Life Day 24042: I Think I can, I Think I Can

May 9, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning engineers. Today is Thursday, May 9, 2013. The first holiday today is National Train Day. National Train Day commemorates the date, in 1869, when the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific work crews, building the first Transcontinental Railroad, met at Promontory Point, Utah. A Golden Spike was driven into the final connection of the two tracks. This connected the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and the world got a little smaller, and it changed the face of America. Soon towns, both big and small, sprang up along the route. The first Continental rail line was 1,776 miles long. Celebrate this holiday by taking a ride on a train, researching the history of railroads in this country, and/or visiting a railroad museum.

The next holiday today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. Lost Sock Memorial Day recognizes that drawer full of unmatched socks that you have somewhere in your house. Spend a little time (very little) today searching for the mates of unmatched socks. If you don’t find the mates, throw them away. If the mate eventually shows up, throw it in your unmatched sock drawer and save it for this holiday next year.

The final holiday may sound familiar. It is Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day. Yesterday was Occupational Safety & Health Day, which celebrates the organization. Today’s holiday celebrates the individuals who work for that organization. This link will go into greater detail about this holiday than I care to in this BLOG.

The first food-related holiday today is National Moscato Day. National Moscato Day celebrates the moscato grape; which is a white wine grape. Moscato is the Italian pronunciation for the Muscat grape. The moscato pronunciation is only used in Italy, and by a few pretentious “wine snobs”. Although I occasionally enjoy one glass of red wine with a ‘special occasion’ dinner, I’m not a big fan of white wine so I probably won’t be celebrating this holiday.

The other holiday is National Butterscotch Brownie Day. A few months ago, on Blonde Brownie Day, I made my feelings on Brownies known. Just to reiterate: If it is not brown, and it does not contain chocolate, it IS NOT a brownie. If you must, enjoy your flat butterscotch cake today, but please do not call it a Brownie.

On this date in 1996 – In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, U.S. President Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
Also on this date in history:
1429 – Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.
1671 – Thomas “Captain” Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
1754 – The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake “Join or die” in “The Pennsylvania Gazette.”
1926 – Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.
1940 – Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in “Romeo and Juliet” with Lawrence Olivier.
1941 – The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain’s Royal navy.
1958 – Richard Burton made his network television debut in the presentation of “Wuthering Heights” on CBS-TV.
1960 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.
1961 – Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins.
1962 – A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1974 – The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.
1978 – The bullet-riddled body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in the center of Rome. The Red Brigades had abducted him.
1980 – A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida. 35 motorists were killed and a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
1994 – Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa’s first black president.
And, 2002 – In Bethlehem, West Bank, a deal was reached that would end the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Thirteen suspected militants were to be deported to several different countries. The standoff had begun on April 2, 2002.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people.
John Brown 1800 – Abolitionist.
Belle Boyd 1843 – Confederate spy.
Howard Carter 1873 – Archaeologist.
Hank Snow 1914 – Country singer.
Mike Wallace 1918 – Broadcast journalist.
Albert Finney 1936 – Actor.
Glenda Jackson 1936 – Actress.
Tommy Roe 1942 – Singer.
Candice Bergen 1946 – Actress.
Billy Joel 1949 – Musician.
Alley Mills 1951 – Actress.
Tony Gwynn 1960 – Baseball player.
Rosario Dawson 1979 – Actress.
Rachel Boston 1982 – Actress.
And finally, Audrina Patridge 1985 – Actress.

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