Life Day 24182: Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, September 26, 2013
Good morning apple lovers. The first holiday today is Johnny Appleseed Day. Johnny Appleseed Day honors Johnny Appleseed [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman who was born on this date in 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts]. He was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio,  Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, property had to have a certain number of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to determine which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute, because it was never recorded, however it is believed to be around 11 March, 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.

The next holiday is Shamu the Whale Day. On this date in 1985, the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. It is for this reason that we celebrate Shamu the Whale Day today. Although the original Shamu died in 1971, Sea World continues to use the name “Shamu” for their orca shows and for orca whales at different Sea World parks.
Here are a few orca facts:
1)  Female orcas can live well into their 80’s.
2)  Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
3)  Some orcas eat as much as 300 pounds of fish per day.

The third holiday today is Love Note Day. The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes, and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Why not send a love note to your ‘special someone’ today to let them know just how much they mean to you?

The last holiday today is World Maritime Day. The United Nations, via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always in the last week of September. The IMO, created in 1948, focuses on areas such as safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. The IMO had 21 original member states, but now has 167 member states and 3 associate member states.

The food-related holiday today is National Pancake Day. Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Americans. Early settlers of this country are pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America, and countless more world-wide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate this holiday, make some pancakes today.

On this date in 2000 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General. And, Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.
1914 – The Federal Trade Commission was established.
1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.
1950 – U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released concerning U.S. President Eisenhower’s heart attack.
1960 – The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.
1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
1984 – Britain and China initialed a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.
1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a U.S. astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.
And, in 2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished denizens:
T.S. Eliot 1888 – Author.
George Raft 1895 – Actor.
George Gershwin 1898 – Composer.
Jack LaLanne 1914 – Fitness expert.
Barbara Britton 1919 – Actress.
Bobby Shantz 1925 – Baseball player.
Marty Robbins 1925 – Singer.
Julie London 1926 – Actress, singer.
Donna Douglas 1939 – Actress.
Kent McCord 1942 – Actor.
Christine Todd Whitman 1946 – Politician.
Lynn Anderson 1947 – Singer.
Olivia Newton-John 1948 – Singer.
Carlene Carter 1955 – Singer.
Linda Hamilton 1956 – Actress.
Melissa Sue Anderson 1962 – Actress.
Jim Caviezel 1968 – Actor.
And finally, Serena Williams 1981 – Tennis player.

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