Life Day 24058: Do You Wanna Dance?

May 25, 2013 at 12:17 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ‘hoofers’. Today is Saturday, May 25, 2013. I’m not going to ‘tap dance’ around the subject. Todays first holiday is Tap Dance Day. Tap Dance Day could be interpreted to mean that today is a day to avoid or “tap dance” around problems or issues at home or with colleagues at work. However, if you chose that interpretation, you would be wrong. BUZZZZ! This holiday marks the birth date of Luther Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, one of the premier tap dancers of all time. He was born on this date in 1878. If you already know how to tap dance, retrieve your old tap shoes from that dusty box on the top shelf in your garage and brush up on your skills. If you have ever considered learning how to tap dance, today is the day to do so. If you don’t feel like taking up tap dancing today, you can still celebrate today by learning more about Mr. Robinson, learning more about tap dancing, and/or watching old films which include tap dancing (particularly ones featuring Mr. Robinson). This holiday was created as the result of a Joint Resolution of Congress declaring May 25th National Tap Dance Day. President George Bush signed it into law as a national day on November 7, 1989.

The next holiday is International Jazz Day. International Jazz Day celebrates Jazz music and history, as well as Jazz musicians. Jazz music was born in America in the 1800’s. Over the years, it has become popular around the world. International Jazz Day was created and in 1991 by D. Michael Denny, a musician and bandleader. At the time, he was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. In 1991, a statement was recorded in the U.S. Congressional Record recognizing the creation of International Jazz Day. The birthplace and home of Jazz music is New Orleans, Louisiana. Until you visit New Orleans and attend a real Jazz show in an authentic setting, you can’t fully appreciate the culture and beauty of this great style of music. Celebrate International Jazz Day by sitting back and listening to your favorite Jazz tunes.

The last holiday today upon which I am going to comment is Cookie Monster’s Birthday. Actually, it is the birthday of Frank Oz, who was the voice of the Cookie Monster 1969 to 2002 (and occasionally since then). He (Frank Oz) was also the voice of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Grover, among other Sesame Street characters; as well as Yoda in the first Star Wars trilogy.

Other lesser holidays today are as follows:
Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day and Towel Day.
Julia Pierpont Day.
Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD).
National Missing Children’s Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Wine Day. Wine has been an important part of human history and culture for thousands of years. Archaeologists in Speyer, Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses in 1867. The bottle dates back to at least 325 AD. It is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany. To celebrate this holiday, visit a winery near you today. If you don’t live near a winery, have a wine tasting party in your home tonight.

The other food-related holiday today is National “Brown Bag it” Day. Packing your lunch for work or school is a great way to make sure you know that you are getting proper nutrition during the day. It is also a great way to save money. To celebrate this holiday, pack your lunch today before you go to work/school. If you are retired, pack a lunch and go to a park.

On this date in 1999 – A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China concluded that China had “stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons” and that China’s penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories “spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today.”
1787 – The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1844 – The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1895 – Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.
1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
1927 – Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.
1935 – Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.
1953 – In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 – America was asked by President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1968 – The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1977 – An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in “The Washington Post.” The article called for a national memorial to “remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons” that had served in the Vietnam War.
1981 – Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago’s Sears Tower, while wearing a “Spiderman” costume, in 7 1/2 hours.
1985 – Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 – Approximately 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America.”
1992 – Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
1997 – Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
1997 – Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.
2000 – The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. signed a long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of an agreement.
2001 – Erik Weihenmeyer, 32, of Golden, CO, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2001 – Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
And in 2006 – In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – Essayist, philosopher, poet.
Igor Sikorsky 1889 – Aviation pioneer.
Ginny Simms 1916 – Singer.
Claude Akins 1926 – Actor.
Jeanne Crain 1925 – Actress.
Miles Davis 1926 – Musician.
Kitty Kallen 1926 – Singer.
Robert Ludlum 1927 – Author.
Beverly Sills 1929 – Opera singer.
Tom T. Hall 1936 – Singer, songwriter.
Dixie Carter 1939 – Actress.
Leslie Uggams 1943 – Actress, singer.
Karen Valentine 1947 – Actress.
Patti D’Arbanville 1951 – Actress, model.
Connie Sellecca 1955 – Actress, model.
Mike Myers 1963 – Actor, comedian.
Anne Heche 1969 – Actress.
Justin Henry 1971 – Actor.
Molly Sims 1973 – Actress.
And finally, Cillian Murphy 1976 – Actor.

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