Life Day 24076: Red Rose Day

June 12, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Good morning flower children. The first holiday today is Red Rose Day. A red rose signifies love, and since June is the most popular month for weddings, it seems appropriate for Red Rose Day to fall on one day this month. Roses are by far America’s favorite cut flower, but they are also popular as ornamentation around houses and garages. Send your significant other a red rose today.
Factoid: Did you know that each color rose sends a different message to the recipient? Here is a guide to help you send the appropriate color rose to convey the message you intend.

The next holiday is Crowded Nest Awareness Day. Crowded Nest Awareness Day recognizes the condition of Crowded Nest Syndrome (affectionately referred to as CNS by many blogs and web articles) where you have children who have moved out of the house and you’ve gone through Empty Nest Syndrome, only to have your children (and possibly their children) come back home again and/or having your parents or in-laws move in with you so you can care for them. Suddenly, this creates a feeling of a crowded nest. With the recent popping of the housing bubble and so many people out of work nowadays, this syndrome is something we’re hearing quite a bit more of these days.

The third holiday today is Loving Day. You could think that this is another one of those sappy, hippie dippy, feel good holidays, but if you do, you would be WRONG. This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the  landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision on Loving vs Virginia which basically legalized interracial marriage. The decision affected not only Virginia, but the other 16 States which still had laws against interracial marriage. In 1958, the Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were married in Washington D.C. They were arrested just weeks after they returned to their home near Richmond, VA. They plead guilty to “cohabiting as man and wife against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth”. They avoided jail time by agreeing to move out of Virginia. They moved to Washington D.C. and began legal action by writing to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy turned the case over to the A.C.L.U. After the “Warren Court” handed down its decision in 1967, they moved back to Virginia, where they lived with their three children. HBO also made a documentary film about this case. If you can find it, I suggest that you watch it as well. Does anyone else see the correlation between this case and the current debate over gay marriage?

There are two food-related holidays today.
The first is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Peanut Butter cookies are a rolled cookie. Traditionally, the dough is rolled into a ball, then flattened with the tines of a fork to create an attractive pattern. Enjoy some as a snack today.
This link will provide you with some interesting and fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter.

The other food-related holiday today is International Cachaca Day. Cachaca is Brazilian White Rum (aka “poor man’s rum”). It is distilled from the juice of sugar cane itself. It is a cousin to rum, which is distilled from molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process. Back when I imbibed in distilled spirits, rum was my beverage of choice, but that was before Cachaca became “trendy”. I probably would have jumped on the Cachaca bandwagon had I known about it. In terms of Brazilian exports these days, Cachaca  probably finishes a close second behind Gisele Bundchen with “hip” American males. If you still partake in adult beverages, today would be an appropriate day to try a cocktail made with Cachaca.

On this date in 1996 – In Philadelphia a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
Also on this date in history:
1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.
1839 – Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball.
1849 – The gas mask was patented by L.P. Haslett.
1897 – Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.
1918 – The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I’s Western Front in France.
1921 – President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
1923 – Harry Houdini escaped from a strait jacket while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground.
1935 – U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.
1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. This was exactly one hundred years to the day on which the game was invented by Abner Doubleday.
1941 – In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.
1971 – Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.
1982 – 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City’s Central Park.
1987 – President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1991 – Russians went to the election polls and elected Boris N. Yeltsin as the president of their republic.
1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
1997 – The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.
1999 – NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia.
2003 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.
And, in 2009 – The switch from analog TV trasmission to digital was completed.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals:
Uta Hagen 1919 – Actress.
George H.W. Bush 1924 – 41st POTUS.
Vic Damone 1928 – Singer.
Anne Frank 1929 – Holocost victim.
Jim Nabors 1930 – Actor, singer.
Chick Corea 1941 – Musician.
Timothy Busfield 1957 – Actor.
Jenilee Harrison 1959 – Actress.
Paula Marshall 1964 – Actress.
Frances O’Commor 1967 – Actress.
Hideki Matsui – Baseball player.
And finally, Robyn 1979 – Singer.


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