Life Day 24205: Sweetest Day

October 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Good morning my sweets. The first holiday today is Sweetest Day. Sweetest Day was created by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist, and candy company employee. He wanted to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and under-privileged. His intent was to show these people that they were not forgotten.  In 1922, he started this holiday by giving candy and small gifts. He often used movie stars to distribute the gifts. The popularity of this holiday quickly spread. Today,  it is celebrated with loved ones and friends. However, you are encouraged  to follow the intent of the original holiday, and find ways to give candy and small gifts to those in need.

The next holiday is Evaluate Your Life Day. It is often difficult to look at yourself without “rose colored glasses”. Evaluate Your Life Day encourages you to sit down today and evaluate your life without any filters. Look at where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to be in the future. Are you the kind of person you want to be? Have you attained the goals you set for yourself? What steps can you take can you take to become a better person? Are your relationships with others all that they can be? Are you too fat, or too skinny? What is bothering you? What do you need, or want, to change?
Answer these questions (the ones which you come up with) and then begin the necessary steps to make them happen.

The final holiday today is Rainforest Day. The world’s rainforests are a vital part of our environment.  They house many plants and animals and can be a source of new technologies and medicine. Sadly our rainforests are disappearing far faster than they can grow. Rainforest Day was created to bring awareness to the plight of rainforests around the world, which are vital to the ecology of our planet. Use this holiday to get informed about rainforests and the role they play in our environment.

The food-related holiday today is National Seafood Bisque Day. A bisque is a thick, rich soup made from fruits, vegetables, game fish or shellfish (particularly crab, lobster and shrimp) and thickened with cream. Popular bisques include chestnut bisque, crab bisque, lobster bisque, squash bisque and tomato bisque. A key difference between a chowder and a bisque is that a bisque is a more elegant recipe, puréed until smooth, and often contains sherry. Chowders also contain pork fat back.
Most of you are aware of my aversion to seafood in general. I shan’t be joining you in your celebration of this holiday.

On this date in 1765 – In America, The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.

1781 – British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s French forces began their retreat out of Russia after a month of chasing the retreating Russian army.

1914 – In America, government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.

1933 – Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.

1937 – “Woman’s Day” magazine was published for the first time.

1943 – The Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers began in Russia during World War II. Delegates from the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, the U.S., and China met to discuss war aims and cooperation between the nations.

1944 – The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

1950 – The United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

1951 – U.S. President Truman signed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.

1960 – The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.

1969 – U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”

1977 – The Concorde made its first landing in New York City.

1983 – The Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

1984 – Four U.S. employees of the CIA were killed in El Salvador when their plane crashed.

1987 – The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points. It was the worst one-day percentage decline, 22.6%, in history.

1989 – The Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.

1998 – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.

2003 – In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5.

And, in 2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy people.
Annie Peck 1850 – Mountaineer.
Charles Merrill 1885 – Stockbroker, financier.
Robert Beatty 1909 – Actor.
George Cates 1911 – Songwriter, conductor.
Lawanda Page 1920 – Actress, comedienne.
George Nader 1921 – Actor.
Jack Anderson 1922 – Newspaper columnist.
John le Carre 1931 – Author.
Robert Reed 1932 – Actor.
Michael Gambon 1940 – Actor.
Simon Ward 1941 – Actor.
John Lithgow 1945 – Actor.
Patricia Ireland 1945 – Women’s Rights activist.
Jeannie C. Riley 1945 – Singer
Patrick Simmons 1948 – Musician
Lynn Dickey 1949 Football quarterback.
Jennifer Holliday 1960 – Actress.
Evander Holyfield 1962
Jon Favreau 1966 – Actor.
Trey Parker 1969 – Actor.
Chris Kattan 1970 – Comedian, actor.
Cyndi Thompson 1976 – Singer, songwriter.
Benjamin Salisbury 1980 – Actor.

 

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