Life Day 24033: “Eh, What’s Up Doc”

April 30, 2013 at 12:12 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Lagomorph cartoon character fans. Today is Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The first holiday today is Bugs Bunny Day. On this date in 1938, that “wascally wabbit” made his first appearance, in the cartoon “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. His character was an instant success, but audiences had to wait until July 27, 1940 before a cartoon featuring him as the main character was made. The cartoon was titled, “A Wild Hare”. Happy 75th Bugs.

The next holiday today is Hairstyle Appreciation Day. If you regularly read this BLOG, you know that last Thursday was Hairstylist Appreciation Day. This holiday is entirely different. Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates your own individual hairstyle. Each individual develops their own unique hairstyle that reflects their personality; although many of these are mere attempts at copying a ‘current trend’. Among the most famous hairstyles were the “beehive” and “pixie cut” for women, and the “crew cut” for men in the 1950′s. In the 1960’s, long straight hair for both men and women was in vogue. In the 1980’s, the “mullet” became popular. The “Mr. Clean” look came into vogue for men in the mid 1990′s. Thanks to genetics, I was a pioneer of the “Mr. Clean” hairstyle decades before it caught on in the general populus. No matter the hairstyle you chose, today is the day to appreciate it. If you are unhappy with your hairstyle choice, today is the day to change it. But remember this: God only made a few perfect heads; the rest he covered with hair in a feeble attempt disguise his mistakes.

The third holiday today is National Honesty Day. April is a month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day. It is only fitting that it ends with an appeal for honesty. In my humble opinion, “Honesty is the best policy” is not some trite adage to be spewed out at your convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, everyday, the world would be a better place. Now, if we could only convince our Politicians of  that fact.

The rest of today’s holidays are too nauseating for me to cover in any great detail. A link for each one will nonetheless be provided.
World Healing Day.
Spank Out Day.
International Jazz Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Oats were likely first eaten by the Scottish people. Other countries such as Rome and England looked down on the Scots for eating a food used as animal feed. It turns out that the Scots were right; oats are a healthy and nutritious food. Oatmeal cookies derived from the Bannocks that were eaten by the ancient people of Scotland during the 5th century. During the middle ages the Scots added spices, raisins and nuts to the Bannocks that came to be known as oatcakes. The Quaker Oats company popularized Oatcakes in the early 1900’s in the US by printing the recipe on their Oat packages. The recipe was reformulated twice more by Quaker Oats in the 1900’s to bring us the Oatmeal cookies we love today.

The other food-related holiday today is National Raisin Day. Although raisins are a delicious, sweet, and healthy snack, the word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language and does not do justice to the food it represents. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new ager” that I am, I prefer to use the term sun-dried grape. Whichever term you prefer, enjoy some today; perhaps as an ingredient in your oatmeal cookie recipe.

On this date in 1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. The man called himself a fan of second- ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence.
In 0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
In 1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
In 1803 – The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
In 1812 – Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
In 1864 – Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks’ troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
In 1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
In 1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
In 1900 – Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train “Cannonball Express.”
In 1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the “General Pershing Zephyr.”
In 1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
In 1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.
In 1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
In 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
In 1947 – The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.
In 1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
In 1970 – U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by U.S. President Nixon led to widespread protests.
In 1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
In 1991 – An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh
In 1997 – ABC aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen.” The title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
And, in 1998 – In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on ValuJet that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals.
Cornelius Vanderbilt 1898 – Publisher.
Al Lewis 1910 – Actor.
Eve Arden 1912 – Actress.
Robert Shaw 1916 – Conductor.
Johnny Horton 1925 – Singer.
Cloris Leachman 1926 – Actress.
Willie Nelson 1933 – Musician.
Burt Young 1940 – Actor.
Bobby Vee 1943 – Singer.
Jill Clayburgh 1944 – Actress.
Perry King 1948 – Actor.
Paul Gross 1959 – Actor.
Isiah Thomas 1961 – Basketball player.
Adrian Pasdar 1965 – Actor.
Johnny Galecki 1975 – Actor.
Kirsten Dunst 1982 – Actress.
And finally, Dianna Agron 1986 – Actress.

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