Life day 24122: Buffalo Soldiers Day

July 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is sunday, July 28, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is Buffalo Soldiers Day. Buffalo Soldiers Day commemorates the formation on this date in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. But it was not until after the war that permanent all-black regiments were established, maintaining the U.S. armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to construct roads and trails.
A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier,” with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the 1940s and 1950s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration.
In 1992 the U.S. Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States.

The next holiday is Aunties Day. Aunties Day is a day to celebrate all the cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and women who love the kids in their lives who are not their own. Aunts by Relation, Aunts by Choice, and Godmothers are honored on this day for all they contribute and do to help raise and nurture children. Aunts often take on the role of surrogate parent when mom “needs a break” or is sick. At family gatherings, they are more like parental assistants; entertaining the children while mom and dad catch up on the latest familial gossip. They are a vital part of every family dynamic.

The third holiday today is National Parents Day. National Parents Day is a special day to honor your mother and father. Its a time to celebrate the family structure and family values (however you interpret them). The family unit is an important structure for the health and social development of children. That structure, and those values, are established and nurtured by parents. The best way to celebrate this holiday is by spending time with your parents doing something that they enjoy. Its also important that you let them how how much they are loved and appreciated.

The last holiday today is World Hepatitis Day. World Hepatitis Day is held on July 28th each year to provide international focus for patient groups and people living with viral hepatitis. This holiday was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In May 2010 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution which provides an official endorsement of World Hepatitis Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Milk Chocolate Day. Rejoice chocoholics, National Milk Chocolate Day legitimizes your addiction to chocolate. It affords you the opportunity to indulge your cravings without guilt or social stigma.
Milk chocolate differs from other chocolates because it is a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, this sweet treat is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts.
Chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits. That’s right, chocolate can make you happy. This is due to the fact that it contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide.

On this date in 2006 – Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era.
Also on this date in history:
1866 – The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.
1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment guaranteed due process of law.
1896 – The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.
1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
1932 – Federal troops forcibly dispersed the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until 1945.
1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were approved by the House of Representatives.
1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.
1965 – President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns.
And, in 1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
Beatrix Potter 1866 – Author.
Joe E. Brown 1891 – Actor, comedian.
Rudy Vallee 1901 – Singer, actor.
Richard Rodgers 1902 – Composer.
Carmen Dragon 1914 – Conductor.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1929 – Wife of JFK.
Darryl Hickman 1931 – Actor.
Phil Proctor 1940 – Actor.
Jim Davis 1945 – Cartoonist.
Linda Kelsey 1946 – Actress.
Sally Struthers 1947 – Actress.
Georgia Engel 1948 – Actress.
Terry Fox 1958 – Athlete, activist.
And finally, Lori Loughlin 1964 – Actress.

 

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