Life Day 24147: Be an Angel

August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Good morning angels. The first holiday today is Be An Angel Day. Be An Angel Day was established by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993. The purpose of this holiday is to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need. Every act of generosity can make a difference. Today, take the time to be an angel to someone. Whether you choose to do a favor for a friend, volunteer your time to assist others in your community, extend a helping hand, offer a kind word, or show someone your gratitude, be an angel to someone today. Who knows, it might be contagious and cause that someone to be an angel to someone else.

The other holiday today is Tooth Fairy Day. Unless you just emerged from a lifelong coma, you already know all about the tooth fairy. Earlier this year, on February 28th, we celebrated National Tooth Fairy Day. I don’t know whether Tooth Fairy Day is a separate holiday or not, but it is listed in two of my sources as a holiday today. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots. Click on the link above for more information on the roots of this (some say) mythical entity.

The food-related holiday today is National Pecan Torte Day. Torte is the Austrian, German and Hungarian word for cake. Tortes are denser and less delicate than traditional cake. This denseness is due to the use of ground nuts in place of a portion (or all) of the normal amount of flour. Tortes are made without chemical leaveners, using egg foams for lightness. This is why they are usually shorter than a traditional layer cake. Tortes are also wider, traditionally 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Today, many bakers and recipe writers call their cakes “tortes”; probably in order to make them sound exotic and more exciting. A torte can be richly flavored with whatever you decide to make it with (today we’re talking pecans), but it usually consists of cake-like layers sandwiched between buttercream, mousse, jam or fruit. Once it cools from a nice bake in the oven, it’s heavily drizzled with a glaze. This is a rich dessert, so if you choose to celebrate this holiday, be aware that you might soon fall into a sugar-induced coma after consuming it. Enjoy!

On this date in 1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
Also on this date in history:
1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry VII.
1642 – The English Civil War began when King Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors.
1762 – Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper.
1770 – Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.
1775 – The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.
1846 – The U.S. annexed New Mexico.
1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup.
1865 – A patent for liquid soap was received by William Sheppard.
1902 – In Hartford, CT, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.
1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England.
1950 – Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.
1951 – 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.
1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
1986 – The Kerr-McGee Corporation agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million to settle a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
1989 – Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters.
1990 – President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the buildup of troops in the Persian Gulf.
And, in 1996 – President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished denizens.
Claude Debussy 1862 – Composer.
John Lee Hooker 1917 – Blues musician.
Ray Bradbury 1920 – Author.
Honor Blackman 1925 – Actress.
Diana Sands 1934 – Actress.
Sylvia Koscina 1934 – Actress.
Norman Schwarzkopf 1934 – United States General.
Carl Yastrzemski 1939 – Baseball player.
Valerie Harper 1940 – Actress.
Bill Parcells 1941 – Football coach.
Cindy Williams 1947 – Actress.
Paul Molitor 1956 – Baseball player.
Holly Dunn 1957 – Country Singer.
Regina Taylor 1960 – Actress.
Tori Amos 1963 – Singer.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 1967 – Actor.
Ty Burrell 1967 – Actor.
And finally, Kristen Wiig 1973 – Actress, comedienne.

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