Life Day 24199: Happy Birthday USN

October 13, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, October 13, 2013.
Good morning seafaring servicemen. The first holiday today is The US Navy’s Birthday. The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on this date in 1775, by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength. After the Revolutionary War, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798.
In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday. This holiday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.

The other holiday today is English Language Day. Some 1500 years ago, the language now known as “English” was the tongue of merely three tribes. Today, it is the language of nearly two billion people. It has three-times more non-native speakers than native speakers. No other language comes close to matching that, and it is that which makes the English language global. English is found on every continent. It has major speech communities in over seventy countries. It is the language of the internet, air-traffic control, international travel, international business, and of science.

The food-related holiday today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day. For the first time in the history of this Blog, I am not going to cover a food-related holiday in depth. Quite frankly, just the thought of Yorkshire Pudding makes my stomach churn. This link will tell you all you need to know about puddings.

On this date in 1792 – The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.
1843 – B’nai B’rith, the Jewish organization, was founded by Henry Jones and eleven others in New York City, NY.
1854 – The state of Texas ratified a state constitution.
1943 – During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.
1951 – In Atlanta, GA, a football with a rubber covering was used for the first time. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana State 25-7.
1953 – An ultrasonic burglar alarm was patented by Samuel Bagno.
1957 – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.
1960 – The World Series ended on a home run for the first time. Bill Mazeroski’s homerun allowed the Pirates to beat the Yankees.
1967 – The first game of the new American Basketball Association was played.
1989 – President George H.W. Bush called for an overthrow of the Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1990 – Le Duc Tho died at the age of 79. He was a co-founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party.
1992 – A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) canceled regular season games, due to work stoppage, for first time in its 51-year history.
1999 – The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
And, in 2010 – Near Copiapó, Chile, 33 miners were trapped underground in San José Mine. The miners were rescued after 69 days underground.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy individuals.
Cornel Wilde 1915 – Actor.
Burr Tillstrom 1917 – Puppeteer.
Laraine Day 1920 – Actress.
Yves Montand 1921 – Actor, singer.
Nipsey Russell 1924 – Comedian.
Lenny Bruce 1925 – Comedian.
Margaret Thatcher 1925 – Former British Prime Minister.
Shirley Caesar 1928 – Gospel Singer.
Eddie Mathews 1931 – Baseball player.
Cliff Gorman 1936 – Actor.
Melinda Dillon 1939 – Actress.
Paul Simon 1941 – Musician.
Pamela Tiffin 1942 – Actress.
Demond Wilson 1946 – Actor.
Lacy J. Dalton 1946 – Singer.
Sammy Hagar 1947 – Musician.
Marie Osmond 1959 – Entertainer.
Jerry Rice 1962 – Football player.
Kelly Preston 1962 – Model, actress.
And finally, Nancy Kerrigan 1969 – Figure skater.

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