Life Day 24118: This is the Place

July 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Good morning Latter Day Saints. The first holiday today is Mormon Pioneer Day. Mormon Pioneer Day celebrates the date in 1847 that Brigham Young looked out over the Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed: “This is the place.” After their founder, Joseph Smith, was murdered in 1844, the Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, moved westward from their settlement in Nauvoo, Illinois, under the leadership of Brigham Young. Over the next two decades, thousands of mormons followed suit, some pushing their belongings in handcarts. The original 40-acre plot with log houses where the Mormons settled is the modern Salt Lake City, and the day on which Young chose the site is celebrated not only in Utah, but in surrounding states with significant Mormon populations, such as Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California.
Other States celebrate their own form of Pioneer Day on different dates throughout the year.

The next holiday is National Tell an Old Joke Day. On National Tell an Old Joke Day, use your  repertoire of old jokes to amuse your friends and family. Laughter is not only fun, but many studies have shown that it’s also healthy.
Let me get you started.
“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Orange.”
“Orange who?”
“Orange you glad I told you about this holiday?”

The third holiday today is Amelia Earhart Day. Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated annually on the anniversary of her birth in 1897.
Amelia Earhart was a famous aviation pioneer who broke many early aviation records. Legend and mystery surrounds the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. They were on a record setting attempt to fly around the world, when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific. Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exists about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies, and even alien abductions.

The final holiday today is Cousin’s Day. Cousin’s Day celebrates your aunt and uncle’s children; many of whom are probably close to your own age. Cousins are the ones who made family reunions tolerable.
But wait, if your aunts and uncles had children, then you are a cousin too. Organize a cousin’s reunion of your own and get together with as many of your cousins as possible today. Don’r forget to say, ” What’s buzzin cuzzin?”

The first food-related holiday today is National Drive-Thru Day. After WWII, sunshine and a love affair with automobiles spurred the growth of roadside businesses in California catering specifically to motorists. They made getting lunch “on the go” easy and sometimes fun. America’s first major drive-through hamburger chain, Jack in the Box® restaurants was founded in 1951 and helped pave the way for this delicious and convenient new dining experience.

The other food-related holiday today is National Tequila Day. Tequila is North America’s first indigenous distilled drink or spirit, a strong distilled alcoholic liquor. It’s made from the sweet juice of the blue agave plant, and is produced via double-distillation in the area around the city of Tequila, located in the western Mexico state of Jalisco. The agave plant grows exceptionally well in the volcanic soil of the region, and Mexican law dictates that tequila can only be produced in Jalisco. Mezcal, the precursor of tequila, is a less refined spirit that can be made from five different varieties of agave. It is single-distilled, and is made mostly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. (The agave plant is a succulent in the Agavaceae family, related to the lily family, and not a cactus). Before there was tequila or mezcal, there was pulque. Pulque, also called octli (“nectar of the gods”) was made by the Nahuatl Aztec tribe that migrated into the region. The first recorded cultivation of the blue agave dates to 1224 C.E. It is also recorded that in 1239, a very strong beverage called pulque was fermented from it. It is still made today.
I hope you’re well stocked with salt and limes (or Margarita mix).

On this date in 1974 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
Also on this date in history:
1847 – Richard M. Hoe patented the rotary-type printing press.
1849 – Georgetown University in Washington, DC, presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to Professor Henry Dielman.
1866 – Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War.
1929 – U.S. President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.
1948 – Soviet occupation forces in Germany blockaded West Berlin. The U.S.-British airlift began the following day.
1956 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their comedy partnership. They ended the partnership a decade after it began on July 25, 1946.
1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
1978 – Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team.
And, in 1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables.
Alexander Dumas 1802 – Author.
Chief Dan George 1899 – Author, actor.
Frank Silvera 1914 – Character actor.
Bella Abzug 1920 – Lawyer.
Ruth Buzzi 1936 – Comedienne, actress.
Dan Hedaya 1940 – Actor.
Robert Hayes 1947 – Actor.
Michael Richards 1949 – Actor, comedian.
Lynda Carter 1951 – Actress, singer.
Pam Tillis 1957 – Country singer.
Kadeem Hardison 1965 – Actor.
Laura Leighton 1968 – Actress.
Jennifer Lopez 1969 – Singer, actress.
Anna Paquin 1982 – Actress.
And finally, Mara Wilson 1987 – Actress.

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