Life Day 24083: Lady Liberty Makes Her Grand Entrance.

June 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, June 19. 2013.
Good morning liberty lovers. The first event which I am going to cover is today not a holiday, but, in my humble opinion, it should be (or at least a National observance). On this date in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home on Bledsoe’s Island in New York Harbor aboard the French frigate “Isere”. It had arrived in New York harbor a couple of days earlier. It was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States to commemorate the friendship between our two nations. It was designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, and is officially titled “Liberty Enlightening the World”. It has symbolized freedom and democracy to the nation, and the rest of the world, ever since. This link will give you a more complete history of how it came to America.

The first actual holiday today is World Sauntering Day. World Sauntering Day encourages everyone to slow their pace in the “rat race” today and observe what is around them. It is an annual holiday celebrated on the 19th of June each year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. The exact year of its origin is unclear, but it is believed to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan (which incidentally has the worlds’ longest porch at 660′ in length) during the 1970s as an answer to the new jogging craze. The idea of the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them. Sauntering is a verb to describe a style of walking; it is not a sashay, prance, trot, or lollygag. Simply, it is to walk slowly preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs. So, today, forego your jog or “power walk” and substitute a leisurely saunter through your neighborhood or a nearby park. Who knows what you’ll discover.

The next holiday is Juneteenth. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 42 of the United States. Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in the Confederate States of America. Texas, as a part of the Confederacy, was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. On June 19, 1865, while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the President of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

The final holiday today is World Sickle Cell Day. World Sickle Cell Day is a disease-specific United Nations holiday, so use this link to find more information if you are interested.

The food-related holiday today is National Dry Martini Day. A martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth. Sometimes, vodka is substituted for gin, although this is properly called a vodka martini. The drink is almost always garnished with an olive, although sometimes it is garnished with a slice of lemon peel. The martini is one of the most widely known cocktails. For absolute purists, the bottle of gin, the mixing glass, and the vermouth are all at room temperature prior to mixing. This is so a small quantity of cold water is diluted into the drink when the ingredients are stirred with ice. As many of you already know, I quit drinking over a quarter century ago (with the exception of an occasional glass of wine with special occasion dinner, or one shot from a well endowed, scantily clad “shot girl” in a club). Even when did imbibe, I disliked the taste of gin. Hence, I will not be celebrating this holiday. I guess that I will instead just celebrate another day of sobriety.

On this date in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York following their conviction for selling U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. They were accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The Rosenbergs vigorously protested their innocence, but after a brief trial in March 1951 they were convicted. On April 5, 1951, a judge sentenced them to death.
Also on this date in history:
1586 – English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, NC, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America.
1778 – U.S. General George Washington’s troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training.
1846 – The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, NJ. It was the first organized baseball game.
1903 – The young school teacher, Benito Mussolini, was placed under investigation by police in Bern, Switzerland.
1911 – In Pennsylvania, the first motion-picture censorship board was established.
1912 – The U.S. government established the 8-hour work day.
1934 – The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and [later] TV broadcasting.
1939 – In Atlanta, GA, legislation was enacted that disallowed pinball machines in the city.
1942 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC, to discuss the invasion of North Africa with President Roosevelt.
1943 – Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen.
1951 – President Harry S. Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955 and lowered the draft age to 18.
1954 – The Tasmanian Devil appeared for the first time in the cartoon “Devil May Hare” by Warner Brothers.
1958 – In Washington, DC, nine entertainers refused to answer a congressional committee’s questions on communism.
1961 – Kuwait gained complete independence from Britain.
1961 – The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland’s constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God.
1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster by Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
1973 – The stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in London.
1978 – Everyone’s favorite house cat, Garfield,  made his comic strip debut in 41 newspapers nationally.
1987 – The Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism.
1998 – A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
1998 – Switzerland’s three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they’d stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II. Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low.
1999 – Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.
And, in 2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment’s principle that called for the separation of church and state.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious people:
Moe Howard 1897 – Comedian.
Guy Lombardo 1902 – Band leader.
Lou Gehrig 1903 – Baseball legend.
Lester Flatt 1914 – Musician.
Pat Buttram 1917 – Comedic actor.
Louis Jourdan 1920 – Actor.
Nancy Marchand 1928 – Actress.
Gena Rowlands 1930 – Actress.
Al Wilson 1939 – Singer.
Spanky McFarlane 1942 – Musician.
Salman Rushdie 1947 – Author.
Phylicia Rashad 1948 – Actress.
Ann Wilson 1951 – Musician.
Kathleen Turner 1954 – Actress.
Paula Abdul 1962 – Singer.
Robin Tunney 1972 – Actress.
Poppy Montgomery 1975 – Actress.
Zoe Saldana 1978 – Actress.
And finally, Lauren Lee Smith 1980 – Actress.

 

 

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