Life Day 23994: Water World (Er Umm) World Water Day

March 22, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning aqua nuts. Today is Friday, March 22, 2013. The first holiday today is World Water Day, or as the UN phrases it, World Day for Water. World Water Day is held annually on this date as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations General Assembly March 22nd as World Day for Water in 1993. Here in America, we take clean water for granted. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, people walk for miles just to get acrid water that, quite frankly, we wouldn’t use to water our plants. And, this is the water that they have to use daily for drinking, cooking, and bathing. If you would like to celebrate this holiday, make a donation to one of the many organizations, such as Charity Water, dedicated to providing fresh water to developing countries.
The next holiday is International Day of the Seal. In 1982 Congress declared this date as International Day of the Seal to draw attention to the cruelty of seal hunts and the virtual inevitability of these creatures’ extinction. Zoos and aquariums around the world observe this day with special programs and activities. Celebrate this holiday by going to a zoo with your children or grandchildren to see the seals. Research facts about seals.
The third holiday today is As Young As You Feel Day. The old adage “you’re only as old as you feel” is certainly pertinent to this holiday. My chronological age is 65, but I seldom feel like it. Most days I feel considerably younger, but occasionally, when I’m ill, or after a strenuous workout, I feel older. Try your best today to act as young as possible; without being childish. Get your bike out of the garage and take a ride, with no particular destination in mind. Go to a park with some friends or family members and play Frisbee, or toss a football or baseball around for a while. Play on the playground equipment. Share a malt with your sweetie at whatever serves as a “soda fountain” these days in your area. Today is as good a day as any to enter your “second childhood”, if you haven’t already done so.
The last holiday today is Goof-off Day. This holiday is similar to the holiday mentioned in the above paragraph. Goof-off Day is a day that just about everybody can enjoy. It’s a day to do anything and everything, except what you’re supposed to do today. Assuming you won’t get in trouble at work, take some time off and play some golf. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with your favorite friend. Or, just read sit down and read a book or watch TV. This day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing.

The food-related holiday today is Coq Au Vin Day. Coq au Vin is a classic French recipe, and a bistro favorite. Coq Au Vin is French for “rooster in wine sauce,” a fricassee traditionally cooked with lardons (salt pork), mushrooms and garlic. Older roosters were preferred because they contain more connective tissue, which creates a richer broth. In postwar America, chicken is most often substituted for rooster and smoked ham for the lardons. Coq Au Vin takes a long time to prepare, as this recipe confirms. If you’re going to try making it at home, start early, or preferably, the night before.
Note: A fricassee is a stew of chicken or other white meat (veal is popular), cooked on the bone in a white gravy with carrots and onions or leeks. It is generally served over noodles or dumplings, with boiled potatoes on the side.

On this date in 1987 – A barge loaded with 32,000 tons of refuse left Islip, NY, to find a place to unload. After being refused by several states and three countries space was found back in Islip.
In 1457 – Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.
In 1622 – Indians attacked a group of colonist in the James River area of Virginia. 347 residents were killed.
In 1630 – The first legislation to prohibit gambling was enacted. It was in Boston, MA.
In 1733 – Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water (seltzer).
In 1765 – The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
In 1794 – The U.S. Congress banned U.S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
In 1841 – Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.
In 1872 – Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
In 1882 – The U.S. Congress outlawed polygamy.
In 1903 – Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
In 1904 – The first color photograph was published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
In 1915 – A German zeppelin made a night raid on Paris railway stations.
In 1919 – The first international airline service was inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels.
In 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.
In 1934 – The first Masters golf championship began in Augusta, GA.
In 1935 – Persia was renamed Iran.
In 1946 – The first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth’s atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.
In 1954 – The first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.
In 1956 – Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.
In 1960 – A.L. Schawlow & C.H. Townes obtained a patent for the laser. It was the first patent for any laser.
In 1972 – The U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It was not ratified by the states.
In 1978 – Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas, fell to his death while walking a cable strung between to hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 1980 – People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.
In 1981 – RCA put its Selectra Vision laser disc players on the market.
In 1988 – The Congress overrode U.S. President Reagan’s veto of a sweeping civil rights bill.
In 1990 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.
In 1991 –  1991 – Pamela Smart, a high school teacher, was found guilty in New Hampshire of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband.
In 1992 – A Fokker F-28 veered off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia airport and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 people.
In 1993 – Intel introduced the Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS.
In 1995 – Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.
And, in 1997 – Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest women’s world figure skating champion.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following dignitaries:
Johnny Evers 1883 – Baseball player.
Chico Marx 1887 – Comedian.
Louis L’Amour 1908 – Author.
Karl Malden 1913 – Actor.
Virginia Grey 1917 – Actress.
Ross Martin 1920 – Actor.
Werner Klemperer 1920 – Actor.
Marcel Marceau 1923 – Pantomimist.
William Shatner 1931 – Actor.
May Britt 1933 – Actress.
M. Emmett Walsh 1935 – Actor.
Glen Campbell 1936 – Musician.
Barbara Parkins 1942 – Actress.
George Benson 1943 – Singer.
James Patterson 1947 – Author.
Wolf Blitzer 1948 – Broadcast journalist.
Andrew Lloyd Webber 1948 – Composer.
Fanny Ardent 1949 – Actress.
Bob Costas 1952 – Sportscaster.
Lena Olin 1955 – Actress.
Stephani Mills 1957 – Actress, singer.
Matthew Modine 1959 – Actor.
Cole Hauser 1975 – Actor.
Kellie Williams 1976 – Actress.
And finally, Reese Witherspoon 1976 – Actress.

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