Life Day 24198: Old Farmers Day

October 12, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Saturday, Oct 12, 2013.
Good morning agronomists. The first holiday today is Old Farmers Day. Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. It does not refer to the chronological age of the person doing the farming. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds, and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land here in America. A farmers’ work is long and hard. It certainly doesn’t make a person rich. It has its good years, and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.
These days, huge corporate farms and co-ops are rapidly replacing the “family farms” of yore. This holiday salutes those stalwart individuals who still farm the old-fashioned way, and are willing to endure the hardships of competing with these huge corporate giants.

The next holiday is Columbus Day (traditional). Columbus Day (traditional) celebrates the actual date on which Christopher Columbus actually discovered America (the West Indies). It is no longer an official holiday.  Since 1970, Columbus Day is officially celebrated on the second Monday in October.

The third holiday today is Day of the Six Billion. Day of the Six Billion marks the date, in 1999, then the world population reached six billion. World population milestones, such as reaching particular population counts, have been unnoticed until the 20th century, since there were no reliable data on global population dynamics. It is estimated that the world population reached one billion around 1820, two billion in 1930, three billion in 1959, four billion in 1974. According to census bureau statistics, the world population reached five billion on July 11, 1987. According to Population Division of the United Nations, the world population reached seven billion on October 31, 2011. Projections say that the population of the world will reach eight billion in 2027, and nine billion by 2046.

The final holiday today is Universal Music Day. Music is the ultimate form of communication and expression. Universal Music Day encourages people to express themselves through music; either by the songs they choose to listen to, or by creating music of their own. Music is a huge part of our cultures, societies, psychology and every day life. Use this day to enjoy music in all of its varied forms, and to share your favorite music with friends, colleagues and families.

The food-related holiday today is National Gumbo Day. Gumbo is a Creole soup from Louisiana, thickened with okra pods. “Gumbo” is an African word for okra. Okra came to America with the slave trade and was introduced to the white population by African cooks. As with all recipes, there are regional variations and different styles of gumbo.

On this date in 1792 – The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
1810 – Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest.
1892 – In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
1915 – Former President Theodore Roosevelt criticized U.S. citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities.
1915 – British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium during World War I.
1920 – Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.
1933 – John Dillinger, bank robber, escaped from a jail in Allen County, OH. The sheriff was killed by his gang as they helped Dillinger escape.
1933 – The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army.
1950 – The Kefauver Crime Commission convened in New York to investigate interstate organized crime.
1960 – Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly.
1972 – During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured.
1984 – An attempt on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s life was unsuccessful, but did take the lives of five people. The bomb had been planted by the I.R.A.
1988 – Federal prosecutors announced that the Sundstrand Corp. would pay $115 million dollars to settle with the Pentagon for over billing airplane parts over a five-year period.
1989 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag.
1994 – The Magellan space probe ended its four-year mission to Venus for the purpose of mapping.
1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.
2000 – In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, experienced a large explosion while refueling. The explosion was the result of a terrorist attack using a small boat. 17 crew members were killed and at least 39 were injured.
2000 – In Denver, CO, the U.S. District Court denied Timothy McVeigh’s request for a new trial.
2001 – A special episode of America’s Most Wanted was aired that focused on 22 wanted terrorists. The show was specifically requested by President George W. Bush.
2001 – A car bomb exploded in Madrid, Spain, that injured 17 people. Basque separatists claimed responsibility.
And, in 2002 – In Bali, Indonesia, over 180 people were killed and over 300 were injured when a bomb was detonated in a nightclub district.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Elmer Sperry 1860 – Inventor, entrepreneur.
Joe Cronin 1906 – Baseball shortstop, manager.
Antonia Rey 1927 – ActressNed Jarrett 1932 – Race car driver.
Jean Nidetch 1932 – Co-founder of Weight Watchers.
Dick Gregory 1932 – Comedian.
Luciano Pavarotti 1935 – Operatic tenor.
Samuel Moore  1935 – Singer.
Chris Wallace 1947 – Journalist.
Susan Anton 1950 – Actress, singer.
Adam Rich 1968 – Actor.
Hugh Jackman 1968 – Actor.
And finally, Kirk Cameron 1970 – Actor.

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