Life Day 24230: To Be, or Not To Be…

November 13, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Good morning thespians. Today’s holidays are:

Actors’ Day:

Actors’ Day salutes those people whose job it is to entertain us every day. An actor (or actress) can make us laugh, cry, feel empathy or rage. It is their job to conjure up within us whatever emotion the author of the particular work they are performing intended to convey.

To celebrate this holiday, attend a play, watch a good dramatic television show, or go to a movie.

Start A Rumor Day:

Rumor has it that today is Start A Rumor Day.

Dictionary.com defines rumor as: a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts; gossip or hearsay.

In Elementary school, we all had the classroom exercise where the teacher whispers something into the first students ear, then that student whispers it to the next student… until the last student repeats the statement. The statement that the last student recites is usually totally different than the teachers original statement. Each student thought they were passing along the statement along verbatim, but through unintentional  misinterpretation or misstatement, the statement was changed.

Celebrate this holiday by starting a rumor of your own. You’ll be surprised how much it has changed by the time it gets back to you.

World Kindness Day:

World Kindness Day is a holiday that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion and highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race religion, politics, gender. Celebrated annually across the world on November 13th.

To celebrate this holiday, just be kind to everyone you encounter today.

National Mom’s and Dad’s Day:

We already celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day separately. Today is the day to celebrate them as a unit. It is only fitting that mom and dads have a special day to celebrate everything that they do together for their family.

National Indian Pudding Day:

This is the third “National Indian Pudding Day” we’ve celebrated this year. We had one back in February and another one in June. I don’t know what makes them different because the all link back to the same sources.

Anyway, American Indian puddings are defined as a number recipes of native American Indian origin. Generally, they include molasses and cornmeal. Apples were often an ingredient. They were usually baked. It seems appropriate to hold this day in mid November, as we approach Thanksgiving. Native Americans were very much a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. It is quite likely that these puddings were served, and enjoyed, at that first Thanksgiving.

On this date in:

1775 – During the American Revolution, U.S. forces captured Montreal.

1789 – Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

1805 – Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.”

1927 – The Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.

1933 – In Austin, MN, the first sit-down labor strike in America took place.

1942 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.

1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.

1971 – The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.

1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1984 – A libel suit against Time, Inc. by former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to trial in New York.

1986 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged that the U.S. had sent “defensive weapons and spare parts” to Iran. He denied that the shipments were sent to free hostages, but that they had been sent to improve relations.

1994 – Sweden voted to join the European Union.

1995 – Greg Maddox (Atlanta Braves) became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.

1997 – Iraq expelled six U.N. arms inspectors that were U.S. citizens.

1998 – Monica Lewinsky signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for the North American rights to her story about her affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton.

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order that would allow for military tribunals to try any foreigners captured with connections to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. It was the first time since World War II that a president had taken such action.

2009 – NASA announced that water had been discoved on the moon. The discovery came from the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Edwin Booth 1833 – Actor. (brother of John Wilkes Booth)

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – Author. (Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

Louis Brandeis 1856 – Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. (1916 – 1939)

Alexander Scourby 1913 – Actor.

Nathaniel Benchley 1915 – Author.

Jack Elam 1920 – Actor.

Oskar Werner 1922 – Actor. (“Jules and Jim,” “Ship of Fools”)

Clyde McPhatter 1933 – Singer. (The Drifters)

Joonas Kokkonen 1921 – Compose.

Madeleine Sherwood 1922 – Actress.

Linda Christian 1924 – Actress.

Richard Mulligan 1932 – Actor.

Garry Marshall 1934 – Producer, director.

Peter Arnett 1934 – Journalist.

Jean Seberg 1938 – Actress (“Airport”)

Dack Rambo 1941 – Acto. (“Dallas”)

Joe Mantegna 1947 – Actor.

Frances Conroy 1953 – Actress. (“Six Feet Under”)

Whoopi Goldberg 1955 – Comedienne, actress.

Chris Noth 1957 – Actor.

Tracy Scoggins 1959 – Actress.

Caroline Goodall 1959 – Actress

Vinny Testaverde 1963 – Football quarterback.

Jimmy Kimmel 1967 – Comedian, talk show host.

Steve Zahn 1968 – Actor.

Gerard Butler 1969 – Actor.

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