Life Day 23978: Happy Birthday Oreos

March 6, 2013 at 12:17 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Cookie Monsters. Today is Wednesday, March 6, 2013. On this date in 1912, the Oreo Cookie was created. To date over 491 billion Oreo Cookies have been sold, which makes them the best selling cookie of the 20th century. Oreos were originally called Oreo Biscuits, but have had a few name changes over the years. In 1921, they changed their name to Oreo Sandwich, and in 1948, the name was changed again to Oreo Creme Sandwich. The last name change was in 1974 when it was changed to it’s current ‘official’ name Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie. I just call them Oreos. No matter what you call them, they are delicious, and milk’s favorite cookie.
Other significant historical events which happened on this date are:
In 1521 – Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam.
In 1808 – At Harvard University, the first college orchestra was founded.
In 1820 – The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by U.S. President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
In 1836 – The thirteen-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his army ended. The Mexican army of three thousand men defeated the 189 Texas volunteers.
In 1857 – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens.
In 1899 – Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser.
In 1900 – In West Virginia, an explosion trapped 50 coal miners underground.
In 1901 – An assassin tried to kill Wilhelm II of Germany in Bremen.
In 1928 – A Communist attack on Peking, China resulted in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fled to Swatow.
In 1944 – During World War II, U.S. heavy bombers began the first American raid on Berlin. Allied planes dropped 2000 tons of bombs.
In 1946 – Ho Chi Minh, the President of Vietnam, struck an agreement with France that recognized his country as an autonomous state within the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
In 1947 – The first air-conditioned naval ship, “The Newport News,” was launched from Newport News, VA.
In 1960 – Switzerland granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.
In 1960 – The United States announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. We all know how well that worked out.
In 1967 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery. We all know how well that worked out too.
In 1970 – Charles Manson released his album “Lies” to finance his defense against murder charges.
In 1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.
In 1981 – Walter Cronkite appeared on his last episode of “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” He had been on the job 19 years.
In 1982 – National Basketball Association history was made when San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the record for most points by two teams in a game. The record was beaten on December 13, 1983 by the Pistons and the Nuggets when they played to a final score of 186-184.
In  1983 – The United States Football League began its first season of pro football competition.
In 1992 – The last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired. The show had been on since September of 1984.
And, in 1997 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.

The first holiday today is Dentist Day. Not to be confused with Jack Benny’s crooner, Dennis Day, Dentist’s Day is a day to examine your oral health regimen. You only get one free set of teeth, the rest you pay dearly for. You can also use this day as a reminder to schedule an appointment with your Dentist.
The other holiday today is Discover What Your Name Means Day. This is the fourth holiday in “Celebrate Your Name Week”. There are many sources, online and otherwise, about names and naming. To discover the (traditional/conventional) meaning of names, possibly yours, consider any of the available sources on the subject. This link will help you get started.

There are also two food-related holidays today (in addition to the above mentioned birthday of Oreos). The first is National Frozen Food Day. Clarence Birdseye developed the process for freezing foods in the late 1920’s, and in 1930, the first of his frozen foods hit the shelves of markets in Springfield, MA. Frozen foods are a part of most Americans’ diet whether we like it or not. I’m ashamed to admit that even I occasionally indulge in eating frozen foods, such as ice cream, and left-overs.
The other food-related holiday today is National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day. I’m not a big fan of “white chocolate”. I guess I’m just a chocolate “snob” and fall on the “white chocolate isn’t really chocolate” side of the argument. Anyway, I prefer my Cheese Cake plain, with a few strawberries on top, thank you.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – Artist.
Cyrano De Bergerac 1619 – Dramatist.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 – Poet.
Bob Wills 1905 – Early Country music artist.
Lou Costello 1906 –Comedian.
Ed McMahon 1923 – TV sidekick.
Alan Greenspan 1926 – Federal Reserve chairman.
Marion Barry 1936 – Ill-fated Mayor.
Joanna Miles 1940 – Actress.
Willie Stargell 1941 – Baseball player.
Mary Wilson 1944 – Singer.
Rob Reiner 1945 – Actor.
Kiki Dee 1947 – Singer.
Tom Arnold 1959 – Actor.
Connie Britton 1968 – Actress.
Moira Kelly 1968 – Actress.
And finally, Shaquille O’Neal 1972 – Basketball player.

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