Life Day 23997:Happy New Year!!

March 25, 2013 at 12:08 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment

Good morning year change revelers. Today is Monday, March 25th, 2013. Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are all recovering from your New Years Eve festivities. What? Wait? You didn’t celebrate new Years Eve last night? Oh, you must be using that new-fangled Gregorian Calendar. Yes, the first holiday today is (Old) New Years Day. Although the Gregorian calendar was created in 1582, many countries chose to ignore it for several hundred years. Instead, they used “Annunciation Style dating,” which recognized the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) as New Year’s Day. England, and all of it’s dominions (including that upstart colony to the west,  America), didn’t adopt the modern-day Gregorian calendar until 1751. Russia held out even longer, until 1918. In fact, people in Russia, Switzerland, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, and Serbia still celebrate the Old New Year.
The next holiday is Maryland Day. If you can trace your lineage back to Maryland, today is a legal holiday. Maryland Day commemorates the landing of Lord Baltimore and first colonists on St Clement’s Island (in Maryland) in 1634. The Maryland colonists held a special ceremony to give thanks for their safe arrival on March 25, 1634. They came to the colony aboard two ships, the Ark and the Dove. Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, founded the colony under a charter that British King Charles I granted on June 20, 1632. They wanted to establish a colony where Roman Catholics, as well as everyone else, could practice their religion. The king gave the colony to the Calvert family as a gift, on the conditions that the king was paid an annual rent of two arrowheads and that the colony must be named after his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria. It was called “Mary-Land” or Maryland, as it is known today. The celebration to commemorate this event began in Maryland schools in 1903, and it was made an official state holiday in 1916, but it is not a day off for most workers or students.
The third holiday today is Tolkien Reading Day. Tolkien Reading Day was started by the Tolkien Society with hopes of getting even more people reading and discovering that there is much more to Tolkien than just The Lord Of the Rings. This date marks neither the anniversary of Mr. Tolkien’s birth, nor the anniversary of his death. The society chose this date because of a date mentioned in a passage from Lord of the Rings; March 25th,  the Downfall of Sauron.
Another holiday today is National Medal of Honor Day. National Medal of Honor Day is a day to honor all those servicemen and women who have sacrificed their all for our freedoms. On March 25, 1863, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton presented the first Medals of Honor to six of the surviving members of Andrew’s Raiders. They were the first Medals of Honor ever presented. The Medal of Honor has been bestowed upon 3,460 recipients, 80 of whom are still living. A resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives on January 30, 2007, and was unanimously approved on February 27, 2007. A concurrent resolution was unanimously passed in the Senate on March 1st, 2007, and Senator John Warner announced the creation of this annual day to the American public on March 21st 2007. The first official Medal of Honor Day in the United States was March 25, 2007.
The final holiday today that I am going to cover in detail today is Passover. Passover begins this year at sunset Monday, March, 25, and ends at sunset Tuesday, April 2. Passover is a Jewish holiday that  commemorates their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their birth as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible especially in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
Listed below are two more inane holidays that occur today as well. Click on their title if you desire more information about them.
International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic Slave Trade.
National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy.

The first food-related holiday today is Vaffeldagen (aka: International Waffle Day). Apparently,  waffles are so delicious that they warrant two separate holidays each year. This is the first one. Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen, actually due to confusion between the Swedish “vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which falls on the same date. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of waffles. The waffle dates back to the 1300’s in Greece. Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal pans. At the time, they topped it with cheeses and herbs. Waffles are most commonly eaten as breakfast or as a snack. They are also an occasional dinner meal for some people. Also, you can feel free to ‘waffle’ on any decisions you make today.
The next food related holiday is Pecan Day. This is another food that is so delicious that it has two separate holidays each year. This first Pecan Day celebrates the planting by George Washington of pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon, his family home, on this date in 1775. The trees were a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson, who had planted a few pecan trees from the southern US at Monticello, VA. The pecan, the only nut tree native to North America, is sometimes called “America’s own nut.” First cultivated by Native Americans, it has been transplanted to other continents but has failed to achieve wide use or popularity outside the US.
The final food-related holiday today is National Lobster Newburg Day. Lobster Newberg  is an American seafood dish made from lobster, butter, cream, cognac, sherry, eggs, and Cayenne pepper. It was invented at New York culinary institution Delmonico’s during the height of its heyday in the late 1800’s. Lobster Newburg was initially named Lobster Wenburg after Ben Wenburg, a wealthy sea captain who  originally created the dish and  frequented the restaurant quite often. However, when a dispute arose between Wenburg and management, the restaurant made the decision to rename the dish lobster Newburg (they anagramed the first three letters of Wenburg’s name and made it “Newburg”).

On this date in 1911 – In New York City, 146 women were killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The owners of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the factory. The owners were later acquitted but, in 1914, they were ordered to pay damages to each of the twenty-three families that had sued.
In 0421 – The city of Venice was founded.
In 1609 – Henry Hudson left on an exploration for Dutch East India Co.
In 1669 – Mount Etna in Sicily erupted destroying Nicolosi. 20,000 people were killed.
In 1774 – English Parliament passed the Boston Port Bill.
In 1807 – The first railway passenger service began in England.
In 1821 – Greece gained independence from Turkey.
In 1856 – A. E. Burnside patented Burnside carbine.
In 1857 – Frederick Laggenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse.
In 1900 – The U.S. Socialist Party was formed in Indianapolis.
In 1901 – The Mercedes was introduced by Daimler.
In 1902 – Irving W. Colburn patented the sheet glass drawing machine.
In 1913 – The Palace Theatre opened in New York City.
In 1919 – The Paris Peace Commission adopted a plan to protect nations from the influx of foreign labor.
In 1940 – The U.S. agreed to give Britain and France access to all American warplanes.
In 1947 – A coalmine explosion in Centralia, IL, killed 111 people.
In 1954 – RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production.
In 1960 – A guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered submarine for the first time.
In 1966 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “poll tax” was unconstitutional.
In 1970 – The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
In 1983 – The U.S. Congress passed legislation to rescue the U.S. social security system from bankruptcy.
In 1985 – It was reported that a U.S. Army Major stationed in East Germany had been shot and killed by a Soviet Border Guard.
In 1994 – United States troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.
In 1996 – An 81-day standoff by the anti-government Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, MT.
In 1996 – The U.S. issued a newly redesigned $100 bill for circulation.
In 1998 – A cancer patient was the first known to die under Oregon’s doctor-assisted suicide law.
In 1998 – Quinn Pletcher was found guilty on charges of extortion. He had threatened to kill Bill Gates unless he was paid $5 million.
And, in 2004 – The U.S. Senate voted (61-38) on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997) to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during the commission of a violent federal crime.

If you were born on this date you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Arturo Toscanini 1867 – Conductor.
Ed Begley, Sr. 1901 – Actor.
Jeanne Cagney 1919 – Actress.
Howard Cosell 1920 – Sports journalist.
Nancy Kelly 1921 – Actress.
Simone Signoret 1921 – Actress.
Jim Lovell 1928 – Astronaut.
Gene Shalit 1932 – Movie critic.
Gloria Steinem 1934 – Feminist author.
Hoyt Axton 1938 – Folk singer.
Anita Bryant 1940 – Singer.
Aretha Franklin 1942 – Singer.
Paul Michael Glaser 1943 – Actor.
Bonnie Bedelia 1948 – Actress.
Elton John 1947 – Singer.
Mary Gross 1953 – Actress.
James McDaniel 1958 – Actor.
Brenda Song 1960 – Actress.
John Stockwell 1961 – Actor.
Marcia Cross 1962 – Actress.
Lisa Gay Hamilton 1964 – Actress.
Sarah Jessica Parker 1965 – Actress.
Tom Glavine 1966 – Baseball player.
Lee Pace 1979 – Actor.
Danica Patrick 1982 – Auto racer.
And finally, Aly Michalka 1989 – Actress.

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  1. […] had a few waffle-related holidays this year: Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day on the 11th of March,  Vaffeldagen (aka: International Waffle Day) on the 25th of March, and Waffle Iron Day on the 29th of June. So here we go again. There are two […]

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