Life Day 24206: National Suspenders Day

October 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, October 20, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is National Suspenders Day. If you are a regular reader of this Blog you realize that sometimes holidays are determined by an historical figure’s birthday. Other times special days are recognized for when am event occurred for the first time. No one knows why today is National Suspenders Day, but it is nonetheless. While the origins of this fashion-inspired holiday are unknown, the modern day suspenders were “Invented” in the 1820’s by Albert Thurston. These once popular clothing accessories, sometimes referred to as braces, also served an important purpose. Constructed from straps of fabric or leather, suspenders slip over the shoulders and attach to trousers with clips or buttons to keep trousers from falling down and to keep them in their proper place. While suspenders may not be the “in” thing today, suspenders can be worn by men, women and children.
To celebrate this holiday, find your old suspenders and proudly strap them on today.

The next holiday is Saturday Night Massacre. The term “massacre” here is misused, because there was no blood spilled on this night; only faith in the highest office in this great nation. On this night in 1973, President Richard M. Nixon ordered special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox to stop trying to obtain the White House Watergate tapes and presidential papers. Cox refused. President Nixon then directed Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and then Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Both Richardson and Ruckelshaus resigned due to the request and the new acting Solicitor General Robert H. Bork fired Cox.
“Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people,” Cox said in a statement. The event backfired on Nixon and demands for his impeachment grew. Impeachment proceedings began 10 days later.

The third holiday today is Information Overload Awareness Day. Don’t worry. Your smart phones, iPads and Nooks are safe. It’s the information overload at work that concerns the “Information Overload Network.” Information Overload costs the U.S. economy a minimum of $900 billion per year in lowered employee productivity and reduced innovation, according to Basex. Through surveys, Basex determined that 50 percent of a knowledge worker’s day is spent “managing information,” and excess information leads to “a loss of ability to make decisions, process information, and prioritize tasks.” Besides email what else is contributing to information overload at work? Blog posts, documents, pictures, podcasts, social networking, tweets, unnecessary interruptions, searches, and videos are among the culprits.

Another holiday today is Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day. The third Sunday in October is designated as Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day. Sunday school teachers are usually lay people who are selected for their job by a church board or committee, normally because of their advanced experience with the Bible—few teachers receive any formal training in education, though many Sunday school teachers have a background in education as a result of their occupations.
“Sunday school” is the generic name for many different types of religious education pursued on Sundays by various denominations. Sunday school often takes the form of a one hour or longer Bible study which can occur before, during, or after a church service. While many Sunday schools are focused on providing instruction for children (especially those occurring during service times), adult Sunday school classes are also popular and widespread.

The final holiday today is World Osteoporosis Day. World Osteoporosis Day seeks to highlight the dangers of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from simple actions, like sneezing or bumping into furniture. About 52 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Known as the silent disease, osteoporosis give no external warning signs. You can’t feel your bones getting weaker. The first indication that you have osteoporosis may be when you break a bone.

The food-related holiday today is National Brandied Fruit Day. Brandied fruit is a delicious treat that is easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Storing fruits in brandy is a simple way to preserve the wonderful tastes of the harvest season without the hassle of canning. To make your own brandied fruit, all you need is ripened fruit, sugar, and brandy (the higher the quality, the better). Wash the fruit, peel off any skin, and slice if necessary. Fill half a container with brandy and add the fruit. For each cup of fruit you add, stir in 1/6 cup of sugar. Make sure all the fruit is submerged in the mixture, cover the container, and store it in a dark place. You can continue to add fruit at any time. Your brandied fruit will be cured after a couple of months.
So, if you don’t have any brandied fruit with which to celebrate this holiday you’re out of luck. However, if you start a batch today, it will be ready just in time for Christmas.

On this date in 1774 – The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America’s colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies “discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment.”

1803 – The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 – The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.

1892 – The city of Chicago dedicated the World’s Columbian Exposition.

1903 – A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.

1910 – A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time.

1935 – Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.

1944 – Allied forces invaded the Philippines.

1944 – During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.

1947 – Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.

1952 – The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.

1957 – Walter Cronkite began hosting “The 20th Century.” The show aired until January 4, 1970.

1968 – Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.

1979 – The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.

1984 – The U.S. State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

1993 – Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

1995 – Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.

2003 – A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.

Sir Christopher Wren 1632 – Architect.
Charles Ives 1874 – Modernist composer.
Bela Lugosi 1882 – Actor.
Ellery Queen  1905 – Author.
Arlene Francis 1908 – Actress.
Granpa Jones 1913 – Banjo player.
Herschel Bernardi 1922 – Actor.
Art Buchwald 1925 – Newspaper columnist, humorist.
Mickey Mantle 1931 – Baseball legend.
William Christopher 1932 – Actor.
Jerry Orbach 1935 – Actor.
Bobby Seale 1936 – Political activist.
Wanda Jackson 1937 – Singer, songwriter.
Juan Marichal 1937 -Baseball pitcher.
Earl Hindman 1942 – Actor.
Al Greenwood  1951 – Musician (Foreigner).
Melanie Mayron 1952 – Actress.
Tom Petty 1953 – Musician
Keith Hernandez 1953 – Baseball first baseman.
Eric Scott 1958 – Actor.
Viggo Mortensen 1958 – Actor.
And finally, Calvin Broadus 1971 – “Snoop Dog”

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