Life Day 24173: Constitution Day (Citizenship Day)

September 17, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Good morning citizens and constitution lovers. The first two holidays today are Constitution Day (and Citizenship Day). Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. I am combining the two because that is what Congress did back in 2004. The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.
Here is a little bit more information about Citizenship Day. On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing Citizenship Day on September 17 of each year. The roots of this holiday go back to I Am an American Day, which was established in 1940 by Congress as the third Sunday in May. This day was moved and renamed to Citizenship Day to coincide with the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

The other holiday today is Time’s Up Day. Time’s Up Day is another copyrighted holiday that was created by the people at Wellcat Holidays. This holiday is a day to let you know that if you’ve been waiting to make up with someone close to you, that you’ve officially run out of time and it’s time to make amends. Life’s too short to be on bad terms with those you should be close to you.

The food-related holiday today is National Apple Dumpling Day. Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. There are different types of dumplings, but they all involve a piece of a piece of dough. Sweet dumplings are dough wrapped around fruit, baked and served as a dessert, such as apple dumpling. Savory dumplings are sometimes filled with meat or vegetables, and can be cooked in liquid such as water or soup, and served in soup. Others are served as a side starch, instead of potatoes.

On this date in 1862 – The Battle of Antietam took place during the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. The Rebel advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies.
Also on this date in history.
1778 – The United States signed its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware Nation.
1796 – U.S. President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress.
1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system.
1911 – The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.
1930 – Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.
1937 – At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln’s face was dedicated.
1947 – The first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn in to office.
1953 – Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as ‘Mr. Cub’.
1953 – The Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA, successfully separated Siamese twins. Carolyn Anne and Catherine Anne Mouton were connected at the waist when born.
1961 – The Minnesota Vikings were debuted as a new National Football League (NFL) team.
1962 – U.S. space officials announced the selection of Neil A. Armstrong and eight others as new astronauts.
1963 – “The Fugitive” premiered on ABC-TV.
1972 – “M*A*S*H” premiered on CBS-TV.
1983 – Vanessa Williams, as Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.
1983 – Carl Yastrzemski (Boston Red Sox) broke Hank Aaron’s major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game.
1984 – 9,706 immigrants became naturalized citizens when they were sworn in by U.S. Vice-President George Bush in Miami, FL. It was the largest group to become U.S. citizens.
1984 – Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run.
1992 – Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his probe of the Iran-Contra scandal. The investigation had lasted 5 1/2 years.
And, in 1995 – Hong Kong held its last legislative election before being taken over by China in 1997.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notable people.
Ben Turpin 1874 – Actor, comedian.
John Marriott 1900 – Entrepreneur.
Hank Williams 1923 – Country singer.
George Blanda 1927 – Football player.
Roddy McDowall 1928 – Actor.
Pat Crowley 1929 – Actress.
Anne Bancroft 1931 – Actress.
Dorothy Loudon 1933 – Actress.
Ken Kesey 1935 – Author.
Orlando Cepeda 1937 – Baseball player.
Paul Benedict 1938 – Actor.
Jeff MacNelly 1947 – Cartoonist.
John Ritter 1948 – Actor, comedian.
Cassandra Peterson 1951 – Actress.
Rita Rudner 1956 – Comedienne.
Kyle Chandler 1965 – Actor.
And finally, Malik Yoba 1967 – Actor.

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