Life Day 23996: Yo-Yo Convention Day.

March 24, 2013 at 5:17 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ya bunch of yo-yo’s. Today is Sunday, March 24, 2013. The first holiday today is Yo-Yo Convention Day. If I mention “the Sleeper”, “Walk the Dog”, “Loop de Loop”, “Shoot the Moon” or “Rock the Baby”, what images come to your mind? If you’re from my generation, the answer should be Yo-Yo tricks. I, like almost every male child growing up in the 1950’s, had a Yo-Yo, and could perform, if not had mastered, the five basic tricks mentioned above. Yo-Yo’s have changed drastically since the days of the old “Duncan”. Today they are made of ‘space-age’ materials and many have ball-bearings. If you have a few minutes, go to YouTube and search Yo-Yo. You’ll be amazed at the tricks people are doing with them these days. If you have kids or grandkids, find your old Yo-Yo (it’s probably in that box in the basement), and strut your stuff for them today. You probably should practice a little first, since you haven’t even seen your yo-yo in, like, four decades.
Factoid: Tommy Smothers, of the Smothers Brothers fame, is quite adept with a yo-yo. In some of their later shows, he even incorporates some tricks into their act.
The next holiday is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is a Christian movable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day’s ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of boughs of box, yew, willow, olive, or other native trees.
The third holiday today is World Tuberculosis Day. World Tuberculosis Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. Today tuberculosis causes the deaths of about 1.7 million people each year, mostly in the Third World. March 24 commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way toward diagnosing and curing tuberculosis.
Today’s final holiday is another one of those obsequious UN holidays that I love so much. It is  International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.  Click on the title for a link to garner more information about it if you desire.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins, find the combination simply irresistible. What? You say you’re trying to eat healthier, so you can’t have any. Balderdash! Chocolate is made from cocoa beans ( a vegetable) and raisins are from grapes (a fruit). And, we all know that vegetables and fruit are good for you. Therefore, chocolate covered raisins are good for you. Right? So, while you’re out shopping for a new Yo-Yo because you can’t find the one from your childhood, stop by your local confectioners and buy some Chocolate Covered Raisins. Or, if you have a less discriminating palate, just stop by a Convenience Store on the way home and buy a bag or two of Raisinets.
Factoid: Raisinets were, introduced by the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company of Philadelphia in 1927 (the brand was acquired by Nestlé in 1984).

On this date in 1999 – NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia’s refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.
In 1629 – The first game law was passed in the American colonies, by Virginia.
In 1664 – A charter to colonize Rhode Island was granted to Roger Williams in London.
In 1765 – Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.
In 1828 – The Philadelphia & Columbia Railway was authorized as the first state owned railway.
In 1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
In 1837 – Canada gave blacks the right to vote.
In  1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.
In 1880 – The first “hail insurance company” was incorporated in Connecticut. It was known as Tobacco Growers’ Mutual Insurance Company.
In 1883 – The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place.
In 1898 – The first automobile was sold.
In 1900 – Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
In 1920 – The first U.S. coast guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC.
In 1924 – Greece became a republic.
In 1932 – Belle Baker hosted a radio variety show from a moving train. It was the first radio broadcast from a train.
In 1947 – The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
In 1955 – The first oil drill seagoing rig was put into service.
In 1960 – A U.S. appeals court ruled that the novel, “Lady Chatterly’s Lover”, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail.
In 1972 – Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
In 1988 – Former national security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pled innocent to Iran-Contra charges.
In 1989 – The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound after it ran aground.
In 1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a welfare reform package that made the most changes in social programs since the New Deal.
In 1997 – The Australian parliament overturned the world’s first and only euthanasia law.
In 1998 – In Jonesboro, AR, two young boys open fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11 and 13 years old cousins.
In 1998 – A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray’s car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2001 – Apple Computer Inc’s operating system MAC OS X went on sale.
And, in 2005 – Sandra Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:
John Wesley Powell 1834 – Explorer.
Andrew Mellon 1855 – Banker.
Harry Houdini 1874 – Magician, escape artist.
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle 1887 – Comedian.
Arthur Murray 1895 – Dance instructor.
Joseph Barbera 1911 – Cartoonist.
Norman Fell  1924 – Actor.
Vanessa Brown 1928 – Actress.
Steve McQueen 1930 – Actor.
William Smith 1933 – Actor.
R. Lee Ermey 1944 – Actor.
Louie Anderson 1953 – Comedian.
Donna Pescow 1954 – Actress.
Robert Carradine 1954 – Actor.
Kelly LeBrock 1960 – Actress.
Annabella Sciorra 1964 – Actress.
Lara Flynn Boyle 1970 – Actress.
Sharon Corr 1970 – Singer.
Jim Parsons 1973 – Comedian/actor.
Alyson Hannigan 1974 – Actress.
Peyton Manning 1976 – Football player.
Olivia Burnette  1977 – Actress.
And finally, Keisha Castle-Hughes 1990 – Actress.

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