Life Day 24038: Feliz Cinco de Mayo Todo el Mundo

May 5, 2013 at 12:26 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Buenos amigos por la mañana. Hoy es domingo, 05 de Mayo 2013. El primer día de fiesta de hoy es el Cinco de Mayo. The first holiday today, in case you haven’t already guessed, is Cinco de Mayo.  On this date in 1848, the Mexican army defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla. This single battle signifies the defeat of European Colonial expansion in Mexico, and a victory for the Mexican people. I must point out that Cinco de Mayo IS NOT Mexican Independence Day. That holiday falls on September 16th. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not even celebrated in most of Mexico. It is celebrated in Puebla and a few isolated surrounding areas. It is also celebrated here in America in cities with  large Mexican-American enclaves. Unfortunately, much like when everyone becomes Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone becomes Mexican on Cinco de Mayo. Even non Mexican-Americans use it as an excuse to get drunk on too much tequila and make an A$$ out of themselves.  In my humble opinion, this dilutes the significance of the holiday for those who truly have reason to celebrate it. And Americans wonder why they are hated by most of the rest of the world.

The next holiday is National Cartoonists Day. On this date in 1895, the very first color comic strip was published. Over time, comic strips became a staple in almost every newspaper. For that reason, today is National Cartoonists Day. The burgeoning internet makes the future of comic strips uncertain. Even so, you can’t deny the impact they have had on society. Most of my favorites, such as Peanuts, have already disappeared. Luckily, cartooning isn’t limited to newspapers. Fortunately, there are many more sources for cartoons; animation, children’s books, and greeting cards to name a few. While you are reading your Sunday comics today, notice how many of your favorites are no longer there.

The third holiday today is Motorcycle Mass & Blessing of The Bikes Day. Motorcycle Mass & Blessing of The Bikes Day is always held on the first Sunday in May; why, I don’t know. Those of you who ride motorcycles may connect the feeling of of exhilaration you feel while out on the road astride your machine to a spiritual experience. Today, this connection becomes even deeper as, all  across America, riders gather for special masses to have their bikes blessed. If you are a rider, and there is an event in your area, try to attend.
Factoid: Motorcyclist even have their very own Patron Saint, St. Columbanus of Bobbio. St. Columbanus, who lived from 540-615 AD, was known for being ruggedly handsome, and being irresistible to women; not to mention having a liking for beer. In fact, it is said that one of his miracles involved creating more bread and beer for a gathering. Sounds like a good Patron Saint to me.

The links below are provided strictly as a courtesy. As the sole arbiter of the content of this BLOG, I deem the unworthy of anything more than a casual mention.
World Laughter Day.
National Infertility Survival Day.
National Childhood Stroke Awareness Day.
International Baby Lost Mother’s Day.
International Midwives’ Day.

The first food-related holiday today is Totally Chipotle Day. Totally Chipotle Day pays tribute to this flavorful chili and urges you to cook chipotle-inclusive meals in its honor. This holiday  conveniently coincides with Cinco de Mayo to honor the uniquely Mexican heritage of the chipotle pepper. Chipotles are a very popular kind of smoke-dried jalapeno chili that are found quite frequently in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine. Don’t worry about reaching for that water bottle just yet (drinking water is actually the worst thing you can do if eating super-spicy food). The unique chipotle smoking process lessens the burn you might have experienced with other jalapenos peppers, but  if you do want a little extra kick in your Cinco de Mayo dishes today, you can always add some anyway.

The next food-related holiday is National Hoagie Day. Nothing screams Cinco de Mayo louder to me than a good old-fashioned Hoagie. The popularity of the Hoagie sandwich is partly due to the diversity and variety of its contents. It can be hot or cold, luncheon meat or meatballs, and will contain n cheese, or any of a variety of cheeses. Then, the fun begins as you pile on any number and combinations of extras. Hoagies are also known as a sub or a hero sandwich. They are very popular in America. People eat them for lunch, dinner, and even as a late night snack. It’s a quick meal or people on the go.

The third food-related holiday is Oyster Day. Oysters are a shellfish, or “mollusks” found in both freshwater and saltwater, and Oyster Day celebrates them. Oysters derive their sustenance by sifting food from the water around them. In doing so, they sometimes pick up a piece of sand or grit. If that piece of sand or grit gets lodged in the oyster’s system, the oyster reacts to the irritant by slowly secreting a substance called “nacre” around the sand. Ultimately, it develops into a pearl. However, not all oysters develop pearls.
Factoid: Seattle, Washington is the world’s largest producers of cultivated pearls. They are known as the “Oyster Capital of the World”.

The final food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Custard Day. Custard as we know it dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was used as a filling for a flan or a tart. The word custard is derived from “crustade,” a tart with a crust. After the 16th century, fruit creams became popular and it was about this time that custards began to be made in individual dishes or bowls rather than as fillings for a crust. Today custard is used to fill tarts, Danish pastry, flans, cream puffs and éclairs; it is mixed into trifles and otherwise part of other sweet and savory delights. Custards are prepared in two ways: stirred or cooked on top of the stove, or baked in the oven.

On this date in 1904 – The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.
In 1798 – U.S. Secretary of War William McHenry ordered that the USS Constitution be made ready for sea. The frigate was launched on October 21, 1797, but had never been put to sea.
In 1809 – Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
In 1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena, where he had been in exile.
In 1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.
In 1892 – The U.S. Congress extended the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 more years. The act required Chinese in the U.S. to be registered or face deportation.
In 1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing.
In 1917 – Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service.
In 1925 – John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
In 1926 – Sinclair Lewis refused a 1925 Pulitzer for “Arrowsmith.”
In 1945 – The Netherlands and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control.
In 1945 – A Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon. A pregnant woman and five children were killed.
In 1955 – “Damn Yankees” opened on Broadway.
In 1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.
In 1966 – Willie Mays broke the National League record for home runs when he hit his 512th.
In 1978 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit.
In 1981 – Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. It was his 66th day without food.
In 1987 – Congress opened the Iran-Contra hearings.
In 1994 – Michael Fay was caned in Singapore for vandalism. He received four lashes.
And, in 1997 – Dolores Hope, wife of beloved entertainer Bob Hope, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable individuals.
Karl Marx 1818 – Socialist writer.
John B. Stetson 1830 – Hat manufacturer.
Nellie Bly 1865 – Journalist.
Charles Bender 1884 – Baseball player.
Rex Harrison 1908 – Actor.
Tyrone Power 1913 – Actor.
Alice Faye 1915 – Actress.
Pat Carroll 1927 – Comedienne, actress.
Michael Murphy 1938 – Actor.
Lance Henriksen 1940 – Actor.
Tammy Wynette 1942 – Country singer.
Michael Palin 1943 – Comedian, actor.
Roger Rees 1944 – Actor.
John Rhys-Davies 1944 – Actor.
Richard E. Grant 1957 – Actor.
Annette Bening 1959 – Actress.
Cathy Moriarty 1960 – Actress.
Tina Yothers 1973 – Actress.
And finally, Danielle Fishel 1981 – Actress.

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