Life Day 24149: Pluto Demoted

August 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, August 24, 2013.
Good morning Pluto fans. The first holiday today is Pluto Demoted Day. Pluto Demoted Day does not have anything to do with one of Disney’s most beloved cartoon canines, Pluto, falling into disfavor. This holiday marks the anniversary of the date in 2006 when the ninth planet, Pluto, was reclassified by astronomers from a planet to dwarf planet status and renamed Plutoid.
Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ on February 18, 1930 after nearly a year of searching. The planets existence was confirmed by the scientific community on March 13, 1930, and the announcement of the existence of a ninth planet was released to the public.
Pluto was not named after Disney’s cartoon dog as some believe. Later in 1930, Mr. Disney introduced a new cartoon character, Mickey Mouse’s dog, and named him after the newly discovered planet.
Pluto was named by an eleven year old schoolgirl in Oxford England named Venetia Burney. She was a student of both ancient mythology and astronomy, and suggested the name Pluto, the God of the Underworld, because she felt it was appropriate for such a dark and foreboding place. She suggested the name to her grandfather, a librarian, who passed it along to colleagues in the United States, who in turn, passed it on th the Lowell Observatory; who had the responsibility to name the new planet because they discovered it. The name Pluto was unanimously selected on March 24, 1930, and the formal announcement was made on May 1, 1930.

The next holiday is Vesuvius Day. Vesuvius Day marks the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history. It destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. They were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. An estimated 20,000 people were killed.
Mount Vesuvius also erupted a second time in 1631. This eruption killed an estimated 3,500 people.

The last holiday today is National Knife Day. National Knife Day celebrates the ancient tool that has survived since the dawn of mankind. Through the centuries, the knife has persevered, despite those who misuse the tool as a weapon.
Receiving your first knife was a rite of passage for boys of my generation. It was one of the first acknowledgements by your parents that you were a responsible young man. To many people, a knife is a way of life. Knives are an important tool for fishermen, hunters, chefs, doctors, and rescue workers to name a few. Knives also have a myriad of uses around the home. No kitchen, tool box, or utility drawer is complete unless it contains a knife. Heck, I even use one in  my home office as a letter opener.
To celebrate this holiday, gather all of your knives together and inspect them. Sharpen, clean, and lubricate them. Discard and replace any that are no longer serviceable.

The food-related holiday today is National Peach Pie Day. National Peach Pie Day is yet another peachy holiday for this month, August, which is National Peach Month. Unless you have been in a coma since birth, or were raised in a cave by wolves since infancy, you probably know that peach pie is one of America’s favorite pies.
Peach pie is a two-crust, filled pie. It is impossible to determine who was the first to make a pie with a peach filling. The reason that today is National Peach Pie Day is also unknown, and, except for it being mentioned in three of my sources, there is no documentation to verify that today is even a holiday. Nonetheless, enjoy a slice of peach pie today. Do you really need a holiday to have peach pie?

On this date in 1959 – Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. representative.
Also on this date in history:
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1814 – During the War of 1812, Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol.
1869 – A patent for the waffle iron was received by Cornelius Swarthout.
1912 – A four-pound limit was set for parcels sent through the U.S. Post Office mail system.
1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours.
1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect. The agreement formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The gist of the treaty was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”
1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.
1968 – France became the 5th thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
1975 – Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers set a major league baseball record when he stole his 38th consecutive base.
1989 – Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball.
1989 – “Total war” was declared by Colombian drug lords on their government.
1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95” went on sale.
1998 – U.S. officials cited a soil sample as part of the evidence that a Sudan plant was producing precursors to the VX nerve gas. And, therefore made it a target for U.S. missiles on August 20, 1998.
2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identities of the soldiers would be known.
and, in 2001 – NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
William Wilberforce 1759 – Abolitionist.
Joshua Lionel Cowen 1877 – Inventor.
Preston Foster 1901 – Actor.
Durward Kirby 1912 – Television announcer.
Dennis James 1917 – Television personality.
Kenny Baker 1934 – Actor.
Mason Williams 1938 – Guitarist.
Gregory Jarvis 1944 – Engineer.
Joe Regalbuto 1949 – Actor.
Mike Shanahan 1952 – Football coach.
Gerry Cooney 1956 – Boxer.
Steve Guttenberg 1958 – Actor.
Cal Ripken, Jr. 1960 – Baseball player.
Marlee Matlin 1965 – Actress.
Reggie Miller 1965 – Basketball player.
Claudia Schiffer 1971 –Model.
David Chappelle 1973 – Comedian.
Carmine Giovinazzo 1973 – Actor, musician.
Chad Michael Murray 1981 – Actor.
And finally, Rupert Grint 1988 – Actor.

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