Life Day 24180: Please Punctuate Properly People!

September 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment

Today is Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Good morning practitioners of proper punctuation. The first holiday today is National Punctuation Day. Either through laziness, ignorance, or just a rebellious nonchalant attitude, with the advent of “social media” proper punctuation seems to be all but forgotten. National Punctuation Day seeks to remedy this situation; if only for one day. From the lowly, commonly used comma (,) to the mysterious and exotic ellipsis (…), proper punctuation enables people to communicate the written word easily and with more clarity. There is a big difference between “Let’s eat grandpa, and Let’s eat, grandpa”: or “knowing your shit, and knowing you’re shit”. Here is another example of the power of punctuation:
An English professor wrote the following words on the chalkboard and asked the students to punctuate it.
“A woman without her man is nothing.”
The majority of male students punctuated it: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”
The majority of female students punctuated it: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”
I could provide many more examples, but it should be abundantly clear to you by now that proper punctuation is the key to effective written communication. To help you in your endeavor to properly use punctuation today, below is a list of punctuation marks currently used in the English language. I have provided a link with each one that will explain its proper useage.
Comma (,)
Period (.)
Question mark (?)
Exclamation point (!)

Semicolon (;)
Colon (:) 

Apostrophe (‘)
Quotation mark (“)
Brackets ([ ])
Parentheses ( () )
Hyphen (-)  

Dash (—)
Ellipsis (…) 

To finish with this holiday, I would like to leave you with this “blast from the past”  —by Victor Borge.

The next holiday is National Bluebird of Happiness Day. National Bluebird of Happiness Day celebrates the Bluebird. Bluebirds are a member of the Thrush family related to the American Robin. There are three bluebird types in North America: The Eastern Bluebird, The Western Bluebird and the Mountain Bluebird. The mythology of the Bluebird of Happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, and hearth and home.
Once a common sight all across America, Bluebirds have decreased in number due to loss of natural habitat, overuse of pesticides, and predators. To celebrate this holiday, do some research on Bluebird species common to your region, then try to spot one.

The third holiday today is Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving. On this date in 1734, members of the Schwenkfelder Church gave thanks for their deliverance from Old World persecution as they prepared to take up new lives in the Pennsylvania-Dutch counties of Pennsylvania. This day of thanksgiving is still celebrated today by the remaining members of the religion; all located within a 50 mile radius of Philadelphia. For more information on the Schwenkfelder Church, use this link.

The remaining two holidays today are either political party specific, or disease specific. For more information on either, click the link provided below.
National Voter Registration Day.
Gallbladder Good Health Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Cherries Jubilee Day. Cherries Jubilee is an easy flambéed dessert that is presented with much fanfare. A sauce is made of cooked, pitted cherries and cherry liqueur (Kirschwasser brandy can be substituted), which is flambéed in a chafing dish and ladled over a dish of vanilla ice cream at the table. It’s great entertainment for people who have never before had flambéed food. Chef Auguste Escoffier created the dish for Queen Victoria, for her Golden Jubilee celebration (in 1887, her 50th anniversary as queen), hence the name, Cherries Jubilee.
This is an elegant and impressive dessert, yet remarkably simple to make. To celebrate this holiday, impress your family by serving this dessert tonight.

On this date in 1938 – Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1789 – The U.S. Congress passed the First Judiciary Act. The act provided for an Attorney General and a lower federal courts.
1869 – Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.
1929 – The first all-instrument flight took place in New York when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchell Field.
1934 – Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.
1955 – President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, CO.
1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.
1957 – President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.
1960 – The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, VA.
1961 – “The Bullwinkle Show” premiered in prime time on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as “Rocky and His Friends.”
1963 – The Senate ratified a treaty that limited nuclear testing. The treaty was between the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union.
1968 – “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS-TV.
1995 – Three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities ended with the signing of a pact by Israel and the PLO.
1996 – The United States and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.
1998 – The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.
And, in 2001 – President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries:
John Marshall 1755 – Supreme Court Justice.
F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896 – Author.
Don Porter 1912 – Actor.
Larry Gates 1915 – Actor.
Jim McKay 1921 – Sportscaster.
Sheila MacRae 1924 – Actress.
Anthony Newley 1931 – Singer, actor.
Jim Henson 1936 – Puppeteer.
Linda McCartney 1941 – Musician.
Gerry Marsden 1942 – Musician.
Joe Green  1946 – Football player.
Phil Hartman 1948 – Actor, comedian.
Gordon Clapp 1948 – Actor.
Kevin Sorbo 1958 – Actor.
Nia Vardalos 1962 – Actress.
Rafael Palmeiro 1964 – Baseball player.
Megan Ward 1969 – Actress.
And finally, Kyle Sullivan 1988 – Actor.


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