Life Day 24114: “Fly Me to the Moon”

July 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Good morning moon bats. The first holiday today is Moon Day. Moon Day commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969. The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event it was.
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported “The Eagle Has Landed”. A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.

The next holiday is Ugly Truck Day. Ugly Truck Day salutes those beat up eyesores that it takes you forever to pass on a two-lane road in your shiny new truck with all the latest whistles, bells, doodads, thingamajigs, doohickeys, and gadgets. While there is a lot to be said for an nice new fully equipped truck, ugly old trucks have character. Old ugly trucks are like a rolling history book. Most guys that own one can tell you with pride exactly how and where every dent and scratch occurred; probably because they were having fun doing something they enjoyed at the time.
Bear in mind that all of the ugly trucks you see, were once new. So, if you have a shiny new truck just use it for 10 or 15 years. Then you too will be the proud owner of an old ugly truck; hopefully with some interesting stories of your own to tell.

Another old vehicle related holiday today is National Woodie Wagon Day. This iconic vehicle style grew in popularity during the 1940s. Steel was being salvaged for the war effort, so car manufacturers turned to wood as a replacement. Placed along the sides of the “wagon”, the “Woodie” was seen carrying families throughout the 40s and 50s. As the cars’ popularity subsided in the late 1950’s and prices dropped, California surfers began buying up these inexpensive modes of transportation that could easily carry a few of their buddies and all of their boards. Thus, the Woodie revival was born, and now the car’s legend continues to live on.

The final holiday today is Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day. Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day is held annually on the third Saturday in July. It encourages people to write down their “could haves” and “should haves” on a piece of paper and then throw that list into the trash. Start fresh with a new set of goals, then take steps to make them a reality. Don’t dwell in the past about what you “could have” or “should have” done. Take control of your life, and don’t look back.

The first food-related holiday today is National Hot Dog Day. National Hot Dog Day celebrates that iconic American treat, hot dogs. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council
Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year. No cookout, county fair, or sporting event would be complete without a delicious hot dog served on a bun and covered in your favorite toppings. Hot dogs (which are also known as frankfurters, franks, wieners, dogs, and red hots) have been around since the late 1800s. Around 1870, on Coney Island, German immigrant Charles Feltman began selling sausages in rolls, and the hot dog as we know it today was born. Hot dogs (frankfurters) were developed in Frankfurt, Germany around the 13th century.
To celebrate National Hot Dog Day, cook up some hot dogs for dinner tonight. Better yet, invite some friends over for an impromptu “weenie roast”.

The next food-related holiday is National Lollipop Day. Lollipops come in dozens of different shapes, sizes, and flavors. You can make traditional hard-candy lollipops with just four simple ingredients—sugar, water, corn syrup, and the flavoring of your choice. Culinary historians believe that the lollipop (or at least some form of it) has been around since the prehistoric era. Early humans often enjoyed honey on a stick as a delicious treat. No one really knows how the modern-day lollipop was invented, but we do know how it got its name. George Smith, the owner of a small American candy store, came up with the sweet’s name. In the early 1900s, he called the candy a “lollipop” after his favorite racehorse; Lolly Pop.

The final food-related holiday today is Fortune Cookie Day. The fortune cookie, like chop suey, is a U.S. invention that is often thought to be from another country. Fortune cookies actually come from Los Angeles, where Canton-native David Jung, a baker and restaurateur, began making cookies with thin slips of paper inside sometime around 1920. Jung founded the Hong Kong Noodle Company, which was producing more than 3,000 cookies an hour in the 1920s.
Alas, today fortune cookies have declined to something approximating cellulose, and the “fortunes” are cheap, cheesy, trite pablum. Gone are the days where you anxiously anticipated cracking open your fortune cookie at the end of your meal to get a glimpse of your future; then enjoying the cookie with your last cup of tea. These days, they are all but inedible. Gone too is the familiar vanilla flavor and the mystique of the fortune cookies of old.  

On this date in 1859 – Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for to see a ball game. It cost $.50 to get in and the players on the field did not receive a salary (until 1863).
Also on this date in history:
1801 – A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
1868 – Legislation that ordered U.S. tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed.
1881 – Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to federal troops in Montana.
1908 – In the United States, the Sullivan Ordinance banned women from smoking in public.
1917 – The draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
1942 – The first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
1944 – An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler failed. The bomb exploded at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters. Hitler was only wounded.
1944 – U.S. President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1947 – The National Football League (NFL) ruled that no professional team could sign a player who had college eligibility remaining.
1976 – America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars.
1982 – President Ronald Reagan pulled the U.S. out of comprehensive nuclear test ban negotiations indefinitely.
1985 – Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Senora de Atocha.” The ship sank in 1622, 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL.
And, in 2003 – In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people.
Verna Felton 1890 – Actress.
Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 – Explorer.
Lola Albright 1925 – Actress.
Sally Ann Howes 1930 – Actress.
Chuck Daly 1933 – Basketball coach.
Diana Rigg 1938 – Actress.
Natalie Wood 1938 – Actress.
T.G. Shepherd 1944 – Singer.
John Lodge 1945 – Musician.
Kim Carnes 1945 – Singer.
Carlos Santana 1947 – Musician.
Donna Dixon 1957 – Actress.
Radney Foster 1959 – Singer, songwriter.
Reed Diamond 1967  – Actor.
Josh Holloway 1969 – Actor.
And finally,Charlie Korsmo 1978 – Child actor, political activist.


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