Life Day 24002: “Let Me Pencil That In”

March 30, 2013 at 12:10 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning eraser-heads. Today is Saturday, March 30, 2013. The first holiday today is Pencil Day. On this date in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the first-ever patent for a modern pencil with an eraser attached to it. Hymen Lipman created the wooden pencil and received high praise for how easy it was to use for writing and drawing. Did you know that a single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long? A pencil can also write upside down, or in zero gravity. Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor. People quickly began assuming that yellow pencils were the best type. With all of the technological advances in ink, and the onset of the computer age, I am sad to report that I no longer own one of these remarkable devices. Perhaps I will rectify this oversight today, if only for the sake of nostalgia.
The next holiday is National Doctor’s Day. National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to doctors everywhere. Doctors’ Day observances date back to March 30, 1933. It was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. The day marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. On March 30, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctors Day. The resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day was signed by President George Bush. Doctors perform a vital service to all of us, albeit with a notable lack of the altruism exhibited by the doctors of yore. Still, take time out today, or on your next scheduled appointment, to thank your physician for what he/she does for you and your family.
The third holiday today is I am in Control Day. This holiday does not refer to some new-age mantra. Instead, it refers to the day, March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt. Lots of confusion prevailed. In the White House, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig was taken out of context when he said “I am in control here”. Instead of focusing upon the entire statement, certain people and the press, deliberately in my opinion, focused upon these few words and tried to make it sound as if he were trying to usurp control of the Government. In a propaganda coup for the left, he was eventually forced to resign as a result.
Another holiday today is The Grass Is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day. It celebrates those of us who are satisfied with our lives, and not fooled by those, so called, “greener pastures”. It is a day to be satisfied with what you have.
The fifth holiday today is Take A Walk In the Park Day. Walking is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise. Take time today to stroll through your favorite park and commune with nature, breathe in the fresh spring air, and clear your head. The exercise probably wouldn’t kill you either.
The final holiday today Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature and held the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. At 8:30 PM tonight (your local time) you are supposed to turn off all of your lights (and I presume all other electronic devices). Yeah, right.  When the Global Warming advocates stop using private jets to fly from event to event, and sell their energy inefficient mansions, I may may begin to take Global warming more seriously. Until then, it isn’t going happen in my house.

The food-related holiday today is Turkey Neck Soup Day. The thought of Turkey Neck Soup might cause a few people to raise their eyebrows. Sure, this stock is made by slow simmering the tough, flavorful meat on actual turkey necks. But once it’s strained of bones and cooked with vegetables and rice, your family will regard it simply as a delicious dinner of turkey soup. If you still have a turkey neck in your refrigerator left over from Thanksgiving or Christmas, you should probably discard it immediately. Now, proceed to your local Butcher Shop, purchase a ‘fresh’ turkey neck, then make your Turkey Neck Soup. Enjoy.

On this date in 1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
In 1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
In 1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
In 1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
In 1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
In 1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
In 1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
In 1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
In 1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
In 1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
In 1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
In 1946 – The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
In 1950 – The invention of the photo-transistor was announced.
In 1950 – President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
In 1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
In 1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
In 1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
And, in 1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:
Anna Sewell 1820 – Author.
Vincent Van Gogh 1853 – Artist.
Ted Heath 1900 – Band leader.
Frankie Laine 1913 – Singer.
Peter Marshall 1926 – Game show host.
Richard Dysart 1929 – Actor.
John Astin 1930 – Actor.
Warren Beatty 1937 – Actor.
Astrud Gilberto 1940 – Singer.
Graeme Edge 1941 – Musician.
Eric Clapton 1945 – Musician.
Robbie Coltrane 1950 – Actor.
Dave Ball 1950 – Musician.
Randy VanWarmer 1955 – Singer, songwriter.
Paul Reiser 1957 – Actor.
M.C. Hammer 1962 – Rapper.
Tracy Chapman 1964 – Singer.
Celine Dion 1968 – Singer.
And finally, Norah Jones 1979 – Musician.

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