Life Day 24027: Administrative Professionals Day

April 24, 2013 at 12:20 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The first holiday today is Secretary’s Day (aka Administrative Professionals Day). National Secretary’s Day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of the offices of Young and Rubicam. He recognized that secretaries are vital to the efficient and successful operation of a company or business. His goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job of secretaries. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries. Today, the title is changing and evolving. But, the recognition is equally important. There are two new terms in use today. They are “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Admins”. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities to different companies. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original “Secretary” role. The name change recognizes and acknowledges that the role has changed significantly since 1952, and for the better at that. And in Harry Klemfuss’ day, these positions were largely the realm of women. Today, you find some males in these positions as well. If you know a secretary, or encounter a secretary today, be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated. If you have a secretary, there are a number of ways to let them know their value to your company. Flowers, candy, a gift basket, a card (with a small gift certificate inside), or taking them to lunch are all appropriate ways of showing how much you value their service.

The only other holiday that I could find today is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Genocide Remembrance Day is a national holiday in Armenia and is observed by Armenians in communities with a large Armenian population dispersed around the world on April 24 of each year. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. The date, April 24th, commemorates the deportation from the Ottoman (Turkish) capital in 1915, of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, notables, and community leaders, most of whom would be executed. On 9 April 1975, the US House of Representatives passed Joint Resolution 148 designating April 24th as a National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man. The Resolution commemorated the victims of genocide, especially those of Armenian ancestry who succumbed to the genocide perpetrated in 1915, The resolution however failed to pass in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee due to President Gerald R. Ford’s strong opposition to what he saw as a threat to the country’s strategic alliance with Turkey.

The food-related holiday today is National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day. Culinary historians have tracked the first recipes for modern pigs in blankets, small cocktail franks baked in flaky crust, to 1950. According to, these pastry-wrapped piggies are likely direct descendants of Victorian-era canapés. The earliest recipe found in American cookbooks that was called “pigs in blankets” was published in the 1930. But there was no frankfurter or other sausage: it comprised oysters wrapped with bacon. Today, this delicious finger food is popular with kids and cocktail party guests all across the world. In fact, there are many different cultures that have their own unique twist on this comfort food classic. In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven. In the United States, pigs-in-a-blanket are hot dogs or cocktail wieners wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked until golden brown. Yum! IHOP (International House of Pancakes) even has their own version; a pork sausage link wrapped in a pancake.  No matter where you are or how you decide to enjoy your pigs-in-a-blanket, make this tasty finger food for dinner tonight.

On this date in 1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.
In 1800 – The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
In 1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
In 1877 – In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.
In 1897 – William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
In 1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
In 1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.
In 1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
In 1948 – The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
In 1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1961 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
In 1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
In 1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.
In 1973 – Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.
In 1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
In 1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.
And, in 1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of distinction.
Jack E. Leonard 1911 – Comedian.
J.D. Cannon 1922 – Actor.
Freddy Scott 1933 – Singer.
Shirley MacLaine 1934 – Actress.
Jill Ireland 1936 – Actress.
Sue Grafton 1940 – Author.
Barbra Streisand 1942 – Singer.
Eric Bogosian 1953 – Actor.
Michael O’Keefe 1955 – Actor.
Glenn Morshower 1959 – Actor.
Djimon Hounsou 1964 – Actor.
Cedric the Entertainer 1964 – Actor, comedian.
Eric Balfour 1977 – Actor.
Rebecca Mader 1977 – Actress.
And finally, Kelly Clarkson 1982 – Singer.


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