Life Day 24215: International Internet Day

October 29, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Good morning  internet users. We’ve been duped. All throughout the 1990’s we were led to believe that Al Gore “invented” the internet. It turns out that this is not the case. The first holiday today, International Internet Day, proves that Mr. Gore’s claims were false.The internet is defined as a remote connection between two computers. Since 2005, International Internet Day has celebrated the fist electronic message sent from one computer to another on this date in 1969 (just a few months after Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon).
While the internet may not  have been possible without a million other monumental inventions that came before it, it’s hard to find any other invention that has had such a monumental impact on mankind. Leonard Kleinrock, Charley Kline and Bill Duvall were the key players in the first Internet connection. Working on the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), a network funded by the US Defense Department that connected four independent  terminals installed at ULCA, Stanford, the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Utah, Charley Kline attempted to send “login” information from UCLA to Bill Duvall at Stanford. It almost worked, too. Kleinrock attempted to send the word “login”, and he managed to send ”L” and “O” before the connection between the terminals crashed. Still, the characters “L” and “O” were the first bits of data ever sent over the first long distance computer network. Under the supervision of UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, Kline was able to send the complete “Login” message about an hour later. And the Internet was born! Although not as famous as Neil Armstrong, these pioneers paved the way for the existence of the internet as we know it today, as well as future advances in internet technology.
So, as you are “surfing the web” today, raise your Starbucks mug in a salute to good ole Lenny, Charley, and Bill; for without them, you might not be able to watch all of those “cute kitty” videos on YouTube.

And speaking of cats, the next holiday is National Cat Day. National Cat Day is an official holiday of the Animal Miracle Foundation, begun by pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige. Since its inception in 2005, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats. The mission of this holiday is to encourage people to adopt cats from shelters rather than buy them from pet stores supplied by kitten mills. Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated. but owning a cat can lower blood pressure and offer unconditional love and companionship. They have also been known to alert their owner of danger.
Cats are one of the most beloved human companions of all time. They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful, but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most popular house pet in the United States.

The third holiday today is National Hermit Day. National Hermit Day is a holiday created for those of us who believe that socialization is overrated. Admit it, no matter how extroverted you are, there are times when all you want to do is climb into bed with a good book and shut out the rest of the world.
To celebrate this holiday, turn off your TV, put your computer to sleep, turn off your smartphone, call for pizza, or Chinese food delivery, take the night off and enjoy your own company; without any interruptions from the outside world.

The last holiday today is World Psoriasis Day. Since this is a disease-specific holiday, I will not cover it in detail. This link will give you more information if you are interested.

The food-related holiday today is National Oatmeal Day. Oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of day. It is both filling and low in calories, which makes it the perfect breakfast or snack. Now for the bad news. If you are eating those Instant oatmeal packets that come in different flavors you are not eating as healthy as you may think. They’re full of sugar, and many of the nutrients have been stripped in the processing. Plain rolled oat flakes should be your oatmeal of choice. Oats are a whole grain; a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oats are a good source of many nutrients, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, vitamin E and zinc, and are a good source of protein.
Oatmeal is a versatile food. Aside from a hot breakfast cereal, oatmeal has many other uses. It can be used in savory as well as sweet recipes; oatmeal cookies immediately come to mind. Have you tried using oatmeal as a filler in your meatloaf instead of bread or cracker crumbs? Do a little research online and you will find a myriad of other uses for oatmeal.
Factoid:  The Quaker Oats “Quaker Man” is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America. The Quaker Oats company registered him as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877. The character purposely embodies the values of the Quaker faith—honesty, integrity, and purity.

On this date in:

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.

1652 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed itself to be an independent commonwealth.

1682 – William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA. He was the founder of Pennsylvania.

1863 – The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.

1901 – Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President McKinley, was electrocuted.

1929 – America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.

1940 – The first peacetime military draft began in the U.S.

1945 – The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each.

1956 – Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal Crisis.

1959 – General Mills became the first corporation to use close-circuit television.

1960 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) won his first professional fight.

1966 – The National Organization for Women was founded.

1969 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation.

1973 – O.J. Simpson, of the Buffalo Bills, set two NFL records. He carried the ball 39 times and he ran 157 yards putting him over 1,000 yards at the seventh game of the season.

1974 – U.S. President Gerald Ford signed a new law forbidding discrimination in credit applications on the basis of sex or marital status

1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to hold Saddam Hussein’s regime liable for human rights abuses and war damages during its occupation of Kuwait.

1991 – The U.S. Galileo spacecraft became the first to visit an asteroid (Gaspra).

1991 – Trade sanctions were imposed on Haiti by the U.S. to pressure the new leaders to restore the ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.

1992 – Depo Provera, a contraceptive, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

1995 – Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL’s career leader in receiving yards with 14,040 yards.

2001 – KTLA broadcasted the first coast to coast HDTV network telecast.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people.

Fanny Brice 1891- Comedienne, actress.

Bill Mauldin 1921 – Cartoonist.

Neal Hefti 1922 – Trumpeter, composer, arranger.

Lee Clayton 1942 – Country musician.

Robert Norman “Bob” Ross 1942 – Artist.

Denny Laine 1944 – Musician (Moody Blues, Wings).

Melba Moore 1945 – Singer, actress.

Peter Green 1946 – Musician (Fleetwood Mac).

Richard Dreyfuss 1947 – Actor.

Kate Jackson 1948 – Actress.

Randy Jackson 1961 – Musician (Jackson Five).

Joely Fisher 1967 – Actress.

Winona Ryder 1971 – Actress.

Tracee Ellis Ross 1972 – Actress.

Trevor Lissauer 1973 – Actor.

Brendan Fehr 1977 – Actor.

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