Life Day 24033: “Eh, What’s Up Doc”

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

Good morning Lagomorph cartoon character fans. Today is Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The first holiday today is Bugs Bunny Day. On this date in 1938, that “wascally wabbit” made his first appearance, in the cartoon “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. His character was an instant success, but audiences had to wait until July 27, 1940 before a cartoon featuring him as the main character was made. The cartoon was titled, “A Wild Hare”. Happy 75th Bugs.

The next holiday today is Hairstyle Appreciation Day. If you regularly read this BLOG, you know that last Thursday was Hairstylist Appreciation Day. This holiday is entirely different. Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates your own individual hairstyle. Each individual develops their own unique hairstyle that reflects their personality; although many of these are mere attempts at copying a ‘current trend’. Among the most famous hairstyles were the “beehive” and “pixie cut” for women, and the “crew cut” for men in the 1950′s. In the 1960’s, long straight hair for both men and women was in vogue. In the 1980’s, the “mullet” became popular. The “Mr. Clean” look came into vogue for men in the mid 1990′s. Thanks to genetics, I was a pioneer of the “Mr. Clean” hairstyle decades before it caught on in the general populus. No matter the hairstyle you chose, today is the day to appreciate it. If you are unhappy with your hairstyle choice, today is the day to change it. But remember this: God only made a few perfect heads; the rest he covered with hair in a feeble attempt disguise his mistakes.

The third holiday today is National Honesty Day. April is a month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day. It is only fitting that it ends with an appeal for honesty. In my humble opinion, “Honesty is the best policy” is not some trite adage to be spewed out at your convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, everyday, the world would be a better place. Now, if we could only convince our Politicians of  that fact.

The rest of today’s holidays are too nauseating for me to cover in any great detail. A link for each one will nonetheless be provided.
World Healing Day.
Spank Out Day.
International Jazz Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Oats were likely first eaten by the Scottish people. Other countries such as Rome and England looked down on the Scots for eating a food used as animal feed. It turns out that the Scots were right; oats are a healthy and nutritious food. Oatmeal cookies derived from the Bannocks that were eaten by the ancient people of Scotland during the 5th century. During the middle ages the Scots added spices, raisins and nuts to the Bannocks that came to be known as oatcakes. The Quaker Oats company popularized Oatcakes in the early 1900’s in the US by printing the recipe on their Oat packages. The recipe was reformulated twice more by Quaker Oats in the 1900’s to bring us the Oatmeal cookies we love today.

The other food-related holiday today is National Raisin Day. Although raisins are a delicious, sweet, and healthy snack, the word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language and does not do justice to the food it represents. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new ager” that I am, I prefer to use the term sun-dried grape. Whichever term you prefer, enjoy some today; perhaps as an ingredient in your oatmeal cookie recipe.

On this date in 1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. The man called himself a fan of second- ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence.
In 0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
In 1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
In 1803 – The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
In 1812 – Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
In 1864 – Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks’ troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
In 1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
In 1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
In 1900 – Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train “Cannonball Express.”
In 1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the “General Pershing Zephyr.”
In 1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
In 1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.
In 1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
In 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
In 1947 – The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.
In 1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
In 1970 – U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by U.S. President Nixon led to widespread protests.
In 1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
In 1991 – An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh
In 1997 – ABC aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen.” The title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
And, in 1998 – In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on ValuJet that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals.
Cornelius Vanderbilt 1898 – Publisher.
Al Lewis 1910 – Actor.
Eve Arden 1912 – Actress.
Robert Shaw 1916 – Conductor.
Johnny Horton 1925 – Singer.
Cloris Leachman 1926 – Actress.
Willie Nelson 1933 – Musician.
Burt Young 1940 – Actor.
Bobby Vee 1943 – Singer.
Jill Clayburgh 1944 – Actress.
Perry King 1948 – Actor.
Paul Gross 1959 – Actor.
Isiah Thomas 1961 – Basketball player.
Adrian Pasdar 1965 – Actor.
Johnny Galecki 1975 – Actor.
Kirsten Dunst 1982 – Actress.
And finally, Dianna Agron 1986 – Actress.

Life Day 24032: “It’s A Zippity Do Dah Day”

April 29, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning slide-fastener enthusiasts. Today is Monday, April 29, 2013. The first holiday today is Zipper Day. On this date in 1913, Gideon Sundbeck received a patent for what is now known as the zipper. However, this was not the first patent issued for an “automatic continuous clothing closure”. That distinction goes to Elias Howe who patented a cruder form of the device in 1851. Elias Howe also invented the sewing machine around the same time, so his “zipper” was left by the wayside so he could concentrate on that. In the 1920′s, the B.F. Goodrich company had a “new” product (rubber boots, or galoshes) that they wanted to bring to market that utilized Mr. Sundbeck’s invention. They coined the term “zipper”, and the rest is history.
Fun Fact: Did you ever notice the letters YKK on your zipper and wonder what it meant? Well, YKK stands for Yashida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha; a manufacturing company based in Tokyo, Japan. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers.

The next holiday is “Peace” Rose Day. Judging from the name, you would think that “Peace” Rose Day is another one of those esoteric UN holidays that I despise so much. But thankfully, it is not.  “Peace” Rose Day is about celebrating a specific variety of rose. The official name of the Peace Rose is Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’.  Peace Rose had its start back in the 1930’s. ‘Peace’ was one of many roses pollinated in June of 1935 by the commercial rose growing Meilland family whose nursery was located near Lyon France. In the summer of 1936 eyes from new seedlings were grafted onto root-stock, and buds opened in October. The rose that was to become known as Peace was then one of many and was identified only by a number, 3-35-40. Over the next four years Francis Meilland, the third generation of the Meilland growers, together with his father Antoine ‘Papa’ Meilland, recognized the rose ‘3-35-40’ as the most promising of the new roses. In June 1939 there was an international conference of rose growers in Lyon France and 3-35-40 attracted widespread interest and praise by rose growers of many countries. Unfortunately, shortly after, WWII started and France  was taken over by the Germans. To make a long story short, a piece of bud-wood from the 3-35-40 made it to America. The rest of the story of how this variety of rose ended up with the name Peace Rose is too long for this BLOG. To read the entire saga, click here.

The third holiday today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is  an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography; held each year on the last Sunday in April. Pinhole photography allows you to make a photograph that requires only a light-tight container (box, can, etc) with a tiny hole in one side (as a camera) and any photo-sensitive surface in it. You can adapt an existing camera, or make the camera yourself. Pinhole photography dates back to the origins of photography. The first cameras were all basically pinhole cameras. You can try to play around with pinhole photography today if you want, but personally, I’ll stick with my digital cameras. The technology in modern cameras is amazing.  Film cameras will soon be a footnote in history; much like the horse and buggy.

The final holiday today is Greenery Day. Greenery Day Greenery was created in 1989. It celebrates the birthday of Japanese Emperor Hirohito in 1901. In Japanese culture, Greenery day is a time to commune with nature and to be thankful and appreciative of it’s abundance. To celebrate Greenery Day, take a nature walk, or do a project to improve or preserve nature; whether in your own backyard or for your community.

The food-related holiday today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Scampi is a culinary name for a kind of small lobster, also known as Norway lobster, Dublin Bay prawn, langoustine or, to avoid ambiguity, “true scampi”. The name is often used loosely to describe a style of preparation typical for this lobster. In the USA, “scampi” is often the menu name for shrimp in Italian-American cuisine. The term “scampi”, by itself, is also the name of a dish of shrimp served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served either with bread, or over pasta or rice, although sometimes just the shrimp alone. Most variants of the “shrimp scampi” come on pasta. The word “scampi” is often construed as that style of preparation rather than an ingredient, with that preparation being called “shrimp scampi”. Since we are in the good ole USA, I have to assume that Shrimp Scampi Day refers to the American version of scampi. Anyway, Shrimp scampi is easy to make, so enjoy some for dinner tonight.
Confession: I couldn’t wait for today. Although, as many of you know, I dislike seafood as a general rule, I do enjoy the occasional crustacean. Shrimp Scampi is no exception to this rule. I had Shrimp Scampi Saturday night with my Prime Rib.

On this date in 1952 – IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders that IBM was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. This monstrosity filled an entire room. These days, your smart phone has more computing power.
In 1813 – Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
In  1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus was published.
In 1861 – The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union.
In 1862 – New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
In 1879 – In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.
In 1927 – Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.
In 1941 – The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.
In 1945 – In a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married. Hitler designated Admiral Karl Doenitz his successor.
In 1945 – The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
In 1961 – ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” premiered.
1974 – U.S. President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
In 1975 – The U.S. embassy in Vietnam was evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fought their way into Saigon.
In 1981 – Steve Carlton, of the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.
In 1984 – In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests.
In 1985 – Billy Martin was brought back, for the fourth time, to the position of manager for the New York Yankees.
In 1986 – Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.
In 1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.
In 1990 – The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
In 1992 – Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3 days.
In 1997 – Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged.
In 1997 – Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
And, in 2003 – Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of note.
William Randolph Hearst 1863 – Newspaper magnate.
Duke Ellington 1899 – Big Band leader.
Tom Ewell 1909 – Actor.
Celeste Holm 1919 – Actress.
April Stevens 1929 – Singer.
Rod McKuen 1933 – Poet.
Lane Smith 1936 – Actor.
Zubin Mehta 1936 – Conductor.
Richard Kline 1944 – Actor.
Tammi Terrell 1945 – Singer.
Tommy James 1947 – Musician.
Kate Mulgrew 1955 – Actress.
Jerry Seinfeld 1955 – Comedian.
Daniel Day-Lewis 1957 – Actor.
Michelle Pfeiffer 1958 – Actress.
Eve Plumb 1958 – Actress.
Carnie Wilson 1968 – Singer.
Uma Thurman 1970 – Actress.
And finally, Andre Agassi 1970 – Tennis player.

Life Day 24031: Tick Tock, Tick Tock

April 28, 2013 at 12:33 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning clock watchers. Today is Sunday, April 28, 2013. The first holiday today is Biological Clock Day. Biological Clock Day does not only pertain to women. In fact, both men and women and the young and old are subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have. All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm, which helps their bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the Earth rotates. Have you ever stayed awake for an all-nighter and felt “off” for many days afterwards or flown from one time zone to another and felt the affects of jet lag? The impact is due to a disruption to our internal clock. Circadian rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins. These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and metabolism. These clock genes normally keep us awake during the day and asleep at night.  But when a clock gene mutates, it can disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Sunlight, air travel and even the seasons can disrupt our Circadian Rhythms and the quality and quantity of sleep that we get.

The next holiday is National Pet Parent’s Day. National Pet Parent’s Day is always celebrated on the last Sunday in April. As many of you know, I had to have Walter, my last remaining canine companion, euthanized at the beginning of this month. If, like me, you consider your pets part of the family, then today is the day to celebrate that fact. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the poop you’ve scooped, cat litter you’ve sifted, the kibble you’ve dished out, and for sharing your cramped bed with your beloved companion(s). Good luck getting your pet to  take you to dinner or send you flowers though. Just knowing that they love you unconditionally and worship the ground upon which you walk should be reward enough. Spend a little extra quality time with your pet today; and every other day for that matter. Your time with them is limited, so spend as much time with them as possible; not only for your sake, but for theirs as well.

The third holiday today is International Astronomy Day. International Astronomy Day was created in 1973. It was started by Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His reason in creating this day, is to promote a greater education and understanding of the wonders of the universe, and to promote astronomy to the general public. Many astronomy clubs and groups use this day to help teach the people about the stars, and other celestial bodies in the universe. If you can find an event in your area, I urge you to attend. Who knows, they might let you look through a real telescope.

Another holiday today is Cubicle Day. Whether you love them or hate them Cubicle Day is a day to celebrate those ubiquitous, impersonal, cramped, corporate caves know as “cubicles.” The best way to celebrate Cubicle Day is to brighten up your cubicle by decorating, or redecorating it.

The remainder of today’s holidays are either too frivolous or too insipid to warrant a paragraph. A link to each one will naturally be provided.
Mother, Father Deaf Day.
Workers Memorial Day.
Lag B’omer.
Great Poetry Reading Day.
Kiss Your Mate Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Blueberry Pie Day. Americans have been filling their pies with delicious, fresh-picked berries since the colonial era. Today, blueberry pie is one of the most popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry season begins in May and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Fourth of July celebrations. Maine produces more blueberries than any other state. In fact, 25% of all low bush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine. That makes Maine the largest producer of blueberries in the world. If you can’t convince your pet to take you out for National Pet Parent’s Day, why not enjoy some blueberry pie at home. Just be sure to save the last bite for your beloved companion; or at least let them lick the plate.

On this date in 1947 – Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
In 1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed from office.
In 1686 – The first volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia Mathamatic” was published.
In 1788 – Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
In 1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.
In 1818 – President James Monroe proclaimed naval disarmament on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
In 1896 – The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan.
In 1910 – First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
In 1914 – W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
In 1916 – The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.
In 1919 – The League of Nations was founded.
In 1930 – The first organized night baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
In 1932 – The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
In 1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.
In 1946 – The Allies indicted Tojo with 55 counts of war crimes.
In 1952 – The U.S. occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty with the U.S. and 47 other countries went into effect.
In 1967 – Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.
In 1974 – The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
In 1988 – In Maui, HI, one flight attendant was killed when the fuselage of a Boeing 737 ripped open in mid-flight.
In 1994 – Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had given U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In 1996 – U.S. President Clinton gave a 4 1/2 hour videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
In 1999 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected (on a tie vote of 213-213) a measure expressing support for NATO’s five-week-old air campaign in Yugoslavia. The House also voted to limit the president’s authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia.
And, in 2001 – A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people.
James Monroe 1758 – 5th U.S. President.
Mifflin Gibbs 1828 – Lawyer.
Sidney Toler 1874 – Actor.
Lionel Barrymore 1878 – Actor.
Harper Lee 1926 – Author.
Carolyn Jones 1933 – Actress.
Madge Sinclair 1938 – Actress.
Ann-Margret 1941 – Singer, actress.
Marcia Strassman 1948 – Actress.
Bruno Kirby 1949 – Actor.
Paul Guilfoyle 1949 – Actor.
Jay Leno 1950 – Comedian.
Mary McDonnell 1953 – Actress.
Chris Young 1971 – Actor.
Simba Khali 1971 – Actress.
Elisabeth Rohm 1973 – Actress.
Penelope Cruz 1974 – Actress.
And finally, Jessica Alba 1981 – Actress.

Life Day 24030: …. . .-.. .-.. —

April 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Get out your secret decoder rings. Today is Saturday, April 27, 2013. The first holiday today is  Morse Code Day. Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph and creator of Morse Code, was born on this day in 1791. Although there was much controversy at the time over who actually invented the telegraph, it is generally accepted as fact today the he had the most practical and cost effective system. He also had a lot of “help” in creating the Morse Code.

The next holiday is Babe Ruth Day.  On this day in 1947, the legendary George Herman (Babe) Ruth was honored in Yankee Stadium (“the house that Ruth built”). Despite suffering from throat cancer, the “Sultan of Swat” gave an emotional speech before a capacity crowd of 58,339 where he expressed his gratitude to his fans. “The Bambino” succumbed to his illness on August 16, 1948.

The third holiday today is National Go Birding Day. National Go Birding Day celebrates birding as a national pastime. It is held annually on the last Saturday in April. To participate, you are encouraged to put up bird feeders and bird houses. Try to learn about your local bird species and watch them in action in the comfort of your own backyard. Alternatively, go to a local park, armed with your new-found knowledge of local species, and see how many you can identify.

Another holiday today is World Veterinary Day. World Veterinary Day began in 2000, to celebrate the veterinary profession. It has been held annually on the last Saturday in April since then. The objective is to bring into focus the important role the Veterinary Profession plays in our daily life, and in maintaining the health of our beloved pets. Make a special trip to your veterinarian clinic today just to say “thank you”.

The fifth holiday today is Tell a Story Day. Tell a Story Day is pretty much self-explanatory; tell a story today. (Duh). It doesn’t matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folk lore. Your  stories can be from a book other written material, from memory, or just make up one of your own. To make your story more enjoyable, try setting the atmosphere. If it’s an eerie or spooky story, turn down the lights. Bring decorations and memorabilia that speak to the theme of your story. If your story is about a person, display a picture of that individual.

Yet another holiday today is Matanzas Mule Day. On this date in 1898, in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, US naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas. It was widely reported that the only casualty of the bombardment was one mule. The “Matanzas Mule” became instantly famous and remains a footnote in the history of the Spanish-American War.

The final holiday today is Save The Frogs Day.  Save the Frogs Day is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, which are increasingly endangered by climate change, habitat loss, and disease. I know, you’re probably saying to yourself “Why should I care about the plight of frogs? Don’t they cause warts?” The answer to the last question is no. The answer to the first question is, although they aren’t ‘cuddly’, they are cute in their own unique way, and, I’m told, their legs taste like chicken. If that isn’t reason enough, frogs eat mosquitoes, they provide us with medical advances, they are food for fish, birds, and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Take some time today to learn about frogs, preferably with your children or grandchildren. Visit a local pond or wetland and see if you can find some frogs and/or tadpoles. Hint, they like stagnant water.

The food-related holiday today is National Prime Rib Day. Beef Prime Rib Roast is considered one of the most elegant cuts of beef.  It must be USDA Prime, not USDA Choice. Only about 3% of the beef in America is graded USDA prime. Because of the scarcity, it is generally carried only by the finest butchers and restaurants. Often, rib roasts masquerade as prime rib in supermarkets, which typically carry USDA Choice (and lower grades of beef). There’s only one way to celebrate Prime Rib Day folks; with a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib, cooked perfectly to your liking. Don’t forget the au jus and/or horseradish. I’ll have mine medium-well, with a huge, fully loaded baked potato please.

On this date in 1987 – The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the U.S. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
In 1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
In 1565 – The first Spanish settlement in Philippines was established in Cebu City.
In 1861 – President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
In 1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
In 1880 – Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
In 1897 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated.
In 1938 – Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
In 1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.
In 1946 – The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
In 1953 – The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
In 1965 – “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.
In 1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Reagan and three others.
In 1983 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out his 3,509th batter of his career.
In 1989 – Student protesters took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
2005 – The A380, the world’s largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.
And, in 2006 – In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notables.
Ulysses S. Grant 1822 – 18th U.S. President.
Rogers Hornsby 1896 – Baseball player.
Walter Lantz 1900 – Animator.
Enos Slaughter 1916 – Baseball player.
Jack Klugman 1922 – Actor.
Casey Kasem 1932 – DJ.
Anouk Aimee 1934 – Actress.
Sandy Dennis 1937 – Actress.
Judy Carne 1939 – Actress, comedienne.
Cuba Gooding Sr. 1944 – Singer.
Ann Peebles 1947 – Singer.
Douglas Sheehan 1949 – Actor.
Sheena Easton 1959 – Singer.
James Le Gros 1962 – Actor.
And finally, Mica Paris 1969 – Singer.

Life Day 24029: This Day Is For the Birds

April 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bird brains. Today is Friday, April 26, 2013. The first holiday today is Audubon Day. On this day in 1785, John James Audubon, America’s foremost ornithological illustrator was born. His book, Birds in America contains contains 435 hand-colored plates. It was published in “elephant folio” format to accommodate the life-sized portrayals of birds upon which he insisted. It wasn’t until after his death in 1851, that a former student of his wife, George Bird Grinnell, started the Audubon Society.

The next holiday is Richter Scale Day. On this date in 1900, Charles Richter was born. He created the Richter Scale in 1935. The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy an earthquake releases by measuring the magnitude or seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. On the scale, each increase in number represents an earthquake 10 times more powerful. At 4.5 an earthquake can damage buildings and structures. At 7 on the Richter scale, severe and catastrophic damage can occur. Factoid: There are over 9,000 earthquakes every day. Most are unnoticeable, and thanks to Mr. Richter, today we can at least detect them.

The third holiday today is National Kids and Pets Day. National Kids and Pets Day celebrates that special bond between children and their pets. Children that grow up with pets learn responsibility and compassion, and having pets helps them develop social skills. This holiday also encourages parents who feel their family is ready for a pet to adopt fram a shelter rather than buy from a pet store or breeder. Adopt rather than shop.

The next holiday today is for all of you tree-huggers out there. It is Arbor Day. It is always celebrated on the last Friday in April. It was created and organized in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. An estimated one million trees were planted that day. Quite a feat considering the logistics involved in coordinating such an effort without the aid of electronic media. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated in many different countries, although the dates may vary depending upon climate and optimal planting season. If your community is holding an Arbor Day event today, I urge you to attend. Also, why not visit your local nursery, buy a tree, and plant it in your yard. Surely, you have room for one more.

The fifth holiday today is one for cat lovers. It is National Hairball Awareness Day. Hairballs form naturally during a cat’s normal grooming routine. Most of the fur that a cat swallows while grooming passes naturally through the digestive tract, but when it gets caught in the stomach, a hairball forms. While long-haired cats are most prone to developing hairballs, especially in the spring and summer when warming temperatures equate to more shedding, short-haired cats are not immune. Spitting up a hairball is painful for your cat. One of the best was to help your cat is by regular brushing. This removes a lot of the loose hair that they ingest while grooming themselves. There are also a number of hairball-control pet foods and treats on the market. If your cat has a persistent problem with hairballs, you can try a hairball lubricant like Laxatone that helps the cat pass the problem more easily.

The last holiday today is almost too frivolous to mention. It is Hug an Australian Day. I am not even going to waste my time expounding upon it. This link will provide you with all of the information you need.

The food-related holiday today is National Pretzel Day. How do you like your pretzels? Twisted or straight, soft or crispy, thick or thin, salted or unsalted. No matter. All that matters is that you have some of your favorite variety today.
Factoid: Pretzels date back to 610 AD in France. Monks baked strips of dough, twisted into the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer. Add a little salt, and Viola, the pretzel industry was born.

On this date in 1986 – The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.
In 1514 – Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.
In 1607 – The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1819 – The first Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S. was established in Baltimore, MD.
In 1865 – John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
In 1906 – In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.
In 1921 – Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.
In 1929 – First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
In 1931 – New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner.
In 1937 – “LIFE” magazine was printed without the word “LIFE” on the cover.
In 1941 – An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.
In 1954 – Grace Kelly was on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
And, in 1968 – Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries.
Rudolf Hess 1895 – NAZI scum.
Bambi Linn 1926 – Dancer.
Carol Burnett 1933 – Actress, comedienne.
Duane Eddy 1938 – Musician.
Maurice Williams 1938 – Musician.
Claudine Clark 1941 – Musician.
Claudine Auger 1941 – Actress.
Bobby Rydell 1942 – Singer.
Gary Wright 1943 – Musician.
Donna De Varona 1947 – Swimmer.
Joan Chen 1961 – Actress.
Jet Li 1963 – Actor.
Kevin James 1965 – Actor.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste 1967 – Actress.
Jordan Brewster 1980 – Actress.
Marnette Patterson 1980 – Actress.
And finally, Jessica Lynch 1983 – Iraq war POW.

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