Life Day 24218: Prime Meridian Day

November 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Good morning global travelers . Today is Friday, November 1, 2013. Being the first of the month, I am going to list and link to some of the more noteworthy monthly celebrations this month.
Adopt A Senior Pet Month.
Greens and Plantains Month.
Sweet Potato Awareness Month.
National Pomegranate Month.
Manatee Awareness Month.
Movember. (I might celebrate this one).
Military Family Appreciation Month
.
National Novel Writing Month.
World Sponge Month.

Today’s holidays are listed below:

Prime Meridian Day:

After all of the hullabaloo of Halloween yesterday, Prime Meridian Day offers a less hectic holiday today. On this date in 1884, delegates from 25 nations met in Washington, D.C. and established time zones for the world with every 15 degrees of longitude equaling one hour.

All I can glean from the cobwebbed recesses of my time-addled brain is that Greenwich, England was chosen by this distinguished assemblage of delegates as the Prime Meridian. The reason that Greenwich was chosen escapes me, but I’m sure that there is a perfectly logical, sciencey explanation. I remember sitting in class somewhere around the 4th or 5th grade and my teacher drawing an arbitrary straight line on a map of the world (the world was still thought to be flat back then) from the north pole to the south pole and that the line passed through Greenwich; and that it represented 0 degrees longitude. It is also referred to as the International Date Line, and is the primary cause of jet-lag.

To celebrate this holiday, get out a globe or world map book and find the Prime Meridian. Find out what lines of longitude you are closest too. Or, just turn on your computer or smartphone and Google it. See, I told you this holiday would be less stressful.

All Saints’ Day:

All Saints’ Day is a holiday celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.  It begins at sunrise on the first day of November and finishes at sundown. This holiday honors and recognizes all of the saints of the christian church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate over 10,000 recognized saints.

In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. Christians who celebrate All Saints’ Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in heaven, and the living.

Other Christian traditions define, remember, and respond to the saints in different ways; for example, in the Methodist Church, the word “saints” refers to all Christians and therefore, on All Saints’ Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members of a local congregation, are honored and remembered. The Western Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

All Saints Day was originally celebrated in May. It was moved to November 1st to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween and Dia De Loss Muertos (Day of the Dead). Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But, if moved the christian holidays to this time periods, the pagan holidays would slowly die away……. Nice try; didn’t work.

Give Up Your Should Day:

Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve; three simple words. Yet these words are just excuses for not accomplishing your goals. Accept what you’ve done (or haven’t done), and re-focus on improving your life.

Stop “shoulding” yourself over things you could have done. Maybe you should have done something about …, but you didn’t, so get over it and move on with your life.  Wasting your time on “shoulds” is not the most efficient use your time. Instead, say “I will”, then go out and get it done.

National Family Literacy Day®:

National Family Literacy Day® is celebrated all over the country with special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. Family literacy programs bring parents and children together in the classroom to learn and support each other in efforts to further their education and improve their life skills. This holiday is celebrated annually on November 1st.

World Vegan Day:

World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President & Chair of The Vegan Society UK to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

Speaking in 2011 Louise said: “We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944, but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for the 1st November. Partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration.”
This year (2013) marks the 69th anniversary of the coining of the term ‘vegan’ (and thus the verbally clarified concept of ‘veganism’ and of the establishment of The Vegan Society).

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Days: (November 1-3)

Punkin’ Chunkin (Not Pumpkin Chuckin’) Days began because a few guys were a bit bored. The history of this “holiday” is quite lengthy (and hilarious), and I can do no better job of explaining it that the creators themselves. It is worth the read, so here is the link.

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day:

Theoretically, you cook for your family every night. National Go Cook For Your Pets Day focuses on pet nutrition, and urges you to start cooking healthy dinners for your pet as an alternative to the expensive, and not necessarily nutritious, pet foods available commercially.

The originators of this holiday provide these tips for celebrating this holiday:
* Check with your vet before cooking for your pet

* Don’t waste seasonings in your pet’s meals, they don’t need them.

* Avoid using avocados, milk-based foods, garlic, chocolate, onions, salt and yeast dough. See a more complete list here.

Remember to introduce new foods gradually. Make sure to enjoy cooking and add plenty of love.

National Vinegar Day:

Vinegar is over 10,000 years old. IIt has a legacy that goes back to ancient times, where it was inadvertently created alongside its alcoholic forbears—wine, beer, and other spirits. Vessels with traces of vinegar dating back to 6000 B.C.E. have been found in Egypt and China.

Vinegar was written about in Babylonian times circa 5000 BC. The vinegar to which they referred was made with dates, and soon found its way to kitchens and campfires everywhere. It is even mentioned in the Bible (in both the Book of Ruth and in Proverbs). It is specifically called for in the Talmud, to make the haroseth for Passover.

Vinegar requires a fermentation of sugar, and can be made from almost anything that contains it: fruits (apples, berries, coconuts, grapes, melons, peaches), grains (sorghum, rice, barley malt), whey, sugars (molasses, sugar cane, honey, maple syrup), or vegetables (beets, potatoes). The most commonly used varieties—not necessarily by foodies—are apple cider vinegar and distilled white vinegar.

“Modern” vinegar was created by the H. J. Heinz company in the late 19th century. Since they used vinegar to make their condiments and pickles, they decided to make their own vinegar, bottle it, and sell it for home use. Prior to this time, vinegar was fermented in barrels or crocks that were stored in barns or basements.

On this date in:

1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.

1604 – “Othello,” the tragedy by William Shakespeare, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

1755 – At least 60,000 people were killed in Lisbon, Portugal by an earthquake, its aftershocks and the ensuing tsunami.

1765 – The British Parliament enacted The Stamp Act in the American colonies. The act was repealed in March of 1766 on the same day that the Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts which asserted that the British government had free and total legislative power of the colonies.

1800 – U.S. President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House.

1848 – The first medical school for women, founded by Samuel Gregory, opened in Boston, MA. The Boston Female Medical School later merged with Boston University School of Medicine.

1861 – Gen. George B. McClellan was made the general-in-chief of the American Union armies.

1864 – The U.S. Post Office started selling money orders. The money orders provided a safe way to make payments by mail.

1870 – The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations using 24 locations that provided reports via telegraph.

1894 – “Billboard Advertising” was published for the first time. It later became known as “Billboard.”

1904 – The Army War College in Washington, DC, enrolled the first class.

1911 – Italy used planes to drop bombs on the Tanguira oasis in Libya. It was the first aerial bombing.

1936 – Benito Mussolini made a speech in Milan, Italy, in which he described the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany as an “axis” running between Berlin and Rome.

1947 – The famous racehorse Man o’ War died.

1949 – In Washington, 55 people were killed when a fighter plane hit an airliner.

1950 – Two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to assassinate U.S. President Harry Truman. One of the men was killed when they tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, DC.

1950 – Charles Cooper became the first black man to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1952 – The United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

1963 – The USSR launched Polyot I. It was the first satellite capable of maneuvering in all directions and able to change its orbit.

1968 – The movie rating system of G, M, R, X, followed by PG-13 and NC-17 went into effect.

1973 – Leon Jaworski was appointed the new Watergate special prosecutor in the Watergate case.

1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged all Iranians to demonstrate on November 4 and to expand their attacks against the U.S. and Israel. On November 4, Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage.

1989 – Tens of thousands of refugees to fled to the West when East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia.

1989 – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced the end of a cease-fire with the Contra rebels.

1993 – The European Community’s treaty on European unity took effect.

1995 – In Dayton, OH, the Bosnian peace talks opened with the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia present.

1998 – Nicaraguan Vice President Enrique Bolanos announced that between 1,000 and 1,500 people were buried in a 32-square mile area below the slopes of the Casita volcano in northern Nicaragua by a mudslide caused by Hurricane Mitch.

1998 – Iridium inaugurated the first handheld, global satellite phone and paging system.

Birthdays:

Stephen Crane 1871- Author.

James Kilpatrick 1920 – Columnist.

Betsy Palmer 1929 – Actress.

Gary Player 1935 – Pro Golfer.

Bill Anderson 1937 – Country singer.

Barbara Bosson 1939 – Actress.

Robert Foxworth 1941 – Actor.

Larry Flynt 1942 – “Skin mag” mogul.

Marcia Wallace 1942 – Actress.

Rick Grech 1946 – Musician. (Blind Faith, Traffic)

Jeannie Berlin 1949 – Actress.

Dan Peek 1950 – Musician. (America)

Lyle Lovett 1957 – Country Singer.

Rachel Ticotin 1958 – Actress.

Fernando Valenzuela 1960 – Baseball pitcher.

Toni Collette 1972 – Actress, singer.

Jenny McCarthy 1972 – Model, actress.

Helene Udy 1976 – Actress.

LaTavia Marie Roberson 1981 – Singer. (Destiny’s Child)

Penn Badgley 1986 – Actor.

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