Life Day 24062: Learn About Composting Day

May 29, 2013 at 12:23 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning friends of the environment. Today is Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The first holiday today is  Learn About Composting Day.  Learn About Composting Day encourages you to learn about the benefits of composting; not only to your own yard, but to the environment in general. You might be surprised at the number of things that can be composted. Everyone knows about yard trimmings, and vegetable waste from your kitchen, but did you know that you can also compost paper, cardboard and untreated wood? Composting is easy and it benefits the environment. Take the time to learn about composting today, then “Go Green” and start composting. Next Spring, you’ll reap the benefits of your endeavors and enjoy beautiful flowers and yummy fruits and vegetables from your garden with the satisfaction of knowing that you, in some small way, helped the environment.

The next holiday is End of the Middle Ages Day. Many historians consider this date in 1453 to be the end of the Middle Ages, (and hence the Beginning of the Renaissance). On this date, the city of Constantinople fell  to the Ottoman Empire after being under siege for two months. The reason this is significant is that Constantinople was the political center of the Byzantine (Greek) Empire. Because of this, the Greek scholars fled Constantinople and the result was the spread of enlightened Greek culture throughout the rest of the world.

The third holiday today is International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers honors all of those who serve, and have served, in United Nations peacekeeping operations. This holiday was created in 2002 by Resolution 57/129. It is celebrated today because May 29th marks the anniversary of  the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948 to monitor the cease fire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was the first ever United Nations Peacekeeping mission.

Today’s last three holidays are worthy of mention, but little else. I will not go into detail here, but will provide a link for you if you want more information about one of them.
National Senior Health & Fitness Day.
World MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Day.
Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Coq Au Vin Day.  Coq Au Vin literally means Rooster in Wine (sauce). It is a traditional French peasant dish which is basically chicken (originally an older rooster) stewed in wine with salt pork, mushrooms, and garlic. If you want some for dinner, you should get started soon. It takes some time to prepare.

On this date in 2001 – In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.
Also on this date in history:
1721 – South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.
1765 – Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses.
1790 – Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state.
1910 – An airplane raced a train from Albany, NY, to New York City. The airplane pilot Glenn Curtiss won the $10,000 prize.
1911 – The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place.
1916 – The official flag of the president of the United States was adopted.
1922 – The Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.
1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
1973 – Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1974 – U.S. President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
1985 – Thirty-nine people were killed and 400 were injured in a riot at a European Cup soccer match in Brussels, Belgium.
1986 – Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.
1999 – Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.
And, in 2001 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of note:
Patrick Henry 1736 – Founding Father.
Beatrice Lillie 1898 – Actress.
Bob Hope 1903 – Entertainer.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917 – 35th POTUS.
Clifton James 1921 – Actor.
Stacy Keach 1941 – Actor.
Helmut Berger 1944 – Actor.
Anthony Geary 1947 – Actor.
John Hinckley Jr. 1955 – Failed assassin.
LaToya Jackson 1956 – Singer.
Annette Bening 1958 – Actress.
Melissa Etheridge 1961 – Singer.
Lisa Whelchel 1963 – Actress.
Tracey Bregman 1973 – Actress.
And finally, Melanie Janine Brown 1975 – Scary Spice.

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