Life Day 24055: Buy a Musical Instrument Day

May 22, 2013 at 1:34 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning musical instrument lovers. Today is Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The first holiday today is Buy a Musical Instrument Day. Buy a Musical Instrument Day is pretty much self-explanatory. If you are a musician, today is the day to upgrade or add to your collection. If you have been contemplating taking up a musical instrument, today might be the day to take the plunge and make the purchase. You are never too old to learn something new.

The next holiday is National Maritime Day. National Maritime Day salutes those who serve in the United States Merchant Marine. The men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have been been making contributions to this country during war and peace since its infancy. They have participated in every war from the Revolution to the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They transport troops, supplies and equipment to war zones, often at great peril. Take time out of your busy day to remember those selfless individuals who are right now at sea keeping you safe.

The third holiday today is International Day for Biological Diversity. International Day for Biological Diversity is another one of those sappy, holidays created by the United Nations to justify their existence [to themselves]. The theme for this year is Water and Biodiversity. They are currently spending your tax dollars on a census of Marine life. It seems to me that instead of counting the fish, they should  pull a few into their boats and feed starving people throughout the world. Just sayin’.

The final holiday today is World Goth Day. This holiday is of absolutely no interest to me, so this link will tell you all that you need to know about this holiday.

The food-related holiday today is National Vanilla Pudding Day. The sweet creamy dessert that we all know and love today has been around since the 19th century. Most culinary historians agree that our modern recipe evolved from custards, which date back to Ancient Rome. Jell-O introduced its first line of instant pudding in the 1950s. The advertising campaign announcing the new product promoted it as the “busy-day dessert.” To celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day, make some delicious homemade vanilla pudding from scratch, or from an instant mix. I think I will slice some bananas into mine, then pour the mixture into a pre-baked graham cracker crust and top it with whipped cream. I’ll call it Vanilla Pudding Cream Pie; with bananas. I’m such an innovator.

On this date in 1868 – Near Marshfield, IN, The “Great Train Robbery” took place. The robbery was worth $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds to the seven members of the Reno gang.
Other historical events which occurred on this date are:
1761 – In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.
1819 – The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1841 – Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.
1849 – Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.
1859 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of “Sherlock Holmes” ,  was born.
1872 – The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
1892 – Dr. Sheffield, a British dentist, invented the toothpaste tube.
1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
1908 – The Wright brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
1955 – A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was canceled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because “rock and roll dances might be featured.”
1955 – Jack Benny did his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years.
1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS.
1972 – U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
1972 – The island Ceylon adopted a new constitution and became the republic of Sri Lanka.
1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.
1992 – Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the last time. He had been host for 30 years.
1997 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.
1998 – A federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning U.S. President Clinton.
2002 – Chandra Levy’s remains were found in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
And, in 2003 – At the Colonial Golf Club in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorentam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at 1-over par.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Wilhelm Richard Wagner 1813 – Composer.
Sir Laurence Olivier 1907 – Actor.
Vance Packard 1914 – Journalist.
Michael Constantine 1927 – Actor.
T. Boone Pickens 1928 – Oil tycoon.
Peter Nero 1934 – Pianist.
Susan Strasberg 1938 – Actress.
Paul Winfield 1939 – Actor.
Michael Sarrazin 1940 – Actor.
Barbara Parkins 1942 – Actress.
Al Corley 1956 – Actor.
Ann Cusak 1961 – Actress.
Naomi Campbell 1970 – Model.
Alison Eastwood 1972 – Actress.
Anna Belknap 1972 – Actress.
Maggie Q 1979 – Actress.
And finally, Apolo Ohno 1982 – Olympic speed skater.

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