Life Day 24155: We’re #1

August 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, August 30, 2013.
Good morning good morning lovers of “firsts”. The first holiday today is First Presidential White House Baby Day. They love “firsts” at the White House; from first ladies to first children to first dogs, to first cats, ad infinitum. First Presidential White House Baby Day celebrates the birth of the first baby born to the wife of a sitting President at the White House. On this date in 1893, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, Frances Folsom Cleveland, gave birth to their daughter, Esther Cleveland, in the White House.
Note: The first baby ever born in the White House was Thomas Jefferson’s grandson; born in 1806.

The next holiday is National Holistic Pet Day. National Holistic Pet Day is a day to celebrate the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine and the animals that are treated holistically. Just as you should lead a healthy lifestyle, so should your pets. This holiday urges people to examine the environment they provide for their pets. Do you keep their living area clean? Do you use any harsh cleaning products that could harm your pet? Do you feed your pet good quality, nutritionally balanced, natural food without added preservatives? Do you regularly exercise your pet? Do you bond with your pet through daily massage?  A holistic approach raising your pet will lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationship with your “baby”. If you are taking a holistic approach to your life, why would you not do the same for your pet.

The third holiday today is International Whale Shark Day. International Whale Shark Day was created back in 2008 by over 40 countries who were participating in the International Whale Shark Conference. The goal of this holiday is to raise awareness, and provide a deeper understanding of this unique species, and an appreciation for the importance and need of preserving it.
Whale Sharks are a harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, feed on plankton. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths, which open to about 5 feet, make them an awesome sight to behold.
To celebrate this holiday, learn more about Whale Sharks.

Another holiday today is National College Colors Day. The fall semester will be starting soon. National College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience. It encourages students and alumni across America to show their college spirit by wearing their college or universities colors throughout the day. Go Renegades! RAH, RAH, RAH!

The final holiday today is Frankenstein Day. Frankenstein Day marks the anniversary of the birth, in 1797, of Mary Wollenstone Shelly; author of the epic novel, “Frankenstein”. First published in 1818, “Frankenstein” has become a classic novel in the genre of the macabre. “Frankenstein” has had numerous movie adaptations, some dating back as far as the silent movie era.
To celebrate this holiday, read this classic novel, or watch one of the “Frankenstein” movies.

The food-related holiday today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. With summer coming to a close, today is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to gather around a campfire and toast up some marshmallows.
The history of the marshmallow dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and used it to make candy. It was a very special treat reserved exclusively for gods and royalty. The modern-day marshmallows we know and love today emerged during the 19th century, and are a confection made from egg whites, water, and sugar or corn syrup.
To celebrate this holiday, toast up some marshmallows. All you need is a heat source and some marshmallows.

On this date in 1994 – Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.
Also on this date in history:
1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.
1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.
1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.
1780 – General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.
1862 – The Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
1905 – Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.
1928 – The Independence of India League was established in India.
1951 – The Philippines and the United States signed a defense pact.
1956 – In Louisiana, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.
1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.
1965 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court
1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.
1984 – President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
1994 – The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.
1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.
And, in 1999 – The residents of East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. The U.N. announced the result on September 4.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Emily Bronte 1818 – Author.
Huey P. Long 1893 – Politician.
Raymond Massey 1896 – Actor.
Shirley Booth 1907 – Actress.
Fred MacMurray 1908 – Actor.
Joan Blondell 1912 – Actress.
Julie Bishop 1914 – Actress.
Ted Williams 1918 – Baseball player.
Kitty Wells 1919 – Country singer.
Bill Daily 1928 – Actor.
John Phillips 1935 – Musician.
Elizabeth Ashley 1939 – Actress.
Ben Jones 1941 – Actor, politician.
Jean-Claude Killy 1943 – Professional skier.
Peggy Lipton 1947 – Actress.
Timothy Bottoms 1951 – Actor.
David Paymer 1954 – Actor, director.
Michael Chiklis 1963 – Actor.
Michael Michele 1966 – Actress.
Sherrie Austin 1971 – Actress, singer.
Cameron Diaz 1972 – Singer.
And finally, Lisa Ling 1973 – Journalist, writer.

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