Life Day 24097: “You Sure Look Nice Today”

July 3, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, July 3, 1013.
Good morning narcissists. The first holiday today is Compliment Your Mirror Day. Compliment Your Mirror Day encourages you to recognise your own inner beauty, and express it verbally to your reflection. It is probably best to do this when no one else is in the vicinity. This is not the day to look into the mirror for faults (you can do that any other day of the year). This holiday is intended to for you to concentrate only on the positive aspects of your image (of yourself). In other words, don’t waste your time obsessing over that zit on your nose, when you have a classic heart shaped face. Don’t worry about the bags under your eyes, but instead, compliment yourself on the color of your eyes. You get the idea. Focus only on your best attributes today.

The next holiday is Disobedience Day. Disobedience Day is a day for civil or social disobedience as an act of protest. It is not intended as a day to be disobedient to your boss, teachers, or your parents. It should also not be interpreted as a day to be a total scofflaw, and resist all authority. Use this holiday to learn a little about civil disobedience, and why it is sometimes used. A prime example of civil disobedience is the civil rights protests of the 1960’s. Another example is what has been going on in the Texas legislature for the past few days concerning women’s reproductive rights. It is a day to voice your objections to a particular law or proposed bill in a respectful, yet firm, way.

The final holiday today is Stay Out of the Sun Day. Back in May, we had a number of similar holidays warning about the detrimental effects of the sun on our bodies. I guess that this holiday serves as our mid-summer reminder. The sun is at its brightest, and the temperatures are approaching their highs for the year, so take a break from exposing yourself to melanoma and the possibility of heatstroke. If you have to be outside today, put on your ‘shades’ and relax somewhere out of the direct sunlight. Find a hammock, an Adirondack chair, or just spread a blanket on the grass in a shady spot and enjoy a tall, cool, refreshing beverage (adult or otherwise) of your choice.

The first food-related holiday today is National Eat Beans Day. “Beans, beans, the musical fruit; the more you eat …………”. We’ve all heard that little poem about a bazillion times since we were in kindergarten. This holiday gives me the opportunity to reference it (solely for my own amusement). National Eat Beans Day is a day to honor the not-so-lowly legume and hail its many merits. Beans are humble and often overlooked, or reduced to side dishes and filler. They are, in fact, a healthy source of protein, making them a staple for health conscious people everywhere. Beans are also chock full of complex carbohydrates, and are naturally fat free. They also contain plenty of fiber, as well as calcium, potassium and folate (which is shown to help prevent heart disease).
The origins of legumes themselves date back to ancient times. There exists evidence that bean crops were cultivated by indigenous peoples in Peru as well as Mexico around 7,000 BC. Some Egyptian tombs from 4,000 years ago contained fava beans, garbanzo beans and lentils. Celebrate this holiday by cooking up a batch of beans for dinner tonight using your favorite recipe. Don’t forget to bake some cornbread  to accompany them. YUM!!

The other food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Wafer Day. These crispy, sweet snacks are an American favorite. With their waffle surface pattern and thin layers, they can often be found accompanied with ice cream or cooked into other baked goods. Chocolate wafers are also enjoyed as a key ingredient in Oreos™, in ice cream sandwiches and countless other recipes. They aren’t just an American treat though. Variations of chocolate wafers can also be found around the world. In Egypt, there are special kinds of wafers called freska that are only sold on the beach in the summertime. I see Oreos™ and chocolate milk in my immediate future. How about you?

On this date in 1945 – The first civilian passenger car built since February 1942 was driven off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, MI. Automobile production had been diverted to military use due to World War II.
Also on this date in history.
1775 – Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.
1844 – Ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiated a commercial treaty with China that opened five Chinese ports to U.S. merchants and protected the rights of American citizens in China.
1871 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive.
1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state to join the United States of America.
1898 – During the Spanish American War, a fleet of Spanish ships in Cuba’s Santiago Harbor attempted to run a blockade of U.S. naval forces. Nearly all of the Spanish ships were destroyed in the battle that followed.
1903 – The first cable across the Pacific Ocean was spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
1930 – Congress created the Veterans Administration.
1940 – Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted on NBC radio.
1950 – U.S. carrier-based planes attacked airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
1954 – Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1981 – The Associated Press ran its first story about two rare illnesses afflicting homosexual men. One of the diseases was later named AIDS.
1986 – Mikhail Baryshnikov became a U.S. citizen at Ellis Island, New York Harbor.
And, in 1991 – President George H.W. Bush formally inaugurated the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with following distinguished individuals.
George M. Cohan 1878 – Producer, composer.
Franz Kafka 1883 – Author.
Susan Peters 1921 – Actress.
Pete Fountain 1930 – Musician.
Fontella Bass 1940 – Singer.
Kurtwood Smith 1943 – Actor.
Michael Cole 1945 – Actor.
Johnny Lee 1946 – Country singer.
Betty Buckley 1947 – Actress.
Dave Barry 1947 – Humorist, author.
Jan Smithers 1949 – Actress.
Montel Williams 1956 – Talk show host.
Laura Branigan 1957 – Singer.
Aaron Tippin 1958 – Country singer.
Tom Cruise 1962 – Actor.
Thomas Gibson 1962 – Actor.
Hunter Tylo 1962 – Actress.
Yeardley Smith 1964 – Actress.
Audra McDonald 1970 – Singer, actress.
And finally, Patrick Wilson 1973 – Actor.

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