Life Day 24121: National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 27, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Good morning patriots. The first holiday today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1953 that the treaty was signed ending the Korean War. The original proclamation expired on the 50th anniversary in 2003, but it has been extended each year by the reigning President since then. This link will take you to this year’s proclamation.

The next holiday is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is just a cutesy way to remind everyone about the health benefits of walking. Walking is good for cardio, and helps with circulation. This form of exercise requires no special equipment (except pants). If you are currently vacationing at a clothing optional resort, fold your pants and carry them under your arm as you take your walk today.

The third holiday today is Bagpipe Appreciation Day. Bagpipe Appreciation Day celebrates the ancient (arguably) musical instrument; the Highlands Scottish Bagpipe. This instrument is a quintessential part of the Scottish tradition. This holiday celebrates the tunes of this traditional instrument that were used to herald battles, usher in auspicious events such as weddings and also to bid farewell at funerals.
The original bagpipes are said to have originated in the Middle East but became more popular in the Scottish Highlands and evolved there. This instrument is second only to percussion in the evolution of musical instruments. Today, the typical bagpipe consists of three pipes emerging from a sac-like bag. These bags are crafted from elk or sheep skin. These sacs fill with air that is released when the musician presses his arm to create the music. There is also a fourth pipe that holds nine holes to create changes in chord and pitch.
I can’t, in good conscience, urge you to listen to some bagpipe music to celebrate this holiday.

Another holiday today is National Day of the Cowboy. National Day of the Cowboy was started as a way to contribute to the preservation of America’s rich cowboy heritage. To celebrate you can put on your best western shirt and watch some of your favorite old Westerns.

The final holiday today is National Dance Day. National Dance Day was created in 2010 by  “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator  Nigel Lythgoe. It is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.
This holiday achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Crème Brûlée Day. Crème Brûlée is a five-ingredient French delicacy; rich vanilla custard is topped with a hard “burnt sugar” top. The custard is cooked in individual ramekins, cooled to room temperature, then refrigerated. Just prior to serving, a teaspoon of sugar is sprinkled over each serving then put under a broiler for about two minutes, or until the sugar has caramelized and turned golden brown.
The origins of this dish are a bit hazy, but the name first appeared in Francois Massialot’s cookbook in 1691. Crème Brûlée translates from French as ‘burnt cream’.

The other food-related holiday today is National Scotch Day.  The Scots have been making whiskies since at least the 15th century. Scotch whisky by law must be distilled and aged in Scotland from malted barley and, sometimes, other grains. If it’s made with just malted barley and water and bottled as whisky from one distillery, it’s one of the famous “single malt” Scotch whiskies. If a Scotch is made with other grain, it’s referred to as “single grain.” There are also blended Scotches – such as the top-selling Johnnie Walker – that use whiskies from multiple distillers. Scotch whiskies are aged in oak casks, but unlike American straight whiskeys, the casks don’t have to be new. Many American white oak casks that once held bourbon or other American whiskeys find a second life in Scotland to age Scotch whisky, and some distillers also use casks that formerly contained sherry or port to add different flavors. Though single malt Scotches are made only from barley and water, their flavors vary enormously depending on where the distillery is located, the kind of water used, the way the whisky is aged and other variables.
*NOTE: In Scotland and Canada, Whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”.

On this date in 2003 – It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the “Loch Ness Monster” began in the 6th century.
Also on this date in history:
1789 – The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the U.S. Congress. The agency was later known as the Department of State.
1804 – The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
1866 – Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.
1909 – Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
1921 – Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin.
1964 – President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
1965 – In the U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages.
1967 – President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence in the wake of urban rioting.
1984 – Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career when he got his 3,503rd base hit.
1992 – Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice. He was 27 years old.
1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
1999 – The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.
And, in 2001 – The ribbon cutting ceremony was held for American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The event set two new world records; one for the 3 mile long ribbon, and one for the 2,000 people that cut it.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy people.
Keenan Wynn 1916 – Actor.
Homer 1918 – Country entertainer.
Norman Lear 1922 – Writer, producer.
Jerry Van Dyke 1931 – Actor.
Nick Reynolds 1933 – Musician.
Don Galloway 1937 – Actor.
Dennis Ralston 1942 – Tennis player.
Bobbie Gentry 1944 – Country singer.
Betty Thomas 1948 – Actress.
Peggy Fleming 1948 – Figure skater.
Maureen McGovern 1949 – Singer.
Roxanne Hart 1952 – Actress.
Carol Leifer 1956 – Comedienne.
Bill Engvall 1957 – Comedian.
Julian McMahon 1968 – Actor.
Maya Rudolph 1972 – Actress, comedienne.
Alex Rodriguez 1975 – Baseball player.
And finally, Cheyenne Kimball 1990 – Country singer.

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