Life Day 24036: Give Me Some Space

May 3, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning space cadets. Today is Friday, May 3, 2013. The first holiday today is International Space Day. Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997. Former astronaut and Senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day in 2001. The goal was to motivate the youth of America to study math and science. This day was originally established as a one day event, but it became an annual event because so many people found it fascinating and showed an interest in it. Space Day focuses upon creating an interest and awareness of all kinds of topics and issues related to space. Take the opportunity to celebrate Space Day. Find an event near you and attend. Visit a science center, or observatory. Get out your telescope and view the stars tonight. Watch television documentaries on space. Make this a fun day and create your own celebration with your kids or in the workplace. Teachers, don’t miss creating a special lesson plan for today. The kids will love it.

The next holiday is International Tuba Day. No, this holiday is not about how a Bostonian would mispronounce the alternative word for a potato. International Tuba Day pertains to that heavy, cumbersome musical instrument that is essential to any band or orchestra.  The tuba’s big, deep sounds provide lots of character and “Oomph” to concert music. And, I can’t even imagine a marching band without a tuba. This holiday was created by Joel Day in 1979. At the time, Joel was a tuba player in a band at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pa. He started it as a result of a lack of respect for tuba and tuba players by his fellow musicians.
Here are a few little known facts about tubas:
1) Tubas come in varying sizes, weighing from a dozen pounds to 50 pounds.
2) The Tuba was patented in 1835 by Wiebrecht and Moritz in Germany.
3) The number of valves on a Tuba is not standardized. A Tuba can have 3, 4, 5, or six valves.

The third holiday today is Lumpy Rug Day. Lumpy Rug Day is intended to make you aware that “all rugs are not created equal”, and also to let you know that you should appreciate a good rug if you are lucky enough to own one. Rugs should be comfortable, smooth and even. Many people spend a great deal of time on their rugs watching TV, playing games, putting together puzzles, and sometimes catching “forty winks”. Few people like lumpy rugs. They are unsightly and uncomfortable to walk on. If you have a lumpy rug in your home, today is the day to consider replacing it with a quality, lumpless rug.

Another holiday today is World Press Freedom Day.  World Press Freedom Day was created by the United Nations in  1993.  It recognizes the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalist have made for this freedom. The United States enjoys freedom of the press, but many other countries do not. The foremost indicator of the freedom a nation’s citizens enjoy, is the freedom (or lack thereof) that the press has to criticize the Government. This right should not be taken lightly.

The fifth holiday is Garden Meditation Day. Garden Meditation Day encourages you to find the time to relax in your garden for awhile today. Meditation is one of the best forms of relaxation. Go out into your garden after your stressful day and contemplate the meaning of life, the beauty of Nature, or just contemplate your navel. The key to celebrating this holiday is to get away from your TV or computer (or the myriad of other distractions after your long day at work). Go outside and relax in a peaceful, serene setting and forget about all of the stressful things in your life.

I’m sure you know the drill by now. The rest of today’s holidays are either too obsequious or too frivolous to warrant anything more than a mention. I provide a link to each , as usual.
No Pants Day.
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day.
Paranormal Day.
Public Radio Day.
National Special-abled Pets Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Raspberry Tart Day. A tart is a type of pastry similar to a pie, except that the crust will stand on it’s own when baked and can be removed from the tart pan. Tarts are usually filled with fresh fruit, or a combination of pastry cream and fresh fruit. Individual sized tarts, baked in specially-sized tart pans, are also popular. Enjoy a raspberry tart for dessert today. This is one recipe. If you don’t feel like baking, your neighborhood supermarket will generally have a variety of tarts available for purchase (get there early to be sure you get a raspberry one).

On this date in 1997 – The “Republic of Texas” surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.
In 1802 – Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.
In 1855 – Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
In 1921 – West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
In 1933 – The U.S. Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time when Nellie Ross took the position.
In 1937 – Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With The Wind.”
In 1944 – Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.
In 1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
In 1952 – The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.
In 1971 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King’s assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.
In 1988 – The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband’s activities.
In 1992 – Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
In 1999 – Mark Manes, at age 22, was arrested for supplying a gun to Eric Harris and Dylan Kleibold, who later killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.
In 2000 – The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened.
And, in 2006 – In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people.
Niccolo Machiavelli 1469 – Italian philosopher/writer.
Golda Meir 1898 – Former Prime Minister of Israel.
Norman Corwin 1910 – Writer, producer.
Pete Seeger 1919 – Folk singer.
Sugar Ray Robinson 1921 – Boxer.
James Brown 1928 – Singer.
Alex Cord 1933 – Actor.
Frankie Valli 1934 – Musician.
Samantha Eggar 1939 – Actress.
Greg Gumble 1946 – Sportscaster.
Doug Henning 1947 – Magician.
Mary Hopkin 1950 – Folk singer.
Christopher Cross 1951 – Singer, songwriter.
Bobby Cannavale 1970 – Actor.
Dule’ Hill 1975 – Actor.
Farrah Destiny Franklin 1981 – Singer.
And finally, Cheryl Burke 1984 – Dancer.

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