Life Day 24228: Happy Veterans Day

November 11, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Monday, November 11, 2013. Good morning veterans. Today’s holidays are:

Veterans Day:

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service. In 1926, Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) was passed by Congress which made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday. Until 1954, when Congress signed a bill amending this Act, changing “Armistice” to “Veterans”, this holiday was known as Armistice Day. It is observed on November 11th, and coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Each year on on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, (the exact time the armistice ending WWI took effect) the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held  at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. However, in 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.

Death/Duty Day:

Riding on the coattails of Veterans Day, Death/Duty Day honors soldiers on both sides who died on Nov 11, 1918, the day of the armistice that ended the fighting in WWI. The order was to stop fighting at 11 AM, rather than on receipt of the order.

Air Day:

Take a deep breath folks, Air Day is not what you think. Thankfully, it is not one of those U.N. type holidays lecturing us about air pollution. Air Day dates back to 1929 when the first inter-island commercial air service started at John Rodgers Airport in Hawaii. This was the beginning of flights between the Hawaiian Islands and the start of Inter-Island Airways.

John Rodgers Airport was eventually renamed Honolulu International Airport, but they actually flew over 10,000 passengers in their first full year of service. Not too bad for planes that only had 8 seats on them. Hey, it was 1930… give them a break. But to start off the first Air Day, there were two Sikorsky S-38 airplanes named Hawaii and Maui, after the islands, which were escorted by 49 military planes on their first flight. They flew to Hilo on the Big Island, but had to make a stop at the Ma’alaea Field in Maui first. And that took them about 3 hours, including the stop, since they were only going about 110 miles per hour. It may not seem like a blistering pace by today’s standards, but if you were in a hurry, it beat making the trip by boat. Traveling times eventually got a whole lot shorter. Even if you don’t live in Hawaii, I’m sure when you travel there you’ll appreciate being able to fly from island to island.

And, whatever happened to that obscure little airline, “Inter-Island Airways”? Well, it’s now called Hawaiian Airlines.

Origami Day:

Origami Day is all about promoting the art of paper folding and showcasing its incredible creations.

Origami is more than just a way to celebrate intricate paper folding. Origami was “originally used in religious ceremonies, and later as a decorative element in other rituals. Origami gradually filtered down to the masses. According to the Nippon Origami Association, Origami is not just limited to folding, you can also “cut, paste and paint Origami.” The word origami is derived from the Japanese words “oru” meaning to fold; and “kami” paper.

Dollar bill origami is an interesting variation on the more common origami paper or typing paper creations. It is a useful conversation starter at a bar or restaurant. If you want to ensure that your waitperson remembers you, you can also leave dollar bill origami as a tip. This link will give you more information about dollar bill origami.

 World Orphans Day:

World Orphans Day is celebrated on the second Monday in November. The purpose of this holiday is to facilitate public awareness of social issues surrounding orphans and displaced children. It also highlights the pandemic of AIDS orphans, and encourages the world community to support causes related to orphans.

National Sundae Day:

There are three cities in the United States that all claim to be the birthplace of the sundae, yet the true origin of this dessert is unknown. Food historians postulate that sundaes as we know them today, with ice cream, sauce toppings, whipped cream and a Maraschino cherry originated in the late 1880’s. According to Foodtimeline,  “The best-known explanation for the sundae is that it was created to circumvent Blue Laws banning the sale of ice cream sodas on Sunday.”

There are hundreds of different variations of the original ice cream sundae, all with different ice cream flavors and toppings. The only limiting factors are the ingredients and toppings you have on hand, and your imagination. Make today a “cheat” day, and enjoy a cool, refreshing ice cream sundae for dessert.

Factoid: The most expensive sundae on record sold for $1,000. It had five scoops of rich vanilla ice cream, edible gold leafs, candied fruit, expensive chocolate, and was served in a crystal goblet with a golden spoon.

On this date in:

1620 – The Mayflower Compact was signed by the 41 men on the Mayflower when they landed in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod. The compact called for “just and equal laws.”

1831 – Nat Turner, a slave and educated minister, was hanged in Jerusalem, VA, after inciting a violent slave uprising.

1851 – The telescope was patented by Alvan Clark.

1868 – The first indoor amateur track and field meet was held by the New York Athletic Club.

1887 – Labor Activists were hanged in Illinois after being convicted of being connected to a bombing that killed eight police officers.

1889 – Washington became the 42nd state of the United States.

1918 – Poland was reestablished shortly after the surrender of Germany.

1921 – The Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia by U.S. President Harding.

1938 – Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on network radio.

1940 – The Jeep made its debut.

1946 – The New York Knickerbockers (now the Knicks) played their first game at Madison Square Garden.

1952 – The first video recorder was demonstrated by John Mullin and Wayne Johnson in Beverly Hills, CA.

1965 – The government of Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain. The country later became known as Zimbabwe.

1965 – Walt Disney announced a project in Florida. It later became Disney World.

1966 – The U.S. launched Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy, FL. The craft circled the Earth 59 times before returning.

1972 – The U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Bihn to the South Vietnamese army. The event symbolized the end of direct involvement in the Vietnam War by the U.S. military.

1975 – Civil war broke out when Angola gained independence from Portugal.

1981 – Stuntman Dan Goodwin scaled the outside of the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago in about six hours.

1981 – The U.S.S. Ohio was commissioned at the Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT. It was the first Trident class submarine.

1984 – The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. died in Atlanta at age 84.

1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan accepted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a gift to the nation from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

1984 – Gary Coleman, at age 13, underwent his second kidney transplant in Los Angeles. He had his first transplant at age 5.

1988 – Police in Sacramento, CA, found the first of seven bodies buried on the grounds of a boardinghouse. Dorothea Puente was later charged in the deaths of nine people, convicted of three murders and sentenced to life in prison.

1991 – The U.S. stationed its first diplomat in Cambodia in 16 years to help the nation arrange democratic elections.

1992 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin told U.S. Senators in a letter that Americans had been held in prison camps after World War II. Some were “summarily executed,” but others were still living in his country voluntarily.

1992 – The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.

1993 – In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was dedicated to honor the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War.

1994 – In Gaza, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at an Israeli military checkpoint killing three soldiers.

1996 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled “The Wall That Heals.” The work was a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that would tour communities throughout the United States.

1997 – Roger Clemens (Toronto Blue Jays) became the third major league player to win the Cy Young Award four times.

1998 – Jay Cochrane set a record for the longest blindfolded skywalk. He walked on a tightrope between the towers of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, NV. The towers are 600 feet apart.

1998 – Israel’s Cabinet ratified a land-for-peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1821 – Author.

George Patton 1885 – U.S. Army General.

Pat O’Brien 1899 – Actor.

Alger Hiss 1904 – Lawyer, accused Soviet spy.

Robert Ryan 1909 – Actor.

Stubby Kaye 1918 – Comedian , actor.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 1922 – Author.

Jonathan Winters 1925 – Comedian.

Lavern Baker 1929 – Singer.

Bibi Andersson 1935 – Actress.

Narvel Felts 1938 –  Country singer.

Denise Alexander 1945 – Actress.

Chris Dreja 1945 – Musician. (The Yardbirds)

Vince Martell 1945  – Musician. (Vanilla Fudge)

Jesse Colin Young 1944 – Musician. (The Youngbloods)

Pat Daugherty 1947 – Musician. (Black Oak Arkansas)

Fuzzy Zoeller 1951 – Pro Golfer.

Paul Cowsill 1952 – Musician. (The Cowsills)

Stanley Tucci 1960 – Actor.

Demi Moore 1962 – Actress.

Philip McKeon 1964 – Actor
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Calista Flockhart 1964 – Actress.

Peta Wilson 1970 – Actress, model.

Leonardo DiCaprio 1974 – Actor.

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