Life Day 24086: Happy Camper

June 22, 2013 at 12:07 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, June 22, 2013.
Good morning campers The first holiday today is Great American Backyard Campout. When was the last time you spent a night out under the stars? Tonight, thousands of families will set up a tent in the backyard or a local park to celebrate life in the great outdoors. The Great American Backyard Campout is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. It is an important part of the organization’s “Be Out There” campaign, which is dedicated to getting children outside so they can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. It is also a great way to reconnect with nature. Camping out in the backyard is also a wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about the wildlife that surrounds us every day. You could also teach your children about the importance of protecting wildlife. Tonight, set up a tent in your yard and camp out as a family. You can make an evening out of it by having a good old-fashioned weenie roast, toasting some marshmallows and/or making s’mores, then sitting around the embers telling ghost stories. One rule though: No cell phones, iPads or any other form of electronic media is allowed.

The next holiday is American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. It is held on the fourth weekend of June of each year and involves more than 35,000 radio amateur operators in every state and province. It encourages amatuer radio enthusiasts to practice their emergency radio procedures, by operating under mock emergency conditions for 24 hours, so they are prepared if an actual emergency ever arises. Ham radio operators have been called into action many times in the past to provide communications in crises like flooding, tornadoes and fires when it really matters after land and cell phones have stopped working.

The final holiday today is Stupid Guy Thing Day. Really? I’ve seen some pretty nonsensical holidays in my time writing this BLOG, but Stupid Guy Thing Day just catapulted to the top of the list. Granted, guys sometimes do some really stupid things, but they certainly don’t have a monopoly. Women do some pretty stupid things too. Wellcat.com, the creators of this clap-trap holiday, say that you ladies should celebrate this holiday by compiling a list of all the stupid things that men do. If any of you ladies do compile a list, don’t show it to me. I’ll be compiling my own list of stupid things that women do, and i’ll give you a little tit-for-tat and show you my list.

The first food-related holiday today is National Onion Rings Day. Onion rings are a snack food, fast food, side dish or appetizer made from circles of sliced onion or onion paste, coated in a batter or breading, and deep-fried. They are most well known in Western countries and a few Asian countries, where they are often served as part of fast food meals and sometimes restaurant meals. It is not known when onion rings were first created, but in 1933, a recipe for them appeared in a Crisco Shortening advertisement in the New York Times. I’m not a fan of onion rings, but if you are, by all means enjoy some today.

The other food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Eclair Day. Now, this is more like it! This is something I can, and will, sink my teeth into. An Eclair is a finger-shaped pastry filled with custard or whipped cream. It is known to have originated in France around the turn of the 19th century. Many food historians speculate that eclairs were first made by Marie-Antoine Carême (1874-1933), the first “celebrity chef,” considered the founder and architect of French haute cuisine. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the term “eclair” in the English language to 1861. The first known recipe for eclairs appears in the 1884 edition of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook. “Eclair” is the French word for lightning. It is suggested that the pastry received its name because it glistens when coated with confectioner’s glaze. More likely, it is because they are so delicious that they disappear as quickly as lightning. I’ll be off to Happy Donut for breakfast soon. YUM!!

On this date in

1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. This comprehensive legislation was created to thwart a return to the “Great Depression” after WW II. Among many other benefits, it provided for low-interest loans to returning soldiers for housing, education, and job training.
On this date in 1970, President Nixon signed a bill to lower the legal voting age to 18 years of age in all federal, state, and local elections. The bill also extended the 1965 Voting Rights Act for another five years.
Also on this date in history:
1611 – English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.
1874 – Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.
1909 – The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA.
1933 – The German government declared that the National Socialist (NAZI) Party was the only “legal” political party. Included in this decree was the creation of the German State Secret Police (Gestapo), and the banning of all trade unions. The death penalty was declared for all non-fascists.
1934 – Work on the first prototypes for “Peoples Car” (later the V W Beetle) was begun by Ferdinand Porshe; however, a working model wasn’t ready until 1936.
1939 – The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.
1942 – A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
1946 – Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.
1959 – Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.
1964 – The Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s book, “Tropic of Cancer”, could not be banned.
1978 – James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.
1992 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.
1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal’s parole.
And, in 1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of prominent people:
Carl Hubbell 1903 – Baseball player.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1907 – Aviatrix, wife of Charles Lindbergh.
Mary Livingstone 1909 – Comedian, wife of Jack Benny.
Gower Champion 1921 – Actor.
Bill Blass 1922 – Fashion designer.
Ralph Waite 1928 – Actor. (The Waltons)
Kris Kristofferson 1936 – Singer, songwriter, actor.
Ed Bradley 1941 – Newscaster. (60 Minutes)
Michael Lerner 1941 – Supporting actor.
Peter Asher 1944 – Musician. (Peter and Gordon)
Andrew Rubin 1946 – Developer of  the “Android” operating system for smartphones.
Todd Rundgren 1948 – Musician.
Meryl Streep 1949 – Actress.
Alan Osmond 1949 – Musician. (The eldest of the Osmond brothers)
Lindsay Wagner 1949 – Actress. (The Bionic Woman)
Cyndi Lauper 1953 – Singer.
Chris Lemmon 1954 – Actor. (Son of Jack Lemmon)
Freddie Prinze 1954 – Comedian.
Tracy Pollan 1960 – Actress.
Amy Brenneman 1964 – Actress (NYPD Blue)
Paula Irvine 1968 – Actress
And finally, Lindsay Ridgeway 1985 – Actress. (Boy Meets World)

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