Life Day 24041: Yet Another Bloomin’ Holiday

May 8, 2013 at 12:16 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning flower children. Today is Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The first holiday today is Iris Day. Iris Day pays tribute to that beautiful and attractive late spring bloomer, the Iris. With or without a beard, they are very popular among homeowners and gardeners. Iris are easy to grow, so if you don’t have any in your garden already, today is a good day to visit your local nursery, buy some, and plant them. Another way to celebrate this holiday is by going to a floral shop and buying some Iris to put into your favorite vase.
Factoid: Iris flowers have spiritual  importance in Japan. It wards off evil spirits. On Iris Day in Japan, people put Iris leaves in their baths. It’s believed to prevent illness. They also drink juice from the plant in their Sake to ensure longevity.

The next holiday is V E Day. V E Day celebrates the official end of fighting in Europe during WWII. After years of war, The Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated, and Adolph Hitler had committed suicide. Millions of people were killed. The German Army ceased fighting on May 2nd, and formally surrendered unconditionally on May 7th. The surrender of all German forces was arranged for May 8 at 11:01. The Allied countries planned to celebrate victory, and the cessation of hostilities. The original planned date for the celebration of V-E Day, was May 9th, 1945. But, journalists caught wind of the plans. So, the United States and Britain moved the date up by a day to May 8th. Russia kept to the original planned date for May 9th, and still celebrates V-E Day on that date. “Hats off” to the few remaining valiant members of the ‘greatest generation” who served; and to all of those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom.

The third holiday today is National Nurses Day.  National Nurses Day, part of National Nurses Week, celebrates School nurses. School nurses not only perform the vital role in keeping students and faculty healthy while at school, they have a number of other responsibilities. They teach students basic classes in hygiene, which can help students learn about the proper way to decrease germ transmission or how best to avoid sexually transmitted disease. They administer health care screening tests, which may include screenings for otherwise unnoticed health care problems such as scoliosis, eye problems, malnutrition or physical abuse; they can also offer referrals if students require them for conditions such as speech problems that may need further medical intervention to correct. School nurses also assume a leadership role in case of an emergency, such as a fire, bus crash or a natural (or manmade) disaster; and assist faculty members and students in coping with the emergency. They can administer medication and treat any resulting injury, and help students cope with any trauma as a result. Kudos to them.

Another holiday today is Receptionist Day. Don’t confuse this holiday with Secretary Day, which we celebrated last month. Except in small businesses, the two positions are usually different and totally unrelated. Receptionist Day honors those office “first responders” who are the first person that visitors encounter. Often, they are also the person who answers your phone call and connects you to the proper agency, department or individual. A cheerful, yet knowledgeable receptionist is vital to any office. The purpose of Receptionist Day is to promote pride and professionalism in the position. On this holiday, treat your Receptionist with flowers, candy, or a lunch; and a big Thank You.

The fifth holiday today is National Third Shift Workers Day. National Third Shift Workers Day is a day to show appreciation for, and to honor, those often-forgotten workers who toil through the night to keep countless companies and businesses running smoothly. I know from numerous personal experiences throughout both my military and truck driving careers just how arduous working 3rd Shift, Graveyard Shift, Midnight Shift, or whatever else one calls it, can be. It can take weeks for you to adjust to working this shift when every synapse in you brain is telling your body that you should be asleep.

The final holiday upon which I am going to extrapolate today is National Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. World Red Cross Day remembers and recognizes the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. According to the Red Cross website, they advocate for the relief of human suffering whether from disease, famine, disaster, or war. You can celebrate today by becoming a Red Cross volunteer, making a generous monetary donation, and/or giving blood.

The remainder of the holidays today fall into the “don’t care” or “too frivolous” categories. Links to each are provided in case you disagree with my assessment of their worth.
Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity.
Occupational Safety & Health Day.
Time of Remembrance & Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War.
No Socks Day.

There are two food-related holidays today. The first is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. National Coconut Cream Pie Day is celebrated every year on this date in the United States. Today, lovers of this sweet, creamy dessert have an excuse to indulge in a slice or 2; and those who are handy in the kitchen have a reason to whip one up at home.
Factoid: Coconuts are fruits found on coconut palm trees. They grow naturally in southern Asia, Polynesia and Malaysia, and are prevalent in South America, India and other warm regions. In the U.S., they are grown in Florida and Hawaii. The name coconut comes from the Spanish word coco, which translates to “monkey face.” The fruit was dubbed this by Spanish and Portuguese explorers.

The other food-related holiday today is Have A Coke Day.  Gee whiz, I wonder if this holiday is sponsored by a rich, greedy corporate giant? Coca-Cola is the largest nonalcoholic beverage company in the world, and the classic Coke beverage we all know and love is sold in more than 200 countries. In fact, more than 1.8 billion glasses of Coke are served every day. Coca-Cola was named after the coca leaves that originally provided its flavor. The original Coca-Cola recipe contained 9 mg of cocaine per glass. In 1903 Coca-Cola began using a non-narcotic coca leaf extract to provide that distinctive flavor. John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in the late 1800s and it was originally intended as a patent medicine. The beverage was still largely unknown when he died in 1888. After buying the secret recipe for $2,300, Asa Candler founded the Coca-Cola Company and turned it into a household name.
I have always been a Pepsi man myself. Those who know me well always used to joke that they would know when I was dead because Pepsico stock would drop 3 points on the NYSE.

On this date in 1958 – President Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green became the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.
In 1794 – Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen.
In 1794 – The United States Post Office was established. (The next day, a disgruntled worker open-fire on his co-workers). JUST KIDDING!!
In 1846 – The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought. The battle occurred in Palo Alto, TX.
In 1879 – George Selden applied for the first automobile patent.
In 1914 – The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
In 1921 – Sweden abolished capital punishment.
In 1933 – Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
In 1939 – Clay Puett’s electric starting gate for horse races was used for the first time.
In 1956 – Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of “Mad Magazine” for the first time.
In 1961 – New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.
In 1967 – Muhammad Ali was indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.
In 1973 – Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
In 1978 – David R. Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam,” pled guilty to six murder charges.
In 1984 – The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles.
In 1984 – Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on ABC-TV’s “Happy Days.”
In 1985 – “New Coke” was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola.
In 1997 – Larry King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And, in 1999 – The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries>
Harry S Truman 1884 – 33rd U.S. President.
Bishop Fulton Sheen 1895 – American Archbishop.
Lex Barker 1919 – Actor.
Don Rickles 1926 – Comedian.
Sonny Liston 1932 – Professional boxer.
Rick Nelson 1940 – Singer.
Peter Benchley 1940 – Author.
James Mitchum 1941 – Actor.
John Fred 1941 – Musician.
Toni Tennille 1943 – Singer.
David Keith 1954 – Actor.
Stephen Furst 1954 – Actor.
Alex Van Halen 1955 – Musician.
Ronnie Lott 1959 – Football player.
And finally, Melissa Gilbert 1964 – Actress.

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