Life Day 24006: Make Party, Not War

April 3, 2013 at 12:45 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning party animals. Today is Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The first holiday today is World Party Day. Before you start decorating, blowing up balloons, and making snack trays, I should inform you that World Party Day is a grassroots effort started in 1996 to promote the premise that the opposite of war is not peace, but party. It’s a new-age spin on the old cliche; “make love, not war.” A nice enough sentiment, I guess, but drat, I was really looking forward to some Chex Mix, cocktail wieners, and punch. I’ll be waiting for my invitation.

The next holiday is Pony Express Day. Pony Express Day commemorates the beginning of the inaugural ride of the Pony Express. On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound riders arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express highlighted the need for a more economical overland postal system.

The third holiday today is Tweed Day.  Tweed is a thick woolen , twill styled fabric that originated in Scotland. Seemingly always in fashion, tweed clothing provides both style and warmth. Not surprisingly, it is more in vogue in northern climates, and is seldom seen in the south. If you have something made from tweed, wear it proudly today.
Note: Tweed Day could also refer to William Magear “Boss” Tweed, who was born on this day in 1823. He was a corrupt New York Politician (no surprise) who was convicted (big surprise) of graft and corruption for stealing millions of dollars from New York City. I think I’ll celebrate the fabric version today. I don’t want to encourage our current crop of corrupt Politicians by validating “Boss” Tweed in any way.

Another holiday today is Find A Rainbow Day. If it is raining in your area today, keep a sharp eye out for a rainbow. Have a camera with you so that, should you encounter one, you can share it with your less fortunate friends via “social media”. Just don’t get so involved in searching the skies that step in front of a bus or something.

The fifth holiday is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day. Paraprofessional Appreciation Day was originally established several years ago. It honors all of those invaluable paraprofessionals, whether they work in education, law, or medicine, who make their bosses lives easier. It is always celebrated on the first Wednesday in April.

The next holiday worthy of elaboration today is National Walking Day. Walking is an excellent form of exercise. It provides a good Cardio workout, but still let’s you enjoy your surroundings, and occasionally, allows you to ‘stop and smell the flowers’. National Walking Day, however, is more geared toward encouraging businesses to set up programs to encourage, provide time, and a place for their employees to walk.

The last holiday to day that is worthy of mention is National Day of Hope. This link will provide you with the specifics.

The first food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Mousse is what we less pretentious people call pudding. So have some chocolate pudding, or mousse if you must, for dessert tonight. I will. I almost always have some on hand.
The final food-related holiday today is Whole Grain Sampling Day. This link will explain it all.

On this date in 1996 – Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.
In 1776 – George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College.
In 1829 – James Carrington patented the coffee mill.
In 1865 – Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
In 1882 – The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.
In 1933 – First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized “3.2” beer.
In 1936 – Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
In 1948 – President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
In 1953 – “TV Guide” was published for the first time.
In 1972 – Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.
In 1985 – The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.
In 1993 – The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.
And, in 2000 – A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:
Washington Irving 1783 – Author.
John Burroughs 1837 – Author.
George Jessel 1898 – Comedian.
Sally Rand 1904 – Burlesque dancer.
Herb Caen 1916 – Columnist.
Jan Sterling 1923 – Actress.
Doris Day 1924 – Singer, actress.
Marlon Brando 1924 – Actor.
Miyoshi Umeki 1923 – Actress.
Jane Goodall 1934 – Anthropologist, author.
Jan Barry 1941 – Songwriter, singer.
Marsha Mason 1942 – Actress.
Wayne Newton 1942 – Singer.
Tony Orlando 1944 – Singer.
Alec Baldwin 1958 – Actor.
David Hyde Pierce 1959 – Actor.
Eddie Murphy 1961 – Comedian.
Jennie Garth 1972 – Actress.
And finally, Amanda Bynes 1986 – Actress.

 

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