Life Day 24186: Why Is There Air?

September 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, September 30, 2013.
Good morning my curious comrades. The first holiday today is Ask A Stupid Question Day. Ask A Stupid Question Day is a holiday that is sometimes celebrated in the United States, usually by school students and teachers. Although this holiday’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. It was created by teachers in the 1980’s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. Children sometimes hold back asking questions in class, fearing their peers might think their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.
However, you don’t have to be in school to seek answers for your “stupid” questions today. If there is a question that has been niggling at your subconscious for a while, go ahead and ask it; preferably of someone who is likely to know the correct answer. Don’t be embarrassed. Don ‘t be shy. Don’t worry about what others may think. Just do it. What’s the worse that could happen?

The next holiday is International Translation Day. International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. This is not a religious holiday per se, but rather a holiday to celebrate all the work that translators do. In today’s global economy, translators are more essential than ever.
This holiday has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators since its creation 1953. In 1991, they launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in all countries, both secular and non-secular.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of a translator; for instance from “social media- speak” to English. WTF!

The third holiday today is Blasphemy Day. Blasphemy Day is celebrated on September 30 to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Although the caricatures of Muhammad caused some controversy within Denmark, especially among Muslims, it became a widespread furor after Muslim imams in several countries stirred up violent protests in which at least 137 people were killed, embassies burned and other acts of recrimination carried out because of the blasphemy.
This holiday was created in 2009. According to the creators of this holiday, the Center for Inquiry, “We’re not seeking to offend, but if in the course of dialogue and debate, people become offended, that’s not an issue for us. There is no human right not to be offended. We think religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are, but we have a taboo on religion,”

The final holiday today is National Mud Pack Day. Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. It is still popular, but the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients. It is supposed to keep the skin young, soft and supple. Mud packs can also be used as a temporary treatment for bee stings. Bear in mind, that a mud pack is not an effective treatment for bee stings if you are allergic and go into anaphylactic shock. If you are not allergic, however, a mud pack will lessen the discomfort of a bee sting until you can get proper medical treatment, if needed.
Guys, to celebrate this holiday, why not treat your significant other to a gift certificate for a mud pack? Just be sure to make it crystal clear to her that you are not giving it to her because she needs it; but because you love her and mud packs are soothing, relaxing, and will make her feel good. Good luck with that!

The first food-related holiday today is Chewing Gum Day. Chewing Gum Day celebrates the birthday of William Wrigley, Jr. (of Wrigley’s Gum fame). However, chewing gum was not invented by Mr. Wrigley. People have been chewing “gum-like substances” since the dawn of mankind. Chewing gum, as we know it, was invented in 1871, when Thomas Adams received a patent on the first gum-making machine. After experimenting with different flavors, he manufactured the first flavored gum in the United States, Adams’ Black Jack, a licorice-flavored gum. It was also the first gum available in stick form. Mr. Wrigley soon followed suit by introducing Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gum. And, the rest is history.
Chewing gum, especially the sugarless variety, can be beneficial to ones oral health. It’s not health food folks, but chewing gum aids in the production of saliva, which can help keep bacteria in your mouth at bay; and it freshens your breath as well.

The other food-related holiday today is National Mulled Cider Day. Hot mulled cider is a delicious drink perfectly suited for crisp fall afternoons. Apple cider is produced using a cider press and is a time-honored favorite of the autumn season. Mulled cider is just a haughtier term for spiced apple cider.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some hot spiced cider today. Here is a simple recipe.
To make mulled cider, slowly add brown sugar to apple cider in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add other ingredients such as nutmeg, allspice, orange juice, and lemon juice, and bring to a boil. Strain out the spices, pour into a mug, and add a cinnamon stick.
The proportions of the spices and citrus juice are a matter of personal preference.

On this date in 1966 – Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1399 – Henry Bolingbroke became the King of England as Henry IV.
1777 – The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.
1787 – The ship Columbia left Boston harbor and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.
1846 – Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient.
1882 – In Appleton, WI, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating.
1927 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He broke his own record with the home run. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
1938 – The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain, and France allowed Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.
1946 – An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
1947 – The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
1949 – The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.
1951 – “The Red Skelton Show” debuted on NBC-TV.
1954 – The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.
1962 – James Meredith succeeded in registering at the University of Mississippi. It was his fourth attempt to register.
1963 – The Soviet Union publicly declared itself on the side of India in their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
1971 – The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.
1971 – A committee of nine people was organized to investigate the prison riot at Attica, NY. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed when National Guardsmen stormed the prison on September 13, 1971.
1976 – California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.
1983 – The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
1982 – “Cheers” began its 11-year run on NBC-TV.
1984 – Mike Witt became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball.
1986 – The U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Nicholas Daniloff had been released by the Soviets.
1989 – Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.
1992 – George Brett of the Kansas City Royals got his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels.
1992 – Moscow banks distributed privatization vouchers aimed at turning millions of Russians into capitalists.
1993 – U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell retired.
1994 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.
1998 – Gov. Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined “invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity.” The law went into effect January 1, 1999.
And, in 1999 – The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at historic Candlestick Park. The Dodgers won 9-4.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people:
Deborah Kerr 1921 – Actress.
Truman Capote 1924 – Writer.
Angie Dickinson 1931 – Actress.
Johnny Podres 1932 – Baseball player.
Johnny Mathis 1935 – Singer.
Len Cariou 1939 – Actor.
Frankie Lymon 1942 – Singer.
Marilyn McCoo 1943 – Singer, actress.
Rula Lenska 1947 – Actress.
Deborah Allen 1953 – Singer.
Victoria Tennant 1953 – Actress.
Barry Williams 1954 – Actor.
Fran Drescher 1957 – Actress.
Marty Stuart 1958 – Singer.
Eric Stoltz 1961 – Actor.
Crystal Bernard 1961 – Actress.
Lisa Thornhill 1966 – Actress.
Monica Bellucci 1968 – Model, actress.
Jenna Elfman 1971- Actress.
Martina Hingis 1980 – Tennis player.
Dominique Moceanu 1981- Gymnast.
And finally, Lacy Chabert 1982 – Actress.


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