Life Day 24195: Turning Over A New Leif

October 9, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Good morning explorers. The first holiday today is Leif Erikson Day. Leif Erikson Day  is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America. As far back as 1874, it has been documented that Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover America. The book America Not Discovered by Columbus by Rasmus B. Anderson first proposed that America was , in fact, discovered by the Vikings around 1002 AD; centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived.
During his appearance at the Norse-American Centennial in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge gave recognition to Leif Erikson as the Discoverer of America due to research by Norwegian-American scholars such as Knut Gjerset and Ludvig Hektoen. In 1930, Wisconsin became the first U.S. state to officially adopt Leif Erikson Day as a state holiday, thanks in large part to efforts by Rasmus Anderson. A year later, the state of Minnesota followed suit. By 1956, Leif Erikson Day had been made an official observance in seven states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, and California) and one Canadian province (Saskatchewan). In 2012 the day was also made official in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1963, the U.S. Representative from Duluth, John Blatnik, introduced a bill to observe Leif Erikson Day nationwide. The following year Congress adopted this unanimously. In 1964, the United States Congress authorized and requested the President to create the observance through an annual proclamation. Lyndon B. Johnson did so, as has each President since. Presidents have used the proclamation to praise the contributions of Americans of Nordic descent generally and the spirit of discovery. In addition to the federal observance, some states officially commemorate Leif Erikson Day, particularly in the Upper Midwest, where large numbers of people from the Nordic countries settled.
October 9 is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life. The date was chosen because the ship Restauration coming from Stavanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825, at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.

The next holiday is Fire Prevention Day. Fire Prevention Day marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which started on October 8, 1871 and burned for nearly 3 days; until October 10, 1871. Every one knows the legend of how Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a kerosene lantern and started the conflagration. The fire killed more than 300 people, left 100,000 people homeless, destroyed 17,000 structures and encompassed 3.3 square miles in the heart of Chicago.
The Great Chicago fire sparked (pardon the pun) an interest in fire prevention and fire safety.  Forty years later, the Fire Marshall’s Association of North America held the first Fire Prevention Day. In 1920 , President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Fire Prevention Week. Many of the modern fire prevention and fire fighting techniques are derived from the lessons learned from studying The Great Chicago Fire.
To celebrate this holiday, have a home fire drill. Make sure your exit strategies and routes are still feasible and that your smoke alarms are working properly.
Factoid:  Dalmatians became fire dogs because they were often kept around the horses at fire houses to guard them.

The third holiday today is Curious Events Day. The world is full of strange happenings and anomalies of nature. Whether you believe in alien beings, mysterious creatures, out-of-this-world events or a host of conspiracy theories, some of the world’s greatest mysteries remain unsolved. While its origins remain a mystery, this annual holiday celebrates those out-of-this-world, explainable mysteries on this planet.
Here is my top 10 list of unexplained mysteries:
1)  Bermuda Triangle.
2)  The  Pyramids.
3)  Stonehenge.
4)  Roswell UFO Incident.
5)  Crop Circles.
6)  Loch Ness Monster.
7)  Bigfoot.
8)  John F. Kennedy Assassination.
9)  Amelia Earhart.
10)  Jimmy Hoffa.
What are your favorite unsolved mysteries? Can you add to this list?

The rest of today’s holidays are linked below. They are of no particular interest to me so I choose not to explore them in any great detail.
Emergency Nurses Day.
International Top Spinning Day.
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day.
S.A.V.E. (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere).
World Post Day.
National Stop Bullying Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Moldy Cheese Day. I choose to believe that National Moldy Cheese Day refers to cheeses in which mold is a preferable trait, such as Blu cheeses like Gorgonzola, Roquefort, or Stilton; rather than that partially used, inadequately wrapped brick of cheddar that has been lurking in the back of your refrigerator since your gala Cinco de Mayo festivities.
With that in mind, many varieties of cheese contain mold. The most common cheese molds are Penicillium molds (yes, the mold from which the antibiotic Penicillin was derived). These molds are also relatives of the bloomy mold that covers Bries and Camemberts. “Moldy” cheeses have been around for centuries, and were probably discovered by accident. Cheese used to be aged in caves where these molds were abundant, and people began eating the cheese despite its moldy appearance. Today, the cheeses are produced on a large scale, so they’re injected with the mold in cheese factories.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some “moldy” cheese today. How about some Blu Cheese dressing on your salad?

On this date in 1635 – Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, was banished from Massachusetts because he had spoken out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away land that belonged to the Indians. Williams had founded Providence, Rhode Island as a place for people to seek religious freedom.
1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.
1776 – A group of Spanish missionaries settled in what is now San Francisco, CA.
1781 – The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, VA. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
1855 – Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.
1855 – Joshua C. Stoddard received a patent for his calliope.
1858 – Mail service via stagecoach between San Francisco, CA, and St. Louis, MO, began.
1872 – Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Ward.
1888 – The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
1919 – The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the “Black Sox” scandal.
1930 – Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, CA, to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman.
1936 – The first generator at Boulder Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, CA. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam.
1940 – St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.
1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA.
1963 – Over 2,000 people were killed in northeast Italy when the Vaiont Dam was overrun by water. The incident was caused by landslide that occurred behind the dam.
1967 – Che Guevara was executed by Bolivian soldiers for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
1974 – Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt, Germany. Schindler is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
1983 – Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member.
1985 – The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt.
1986 – U.S. District Judge Harry E. Claiborne became the fifth federal official to be removed from office through impeachment. The U.S. Senate convicted Claiborne of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
1989 – The official Soviet news agency Tass reported an unidentified flying object. The report included a trio of tall aliens that had visited the city of Voronzh.
1994 – The U.S. sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
1995 – Saboteurs tinkered with a stretch of railroad track in Arizona. An Amtrak train derailed killing one and injuring a hundred.
2001 – Prosecutors in Miami, FL, announced that they would seek a prison sentence if O.J. Simpson was convicted in his road rage trial. Jury selection began for the trial just after the announcement.
And, in 2009 – NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). On November 13, it was announced that water had been discovered in the planned impact plume on the moon.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy individuals.
Alistair Sim 1900 – Actor.
Howard St. John 1905 – Actor.
Edward Andrews 1914 – Actor.
Fyvush Finkel 1923 – Actor.
Donald Sinden 1923 – Actor.
Joe Pepitone 1940 – MLB first baseman.
John Lennon 1940 – Musician.
John Alec Entwistle 1944 – Musician.
Jackson Browne 1948 – Musician.
Robert Wuhl 1951 – Actor.
Scott Bakula 1955 – Actor.
Mike Singletary  1958 – NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears).
Michael Pare 1959 – Actor.
Sean Lennon 1975 – Singer, songwriter.
And finally, Zachery Ty Bryan 1981 – Actor.

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