Life Day 24159: How High Is Up

September 3, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Good morning fans of massive vertical architecture. The first holiday today is National Skyscraper Day. Last month we celebrated Skyscraper Appreciation Day, but this holiday is different. National Skyscraper Day celebrates the birth date of architect Louis H. Sullivan, born on this date in 1856.  He has been called the “father of skyscrapers” and is considered by many to be the creator of the modern skyscraper. He was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.
The current record holder for the world’s tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa, previously known as the Burj Dubai. It was completed in 2009 and took 5 years to build. This immense structure stands a whopping 2,723 feet high to the top of its antenna spire. It has 163 floors. This makes it nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building, which stands a mere 1,454 feet high including its antenna spire.
In order to qualify as a skyscraper in America, the building must be at least 500 feet tall (330 feet in Europe). There is some controversy as to whether this height should include the antenna spire or not. My research could not find a definitive answer. With that said, any building that towers above the skyline of a city qualifies as a skyscraper in my book. Not only do skyscrapers define the skyline, they help to define a city’s identity. In some cases, exceptionally tall skyscrapers have been built, not out of necessity, but to help define the city’s identity and project an aura of power as a city.

The next holiday is US Bowling League Day. In many areas of the country, the period just after Labor Day marks the start of bowling leagues. US Bowling League Day is a day set aside to celebrate bowling and bowling leagues. Bowling leagues are very popular in this country. I’ve been in a few bowling leagues myself over the years; although I still suck at bowling and my solid 130 average strikes fear into the hearts of very few. Bowling leagues are a fun way to get out and commiserate with family, friends, or coworkers in a relaxed environment.
You don’t have to be a member of a bowling league to celebrate this holiday. Take your family out for a family bowling night tonight. There is nothing like a few frames of bowling, a brewski or twoski, and some tortilla chips slathered in molten hot cheese sauce to bring a family together.

The final holiday today is Another Look Unlimited Day. Another Look Unlimited Day is always celebrated on the day after Labor Day. This holiday encourages you to go through your closets, garage, basement, attic, and storage shed one more time and weed out any items that you don’t use or need anymore. Donate those things that are still serviceable, and either re-purpose or discard the rest. The weather is still nice, so it is better to do it now than in January when you’re shivering in the cold trying to make space for all of the useless gifts you got for Christmas.

The food-related holiday today is National Welsh Rarebit (Rabbit) Day. Welch Rarebit (Rabbit) is a peasant dish consisting of a cheese sauce made with ale or beer and poured over toast. It similar to Swedish fondue, except that in a fondue, pieces of bread are dipped into the sauce rather than having the sauce poured over them.  The Welsh term “rarebit” most probably means “rabbit.” There are as many different versions of how the dish got its name as there people of Welch ancestry. In the most popular version, cheese sauce served over toast was a substitute dinner when the men came back hungry from an unsuccessful hunt, without meat (rabbit).
It may be just a simple peasant dish, but it is filling. Try some for dinner tonight. Recipes are available in most cookbooks, or online.

On this date in 1939 – British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.
Also on this date in history:
1783 – The Revolutionary War ended with the Treaty of Paris.
1833 – The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., “The New York Sun,” was launched by Benjamin H. Day.
1838 – Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.
1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
1943 – Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.
1954 – “The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.
1966 – The television series “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” ended after 14 years.
1967 – Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.
1967 – In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.
1976 – The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface.
1989 – The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.
And, in 1999 – Mario Lemieux’s ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
Anna Russell 1783 – Duchess of Bedford.
Ferdinand Porsche 1875 – Automotive engineer.
Kitty Carlisle 1910 – Actress.
Alan Ladd 1913 – Actor.
Helen Wagner 1918 – Actress.
Hank Thompson 1925 – Country singer.
Irene Papas 1926 – Actress.
Tompall Glaser 1933 – Country musician.
Eileen Brennan 1935 – Actress.
Al Jardine 1942 – Musician.
Valerie Perrine 1943 – Actress.
Charlie Sheen 1965 – Actor.
Costas Mandylor 1965 – Actor.
And finally, Jennifer Paige 1973 – Singer, songwriter.

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