Life Day 24184: There’s Somethin’ Fishy Goin’ on ’round Here

September 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Good morning lovers of marine life. The first three holidays today all center around fish. The first fish-related holiday today is National Hunting and Fishing Day. After almost eliminating Buffalo from the planet in the 1870’s, sportsmen realized the crucial role animals play in nature’s plan. For over a century now, hunters and fishermen have led the way in conservation efforts. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Led by fellow sportsman and President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time. Species such as white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.
In the 1960’s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were dismayed to learn that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played,and continue to play, in the conservation movement.
The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state. The concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, FL, introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills. On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.” By late summer of that year, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots effort ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.
The next fish-related holiday is Fish Amnesty Day. When I first saw this holiday, I thought that it would have something to do with some sort of “catch & release” program. But alas, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Fish Amnesty Day was created by PETA in 1997 to counteract, and coincide with the before mentioned, National Hunting and Fishing Day. This holiday is a day to recognize fish as living animals with rights and in need of protection just the same as other vertebrates. In addition to protection of fish its purpose is also to convert near vegetarians who still eat seafood to take the final step and become fully vegetarian.
The last fish-related holiday is Fish Tank Floor Show Night. This wacky holiday comes to us complements of those even wackier people at wellcat.com. In a nutshell (or seashell if you prefer) Fish Tank Floor Show Night encourages you and your family to gather around the fish tank and put on a floor show for the fish. After all it’s only fair since they entertain you every other night of the year.

The first non-fishy holiday today is National Public Lands Day. This holiday is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This year, on the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, clean-up events across the nation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. The way we treat our public lands reflects upon us as a nation.
Check to see if there is an event scheduled in your area and participate in any way you can.

The next holiday is World Rabies Day. World Rabies Day seeks to raise awareness about Rabies. Although not as prevalent as it once was, Rabies is far from being eradicated. This holiday urges you to insure that your pets are vaccinated against this disease, which is always fatal to animals. Stopping Rabies in dogs and cats is the key to preventing the disease in people.

The sixth holiday today is Family Health and Fitness Day USA. Family Health and Fitness Day USA is always held on the last Saturday in September. It is a national health and fitness event for families that was created in 1996 at the urging of the Surgeon General of the United States. Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, malls, health clubs and other community locations. Fitness activities will vary widely based on the organization hosting the event and the interests of local families. Activities will be noncompetitive and may include walking events, low-impact exercises, health screenings, open houses, games and health information workshops.
Participate in one with your family if you can.

Yet another holiday today is National Museum Day. More than 1,400 museums across the country will be open for free this Saturday September 28th as a part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual National Museum Day. To participate, all you need is a Museum Day ticket which grants two people access the museum in lieu of general admission costs. Tickets are available, and downloadable through this link to the Smithsonian Institution, and to find a participating museum in your area, use this link.
Enjoy your day at the museum.

We’re not finished yet. One more holiday today is National Good Neighbor Day. National Good Neighbor Day was initiated by Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970’s. She recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter)  to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.
Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. To celebrate this holiday, get to know your neighbors a little better.

The ninth holiday today is Kiwanis Kids’ Day. The National Kids’ Day Foundation and Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. Kiwanis International eventually assumed responsibility for the program and re-named it Kiwanis Kids’ Day.
On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community’s appreciation of and pride in its children. The actual program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, theater parties, free admission programs, poster contests, fishing derbies, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens.

At long last, we have reached the end of today’s cavalcade of holidays. Read a Child a Book You Like Day encourages you to pick a favorite book from your childhood and read it to your children or grandchildren. Hopefully, they will enjoy it as much as you did.

The first food-related holiday today is National Drink Beer Day. National Drink Beer Day is all about beer. Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories; ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
There’s really only one way to celebrate this holiday. Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Cheers!
Note: Please drink responsibly. You don’t want this special day to end badly.

The other food-related holiday today is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie for your National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebration today, you will find that there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.
No matter which variety is your favorite, enjoy a slice of strawberry cream pie today.

On this date in 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They started the trek on June 8.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.
1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
1787 – The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
1850 – The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
1850 – U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.
1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.
1939 – During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.
1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
1978 – Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.
1991 – In response to U.S. President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
1997 – The official debut of the DVD format was was featured at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY.
2000 – The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
And, in 2004 – The U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals:
Confucius 551 B.C. – Teacher, philosopher.
Georges Clemenceau 1841 – French statesman.
Kate Smith-Wiggin 1856 – Author.
William S. Paley 1901 – Network executive.
Ed Sullivan 1902 – Entertainment writer, TV host.
Alfred Gerald Caplin 1909 – Cartoonist.
Peter Finch 1916 – Actor.
William Windom 1923 – Actor.
Marcello Mastroianni 1924 – Actor.
Arnold Stang 1925 – Actor.
Jerry Clower 1926 – Comedian.
Brigitte Bardot 1934 – Actress.
Ben E. King 1938 – Singer.
Joel Higgins 1943 – Actor, singer.
Sylvia Kristel 1952 – Actress.
Steve Largent 1954 – Football player, congressman.
Moon Unit Zappa 1967 – Actress.
Carre Otis 1968 – Model, actress.
Naomi Watts 1968 – Actress.
Mira Sorvino 1967 – Actress.
Sean Levert 1968 – Singer.
Mandy Barnett 1975 – Singer.
And finally, Hilary Duff 1987 – Actress.

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