Life Day 24004: Aliens Invade Earth! Take Over the United States Government.

April 1, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning pranksters. Today is Monday, April 1, 2013. The first holiday today is April Fools Day (aka: All Fools Day). April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, it is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. It is important to note that these tricks should not be dangerous or mean-spirited. It is a day for harmless fun and frivolity, not a day to hurt others, or their feelings. So, give your pranks some thought beforehand. With that said, rest assured that the following holidays are genuine, despite the seemingly frivolous nature of some.

The next holiday is International Tatting Day. National Tatting Day does not involve flesh nor ink as you might suspect, but does involve needles of a sort. Tatting is similar to crochet, but more intricate. It involves the use of a needle and ‘shuttle’ to create lace for garments, doilies, and other durable goods. Today is a day for “tatting” hobbyists to show off their handiwork and give lessons. If you can find an event in your area, I urge you to attend.

The third holiday today is Boomer Bonus Day. Boomer Bonus Day is just another way of saying “senior citizen discount”. I looked forward with great relish to the day that I ‘came of age’ and could take advantage of senior discounts. However, some of my generation still stubbornly cling to their youth, even with the obvious signs of aging. Today is the day for all of you Baby Boomers to finally accept the fact that you qualify for the senior discount and begin taking advantage of it.

Another holiday today is Dyngus Day. Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus Day, is a Polish Holiday. It is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities in America. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter. The roots of Dyngus Day, seem to point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. Guys, on this day you get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching with water is your goal. Chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. The more bold and gallant boys, may choose to use cologne. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.  Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls evolved. Don’t worry ladies, you get your revenge on tomorrow, when tradition has it that you throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. It has become increasingly popular for the ladies to get their revenge on Monday, tossing water back at the boys. This holiday reminds me of the entirety of my marriage.

The fifth holiday today is Poetry & The Creative Mind Day. It takes a creative mind to write poetry, and this holiday celebrates poetry in all it’s forms. There are many forms of poetry. There is haiku, limerick, ode, tanka, epic, pastoral, couplet, narrative, quatrain, sonnet, ballad, elegy, iambic pentameter, lyric, free verse and more. Which is your favorite type? I am partial to limerick, and haiku.

The last holiday today is US Air force Academy Day. The United States Air Force Academy was established April 1, 1954, the culmination of an idea that had been years in the making. Airpower leaders, long before the Air Force was a separate service, had argued that they needed a school, dedicated to war in the air, at which to train the country’s future Airmen. After September 1947, when the Air Force was established as a separate service, this idea finally had the legitimacy of the new service behind it. Early in 1948, the Stearns-Eisenhower Board was established to study the existing military academies, and to study the options for an Air Force Academy. The board concluded that, in fact, there was a need for a separate academy. After that, another board was established to determine the location for the new academy. After touring hundreds of potential sites all over the country, the board recommended Colorado Springs, CO. In 1955, the same year as construction began on the academy in Colorado Springs, the first class of 306 men was sworn in at the temporary location of Lowry AFB, in Denver, CO. And so it began.

The food-related holiday today is National Sourdough Bread Day. Sourdough is a method of baking using lactic-acid-producing bacteria (lactobacillus) that produce a characteristic sour taste and aroma. The sour taste comes from from the lactobacillus, which lives in symbiosis with the yeast, feeding on the byproducts of the yeast fermentation. Until science uncovered the leavening process in the 19th century, all yeast-leavened breads were sourdough. Sourdough starter from a prior batch is used to create the new batch. Sourdough starters are different from other starters; while regular starters can live for several years, sourdough starters can live for generations. Be sure to include some sourdough bread in at least one of your meals today.

On this date in 2001 – China began holding 24 crew members of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E U.S. Navy crew had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead. The U.S. crew was released on April 11, 2001.
In 1748 – The ruins of Pompeii were found.
In 1778 – Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, created the “$” symbol.
In 1789 – The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City. Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House Speaker.
In 1826 – Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine.
In 1853 – Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary.
In 1863 – The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the U.S.
In 1864 – The first travel accident policy was issued to James Batterson by the Travelers Insurance Company.
In 1873 – The British White Star steamship Atlantic sank off Nova Scotia killing 547.
In 1889 – The first dish-washing machine was marketed (in Chicago).
In 1891 – The London-Paris telephone connection opened.
In 1905 – Paris and Berlin were linked by telephone.
In 1918 – England’s Royal Flying Corps was replaced by the Royal Air Force.
In 1924 – Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for high treason in relation to the “Beer Hall Putsch.”
In 1927 – The first automatic record changer was introduced by His Master’s Voice (RCA).
In 1929 – Louie Marx introduced the Yo-Yo.
In 1934 – Bonnie & Clyde killed 2 police officers.
In 1935 – The first radio tube to be made of metal was announced.
In 1938 – The first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were introduced.
In 1938 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
In 1941 – The first contract for advertising on a commercial FM radio station began on W71NY in New York City.
In 1945 – U.S. forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. It was the last campaign of World War II.
In 1946 – Weight Watchers was formed.
In 1948 – The Berlin Airlift began.
In 1952 – The Big Bang theory was proposed in “Physical Review” by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow.
In 1953 – Congress created the Department of Health Education and Welfare.
In 1960 – The U.S. launched TIROS-1. It was the first weather satellite.
In 1963 – Workers of the International Typographical Union ended their strike that had closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike ended 114 days after it began on December 8, 1962.
In 1970 – President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, that banned cigarette advertisements.
In 1976 – Apple Computer began operations.
In 1982 – The U.S. transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.
In 1985 – World oil prices dropped below $10 a barrel.
In 1987 – Steve Newman became the first man to walk around the world. The walk was 22,000 miles and took 4 years.
In 1987 – President Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, “We’ve declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1.”
In 1991 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that jurors could not be barred from serving due to their race.
In 1991 – The Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved.
In 1992 – Players began the first strike in the 75-year history of the National Hockey League (NHL).
In 1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton threw out the first ball preceding a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1997 – David Carradine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1998 – A federal judge dismissed the Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against U.S. President Clinton saying that the claims fell “far short” of being worthy of a trial.
In 2004 – U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. The bill made it a crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman.
And, in 2010 – The U.S. Congress cut Medicare reimbursements to physicians by 21%.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished denizens:
William Harvey England 1578 – Physician.
Otto Von Bismarck 1815 – German statesman.
Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873 – Composer, musician.
Lon Chaney 1883 – Actor.
Wallace Beery 1885 – Actor.
Abraham Maslow 1908 – Psychologist.
Art Lund 1920 – Singer.
Toshiro Mifune 1920 – Actor.
William Manchester 1922 – Writer.
Anne McCaffrey 1926 – Author.
George Grizzard 1928 – Actor.
Jane Powell 1929 – Actress.
Grace Lee Whitney 1930 – Actress, singer.
Gordon Jump 1932 – Actor.
Debbie Reynolds 1932 – Singer, actress.
Jim Ed Brown 1934 – Singer.
Ali MacGraw 1939 – Actress.
Phil Niekro 1939 – Baseball pitcher.
Carol White 1944 – Actress.
Heather Young 1945 – Actress.
Samuel Alito 1950 – Supreme Court justice.
Annette O’Toole 1953 – Actress.
Libby Riddles 1956 – First woman to win the Iditarod.
Maradalena Maleeva 1975 – Tennis player.
Bijou Phillips 1980 – Singer.
Sam Huntington 1982 – Actor.
Hillary Scott 1984 – Lady Antebellum.
And finally, Josh Zuckerman 1985 – Actor.

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