Life Day 24071: A Doughnutty Day

June 7, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning dough nuts. Today is Friday, June 7, 2013. The first holiday today is National Doughnut Day. A week ago we celebrated National Doughnut Day: the food. This National Doughnut Day is not a food-related holiday. It was started in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army women of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers. Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of US enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could “mother” the boys. These huts were established by The Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers. About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an “instant hit”, and soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts. Margaret Sheldon, one of the volunteers, wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.” This National Doughnut Day is always celebrated on the first Friday in June. To celebrate this holiday, buy a doughnut for someone and/or make a donation to The Salvation Army.

The next holiday is VCR Day. VCR Day celebrates the date in 1975 when Sony made the Betamax VCR available for purchase and revolutionized home entertainment. The technology for VCRs and video cassettes had been around since the 1950s, but it wasn’t affordable for the average consumer until the release of the Betamax. For you young ones out there, a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder), is a device which allows one to record audio and video from a source to a video cassette which contains magnetic tape. The video cassette can then be played in the VCR, allowing the viewer to watch the recorded TV program or movie at any time.
This, naturally, brought to light the issue of copyright infringement which still rages on today. During next few years several different formats of VCR’s emerged, including the Betamax and the VHS cassette, each with their own platforms which were not interchangeable. For example you couldn’t play a VHS in a Betamax player, etc, etc. VHS and Betamax eventually emerged as the front runners. Evidently, the public preferred the longer recording times of the VHS format over the higher quality of the Betamax format, because the VHS format became the standard.
Do you still have that box full of VHS tapes with all of those movies that you pirated from HBO and Showtime?  If so, celebrate this holiday by retrieving them from the back of the closet and play some them today; that is, presuming that you still have a VCR player upon which to play them.

The final holiday today is Daniel Boone Day. Daniel Boone Day does not, as you might think, celebrate the birth date or date of death of Daniel Boone. Rather, it celebrates the date in 1769, when he, according to his journals, first saw the wilderness area now known as Kentucky. Daniel Boone was born in Pennsylvania on November 2, 1734. His family moved to North Carolina shortly thereafter, and he spent most of his youth hunting and trapping in the North Carolina frontier. Unless you were asleep for most of your Elementary School years, you know that Daniel Boone was a legendary frontiersman, explorer, and trailblazer. It was through his efforts that the Cumberland Gap, the primary route to the west, was opened in 1775. He later established the settlement of Boonesborough along this route. The consummate explorer, in his 70’s, he pulled up stakes and moved westward once more into what is now Missouri. When asked why he had made the move, he is said to have replied that Kentucky was: “Too crowded, too crowded. I want elbow-room.” He died in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1820, with his place in history secured forever.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day celebrates, obviously, America’s favorite frozen treat, chocolate ice cream. Frozen treats have been around since the Roman Empire. Nero enjoyed ice treats flavored with fruits and honey. Ice cream as we know it today, is a much more recent creation. The first recorded ice cream recipe is from the book “Mrs. Mary Eales’s Receipts, Confectioner to her Late Majesty Queen Anne” (published in 1733). Ice Cream was introduced to America by Quakers who immigrated from England. Americans Nancy Johnson and William Young  invented the hand cranked ice cream machine in 1848. The first person to produce ice cream commercially was Jacob Fussel (also an American) in 1897. And, Clarence Vogt (yet another American) invented the continuous ice cream freezer in 1926. I think I’ll have my chocolate ice cream with marshmallow and walnuts. OOPS! What? Wait. I think that’s called Rocky Road, which we celebrated a few days ago. Oh well, I still have some left so I’ll have some anyway. It’s mostly chocolate. Right?

On this date in

1942 – The Battle of Midway ended. The sea and air battle lasted 4 days. Japan lost four carriers, a cruiser, and 292 aircraft, and suffered 2,500 casualties. The U.S. lost the Yorktown, the destroyer USS Hammann, 145 aircraft, and suffered 307 casualties.
Also on this date in history:
1712 – The Pennsylvania Assembly banned the importation of slaves.
1775 – The United Colonies changed their name to the United States.
1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.
1892 – John Joseph Doyle became the first pinch-hitter in baseball when he was used in a game.
1903 – Professor Pierre Curie revealed the discovery of Polonium.
1909 – Mary Pickford made her motion picture debut in “The Violin Maker of Cremona.”
1929 – The sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
1939 – King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in the U.S. It was the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.
1944 – Off of the coast of Normandy, France, the Susan B. Anthony sank. All 2,689 people aboard survived.
1955 – “The $64,000 Question” premiered.
1965 – In the U.S., the Gemini 4 mission was completed. The mission featured the first spacewalk by an American.
1983 – The U.S. ordered Nicaragua to close all six of its consulates and informed 21 Nicaraguan consular officials that they could not longer remain in the United States.
And, in 2000 – U.S. Federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corporation.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables:
Beau Brummel 1778 – Early fashionista.
Paul Gauguin 1848 – Artist.
Jessica Tandy 1909 – Actress.
Dean Martin 1917 – Singer.
Dolores Gray 1924 – Actress.
Virginia McKenna 1931 – Actress.
Tom Jones 1940 – Singer.
Ken Osmond 1943 – Actor.
Anne Twomey 1951 – Actress.
Liam Neeson 1952 – Actor.
Colleen Camp 1953 – Actress.
William Forsythe 1955 – Actor.
Prince 1958 – Musician.
Helen Baxendale 1970 – Actress.
Anna Torv 1979 – Actress.
Larisa Oleynik 1981 – Actress.
Anna Kournikova 1981 – Tennis player.
And finally, Michael Cera 1988 – Actor.

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