Life Day 24229: Chicken Soup for the Soul

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

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day:

Although it is not substantiated by scientific data, chicken soup has long been touted as cure-all for many common physical maladies. Feeling “under the weather”? Have some chicken soup. Any benefit from eating chicken soup is purely psychological. There is something about eating a steamy bowl of chicken soup (preferably home-made rather than that toxic, sodium and preservative laced poison that comes in a can), that makes you feel all “warm and fuzzy” inside. But, what about the non-physical things that ail you? That brings us to the point of this holiday.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is a commercial holiday created by the authors of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, co-authored by Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, and published in June of 1993. In it, they share inspirational stories of others designed to inspire you, and recreate that same “warm and fuzzy” feeling you derive from eating a bowl of chicken soup. This book, and the other like-minded anthologies by these authors, have enjoyed phenomenal success. Some of their accolades include:

* In 2008, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” became the best-selling trade paperback series in the history of publishing.

* In 2007, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was named one of the top five most memorable and impactful books of the past quarter century by USA Today.

* In 1999 the authors were included in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for “Most Books on the New York Times Best-Seller List at One Time.”

To celebrate this holiday, share some of your own inspirational stories with others, and encourage them to do the same.

National Young Readers Day:

National Young Readers Day is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday in November. was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. This holiday encourages you to instill a love of reading in your child as early as possible.

Studies show that the earlier you begin reading to your child, and the sooner they begin reading for themselves, the better they will do in school. Some parents begin reading to their child while it is still in the womb.

Give your children a choice of what they read. Join a library or book club that offers age appropriate books on a variety of subject matter, then let them decide.

Use today to help and encourage our youth to learn to read, and open the door to knowledge, information, success, and happiness.

Happy Hour Day:

Back when I drank, my philosophy was; “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”  It’s not difficult to imagine how “Happy Hour” got its name, but where and when did it get its start?

In the 1920’s, the scheduled on-ship entertainment for our Navy was referred to as Happy Hour. From there it became the name for drinking illegal alcohol before dinner during Prohibition. Eventually, restaurants and bars took advantage of the catchy term and began using it to promote special deals during the pre-dinner hours.

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day:

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day celebrates all of the different toppings you can put on your pizza to suit your tastes and preferences. Although having fish on a pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors.

Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread people made before the advent of the oven. Neolithic humans would build a fire on a flat rock to create a hearth. When it was piping hot, they brushed away the coals and laid a layer of dough across it. The baked bread was then topped with seeds or spices.

You don’t have to have an advanced culinary degree to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. No fish on your pizza. Done!

On this date in:

1859 – The first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France. He was also the designer of the garment that is named after him.

1892 – William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first professional football player when he was paid a $500 bonus for helping the Allegheny Athletic Association beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

1915 – Theodore W. Richards, of Harvard University, became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

1918 – Austria and Czechoslovakia were declared independent republics.

1920 – Judge Keneshaw Mountain Landis was elected the first commissioner of the American and National Leagues.

1921 – Representatives of nine nations gathered for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments.

1927 – Joseph Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party leading to Stalin coming to power.

1933 – In Philadelphia, the first Sunday football game was played.

1942 – During World War II, naval battle of Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces. The Americans won a major victory.

1946 – The first drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, IL.

1948 – The war crimes tribunal sentenced Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo and six other World War II Japanese leaders to death.

1953 – The National Football League policy of blacking out home games was upheld by Judge Allan K. Grim of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

1954 – Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since 1892.

1964 – Paula Murphy set the female land speed record 226.37 MPH.

1972 – Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, became the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons.

1975 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas retired because of failing health, ending a record 36½-year term.

1979 – U.S. President Carter ordered a halt to all oil imports from Iran in response to 63 Americans being taken hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran on November 4.

1980 – The U.S. space probe Voyager I came within 77,000 miles of Saturn while transmitting data back to Earth.

1984 – Space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared the Palapa B-2 satellite in history’s first space salvage.

1985 – In Norfolk, VA, Arthur James Walker was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a spy ring run by his brother, John A. Walker Jr.

1987 – The American Medical Association issued a policy statement that said it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.

1991 – In the U.S., Robert Gates was sworn in as CIA director.

1995 – The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir.

1997 – Four Americans and their Pakistani driver were shot to death in Karachi, Pakistan. The Americans were oil company employees.

1997 – The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on Iraq for constraints being placed on UN arms inspectors.

1997 – Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

2001 – American Airlines flight 587 crashed just minutes after take off from Kennedy Airport in New York. The Airbus A300 crashed into the Rockaway Beach section of Queens. All 260 people aboard were killed.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815 – Abolitionist, suffragette.
Auguste Rodin 1840 – Artist.

Jo Stafford 1918 -Singer, actress.

Richard Quine 1920 – Actor.

Kim Hunter 1922 – Actress.

Grace Kelly 1929 – Actress, princess.

Jack Oakie 1930 – Actor.

Charles Manson 1934 – Infamous mass murderer.

Ruby Nash Curtis 1939 – Singer. (Ruby & the Romantics)

Brian Hyland 1943 – Singer, songwriter.

Wallace Shawn 1943 – Actor.

Al Michaels 1944 – Sportscaster.

Booker T. Jones 1944 – Musician. (Booker T. & the MGs)

Neil Young 1945 – Musician.

Barbara Fairchild 1950 – Country singer.

Megan Mullally 1958 – Actress.

Nadia Comaneci 1961 – Gymnast.

Tonya Harding 1970 – Disgraced figure skater.

Angela Watson 1974 – Model, actress.

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