Life Day 24129: Ahoy Mates

August 4, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, August 4, 2013.
Good morning fans of coastal defence. The first holiday today is Coast Guard Day. Coast Guard Day is celebrated every August 4 to commemorate the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on 4 August, 1790, by then Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. On that date, Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.
The Coast Guard received its present name through an act of Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on 28 January 1915 that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and provided the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.
The Coast Guard began to maintain the country’s maritime aids to navigation, including operating the nation’s lighthouses, when President Franklin Roosevelt announced plans to transfer of the U.S. Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard in May 1939. Congress approved the plan effective 1 July, 1939. On 16 July 1946, Congress permanently transferred the Department of Commerce Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, thereby placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under Coast Guard regulation.
After 177 years in the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the newly formed Department of Transportation effective 1 April 1967. As a result of the events of 11 September 2001, the Coast Guard was transferred to the new Department of Homeland Security effective 1 March 2002.

The next holiday is Friendship Day. Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. It was created in the United States in 1935. Since then, it has grown to become an international celebration, not only between individuals, but also between nations.
Friendship Day is a time to recognize your friends and their contribution to your life. Friends come in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities: school friends, work colleagues, siblings, partners, parents, neighbours, and even pets. Try to spend some time with each of your friends today, and reach out to those who live far away. Let your friends know they are truly appreciated.

The third holiday today is Single Working Women’s Day. Single Working Women’s Day honors all of the single working moms who never seem to have a moment to themselves. Regardless of how you feel about single parents, the sanctity of marriage, blah, blah, blah, single mothers are a fact of life in today’s society. They have to do it all, often without support from others. They not only bring home the bacon, they fry it, then clean up the mess afterward. They earn the money, buy the groceries, feed, nurture, and clean up after their children. They make the modern world a better place, and often somehow find the money, time and energy to lovingly support others.
If you know a single mother, do something to alleviate the stress in her life. Offer to run some errands for her; or, better yet, offer to babysit her kids for a while and buy her a gift certificate to a day spa so she can be pampered for once; or offer to pay for a babysitter and take her out for a night on the town.

The remainder of today’s holidays, while significant to many of you, do not pertain to me. As usual, I will provide a link so that you can find more information about them if you so desire.
Sisters Day.
National Kid’s Day.
International Forgiveness Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. To celebrate  National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, we must first pay homage to Ruth Graves Wakefield (1903-1977), a 1930s-era Massachusetts innkeeper at the Toll House Inn. While there, she created the quintessential recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Chopping up a chocolate bar into little morsels and putting them in a batch of cookie dough may well be one of the best ideas, ever.
One day in 1937, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a colonial brown sugar cookie recipe, Ruth found that she did not have the baker’s chocolate required, and instead chopped a bar of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces. She added them to the dough, expecting them to melt during baking; instead, the chocolate held its shape and softened to a creamy texture. The new cookies became very popular at the Inn; Ruth’s recipe was published in newspapers throughout New England, and sales of Nestlé’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar skyrocketed. Ruth eventually approached Nestlé and reached an agreement that allowed Nestlé to print what would become known as the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (part of the agreement included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate she could use for the rest of her life). As the recipe continued to grow in popularity, Nestlé began to score the chocolate bar and packaged it with a special chopper for easy cutting into small morsels. In 1939, they introduced Nestlé Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The recipe was originally called Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies, as the morsels, or chips, were invented later.
If you are come sort of freak who likes chocolate, but dislikes cookies, go to this website. It contains 100 alternative uses for chocolate chips.

On this date in 1983 – New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warm-ups and accidentally killed a seagull. After the game, Toronto police arrested him for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”
Also on this date in history:
1735 – Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that “the truth is not libelous.”
1821 – “The Saturday Evening Post” was published for the first time as a weekly.
1922 – The death of Alexander Graham Bell, two days earlier, was recognized by AT&T and the Bell Systems by shutting down all of its switchboards and switching stations. The shutdown affected 13 million phones.
1934 – Mel Ott became the first major league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.
1956 – William Herz became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles per hour. He was clocked at 210 mph.
1958 – Billboard Magazine introduced its “Hot 100” chart, which was based on popularity and was a barometer of the movement of potential hits. The first number one song was Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool.”
1972 – Arthur Bremer was found guilty of shooting George Wallace, the governor of Alabama. Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
1986 – The United States Football League called off its 1986 season. This was after winning only token damages in its antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League.
1987 – The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission. The doctrine had required that radio and TV stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion.
And, in 1996 – Josia Thugwane won a gold medal after finishing first in the marathon. He became the first black South African to win a gold medal.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy people.
Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – Poet.
Louis Armstrong 1901 – Musician, singer.
Wesley Addy 1913 – Actor.
Helen Thomas 1920 – Journalist.
Timi Yuro 1940 – Singer.
Richard Belzer 1944 – Actor, comedian.
Kristoffer Tabori 1952 – Actor.
Billy Bob Thornton 1955 – Actor.
Kym Karath 1958 – Actress.
Barack Hussein Obama 1961 – Current POTUS.
Roger Clemens 1962 – Baseball player.
Dennis Lehane 1965 – Author.
Daniel Dae Kim 1968 – Actor.
Jeff Gordon 1971 – Race car driver.
And finally, Dylan and Cole Sprouse 1992 – Actors.


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