Life Day 24063: Water a Flower Day

May 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning horticulture lovers. Today is Thursday, May 30, 2013. The first holiday today is Water a Flower Day. Water a Flower Day serves as a reminder to water your flowers  today; all of them. I don’t know why this holiday is named in the singular form, but it is.  And, how are you supposed to determine which single flower to nourish? What criteria would you use? The most in need? The prettiest? Would you gather your family together and decide democratically, or unilaterally make the decision yourself? Besides, in today’s litigious society, it is better to be safe than sorry and just water all of them anyway. And, while you’re at it, it might be a good idea to add some fertilizer to the water. A nourished flower is a happy flower.

The next holiday today is Loomis Day. Loomis Day commemorates Mahlon Loomis, who patented his wireless telegraphing inventions on this date 1872; while working as a dentist in Washington DC (before Marconi was born). Titled “An Improvement in Telegraphing,” the patent described how to telegraph without wires; this patent was backed up by experiment on the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia.  He had actually claimed to have succeeded in wireless telegraphy some 6 years earlier, though with no witnesses present to see this, May 30th is one of the earliest official recognitions of his triumph. Like the internet meme of today: “No picture, it didn’t happen”. 

The final holiday today is My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day.  My Bucket’s Got a Hole in it Day commemorates those days when, no matter what you do, it seems that you can’t get anything accomplished. Everyone has heard the classic old German folk song “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” where you can’t fix the bucket because you need the bucket to carry water so you can fix the bucket. Well, this holiday celebrates those kinds of days. We all have them occasionally.

The food-related holiday today is National Mint Julep Day. I can truthfully say that I have never had a Mint Julep, and since I seldom imbibe in alcohol these days, I won’t be having one today either. However, if you want to try one, click this link and through some sort of blogospheric Shamanism, a recipe will appear.

On this date in 1997 – Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.
Also on this date in history:
1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.
1539 – Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.
1783 – The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”.
1848 – W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.
1854 – The U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
1889 – The brassiere was invented.
1896 – The first automobile accident occurred in New York City.
1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1933 – Sally Rand introduced her exotic and erotic fan dance to audiences at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.
1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
1982 – Spain became the 16th NATO member. Spain was the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.
1989 – The “Goddess of Democracy” statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
And, in 1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested divorce decree ending their 10-year marriage.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:
Cornelia Otis Skinner 1901 – Actress, author.
Stepin Fetchit 1902 – Comedian, actor.
Mel Blanc 1908  – Voice actor.
Benny Goodman 1909 – Band leader.
Johnny Gimble 1926 – Country musician.
Clint Walker 1927 – Actor.
Ruta Lee 1936 – Actress.
Michael J. Pollard 1939 – Actor.
Gale Sayers 1943 – Football player.
Meredith MacRae 1945 – Actress.
Stephen Tobolowsky 1951 – Actor.
Ted McGinley 1958 – Actor.
Ralph Carter 1961 – Actor.
Wynonna Judd 1964 – Country musician.
And finally, Blake Bashoff 1981 – Actor.

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