Life Day 24043: Military Spouses Day

May 10, 2013 at 1:39 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone.  Today is Friday, May 10, 2013. The first holiday today is Military Spouses Day. Military Spouses Day was created by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger established the Friday before Mother’s Day as the day it was to be celebrated. It is a day set aside to recognize the real backbone of our military, the spouses. It represents the contributions they make to the morale and well being of our soldiers. If you are related to or know any spouses of soldiers, especially those currently serving overseas, take time out to let them know how much they are appreciated.

The next holiday is National Lupus Day.  Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where tour immune system thinks that everything in your body is something to be destroyed. Ninety percent of Lupus patients are women, and Lupus does not discriminate as to age, or ethnicity. It’s symptoms are often masked and it is often misdiagnosed at first. As the skin is the largest organ, that is where Lupus most often attacks, but it could just as easily go after your kidneys, lungs or any other major organ. Whether or not you know someone with Lupus, today is a good day to inform yourself about this deadly disorder.

The third holiday today is Clean Up Your Room Day.  If you’re normal, clutter accumulates in every available space in your room. Today is the day to pick up that clutter, mop/vacuum, dust off all surfaces, and do a thorough cleaning. Go through your closets and get rid of everything you haven’t worn or used in the last year. And,  don’t forget about those “dust bunnies” under your bed.

Another holiday today is Child Care Providers Day. Child Care Providers Day is always celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. It is a special day to recognize child care providers everywhere, and the crucial service they provide to working parents. In today’s economy, many families have to have both parents working just to make ends meet, and Child Care providers make this possible. Accolades to these fine people.

The fifth holiday today is Windmill Day. When I mention windmills, most of you probably think of Holland, but prior to the industrial revolution here in America, windmills were a common sight here as well. Today, windmills are making a comeback as a clean, dependable source of energy. Granted, they aren’t the quaint windmills of yesteryear; but they are far more efficient. “Windmill farms”  are cropping up all across America. As a truck driver, I delivered parts to “windmill farms” in both Wyoming and Texas on several occasions. Among the largest in America (the third largest, I believe) is the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm just outside Tehachapi, California. It has the capacity to produce 705 megawatts of power annually.

The final holiday today is Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice. This holiday was created to increase awareness of the plight of sharks. Granted, sharks aren’t the most cuddly and adorable of creatures, but each year, 73 million are killed, just for their fins. Shark populations have plummeted 75% to 90% in many ecosystems, yet Worldwide, sharks have little or no protection.

The food-related holiday today is National Shrimp Day. Shrimp are America’s favorite shellfish. They are readily available year round. They can be enjoyed in a variety of ways; scampi, shrimp cocktail, fried, or grilled. They are all delicious. They are one of the three types of seafood in which I partake, so my only dilemma today is to decide which way I want to enjoy mine.

On this date in 2002 – Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Hanssen, an FBI agent, had sold U.S. secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
Also on this date:
1503 – Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands.
1773 – The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.
1775 – Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold led an attack on the British Fort Ticonderoga and captured it from the British.
1840 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri.
1865 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, GA
1872 – Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency.
1898 – A vending machine law was enacted in Omaha, NE. It cost $5,000 for a permit.
1908 – The first Mother’s Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1941 – Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.
1960 – The U.S.S. Triton completed the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip started on February 16.
1968 – Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
1969 – The National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season.
1986 – Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.
1994 – The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
1994 – Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
2000 – 11,000 residents were evacuated in Los Alamos, NM, due to a fire that was blown into a canyon. The fire had been deliberately set to clear brush.
2001 – In Ghana, 121 people were killed in a stampede at a soccer game.
And, in 2002 – Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals.
John Wilkes Booth 1838 – Assassin.
Montgomery Blair 1813 – Politician.
Ottmar Mergenthaler 1854 – Inventor.
Fred Astaire 1899 – Actor, dancer.
Charles McGraw 1914 – Actor.
Nancy Walker 1922 – Actress.
Pat Summerall 1930 – Sportscaster.
Gary Owens 1936 – Announcer.
Donovan 1946 – Singer.
Sid Vicious 1957 – Musician.
“Bono” 1960 – Musician.
Linda Evangelista 1965 – Model.
Jason Brooks 1966 – Actor.
Erik Palladino 1968 – Actor.
Amanda Borden 1977 – Gymnast.
And finally, Kenan Thompson 1978 – Actor.

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