Life Day 24075: Aloha

June 11, 2013 at 12:08 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Good morning Wahine and Kane. The only holiday that I could find today is King Kamehameha Day. King Kamehameha Day is a public holiday in the state of Hawaii.  It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii. King Kamehameha Day, was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V (on December 22, 1871) as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I. The first observance of the holiday happened the following year. Late 19th century celebrations of King Kamehameha Day featured carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and velocipede races. King Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959. Today, King Kamehameha Day is treated with elaborate events harkening back to ancient Hawaii, respecting the cultural traditions that Kamehameha defended as his society was slowly shifting towards European trends. The King Kamehameha Hula Competition attracts hula groups from all over the world to the Neil S. Blaisdell Center for the two-day event. Prizes are awarded on the second night. The most important ritual dates back to 1901 after the Territory of Hawaii was established. It is the evening draping ceremony in which the Kamehameha Statue in front of Aliʻiolani Hale and ʻIolani Palace on King Street in downtown Honolulu is draped in long strands of lei. The same is done at the Kamehameha Statue on the former monarch’s home island, the Big Island of Hawaii. Outside of the state, a similar draping ceremony is held at the United States Capitol where the Kamehameha Statue there is also draped in lei in the company of federal officials.
Hawaii is the 50th State, and is the only State that is an island archipelago. It is made up of over 100 islands, however there are eight main islands that make up the Hawaiian Islands and only seven are inhabited. They are (from largest to smallest) . Hawaii (the Big Island),  Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe (unpopulated).

There are two food-related holidays today. The first is National Corn on the Cob Day. National Corn on the Cob Day celebrates one of America’s favorite vegetables (actually, it is technically a grain like wheat), corn on the cob. (DUH) Just about everyone loves corn on the cob, and corn is in season now. Whether you steam it, boil it, or cook it on the barbecue, enjoy some for dinner tonight. Just be sure to have plenty of dental floss on hand.

The other food-related holiday today is National German Chocolate Cake Day. German chocolate cake is a rich chocolate cake with a coconut pecan filling frosted with chocolate frosting topped with more coconut. German chocolate cake does not come from Germany or from German immigrants. Instead, it derives its name from German chocolate, a milder, sweeter chocolate developed in 1852 by Sam German, an Englishman who worked in America for Baker Chocolate Company. No matter its origins, enjoy some for dessert tonight.

On this date in 1993 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who commit “hate crimes” could be sentenced to extra punishment. The court also ruled in favor of religious groups saying that they indeed had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals during worship services.
Also on this date in history:
1770 – Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground.
1793 – Robert Haeterick was issued the first patent for a stove.
1880 – Jeanette Rankin was born. She became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
1895 – Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
1910 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. He was the French underwater explorer that invented the Aqualung diving apparatus.
1912 – Silas Christoferson became the first pilot to take off from the roof of a hotel.
1919 – Sir Barton became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes.
1927 – Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross.
1930 – William Beebe dove to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda. He used a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
1936 – The Presbyterian Church of America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.
1947 – The U.S. government announced an end to sugar rationing.
1950 – Ben Hogan returned to tournament play after a near fatal car accident. He won the U.S. Open.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
1963 – Alabama Gov. George Wallace allowed two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama.
1972 – Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career.
1973 – After a ruling by the Justice Department of the State of Pennsylvania, women were licensed to box or wrestle.
1977 – In the Netherlands, a 19-day hostage situation came to an end when Dutch marines stormed a train and a school being held by South Moluccan extremist. Two hostages and the six terrorists were killed.
1981 – The first major league baseball player’s strike began. It would last for two months.
1987 – Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
1990 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that would prohibit the desecration of the American Flag.
1991 – Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted. The eruption of ash and gas could be seen for more than 60 miles.
And, in 1998 – Mitsubishi of America agreed to pay $34 million to end the largest sexual harassment case filed by the U.S. government. The federal lawsuit claimed that hundreds of women at a plant in Normal, IL, had endured groping and crude jokes from male workers.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished individuals:
Vince Lombardi 1913 – Football coach.
Richard Todd 1919 – Actor.
Gene Wilder 1933 – Actor.
Chad Everett 1936 – Actor.
Johnny Brown 1937 – Actor.
Luciana Paluzzi 1939 – Actress.
Adrienne Barbeau 1945 – Actress.
Ingrid Newkirk 1949 – Founder of PETA.
Peter Bergman 1953 – Actor.
Joe Montana 1956 – Football player.
Hugh Laurie 1959 – Actor.
And finally, Joshua Jackson 1978 – Actor.

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