Life Day 24137: Middle Child’s Day

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

Today is Monday, August 12, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is Middle Child’s Day. Middle Child’s Day salutes all of the people out there who have both older and younger siblings. It is commonly accepted that the oldest child has all of the attention of his parents until a second child comes along. And, the youngest child is always the “baby” of the family. But what about those children in between? Middle children are often ignored by their parents in favor of their older and younger siblings, therefore, they tend to become introverted, and are often loners. They might tend to act out to get the attention they need from their parents. This can lead to all sorts of problems in later life. There is even a psychological condition known as Middle Child Syndrome. I won’t go into detail here, but this link will give you further insight into this condition. Not all middle children become introverted loners and social outcasts. Most go on to live normal lives. Because of the lack of attention while growing up, many often are independent, and make good leaders. Many famous people are middle children, including Madonna, Abraham Lincoln, Donald Trump, Julia Roberts, and Charles Darwin. In fact, 52% of our Presidents have been middle children.

The next holiday is IBM PC Day. On this date in 1981, IBM introduced the first personal computer. This event revolutionized the world of technology. At a base price of $1,565, not every family could afford one in the beginning. But through the process of supply and demand and good ole competition, the price came down, and soon home computers became more affordable to the average family. By today’s standards, the technology was crude and inefficient. I got my first PC in 1984, a “state of the art” Commodore 64. Heck, it even came with a built in 3¼ inch floppy disc. WOOHOO!!

The last holiday today is Vinyl Record Day. If it weren’t for the telephone, there might not even be vinyl records today. Thomas Edison used the $10,000 prize money he received from the French government for winning the “Volta Prize” for inventing the telephone to set up a lab for acoustical and electrical research. What came out of that lab on this date in 1877 was the phonograph.
On Vinyl Record Day, set aside your iPods, mp3 players and cassette tapes and listen to some music as it was intended; on vinyl records (scratches and all). That is assuming you still have your old turntable.

The food-related holiday today is Julienne Fries Day. Contrary to popular folklore, french fries are not named after their country of origin. According to “Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink”, frenching potatoes refers to the process of cutting them into narrow strips. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. claims credit for inventing shoestring french fries in the 1850’s, however, according to “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink”, the origin of french fries dates back to 1795.
The potato itself is a relative latecomer to the staple food chain. As recently as 200 years ago, they were either thought to be poisonous; or food fit only for livestock, prisoners, or peasants. However, the Incas were cultivating and eating potatoes in what is now Peru, Ecuador and northern Chile as early as 750 BC. Their method for preparing potatoes wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as dropping them into boiling water or fat. They spread them out in rows and let them sit for a few weeks, then stomped on them with their feet. YUM! The Incas, in fact, literally worshiped the potato. If the potato crop failed, a few unlucky potato farmers actually had their lips and noses mutilated to appease the Potato Gods. Eventually the Conquistadors took potatoes back to Spain where over a span of a century or two, they spread throughout the rest of Europe. However they were still shunned by the ruling classes. Because of poverty, the Irish were the first Europeans to begin cultivating and eating potatoes, and in the mid 1800’s, it was the Irish immigrants who brought the potato the the United States.

On this date in 1986 – It was announced by NASA that they had selected a new rocket design for the space shuttle. The move was made in an effort at correcting the flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster.
Also on this date in history:
1851 – Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine.
1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.
1867 – President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
1898 – Hawaii was annexed by the U.S. Hawaii was later given territorial status and was given Statehood in 1959.
1898 – The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
1918 – Regular airmail service began between Washington, DC, and New York City.
1939 – The movie “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.
1960 – The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite.
1964 – Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he became the first player to hit home runs as both a left-hander and a right-hander in the same game.
1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.
1992 – The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement (N.A.F.T.A.) had been created after 14 months of negotiations.
1993 – U.S. President Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring air traffic controllers that had been fired for going on strike in 1981.
1994 – Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.
And, in 1998 – Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims.
If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Christy Mathewson 1880 – Baseball player.
Cecil B. DeMille 1881 – Director.
Cantinflas 1911 – Actor.
Jane Wyatt 1912 – Actress.
Marjorie Reynolds 1921 – Actress.
John Derek 1926 – Director.
Porter Wagoner 1927 – Singer.
Buck Owens 1929 – Singer.
Parnelli Jones 1933 – Race car driver/owner.
George Hamilton 1939 – Actor.
Jennifer Warren 1941 – Actress.
Pat Metheny 1954 – Jazz guitarist.
Suzanne Vega 1959 – Singer, songwriter.
Peter Krause 1965 – Actor.
Pete Sampras 1971 – Tennis player.
And finally, Dominique Swain 1980 – Actress.


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