Life Day 24047: “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

May 14, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The first holiday today is “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day.  Most people think of our flag when they hear the term Stars and Stripes. However,  “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day commemorates the inaugural performance of John Philip Sousa’s  “The Stars and Stripes Forever” on this date in 1897. The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, PA. President William McKinley was present for the performance. According to his biography “Marching Along”, he composed this march at sea on Christmas Day in 1896 as he was returning to the United States from a vacation in Europe. By act of Congress, it is the official march of the United States.

The other holiday today is Underground America Day. Underground America Day does not refer to those radical fringe groups from both sides of the political spectrum which try to live their lives “underground”; without the scrutiny of “big brother”. Instead, it takes a much more literal approach. Underground America Day, a time to honor the 6,000 or so North Americans who make their homes not only on the Earth but in it. It began in 1974, when architect Malcolm Wells came up with the idea.”I woke up one day to the fact that the Earth’s surface was made for living plants, not industrial plants.” This year, just as in previous years, hundreds of millions Americans will do absolutely nothing about this holiday. It is a holiday free of holiday obligations. You don’t even have to lose a day of work. However, if you’re the type of person who looks for any reason to party, here are some of the ways to celebrate.
1) Eat root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and parsnips.
2) “Channel” moles and/or gophers.
3) Dig for buried treasure in your backyard.
4) Look down a well.
5) Have a party in your basement.

The holidays linked below are either too frivolous or too religion-specific to warrant in-depth coverage in this BLOG.
Dance Like a Chicken Day.
Shavuot.

The food-related holiday today is a particular favorite of mine; National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. If you hear the word ‘biscuit’, what do you think about? If you are British, chances are you think of a cookie, and logically so. The word ‘biscuit’ comes from the Latin  bis coctum, (twice cooked), which gives us cookies and biscotti. However, in America, the word has an entirely different meaning. They are quick breads (doesn’t need yeast to rise) about the size of dinner rolls. Biscuits, particularly buttermilk biscuits, are a staple of southern cuisine. They are often served as a side-dish (chicken and biscuits); for breakfast as a bread, with butter; or with country gravy, as a main course. I have two favorite ways to enjoy biscuits. The first is fresh from the oven, slathered with butter and honey. The second is with my sausage gravy. While I’m at it, here is one of my favorite Buttermilk Biscuit recipes.

On this date in 1975 – U.S. forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. All 40 crew members were released safely by Cambodia. About 40 U.S. servicemen were killed in the military operation.
Also on this date in history:
1787 – Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
1796 – The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner.
1804 – William Clark set off on an expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or  “Corps of Discovery.”
1853 – Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
1862 – The chronograph was patented by Adolphe Nicole.
1874 – McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.
1878 – The name Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
1897 – Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.
1904 – In St. Louis, the ‘modern’ Olympic games were held. It was the first time for the games to be played in the U.S.
1913 – The Rockefeller Foundation was created by John D. Rockefeller with a gift of $100,000,000.
1942 – The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
1948 – Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independent State of Israel as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
1961 – A bus carrying Freedom Riders was bombed and burned in Alabama.
1973 – Skylab One was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station.
1980 – President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.
1985 – The first McDonald’s restaurant became the first fast-food business museum. It is located in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1992 – Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev addressed members of the U.S. Congress, appealing to them to pass a bill to aid the people of the former Soviet Union.
1998 – The Associated Press marked its 150th anniversary.
1998 – The final episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” aired after nine years on NBC.
And, in 1999 – North Korea returned the remains of six U.S. soldiers that had been killed during the Korean War.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:
Thomas Gainsborough 1727 – Painter.
Billie Dove 1903 – Actress.
Richard Deacon 1921 – Actor.
Patrice Munsel 1925 – Singer.
Bobby Darin 1936 – Singer.
George Lucas 1944 – Film producer.
Troy Shondell 1944 – Singer.
Francesca Annis 1944 – Actress.
Season Hubley (Susan Hubley) 1951 – Actress.
Robert Zemeckis 1952 – Film director.
Tim Roth 1961 – Actor.
Cate Blanchett 1969 – Actress.
Sophia Coppola 1971 – Director.
Amber Tamblyn 1983 – Actress.
Mark Zuckerberg 1984 – Founder of Facebook.
And finally, Miranda Cosgrove 1993 – Actress.

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