Life Day 24210: 9 – 5

October 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Thursday, October 24, 2013.
Good morning 9 – 5ers. The first holiday today is 40-Hour Work Week Day. On this date in 1938,  the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 went into effect. The 40-hour work week was nothing new. Ford Motor Company implemented a 40-hour work week for its factory workers a dozen years before this Act went into effect. Manufacturers all over the country, and the world, realized that shortening a worker’s hours actually increased productivity and garnered company loyalty, and soon followed Ford’s lead, and the Monday-to-Friday workweek became standard practice for many, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 simply codified the practice into law. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 also established a minimum wage, and outlawed child labor.

The next holiday is National Crazy Day. National Crazy Day was established to allow everyone to have just one day set aside each year to act as crazy as they want. I will endeavor to alter my behavior accordingly. The rest of you can just be yourselves today.

The third holiday today is Black Cat Day. ‘Tis the season for all things spooky and eerie. Black Cat Day celebrates the lore behind the evil black cat. The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. Black cats have not always been considered bad luck. In fact, encountering a black cat was considered good luck in many cultures. However, in many Western cultures, especially Christian cultures, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches, and have been thought to change into human shape to act as a spy or courier for demons.
This, of course is just so much superstitious folderol, and demonstrates some culture’s pertinacity to discriminate against Blacks. All enlightened people know that cats, regardless of color, breed, gender, or country of origin are instruments of Satan put upon the Earth to create as much havoc as possible.

The rest of today’s holidays are linked below. Although perhaps of interest to some of my readers, in my opinion they are not worthy of a detailed summary.
Food Day.
United Nations Day.
Take Back Your Time Day.
World Development Information Day.
Black Thursday.

The first food-related holiday today is National Bologna Day. Bologna is a sausage derived from and somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna. U.S. government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and without visible pieces of lard. Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
Bologna is a lunchtime favorite for sandwich lovers across the country. Although this American sausage is spelled bologna, it is commonly pronounced “baloney.” In some parts of the country it is also referred to as “jumbo.” Bologna can be made with beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. It is cooked and smoked with a wonderful bouquet of spices that add to its delicious flavor. There are many different variations including German bologna and Kosher bologna.
Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually. To celebrate this holiday, enjoy a bologna sandwich (or two) today. Don’t worry, this is one day of the year when it is OK to be “full of bologna”.

The other food-related holiday is Good and Plenty Day. Good and Plenty’s chief claim to fame is that it’s considered by food historians to be the first brand-named candy in the United States, according to the Encyclopedia of junk food and fast food. The Quaker Oats Company introduced the licorice pastille in 1893 and trademarked the name in 1928. A thin candy coating protects the overwhelming mix of anise and molasses flavors inside the capsule-shaped confection.
Enjoy some Good and Plenty Day unless you are vegan, vegetarian or are allergic to bugs. Why? The bright pink color of the Good & Plenty comes from k-carmine. Carmine is cochineal extract, the “dried bodies of the female insect Dactylopius coccus Costa.” YUM YUM! I knew there was a reason that I don’t like Good and Plenty; aside from the fact that they taste like crap.

On this date in:

1537 – Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward. Prince Edward became King Edward VI.

1632 – Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

1648 – The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.

1788 – Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote the poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

1795 – The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1830 – Belva Lockwood was born. She was the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. Presidency.

1836 – Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.

1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.

1901 – Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

1929 – In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as “Black Thursday.”

1931 – The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.

1939 – Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.

1940 – In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

1945 – The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

1945 – Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.

1948 – The term “cold war” was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.

1949 – The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.

1960 – All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.

1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.

1989 – Reverend Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. In 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison.

1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

1997 – In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he’d bitten during a sexual encounter.

1999 – An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.

2001 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person’s telephone conversation and track people’s use of the Internet.

2001 – NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.

2003 – In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

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

James Sherman 1855 – 27th VEEP.

Preston Foster 1900 – Actor.

Moss Hart 1904 – Playwright.

Bob Kane 1915 – Comic book artist, writer.

Y.A. Tittle 1926 – Football quarterback.

J.P. Richardson 1930 – Singer (The Big Bopper).

Bill Wyman 1936 – Musician (Rolling Stones)

Santo Farina 1937 – Musician (Santo and Johnny)

F. Murray Abraham 1939 – Actor.

David Nelson 1936 – Actor, director.

Jerry Edmonton 1946 – Musician (Steppenwolf).

Kevin Kline 1947 – Actor.

Kweisi Mfume 1948

B.D. Wong 1962 – Actor.

Monica 1980 – Singer, songwriter.

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