Life Day 24181: One Hit Wonder

September 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Good morning music lovers. Today’s first holiday is National One-Hit Wonder Day. A “one hit wonder” is is a Top 40 phenomenon; the combination of artist and song that scores huge in the music industry with one single (Top 40 on Billboard Pop/Hot 100 chart), but is unable to repeat the achievement. The term usually refers to the artist, but can refer to the song as well, or both together. One hit wonders have been around since Billboard Magazine first started keeping track of record sales in the mid 1950’s. Many of these songs deserve to remain in the obscurity of the dust bin of musical archives. A few, however, have become timeless classics. Taste in music varies from individual to individual, but in my humble opinion, one of the best “one hit wonders” of all time has to be, from 1968; Classical Gas —by Mason Williams. And, again in my humble opinion, one of the worst “one hit wonders” of all time has to be, from 1994; Macarena —by Los del Río. I won’t torture you by providing a link to that musical atrocity [and I use the word ‘musical’ here in it’s loosest possible context]. This link will provide you access to a list of all “one hit wonders” from 1955 to the 2010’s. What is your favorite, and least favorite, “one hit wonder”? How many “one hit wonders” are in your music collection? I must confess, my collection contains quite a few.

The next holiday is National Comic Book Day. Comic books, in one form or another, have been in existence for over 200 years. But, comic books in the format most of us identify as “comic books” today have only been around for about 80 years. In 1933, the first comic book appeared in America. It was a reprinted compilation of humor comic strips from newspapers titled “Famous Funnies”. That is, in fact, how they got their name.
Despite their name, comic books are not necessarily humorous in tone, and feature stories in all genres. The real success of comic books didn’t begin until 1937 with the publication of Detective Comics. The issue of Superman in 1938 ushered in a whole genre of comic books, the action super-hero. Comics such as Batman and Spiderman soon followed. There were often serialized to keep the readers returning each week to buy more comic books.
Today, comic books are considered collectibles. Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, recently sold for 2.6 million dollars. It originally sold for 9¢ in newsstands at the time of its issue.
Here are a few more interesting facts about comic books:
1)  In 1946, comic book sales in the U.S. outsold traditional books.
2)  On July 20, 2006, the United States Postal Service released DC Comics Super Heroes. It was the first commemorative stamp pane honoring America’s legendary comic book Super Heroes.
3)  The world’s largest comic book collection belongs to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. It contains more than 6,000 titles, 100,000 issues, and grows by about 200 issues each month.

The links below will give you information about today’s two remaining holidays. I will not cover them in depth because they are specifically related to a particular gender or disease.
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day.
International Ataxia Awareness Day.

The food-related holiday today is Crab Meat Newburg Day. Crab meat Newburg (often shortened to simply “Crab Newburg”) is a rich, creamy seafood dish made with lump crab meat, butter, cream, sherry, eggs, and spices. It is a variation of its more famous cousin, Lobster Newburg.
Crabs are found in all of the world’s oceans and on land? They are divided into three types; freshwater, terrestrial, and semi-terrestrial. Crabs are prepared and eaten in many popular dishes such as crab cakes, bisques, and, of course, crab Newburg. Certain varieties like the soft-shell crab can be eaten whole.
Here is a recipe for Crab Meat Newburg if you are feeling adventurous and want to celebrate this holiday at home.

On this date in 1983 – A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.
Other significant events which occurred on this date in history are:
1513 – The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
1789 – The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.
1847 – During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey Mexico.
1882 – The first major league double header was played.
1890 – The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.
1890 – Mormon President Wilford Woodruff issued a Manifesto in which the practice of polygamy was renounced.
1919 – President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, CO. The speaking tour was in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
1956 – A transatlantic telephone-cable system began operation between Newfoundland and Scotland.
1957 – 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.
1965 – Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 home runs in a single season ten years earlier.
1973 – The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.
1978 – Melissa Ludtke, a writer for “Sports Illustrated”, filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.
1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice. She had been nominated the previous July by President Ronald Reagan.
1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to impose an air embargo against Iraq. Cuba was the only dissenting vote.
1992 – In Orlando, FL, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley. He had sought a divorce from his biological parents.
1992 – The Mars Observer blasted off on a mission that cost $980 million. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.
1997 – NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.
2002 – U.S. forces landed in Ivory Coast to aid in the rescue foreigners trapped in a school by fighting between government troops and rebel troops. Rebels had attempted to take over the government on September 19.
And, in 2012 – China launched its first aircraft carrier into service.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables:
William Faulkner 1897 – Author.
Phil Rizzuto 1918 – Baseball player.
Aldo Ray 1926 – Actor.
Barbara Walters 1931 – Journalist.
Ian Tyson 1933 – Singer, songwriter.
Juliet Prowse 1936 – Dancer, actress.
Oscar Bonavena 1942 – Boxer.
Robert Walden 1943 – Actor.
Michael Douglas 1944 – Actor.
Cheryl Tiegs 1947 – Model.
Mimi Kennedy 1949 – Actress.
Anson Williams 1949 – Actor.
Mark Hamill 1951 – Actor.
Christopher Reeve 1952 – Actor.
Michael Madsen 1958 – Actor.
Heather Locklear 1961 – Actress.
Aida Turturro 1962 – Actress.
Scottie Pippen 1965 – Basketball player.
Will Smith 1968 – Actor, musician.
Catherine Zeta-Jones 1969 – Actress.
Bridgette Wilson 1973 – Actress.
And finally, Chris Owen 1980 – Actor.
 

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