Life Day 24167: Always Remember!

September 11, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is not really a holiday at all; and is certainly no cause for celebration. Today is 911 Remembrance Day. Just as everyone from my generation knows where they were and what they were doing when JFK was assassinated in 1963, every American old enough to remember knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfolded. Those memories are, and should be, indelibly etched into our subconscious.
My Story:
I was an over-the-road truck driver travelling westbound on I-10 between New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana. I was listening to an audio book (“Atlas Shrugged”) instead of my usual Fox News or CNN on my sattelite radio, so when I stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop in Baton Rouge for a little break, I was unaware that anything was amiss. The first indication I had that something wasn’t right was the inordinate amount of people gathered around the one and only display television set in the C-store. I noticed that a couple of people were crying, but most just seemed to have a look of astonishment on their faces. I went over to investigate and arrived just in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower.
Although I’m tempted, I am not going to launch into a big “HOORAH for America” tirade. I would merely like to say I, for one, will never forget the abhorrent events of this day. Observe this day in the way you feel is most appropriate. Feel free to share your 911 story with me in the comments.

As you might suspect, there are a number of other 911 related holidays today as well. I will list them below complete with links.
National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Libraries Remember Day.
National Emergency Responder’s Day.
Patriot Day.
Remember Freedom Day.

There are also a few holidays today that have absolutely nothing to do with the abominable events of 911.
Oddly enough, the first of these holidays is Odd Day. Odd Day is a holiday that occurs only a few times each century, when the date consists three consecutive odd numbers. Today is 9/11/13, hence an “odd day”. The next, and final “odd day” of this century, will occur on 11/13/15 (November 13, 2015). The previous “odd day” dates this century were: (1/3/5), (3/5/7), (5/7/9), and (7/9/11). Three consecutive odd numbers make up the date only six times in a century if you write the date as we officially do here in America as: month – day – year. If you are from a country that officially writes their dates as: day – month – year (like most of the rest of the world), you will have a different set of “odd days” in a given century, and there will be only five of them.
To celebrate this holiday, tell everyone you meet that today is truly an odd day. When they ask “Why?”, explain it to them.

Now that you have been sufficiently awed by “odd day”, we can move on to the next holiday today, which is Make Your Bed Day. Unless you’re anal-retentive, have company coming over, or have a gun pointed to your head, you probably don’t take the time to make your bed in the morning. You either leave the covers in a rumpled mess; or, like me, you fling the covers in the general direction of your pillows and let them lie where they lie muttering under your breath, “Close enough for Government work.” Make Your Bed Day encourages you to deviate from the norm today and take a few minutes to properly make your bed. While you’re at it, you might as well change your sheets too. Then, don’t forget to take a picture and send it to your mommy. She’ll be so proud of you.

Another holiday today is “I Want to Start My Own Business” Day. People say “I Want to Start My Own Business” all the time, but few ever act upon it; either out of fear of failure, or because they aren’t really committed to it. If you have ever dreamed about being your own boss, today is the day to take steps to make your dream become a reality. Stop procrastinating, get up off your duff and start the process. Don’t dilly-dally around, make the commitment, then get started.

Yet one more holiday today is Women’s Baseball Day. On this date in 1875, the Blondes and Brunettes played the first public baseball game between female teams in Springfield, Illinois. Although just an exhibition game, it is significant in that it was the first baseball game to be played by two teams comprised solely of females. In her book, “Women in Baseball”, author Gai  Berlage highlights the history of female umpires, players, owners, and sportswriters as well as the teams, dating back as far as 1866. It covers professional and amateur teams as well as hard and softball.
In 1974, the Supreme Court forced Little League to change its charter and permit girls to play baseball on boys’ teams.  During World War II, Wrigley started the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Jackie Mitchell became a media sensation in 1931 when she struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Yankee Stadium.  In fact, not until 1952 was there a rule barring women from being professional players. So, you can plainly see that women have been a part of baseball from the beginning.

The last holiday today is National No News Is Good News Day. With all of the hubbub surrounding the coverage of the anniversary of 911 today, you might want to simply get away from it all and shut your self off from all forms of media. National No News Is Good News Day encourages you to do just that. Many of you might not want to be reminded about the travesty of the terrorist attack on our homeland and the senseless loss of life. If that is the case, turn off your TV and radio, stay off the internet, place your newspaper directly into the bottom of your birdcage without reading it and shut yourself in for the day. Personally, I think this is a bad idea. I want to know what the media is saying about 911 twelve years later.

The food-related holiday today is National Hot Cross Bun Day. Hot cross buns are sweet yeasts buns made with raisins or currants and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Made tender with milk and eggs, the tops are decorated with a cross made of icing (or more simply, by knife cuts in the dough). The cross symbolizes the crucifixion. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. So why is National Hot Cross Bun Day celebrated six months later? No one knows for sure. The origins of this holiday are unknown.
The currant bun is believed to predate Christianity, eaten by Saxons in to honor the goddess Eostre (the cross is believed to have symbolized the four quarters of the moon; Eostre is probably the origin of “Easter”). The first recorded use of the term “hot cross bun” appears in 1733.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some hot cross buns today. Recipes are available online and in many cookbooks if you are interested.

On this date in 1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave orders to attack any German or Italian vessels found in U.S. defensive waters. The U.S. had not officially entered World War II at this time. Charles A. Lindbergh brought on charges of Antisemitism with a speech in which he blamed “the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration” for trying to draw the United States into World War II.
Also on this date in history:
1609 – Explorer Henry Hudson sailed into New York harbor and discovered Manhattan Island and the Hudson River.
1776 – A Peace Conference was held between British General Howe and three representatives of the Continental Congress (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge). The conference failed and the American war for independence continued for seven years.
1777 – American forces, under General George Washington, were forced to retreat at the Battle of Brandywine Creek by British forces under William Howe. The Stars and Stripes (American flag) were carried for the first time in the battle.
1786 – The Convention of Annapolis opened with the aim of revising the articles of the confederation.
1789 – Alexander Hamilton was appointed by U.S. President George Washington to be the first secretary of the treasury.
1875 – “Professor Tidwissel’s Burglar Alarm” was featured in the New York Daily Graphic and became the first comic strip to appear in a newspaper.
1883 – The mail chute was patented by James Cutler. The new device was first used in the Elwood Building in Rochester, NY.
1897 – A ten-week strike of coal workers in Pennsylvania, WV, and Ohio came to an end. The workers won and eight-hour workday, semi-monthly pay, and company stores were abolished.
1910 – In Hollywood, the first commercially successful electric bus line opened.
1936 – Boulder Dam in Nevada was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt by turning on the dam’s first hydroelectric generator. The dam is now called Hoover Dam.
1941 – In Arlington, VA, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pentagon took place.
1951 – Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the English Channel from both directions.
1954 – The Miss America beauty pageant made its network TV debut on ABC. Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was the winner.
1959 – Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of food stamps.
1965 – The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) arrived in South Vietnam and was stationed at An Khe.
1974 – The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets set a National League record when they played 25 innings. It was the second longest game in professional baseball history.
1985 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) achieved hit number 4,192 to break the record held by Ty Cobb.
1985 – A U.S. satellite passed through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet. It was the first on-the-spot sampling of a comet.
1990 – U.S. President Bush vowed “Saddam Hussein will fail” while addressing Congress on the Persian Gulf crisis. In the speech Bush spoke of an objective of a new world order – “freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace”.
1997 – Scotland voted to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
1998 – Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sent a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
And, in 1999 – The Wall Street Journal reported that Bayer Corp. had quit putting a wad of cotton in their bottles of aspirin. Bayer had actually stopped the practice earlier in the year.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
O. Henry 1862 – Writer.
D.H. Lawrence 1885 – Author.
Jimmie Davis 1899 – Former Louisiana Governor.
Anne Seymour 1909 – Actress.
Bear Bryant 1913 – Football coach.
Jessica Mitford 1917 – Author, journalist.
Ferdinand Marcos 1917 – Former Philippine President.
Betsy Drake 1923 – Actress.
Tom Landry 1924 – Football coach.
Earl Holliman 1928 – Actor.
Brian DePalma 1940 – Director.
Lola Falana 1943 – Singer, dancer, actress.
Amy Madigan 1951 – Actress.
Kristy McNichol 1962 – Actress.
Virginia Madsen 1963 – Actress.
Roxanne Dawson 1964 – Actress.
Harry Connick, Jr. 1967 – Entertainer.
And finally, Laura Wright 1970 – Actress.

 

 

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