Life Day 23979: Have You Heard?

March 7, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning entrepreneurs. Today is Thursday, March 7, 2013. The first holiday today is National Be Heard Day. There are more than 145 million small businesses in the US, but often, small business owners are less likely to get the media coverage they deserve. National Be Heard Day is set aside to recognize the plight of  these small businesses forced to compete with multi million dollar corporate giants. It celebrates the innovative advertising tactics that small business owners use to remain solvent in an increasingly competitive economy. How many of you remember Cal Worthington? Who in your area employs similar strategies?
The next holiday is World Book Day. World Book Day is not an advertisement for “World Book” encyclopedias. It is basically an online ‘book fair’. Explore this website for more information. It contains news and events in your area, games and other ‘cool’ stuff, and ‘storycraft’ explains how to construct a good story. Be sure to include your children or grandchildren in the festivities.
The last holiday today is Name-tag Day. This is the fifth holiday in “Celebrate Your Name Week”. You guessed it,  today’s celebration of names stipulates that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you wear a “Hello, I’m [your name here] name-tag. (Note: this event isn’t for unsupervised children). If you are in a whimsical mood, make up a name. I think I’ll wear one that says “Hello, I’m Cur Mudgeon”.
P.S.: I forgot to include this link in last Sunday’s “Namesake Day” . It will tell you all about the origins of your surname.

There are two food-related holidays again today. The first is Crown Roast of Pork Day. Why? I don’t know, and neither apparently does anyone else. It seems to be one of those “internet holidays” of dubious origin, but it’s listed in my sources, so I’ll cover it. A crown roast of pork is a pork loin crown roast which is arranged into a circle with rib bones protruding upward as points in a crown. Pork is the culinary name for meat from the domestic pig (Sus domesticus), which is eaten in many countries. The word pork denotes specifically the fresh meat of the pig that is left unsalted, but it is often mistakenly used as an all-inclusive term which includes cured, smoked, or processed meats (ham, bacon, prosciutto, etc.) It is one of the most-commonly consumed meats worldwide, with evidence of pig husbandry dating back to 5000 BC. Pork is eaten in various forms, including cooked (as roast pork), cured (some hams, including the Italian prosciutto) or smoked or a combination of these methods (other hams, gammon, bacon or Pancetta). It is also a common ingredient in sausages. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, many from pork. Pork is a taboo food item in Islam, Judaism, and some Christian sects.
The other food-related holiday is National Cereal Day. Cereal is the most popular breakfast food in America, but that wasn’t always the case. Up until the 1860’s, most people ate eggs, bacon, and sausage every morning. Cereal emerged as a healthier alternative at the end of the 19th century. The invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident. In 1897, two brothers named Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg were experimenting with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and returned to find it stale. They were trying to find an alternative for meat consumption. Instead of throwing it away, they rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. They tried the same process with corn, and created the first dry breakfast cereal, which we now know as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, and on this date in 1897, Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn’t be sold commercially until 1906. Today, approximately 294 million Americans start their day with a bowl of cereal. Wholegrain cereals are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins. My current favorite cereal is “Crispix”. It requires little or no sweetener, and is good as a snack right out of the box. Sorry “Wheaties”, when you took Mary Lou Retton’s picture off of the box, I took my business elsewhere.

On this date: In 2003 – Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnyvale, CA, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles.
In 0322 BC – Greek philosopher, Aristotle, died.
In 1774 – The British closed the port of Boston to all commerce.
In 1850 – U.S. Senator Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a method of preserving the Union.
In 1854 – Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine.
In 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
In 1901 – It was announced that blacks had been found enslaved in parts of South Carolina.
In 1904 – In Springfield, OH, a mob broke into a jail and shot a black man accused of murder.
In 1906 – Finland granted women the right to vote.
In 1908 – Cincinnati’s mayor, Mark Breith announced before the city council that, “Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles.”
In 1911 – Willis Farnsworth patented the coin-operated locker.
In 1927 – A Texas law that banned Negroes from voting was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1933 – The board game Monopoly was invented.
In 1936 – Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1942 – Japanese troops landed on New Guinea.
In 1955 – “Peter Pan” was presented as a television special for the first time.
In 1955 – Phyllis Diller made her debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA.
In 1959 – Melvin C. Garlow became the first pilot to fly over a million miles in jet airplanes.
In 1965 – State troopers and a sheriff’s posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, AL.
In 1975 – The U.S. Senate revised the filibuster rule. The new rule allowed 60 senators to limit debate instead of the previous two-thirds.
In 1983 – TNN (The Nashville Network) began broadcasting.
In 1985 – The first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, was released.
In 1987 – Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight titleholder when he beat James Smith in a decision during a 12-round fight in Las Vegas, NV.
In 1994 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” that does not require permission from the copyright holder.
And, in  2002 – A federal judge awarded Anna Nicole Smith more than $88 million in damages. The ruling was the latest in a legal battle over the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following dignitaries:
Maurice Ravel 1875 – Composer.
Anna Magnani 1908 – Actress.
James Broderick 1927 – Actor.
Lord Snowdon 1930 – Photographer.
Willard Scott 1934 – Television personality.
Janet Guthrie 1938 – Auto racer.
Daniel J. Travanti 1940 – Actor.
Michael Eisner 1942 – Walt Disney CEO.
Tammy Faye Bakker 1942 – Evangelist.
John Heard 1946 – Actor.
Donna Loren 1947 – Actress.
Peggy March 1948 – Singer.
Franco Harris 1950 – Football player.
Lynn Swann 1952 – Football player.
Ivan Lendl 1960 – Tennis player.
Wanda Sykes 1964 – Comedian.
Taylor Dayne 1965 – Singer.
Rachel Weisz 1971 – Actress.
Jenna Fischer 1974 – Actress.
And finally, Laura Prepon 1980 – Actress.

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