Life Day 24024: Kindergarten Day

April 21, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning kiddies. Today is Sunday, April 21, 2013. The only holiday I can find today is Kindergarten Day. But why is it called Kindergarten, and why is it celebrated today? Well, let me enlighten you. On this date in 1782, Friedrich Froebel was born in Germany. In 1837, this very same Mr. Froebel started the first Kindergarten. It was in an actual garden setting, where the children were acclimated into learning, social interaction, and school in a fun yet educational way. Today Kindergarten has evolved into a full time program in schools across America; partially due to the increased emphasis on education, and partially due to the increase in the number of working mothers in today’s society.

The food-related holiday today is Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day. The word ‘truffle’ has several meanings in the world of candy. The original chocolate truffle, was created in France in the 1920’s by French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier. Originally, it was a ball of ganache (chocolate and cream), often flavored and rolled in cocoa. He named it after the precious black truffle fungus because of its physical resemblance. Today, the term truffle is often used in America to describe any filled chocolate, and it becomes very confusing. So, using the original definition, a Chocolate-covered Cashew Truffle can not even exist. If you use the bastardized American definition, I guess that they could actually exist as long as the cashew was encased in Ganache, then covered in chocolate. Whatever! If you want to try to find a Chocolate-covered Cashew Truffle, you will have to look in a specialty confectioners store. Probably the closest thing you will find will be Chocolate covered  Cashews (like chocolate-covered peanuts). Good luck!

On this date in 2000 – In Sinking Spring, PA, a man chased his estranged girlfriend through town and then forced her car into the path of an oncoming train. The woman and her 3 passengers were killed.
In 753 BC – Today is the traditional date of the foundation of Rome.
In 1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act was passed, allowing all freedom of worship.
In 1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
In 1836 – General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle decided the independence of Texas.
In 1856 – The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
In 1862 – The U.S. Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.
In 1898 – The Spanish-American War began. In 1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I. Contrary to popular belief, Snoopy was not responsible.
In 1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
In 1959 – The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds.
In 1967 – Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
In 1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
In 1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found the virus believed to cause AIDS.
In 1986 – Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.
In 1992 – Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years. He was put to death for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys.
In 1994 – Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.
In 1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.
And, in 2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Charlotte Bronte 1816 – Author.
John Muir 1838 – Conservationist.
Anthony Quinn 1915 – Actor.
Elaine May 1932 – Actress, comedienne.
Charles Grodin 1935 – Actor.
Iggy Pop 1947 – Singer.
Patti LuPone 1949 – Actress.
Tony Danza 1951 – Actor.
Andie MacDowell 1958 – Actress.
John Cameron Mitchell 1963 – Actor.
Nicole Sullivan 1969 – Actress, comedian.
And finally, James McAvoy 1979 – Actor.

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