Life Day 24053: I Feel Like a Million Bucks

May 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning wannabe millionaires. Today is Monday, May 20, 2013. The first holiday today is Be a Millionaire Day. Be a Millionaire Day encourages you to act like a millionaire today, even if you aren’t.  I’m sure that most of you would like to join the “Millionaire Club”, who wouldn’t? If, like me you are a long way from that goal, here are a few things you can do to feel like a millionaire.
1) Buy yourself an extravagant gift that you would not normally buy.
2) Go over your investment portfolio and track you progress.
3) Make a sizable donation to your favorite charity.
4) Go to a casino.
5) Buy a lottery ticket. What the heck, you have as good a chance of winning as anyone else.

The second holiday is Eliza Doolittle Day. Eliza Doolittle Day is pretty much a meaningless holiday for anyone except fans of musical theater and Audrey Hepburn fans. Eliza Doolittle is a character in the Musical My Fair Lady. She is a flower girl who is trying to learn to speak like a proper English lady. The reason this holiday is celebrated today is because of a line from the show which reads as follows:
One evening the king will say, ‘Oh, Liza, old thing — I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May, I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day’.  
Celebrate this holiday by try speaking in ‘proper’ English today.

The third holiday today is Weights and Measures Day. Weights and Measures Day is,, quite simply, the anniversary of the signing of an international treaty establishing the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. The treaty was signed on this date in 1875, on international territory at Sèvres, France. That pretty much covers this holiday. To get the full measure of this holiday, you could celebrate by measuring something, I guess.

The first food-related holiday today is National Quiche Lorraine Day. Who is Lorraine, and why the heck does she have a quiche named after her? The answer to both questions is that Lorraine is not a “who” but rather, a “where”. Quiche Lorraine originated in the Alsace-Lorraine region in northeastern France (hence, quiche Lorraine). The word quiche evolved from the German word Küchen, which means cake. Alsace-Lorraine, now a region of northeastern France, borders on Germany and over the centuries was variously in German control. According to food historians, when this quiche, now considered a quintessential French dish, was developed, the region was a German province called Lothringen. Despite the many bastardizations of this recipe that you find in cookbooks (and online), Quiche Lorraine is a specific recipe which uses heavy cream and bacon, and no cheese. You can blame Julia Child for adding cheese to this classic recipe. The recipe for Quiche Lorraine in her book “From Julia Child’s Kitchen” pointed out that the original recipe did not include cheese, but said that you could include cheese if you were so inclined. This is her recipe. Try it today if you are in an adventurous mood.

The other food-related holiday today is Pick Strawberries Day. Pick Strawberries Day is a sweet, tasty way to enjoy a late spring day. If you don’t have strawberries in your garden, or if they aren’t quite ripe, do not despair. Sometimes local farmers allow people to go into their fields and pick their own strawberries. If all else fails, you can always visit your favorite grocery store or Farmer’s Market and “pick” up a basket or two.
HEADS UP: Don’t use all of the strawberries you “pick” today. You will need some for a different holiday tomorrow.

On this date in 1939 – The first telecast over telephone wires was sent from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The event was a bicycle race.
Other historical events which happened on this date are:
1774 – Britain’s Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior.
1775 – North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence (from England).
1830 – The fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde.
1861 – North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.
1874 – Levi Strauss began marketing his iconic blue jeans with copper rivets.
1899 – Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.
1916 – Norman Rockwell’s first cover on “The Saturday Evening Post” appeared.
1926 – Congress passed the Air Commerce Act. The act gave the Department of Commerce the right to license pilots and planes.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the “Spirit of St. Louis.” The trip took 33 1/2 hours.
1932 – Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.
1939 – The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the “Yankee Clipper” from Port Washington, New York.
1970 – 100,000 people marched in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.
1978 – Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.
1985 – The FBI arrested U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer John Walker. Walker had begun spying for the Soviet Union in 1968.
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.
1993 – The final episode of “Cheers” was aired on NBC-TV.
1996 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.
And, in 1999 – At Heritage High School in Conyers, GA, a 15-year-old student shot and injured six students. He then surrendered to an assistant principal at the school.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables:
Dolley Madison 1768 – U.S. First Lady.
William George Fargo 1818 – Organizer of Wells Fargo & Company.
Jimmy Stewart 1908 – Actor.
William R. Hewlett 1913 – Co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company.
George Goble 1919 – Comedian, actor.
Edith Fellows 1923 – Actress.
David Hedison 1928 – Actor.
Constance Towers 1933 – Actress.
Anthony Zerbe 1936 – Actor.
Joe Cocker 1944 – Singer.
Cher 1946 – Singer.
Dave Thomas 1949 – Comedian, actor.
Ronald Prescott Reagan 1958 – Talk show host.
Bronson Pinchot 1959 – Actor.
Susan Cowsill 1959 – Singer.
Tony Goldwyn 1960 – Actor.
And finally, Mindy Cohn 1966 – Actress.

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