Life Day 24157: Going Nutts

September 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, September 1, 2013.
Good morning my nutty friends. The first holiday today is Emma M. Nutt Day. I know, I know. Who the heck is/was Emma M. Nutt, and why is she being honored today? The answer to that question is that Emma M. Nutt was a telephone operator. She, and every other telephone operator, are being honored today because it was on this date in 1878 that Ms. Nutt became the first telephone operator in America. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston. Ms Nutt said that she liked the job, and held the position for 33 years. She was also known to occasionally have quipped that she was thankful that her given name was Emma, and not Imma.
The job of telephone operator was essential for decades, not only for the telephone company, but also for businesses. Sadly though, today the job of telephone operator has been replaced by those frustrating automated telephone answering systems. Press “1” for bringing back actual live telephone operators.

The next holiday is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day. If you, like me, thought that National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day was about doing something out of the ordinary for no particular reason at all, you would be WRONG! This holiday celebrates the few unique words in the English language that do not have a rhyming partner. Orange, silver, and purple are the most commonly known words without a rhyme. Here are a few other words that burgeoning poets should avoid using: Chimney, depth, month, pint, angst, bulb, cusp, film, gulf, kiln, oblige, opus, plankton, rhythm, breadth, width, and glimpsed. Can you think of any more? Can you think of a rhyme for any of these?
Spend some time today pondering these questions; for no rhyme (nor reason).

The last holiday today is Calendar Adjustment Day. Following the British Calendar Act of 1751, Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. However, the current Julian calendar system required them to drop eleven days in order to sync themselves with the proposed Gregorian Calendar. So, on the evening of the 1st of September 1752, the population of Britain and its American colonies went to sleep and awoke the next morning on the 12th September 1752. The changeover is also responsible for New Year’s Day being celebrated on 1st January, as before then it had been celebrated on 26th March.
As a result of Calendar Adjustment Day, there was rioting on the streets by those who felt cheated, and demanded the eleven days back.
Note: You needn’t worry, no adjustment to your clocks or calendars is necessary today. As I have noted in a previous post to this Blog, any required adjustments to the time are currently performed by the sciency types at the Greenwich Observatory.

The food-related holiday today is National Cherry Popover Day. A popover is a light, hollow roll made from an egg batter that is typically baked in muffin tins. Popovers are generally served as a sweet pastry, topped with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast or with afternoon tea. In some parts of the world though, popovers are also served as savory pastries at lunch or dinner.
To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of cherry popovers at home, They are relatively easy as this recipe will confirm.

On this date in 1887 – Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.
Also on this date in history:
1799 – The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY. It was the forerunner of Chase Manhattan Bank.
1807 – Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.
1810 – The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood.
1859 – The first Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.
1897 – The first section of Boston’s subway system was opened.
1906 – Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox.
1939 – World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.
1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
1971 – Danny Murtaugh of the Pittsburgh Pirates gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball.
1972 – America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1979 – The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.
1985 – The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
1986 – Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.
1997 – In France, the prosecutor’s office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain’s Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.
1998 – Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 56th and 57th homeruns to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27.
And, in 1999 – Twenty-two of major league baseball’s 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people.
Engelbert Humperdinck 1854 – German composer.
Edgar Rice Burroughs 1875 – Writer.
Don Wilson 1900 – Announcer, actor.
Johnny Mack Brown 1904 – Actor.
Richard Farnsworth 1920 – Actor.
Yvonne De Carlo 1922 – Actress.
Rocky Marciano 1923 – Boxer.
George Maharis 1928 – Actor.
Boxcar Willie 1931 – Singer, songwriter.
Ann Richards 1933 – Politician.
Conway Twitty 1933 – Singer, songwriter.
Lily Tomlin 1939 – Actress, comedian.
Don Stroud 1943 – Actor.
Archie Bell 1944 – Singer.
Barry Gibb 1946 – Singer, songwriter, musician.
Gloria Estefan 1957 – Singer.
And finally, Scott Speedman 1975 – Actor.

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