Life Day 24066: Wazzup Bubba

June 2, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bumpkins. Today is Sunday, June 2, 2013. The first holiday today is National Bubba Day. Officially, Bubba is a nickname (derivative of brother) used mainly in the South. It is usually given to the eldest son to designate his ranking in the family. Because of its association with the South, it is often used outside the South as a pejorative meaning a person of low economic status and limited education. Today is the day to celebrate your “inner Bubba”.
Factoid: In Yiddish, Bubba means grandmother.

The next holiday is National Cancer Survivors Day. National Cancer Survivors Day is a secular holiday celebrated on the first Sunday in June. The day is meant to “demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality”. Though it is mainly celebrated in the United States, the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is attempting to grow its popularity in other countries, with a modicum success. The first National Cancer Survivors Day was held on June 5, 1988. Many towns, cities, hospitals, and support groups host events and celebrations on National Cancer Survivors Day. If there is one near you, I urge you to attend.

The final holiday today is Children’s Awareness Memorial Day. Children’s Awareness Memorial Day is a day set aside each year to remember all of America’s children who have died as a result of violence. It is a day to bring flowers to the gravesite, have memorial services and spend time with or write a letter to a grieving parent or grandparent. It is a day to mourn and reach out to those in need of support. Children’s Awareness Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in June.

The food-related holiday today is National Rocky Road Day. Rocky Road is a combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and walnuts. It is most commonly found in the form of ice cream, brownies, and fudge. There is also a Rocky Road candy bar, and for a short time in the 1980′s, a breakfast cereal. Whichever form you like, have something “Rocky Road” today. I like the ice cream myself, so I’m off to the store to stock up.

On this date in 2003 – In Seville, Spain, a chest containing the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus were exhumed for DNA tests to determine whether the bones were really those of the explorer. The tests were aimed at determining if Columbus was currently buried in Spain’s Seville Cathedral or in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Also on this date in history:
1774 – The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.
1851 – Maine became the first U.S. state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
1883 – The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 – Grover Cleveland became the second U.S. president to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.
1897 – Mark Twain, at age 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” He was responding to the rumors that he had died.
1924 – All American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship by the U.S. Congress.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the first swimming pool to be built inside the White House.
1935 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball.
1953 – Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
1954 – U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
1957 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was interviewed by CBS-TV.
1966 – Surveyor 1, the U.S. space probe, landed on the moon and started sending photographs back to Earth of the Moon’s surface. It was the first soft landing on the Moon.
1985 – Tommy Sandt was ejected from a major-league baseball game before the national anthem was played. He had complained to the umpire about a call against his team the night before.
1995 – Captain Scott F. O’Grady’s U.S. Air Force F-16C was shot down by Bosnian Serbs. He was rescued six days later.
1998 – Royal Caribbean Cruises agreed to pay $9 million to settle charges of dumping waste at sea.
1998 – Voters in California passed Proposition 227. The act abolished the state’s 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English.
And, in 2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies could not be sued under a trademark law for using information in the public domain without giving credit to the originator. The case had originated with 20th Century Fox against suing Dastar Corp. over their use of World War II footage.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:
Marquis de Sade 1740 – French aristocrat.
Johnny Weissmuller 1904 – Olympic swimmer.
Milo O’Shea 1926 – Actor.
Pete Conrad 1930 – Astronaut.
Sally Kellerman 1937 – Actress.
Charles Haid 1943 – Actor.
Marvin Hamlisch 1944 – Composer.
Jerry Mathers 1948 – Actor.
Joanna Gleason 1950 – Actress.
Diana Canova 1953 – Actress.
Dana Carvey 1955 – Comedian.
Wayne Brady 1972 – Comedian.
Zachary Quinto 1977 – Actor.
And, last but not least, Nikki Cox 1978 – Actress.

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