Life Day 24119: Thread the Needle

July 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, July 25, 2013.
Good morning sewing enthusiasts. The first holiday today is Thread the Needle Day. Thread the Needle Day could refer to any one of a variety of distinct activities. First, it could refer to the obvious meaning, sewing. It could also refer to “threading the needle” on an issue. For example, you have two friends whose friendship you value, but they take opposing sides on an issue. In order to maintain a relationship with both of them you might have to “thread the needle” on that issue. The third possible context for this holiday is the children’s’ game of  “thread the needle”. This is a game in which two of the players hold their arms up to form an arch, while the remaining players, in a line, run or creep under the arch. This is done repeatedly, the couples taking it in turn to form the “needles eye”. “Threading the needle” also means traversing a difficult course between two places; akin to today’s saying “between a rock and a hard place”. It is also a term used in pocket billiards to refer to a difficult shot between through a narrow pathway to the pocket. “Threading the needle” is also a term used in football and basketball. It  is also a yoga pose.
Since the creator of this holiday cannot be determined, it is up to you to determine which way to interpret this holiday. I guess it depends upon your particular circumstance, so I’m “threading the needle” by presenting you with so many options.

The other holiday today is Carousel Day (or Merry-Go-Round Day). Carousel Day (or Merry-Go-Round Day) salutes that dying breed of boardwalk rides, the carousel. Back in their heyday, from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s, carousels were one of the most popular attractions at many boardwalks, fairs, and carnivals. The intricate carvings of the wooden animals on these rides were works of art. In the late 1940’s to the 1960’s, many of the classic wooden animals were replaced with ones made of metal. These to were well crafted, but in my opinion, lacked the character of the classic wood-carved ones.
All types of animals, not just horses, are a popular theme for merry-go-rounds and carousels. More than simple child’s play, the carousel is part of our cultural history. Some carousels are considered National Historic Landmarks. National Merry-Go-Round Day is a day to celebrate the simple carousel, found on boardwalks, museums and fairs around the United States. William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa patented the modern carousel on July 25, 1871.
If you have the opportunity, ride one of these classic carousels today.

The first food-relayed holiday today is Culinarian’s Day. You don’t have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate Culinarian’s Day. If you cook, you can enjoy this holiday. Prepare a special meal that highlight your best culinary techniques, then enjoy the results.

The next food-related holiday is National Chili Dog Day. A part of National Hot Dog Month, National Chili Dog Day is always celebrated on the last Thursday in July. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And during the month of July, 10 % of the annual retail hot dogs sales occur.
So, enjoy a chili dog (or two) today.

The final food-related holiday today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. You don’t have to be a member of a “think tank” to figure out how to celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. A part of National Ice Cream Month, this holiday is one of several ice cream related holidays we have celebrated this month. There is little known about the origins of this holiday, but ice cream in general has been around since Colonial times. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington indulged in this cool dessert and offered it to guests. Colonists were, in fact, the ones to term the dish “ice cream,” and the very first ice cream parlor in the country opened its doors in 1776 in New York.

On this date in 1987 – The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won 29 consecutive games to begin the season.
Also on this date in history:
1805 – Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.
1850 – In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match.
1850 – Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon.
1861 – The Crittenden Resolution, which called for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1866 – Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the first officer to hold the rank.
1868 – Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
1909 – French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel.
1946 – The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
1952 – Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1978 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Red) broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games.
1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
And, in 2010 – WikiLeaks leaked to the public more than 90,000 internal reports involving the U.S.-led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy people.
Walter Brennan 1894 – Actor.
Jack Gilford 1907 – Actor.
Estelle Getty 1924 – Actress.
Barbara Harris 1935 – Actress.
Janet Margolin 1943 – Actress.
Donna Theodore 1945 – Actress, singer.
Walter Payton 1954 – Football player.
Iman 1955 – Model.
Illeana Douglas 1965 – Actress.
Matt LeBlanc 1967 – Actor.
And finally,Brad Renfro 1982 – Actor.

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