Life Day 24090: Up A Creek Without A Paddle

June 26, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
Good morning paddle sports enthusiasts. The first holiday today is National Canoe Day. Although it is primarily a Canadian holiday, National Canoe Day has grown and is now also celebrated internationally by groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South America, and many more. National Canoe Day was founded by the Canadian Canoe Museum in 2007, after the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada via a CBC Radio feature in which over 1 million votes were cast. The aim was to increase participation in paddlesports in Canada, engage new paddlers and reaching across generational and cultural divides to introduce the canoe to those who haven’t had the opportunity to experience this great national heritage. Participants from all over Canada paddle in events countrywide; from the midnight sun of the north to the urban rivers of the south. Rowing is a great form of exercise, so if you can, hit the stream, lake, pond, or puddle and do some canoeing today.

The next holiday is Beautician’s Day. Here’s another one for my female readers. Beauticians provide a vital service to women everywhere. Some women go to their beautician once a week, while others might only go once or twice a year. Most fall somewhere in between. No matter into which group you fall, a good beautician is essential for making you look your best. Let them know how much you appreciate them on your next visit.

Links to the remainder of today’s holidays are listed below. They are just more of those esoteric U.N. type holidays that make my stomach turn.
Forgiveness Day.
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Pudding Day. Dessert puddings can be traced all the way back to the 17th century. During that time, a “pudding” was actually a very moist cake (similar to a modern-day bread pudding or plum pudding).
The sweet and creamy confection we know and love today emerged in the mid-19th century when an English chemist named Alfred Bird developed an egg-free custard powder. This remarkable invention made it very easy to produce a delicious pudding with the perfect consistency. Today, pudding is a popular dessert all over the world. Have some for dessert tonight. I like to have mine with a few graham crackers and, of course, a dollop of whipped cream on top.

On this date in 1985 – Wilbur Snapp, a minor league baseball organist for the Clearwater Phillies at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, FL, was ejected after playing “Three Blind Mice” during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O’Connor. The incident drew national attention. Willard Scott, then weatherman for NBC’s “Today” show, made mention of it; as did Paul Harvey on his daily radio program.
Also on this date in history:
1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
1844 – President John Tyler married Julia Gardiner, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.
1870 – The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.
1900 – The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.
1900 – A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.
1917 – General John “Black Jack” Pershing arrived in France with the American Expeditionary Force.
1925 – Charlie Chaplin’s comedy, “The Gold Rush,” premiered in Hollywood.
1945 – The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
1948 – The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
1963 – U.S. President John Kennedy announced “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
1971 – The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.
1981 – In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67 cents after all the discounts.
1996 – The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.
1997 – The Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.
1997 – The Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.
1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.
And, in 2000 – The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:
Abner Doubleday 1819 – Union General in the Civil War. (mistakenly credited with creating thew game of baseball)
Pearl S. Buck 1892 – Author. (The Good Earth)
William P. Lear 1902 – Industrialist (creator of the Lear Jet)
Peter Lorre 1904 – Actor
Col. Tom Parker 1909 – Elvis Presley’s manager.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias 1914 – Athlete (Professional golf)
Eleanor Parker 1922 – Actress.
Frances Rafferty 1922 – Actress.
Billy Davis 1940 – Musician. ( The 5th Dimension)
Pamela Bellwood 1943 – Actress (Dynasty)
Chris Isaak 1956 – Musician
Patty Smyth 1957 – Singer.
Terri Nunn 1961 – Singer. (Berlin)
Colin Greenwood 1969 – Musician. (Radiohead)
Chris O’Donnell 1970 – Actor. (NCIS: Los Angeles)
And finally, Kaitlin Cullum 1986 – Actress (Grace Under Fire, Malcolm in the Middle)

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