Life Day 23991: Tickle Your Funny Bone

March 19, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning jokers. Today is Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The first holiday today is Lets Laugh Day. Lets Laugh Day encourages you to laugh as much as you can. Also, try to make everyone you encounter laugh as well. According to Web MD, laughter can help boost your immune system, relieve tension, make you feel relaxed, and increase endorphins released by your brain. Apparently, Reader’s Digest has it right. “Laughter is the best medicine.” So go ahead, yuk it up today. It’s good for you.
The second holiday is Saint Joseph’s Day. Since the 10th century, this date has been the principal feast day of Saint Joseph in Western Christianity and is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, many Lutherans and other denominations, according to Catholic Online. Joseph was the husband of the Virgin Mary. He’s considered the patron of carpenters, fathers and the Catholic Church.
The next holiday is Swallows Return To Capistrano Day. The return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano every year on this day (St. Joseph’s Day) has been part of Old California lore since the late 1700’s. In recent years, the number returning here have dwindled, and at least once, none have returned on this day. The swallows are not endangered, they have just chosen other nesting areas. This could be due to a recent reconstruction project on the Old Mission. Way to go mankind.
The last holiday today is Iraqi Freedom Day. On March 19, 2003, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did not step down from power, two hours after the 9:30 p.m. ET deadline. He held firm and U.S., British and Australian forces began air strikes. According to the Council on Foreign Relations: “Operation Iraqi Freedom began, with U.S. and coalition forces striking a target in Baghdad where, intelligence reports indicated, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his top deputies had gathered in underground bunkers. President George Bush addressed the nation and said the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq have begun.” I was reluctant to even mention this “holiday” but it was listed in too many of my sources to ignore. I think we all know how well this worked out, and it is most certainly no cause for celebration.

The first food-related holiday today is National Agriculture Day. National Agriculture Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. In other words, it is a day to thank all those who make our daily ‘food-related holidays’ possible.
The National Agriculture Day program was started in 1973.
The second is Poultry Day. Poultry Day celebrates chicken, turkey and other birds we commonly consume. Chicken and turkey are lower in fats, and cholesterol than other meats, making them a healthier choice. Celebrate by eating some sort of poultry for each meal today. For Millenia, man has debated; “Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg”. The answer to that, at least in my house today, is the Egg (two actually, accompanied by crisp bacon, crisp hash-browns, and biscuits).
The last food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Caramel Day. The union of chocolate and caramel is arguably one of the greatest flavor combinations ever conceived by man. These two ingredients appear in countless candy bars, ice cream flavors, confections, and desserts. Did you know that Milton Hershey began his career at a caramel company? In the late 1800’s he began experimenting with ways to improve caramel candy and found some German-built machines for manufacturing chocolate. His attention would eventually shift completely to chocolate, but Hershey’s first product was a chocolate-covered caramel. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate this holiday.

On this date in 1988 – Two British soldiers were killed by mourners at a funeral in Belfast, North Ireland. The soldiers were shot to death after being dragged from a car and beaten.
In 1628 – The Massachusetts colony was founded.
In 1687 – French explorer La Salle was murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, in the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1822 – The city of Boston, MA, was incorporated.
In 1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.
In 1895 – The Los Angeles Railway was established to provide streetcar service.
In 1900 – President McKinley asserted that there was a need for free trade with Puerto Rico.
In 1903 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
In 1908 – The state of Maryland barred Christian Scientists from practicing without medical diplomas.
In 1917 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Adamson Act that made the eight-hour workday for railroads constitutional.
In 1918 – The U.S. Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.
In 1920 – The U.S. Senate rejected the Versailles Treaty for the second time maintaining an isolation policy.
In 1931 – The state of Nevada legalized gambling.
In 1945 – Adolf Hitler issued his “Nero Decree” which ordered the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands as German forces were retreating.
In 1953 – The Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.
In 1954 – The first rocket-driven sled that ran on rails was tested in Alamogordo, NM.
In 1963 – In Costa Rica, U.S. President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledged to fight Communism.
In 1964 – Sean Connery began shooting his role in “Goldfinger.”
In 1976 – Buckingham Palace announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
In 1977 – The last episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired.
In 1979 – The U.S. House of Representatives began broadcasting its daily business on TV.
In 1987 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned from the PTL due to a scandal involving Jessica Hahn.
In 1998 – The World Health Organization warned of tuberculosis epidemic that could kill 70 million people in next two decades.
In 2001 – California officials declared a power alert and ordered the first of two days of rolling blackouts.
And, in 2002 – Actor Ben Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
David Livingstone 1813 – “Dr. Livingstone, I presume”.
Wyatt Earp 1848 – U.S. Marshall.
William Jennings Bryan 1860 – Politician.
Charles M. Russell 1864 – Western artist.
Earl Warren 1891 – Chief Justice.
Jackie Mabley 1894 – Comedian.
John Sirica 1904 – “Watergate” Judge.
Adolph Eichmann 1906 – Holocaust organizer.
Tige Andrews 1923 – Actor.
Patrick McGoohan 1928 – Actor.
Gay Brewer Jr. 1932 – PGA.
Renee Taylor 1933 – Actress.
Nancy Malone 1935 – Actress.
Phyllis Newman 1935 – Actress.
Ursula Andress 1936 – Actress.
Robin Luke 1942 – Singer.
Ruth Pointer 1946 – Singer.
Glenn Close 1947 – Actress.
Bruce Willis 1955 – Actor.
And finally, Craig Lamar Traylor 1989 – Actor.

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