Life Day 24146: Oh Pooh

August 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Good morning children’s literature lovers. The first holiday today is Christopher Robin’s Birthday. The character of Christopher Robin is based upon author A. A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne; born on this date in 1920. On his first birthday, Christopher recieved a stuffed bear as a gift. That started a growing collection of other stuffed animals. Mr. Milne used this growing menagerie of stuffed animals as inspiration for the rest of the characters in his “Winnie the Pooh” stories.
I won’t delve into how being “the Christopher Robin” affected his life, except to say that he eventually came full circle. This link will explain that much better than I ever could. He died on 20 April, 1996, but thanks to his father, he is immortalized forever in the annals of childrens literature.
To celebrate this holiday, read some of the classic “Winnie the Pooh” stories, or (if you can find a copy) watch Disney’s full-length animated movie “Winnie the Pooh”. Oh, also, eat lots of honey, Pooh’s favorite food.

The next holiday is Poet’s Day. Poet’s Day is a time to acknowledge and honor all those truly talented bards whose inner pain and personal sorrow has given us volumes of prose to recite and contemplate.
Whether for an English class, to compose the lyrics for the next great Rock & Roll anthem, or to express feelings for that special someone, just about everyone has, at some point in their lives, attempted to write poetry. Most of us, thankfully, move on to other more important things. But a few never lose their love for, or their desire to write, poetry. It is for these people that Poet’s Day is intended.
If you want to celebrate this holiday, read a few works from some of the great poets like Tennyson or Thomas. Or, find your old notebooks and revisit some of your own verse.

The third holiday today is National Senior Citizen’s Day. I know that this holiday doesn’t pertain to any of my readers, but National Senior Citizen’s Day honors that growing segment of our population; the elderly.
On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the following proclamation:
“Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.
With improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation. Many older people are embarking on second careers, giving younger Americans a fine example of responsibility, resourcefulness, competence, and determination. And more than 4.5 million senior citizens are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects that benefit every sector of society. Wherever the need exists, older people are making their presence felt — for their own good and that of others.
For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity.
The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 138, has designated August 21, 1988, as “National Senior Citizens Day” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim August 21, 1988, as National Senior Citizens Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
To celebrate this holiday, spend some time with, and show some appreciation for, senior citizens.  Do volunteer work in support of the elderly.

The final holiday today is National Medical Dosimetrists Day. A Medical Dosimetrist is someone who measures and administers the dosage of ionizing radiation. Dosimetrists play a vital role in the treatment of cancer victims. In conjunction with the Oncologist, the Dosimetrist uses computer technology to determine the precise dose of radiation and where to administer it.
National Medical Dosimetrists Day salutes these noble people.

The first food-related holiday today is National Spumoni Day. Spumoni originated in Naples, Italy, and was introduced to America in the 1870s by Italian immigrants. Traditionally, spumoni would include chocolate, cherry and pistachio gelato with bits of cherries and pistachios mixed in, but it could also consist of multiple layers (usually three) of different flavors of gelato, with little bits of other fruits and nuts mixed in. Once in America, Italian ice cream shop owners eliminated the fruit and nuts to keep costs down, and the flavors eventually became chocolate, vanilla and strawberry; what most of us today call Neapolitan ice cream. If you have never experienced true spumoni, I urge you to do so today. That bastardized American version pales in comparison.

The other food-related holiday today is Eat a Peach Day. Peaches are a favorite fruit among Americans, and they are in season. Eat a Peach Day encourages you to enjoy a fresh, sweet, juicy peach as a snack today. I shouldn’t need to elaborate any further.

On this date in 1997 – Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli virus. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history.
Also on this date in history:
1831 – Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed.
1841 – A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.
1888 – The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs.
1912 – Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1923 – In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.
1945 – U.S. President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped about $50 billion in aid to America’s Allies during World War II.
1959 – Hawaii became the 50th state. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.
1971 – Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United States Women’s Amateur Golf tournament. She was the youngest winner in the history of the tournament.
1984 – Victoria Roche, a reserve outfielder, became the first girl to ever compete in a Little League World Series game.
1996 – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was signed by President Clinton. The act made it easier to obtain and keep health insurance.
1997 – Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States.
2002 – In Pakistan, President General Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani constitution. He extended his term in office and granted himself powers that included the right to dissolve parliament.
And, in 2003 – In Ghana, businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia’s rebels and the government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years of civil war.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
Count Basie 1904 – Band leader.
Chris Schenkel 1923 – Sportscaster.
Jack Weston 1924 – Actor.
Wilt Chamberlain 1936 – Basketball player.
Kenny Rogers 1938 – Singer.
Clarence Williams III 1939 – Actor.
Jackie DeShannon 1944 – Singer, songwriter.
Patty McCormack 1945 – Actress.
Harry Smith 1951 – TV journalist.
Kim Cattrall 1956 – Actress.
Jim McMahon 1959 – Football player.
Carrie-Anne Moss 1970 – Actress.
Alicia Witt 1975 – Actress, singer.
And finally, Hayden Panettiere 1989 – Actress.

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