Life Day 24166: Another Sewing Machine Day

September 10, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Good morning my crafty friends. The first holiday today is Sewing Machine Day. Back in June, we celebrated a different Sewing Machine Day. The holiday in June celebrated the invention of the first sewing machine patented by Thomas Saint back in 1790. This Sewing Machine Day celebrates the anniversary of the patent issued to Elias Howe in 1846 for the first commercially viable sewing machine.
Mr. Howe’s sewing machine became one of the iconic symbols of the Industrial Revolution, representing the transition from traditional handmade goods to automated production. Before 1846, sewing was drudgery done by hand, stitch by stitch. His invention paved the way for the store-bought clothing industry, as well as the manufacture of tarps to cover loads on wagons and for the manufacture of the famous covered wagons people used to settle the West. Anything that was previously sewn by hand could now be made faster and cheaper using one of his sewing machines.
A few years later, in 1850, Isaac Merrit Singer made improvements to the sewing machine that made it smaller and simpler to use, and for the first time, sewing machines were made available for use in the home. When I was growing up in the 1950’s, almost every household had a sewing machine and they were used. I still remember trying to learn to use my dear departed mother’s “treadle” Singer sewing machine. But alas, these days sewing machines are no longer considered a domestic necessity. In today’s “throwaway” society, tattered garments are often discarded rather than mended. Those that aren’t discarded are worn as a “fashion statement”. Seemingly no one make their own clothes anymore. Although the heyday of the sewing machine has come and gone, we can still recognize its significance in our history. Without this important invention, the process of making clothing (and any sewn item) would be extremely tedious.
To celebrate this holiday, find your sewing machine and start a new project. If your skills have deteriorated, a little practice should bring you up to speed in no time. If you never learned to sew, sign up for a sewing class to learn this important handcraft.

The next holiday is International Make-Up Day. This holiday does not pertain to that myriad of substances that your wife applies to her face before she goes out; nor does it pertain to making up a “lost” day at work or school. International Make-Up Day is a day for you to undo some wrongs you have done, or some mistakes you have made. Today you should apologize to someone you have hurt or treated badly in the past. Not only will it make their day brighter, but it’s healthier for you too. When you harbor ill feelings, it can take a toll on your body, so pick one of those people you treated unfairly (an old classmate, ex-spouse, etc) and be the bigger person. Make up with them today.

The third holiday today is Swap Ideas Day. Swap Ideas Day encourages us to share and trade ideas and concepts with others; whether in a work environment, in your home with your family, or in a social situation. Seeing things from another’s perspective sheds light on other possibilities, and the free exchange of ideas is one of the most efficient ways to solve a problem.
To celebrate this holiday, let the ideas flow. Use your brain and share your ideas with others.

The last holiday today is World Suicide Prevention Day. World Suicide Prevention Day is co-sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization. It was created in 2003, and is observed annually on September 10th.
According to the World Health Organization suicide is a major public health problem in high-income countries and is an emerging problem in low- and middle-income countries. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide. On this 11th anniversary for this holiday, the theme is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.”

The food-related holiday today is National TV Dinner Day. On this date in 1953,  C.A. Swanson & Sons introduced a new product called, “TV Dinners,” and changed the prepackaged meal industry forever. They weren’t the first to sell frozen meals, but they were the first nationally successful brand. The first TV dinner variety introduced was turkey, peas and sweet potatoes with cornbread dressing. The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History in 1986.
The TV Dinner tray design was adapted from trays then used for airline meals, with each food item in a separate compartment. Just remove the tray from the box and place it in the oven.
The term “TV Dinner” is now synonymous with any prepackaged, frozen meal that requires little preparation and contains an entire single-serving meal. The old aluminum trays of yore have been replaced by trays made from more modern materials. The term “TV Dinner,” which became a generic product reference (like Kleenex, Zipper, and Coke), was dropped by Swanson as times changed. The category become known as “frozen meals” or “microwave meals.” Today’s modern-day TV dinners can be cooked in the microwave (instead of the oven) and include gourmet recipes as well as organic and vegetarian dishes.
A few people insist that TV dinners got their name from the resemblance of the trays to the test patterns seen on television before the days of 24-hour television. However, the most commonly accepted, and most logical, explanation is that the name “TV Dinner” is derived from the convenience of being able to take your dinner from the oven and eat it while watching your TV.

On this date in 1813 – The first defeat of a British naval squadron occurred in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The leader of the U.S. fleet sent the famous message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours” to U.S. General William Henry Harrison.
Also on this date in history:
1608 – John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown, VA colony council.
1794 – America’s first non-denominational college was charted. Blount College later became the University of Tennessee.
1862 – Rabbi Jacob Frankel became the first Jewish Army chaplain.
1897 – British police arrest George Smith for drunken driving. It was the first DWI (DUI).
1899 – A second quake in seven days hit Yakutat Bay, AK. It measured 8.6.
1913 – The Lincoln Highway opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the U.S.
1919 – Austria and the Allies signed the Treaty of St.-Germain-en-Laye. Austria recognized the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
1921 – The Ayus Autobahn in Germany opened near Berlin. The road is known for its nonexistent speed limit.
1923 – The Irish Free state joined the League of Nations.
1940 – In Britain, Buckingham Palace was hit by German bomb.
1942 – President Franklin Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.
1948 – Mildred “Axis Sally” Gillars was indicted for treason in Washington, DC. Gillars was a Nazi radio propagandist during World War II. She was convicted and spent 12 years in prison.
1955 – “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS Television. It ran simultaneously with the radio version, often “borrowing” story lines from each other. The radio program ended in 1961. The television series ended in 1975.
1955 – Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the “Miss America Pageant” on NBC.
1963 – Twenty black students entered public schools in Alabama at the end of a standoff between federal authorities and Alabama governor George C. Wallace.
1974 – Lou Brock (St. Louis Cardinals) set a new major league baseball record when he stole his 105th base of the season.
1979 – President Carter granted clemency to four Puerto Rican nationalists who had been imprisoned for an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954 and an attempted assassination of U.S. President Truman in 1950.
1990 – Iraq’s Saddam Hussein offered free oil to developing nations in an attempt to win their support during the Gulf War Crisis.
1992 – In Minneapolis, MN, a federal jury struck down professional football’s limited free agency system.
1998 – U.S. President Clinton met with members of his Cabinet to apologize, ask forgiveness and promise to improve as a person in the wake of the scandal involving Monica Lewinsky.
And, in 2002 – Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people.
Edmond O’Brien 1915 – Actor.
Arnold Palmer 1929 – Pro golfer.
Roger Maris 1934 – Baseball player.
Charles Kuralt 1934 – Journalist.
Tommy Overstreet 1937 – Country singer.
Greg Mullavey 1939 – Actor.
Jose Feliciano 1945 – Guitarist, singer.
Bob Lanier 1948 – Basketball player.
Judy Geeson 1948 – Actress.
Charlie Waters 1948 – Football player.
Margaret Trudeau 1948 – Socialite.
Amy Irving 1953 – Actress.
Rosie Flores 1956 – Country singer.
Kate Burton 1957 – Actress.
Colin Firth 1960 – Actor.
Randy Johnson 1963 – Baseball player.
Guy Ritchie 1968 – Screenwriter, director.
And finally, Ryan Phillippe 1974 – Actor.

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