Life Day 24089: Does This Bug You

June 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Good morning music lovers. The first holiday today is Global Beatles Day©. Global Beatles Day© is not a holiday for “fanboys/girls” of The Beatles, nor is it meant to promote any product or merchandise commercially. Instead, it was created by Global Beatles Day©, a global group of dedicated individuals, to perpetuate the phenomenon of The Beatles: their music, their sense of fashion, their imagination, their art; and to recognize the impact that they [The Beatles] had upon an entire generation of young people.
The reason for celebrating Global Beatles Day© today is that they first performed their song “All you need is Love” on the BBC program “Our World”. It was the first “live” global television link; broadcast to 26 countries via satellite, and watched by 400 million people on this date in 1967, (The Summer of Love).
Among their contributions to society are the promotion of peace and love, of truth, youth, and the expansion of human consciousness. Many of the “messages” in their music and lyrics are as topical today as they were then. From their humble beginnings as a “lounge group” in England and continental Europe, to the “pop group” that invaded America in 1964, to their protest and psychedelic phases; The Beatles went through many incarnations during their time together.
I have to admit that I was not a big fan of The Beatles or their music when they burst upon the scene. It wasn’t until after their break-up, while listening to an “oldies” station, that I came to realize how special they were; and how profound and prolific was their ‘body of work’. Now, I have an extensive collection of their music, through all of their different incarnations; as well as a lot of their work as individual artists after their break-up.
To celebrate this holiday, simply listen to whatever collection of Beatles music you have. Or, “Come Together” with a few like-minded friends in your “Yellow Submarine” and create “Something” special by combining your collections and taking a “Magical Mystery Tour” through the good ole days.

The next holiday is Color TV Day. On this date in 1951, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC approved CBS Field Sequential Color System. After a decade of testing from three competing companies, the FCC decided that the CBS system was the simplest and most reliable and made that system the industry standard. The public did not own color TV’s at the time, so the broadcast went largely unnoticed.

The final holiday today is Please Take My Children To Work Day. This holiday is for all of my female readers. Please Take My Children To Work Day is a tongue-in-cheek holiday created by Jen Singer, creator of, “as a way for at-home moms to explain why they need a break now and then, no matter what their husbands, family or friends think.”
Moms wear many different hats. They are chef, doctor, psychologist, chauffeur, housekeeper, teacher, and so much more. Their work is never done. It’s about time that you take some time for yourself. Go to a spa, get your nails done, treat yourself to a nice long bubble bath, or to a night out with “the girls”. Just take some “me” time.

The first food-related holiday today is National Catfish Day. National Catfish Day celebrates, what else, catfish. On this date in 1987, President Ronald Reagan made this proclamation (Proclamation 5672):
“More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish. In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States. Ninety-nine percent of all these catfish were farm-raised. Between 1975 and 1985, production of farm-raised catfish increased by 1200 percent. Most observers expect that production will continue to increase in 1987. Production costs of catfish farming, which have averaged only 65 cents per pound over the past 8 years, have resulted in a stable income for growers and an economical food product for consumers. The accompanying growth of the catfish processing industry also has created thousands of permanent jobs.
Farm-raised catfish have come a long way from their bottom-feeding ancestors. The catfish that are available today, fresh or frozen in markets nationwide, are products of state-of-the-art methods of aquaculture. They thrive in clean freshwater ponds on many American farms, where they are surface-fed soybean meal, corn, fish meal, vitamins, and minerals. Farm-raised catfish not only furnish American consumers with a tasty delicacy but also provide a nutritious, low-calorie source of protein that is also low in cholesterol.
In recognition of the value of farm-raised catfish, the Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, has designated June 25, 1987, as “National Catfish Day” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in its observance.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 25, 1987, as National Catfish Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.”
My dislike of seafood extends to fresh-water varieties, so despite what President Reagan recommends, I will not be celebrating this holiday.

The other food-related holiday today is National Strawberry Parfait Day. Just because I can’t authenticate this holiday with Presidential Proclamation does not mean that this holiday is any less significant. We have covered parfaits in this Blog before, so we already know that parfait is the French word for ‘perfect’, and that a parfait is a layered dessert similar to a sundae. In America, a “parfait” became a particular type of sundae, with syrup and ice cream layered in a special glass, topped with whipped cream. So, it’s time to enjoy another parfait for dessert tonight. This time be sure that it is strawberry. I’ll be enjoying one immediately following my non-catfish dinner.

On this date in On this date in 1876 – General George Armstrong Custer and the 210 of the 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn, Montana. The event is known as “Custer’s Last Stand”.
Also on this date in history:
1788 – Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States.
1867 – Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.
1868 – The U.S. Congress enacted legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the Federal government.
1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
1910 – The U.S. Congress authorized the use of postal savings stamps.
1917 – The first American fighting troops landed in France during WWI.
1921 – Samuel Gompers was elected head of the AFL for the 40th time.
1948 – The Soviet Union tightened its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.
1950 – North Korea invaded South Korea, thus initiating the Korean War.
1962 – The Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional.
1964 – President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1968 – Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam.
1970 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.
1981 – The Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional.
1990 – The Supreme Court upheld the right of an individual, whose wishes are clearly made, to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. “The right to die” decision was made in the Curzan vs. Missouri case.
1993 – Kim Campbell took office as Canada’s first woman prime minister. She assumed power upon the resignation of Brian Mulroney.
1998 – The Supreme Court rejected the line-item veto thereby striking down presidential power to cancel specific items in tax and spending legislation.
1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that those infected with HIV are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
2000 – U.S. and British researchers announced that they had completed a rough draft of a map of the genetic makeup of human beings. The project was 10 years old at the time of the announcement.
And, in 2000 – A Florida judge approved a class-action lawsuit to be filed against American Online (AOL) on behalf of hourly subscribers who were forced to view “pop-up” advertisements.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of note:
Henry “Hap” Arnold 1886 – Aviator.
George Orwell 1903 – Author. (1984)
Peter Lind Hayes 1915 – Comedian, singer, actor.
Johnny Smith 1922 – Jazz musician. (wrote “Walk, Don’t Run”)
June Lockhart 1925 – Actress. (Lassie)
Clint Warwick 1940 – Musician. (The Moody Blues)
Willis Reed 1942 – Basketball player, coach and general manager.
Carly Simon 1945 – Singer
Ian McDonald 1946 – Musician. (Foreigner)
Allen Lanier 1946 – Musician. (Blue Oyster Cult)
Jimmy “J.J.” Walker 1947 – Comedian, actor. (Good Times)
Michael Lembeck 1948 – Comedian, actor. (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman)
Phyllis George 1949 – Actress, sportscaster, entrepreneur.
David Paich 1954 – Musician.  (Toto)
George Michael 1963 – Musician, singer, songwriter. (Wham)
Dikembe Mutombo 1966 – Retired basketball player.
And finally, Linda Cardellini 1975 – Actress. (Freaks and Geeks, ER)

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