Life Day 23998: Out of This World

March 26, 2013 at 12:39 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning space cadets. Today is Tuesday, March 26, 2013. I am going to deviate from my normal format today and begin with the ‘on this date’ portion.
On this date in 1997 – The 39 bodies of Heaven’s Gate members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.
Other events which occurred on this date are:
In  1780 – The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.
In 1804 – The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
In 1804 – The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans.
In 1878 – Hastings College of Law was founded.
In 1885 – Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, NY.
In 1898 – In South Africa, the world’s first game reserve, the Sabi Game reserve, was designated.
In 1910 – The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S.
In 1937 – Spinach growers in Crystal City, TX, erected a statue of Popeye.
In 1938 – Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria.
In 1942 – The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
In 1945 – The battle of Iwo Jima ended.
In 1951 – The U.S. Air Force flag was approved. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
In 1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.
In 1956 – Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in “Studio One” on CBS television.
In 1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court supported the 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in the State Legislature.
In 1972 – The Los Angeles Lakers broke a National Basketball Association (NBA) record by winning 69 of their 82 games.
In 1973 – Women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
In 1979 – The Camp David treaty was signed by Israel and Egypt that ended the 31-year state of war between the countries.
In 1982 – Ground breaking ceremonies were held in Washington, DC, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1992 – In Indianapolis, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He only served three.
In 1995 – Seven of the 15 European Union states abolished border controls.
In 1998 – In the U.S., the Federal government endorses new HIV test that yields instant results.
In 1998 – Unisys Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. pay a $3.15 million fine for selling spare parts at inflated prices to the U.S. federal government.
In 1999 – In Michigan, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection and putting it all on videotape on September 17, 1998 for “60 Minutes.”
In 2000 – The Seattle Kingdome was imploded to make room for a new football arena.
And, in 2007 – The design for the “Forever Stamp” was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service.

The first holiday today is Legal Assistants Day. Legal Assistants Day honors those tireless people who work diligently behind the scenes to make lawyers appear as though they’re intelligent. Good legal assistants, or paralegals, are the backbone of any law firm. They are the ones who sequester themselves in the law library researching case after case so that the lawyer can stand before the judge in his $2000.00 suit and site case law for his client. If you know a Legal Assistant, do something special for them today.
The next holiday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. American Diabetes Association Alert Day will be held on Tuesday March 26th. This is a one-day, national “wake-up call” asking people to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them-seven million-do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association urges you to learn about the risk factors for diabetes today.
If you don’t like either of the above holidays, make up one of your own. The last holiday today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Today, you get to be the arbiter of what to celebrate. Do you have a “pet” cause that you feel doesn’t get adequate recognition? Was there someone who impacted your life in a positive way that you feel needs recognition? Today, you can celebrate it/them. Be creative, but choose wisely. I hereby proclaim today as Combobulated Day. There is nothing discombobulating in my life, nothing that is disconcerting, frustrating, or upsetting. I am at peace within, therefore  combobulated.

The first food-related holiday today is National Spinach Day. The Spinach plant is native to Asia. Food Historians do believe that Spinach was first domesticated in Nepal during the first century. Today the US is the second largest producer of Spinach (China is first). The states that grow the most spinach are California, Arizona and New Jersey.  Spinach is one of the best sources of Iron,   more even than beef. Spinach is also a great source of calcium and folic acid. Spinach has anti-inflammatory properties and have been linked to the prevention of many cancers including colon, ovarian, gastrointestinal and prostate. Spinach is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Although it doesn’t give me the ability to thwart bullies and ne’er-do-wells like it does Popeye, I still love spinach. I like to saute it until it just starts to wilt, then add some lemon juice. What is your favorite way to enjoy spinach?
The other food-related holiday today is National Nougat Day. Nougat is a light, chewy, pink or white confection or sugar paste. It is made of sugar, corn syrup, honey, egg whites, salt and vanilla. It is similar to caramel in its consistency. It is most often found inside of candy bars, but can be found elsewhere, like in cheesecake and ice cream. Nougat can be made by home cooks,  but is considered somewhat challenging. Enjoy one of your favorite nougat-filled candy bars as a treat today.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Robert Frost 1874 – Poet.
Duncan Hines 1880 – Food critic.
Al Jolson 1886 – Entertainer.
Tennessee Williams 1911 – Author.
William C. Westmoreland 1914 – U.S. Army general.
Sterling Hayden 1916 – Actor.
Strother Martin 1919 – Character actor.
Sandra Day O’Connor 1930 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Leonard Nimoy 1931 – Actor.
Alan Arkin 1934 – Actor.
James Caan 1940 – Actor.
Nancy Pelosi 1940 – U.S. House of Representatives.
Erica Jong 1942 – Author.
Bob Woodward 1943 – Journalist.
Diana Ross 1944 – Singer.
Johnny Crawford 1946 – Actor.
Steven Tyler 1948 – Aerosmith.
Vicki Lawrence 1949 – Singer, actress.
Martin Short 1950 – Actor.
Teddy Pendergrass 1950 – Singer.
Curtis Sliwa 1954 – Guardian Angels.
Leeza Gibbons 1957 – TV personality.
Marcus Allen 1960 – Football player.
Jennifer Grey 1960 – Actress.
Gabriele “Nena” Kerner 1960 – Singer.
John Stockton 1962 – Basketball player.
Michael Imperioli 1966 – Actor.
Amy Smart 1976 – Actress.
And finally, Keira Knightley 1985 – Actress.

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