Life Day 24190: 10-4

October 4, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, October 4, 2013.
Good morning everyone.The first holiday today is Ten-Four Day. Ten-four obviously refers to today’s date; 10/4. Ten-four is the universal radio operators code to answer in the affirmative, so some people interpret this holiday as a celebration radio operators; both amateur and professional. However, since ten-four means to answer in the affirmative, some people interpret this holiday to mean that you should strive to remain positive today and answer in the positive when possible.
So, should you celebrate this holiday? That’s a big 10-4 buddy.

The next holiday is Improve Your Office Day. Working in a plain, corporate environment can be demoralizing, so why not take some steps to improve your work environment? There are a number of things you can do to spruce up your office space and make it seem less institutionalized and more “homey”. Buy a plant or two. Bring in a fresh flower every day. Put up a few pictures of your family, some artwork, or a picture of your next “dream” vacation destination. Upgrade your mouse-pad. Change the screensaver on your computer.
Don’t limit yourself to just your office at work. Take time to spiff-up your home office today too. A pleasant work environment at home is just as important.

The third holiday today is actually four holidays rolled into one. Today is Blessing of The Animals Day (aka: Blessing of The Pets Day, World Animal Day, and World Pet Day). These holidays have a central theme. It is the day when churches worldwide allow people to bring their animals to the church for a special blessing. Primarily a Catholic holiday, this custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Naturally, this ceremony is celebrated outside. A priest greets each animal and says the following blessing over them:
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
He then sprinkles a few drops of holy water on its head and moves on to the next animal.

Another holiday today is Toot Your Flute Day. Toot Your Flute Day does not require a musical instrument or any musical prowess. This holiday celebrates you, and have done in your life. It is a day to be proud of your many accomplishments. Make some time for “you” today and reward  yourself with a nice dinner at a good restaurant, or a night out at the movies.
It is also a day for self-promotion. Make a list of the reasons you deserve a raise and present it to your boss.

The remainder of today’s holidays are either too banal to cover in depth, or are specific to charities. Links are provided below.
World Smile Day®.
National Diversity Day.
National Golf Day.
Lee’s National Denim Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Vodka Day. Vodka is a clear liquor, mostly made from water and ethanol distilled from a fermented substance, such as grain, potatoes or sugar beet molasses. It was invented in either Russia or Poland around the 11th century; both countries claim credit for inventing it. The extreme cold temperatures of the Russian and Polish winters inhibited the shipment of wines and beers, which could freeze during transit. Until the introduction of distilling into Eastern Europe, strong alcoholic drinks were made by fermenting strong wine, beer and mead, freezing them, and then drawing off the concentrated alcoholic slush from the frozen water.
Today, this versatile, once virtually tasteless and odorless beverage accounts for 20 to 25 per cent of spirits sold today in North America, making it our most popular libation, a feat that occurred in the 1970’s when it outpaced bourbon as America’s favorite spirit. Enjoy some vodka today, in moderation of course.

The next food-related holiday is Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day). A cinnamon roll (also cinnamon bun, cinnamon swirl and cinnamon snail) is a sweet roll served commonly in Northern Europe and North America. It consists of a rolled sheet of yeast-leavened dough onto which a cinnamon and sugar mixture (and raisins or chopped grapes in some cases) is sprinkled over a thin coat of butter. The dough is then rolled, cut into individual portions, and baked. In North America, cinnamon rolls are frequently topped with icing (often confectioner’s sugar based) or glaze of some sort. In northern Europe, nib sugar is often used instead of icing.
In Sweden, the country of its presumed origin, the cinnamon roll takes the name of kanelbulle (literally: “cinnamon bun”) and October 4 has more recently started to be promoted as “kanelbullens dag” (Cinnamon roll day). The reason is unknown.

The last food-related holiday today is National Taco Day. A taco is a traditional Mexican dish made with chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood. The filling is folded inside a soft or hard tortilla and garnished with toppings such as cheese, salsa, or guacamole.
In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to describe his experiences in the New World. In his letter he mentioned a delicious meal the Aztec inhabitants prepared with “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” It is the first historical reference to tacos.
To celebrate this holiday, make some taco’s for dinner tonight.

On this date in 1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth. Sputnik was the first man-made satellite to enter space. Sputnik I fell out of orbit on January 4, 1958.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1535 – The first complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland.
1648 – The first volunteer fire department was established in New York by Peter Stuyvesant.
1876 – The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A & M) was formally dedicated by Texas Gov. Richard Coke. It was the state’s first venture into public higher education. The college opened for classed two days earlier.
1881 – Edward Leveaux received a patent for the player piano.
1909 – The first airship race in the U.S. took place in St. Louis, MO.
1915 – The Dinosaur National Monument was established. The area covered part of Utah and Colorado.
1927 – The first actual work of carving began on Mount Rushmore.
1957 – “Leave it to Beaver” debuted on CBS-TV.
1958 – British Overseas Airways Corporation became the first jetliner to offer trans-Atlantic service to passengers with flights between London, England and New York.
1959 – The first World Series to be played west of St. Louis began in Los Angeles, CA.
1987 – NFL owners used replacement personnel to play games despite the player’s strike.
1990 – The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.
1993 – Dozens of Somalis dragged an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. A videotape showed Michael Durant being taken prisoner by Somali militants.
2001 – NATO granted the United States open access to their airfields and seaports and agreed to deploy ships and early-warning radar planes in the war on terrorism.
2001 – Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 70th home run of the season to tie Mark McGwire’s major league record. Bonds also moved past Reggie Jackson on the all-time list with his 564th career home run.
2001 – Rickey Henderson (San Diego Padres) scored his 2,246th career run to break Ty Cobb’s major league record.
2001 – In Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport re-opened. The airport had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
And, in 2004 – SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 368,000 feet. It was the first privately built, manned rocket ship to fly in space twice within a two week window. The ship won the Ansari X Prize of $10 million dollars for their success.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notable people:
Rutherford B. Hayes 1822 – 19th POTUS.
Frederic S. Remington 1861 – Artist.
Damon Runyon 1884 – Author.
Buster Keaton 1895 – Comedian.
Jan Murray 1917 – Comedian, Game show host.
Charlton Heston 1924 – Actor.
Felicia Farr 1932 – Actress.
Sam Huff 1934 – Football player.
Jackie Collins 1937- Author.
Anne Rice 1941 – Author.
Lori Saunders 1941- Actress.
Clifton Davis 1945 – Actor.
Susan Sarandon 1946 – Actress.
Armand Assante 1949 – Actor.
David W. Harper 1961- Actor.
Alicia Silverstone 1976 – Actress.
And finally, Rachel Leigh Cook 1979 – Actress, model.

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