Life Day 24080: What’s up Daddyo

June 16, 2013 at 12:10 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, June 16, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is Father’s Day.  Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In America, it is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Other countries celebrate Father’s Day on varying dates, but most have some sort of holiday honoring fathers. Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day. It began in Spokane, WA on June 19, 1910 at the local YMCA, and was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The holiday had little initial success and Ms Dodd eventually moved away from Spokane. In the 1930’s, she moved back to Spokane and renewed her efforts, this time with more support. She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Menswear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded. By the mid 1980s the Father’s Council wrote that “Father’s Day has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “singling out just one of our two parents”. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
If you think that Father’s Day is a contrived holiday sponsored by retailers to sell more products, you are absolutely correct; just like Mother’s Day and Valentines Day. It doesn’t mean that fathers, or mothers, or sweethearts don’t deserve a special day on which to be honored, it just means that it has been commercialized; just like everything else in today’s consumer-driven society. So, make dad feel special today. You don’t have to succumb to the hype. Most dads just want to be left alone in front of the TV, get a card and maybe a token gift, and have their favorite meal prepared for them by their loving family.

Since today is Father’s Day, and hopefully you have better things to do, I am not going to expound upon the remainder of today’s holidays, but merely provide links to them instead.
Bloomsday.
Ladies’ Day Initiated in Baseball.
Family Awareness Day.
Husband Caregiver Day.
Isra Al Mí Raj.

The first food-related holiday today is Fresh Veggies Day. Fresh Veggies Day was created to encourage you to eat fresh vegetables. Fresh vegetables are healthy and delicious; a good source for many vitamins and minerals. Try to incorporate some fresh vegetables into your special Father’s Day menu; if he will permit it.

The other food-related holiday today is National Fudge Day. Fudge is a drier version of fondant, made by boiling sugar in milk to the soft-ball stage and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy texture. Fudge is an American invention: Some food historians peg the date to February 14, 1886, but the exact origin and inventor are disputed. Most stories claim that the first batch of fudge resulted from an accident with a bungled (“fudged”) batch of caramels, when the sugar was allowed to recrystallize; hence the name from the interjection, “Oh fudge!” The original fudge recipes were famously delicate: Precise measurements, cooking time and constant stirring were crucial for perfect fudge. The recipe looks simple, heat a mixture of sugar, butter and milk or cream to the soft-ball stage (224°-238°F), then beat it to a smooth, creamy consistency while it cools. But it is easy to undercook or overcook a batch (not every home cook had, or has, a candy thermometer) and to end up with “crystallized” fudge through insufficient stirring. As a result, “foolproof” recipes were developed for the home cook that included corn syrup, which prevents crystallization and produces smooth fudge. Later recipes substituted sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow creme, or other ingredients for the milk/cream that were better guarantees of a perfect fudge texture. Of course, they didn’t guarantee the same creamy taste as the original recipe. If you want the best-tasting fudge, forget the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup and marshmallow cream and go for the original ingredients. I think that dad would appreciate a piece or two of fudge as a treat sometime during his special day, don’t you?

On this date in 1999 – The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at home.
Also on this date in history:
1487 – The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke.
1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland.
1858 – In a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
1884 – At Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, the first roller coaster in America opened.
1903 – Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1909 – Glenn Hammond Curtiss sold his first airplane, the “Gold Bug” to the New York Aeronautical Society for $5,000.
1922 – Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight at College Park, MD.
1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure of all German consulates in the United States. The deadline was set as July 10.
1952 – “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” was published in the United States.
1955 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union while in Paris, traveling with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet.
1963 – 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova went into orbit aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft for three days. She was the first female space traveler.
1978 – President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos ratified the Panama Canal treaties.
1981 – The “Chicago Tribune” purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million.
1992 – President George H.W. Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to reduce strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
1993 – The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
1996 – Russian voters had their first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin was the winner after a run-off.
2000 – U.S. federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corp. The merger created the nation’s largest local phone company.
2000 – U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson reported that an employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico had discovered that two computer hard drives were missing.
And, in 2008 – California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
Stan Laurel 1890 – Comedian.
Jack Albertson 1910 – Actor.
Katherine Graham 1917 – Publisher.
Erich Segal 1937 – Author.
Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock 1939 – Country singer.
Joan Van Ark 1943 – Actress.
Roberto Duran 1951 – Boxer.
Gino Vannelli 1952 – Singer.
Laurie Metcalf 1955 – Actress.
Jenny Smimizu 1967 – Model, actress.
Phil Mickelson 1970 – Pro golfer.
Tupac Shakur 1971 – Rapper.
Eddie Cibrian 1973 – Actor.
China Shavers 1977 – Actress.
Missy Peregrym 1982 – Actress.
And finally, Olivia Hack 1983 – Actress.

  

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