Life Day 24153: Dream On

August 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Good morning dreamers. The first holiday today is Dream Day. Dream Day celebrates the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on this date in 1963 before more than 200,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. In this speech, Dr. King advocated peace, and hope for a better future for African-Americans, and thus everyone, in America.
Although the speech was powerful and awe inspiring, it seems to have gone unheeded. Racism is still prevalent today. On the surface, great strides have been made regarding racial equality: The Equal Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are good examples. However, as long as people can profit financially, or politically, (or both) from racism, it will remain firmly entrenched in the fabric of our society.
Celebrate this holiday by re-reading Dr. King’s speech. Better yet, watch this.

The next holiday is Radio Commercial Day. On this date in 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on New York radio station WEAF. The commercial was broadcast by Queensboro Realty, and was a whopping 10 minutes long and cost $100. Although today’s radio commercials are much shorter (about 30 seconds on average), they are not any less annoying, and there are more of them. Our first instinct is to change the station when a radio commercial comes on, but some  commercials can be quite entertaining.
To celebrate this holiday, listen to the radio commercials while driving your car rather than changing the station, or go here for some award winning radio commercials.

The last holiday today is National Bow Tie Day. Bow ties, in one form or another, have been around since the 17th century when scarves tied around the neck were first worn Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars. From the height of their popularity in the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were seen under some pretty famous faces, such as Winston Churchill, to their inclusion as part of the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform , the bow tie has had many lives. In more recent history, Pee Wee Herman has added some gravitas to the wearing of bow ties. Mickey Mouse and his pal Donald Duck almost always sported a bow tie in their cartoons.
Bow ties are often seen as attire for nerds and the socially awkward, but in fact, formal Black Tie affairs require the wear of a black bow tie. Most formal military mess dress occasions also incorporate a black bow tie as well.
Bow ties aren’t just for men either. Women can wear bow ties on occasion too. You can use a bow tie to accent your outfit, or to just make a fashion statement. Don’t be a slave to convention.
To celebrate this holiday, simply wear your bow tie today.

The food-related holiday today is National Cherry Turnover Day. Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include pasties, empanadas, and spring rolls.
A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.
To celebrate this holiday, bake, and eat, a few cherry turnovers. If you are kitchen impaired, most supermarkets, bakeries, and donut shops sell them.

On this date in 1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second.
Also on this date in history:
1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changed to “United Parcel Service.”
1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.
1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province.
1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
And, in 2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
Leo Tolstoy 1828 – Author.
Charles Boyer 1899 – Actor.
Nancy Kulp 1921 – Actress.
Donald O’Connor 1925 – Dancer, singer, actor.
Roxie Roker 1929 – Actress.
Ben Gazzara 1930 – Actor.
David Soul 1943 – Actor, singer.
Daniel Stern 1957 – Actor.
Scott Hamilton 1958 – Figure skater.
Emma Samms 1960 – Actress.
Shania Twain 1965 – Singer.
Jason Priestley 1969 – Actor.
Carly Pope 1980 – Actress.
And finally, LeAnn Rimes 1982 – Singer.


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