Life Day 23981: Spring Forward

March 9, 2013 at 2:20 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning time travelers. Today is Saturday, March 09, 2013. Before I get started, I’d like to remind you that it is, once again, Daylight Saving Time. Set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed. Hopefully you can remember how to do it. It is also an ideal time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm.

The first holiday today is Get Over It Day. Strategically the exact midpoint between Valentine’s Day and April Fool’s Day, Get Over It Day is the day to finally get over that ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, those stressful school- or work-related issues, any fears, insecurities, embarrassing moments, bad relationships, etc. {Note: If you’re not sure what you have to get over, just ask your friends what they’re tired of hearing you complain about.}
The next holiday is International Fanny Pack Day. Held on the second Saturday in March, Fanny Pack Day pays tribute to this fashion essential. For the centuries, man has worn some form of the fanny pack to carry items for easy access. Although they may not be the most attractive fashion accessory, they are by far the most useful. They can be used to carry all sorts of essentials, for a variety of activities. Wear yours proudly.
The third holiday today is Barbie Day. On this date in 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City, which makes her 54 years old today. Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features.  The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic strip character. Originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops, the Lilli doll later became extremely popular with children. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, which Handler named after her daughter, Barbara. I won’t delve into the controversy of her unrealistic proportions and their negative effect on young girls.
Another holiday today is Panic Day. Don’t panic, it’s not what you think. Panic Day is a day to let out your frustrations. Let out a primal scream, then go about your day as usual. Don’t let problems at work, home, or just life in general get to you. Try to relax and remain calm, even if the world seems to be falling apart around you.
The final holiday today is Decedent’s Day (aka: Genealogy Day). This is the seventh, and  last holiday of  “Celebrate Your Name Week”. Climb into your family tree. Jiggle a few branches. Start piecing together your personal history today via one of the world’s fastest growing hobbies, genealogy, a puzzle waiting to be put together. Hopefully, your family tree reminds you of a spreading oak, rather than a totem pole.

The food-related holiday today is National Crab Meat Day. Crabs are enormously popular in many cuisines around the world. In the United states, crabs run a close second to shrimp as the most popular shellfish. I am not a big fan of seafood in general, but I do enjoy the occasional crustacean. Treat yourself to your favorite crab dish tonight.

On this date in 1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by U.S. President George Washington.
In 1454 – Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy. Matthias Ringmann, a German mapmaker, named the American continent in his honor.
In 1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.
In 1796 – Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais were married. They were divorced in 1809.
In 1820 – The U.S. Congress passed the Land Act that paved the way for westward expansion of North America.
In 1822 – Charles M. Graham received the first patent for artificial teeth.
In 1832 – Abraham Lincoln announced that he would run for a political office for the first time. He was unsuccessful in his run for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.
In 1863 – General Ulysses Grant was appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
In 1916 – Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico. 17 people were killed by the 1,500 horsemen.
In 1933 – The U.S. Congress began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
In 1949 – The first all-electric dining car was placed in service on the Illinois Central Railroad.
In 1954 – WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was Castro Decorators of New York City.
In 1964 – The first Ford Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line.
In 1967 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin’s daughter, defected to the United States.
In 1969 – “The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour” was canceled by CBS-TV.
In 1975 – Work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
In 1986 – U.S. Navy divers found the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.
In 1987 – Chrysler Corporation offered to buy American Motors Corporation.
In 1989 – The U.S. Senate rejected John Tower as a choice for a cabinet member. It was the first rejection in 30 years.
In 1989 – President George H.W. Bush urged for a mandatory death penalty in drug-related killings.
And, in 1993 – Rodney King testified at the federal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of violating his civil rights.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notables:
Leland Stanford 1824 – Industrialist.
Eddie Foy, Sr. 1854 – Vaudevillian.
Will Geer 1902 – Actor.
Mickey Spillane 1918 – Author.
Carl Betz 1920 – Actor.
Irene Papas 1929 – Actress.
Keely Smith 1932 – Actress, singer.
Yuri Gagarin 1934 – Cosmonaut.
Joyce Van Patten 1934 – Actress.
Marty Ingels 1936 – Actor, comedian.
Bobby Fischer 1943 – Chess player.
Trish Van Devere 1945 – Actress.
Michael Kinsley 1951 – Journalist.
Linda Fiorentino 1960 – Actress.
Juliette Binoche 1964 – Actress.
Emmanuel Lewis 1971 – Actor.
Kerr Smith 1972 – Actor.
Jean Louisa Kelly 1972 – Actress.
And finally, Brittany Snow 1986 – Actress.

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