Life Day 24009: Happy New Beer’s Eve

April 6, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Ale aficionados. Today is Saturday, April 6, 2013. The first holiday today is  New Beers Eve.  New Beer’s Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States, celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States on April 6. The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Sales of beer in the U.S would become legal on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication. On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve.”

The next holiday is Teflon™ Day. On this date in 1938, Roy Plunkett, a chemist at DuPont’s Jackson lab in New Jersey, ‘accidentally’ discovered polytetrafluoroethylene, later patented under the name Teflon™. In the modern vernacular, the word Teflon™ has morphed into meaning something, or someone, to which nothing will stick. (For example, Ronald Reagan and/or Bill Clinton, the Teflon™ President). At any rate, thank you Mr. Plunkett for your ‘happy’ accident. It has certainly made my life easier.

The third holiday today is National Tartan Day. Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. In the United States there are an estimated eleven million people who claim Scottish ancestry, making them the eighth largest ethnic group. Many of the framers of the Constitution were of Scottish heritage, and some say that the Declaration of Independence was modeled after the, above mentioned, Declaration of Arbroath. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence, to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed greatly to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more. If your community is hosting an event, make it a point to attend.

Another holiday today is Plan Your Epitaph Day. Have you ever pondered what your loved ones will have inscribed on your tombstone? The last thing they need to be worried about after your untimely demise is writing an appropriate epitaph. Why leave something so important to chance? Alleviate their worry by writing your own epitaph today. After all, who knows ‘you’ better than you? I think mine should be something such as: “Rumors of my death have not been exaggerated.”

The fifth holiday today is Army Day. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared April 6th to be Army Day. He was specific in his declaration that Army Day pertained not just to the Army, but to all members of all the Armed Forces, and those civilians providing support for them. If you encounter anyone in any branch of the Military today, stop and say “Thanks”.

The sixth holiday today is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is an annual memorial for people who have died in collisions related to drowsy driving. This is an official state-recognized “day” in the state of California. Drowsy driving is, in my opinion, on a par with distracted driving as the cause of most single-vehicle fatalities. In my decades as a truck driver, I learned a few tricks to combat drowsy driving. They are:
1) Tune your radio to a talk-radio station, or a station that plays up-tempo music.
2) If you begin to feel drowsy, pull over and walk around your vehicle a few times (no matter the weather conditions). It goes without saying that you choose a place where you will not need to walk in the roadway.
3) If you still feel drowsy after step 2 above, pull into a rest area and take a 15-minute to half hour nap. Before you leave, go to the restroom and brush your teeth, and splash some water on your face. If there are vending machines, eat a sugar-laden snack.
4) Finally, if all of the above fail, STOP! (No, not in the traffic lanes, dummy). Find a motel/hotel or sleep in your vehicle in a secure location.
Arriving at your destination late is far preferable to not arriving at all.

Yet another holiday is International Pillow Fight Day. Yes, this is really a thing. Who doesn’t love a good pillow fight? Many major cities world-wide will be holding organized pillow fights. This link will take you to the website that will give you information on the rules, and where you can go to participate in one if you so desire.

The final holiday today is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Day. On this date in 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith, Jr, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded with six members in a log cabin at Fayette, NY. It is informally known as the Mormon Church. I won’t go into all the tenants of their religion, but this link will answer any questions you may have.

The food-related holiday today is National Caramel Popcorn Day. I can think of no more Cracker Jack™ way to use up that caramel sauce that you made in celebration of Caramel Day yesterday than to make a batch of Caramel Popcorn. If you don’t feel like going to the trouble of making caramel popcorn yourself, most supermarkets today have a wide selection of gourmet caramel corn varieties. If all else fails, there is the old standard Cracker Jacks™. Treat yourself to some form of caramel popcorn today, whether or not it involves a “toy surprise”.
Note:  Does anyone else separate the popcorn and peanuts and save the peanuts for last, or is it just me?

On this date in 1983 – The U.S. Veteran’s Administration announced it would give free medical care for conditions traceable to radiation exposure to more than 220,000 veterans who participated in nuclear tests from 1945 to 1962.
In 1789 – The first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City.
In 1862 – The American Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee.
In 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.
In 1896 – The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
In 1909 – Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first men to reach the North Pole.
In 1916 – Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old.
In 1927 – William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the Department of Commerce issued the first aviator’s license.
In 1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations in Vietnam.
In 1985 – William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital.
In 1998 – Federal researchers in the U.S. announced that daily tamoxifen pills could cut breast cancer risk among high-risk women.
And, in 1999 – Carmen Electra filed for a divorce from Dennis Rodman. They had only been married six months.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Walter Huston 1884 – Actor.
Lowell Thomas 1892 – Broadcaster, journalist.
Mimi Benzell 1924 – Opera singer.
Dorothy Donegan 1924 – Jazz pianist.
Joi Lansing 1928 – Actress.
André  Previn 1929 – Pianist.
Ivan Dixon 1931 – Actor.
Merle Haggard 1937 – Country musician, songwriter.
Billy Dee Williams 1937 – Actor.
Barry Levinson 1942 – Director, producer.
John Ratzenberger 1947 – Actor.
Marilu Henner 1952 – Actress.
Michael Rooker 1955 – Actor.
Vince Flynn 1966 – Author.
Paul Rudd 1969 – Actor.
Ari Meyers 1970 – Actress.
Jason Hervey 1972 – Actor.
Zach Braff 1975 – Actor.
And finally, Candace Cameron 1976 – Actress.

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