Life Day 24124: “Paperback Writer”

July 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Good morning readers. The first holiday today is Paperback Book Day. Paperback Book Day celebrates the date when Penguin Books published its first paperback books on July 30, 1935. There were other forms of paperback books published earlier (dime novels, penny dreadfuls, and pulp magazines for example), but none with any great success. Penguin’s cheap reprints of popular books quickly became immensely popular. This was at the height of “the depression” when money was scarce, and people needed a form of cheap entertainment. Radio was in it’s heyday, but not everyone could afford one, so they sought other ways to alleviate their boredom, and paperback books filled this niche nicely.
Even with audio books, electronic books, and e-book readers increasing in popularity, paperback books are still popular; as evidenced by E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” which sold over a million copies in just 11 weeks. To celebrate this holiday, visit your local library or bookstore and pick up a new paperback book, then find the time to read a few chapters.

The other holiday today is Father-in-Law Day. Father-in-Law Day is dedicated to your wife’s (or husband’s) father. Mothers-in-Law always get a bad rap, but you rarely hear anything, good or bad, about fathers-in-law. The reason is perhaps they’re content to stay on the sidelines and mind their own business, neither offering nor inviting criticism. Even if they are a bit curmudgeonly at times, fathers-in law deserve a little recognition. To celebrate this holiday, spend some time with your father-in-law today. Take him to lunch or dinner at his favorite restaurant, or invite him over and prepare his favorite meal for him.

The food-related holiday today is National Cheesecake Day. Some form of cheesecake has been around since the ancient Greeks first served it to the athletes in the Olympic games in 776 B.C. The early forms were probably just cake with cheese mixed in. Thankfully, over the centuries, it has evolved into the rich, sweet, calorie-laden, high cholesterol dessert we know and love today. There are dozens of versions and varieties of cheesecakes available these days; plain, or with toppings. So why not indulge yourself with a slice of your favorite kind  for dessert tonight to celebrate this holiday.

On this date in 1945 – The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
Also on this date in history:
1619 – The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. It was called the House of Burgesses.
1729 – The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland.
1898 – “Scientific America” carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH.
1932 – Walt Disney’s “Flowers and Trees” premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
1937 – The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor.
1942 – The WAVES were created by legislation signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
1965 – U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.
1968 – Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years.
1974 – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.
1990 – In Spring Hill, TN, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
And, in 2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables.
Emily Bronte 1818 – Author.
Henry Ford 1863 – Industrialist.
Casey Stengel 1890 – Baseball player, manager.
Dick Wilson 1916 – Character actor.
Christine McGuire 1929 – Singer.
Thomas Sowell 1930 – Economist, author.
Edd  Byrnes 1933 – Actor.
Eleanor Smeal 1939 – Feminist.
Peter Bogdanovich 1939 – Director.
Paul Anka 1941 – Singer.
William Atherton 1947 – Actor.
Arnold Schwarzenegger 1947 – Body builder, actor, politician.
Ken Olin 1954 – Actor.
Delta Burke 1956 – Actress.
Richard Burgi 1958 – Actor.
Laurence Fishburne 1961 – Actor.
Lisa Kudrow 1963 – Actress.
Vivica A. Fox 1964 – Actress.
Christine Taylor 1971 – Actress.
Hillary Swank 1974 – Actress.
Jaime Pressley 1977 – Actress.

 

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