Life Day 24070: Yo-Yo

June 6, 2013 at 12:13 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning yo-yos. Today is Thursday, June 6, 2013. The first holiday today is Yo-Yo Day. No, I’m not “goin’ all gangsta on ya”. Yo-yo day celebrates one of America’s favorite toys; the yo-yo. Today marks the birth date of Donald F. Duncan Sr. Although Mr. Duncan did not invent the yo-yo, (that distinction goes to the Chinese around 1000 BC, or perhaps the Ancient Greeks even earlier than that), he is chiefly responsible for popularizing the yo-yo here in America in the early 1900′s. If you are male, and a product of the 1950′s like yours truly, you probably carried one in your pocket throughout most of your Elementary School years. Yo-yos come in a variety of sizes and shapes; heck, some even light up when you throw them. So find your old yo-yo today and practice a few of your favorite yo-yo tricks. Do you still ‘have it’? How many tricks do you remember? I still have one somewhere, I’m sure.

The next holiday is National Gardening Exercise Day. Everyone knows that gardening is therapeutic. It is good for the body, mind and soul. Experts say that the various activities and tasks related to gardening use all of the major muscle groups. Strenuous gardening, such as raking, digging, or hoeing, is both aerobic and muscle strengthening. Go out into your garden today and exercise with, and among, your plants. Be sure to talk to them as well. They like that.

The third holiday today is Drive-in Movie Day. Originally known as “park-in theaters” (the term drive-in didn’t become popular until the 1940’s), the drive-in theater was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, who opened the first one in Camden, NJ on this date in 1933. Drive-ins became an icon of American culture. Their popularity spiked after WWII, and they reached their heyday in the 1960’s. Alas, rising real estate prices, combined with an upsurge in the popularity of walk-in theaters and a burgeoning video rental industry in the 1970’s, all but doomed the drive-in theater industry. There are still a few drive-ins remaining today, but most have been leveled and turned into industrial parks, or turned into ‘swap meets”. I still have fond memories of misspending a good portion of my youth watching “B” movies at one.

The final holiday today is D-Day. D-Day marks the anniversary of the date, June 6, 1944, when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high, more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but more than 150,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. It marked the “beginning of the end” of WWII in Europe.

The food-related holiday today is National Applesauce Cake Day. Applesauce cake is a simple loaf cake, similar to spice cake, which uses applesauce as a sweetener instead of sugar. The applesauce also makes a moister cake. It gained popularity during WWII when sugar was a rationed item. It is delicious plain, but you can also add raisins and/or walnuts for more texture. It can be served plain, or with a penuche (brown sugar) frosting. Make one for dessert tonight.

On this date in 2005 – The Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on doctor’s orders. The ruling concluded that state medical marijuana laws did not protect uses from the federal ban on the drug.
Also on this date in history:
1833 – Andrew Jackson became the first President to ride in a train.
1844 – The Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) was founded in London.
1882 – The first electric iron was patented by H.W. Seely.
1925 – Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.
1932 – In the U.S., the first federal tax on gasoline went into effect. It was a penny per gallon.
1936 – The first helicopter was tested in a building in Berlin, Germany.
1942 – The first nylon parachute jump was made by Adeline Gray in Hartford, CT.
1968 – U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at 1:44am in Los Angeles after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was was shot the evening before while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1971 – “The Ed Sullivan Show” aired for the last time. It was canceled after 23 years on the air. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the musical guests on show.
And, in 1985 – The U.S. Senate authorized nonmilitary aid to the Contras. The vote authorized $38 million over two years.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people:
Nathan Hale 1755 – American Revolutionary.
Alexander Pushkin 1799 – Russian author.
Walter Abel 1898 – Actor.
David Scott 1932 – NASA astronaut.
Billie Whitelaw 1932 – Actress.
Gary U.S. Bonds 1939 – Singer.
David Dukes 1945 – Actor.
Ada Kok 1947 – Swimmer.
Robert Englund 1948 – Actor.
Harvey Fierstein 1954 – Actor.
Sandra Bernhard 1955 – Comedian.
Bjorn Borg 1956 – Tennis player.
Amanda Pays 1959 – Actress.
Max Casella 1967 – Actor.
And finally, Staci Keenan 1975 – Actress.

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