Life day 24060: Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 3 Comments

Good morning patriots. Today is Monday, May 27, 2013. The first holiday today is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a holiday to honor those servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War in 1865. It was traditionally observed on May 30th. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day. After WWI, this holiday was designated to include all American soldiers who had lost their lives in all American wars. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This law went into effect in 1971 and Memorial Day was included in this list of holidays. At this time, it also was recognized as an official federal holiday for the first time. Alas, as a result, Memorial Day has become bastardized to mean little more to some people than reason to have a family barbecue. They know nothing of the significance or meaning of this holiday. What a shame.

With that said, this next holiday pretty much sums up my feelings about Memorial Day. It is Prayer for Peace Memorial Day. This Presidential Proclamation says it all. At least someone “gets it”.

The third holiday today is Sunscreen Protection Day. Sunscreen Protection Day is yet another holiday that warns about overexposure to the sun. To reiterate, Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause serious risks to your health. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer above the earth, more and stronger UV rays get through. Overexposure to the sun can cause a number of health problems, including skin cancer, sunspots, and premature aging of your skin. Medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreens to guard against health problems. They recommend an Skin Protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. (Pasty caucasians like yours truly should use an SPF of at least 40). Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming. And yes, sun screens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.

Another holiday today is Cellophane Tape Day. Cellophane Tape Day celebrates the invention, in 1930, of Scotch Brand™ cellophane tape. It was invented by Richard Drew, an employee at the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M). My research did not indicate why Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated today. This date marks neither the birth nor death of Mr. Drew; the issuance of the patent for cellophane tape; nor the date that cellophane tape went on the market.
Note: In 1925, Richard Drew also invented Masking Tape. His first version of masking tape only had adhesive on the edges and not in the middle. According to legend, a frustrated auto painter told Mr. Drew to: “Take this tape back to your Scotch bosses and have them put more adhesive on it.” By “Scotch” the mechanic was using the pejorative vernacular popular at the time meaning stingy or cheap. Nonetheless, the name stuck and that is how Scotch Brand™ tape got its name.

The final holiday today is Old-Time Player Piano Day. Old-Time Player Piano Day celebrates the player pianos of the early 1900’s  that used paper rolls to tell the piano what notes to play. These have all but disappeared from the music landscape today except in museums and a few homes whose families have preserved the pianos handed down through the generations. There are still player pianos manufactured today, but they have incorporated all of the latest technology and now use computers to tell the piano what notes to play. To celebrate this holiday, do a search on YouTube, or your favorite search engine, for “old time player pianos”, and take a nostalgic trip back to the days of yore.

The food-related holiday today is National Grape Popsicle Day. National Grape Popsicle Day  commemorates the taste, history and culture of grape-flavored popsicles. Grape popsicles are frozen treats which are made using water, a popsicle stick, grape-flavoring (typically Jello or Kool-Aid) and sugar. For adults, there is also a grape popsicle cocktail that is made by combining grape vodka, ginger ale and grape juice and serving the mixture in a chilled glass.
The popsicle itself was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, who was 11 years old at the time. He accidentally left a mixture of powered soda, water and a stirring stick outside on his porch. It froze over during the night and the next day the “Epsicle” was born. Frank introduced the creation to his schoolmates, who instantly loved the treat. When Epperson grew up and had his own kids, they constantly asked for “Pop’s ‘sicles.” In 1923, he applied for a patent on the frozen treat and changed the name to “Popsicles.” A few years later, Epperson would sell his invention to the Joe Lowe Company in New York.

On this date in 1999 – In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.
Other historical events which occurred on this date are:
1647 – Achsah Young, a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a “witch.” It was the first recorded American execution of a “witch.”
1668 – Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.
1896 – 255 people were killed in St. Louis, MO, when a tornado struck.
1907 – The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.
1919 – A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.
1935 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt’s National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.
1941 – President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency” amid rising world tensions.
1941 – The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.
1942 – German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
1969 – Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
1985 – In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
1986 – Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.
1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.
1995 – In Charlottesville, VA, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.
And, in 1998 – Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries:
Cornelius Vanderbilt 1794 – Entrepreneur.
Amelia Jenks Bloomer 1818 – Suffragette.
Julia Ward Howe 1819 – Abolitionist.
Wild Bill Hickok 1837 –  Lawman, scout, gunfighter.
Isadora Duncan 1878 – Dancer.
Dashiell Hammett 1894 – Author.
Vincent Price 1911 – Actor.
Hubert H. Humphrey 1911 – Politician.
Herman Wouk 1915 – Author.
Henry Kissinger 1923 – Former U.S. Secretary of State.
Ramsey Lewis 1935 – Musician.
Lee Merriwether 1935 – Actress.
Louis Gossett, Jr. 1936 – Actor.
Don Williams 1939 – Country singer.
Cilla Black 1943 – Singer, actress.
Bruce Weitz 1943 – Actor.
Peri Gilpin 1961 – Actress.
Adam Carolla 1964 – Comedian.
Todd Bridges 1965 – Actor.
Dondre Whitfield 1969 – Actor.
Paul Bettany 1971 – Actor.
And finally, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes 1971 – Singer.


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