Life Day 24105: How Convenient

July 11, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, July 11, 2013.
Good morning Slurpee lovers. The first holiday today is 7-Eleven’s Free Slurpee Day. Free Slurpee Day has been sponsored by 7-Eleven every year on this date since 2002; it’s 75 anniversary, (because today is 7/11, get it)?  7-Eleven licensed the product from The Icee Company in 1967, and began selling it as the Slurpee. It has become one of America’s favorite iced treats.
From it’s humble beginnings as an ice house in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience store industry. It all began in 1927 when Jefferson Green, an enterprising  employee at the Southland Ice Company, began selling bread, milk and eggs from his ice house location. Joe C. Thompson, one of the founders of the Southland Corporation, soon realized the potential of providing necessities to the public at convenient hours; and the convenience store was created. With the upsurge of the popularity of the automobile, in 1928, they also started selling gasoline. After Prohibition was repealed in 1932, they began selling beer and other adult beverages. By 1936, people were flocking to these new “convenient” stores which had also began selling other staples such as canned goods. By this time there were over 60 ice house locations in the Dallas area. In their early years, the company called these stores Tote’m stores with some even having authentic Alaskan totem poles in front. In 1946, the Tote’m name changed to 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours; from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week. During the 1950’s, 7-Eleven began expanding; first to other locations in Texas, then nationwide. By 1963, there were over 1000 stores across the nation. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, they went global, opening stores in  Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Malaysia and the Philippines. Today, there are more than 50,250 stores around the world.
To celebrate this holiday, go to a 7-Eleven and get your free small Slurpee. Pick up a hot dog & a bag of chips as well. It will be a good lunch.

The next holiday is Bowdler’s Day. Bowdler’s Day celebrates the birth of Thomas Bowdler, born near Bath, England, on this date in 1754. Mr. Bowdler was a prudish medical doctor who gave up the practice of medicine and undertook the cleansing of the works of Shakespeare by removing all the words and expressions he considered to be indecent or impious. His Family Shakespeare, published in 10 volumes, omitted all those words that “cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family.” He also “purified” Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and selections from the Old Testament. His name became synonymous with self-righteous expurgation, and the word “bowdlerize” has become part of the English lexicon.
If one were to “bowdlerize” many of today’s works of literature, (and I use the term literature in its loosest possible context), they would be little more than essays.

The rest of today’s holidays fall into that all too familiar “esoteric, sappy, touchy-feely U. N. type holiday” category. They are linked below.
Cheer Up the Lonely Day.
World Population Day.
Day of the Five Billion.

The first food-related holiday today is National Rainier Cherries Day. National Rainier Cherries Day celebrates the creation of the Rainier variety of cherry in 1952. Harold W. Fogel and other researchers from the Washington Agricultural Experiment Station in Prosser, WA crossed the Bing & Van cherry varieties. Rainier cherries are the sweetest of all cherry varieties, with sugar, or Brix, levels ranging from 17 to 23 percent. They are delicate and have a juice that is second-to-none. In general, Rainier cherries grow a size or two larger than dark-sweet cherry varieties. They are best eaten fresh out-of-hand. Rainier cherries are harvested in May in California and then again in July from Washington state.

The other food-related holiday is National Blueberry Muffin Day. National Blueberry Muffin Day, naturally, celebrates that portable breakfast favorite; the blueberry muffin. A blueberry muffin is the closest you can come to actually having a cupcake for breakfast; short of actually having a cupcake that is. Blueberry muffins are a healthy-ish way to start your day, and are much more convenient (and less messy) than trying to eat oatmeal in your car on the way to work. They are so popular in Minnesota that they are now the “official” state muffin. So, treat yourself to a blueberry muffin today. Although they are most popular for breakfast, they are good anytime of day as a snack.

On this date in 1798 – The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by “An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps” passed by the U.S. Congress. The act also created the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.
Also on this date in history:
1533 – Henry VIII, who divorced his wife and became head of the church of England, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.
1786 – Morocco agreed to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000. [paying money for “peace” didn’t work then, and it still doesn’t work today].
1804 – The first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
1864 – Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an invasion of Washington, DC. They turned back the next day.
1914 – Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
1934 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first American chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal while in office.
1955 – The U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated in Colorado Springs, CO.
1962 – The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.
1977 – The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
1979 – The abandoned U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth. It burned up in the atmosphere and showered debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.
1985 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career.
1987 – Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the L.A. Raiders for 5 years. He was also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals.
1995 – Full diplomatic relations were established between the United States and Vietnam.
And, in 1999 – A U.S. Air Force jet flew over the Antarctic and dropped off emergency medical supplies for Dr. Jerri Nelson after she had discovered a lump in her breast. Nelson was at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy individuals:
John Quincy Adams 1767 – 6th POTUS.
E.B. White 1899 – Author.
Harry Von Zell 1906 – Radio announcer, actor.
Yul Brynner 1920 – Actor.
Tab Hunter 1931 – Actor.
Giorgio Armani 1934 – Fashion designer.
Beverly Todd 1946 – Actress.
Bonnie Pointer 1950 – Singer.
Stephen Lang 1952 – Actor.
Leon Spinks 1953 – Boxer.
Mindy Sterling 1953 – Actress.
Sela Ward 1956 – Actress.
Richie Sambora 1960 – Musician.
Debbie Dunning 1966 – Actress.
Michael Rosenbaum 1972 – Actor.
And finally, Lil’ Kim 1974 – Rapper.

 

 

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