Life Day 24168: National Police Woman Day

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

Today is Thursday, September 12, 2013.
Good morning Law Endorsement fans. The first holiday today is National Police Woman Day. In 1909, Los Angeles social worker Alice Stebbins Wells petitioned Mayor George Alexander and the City Council, requesting that an ordinance providing for a Los Angeles Policewoman be adopted. Not only was the measure passed, but on this date in 1910, Mrs. Wells was appointed as the nation’s first female to be designated a policewoman with arrest powers.
Many California cities had employed women as “matrons” or “workers” since 1890. These employees specialized in the care of female prisoners, and worked in city and county prisons and other penal institutions.
On the first day of her appointment, Mrs. Wells was furnished with a Gamewell (a telephone call box) key, a book of rules, a first aid book, and a “policeman’s badge.” In those days, an officer was privileged to enjoy free trolley car rides while going to and from work, but when Mrs. Wells displayed her badge, the conductor accused her of misusing her husband’s identity. This was remedied by presenting her with “Policewoman’s Badge Number One.”
For more information on Mrs. Wells career in the LAPD, use this link.

The next holiday is National Video Games Day. This is the second video game related holiday this year. Back on July 8th, we celebrated Video Game Day, which encouraged people to play video games and promoted the video gaming industry. In contrast, National Video Games Day promotes the video game industry and encourages people to play video games. Huh? What? Wait! That’s right, I can discern do difference, other than the date, between these two holidays. Also, I could find no reason why there are two different dates for a “video game day”; and neither “holiday” has any relationship or significance to any milestones in the video gaming world. The origins, history and reasons for both are unknown.
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pacman, Pong, Space Invaders or Asteroids. Many of today’s video games are complex stories with plots and sub-plots within plots and sub-plots within plots and sub-plots. Technologically, they are getting more advanced every day.
If you enjoy video gaming, celebrate this holiday by playing your favorite video game, or one of the classics. If, like me, you could give a big fat hoot about video games, then don’t bother.

Last, but not least, the final holiday today is International Day for South-South Cooperation. This is another “head-scratcher” from the United Nations. This link will provide you with more information than you need to know regarding it.

The food-related holiday today is Chocolate Milkshake Day. Dictionary.com defines milkshake as: “a frothy drink made of cold milk, flavoring, and usually ice cream, shaken together or blended in a mixer.” The first reference to word ‘milkshake’ appeared in a British newspaper in 1885. However, it did not refer to that cool, refreshing treat we know today. The first milkshake was an adult beverage similar to eggnog, made with eggs and whiskey. By 1900 though, the eggs and whiskey were gone, and the term ‘milkshake’ referred to “healthy, wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.” They still contained no ice cream though. They were a favorite at soda fountains in America in the early part of the 1900’s.
What we know as ‘milkshakes’ today is an American creation. In 1922, an employee at a Chicago Walgreens, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, was inspired to add two scoops of ice cream to malted milk. It was an instant success. By the 1930’s, soda fountains (aka “malt shops”) were popular all across America.
Two significant events happened in 1937 that changed milkshakes forever: Fred Waring invented a significantly superior blender, and Joseph Friedman invented the flexible straw. But we’re still not up to the point of what we call ‘milkshakes’ today. Many people disliked having the malt in their milkshakes, and by the late 1930’s the term “frosted” came to mean a milkshake without the malt. Sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, malted milk became less popular and the term ‘milkshake’ finally became synonymous with what we call ‘milkshakes’ today.
You should be able to figure out how to celebrate this holiday all by yourself. Just remember that it is Chocolate Milkshake Day. The booze is optional.

On this date in 1992 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She was the payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. Also onboard were Mission Specialist N. Jan Davis and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Lee. They were the first married couple to fly together in space. And, Mamoru Mohri became the first Japanese person to fly into space.
Also on this date in history:
1866 – “The Black Crook” opened in New York City. It was the first American burlesque show.
1873 – The first practical typewriter was sold to customers.
1878 – Patent litigation involving the Bell Telephone Company against Western Union Telegraph Company and Elisha Gray began. The issues were over various telephone patents.
1914 – The first battle of Marne ended when the allied forces stopped the German offensive in France.
1916 – Adelina and August Van Buren finished the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City on July 5, 1916.
1922 – The Episcopal Church removed the word “Obey” from the bride’s section of wedding vows.
1953 – Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1953 – Nikita Krushchev was elected as the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1954 – “Lassie” made its television debut on CBS.
1974 – Violence occurred on the opening day of classes in Boston, MA, due opposition to court-ordered school “busing.”
1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie was taken out of power by Ethiopia’s military after ruling for 58 years.
1979 – Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs.
1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen.
1984 – Dwight Gooden (New York Mets) set a rookie strikeout record with his 251st strikeout of the season.
And, in 1991 – The space shuttle Discovery took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth’s ozone layer.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Richard Gatling 1818 – Inventor.
H.L. Mencken 1880 – Journalist, satirist.
Maurice Chevalier 1888 – Actor, entertainer.
Margaret Hamilton 1902 – Actress.
Jesse Owens 1913 – Olympic athlete.
Yma Sumac 1924 – Singer.
Dickie Moore 1925 – Child actor.
Ian Holm 1931- Actor.
George Jones 1931 – Country singer.
Linda Gray 1940 – Actress.
Maria Muldaur 1943 – Singer.
Barry White 1944 – Singer.
Joe Pantoliano 1951 – Actor.
Peter Scolari 1954 – Actor.
Rachel Ward 1957 – Actress.
Darren E. Burrows 1966 – Actor.
And finally, Paul Walker 1973 – Actor.

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