Life Day 24003: Happy Easter

March 31, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bunnies. Today is Sunday, March 31, 2013. Unless you are just emerging from a hidden cave deep in the Himalayas, you know that the first holiday today is Easter. The date for Easter varies from year to year. Basically, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal (spring) Equinox. To Christians, Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. It is the most significant of the religious holidays. The birth date of Jesus (Christmas) is important, but Easter represents the hope for eternal life. To children, Easter is all about the Easter Bunny and all of the baskets, candy, and festively dyed eggs that he/she (the gender of the Easter Bunny is ambiguous) left strewn in their yards. To chocoholics like me, it represents an excuse to over-indulge in my favorite confection.

The next holiday is Bunsen Burner Day. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on this date 1811. And, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner. For all of you non-chemists, a Bunsen Burner is a device used to create flame using gas and air used in Laboratories everywhere to conduct experiments requiring a controlled heat source. If it has been a while since your high school chemistry class, spend a few minutes today to reflect upon the value of this important scientific tool.

The third holiday today is National Crayola Crayon Day. Crayola Crayon Day, celebrates the day Crayola Crayons were first released to the public, on this date, in 1903. Remember how awesome it was to get a full box of 64; the one with the sharpener in it? I was never really, by any sense of the imagination, artistic. In fact, it takes me three tries to draw a “happy face”. But, nonetheless, I still enjoyed coloring the pre-drawn pictures in coloring books. I hope to soon be able to stay within the lines, and make appropriate color choices for what the picture is supposed to represent.

The fourth holiday is National “She’s Funny That Way” Day. National “She’s Funny That Way” Day pays tribute to the women that make us laugh. Show appreciation for the humorous side of women, the things they do and say. What quirky, eccentric things do the women in your life make you laugh? Today, make a list of the five top things they do that make you laugh.

The last holiday today is World Backup Day. World Backup Day serves as a reminder to back up all of your important documents, pictures, and music files to a secondary hard-drive, and store it in a location other than your home. If you are like most computer users today, you pay little attention to backing up your files. I speak from personal experience when I recommend that you heed this advice. I lost all of my pictures and music files about 8 years ago because of a hard-drive crash.

The first food-related holiday today is Tater Day. Man, I loves me some taters. Hash browns, fried, boiled, baked, french fries, potato salad, even home-made potato chips (stop me any time). Enjoy some taters yourself today. You choose how healthy, or unhealthy, to make them.
The other food-related holiday today is Oranges and Lemons Day. Oranges and lemons are the two most popular citrus fruits. Hey, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you oranges, make fresh squeezed orange juice.

On this date in 1999 – Fabio was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, VA. Fabio received a one-inch cut across his nose.
In 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity.
In 1776 – Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights.
In 1870 – In Perth Amboy, NJ, Thomas P. Munday became the first black to vote in the U.S.
In 1880 – Wabash, IN, became the first town to be completely illuminated with electric light.
In 1889 – In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.
In 1900 – The W.E. Roach Company was the first automobile company to put an advertisement in a national magazine. The magazine was the “Saturday Evening Post”.
In 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
In 1917 – The U.S. purchased and took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
In 1918 – For the first time in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time went into effect.
In 1923 – In New York City, the first U.S. dance marathon was held. Alma Cummings set a new world record of 27 hours.
In 1932 – The Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine.
In 1933 – The “Soperton News” in Georgia became the first newspaper to publish using a pine pulp paper.
In 1940 – La Guardia airport in New York officially opened to the public.
In 1949 – Newfoundland entered the Canadian confederation as its 10th province.
In 1958 – The U.S. Navy formed the atomic submarine division.
In 1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10, which became the first spacecraft to enter a lunar orbit.
In 1976 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from a respirator. Quinlan remained comatose until 1985 when she died.
In 1980 – U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry.
In 1993 – Brandon Lee was killed accidentally while filming a movie.
In 1998 – Buddy Hackett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2004 – Air America Radio launched five stations around the U.S.
And, also in 2004 – Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Rene Descartes 1596 – Philosopher.
John Harrison 1693 – Clock-maker.
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen 1811 – Chemist.
Jack Johnson 1878 – Boxer.
Henry Morgan 1915 – Comedian.
Richard Kiley 1922 – Actor.
Cesar Chavez 1927 – Labor leader.
William Daniels 1927 – Actor.
Gordie  Howe 1928 – Hockey player.
Lefty Frizzell 1928 – Country musician.
Liz Claiborne 1929 – Fashion designer.
Shirley Jones 1934 – Singer, actress.
Richard Chamberlain 1934 – Actor.
Herb Alpert 1935 – Musician.
Christopher Walken 1943 – Actor.
Gabe Kaplan 1945 – Actor, comedian.
Al Gore 1948 – Former Vice President.
Rhea Perlman 1948 – Actress, comedian.
Ed Marinaro 1950 – Football player.
Marc McClure 1957 – Actor.
William McNamara 1965 – Actor.
And finally, Ewen McGregor 1971 – Actor.

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