Life Day 24187: Fogey Day

October 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Good morning seasoned citizens. Today’s first holiday is International Day of Older Persons. Since this holiday can’t possibly apply to me or any of my readers; and since it is another one of those sappy U. N. type holidays, I am not going to cover it in detail. This link will provide you with all of the information that you will need to celebrate this holiday, should you happen to be acquainted with anyone who falls into this category, and are in a festive mood.

The next holiday is World Vegetarian Day. Since I am carnivorous, and again since this is another one of those sappy U. N. type holidays, I won’t be celebrating World Vegetarian Day either. Here is the link for more information if you are interested.

The third holiday today is CD Player Day. The first CD player went on sale in Japan on this date in 1982. It cost $674 (around $1600 it today’s economy). There were only 50 different CD’s available at the time; and they cost about $35 each in today’s dollars. Supply and demand quickly brought the prices down increased the number and types of CD’s available.
Advances in computer technology, portable music devices such as MP3 players, and ‘cloud’ storage have rendered CD’s obsolete. Some people still buy them, but for the most part, CD’s are a dying breed. Sales of CD’s and CD players have dropped sharply in recent years.
To celebrate this holiday, hook up your ancient CD player and play the oldest CD you have.

Another holiday today is Model T Day. On this date in 1908, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T in Detroit, MI. It was the first mass-manufactured automobile in America, and revolutionized the automobile industry. The original Model T’s weighed 1200 lbs and cost just $850.
Look for Model T clubs across America to be sponsoring events in your area.

The last holiday today is Fire Pup Day. Fire Pup is the all-purpose mascot dog of fire departments everywhere. Fire Pup is the hardworking canine that travels from elementary school to elementary school in the fire truck’s seat of honor, helping firefighters teach children about fire safety by being adorable. Fire Pup Day salutes these canine representatives.
Most people associate Dalmatians as the typical Fire Department mascot, but they can be any breed as long as their temperament allows them to interact well with small children.

The food-related holiday today is Homemade Cookies Day. Nothing make a house smell like a home more than the aroma of freshly baked cookies. An unofficial holiday, Homemade Cookies Day encourages you to whip up a batch of your favorite homemade cookies today.
Although some “purists” might disagree, if your kitchen skills are non-existent, or if you are just plain lazy, buying refrigerated cookie dough or a box mix at the supermarket, then baking a batch at home, is perfectly acceptable today. Get busy! I don’t smell any cookies baking yet.

On this date in 2001 – San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban Internet filters designed to keep pornography away from children at city libraries. The board left the decision up to the Library Commission to decide whether to install filtering software in children’s areas. A federal law in the U.S. mandated the use of the filters.
Also on this date in history:
1800 – Spain ceded the territory of Louisiana back to France. Later the property would be purchased by the U.S. effectively doubling its size.
1880 – Thomas Edison began the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park.
1896 – Rural Free Delivery was established by the U.S. Post Office.
1903 – The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1933 – Babe Ruth made his final pitching appearance. He pitched all nine innings and hit a home run in the 5th inning.
1940 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.
1946 – The International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg sentenced 12 Nazi officials to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms and 3 were acquitted.
1946 – The first baseball play-off game for a league championship was played. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2.
1949 – Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of the People’s Republic of China when the communist forces had defeated the Nationalists. The Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan.
1961 – Roger Maris (New York Yankees) hit his 61st home run of the season to beat Babe Ruth’s major league record of 60.
1962 – Johnny Carson began hosting the “Tonight” show on NBC-TV. He stayed with the show for 29 years.
1971 – Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FL.
1979 – The United States handed control of the Canal Zone over to Panama.
1989 – The authorized Charles Schulz biography, Good Grief, was published.
1989 – 7,000 East Germans were welcomed into West Germany after they were allowed to leave by the communist government.
1990 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly and once again condemned Iraq’s takeover of Kuwait.
1992 – The Strategic Arm Reduction Treaty (S.A.L.T.) was approved by the U.S. Senate.
And, in 1998 – The U.S. government posted a $2.2 million reward for the capture of Augustin Vasquez Mendoza. He is accused of killing an undercover U.S. agent during a drug purchase in 1994.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of dignitaries:
James Lawrence 1781 – Naval Officer.
William Boeing 1881 – Aviation pioneer.
Vladimir Horowitz 1903 – Pianist.
Everette Sloane 1909 – Actor.
Walter Matthau 1920 – Actor.
James Whitmore 1921 – Actor.
William Rehnquist 1924 – Supreme Court.
Jimmy Carter (U.S.) 1924 – 39th POTUS.
Tom Bosley 1927 – Actor.
George Peppard 1928 – Actor.
Richard Harris 1930 – Actor.
Julie Andrews 1935 – Singer, actress.
Stella Stevens 1936 – Actress.
Herb Fame 1943 – Singer.
Scott McKenzie 1944 – Musician.
Rod Carew 1945 – Baseball player.
Randy Quaid 1950 – Actor.
Kelly Willis 1968 – Singer.
And finally, Jurnee Smollett 1986 – Actress.

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