually red) served warm with spices such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, star anise seeds, and sugar added. The ingredients differ slightly from region to region, but it is still basically warm spiced wine. Since wine contains alcohol, if you decide to celebrate this holiday, I again caution you to do so responsibly.

On this date in 1978, the remains of Charles “Charlie” Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva. As far as I can determine, this event has no relevance to the movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
In 1791 – The U.S. Congress passed a resolution that created the U.S. Mint.
In 1803 – The first impeachment trial of a U.S. Judge, John Pickering, began.
In 1812 – The U.S. Congress passed the first foreign aid bill.
In 1817 – The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.
In 1845 – Florida became the 27th U.S. state.
In 1845 – The U.S. Congress passed legislation overriding a U.S. President’s veto. It was the first time the Congress had achieved this.
In 1849 – The U.S. Congress created the territory of Minnesota.
In 1863 – Free city delivery of mail was authorized by the U.S. Postal Service.
In 1885 – The U.S. Post Office began offering special delivery for first-class mail.
In 1894 – The “Atlantis” was first published. It was the first Greek newspaper in America.
In 1903 – In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting.
In 1903 – The U.S. imposed a $2 head tax on immigrants.
In 1908 – The U.S. government declared open war on on U.S. anarchists.
In 1910 – J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his father’s fortune for an “uplift in humanity”. He also appealed to the U.S. Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation.
In 1915 – The motion picture “Birth of a Nation” debuted in New York City.
In 1923 – The first issue of Time magazine was published.
In 1945 – Superman encountered Batman and Robin for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System.
In 1952 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld New York’s Feinberg Law that banned Communist teachers in the U.S. Alas, now, being a Communist seems to be a prerequisite,  at least at the college level.
In 1959 – The San Francisco Giants officially named their new stadium Candlestick Park.
In 1969 – Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy.
In 1985 – Women Against Pornography awarded its ‘Pig Award’ to Huggies Diapers. The activists claimed that the TV ads for diapers had “crossed the line between eye-catching and porn.”
In 1987 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a package of $30 million in non-lethal aid for the Nicaraguan Contras.
In 1991 – Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video.
In  1995 – A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia ended. Several gunmen were killed by U.S. Marines in Mogadishu while overseeing the pull out of peacekeepers.
And, in 1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished denizens:
Alexander Graham Bell 1847  – Inventor.
Rupert Brooke 1887 – poet.
Matthew Ridgway 1895 – US Army General.
Jean Harlow 1911 – Actress.
Julius Boros 1920 – Golfer.
Gia Scala 1934 – Actress.
Jennifer Warnes 1947 – Singer.
Mianda Richardson 1958 – Actress.
Mary Page Keller 1961 – Actress.
Herschel Walker 1962 – Football player.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1962 – Olympic gold medalist.
Julia Bowen 1970 – Actress.
David Faustino 1974 – Actor.
Danny Masterson 1976 – Actor.
And finally, Jessica Biel 1982 – Actress.


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