Life Day 23984: Another Bloomin’ Holiday

March 12, 2013 at 12:39 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning flower children. Today is Tuesday, M arch 12, 2013. The first holiday today is Plant A Flower Day. With Spring nigh upon us, today is as good a day as any other to get outside and commune with nature. Gardening is a great hobby. It’s enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. It is something that virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health. Go to the nursery and buy a variety of your favorite types of flowers. Then, take them home and plant them. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirt under your fingernails. And, don’t forget to take the time, somewhere along the way, to stop and smell them.
The next holiday is Girl Scout Day. Today marks the anniversary of the founding of the first Girl Scout troop. It was started in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordon Low. There were 18 girls in the original troop. The group eventually became a national organization, and was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are millions of girls involved with Girl Scouts. If you have the opportunity, don’t forget to buy some of their delicious cookies today. Mmmm! Thin Mints.
The third holiday today is Organize Your Home Office Day. With the advances in technology, home offices are becoming more common. Today, about 1 in 4 homes have a home office of some sort. Home offices, like every other room in your home, acquire a certain amount of clutter over time. Organize Your Home Office Day is a good day to rectify that situation. Go through your home office today and file all the paperwork and receipts that need to be filed. Don’t be afraid to use “file 13”, (aka the “circular file”) if necessary. Dust all open surfaces, and don’t forget to pick things up and dust them, and the surface underneath them too. Make sure that all manuals, reference materials, and other tomes are in their designated place. Organize the drawers and cubby holes in your desk as well. Make sure that any electrical cords are secured and out of the way (and especially not under foot). Remember, the more organized your home office, the less time you’ll need to spend in there (that is, if you can remember where you put everything).
The final holiday is Alfred Hitchcock Day. Since today marks neither the anniversary of his birth, nor the anniversary of his death, I can find no discernible reason why it is celebrated today, but a number of my sources indicate that it is true. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the best directors in Hollywood history. His career spanned over 6 decades. His use of lighting, camera angle, and music to manipulate his audiences is unparalleled. Today’s crop of  gore-filled “slasher” flicks pale in comparison to his mastery of suspense. As good as he was at “keeping people on the edge of their seats”, he had a wonderfully delightful, wry sense of humor, which was evident in the introductions to the dramas he presented on his long running TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. It is also illustrated by one of his own quotes: “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”  Tonight would be a good night to settle in with the family and watch a couple of his classic thrillers, or a few episodes from his TV series. It’s available in its entirety here free of cost. One of my favorite episodes is season 3, episode 28, “Lamb to the Slaughter”.

The food-related holiday today is National Baked Scallops Day. Scallops can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source. Scallops have two types of meat in one shell: the adductor muscle, called “scallop”, which is white and meaty, and the roe, called “coral”, which is red or white and soft. These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are delicious prepared in a variety of ways. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking them. If you’re a seafood lover, try some tonight. There are probably a gazillion recipes available online if you want to try to bake some at home.

On this date in 2003 – In Utah, Elizabeth Smart was reunited with her family nine months after she was abducted from her home. She had been taken on June 5, 2002, by a drifter that had previously worked at the Smart home.
In 1496 – Jews were expelled from Syria.
In 1609 – The Bermuda Islands became an English colony.
In 1664 – New Jersey became a British colony. King Charles II granted land in the New World to his brother James (The Duke of York).
In 1755 – In North Arlington, NJ, the steam engine was used for the first time.
In 1789 – The U.S. Post Office was established.
In 1884 – The State of Mississippi authorized the first state-supported college for women. It was called the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
In 1889 – Almon B. Stowger applied for a patent for his automatic telephone system.
In 1894 – Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.
In 1904 – After 30 years of drilling, the tunnel under the Hudson River was completed. The link was between Jersey City, NJ, and New York, NY.
In 1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address to the nation. It was the first of his “Fireside Chats.”
In 1947 – President Truman established the “Truman Doctrine” to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.
In 1959 – The U.S. House joined the U.S. Senate in approving the statehood of Hawaii.
In 1974 – “Wonder Woman” debuted on ABC-TV. The show later went to CBS-TV.
In 1985 – Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announced that he planned to drop Secret Service protection and hire his own bodyguards in an effort to lower the deficit by $3 million.
In 1989 – About 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of an exhibit.
In 1993 – The Pentagon called for the closure of 31 major military bases.
In 1994 – A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell of the Loch Ness monster was confirmed to be a hoax. The photo was taken of a toy submarine with a head and neck attached.
In 1994 – The Church of England ordained its first women priests.
In 1999 – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic became members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). All three countries were members of the former Warsaw Pact.
In 2002 – U.S. homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
And, in 2010 – Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following dignitaries:
Clement Studebaker 1831 – Manufacturer.
Charles Boycott 1832 – Land agent.
Jane Delano 1862 – Founder of the Red Cross Nursing Service.
Wally Schirra 1913 – Astronaut.
Gordon MacRae 1921 – Actor.
Jack Kerouac 1922 – Author.
Edward Albee 1928 – Playwright.
Barbara Feldon 1933 – Actress.
Lloyd Dobyns 1936 – TV reporter.
Liza Minnelli 1946 – Singer, actress.
Mitt Romney 1947 – Politician.
James Taylor 1948 – Singer, songwriter.
Jon Provost 1950 – Actor.
Marlon Jackson 1957 – Singer.
Darryl Strawberry 1962 – Baseball player.
Julia Campbell 1963 – Actress.
Aaron Eckhart 1968 – Actor.
And finally, Samm Levine 1982 – Actor.
 

 

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