Life Day 24091: And a Happy Birthday To You, Too

June 27, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Good morning anniversary of birth revelers. The first holiday today is “Happy Birthday to You” Day. “Happy Birthday to You” Day celebrates the date, in 1893, when  Mildred J. Hill wrote the melody to the song that is now universally recognized as “Happy Birthday to You”. Her sister Patty Smith Hill soon after wrote the lyrics to the melody as follows:
Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.
No one is sure exactly who added the “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics to the melody, or when they were added; but they first appeared in print in a songbook edited by Robert H. Coleman in 1924 as a second stanza to “Good Morning to All”.
Believe it or not, the song is still copyrighted under current copyright law, and will be until 2030. Does this mean that if you sing “Happy Birthday” to little Timmy or Tabitha you have to fear that the “copyright police” will come crashing through your door and haul you off the the gulag? No. (At least not yet). It is however, the reason that when you hold a birthday celebration at a restaurant or bar, the wait staff sings some obnoxious, silly, contrived ditty in it’s stead. In other words, royalties are only due when the song is used  commercially. This link will further clarify the copyright debacle involved with this song.

The next holiday is Decide To Be Married Day. WOW! Who knew this was a option. Obviously, the U. S. Supreme Court, that’s who. In striking down California’s Proposition 8 yesterday as discriminatory, they gave an entire segment of society the option to “Decide To Be Married”. Whether or not you agree, it is nonetheless a landmark decision. This Blog is not intended to discuss the pros and cons of gay marriage, and I will not weigh in on their decision.
Anyway, I digress. I merely made an observation above that this holiday accidently became more topical with that decision. Decide To Be Married Day actually is intended to focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. Based on the poem “Decide to Be Married”: “It’s in the deciding to be united in love, to express your joyful oneness to every person you meet, and in every action you take and together a perfect marriage you’ll make.” (source: Answers.com).

The third holiday today is Sunglasses Day. Sunglasses are the most important fashion accessory of the summer season. Humans have been wearing protective eyewear for centuries, but the stylish designs we are accustomed to today are a much more recent invention. As far back as the prehistoric era, the Inuit people of what is now Alaska used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. By the 1700s, doctors were regularly prescribing tinted glasses for vision correction. By the 1930s the Foster Grant company was selling modern-day sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic City. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses.
Today, people wear sunglasses for a variety of reasons:
They want to look like a movie star.
They want to hide behind a pair of sunglasses so they can travel incognito through a crowd.
They think they are James Bond, and are up to a little espionage.
They want to make a fashion statement.
Oh yes, and a few people even wear sunglasses to actually protect their eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun; which Opticians have found to be helpful in the prevention of cataracts. As alluded to earlier, the effects UV rays from the sun can be magnified during the winter months as they hit you on the way down, and then are reflected back up from the snow. To celebrate this holiday, wear your favorite pair of sunglasses proudly; or go out and buy a stylish new pair. You can bet I’ll be sporting my Spotters™.

Linked below are the remainder of today’s holidays. Although they might be of interest to a few of you, they are of no particular interest to me.
Industrial Workers of The World Day.
National HIV Testing Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Orange Blossom Day. When first researching this holiday, I expected to find that it related to something botanical, or at least something related to gardening. I was surprised to find that it is actually a food-related holiday. Orange blossoms are cultivated from orange trees. They are used  in cooking, flower arranging, and perfume making. Blossoms are commonly used to make honey, tea, marmalade, and to flavor bakery items. However, National Orange Blossom Day actually honors the Orange Blossom cocktail, a bittersweet drink consisting of gin, sugar, and orange juice which was created during Prohibition to offset the often acrid taste of “bathtub gin”.

The next food-related holiday is National Indian Pudding Day. Indian pudding is a baked pudding served hot or warm, made of cornmeal, milk, molasses and spices. It’s a richer, sweetened form of hasty pudding, a porridge of cornmeal cooked in milk or water.  The name Indian Pudding doesn’t imply that it’s a Native American (or Pacific Rim) recipe. The Plymouth Colony emigrants were accustomed to warm plum puddings, bread puddings and the like. But flour was scarce—no wheat grew in New England. However, corn grew; the native Wampanoags had plenty of cornmeal. So “Indian” pudding was born, using cornmeal plus butter, eggs, milk, molasses and spices such as as cinnamon and ginger. The pudding was topped with heavy cream. None of these were Native American ingredients. The word “Indian” referred to the corn—hence Indian pudding, Indian bread (cornbread) and so forth.

The final food-related  today is National Bomb Pop Day. Bomb Pops are a frozen confection, like a popsicle, currently manufactured by Blue Bunny. As I am unfamiliar with Bomb Pops, I had to look them up. This link is the same one that I used. As soon as you have finished reading the linked article, you will be as informed about Bomb Pops as I am.

On this date in 1950 – Two days after North Korea invaded South Korea, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict. The United Nations Security Council had asked for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North. Also on this date in history:
1847 – New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
1871 – The yen became the new form of currency in Japan.
1885 – Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter applied for a patent for the gramophone. It was granted on May 4, 1886.
1893 – The New York stock market crashed. By the end of the year 600 banks and 74 railroads had gone out of business.
1918 – Two German pilots were saved by parachutes for the first time.
1924 – Democrats offered Mrs. Leroy Springs for vice presidential nomination. She was the first woman considered for the job.
1927 – The U.S. Marines adopted the English bulldog as their mascot.
1929 – Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York revealed a system for transmitting television pictures.
1931 – Igor Sikorsky filed U.S. Patent 1,994,488, which marked the breakthrough in helicopter technology.
1940 – Robert Pershing Wadlow was measured by Dr. Cyril MacBryde and Dr. C. M. Charles. They recorded his height at 8′ 11.1.” He was only 22 at the time of his death on July 15, 1940.
1942 – The FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York’s Long Island.
1954 – The world’s first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.
1955 – The state of Illinois enacted the first automobile seat belt legislation.
1959 – The play, “West Side Story,” with music by Leonard Bernstein, closed after 734 performances on Broadway.
1964 – Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. It only lasted 38 days.
1967 – The world’s first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28.
1973 – Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” that was kept by the Nixon White House.
1973 – Nixon vetoed a Senate ban on bombing Cambodia.
1980 – U.S. President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individual colleges could make their own TV package deals. [thus making collegiate sports “big business”]
1984 – The Federal Communications Commission moved to deregulate U.S. commercial TV by lifting most programming requirements and ending day-part restrictions on advertising.
1985 – Historic Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System. 1991 – Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court. He had been appointed in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson.
1998 – An English woman was impregnated with her dead husband’s sperm after two-year legal battle over her right to the sperm.
2002 – In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission required companies with annual sales of more than $1.2 billion to submit sworn statements backing up the accuracy of their financial reports.
And, in 2005 – In Alaska’s Denali National Park, a roughly 70-million year old dinosaur track was discovered. The track was from a three-toed Cretaceous period dinosaur.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Helen Keller 1880 – Author, activist, lecturer. (the first deaf and blind person to earn a BA degree)
John McIntire 1907 – Character actor. (Wagon Train, The Virginian)
Willie Mosconi 1913 – Professional pool player.
Rosalie Allen 1924 – Country singer.
Bob Keeshan 1927 – “Captain Kangaroo”.
H. Ross Perot 1930 – Business tycoon, failed presidential candidate.
Anna Moffo 1934 – Opera singer.
Shirley Anne Field 1938 – Actress.
Sandra Smith 1940 – Actress.
Frank Mills 1942 – Musician. (Music Box Dancer)
Bruce Johnston 1942 – Musician. (The Beach Boys)
Julia Duffy 1951 – Actress. (Newhart)
Isabelle Adjani 1955 – Actress.
Lorrie Morgan 1959 – Country singer. (Something in Red)
Tobey Maguire 1975 – Actor. (Seabiscuit, Spider Man)
And, finally, Madylin Sweeten 1991 – Actress (Everybody Loves Raymond)

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