Life Day 24144: National Aviation Day

August 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, August 19, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is National Aviation Day. National Aviation Day celebrates the birthday of pioneer aviator Orville Wright on this date in 1871.. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. The proclamation was codified and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. To a lesser degree, National Aviation Day sometimes honors other specific early aviation and space pioneers, or aviation and space pioneers in general. The first successful heavier than air flight occurred on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The other holiday today is World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day is set aside to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This holiday was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. That tragic event claimed 22 lives. World Humanitarian Day also recognizes the dozens of aid workers, who have died in the years since. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

The food-related holiday today is Potato Day.  Potatoes have been popular parts of diets around the world for centuries.  More than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year.  Americans love them baked, mashed, boiled, fried; the list is endless. Potatoes are not only tasty, they’re good for you too. They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and iron.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some potatoes prepared in your favorite way.

On this date in 1917 – Team managers John McGraw and Christy Matthewson were arrested for breaking New York City’s blue laws. The crime was their teams were playing baseball on Sunday.
Also on this date in history:
1812 – “Old Ironsides” (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.
1848 – The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
1856 – The process of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden.
1909 – The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1934 – Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1940 – The newly formed Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1960 – Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
1960 – Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth’s orbit by the Soviet Union.
1962 – Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held in Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history.
1974 – During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, U.S. Ambassador Roger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet while in the American embassy.
1991 – Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.
And, in 1999 – In Belgrade, thousands of Serbs attended a rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslavia’s President Slobodan Milosevic.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of prominent people.
Bernard Baruch 1870 – Financier, philanthropist.
Coco Chanel 1883 – Fashion designer.
Ogden Nash 1902 – Poet.
Philo Taylor Farnsworth 1906 – Inventor.
Malcolm Forbes 1919 – Publisher.
Gene Roddenberry 1921 – Screenwriter, producer.
L.Q. Jones 1927 – Actor.
Willie Shoemaker 1931 – Jockey.
Debra Paget 1933 – Actress.
Diana Muldaur 1938 – Actress.
Ginger Baker 1939 –Drummer.
Johnny Nash 1940 – Singer.
Jill St. John 1940 – Actress.
Bill Clinton 1946 – 42nd POTUS.
Gerald McRaney 1948 – Actor.
Adam Arkin 1956 – Actor.
John Stamos 1963 – Actor.
Kyra Sedgwick 1965 – Actress.
Matthew Perry 1969 – Actor.
Mary Joe Fernandez 1971 – Tennis player.
And finally, Erika Christensen 1982 – Actress.

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