Life Day 24030: …. . .-.. .-.. —

April 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Get out your secret decoder rings. Today is Saturday, April 27, 2013. The first holiday today is  Morse Code Day. Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph and creator of Morse Code, was born on this day in 1791. Although there was much controversy at the time over who actually invented the telegraph, it is generally accepted as fact today the he had the most practical and cost effective system. He also had a lot of “help” in creating the Morse Code.

The next holiday is Babe Ruth Day.  On this day in 1947, the legendary George Herman (Babe) Ruth was honored in Yankee Stadium (“the house that Ruth built”). Despite suffering from throat cancer, the “Sultan of Swat” gave an emotional speech before a capacity crowd of 58,339 where he expressed his gratitude to his fans. “The Bambino” succumbed to his illness on August 16, 1948.

The third holiday today is National Go Birding Day. National Go Birding Day celebrates birding as a national pastime. It is held annually on the last Saturday in April. To participate, you are encouraged to put up bird feeders and bird houses. Try to learn about your local bird species and watch them in action in the comfort of your own backyard. Alternatively, go to a local park, armed with your new-found knowledge of local species, and see how many you can identify.

Another holiday today is World Veterinary Day. World Veterinary Day began in 2000, to celebrate the veterinary profession. It has been held annually on the last Saturday in April since then. The objective is to bring into focus the important role the Veterinary Profession plays in our daily life, and in maintaining the health of our beloved pets. Make a special trip to your veterinarian clinic today just to say “thank you”.

The fifth holiday today is Tell a Story Day. Tell a Story Day is pretty much self-explanatory; tell a story today. (Duh). It doesn’t matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folk lore. Your  stories can be from a book other written material, from memory, or just make up one of your own. To make your story more enjoyable, try setting the atmosphere. If it’s an eerie or spooky story, turn down the lights. Bring decorations and memorabilia that speak to the theme of your story. If your story is about a person, display a picture of that individual.

Yet another holiday today is Matanzas Mule Day. On this date in 1898, in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, US naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas. It was widely reported that the only casualty of the bombardment was one mule. The “Matanzas Mule” became instantly famous and remains a footnote in the history of the Spanish-American War.

The final holiday today is Save The Frogs Day.  Save the Frogs Day is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, which are increasingly endangered by climate change, habitat loss, and disease. I know, you’re probably saying to yourself “Why should I care about the plight of frogs? Don’t they cause warts?” The answer to the last question is no. The answer to the first question is, although they aren’t ‘cuddly’, they are cute in their own unique way, and, I’m told, their legs taste like chicken. If that isn’t reason enough, frogs eat mosquitoes, they provide us with medical advances, they are food for fish, birds, and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Take some time today to learn about frogs, preferably with your children or grandchildren. Visit a local pond or wetland and see if you can find some frogs and/or tadpoles. Hint, they like stagnant water.

The food-related holiday today is National Prime Rib Day. Beef Prime Rib Roast is considered one of the most elegant cuts of beef.  It must be USDA Prime, not USDA Choice. Only about 3% of the beef in America is graded USDA prime. Because of the scarcity, it is generally carried only by the finest butchers and restaurants. Often, rib roasts masquerade as prime rib in supermarkets, which typically carry USDA Choice (and lower grades of beef). There’s only one way to celebrate Prime Rib Day folks; with a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib, cooked perfectly to your liking. Don’t forget the au jus and/or horseradish. I’ll have mine medium-well, with a huge, fully loaded baked potato please.

On this date in 1987 – The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the U.S. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
In 1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
In 1565 – The first Spanish settlement in Philippines was established in Cebu City.
In 1861 – President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
In 1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
In 1880 – Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
In 1897 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated.
In 1938 – Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
In 1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.
In 1946 – The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
In 1953 – The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
In 1965 – “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.
In 1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Reagan and three others.
In 1983 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out his 3,509th batter of his career.
In 1989 – Student protesters took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
2005 – The A380, the world’s largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.
And, in 2006 – In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notables.
Ulysses S. Grant 1822 – 18th U.S. President.
Rogers Hornsby 1896 – Baseball player.
Walter Lantz 1900 – Animator.
Enos Slaughter 1916 – Baseball player.
Jack Klugman 1922 – Actor.
Casey Kasem 1932 – DJ.
Anouk Aimee 1934 – Actress.
Sandy Dennis 1937 – Actress.
Judy Carne 1939 – Actress, comedienne.
Cuba Gooding Sr. 1944 – Singer.
Ann Peebles 1947 – Singer.
Douglas Sheehan 1949 – Actor.
Sheena Easton 1959 – Singer.
James Le Gros 1962 – Actor.
And finally, Mica Paris 1969 – Singer.

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