Life Day 24082: There’s Something Fishy Going On Around HereToday

June 18, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Good morning fishermen. The first holiday today is Go Fishing Day. Fishing is one of America’s favorite leisure activities. I personally don’t see the appeal. My dislike of seafood extends to the actual catching of the fish as well. With that said, if you do enjoy fishing, then today is your day. Play hookey from work today and visit your favorite fishing hole. Good luck. Just please don’t bore me with the tales of the “one that got away”.

The other holiday is National Splurge Day. National Splurge Day encourages you to be a little extravagant today. Go off your budget and buy that new recliner; break your bland diet and have that high calorie dessert; go to the steak house instead of the franchised fast-food place down the street. Live it up a little. You can always worry about it tomorrow.

The first food-related holiday today is International Sushi Day (see, I told you there was something fishy going on around here today). Sushi really has nothing to do with raw fish. It refers to the vinegar-seasoned rice used in making what we refer to as sushi. There are so many types of this dish that are generically (often wrongly) called “sushi”. Sashimi is simply slices of raw fish (often salmon or tuna). It is not served with the sushi rice. Nigiri is made from forming a handful of rice into a mound, and placing a piece of seafood over the top. Maki rolls are made from wrapping sushi rice and various fillings inside a seaweed wrapper. Maki rolls have had the most variations created in Western society. For example, the “California Roll” is made with avocado, imitation crab and cucumber. There is also the inside-out California Roll that has the rice on the outside. The “Philadelphia Roll” has smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber. the “Texas Roll” has tuna, avocado, cucumber, and is rolled in crushed French fried onions.
I will not be celebrating this holiday. If I won’t eat fish when it’s cooked, I darn sure won’t eat the bait with which you catch it.

The other food-related holiday today is International Picnic Day. The origin of the concept of a picnic may have been the social banquets held outdoors by wealthy people in medieval times. The earliest picnic gatherings were also probably related to an outdoor feast held after a successful hunt. In reality, any individual, couple, family, or group who ever enjoyed eating outdoors for any reason was having a picnic, whether or not they had a specific word for it at the time. The origin of the word picnic is most likely the French word piquer, which can mean to pick or peck. It was probably joined with the rhyming obsolete word nique, meaning trifle, to convey the idea of multiple guests bringing different foods. In this way, all guests can make a meal of picking at small or trifling amounts of each dish or option, rather than only eating the food they have brought. This suggests that the original use of the word picnic may have referred more to the idea of sharing a variety of dishes between people, as with a potluck meal. It is possible that picnics in the past were based more upon this idea, and by often implementing the idea outdoors, the meaning of the word gradually moved towards sharing a meal socially outdoors.  Some sources talk about picnics as they occurred in the Victorian era, where it appears that they rose in popularity. There is a theory that this occurred partly as a way to enjoy eating socially, without the restrictive rules of etiquette which applied to indoor social dining occasions. It seems that other factors which may have added to the appeal were viewing outdoor scenery, and holding a gathering in connection with hunting parties. The Victorians also believed there was an association that had been made between good health and fresh air, which may also have led to the picnic’s rise in popularity.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Palo Alto it is perfect picnic weather. Plan a picnic today. Just keep an eye out  for Yogi Bear and/or Boo Boo; lest your pic-a-nic basket disappear.

On this date in 1812 – The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The American declaration of war, which was opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, was called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seamen into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. The war was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1814. However, the famous Battle of New Orleans (considered America’s greatest victory of the war), was fought two weeks later, on January 8, 1815 because word of the war’s end had not yet reached the troops stationed there.

Also on this date in history:
1621 – The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
1778 – Britain evacuated Philadelphia during the U.S. Revolutionary War.
1815 – At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
1873 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for a U.S. President.
1898 – Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.
1925 – The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University.
1928 – The Checker Cab company produced their first taxi in Kalamazoo, MI.
1936 – Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano was found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.
1936 – The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.
1942 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
1959 – A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
1959 – The first telecast received from England was broadcast in the U.S. over NBC-TV.
1961 – “Gunsmoke” was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio.
1966 – Samuel Nabrit became the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.
1982 – The U.S. Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five years.
1983 – Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1998 – “The Boston Globe” asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns.
And, in 2009 – Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Jeanette MacDonald 1901 – Singer, actress.
Keye Luke 1904 – Actor.
Kay Kyser 1906 – Bandleader.
Bud Collyer 1908 – Radio announcer/actor.
E.G. Marshall 1910 – Actor.
Sammy Cahn 1913 – Lyricist, songwriter.
Richard Boone 1917 – Actor.
Maggie McNamara 1928 – Actress.
Lou Brock 1939 – Baseball player.
Paul McCartney 1942 – Musician.
Roger Ebert 1942 – Film critic.
Carol Kane 1952 – Actress.
And finally, Isabella Rossellini 1952 – Actress.

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