Life Day 24204: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

October 18, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Friday, October 18, 2013.
Good morning facial hair fretters. The first holiday today is No Beard Day.  Beards aren’t for everyone. But by the same token, some men just don’t seem like themselves without their signature facial hair. Apparently, No Beard Day encourages men to grab their razors and liberate their long-suffering physiognomies from their tonsorial oppressors (aka, shave their stubble). So, if you are not satisfied with your beard, shave it off today. You can always grow it back. But, if you like your beard, keep it.
On a personal note, I had a mustache for most of my career in the military. I never pushed the boundaries and always kept it within regulations. When I retired and began my truck driving career, I experimented with a number of different beard types, but settled on a classic Van Dyke as my beard of choice; but would often shave it off on a whim. My current tonsorial tendency is the clean-shaven look. When it comes down to it, it takes more time to maintain a well groomed beard than to just shave.

The next holiday is National Mammography Day.  National Mammography Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in October. It serves as a reminder to women to schedule a mammography appointment. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer in women, and it ranks second among causes of cancer deaths in women, after lung cancer.
The American Cancer Society suggests that all women, starting at age 40, should begin getting yearly mammograms and then continue them for as long as they are in good health. Mammography can identify cancer at an early stage, usually before physical symptoms develop.
So, if you’re a woman over 40, schedule your Mammogram today.

The third holiday today is World Menopause Day. World Menopause Day is the day that the International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated to focus on menopause, from hot flashes to heart health, and all things menopausal. The International Menopause Society was founded in 1978 with the mission of addressing gender-based and menopause-based issues.
World Menopause Day has actually been around since 1984, but it hasn’t exactly attracted a lot of media attention. This holiday seeks to increase awareness and educate women – many of whom don’t have easy access to information or are too ashamed to seek help.
Not being a menopausal, or post-menopausal woman, I have no clue as to how to celebrate this holiday.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Chocolate cupcakes are a sumptuous treat served served at the finest gourmet bakeries, and made lovingly in kitchens across the country. Cupcakes first emerged during the 19th century in the United States. There are two theories about how they got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup—one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda. These days, cupcakes are made with a variety of flavors, ingredients, and decorations by “gourmet” shops in every community. However, the humble chocolate cupcake remains the perennial favorite. Bake, frost, and decorate a batch today.

On this date in 1767 – The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1842 – Samuel Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
1867 – The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
1873 – The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.
1892 – The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened.
1929 – The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
1950 – Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
1956 – NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.
1958 – The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter’s show.
1967 – The American League granted permission for the A’s (Athletics) to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.
1968 – Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a “black power” salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.
1969 – The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.
1971 – After 34 years, the final issue of “Look” magazine was published.
1977 – Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth’s record for hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.
1989 – The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
1990 – Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.
And, in 1997 – A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals.
Lotte Lenya 1898 – Actress, singer.
Miriam Hopkins 1902 – Actress.
James Brooks 1906 – Painter.
Bobby Troup 1918 – Jazz pianist, actor.
Anita O’Day 1919 – Jazz singer.
Melina Mercouri 1923 – Actress.
Chuck Berry 1926 – Musician.
George C. Scott 1927 Actor.
Keith Jackson 1928 – Sportscaster.
Inger Stevens 1934 – Actress.
Peter Boyle 1935 – Actor.
Mike Ditka 1939 – Football player, coach, TV commentator.
Lee Harvey Oswald 1939 – Assassin.
Willie Horton 1942 – Baseball player.
Joe Morton 1947 – Actor.
Laura Nyro 1947 – Singer, songwriter.
Pam Dawber 1951 -Actress.
Terry McMillan 1951 – Author.
Martina Navratilova 1956 – Tennis player.
Thomas Hearns 1958 – Boxer.
Jean-Claude Van Damme 1960 – Actor.
Erin Moran 1961 – Actress.
Wynton Marsalis 1961 – Musician.
Vincent Spano 1962 – Actor.
Michael Stich 1968 – Tennis player.
Tyler Posey 1991 – Actor

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