Life Day 24177: Oktoberfest

September 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Guten Morgen party people. The first holiday today is Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival, held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. While it is a giant festival in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world during this time. So, if you can’t get to Germany, you can participate in a local event. Each year, Oktoberfest is opened, as the mayor of Munich taps a keg a of beer.There is even a special brew made, aptly called Oktoberfest beer. Although Oktoberfest is a time to eat, drink and be merry, is not just a celebration of partying and beer. These festivals also celebrate the rich heritage of the German people. It is a huge festival with lots of food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths. Oktoberfest runs through October 6th this year, so check your local events calendar for a celebration in your area and be sure to attend. The date for the beginning of Oktoberfest varies from year to year, but the festival always ends on the first Sunday in October.

The next holiday today is World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. World Alzheimer’s Day endeavors to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.  With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical  than ever. Currently, about 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.

The remainder of today’s holidays are sappy, feel good U.N. type holidays. The links are below.
International Coastal Cleanup Day.
International Day of Peace.
World Gratitude Day.

The first food-related holiday today is Eat an Apple Day. I’m not going to extol the health benefits of eating apples. Everyone already knows that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are in season now in most of the northern hemisphere. Eat an Apple Day, always celebrated on the third Saturday in September, encourages everyone to eat an apple today. Enough said.

The other food-related holiday is National Pecan Cookie Day. Pecans are an excellent source of protein, unsaturated fats, and healthy antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol. There are more than 1,000 varieties of pecan in the world. And what better way to enjoy some pecans than in a cookie. Make a batch of pecan cookies at home, or buy some at your local supermarket today.

On this date in 1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.
Other significant events in history that occurred in this date are:
1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1784 – “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
1893 – Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
1897 – The New York Sun ran the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.
1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.
1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published.
1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.
1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.
1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1981 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
And, in 1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
H.G. Wells 1866 – Author.
Chuck Jones 1912 – Animator.
Rand Brooks 1918 – Actor.
Larry Hagman 1931 – Actor.
Henry Gibson 1935 – Comedian, actor.
Dickey Lee 1941 – Singer.
Fannie Flagg 1944 – Actress, comedienne.
Stephen King 1947 – Author.
Don Felder 1947 – Musician.
Bill Murray 1950 – Comedian, actor.
Mark Levin 1957 – Lawyer, talk show host.
Dave Coulier 1959 – Comedian, actor.
David James Elliot 1960 – Actor.
Nancy Travis 1961 – Actress.
Catherine Oxenberg 1961 – Actress.
Rob Morrow 1962 – Actor.
Faith Hill 1967 – Singer.
Ricki Lake 1968 – Television host.
Alfonso Ribeiro 1971 – Actor.
Joseph Mazzello 1983 – Actor.
And finally, Maggie Grace 1983 – Actress.

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