Life Day 24072: Horsing Around

June 8, 2013 at 1:53 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of equine speed contests. Today is Saturday, June 8, 2013. The first “holiday” today is the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel in Thoroughbred  horse racing’s “Triple Crown”. It is always held on  a Saturday, and always 5 weeks after the running of the Kentucky Derby, and 3 weeks after the running of the Preakness. Consequently, it is run on Saturday, but never before June 5, nor after June 11. It is nicknamed “The Test of the Champion”. The Belmont Stakes is an American grade I stakes Thoroughbred horse race held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is a 1.5-mile horse race, the longest race of the Triple Crown series, open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds. Colts and Geldings carry a weight of 126 pounds; fillies carry 121 pounds. The race is televised, and usually draws an audience of around 20 million viewers. The first Belmont Stakes race was held in 1867.

The next holiday is Upsy Daisy Day. Upsy Daisy Day encourages you to awake every morning after turning off your alarm clock and feel gleeful and joyous. Whether that means you need to swill cup of coffee to get you perked, or take a long, hot shower, or exercise, then by all means do it. However you go about it, remember to be happy on this day. YEAH RIGHT!!!!

The third holiday today has me in stitches. It is World-wide Knit (or crochet) in Public Day. Good news for all of you who can’t bear the stigma of being labeled a knitter or crocheter. Today, you don’t need to hide in your sewing room to do your tatting. In fact, today you are encouraged to blatantly put your prowess with a needle on public display. Now, proudly go sit on your front porch and make some doilies or booties.

Another holiday today is International Young Eagles Day. International Young Eagles Day is a program created by the US Experimental Aircraft Association designed to give children between the ages of 8 to 17 an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane while educating children about aviation. This program is offered free of charge with donations and volunteers. The program was launched in 1992 and, currently has flown more nearly 2 million children in 90 countries. More than 43,000 pilots have participated in the program, donating their time and paying the full cost of providing the flights for the children in their own or rented aircraft. While some pilots have only flown a few Young Eagles there are many pilots who have flown more than three thousand children.

The fifth holiday today is Best Friend Day. Best Friend Day Best is a time to show appreciation to your best friend (or friends). Try to spend some ‘quality time’ with your best friend today. Friends come and go for a variety of reasons. It’s the result of many things, including moving, changing schools or jobs, and more. If you have lost touch with one of your best friends, make an effort to reconnect with them.

Yet another holiday today is Name Your Poison Day. Name Your Poison Day refers to the old saying ‘name your poison’; which means that you need to decide between a number of options. It  is a day to make a choice, make a decision. Be it good or bad today you need to decide on something. These days, ‘name your poison’  is commonly used when asking someone what type of alcoholic drink they want. But, it is also used to refer to any choice of options, good or bad. The word poison has a negative connotation. Sometimes there is no good way to solve a problem, and you have to try to decide which option is the least objectionable.

The last two holidays are a couple of those fufu U.N. type holidays which I abhor. Here are the links in case you disagree with me.
World Oceans Day.
National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The food-related holiday today is Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. WOW! It seems that the good ole’ donut is one of the most celebrated foods around. This is the third donut-related holiday this month. I won’t bore you with the history of donuts again, or give you a recipe. Just be sure to include the consumption of a jelly-filled donut (or two) on your itinerary today.

On this date in 1967 – Israeli airplanes attacked the USS Liberty in the Mediterranean during the 6-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors. 34 U.S. Navy crewmen were killed. Israel later called the incident a tragic mistake due to the mis-identification of the ship. The U.S. has never publicly investigated the incident.
Also on this date in history:
1861 – Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
1869 – Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.
1872 – The penny postcard was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1915 – U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
1948 – “Texaco Star Theater”, hosted by Milton Berle, made its debut on NBC-TV.
1953 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated restaurants in Washington, DC.
1961 – The Milwaukee Braves set a major league baseball record when four consecutive home runs were hit in one inning of a game.
1965 – U.S. troops in South Vietnam were given orders to begin fighting offensively.
1969 – The New York Yankees retired Mickey Mantle’s number (7).
1978 – A jury in Clark County, Nevada, ruled that the “Mormon will,” was a forgery. The work was supposedly written by Howard Hughes.
1982 – President Reagan became the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
1988 – The judge in the Iran-Contra conspiracy case ruled that Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim had to be tried separately.
1998 – The National Rifle Association elected Charlton Heston to be its president.
And, in 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones began the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They completed the trek at the U.S.-Mexico border on September 28.

If you were born on  this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy people:
Frank Lloyd Wright 1867 –  Architect.
Robert Preston 1918 – Actor.
Alexis Smith 1921 – Actress.
George Kirby 1924 – Comedian.
Barbara Bush 1925 – Former First Lady.
Jerry Stiller 1929 – Actor, comedian.
Dana Wytner 1930 – Actress.
Joan Rivers 1933 – Comedian.
James Darren 1936 – Actor.
Nancy Sinatra 1940 – Singer.
Boz Scaggs 1944 – Singer.
Sara Paretsky 1947 – Author.
Sonia Braga 1950 – Actress.
Alex Van Halen 1953 – Musician.
Scott Adams 1957 – Cartoonist.
Keenan Ivory Wayans 1958 – Comedian.
Julianna Margulies 1967 – Actress.
And finally, Kelli Williams 1970 – Actress.

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