Life Day 23982: What An Awesome Day.

March 10, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my awesome friends. Today is Sunday, March 10, 2013. The first holiday today is (the) International Day of Awesome. This is the day to release your inner ‘awesome’. This link will take you to a website that will explain the origins of this holiday. Here are the answers to the six basic questions:
What: International Day of Awesome.
When: Always March 10th.
Where: Everywhere
Who: Everyone.
How: By being as awesome as you can be.
Why: Because March 10th is the birthday of Chuck Norris, and who is more awesome than Chuck Norris?
The next holiday is Land Line Telephone Day. For my troglodyte friends who still use this archaic, crude, and cumbersome form of communication, today marks the 137th anniversary of the day that Alexander Graham Bell uttered the immortal words “Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you” using the first telephone. [Shortly thereafter, he allowed Mrs. Bell to call Mrs. Watson, and the world was forever changed.]
The third holiday today is for all of my geeky, nerdy friends. It is Mario Day. If you take the first three letters in MARch, and combine it with today’s date, the 10th, you get MAR10, or Mario. If you’re a “gamer”, you probably immediately thought of Super Mario, everyone’s perennial favorite awesome, friendly, super cool Nintendo™ dude. Whether your name is Mario, or you’re just a fan of Super Mario, today is your day.
Another holiday today is U.S. Paper Money Day. Although banks began issuing paper money as early as 1690 in the United States, it wasn’t until this date (March 10th) in 1862 that the U.S. Government first began issuing it’s own paper money. The denominations of the first bills were $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000.
The last holiday that I am going to cover today is Festival of Life in the Cracks Day. 987,654,321 Google searches, and I still can’t find a definitive answer as to why this is a holiday, and to what it pertains. So, let me posit a couple of theories of my own. My first theory takes the literal approach. Go out today and examine any cracks and crevices you encounter for signs of life (ie: cracks in your driveway, a crevice in a piece of  old wood, etc, etc). My second theory is more esoteric. It takes a philosophical approach. My theory is that man exists in a void, or crack, if you will. He spends his life in the rat-race trying to figure out how to escape that void. A few succeed, but most just exist in their own ‘crack’ and never realize the true meaning of life. Which do you think it is? Do you have an alternative theory of your own? I’d like to hear it.
The rest of today’s holidays, in my opinion, are too obscure to cover in any great detail, but they are listed in many of my sources, so I will mention them. Again, I will provide a link to each of them to enable you to research them on you own, if one piques your interest.
Salvation Army Day.
World Kidney Day.
Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

There are two food-related holidays today. The first is National Blueberry Popover Day. Basically, a quick-bread, the popover is an Americanization of Yorkshire Pudding. A popover is an egg batter cooked in custard cups or muffin tins to produce a very light, hollow roll—essentially, an eggy crust. The name comes from the fact that the batter swells or “pops” over the top of the cup while baking. Popovers need to be eaten hot, or they become rubbery.
The other food-related holiday today is National Pack Your Lunch Day. Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to appear on a lunchbox in the year 1935, but children and workers had been carrying their lunches in tin boxes long before that. If you are still encumbered by having to work for a living, why not pack a lunch today? If, like yours truly, you are not, pack a lunch anyway, and go to a park.

On this date in 2002 – The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress in January that it was making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq and North Korea.
In 1629 – England’s King Charles I dissolved Parliament and did not call it back for 11 years.
In 1656 – In Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of their religion.
In 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published.
In 1785 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France. He succeeded Benjamin Franklin.
In 1804 – The formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the U.S. took place in St. Louis.
In 1848 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico.
In 1849 – Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift vessels over shoals by means of inflated cylinders.
In 1864 – Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies in the U.S. Civil War.
In 1880 – The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. from England.
In 1893 – New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.
In 1902 – Tochangri, Turkey, was entirely wiped out by an earthquake.
In 1902 – U.S. Attorney General Philander Knox announced that a suit was being brought against Morgan and Harriman’s Northern Securities Company. The suit was enforcement of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Northern Securities loss in court was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 14, 1904.
In 1903 – Harry C. Gammeter patented the multigraph duplicating machine.
In 1903 – In New York’s harbor, the disease-stricken ship Karmania was quarantined with six dead from cholera.
In 1912 – China became a republic after the overthrow of the Manchu Ch’ing Dynasty.
In 1913 – William Knox rolled the first perfect 300 game in tournament competition.
In 1924 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women.
In 1933 – Nevada became the first U.S. state to regulate drugs.
In 1945 – American B-29 bombers attacked Tokyo, Japan, 100,000 were killed.
In 1947 – The Big Four met in Moscow to discuss the future of Germany.
In 1949 – Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,” was convicted in Washington, DC. Gillars was convicted of treason and served 12 years in prison.
In 1966 – France withdrew from NATO’s military command to protest U.S. dominance of the alliance and asked NATO to move its headquarters from Paris.
In 1969 – James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, TN, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998.
In 1971 – The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
In 1981 – The U.S. Postal Service announced an increase in first class postage from 15 to 18 cents.
In 1994 – White House officials began testifying before a federal grand jury about the Whitewater controversy.
And, in 1998 – U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf began receiving the first vaccinations against anthrax.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Barry Fitzgerald 1888 – Actor.
Bix Beiderbecke 1903 – Jazz musician.
Claire Booth Luce 1903 – Author.
Heywood Hale Broun 1918 – Author.
Pamela Mason 1919 – Actress.
Ralph Emery 1933 – Talk show host.
David Rabe 1940 – Playwright.
Chuck Norris 1940 – Actor.
Dean Torrence 1940 – Singer.
Katharine Houghton 1945 – Actress.
Bob Greene 1947 – Newspaper columnist.
Shannon Tweed 1957 – Actress.
Sharon Stone 1958 – Actress.
Jasmine Guy 1962 – Actress.
Neneh Cherry 1964 – Singer.
Prince Edward 1964 – British Royalty.
Edie Brickell 1966 – Singer.
Paget Brewster 1969 – Actress.
Bree Turner 1977 – Actress.
Shannon Miller 1977 – Olympic gold-medal gymnast.
Carrie Underwood 1983 – Singer.
And finally, Emily Osment 1992 – Actress.

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