Life Day 24202: What’s the Word?

October 16, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
Good morning wordsmiths. The first holiday today is Dictionary Day. Dictionary Day honors Noah Webster, born on this date in 1758. Noah Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Mr. Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it. In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words as well. His comprehensive work is considered to be the first dictionary of American English. It contained 70,000 words. The objective of this holiday is to emphasize the importance of proper dictionary skills, and the importance of a good vocabulary. Everyone knows that a dictionary will give you the definition(s) of a word. But you would be surprised to know how few people realize how much more information is contained in a dictionary. In addition to its definition, a dictionary will tell you the proper spelling of a word, its origins and history, its part of speech, its syllable breakdown and pronunciation, and much, much more. Mastering the use of a dictionary is one of the best ways to improve your communication skills, both verbal and written. To celebrate this holiday, curl up this evening with a good book — your dictionary!

The next holiday is Boss’s Day. Boss’s Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States and Canada. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’s Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working for her father as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father’s birthday. Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day. Hallmark Cards joined the foray in 1979 selling it’s first  Boss’s Day cards. It increased the size of its National Boss’s Day line by 28 percent in 2007. National Boss’s Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, Ireland, India and South Africa.

The third holiday today is National Feral Cat Day®. National Feral Cat Day® is observed on October 16 every year. It was created in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies in conjunction with their 10th anniversary to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return programs, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for feral cats. This holiday is growing each year. In 2011, there were 351 events, which was almost twice as many as in 2010. In 2012, 450 events were held nationally, with some held internationally.

The rest of today’s holidays didn’t pique my interest so I will not cover them in detail. They are linked below for your perusal if you are curious.
Department Store Day.
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day.
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.
Hagfish Day.
National Fossil Day.
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce.

The food-related holiday today is World Food Day. World Food Day was established in 1979 by (yup, you guessed it) the United Nations, and was first celebrated in 1981. In a nutshell, people are hungry, and we need to feed them. This link will go into more detail than I care to about this holiday.

On this date in 1829 – In Boston, MA, the first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals.
1859 – Abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harper’s Ferry, VA (now located in West Virginia).
1869 – A hotel in Boston became the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing.
1916 – Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in New York City, NY.
1923 – Walt Disney contracted with M.J. Winkler to distribute the Alice Comedies. This event is recognized as the start of the Disney Company.
1928 – Marvin Pipkin received a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.
1941 – The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews.
1943 – Chicago’s new subway system was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
1955 – Mrs. Jules Lederer replaced Ruth Crowley in newspapers using the name Ann Landers.
1964 – China detonated its first atomic bomb becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power.
1967 – NATO headquarters opened in Brussels.
1970 – Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt to succeed Gamal Abdel Nassar.
1973 – Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Vietnamese official declined the award.
1982 – China announced that it had successfully fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.
1987 – Rescuers freed Jessica McClure from the abandoned well that she had fallen into in Midland, TX. The was trapped for 58 hours.
1989 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed the Gramm-Rudman budget reduction law that ordered federal programs be cut by $16.1 billion.
1993 – The U.N. Security Council approved the deployment of U.S. warships to enforce a blockade on Haiti to increase pressure on the controlling military leaders.
And, in 2002 – The Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federal investigation of the energy company Enron.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Oscar Wilde 1854 – Writer, poet.
David Ben-Gurion 1886 – Israeli statesman.
Eugene O’Neill 1888 – Playwright.
Linda Darnell 1921- Actress.
Bert Kaempfert 1923 – Orchestra leader, songwriter.
Angela Lansbury 1925 – Actress.
Charles Colson 1931- Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon.
Barry Corbin 1940 – Actor.
Fred Turner 1943 – Musician (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
Suzanne Somers 1946 – Actress.
Tim Robbins 1958 – Actor.
Wendy Wilson 1969 – Musician (Wilson Phillips).
Kellie Martin 1975 – Actress.
And finally, Jeremy Jackson 1980 – Actor.

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