Life Day 24186: Why Is There Air?

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

Today is Monday, September 30, 2013.
Good morning my curious comrades. The first holiday today is Ask A Stupid Question Day. Ask A Stupid Question Day is a holiday that is sometimes celebrated in the United States, usually by school students and teachers. Although this holiday’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. It was created by teachers in the 1980’s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. Children sometimes hold back asking questions in class, fearing their peers might think their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.
However, you don’t have to be in school to seek answers for your “stupid” questions today. If there is a question that has been niggling at your subconscious for a while, go ahead and ask it; preferably of someone who is likely to know the correct answer. Don’t be embarrassed. Don ‘t be shy. Don’t worry about what others may think. Just do it. What’s the worse that could happen?

The next holiday is International Translation Day. International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. This is not a religious holiday per se, but rather a holiday to celebrate all the work that translators do. In today’s global economy, translators are more essential than ever.
This holiday has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators since its creation 1953. In 1991, they launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in all countries, both secular and non-secular.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of a translator; for instance from “social media- speak” to English. WTF!

The third holiday today is Blasphemy Day. Blasphemy Day is celebrated on September 30 to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Although the caricatures of Muhammad caused some controversy within Denmark, especially among Muslims, it became a widespread furor after Muslim imams in several countries stirred up violent protests in which at least 137 people were killed, embassies burned and other acts of recrimination carried out because of the blasphemy.
This holiday was created in 2009. According to the creators of this holiday, the Center for Inquiry, “We’re not seeking to offend, but if in the course of dialogue and debate, people become offended, that’s not an issue for us. There is no human right not to be offended. We think religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are, but we have a taboo on religion,”

The final holiday today is National Mud Pack Day. Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. It is still popular, but the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients. It is supposed to keep the skin young, soft and supple. Mud packs can also be used as a temporary treatment for bee stings. Bear in mind, that a mud pack is not an effective treatment for bee stings if you are allergic and go into anaphylactic shock. If you are not allergic, however, a mud pack will lessen the discomfort of a bee sting until you can get proper medical treatment, if needed.
Guys, to celebrate this holiday, why not treat your significant other to a gift certificate for a mud pack? Just be sure to make it crystal clear to her that you are not giving it to her because she needs it; but because you love her and mud packs are soothing, relaxing, and will make her feel good. Good luck with that!

The first food-related holiday today is Chewing Gum Day. Chewing Gum Day celebrates the birthday of William Wrigley, Jr. (of Wrigley’s Gum fame). However, chewing gum was not invented by Mr. Wrigley. People have been chewing “gum-like substances” since the dawn of mankind. Chewing gum, as we know it, was invented in 1871, when Thomas Adams received a patent on the first gum-making machine. After experimenting with different flavors, he manufactured the first flavored gum in the United States, Adams’ Black Jack, a licorice-flavored gum. It was also the first gum available in stick form. Mr. Wrigley soon followed suit by introducing Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gum. And, the rest is history.
Chewing gum, especially the sugarless variety, can be beneficial to ones oral health. It’s not health food folks, but chewing gum aids in the production of saliva, which can help keep bacteria in your mouth at bay; and it freshens your breath as well.

The other food-related holiday today is National Mulled Cider Day. Hot mulled cider is a delicious drink perfectly suited for crisp fall afternoons. Apple cider is produced using a cider press and is a time-honored favorite of the autumn season. Mulled cider is just a haughtier term for spiced apple cider.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some hot spiced cider today. Here is a simple recipe.
To make mulled cider, slowly add brown sugar to apple cider in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add other ingredients such as nutmeg, allspice, orange juice, and lemon juice, and bring to a boil. Strain out the spices, pour into a mug, and add a cinnamon stick.
The proportions of the spices and citrus juice are a matter of personal preference.

On this date in 1966 – Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1399 – Henry Bolingbroke became the King of England as Henry IV.
1777 – The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.
1787 – The ship Columbia left Boston harbor and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.
1846 – Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient.
1882 – In Appleton, WI, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating.
1927 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He broke his own record with the home run. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
1938 – The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain, and France allowed Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.
1946 – An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
1947 – The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
1949 – The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.
1951 – “The Red Skelton Show” debuted on NBC-TV.
1954 – The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.
1962 – James Meredith succeeded in registering at the University of Mississippi. It was his fourth attempt to register.
1963 – The Soviet Union publicly declared itself on the side of India in their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
1971 – The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.
1971 – A committee of nine people was organized to investigate the prison riot at Attica, NY. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed when National Guardsmen stormed the prison on September 13, 1971.
1976 – California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.
1983 – The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
1982 – “Cheers” began its 11-year run on NBC-TV.
1984 – Mike Witt became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball.
1986 – The U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Nicholas Daniloff had been released by the Soviets.
1989 – Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.
1992 – George Brett of the Kansas City Royals got his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels.
1992 – Moscow banks distributed privatization vouchers aimed at turning millions of Russians into capitalists.
1993 – U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell retired.
1994 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.
1998 – Gov. Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined “invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity.” The law went into effect January 1, 1999.
And, in 1999 – The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at historic Candlestick Park. The Dodgers won 9-4.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people:
Deborah Kerr 1921 – Actress.
Truman Capote 1924 – Writer.
Angie Dickinson 1931 – Actress.
Johnny Podres 1932 – Baseball player.
Johnny Mathis 1935 – Singer.
Len Cariou 1939 – Actor.
Frankie Lymon 1942 – Singer.
Marilyn McCoo 1943 – Singer, actress.
Rula Lenska 1947 – Actress.
Deborah Allen 1953 – Singer.
Victoria Tennant 1953 – Actress.
Barry Williams 1954 – Actor.
Fran Drescher 1957 – Actress.
Marty Stuart 1958 – Singer.
Eric Stoltz 1961 – Actor.
Crystal Bernard 1961 – Actress.
Lisa Thornhill 1966 – Actress.
Monica Bellucci 1968 – Model, actress.
Jenna Elfman 1971- Actress.
Martina Hingis 1980 – Tennis player.
Dominique Moceanu 1981- Gymnast.
And finally, Lacy Chabert 1982 – Actress.

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Life Day 24185: Gold Star Mother’s Day

September 29, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is Gold Star Mother’s Day. Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. This holiday recognizes and honors those mothers who have lost sons or daughters while serving the United States Armed Forces. It was created, and is sponsored by, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. organizes major events that take place on or around Gold Star Mother’s Day each year. This organization was incorporated in 1929, obtaining a federal charter from the US Congress. It began with 25 mothers living in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the nation. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day, a holiday that has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.
Each year on Gold Star Mother’s Day the United States president calls on all Americans to display the nation’s flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag. Gold Star Mother’s Day is not a designated public holiday in the United States so public life is not affected.
In New Jersey, the last Sunday in September is also Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day. This is basically the same holiday except that it pays tribute to all parents whose children died as a result of their service with the United States Armed Forces. It commemorates the contributions, commitments and sacrifices made by those parents individually and through the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

The next holiday is VFW Day. VFW Day is celebrated at VFW Posts and in communities around the world. It’s a day devoted to the organization and its dedicated members who are so deeply committed to serving those who bravely serve this nation. On this date in 1899, a small group of Spanish-America war veterans joined together to form what would become the nation’s largest and most dedicated group of combat veterans.
For 112 years now, the VFW has been unwavering in its devotion “to honor the dead by helping the living.” VFW and its Auxiliary members carry out their stated mission by promoting good will, patriotism and youth scholarship through national veterans and legislative services, military assistance and community service programs, youth activities and scholarship programs, as well as millions of volunteer hours in their local communities.

The final holiday today is National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day. Bonding with your grandchild should begin at birth. It’s never too early to begin spoiling your grandchildren. National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day is set aside to encourage grandparents to participate in their grandchild’s birth as well as his/her life. It is held annually on September 29th.

The food-related holiday today is National Coffee Day. Coffee, for reasons unfathomable to me, is one of America’s favorite beverages: over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. If you do the math (taking into account the small percentage of people, like yours truly, who dislike coffee; and those too young to drink coffee regularly) that 400 billion cups annually breaks down to about 5.5 cups of coffee per day for the average coffee drinker. That’s a lot of coffee folks.
But, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate.
If you are a coffee drinker, there are number of local and national businesses offering free or discounted cups of coffee to celebrate Coffee Day 2013. Some of the National Coffee Day deals include: If you show the National Coffee Day offer via the Dunkin’ Donuts app on your mobile phone, you’ll receive a free small hot or iced coffee at participating Dunkin’ locations. Krispy Kreme is giving away a free cup of joe to any customer – no purchase required – on Sunday at participating locations. And Starbucks will be giving out free samples of their Ethiopian blend coffee. Don’t forget to pay attention to social media as some businesses plan to share coupons and specials with their loyal followers. So, check with your favorite local barista to see if their establishment is celebrating National Coffee Day.

On this date in 1962 – President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National Guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1789 – A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.
1829 – The first public appearance by London’s re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.
1930 – Lowell Thomas made his debut on CBS Radio. He was in the radio business for the next 46 years.
1943 – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marchal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson.
1946 – “The Adventures of Sam Spade” debuted on CBS Radio.
1951 – The first network football game was televised by CBS-TV in color. The game was between the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania.
1957 – The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds. The next year the Giants were in San Francisco, CA.
1967 – The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
1977 – Eva Shain became the first woman to officiate a heavyweight title boxing match. About 70 million people watched Muhammad Ali defeat Ernie Shavers on NBC-TV.
1982 – In Chicago, IL, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264,000 bottles were recalled.
1983 – The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months.
1984 – Irish officials announced that they had intercepted the Marita Anne carrying seven tons of U.S.-purchased weapons. The weapons were intended for the Irish Republican Army.
1984 – Elizabeth Taylor was voted to be the world’s most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll. Taylor was at the time in the Betty Ford Clinic overcoming a weight problem.
1986 – Mary Lou Retton announced that she was retiring from gymnastics.
1988 – The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.
1990 – “Millie’s Book” by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the U.S.
1993 – Bosnia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.
And, in 1994 – The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyists buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy people:
Miguel de Cervantes 1547 – Novelist.
Horatio Nelson 1758 – British Admiral.
Gene Autry 1907 – Actor, singer entrepreneur.
Greer Garson 1908 – Actress.
Stanley Kramer 1913 – Director.
Trevor Howard 1916 – Actor.
Lizabeth Scott 1922 – Actress.
Steve Forrest 1924 – Actor.
Anita Ekberg 1931 – Actress.
Jerry Lee Lewis 1935 – Musician.
Larry Linville 1939 – Actor.
Madeline Kahn 1942 – Actress, comedienne.
Lech Walesa 1943 – Activist, politician.
Patricia Hodge 1946 – Actress.
Bryant Gumbel 1948 – TV journalist.
Sebastian Coe 1956 – British politician, former Olympic athlete.
Andrew “Dice” Clay 1957 – Comedian.
Emily Lloyd 1970 – Actress.
And finally, Natasha Gregson Wagner 1970 – Actress.

 

 

Life Day 24184: There’s Somethin’ Fishy Goin’ on ’round Here

September 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Good morning lovers of marine life. The first three holidays today all center around fish. The first fish-related holiday today is National Hunting and Fishing Day. After almost eliminating Buffalo from the planet in the 1870’s, sportsmen realized the crucial role animals play in nature’s plan. For over a century now, hunters and fishermen have led the way in conservation efforts. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Led by fellow sportsman and President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time. Species such as white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.
In the 1960’s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were dismayed to learn that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played,and continue to play, in the conservation movement.
The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state. The concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, FL, introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills. On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.” By late summer of that year, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots effort ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.
The next fish-related holiday is Fish Amnesty Day. When I first saw this holiday, I thought that it would have something to do with some sort of “catch & release” program. But alas, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Fish Amnesty Day was created by PETA in 1997 to counteract, and coincide with the before mentioned, National Hunting and Fishing Day. This holiday is a day to recognize fish as living animals with rights and in need of protection just the same as other vertebrates. In addition to protection of fish its purpose is also to convert near vegetarians who still eat seafood to take the final step and become fully vegetarian.
The last fish-related holiday is Fish Tank Floor Show Night. This wacky holiday comes to us complements of those even wackier people at wellcat.com. In a nutshell (or seashell if you prefer) Fish Tank Floor Show Night encourages you and your family to gather around the fish tank and put on a floor show for the fish. After all it’s only fair since they entertain you every other night of the year.

The first non-fishy holiday today is National Public Lands Day. This holiday is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This year, on the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, clean-up events across the nation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. The way we treat our public lands reflects upon us as a nation.
Check to see if there is an event scheduled in your area and participate in any way you can.

The next holiday is World Rabies Day. World Rabies Day seeks to raise awareness about Rabies. Although not as prevalent as it once was, Rabies is far from being eradicated. This holiday urges you to insure that your pets are vaccinated against this disease, which is always fatal to animals. Stopping Rabies in dogs and cats is the key to preventing the disease in people.

The sixth holiday today is Family Health and Fitness Day USA. Family Health and Fitness Day USA is always held on the last Saturday in September. It is a national health and fitness event for families that was created in 1996 at the urging of the Surgeon General of the United States. Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, malls, health clubs and other community locations. Fitness activities will vary widely based on the organization hosting the event and the interests of local families. Activities will be noncompetitive and may include walking events, low-impact exercises, health screenings, open houses, games and health information workshops.
Participate in one with your family if you can.

Yet another holiday today is National Museum Day. More than 1,400 museums across the country will be open for free this Saturday September 28th as a part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual National Museum Day. To participate, all you need is a Museum Day ticket which grants two people access the museum in lieu of general admission costs. Tickets are available, and downloadable through this link to the Smithsonian Institution, and to find a participating museum in your area, use this link.
Enjoy your day at the museum.

We’re not finished yet. One more holiday today is National Good Neighbor Day. National Good Neighbor Day was initiated by Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970’s. She recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter)  to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.
Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. To celebrate this holiday, get to know your neighbors a little better.

The ninth holiday today is Kiwanis Kids’ Day. The National Kids’ Day Foundation and Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. Kiwanis International eventually assumed responsibility for the program and re-named it Kiwanis Kids’ Day.
On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community’s appreciation of and pride in its children. The actual program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, theater parties, free admission programs, poster contests, fishing derbies, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens.

At long last, we have reached the end of today’s cavalcade of holidays. Read a Child a Book You Like Day encourages you to pick a favorite book from your childhood and read it to your children or grandchildren. Hopefully, they will enjoy it as much as you did.

The first food-related holiday today is National Drink Beer Day. National Drink Beer Day is all about beer. Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories; ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
There’s really only one way to celebrate this holiday. Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Cheers!
Note: Please drink responsibly. You don’t want this special day to end badly.

The other food-related holiday today is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie for your National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebration today, you will find that there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.
No matter which variety is your favorite, enjoy a slice of strawberry cream pie today.

On this date in 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They started the trek on June 8.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.
1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
1787 – The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
1850 – The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
1850 – U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.
1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.
1939 – During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.
1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
1978 – Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.
1991 – In response to U.S. President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
1997 – The official debut of the DVD format was was featured at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY.
2000 – The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
And, in 2004 – The U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals:
Confucius 551 B.C. – Teacher, philosopher.
Georges Clemenceau 1841 – French statesman.
Kate Smith-Wiggin 1856 – Author.
William S. Paley 1901 – Network executive.
Ed Sullivan 1902 – Entertainment writer, TV host.
Alfred Gerald Caplin 1909 – Cartoonist.
Peter Finch 1916 – Actor.
William Windom 1923 – Actor.
Marcello Mastroianni 1924 – Actor.
Arnold Stang 1925 – Actor.
Jerry Clower 1926 – Comedian.
Brigitte Bardot 1934 – Actress.
Ben E. King 1938 – Singer.
Joel Higgins 1943 – Actor, singer.
Sylvia Kristel 1952 – Actress.
Steve Largent 1954 – Football player, congressman.
Moon Unit Zappa 1967 – Actress.
Carre Otis 1968 – Model, actress.
Naomi Watts 1968 – Actress.
Mira Sorvino 1967 – Actress.
Sean Levert 1968 – Singer.
Mandy Barnett 1975 – Singer.
And finally, Hilary Duff 1987 – Actress.

Life Day 24183: Can It

September 27, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, September 27, 2013.
Good morning environmentally conscious fans of mashed metal. Today’s first holiday is National Crush A Can Day. As you might suspect, National Crush A Can Day encourages you to gather your recyclable cans together today and take them to your recycling center. Although this holiday specifies cans, it is probably a good idea to gather all of your recyclables, (plastic, paper and glass), together as well and make one trip (it’s better for the environment because one trip saves gas).
There are a number of ways to crush your cans. In my research today, I discovered a scientific way to crush your aluminum cans. This link will give you insight on how to perform this method. Although impractical and not actually environmentally friendly, it seems impressive nonetheless. There are more practical, albeit less impressive, ways to crush your cans. First, you can invest in (or make) a can crusher. This is the method that I recommend. The second way is to crush them with a heavy object; such as a coffee can filled with cement with a handle embedded into the cement. You could also stomp on them with your feet, crush them in your hands or smash them on your forehead. However, personally, I don’t recommend any means of crushing cans that involves the use of body parts; as they could easily go awry and involve you a trip to the Emergency Room.
No matter the method you use to crush your cans, take your recyclables to the recycling center today.

The next holiday is Ancestor Appreciation Day. Ancestor Appreciation Day encourages you to get in touch with your roots. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come. It can also give you “bragging rights” if you chance across someone famous (or infamous) in your family tree.
It can also benefit you medically. Knowing if there is a history of heart disease, cancer, or any one of a number of genetic diseases in your family can provide you and your doctor with vital information necessary for your preventive health regimen.
So, I hope that you start looking into your ancestry today, if you haven’t already; and that your family tree more resembles a spreading oak than a totem pole.

The third holiday today is Save The Koala Day. The purpose of Save the Koala Day is to raise awareness of the plight of the Koala. Like many other species these days, Koalas in the wild face problems as their habitat is cleared to make way for “progress”. As humans encroach on their habitat, there is increased risk of dog attacks and road accidents. Also, 80% of Koala habitat is on private land. The public needs to be educated on how to help to keep the koala habitat alive and safe. Something as simple as planting new and maintaining existing trees that Koalas need to survive will go a long way toward their preservation.

The remaining holidays today fall into that esoteric “who cares” category of sappy U.N. type holidays. Links are provided below anyway.
World Tourism Day.
Hug A Vegetarian Day.
Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Corned Beef Hash Day. Corned Beef Hash Day celebrates, oddly enough, corned beef hash. Corned beef hash is a favorite dish here in America. I’m not talking about that putrid looking food-like substance you buy in cans at the supermarket. I’m talking about real corned beef sliced from a brisket, then chopped or ground and fried with diced potatoes, onions and bell pepper. Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, corned beef hash also makes an excellent dinner served with some type of green vegetable. Heck, I’ve even made a sandwich out of it for lunch.
Corning beef refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that is mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Note: Smoking a corned beef, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami.

The other food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Milk Day. Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. Many people like to have it with cookies [I like to dip Graham Crackers into mine].
Chocolate milk was invented in the late 1600’s by Sir Hans Sloane, for whom London’s Sloane Square is named (and whose collection of art objects and curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum). Sloane devised a means of mixing the ground cacao beans with milk, to make it more pleasant. He brought both cacao and his recipe (most likely unsweetened) back to England. As a physician, Sloane was initially interested in the medicinal properties of cacao; he thought chocolate milk had soothing qualities. The recipe was initially sold in apothecary shops before Cadbury chocolate started adding sugar and marketing it as an “anytime beverage; soothing to the stomach”.
Anyway, grab the box of cookies out of the cupboard and enjoy some chocolate milk as a treat today.

On this date in 2004 – North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1779 – John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.
1928 – The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.
1940 – The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.
1954 – The “Tonight!” show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
1962 – The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
1968 – The U.K.’s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.
1979 – The Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet position, was established after the final approval from Congress.
1982 – Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.
1989 – Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horseshoe Falls.
1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
1994 – More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
1995 – The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
And, in 1998 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries:
Thomas Nast 1840 – Political cartoonist.
Jayne Meadows 1920 – Actress.
William Conrad 1920 – Actor.
Sada Thompson 1929 – Actress.
Kathleen Nolan 1933 – Actress.
Greg Morris 1934 – Actor.
Wilford Brimley 1934 – Actor.
Kathy Whitworth 1939 – Pro Golfer.
Randy Bachman 1943 – Musician.
Liz Torres 1947 – Actress.
A Martinez 1948 – Actor.
Mike Schmidt 1949 – Baseball player.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagaw 1950 – Actor.
Marvin Lee Aday 1951 – Musician, actor.
Shaun Cassidy 1958 – Actor, singer.
Amanda Detmer 1971 – Actress.
Gwyneth Paltrow 1972 – Actress.
And finally, Avril Lavigne 1984 – Singer.

Life Day 24182: Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, September 26, 2013
Good morning apple lovers. The first holiday today is Johnny Appleseed Day. Johnny Appleseed Day honors Johnny Appleseed [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman who was born on this date in 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts]. He was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio,  Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, property had to have a certain number of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to determine which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute, because it was never recorded, however it is believed to be around 11 March, 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.

The next holiday is Shamu the Whale Day. On this date in 1985, the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. It is for this reason that we celebrate Shamu the Whale Day today. Although the original Shamu died in 1971, Sea World continues to use the name “Shamu” for their orca shows and for orca whales at different Sea World parks.
Here are a few orca facts:
1)  Female orcas can live well into their 80’s.
2)  Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
3)  Some orcas eat as much as 300 pounds of fish per day.

The third holiday today is Love Note Day. The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes, and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Why not send a love note to your ‘special someone’ today to let them know just how much they mean to you?

The last holiday today is World Maritime Day. The United Nations, via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always in the last week of September. The IMO, created in 1948, focuses on areas such as safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. The IMO had 21 original member states, but now has 167 member states and 3 associate member states.

The food-related holiday today is National Pancake Day. Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Americans. Early settlers of this country are pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America, and countless more world-wide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate this holiday, make some pancakes today.

On this date in 2000 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General. And, Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.
1914 – The Federal Trade Commission was established.
1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.
1950 – U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released concerning U.S. President Eisenhower’s heart attack.
1960 – The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.
1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
1984 – Britain and China initialed a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.
1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a U.S. astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.
And, in 2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished denizens:
T.S. Eliot 1888 – Author.
George Raft 1895 – Actor.
George Gershwin 1898 – Composer.
Jack LaLanne 1914 – Fitness expert.
Barbara Britton 1919 – Actress.
Bobby Shantz 1925 – Baseball player.
Marty Robbins 1925 – Singer.
Julie London 1926 – Actress, singer.
Donna Douglas 1939 – Actress.
Kent McCord 1942 – Actor.
Christine Todd Whitman 1946 – Politician.
Lynn Anderson 1947 – Singer.
Olivia Newton-John 1948 – Singer.
Carlene Carter 1955 – Singer.
Linda Hamilton 1956 – Actress.
Melissa Sue Anderson 1962 – Actress.
Jim Caviezel 1968 – Actor.
And finally, Serena Williams 1981 – Tennis player.

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