Life Day 23977: Peace Brother

March 5, 2013 at 12:35 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning peace-nicks. Today is Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The first holiday today is Peace Corps Day. Although the Peace Corps was created on March 1, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy through Executive Order 19024, Peace Corps Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday in March. Since its creation, over 210,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Currently (as of 2012) there are 8073 volunteers serving in 76 countries.
The next holiday is Multiple Personality Day. Get in touch with your inner selves today. My Psychiatrist diagnosed me with schizophrenia, but ‘we’ don’t agree.  All kidding aside, whether you call it ‘split personality’, multiple personalities, or dissociative identity disorder, it is a psychological disorder and can be treated. So, happy Multiple Personality Day to you, and you, and you, and you…….
The last holiday is today Unique Name Day. It is number three of “Celebrate Your Name Week”. This is the day to salute friends, acquaintances and loved ones who have a unique name. Let’s appreciate them for going through life without seeing their names on things such as ready-made key chains and miniature license plates that you find in travel centers across America. If you or anyone you know has a unique name, ask them about it’s origins. If you had the misfortune of being born to “celebrity” parents (Moon Unit, Dewezel, Apple, et al), this is your day.

The first food-related Holiday today is National Cheese Doodle Day. Cheese doodles are a snack food made with cornmeal that has been puffed, baked, and coated with cheddar cheese. Morrie Yohai invented the cheese doodle in the 1940’s. After serving as a Marine in World War II, he returned to his home in the Bronx and took over the family business, a snack food company called Old London Foods. During the 1960’s, Wise Foods, Inc. acquired the company and cheese doodles became part of the potato chip division. Today, cheese doodles are one of Wise’s strongest brands. The company produces over 15 million pounds of cheese doodles each year. That’s enough to fill 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The other food-related holiday is National Absinthe Day. Absinthe is an anise-flavored Liqueur. It hasn’t been legal in the U.S. since Prohibition because of thujone, a potentially toxic compound. Myth has it  that absinthe fuels the fires of creativity, causes hallucinations, and in cases of excess consumption, leads to madness. It was rumored the be the libation of choice for artists and writers of the 19th century. Faux absinthe products on the market, and people smuggling in an occasional bottle from Europe, have been the only way for Americans to enjoy Absinthe since the 1920’s.  No regulations have changed, but a greater understanding of the method of thujone analysis and an understanding of exactly how much of the substance was in absinthe led to a major breakthrough. It also meant that a number of pre-ban era absinthes would have been legal in the U.S. by modern standards, including the definitive premium absinthe brand, Pernod Fils. There might be hope yet. If you like the taste of licorice, you might enjoy absinthe. Be careful though. It’s about 120 proof.

On this date in 2004 – Martha Stewart was found guilty of lying about the reason for selling 3,298 shares of ImClone Systems stock, conspiracy, making false statement and obstruction of justice.
Other historical events that happened on this date are:
In 1623 – The first alcohol temperance law in the colonies was enacted in Virginia.
In 1624 – In Virginia, the upper class was exempted from whipping by legislation.
In 1770 – “The Boston Massacre” took place when British troops fired on a crowd in Boston killing five people. Two British troops were later convicted of manslaughter.
In 1836 – Samuel Colt manufactured the first pistol (.34-caliber).
In 1845 – The U.S. Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western U.S.
In 1868 – The U.S. Senate was organized into a court of impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
In 1872 – George Westinghouse patented the air brake.
In 1912 – The Italians became the first to use dirigibles for military purposes. They used them for reconnaissance flights behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli.
In 1922 – Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee broke all existing records for women’s trap shooting. She hit 98 out of 100 targets.
In 1924 – Frank Caruana of Buffalo, NY, became the first bowler to roll two perfect games in a row.
In 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from banks.
In 1943 – Germany called fifteen and sixteen year old young men for military service due to war losses.
In 1946 – Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain Speech”.
In 1953 – Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin died. He had been in power for 29 years.
In 1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools.
In 1976 – The British pound fell below the equivalent of $2 for the first time in history.
In 1982 – John Belushi died in Los Angeles of a drug overdose at the age of 33.
In 1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities had the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.
In 1993 – Sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time.
And, in 1998 – It was announced that Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins would lead crew of Columbia on a mission to launch a large X-ray telescope. She was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of note:
Antoine Cadillac 1658 – Founder of Detroit, MI.
Elisha Harris 1824 – Politician.
James Merrit Ives 1824 – Lithographer.
Frank Norris 1870 – Author.
Emmett J. Culligan 1893 – Water treatment pioneer.
Rex Harrison 1908 – Actor.
James B. Sikking 1934 – Actor.
Dean Stockwell 1936 – Actor.
Samantha Eggar 1939 – Actress.
Michael Warren 1946 – Actor.
Eddie Hodges 1947  – Child actor.
Penn Jillett 1955 – Magician.
Teena Marie 1956 – Singer.
Andy Gibb 1958 – Singer.
Kevin Connolly 1974 – Actor.
Eva Mendes 1975 – Actress.
And finally, Niki Taylor 1975 – Model.


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