Life Day 24192: National German-American Day

October 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, October 6, 2013.
Guten Morgen meine deutsch-amerikanischen Freunde. Der erste Urlaub heute ist National German-American Day. National German-American Day has been observed since the 19th century, and honors the contributions of German immigrants to US culture and history. It is celebrated on the date in 1683 when 13 Mennonite families disembarked near Philadelphia, PA, from Krefeld. These families later founded Germantown, PA. This holiday is celebrated by all those who are culturally German from all parts of Europe. It had a boost in popularity when President Ronald Reagan became the first President to proclaim it in 1987.
Just as everyone is “Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be of German lineage to celebrate this holiday. This year, this holiday happens to fall on the last day of Oktoberfest as well, so you have twice the reason to celebrate. Why not plan a German-centric meal tonight with a variety of different German sausages, sauerkraut, and hot German potato salad. And, don’t forget the beer*. [Make it the “wurst” dinner of your life]. (Sorry, I had to do it).
* Please drink responsibly.

The next holiday is Mad Hatter Day. The date for Mad Hatter Day was chosen from the illustrations by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, wherein the Mad Hatter is always seen wearing a hat bearing a slip of paper with the notation “In this style 10/6”. Some astute observers have noted that the paper in the Mad Hatter’s Hat was really an order to make a hat in the style shown, to cost ten shillings sixpence. However, it is well known that Time Is Money, and therefore Money Is Time, and therefore 10/6 may as well be the sixth of October. On this holiday, celebrate your zanier side. Don’t be afraid of acting erratically or irrationally; just don’t hurt anyone. Since this holiday falls about 6 months after April Fools Day, it is OK to play a few harmless, impish pranks on people.

The remainder of today’s holidays are listed and linked below. You know the reasons why.
Come and Take It Day.
Jackie Mayer Rehab Day.
National Physician’s Assistant Day.
Change A Light Day.
International African Diaspora Day.
World Communion Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Noodle Day. The main difference between pasta and noodles (yes, there is a difference), aside from their shape, is that  in addition to flour and water, noodles by definition must also contain eggs or egg yolks. The word noodle comes from the German word “nudel” meaning paste with egg. In America, the term refers to egg noodles as well as Asian forms of pasta. Noodles can be made of wheat,  rice, soybean, potato, or other flours; whereas Italian pasta is always made from durum wheat flour.
Celebrate National Noodle Day by enjoying some noodles today.

On this date in 1973 – Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territory that had been lost in the third Arab-Israel war. Support for Israel led to a devastating oil embargo against many nations including the U.S. and Great Britain on October 17, 1973. The war lasted 2 weeks.
Also on this date in history:
1847 – “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London.
1848 – The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The steamboat service arrived on February 28, 1849. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1866 – The Reno Brothers pulled the first train robbery in America near Seymour, IN. The got away with $10,000.
1880 – The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.
1884 – The Naval War College was established in Newport, RI.
1889 – In Paris, the Moulin Rouge opened its doors to the public for the first time.
1889 – The Kinescope was exhibited by Thomas Edison. He had patented the moving picture machine in 1887.
1890 – Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church.
1927 – “The Jazz Singer” opened in New York starring Al Jolson. The film was based on the short story “The Day of Atonement” by Sampson Raphaelson.
1939 – Adolf Hitler denied any intention to wage war against Britain and France in an address to Reichstag.
1949 – U.S. president Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. The act provided $1.3 billion in the form of military aid to NATO countries.
1954 – E.L. Lyon became the first male nurse for the U.S. Army.
1961 – U.S. president John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.
And, in 1992 – Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the U.S. presidential race.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables.
George Westinghouse 1846 – Entrepreneur.
Jerome Cowan 1897 – Actor.
Florence Seibert 1897 – Biochemist.
Helen Wills Moody 1905 – Tennis player.
Janet Gaynor 1906 – Actress.
Carole Lombard 1908 – Actress.
Shana Alexander 1925 – Journalist.
Anna Quayle 1936 – Actress.
Britt Ekland 1942 –Actress.
Fred Travalena 1942 – Entertainer.
Millie Small 1946 – Singer.
Elisabeth Shue 1963 – Actress.
And finally, Amy Jo Johnson 1970 – Actress.

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