Life Day 24068: Old Maid’s Day

June 4, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The first holiday today is Old Maid’s Day. Old Maid’s Day does not refer to the popular children’s card game. The concept for this holiday came about right after the end of WWII. Millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies were not getting younger as they awaited the return of their GI.  The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It is from these occurrences that Old Maid’s Day emerged.
With the “liberation” of women propagated by the Women’s movement in the late 1960’s, this holiday seems archaic in today’s society. No longer is the stigma of “Old Maid” acceptable. In fact, it is considered degrading to women. Many women are eschewing the societal norms of yesteryear, and are choosing to educate themselves and start their careers before they even consider marriage; or are foregoing marriage altogether. Whether or not you agree with this current trend, it is an undeniable fact of life. So be careful, very, very careful, where, and with whom, you decide to celebrate this holiday lest you be branded a misogynist or worse.

The only other holidays that I could find today are a couple of those sappy, touchy-feely, United Nations type of holidays that I abhor. Here are the links if you want further information.
Audacity to Hope Day.
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

There are, however a number of food-related holidays today. The first is National Cheese Day. National Cheese Day celebrates that delicious dairy product, cheese. Cheese is an ancient food whose origin predates recorded history. This link will take you to a website where you can learn more. If you have a favorite kind of cheese, this link will take you to a website where you can learn about the history of many different varieties of cheese, probably including yours. To celebrate this holiday, simply enjoy some of your favorite type of cheese in your favorite recipe. Now, I’m going to ‘cut the cheese’ and move on to the next holiday.

The next food-related holiday is National Frozen Yogurt Day. National Frozen Yogurt Day celebrates that delicious, frosty, refreshing dessert, frozen yogurt; aka “fro yo” in today’s vernacular. Frozen yogurt is a frozen dessert similar to ice cream except made with much healthier yogurt, combined with other different flavorings and ingredients of your choosing, then frozen; with or without the aid of an ice-cream freezer. To celebrate this holiday, buy some frozen yogurt at your favorite supermarket or ice cream shoppe, or if you feel adventurous, make some at home. A simple search for “frozen yogurt” in your favorite search engine will yield about a bazillion jillion different recipes.

The final food-related holiday today is National Cognac Day. Cognac is an expensive brandy, named after the town of Cognac in France. It is made from doubly distilling white wine made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and/or Colombard grapes. Aside from being a popular beverage used in a variety of different cocktails or sipped straight; it is very popular with chefs worldwide. It is used in a variety of gourmet dishes from cookies, to seafood, to risotto, and many more. To celebrate, have some cognac; either as a beverage of in one of your recipes.

On this date in 1942 – The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.
Also on this date in history:
1674 – Horse racing was prohibited in Massachusetts.
1717 – The Freemasons were founded in London.
1784 – Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet.
1812 – The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri Territory.
1896 – Henry Ford made a successful test drive of his new car in Detroit, MI. The vehicle was called a quadricycle.
1919 – The U.S. Senate passed the Women’s Suffrage bill.
1931 – The first rocket-glider flight was made by William Swan in Atlantic City, NJ.
1939 – The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels.
1944 – The U-505 became the first enemy submarine captured by the U.S. Navy.
1947 – The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes.
1974 – The Cleveland Indians had “Ten Cent Beer Night”. Due to the drunken and unruly fans the Indians forfeited to the Texas Rangers.
1974 – Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army.
1984 – For the first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open golf tournament.
1985 – The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law that provided for a daily minute of silence in public schools.
1986 – Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pled guilty in Washington to spying for Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison.
1986 – The California Supreme Court approved a law that limited the liability of manufacturers and other wealthy defendants. It was known as the “deep pockets law.”
1989 – In Beijing, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush the pro-democracy movement. It is believed that hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators were killed.
1992 – The U.S. Postal Service announced that people preferred the “younger Elvis” stamp design in a nationwide vote.
And, in 2003 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban “partial birth” abortions.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Rosalind Russell 1908 – Actress.
Charles Collingwood 1917 – Newscaster.
Robert Merrill 1919 – Opera singer.
Gene Barry 1922 – Actor.
Dennis Weaver 1924 – Actor.
Bruce Dern 1936 – Actor.
Michelle Phillips 1944 – Singer, actress.
Parker Stevenson 1952 – Actor.
Julie White 1961 – Actress.
Andrea Jaegar 1965 – Tennis star.
Scott Wolf 1968 – Actor.
Noah Wyle 1971 – Actor.
Russell Brand 1975 – Actor, comedian.
Angelina Jolie 1975 – Actress.
And finally, Bar Refaeli 1975 – Model.

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