Life Day 24261: Better Late Than Never.

September 5, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, September 5, 2013.
Good morning my punctual pals. The first holiday today is Be Late For Something Day.  Be Late For Something Day, for reasons unknown, is always celebrated on September 5th. This holiday encourages you to take a step back from your schedule and intentionally be late for something. Modern living and society puts incredible pressures on us to meet challenging deadlines, observe rules and regulations, and to regulate our lives by tight schedules. For once, just stop for a little bit and see what happens. Being late occasionally is a common occurrence. Often it is due to circumstances beyond our control. Other times though people are deliberately late; such as being fashionably late to a party, or a corporate executive being deliberately late to a meeting to establish a position of power.
To celebrate this holiday, turn off your alarm clock, leave your watch at home, and don’t worry about the time. After all, time is merely a concept conceived by those in need of structure in their lives.
Author’s note: Since it is well past 10 AM and my goal is to have these posts up before 8 AM, consider this my contribution to Be Late For Something Day.

The next holiday is Jury Rights Day. Jury Rights Day celebrates the date in 1670 when Quaker William Penn of London was arrested for violating England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge instructed the jurors to find Penn guilty. The jurors’ refusal to enforce a bad law led to the court jailing and withholding food and water from the jurors. Some of the jurors appealed their fines and imprisonment. The higher court confirmed the right of the jurors to base their verdict on their best judgment and conscience.  Even though there was a law against freedom of religion, the high court held that juries could not be required to enforce any law they thought was wrong. This higher court ruling established that jurors cannot be punished for their verdict.  It also set a foundation for our rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. This ruling established protection for the jury, and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws.  This refusal of bad laws is called jury nullification or jury veto.  Through jury nullification, people can control their government by refusing to allow bad laws to be enforced. These underlying common law concepts firmly establish the fact that Jurors cannot be punished for their verdict. As well, jurors are not required to give a reason for the verdict they render.
William Penn later came to Colonial America and founded Pennsylvania.  Jurors continue to have the authority to nullify bad laws.  This authority is our peaceful protection to stop corrupt government servants from violating our rights.

The last holiday today is National Shrink Day.  National Shrink Day celebrates shrinkage; or does it celebrate “shrinks”? Who knows. I use three primary sources in writing these Blog posts every day, and each one of them offered a different explanation as to the meaning of this holiday. One source explained that this holiday referred to the shrinkage of your clothes, and the fact that they finally fit properly. Another source offered the explanation that this holiday was created to raise awareness about the problem of the shrinking Polar ice caps, and their effects on sea levels. The third source proclaimed that this holiday was created to celebrate psychologists and psychiatrists (“shrinks”) and the valuable service they provide for the community.
I guess that the bottom-line is that you are the arbiter of the way you choose to celebrate this holiday; clothing, ice caps, or shrinks. Heck, try to come up with your own different explanation for the meaning of this holiday. I’m sure that yours will be equally as credible.

The food-related holiday today is National Cheese Pizza Day. National Cheese Pizza Day celebrates, what else, cheese pizza. Pizza, as we know it, is a relative newcomer to the culinary world. Flat breads were developed as far back as 8000 BC, and cheese making began about 5500 BC. Various combinations of these two things have been around ever since. But it wasn’t until the tomato was brought to Europe from South America by Spanish explorers about 500 years ago that the three primary ingredients for our beloved cheese pizza came together. Tomatoes were first planted strictly as ornamental plants because they are a member of the Nightshade family and were believed to be poisonous. Out of desperation and hunger, peasants in Europe began eating tomatoes about 300 years ago, and when they didn’t die, tomatoes became a staple of their diets.
In the 1800’s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal. That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty. The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza’s white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil. Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country.
Today, there are hundreds of different types of pizza and toppings, but they all originated with the classic cheese pizza. Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or regular style, today’s the day to celebrate one of the most popular meals in the country, so head to your favorite pizza place for a slice or two of cheese pizza, or make your own homemade cheese pizza for dinner tonight.

On this date in 1945 – Iva Toguri D’Aquino was arrested. D’Aquino was suspected of being the wartime radio propagandist “Tokyo Rose”. She served six years and was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.
Also on this date in history:
1698 – Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
1774 – The first session of the U.S. Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia. The delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances, organized the Continental Association, and elected Peyton Randolph as the first president of the Continental Congress.
1836 – Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
1877 – Sioux chief Crazy Horse was killed by the bayonet of a U.S. soldier. The chief allegedly resisted confinement to a jail cell.
1881 – The American Red Cross provided relief for disaster for the first time. The disaster was the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan.
1885 – Jake Gumper bought the first gasoline pump to be manufactured in the U.S.
1901 – The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues was formed in Chicago, IL. It was the first organized baseball league.
1906 – Bradbury Robinson executed the first legal forward pass in football. Robinson threw the ball to Jack Schneider of St. Louis University in a game against Carroll College.
1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League.
1914 – The Battle of the Marne began. The Germans, British and French fought for six days killing half a million people.
1917 – Federal raids were carried out in 24 cities on International Workers of the World (IWW) headquarters. The raids were prompted by suspected anti-war activities within the labor organization.
1930 – Charles Creighton and James Hagris completed the drive from New York City to Los Angeles and back to New York City all in reverse gear. The trip took 42 days in their 1929 Ford Model A.
1953 – The first privately operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh, NC.
1960 – Cassius Clay of Louisville, KY, won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
1961 – The U.S. government made airline hijacking a federal offense.
1982 – Eddie Hill set a propeller-driven boat water speed record when he reached 229 mph.
1983 – The “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) became the first hour-long network news show.
1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged for a Holy War against the West and former allies.
1991 – Soviet lawmakers created an interim government to usher in the confederation after dissolving the U.S.S.R. The new name the Union of Sovereign States was taken.
And, in 2003 – In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box that was then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Johann Christian Bach 1735 – Composer.
Jesse James 1847 – Legendary outlaw.
Arthur Nielsen 1897 – Market Analyst.
Darryl F. Zanuck 1902 – Producer.
Bob Newhart 1929 – Actor, comedian.
Carol Lawrence 1935 – Actress, singer.
William Devane 1939 – Actor.
George Lazenby 1939 – Actor.
John Stewart 1939 – Singer, songwriter.
Raquel Welch 1940 – Actress.
Al Stewart 1945 – Singer, songwriter.
Buddy Miles 1946 – Musician.
Loudon Wainwright III 1946 – Singer.
Freddie Mercury 1946 – Singer.
Cathy Lee Guisewaite 1950 – Cartoonist.
Michael Keaton 1951 – Actor.
Kristian Alfonso 1964 – Actress.
Dweezil Zappa 1969 – Musician, TV personality.
And finally, Rose McGowan 1974 – Actress.

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