Life Day 24231: National American Teddy Bear Day

November 14, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, November 14, 2013. Good morning Teddy Bears. The holidays today are:

National American Teddy Bear Day:

The Teddy Bear is as American as baseball and apple pie. Although bear-type dolls originated in Germany, these dolls were referred to simply as “bears” and were much “gruffer” looking. The Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt after he refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, and the incident made national news. A famous cartoon of the incident by Clifford Berryman is published in the Washington Post on November 16th 1902. In 1903, Russian Jewish immigrant, Morris Michtom, saw the Berryman cartoon and his wife Rose Michtom designs a stuffed bear toy. Michtom writes and asks permission from President Roosevelt to name the toy after him. “Teddy” Roosevelt responded,”I don’t think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it.” And, the Teddy Bear was born.

The Teddy Bear is often our first friend and  companion. I know that we have celebrated other “Teddy Bear” related holidays in the past, but this holiday, National American Teddy Bear Day, was created in 2000 by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to honor the toys that have become a popular part of American culture, and remember the date in 1902 that President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear cub.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day:

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day was created to remind us of all the benefits of joy and laughter. Take things a little slower, de-stress and unwind. We’re all busy, and it’s easy to get caught up into a spiral of stress and angst. Take a mental step back, loosen up, lighten up, and find some balance in your life. Try to see the humor in situations that normally distress you. Or, to put it more succinctly, “take the stick out of your a$$ and enjoy life.”

International Girls Day:

Media messages, cultural stereotypes and peers often tell girls they have to look and act a certain way. International Girls Day is a celebration of girls, all kinds of girls, with all kinds of interests and strengths. It’s a day to celebrate what makes every girl unique, an opportunity for each girl learn how to realize her full potential.

This holiday was created in 2010 by the Kappa Delta Sorority on behalf of the Confidence Coalition. The celebration recognizes the spirit of girls and encourages girls to make their dreams a reality. Celebrated annually on November 14th.

Operating Room Nurse Day:

Operating Room Nurse Day honors those dedicated nurses who care for patients before, during and immediately after surgery. It’s an important role, during a period where a patients comfort and life is in another person’s hands. These nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery, and coordinating care throughout the process. They are also responsible for making sure the OR team provides the patient with the best care possible.

This holiday was first established by Iowa State Governor Terry Branstad by Executive order on November 14, 1989.

World Diabetes Day:

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. It became an official United Nations holiday in 2007. It is celebrated annually on November 14th, to commemorate the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

This holiday draws attention to issues of the millions of diabetes sufferers throughout the world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

National Spicy Guacamole Day:

Guacamole is one of America’s favorite dips for tortilla chips. There is no set recipe for guacamole. Recipes vary from region to region depending upon the ingredients available locally and personal taste. Basically, guacamole is mashed up avocado with spices added.

To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some guacamole today; the spicier the better.

National Pickle Day:

Pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. In 2030 B.C., cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley. There, they were first preserved and eaten as pickles. In ancient Egypt, people consumed pickles for their nutritional value and because they were thought to enhance beauty. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her full diet of pickles. Centuries later, Napoleon believed that pickles offered health benefits for his armies, so he offered a huge cash prize to anyone who was able to preserve them safely.

This holiday honors the culinary history of pickles. This versatile vegetable can be enjoyed as a condiment, snack, or side dish. In the U.S., “pickles” refers to pickled cucumbers. Other pickled vegetables are referred to by vegetable or fruit: pickled carrots, pickled mango, etc.
Handy to know: In the rest of the world, all pickled produce is referred to as “pickles”: If you want an American “pickle,” you’ve got to specify “pickled cucumber.”

On this date in:

1832 – The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, NY. The vehicle was horse-drawn and had room for 30 people.

1851 – Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” was first published in the U.S.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau’s trial began for the assassination of U.S. President Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.

1922 – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began domestic radio service.

1935 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth after its new constitution was approved. The Tydings-McDuffie Act planned for the Phillipines to be completely independent by July 4, 1946.

1940 – During World War II, German war planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry when about 500 Luftwaffe bombers attacked.

1943 – Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.

1951 – The first telecast of a world lightweight title fight was seen coast to coast. Jimmy Carter beat Art Aragon in Los Angeles.

1968 – Yale University announced it was going co-educational.

1969 – Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon from Cape Kennedy, FL.

1969 – During the Vietnam War, Major General Bruno Arthur Hochmuth, commander of the Third Marine Division, became the first general to be killed in Vietnam by enemy fire.

1979 – U.S. President Carter froze all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks abroad in response to the taking of 63 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.

1983 – The British government announced that U.S.-made cruise missiles had arrived at the Greenham Common air base amid protests.

1989 – The U.S. Navy ordered an unprecedented 48-hour stand-down in the wake of a recent string of serious accidents.

1994 – U.S. experts visited North Korea’s main nuclear complex for the first time under an accord that opened such sites to outside inspections.

1995 – The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while most government offices operated with skeleton crews.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Robert Fulton 1765 – Engineer. (inventor of the steamboat)

Claude Monet 1840 – French impressionist painter

Jawaharlal Nehru 1889 – Indian politician

Aaron Copland 1900 – Composer, writer

Dick Powell 1904 – Singer, actor

Joseph McCarthy 1909 – Politician. (U.S. Senator from Wisconsin)

Rosemary DeCamp 1910 – Actress

Barbara Hutton 1912 – Socialite, debutante, heiress to Frank W. Woolworth

Martha Tilton 1915 – Singer

Howard Duff 1917 – Actor

Johnny Desmond 1920 – Singer

Brian Keith 1921 – Actor

Boutros Boutros-Ghali 1922 – Egyptian politician

Veronica Lake 1922 – Actress.

Phyllis Avery 1924 – Actress

Kathleen Hughes 1928 – Actress

McLean Stevenson 1929 – Actor

Carey Bell 1936 – Musician

Freddie Garrity 1940 – Singer. (Freddie & the Dreamers)

P.J. O’Rourke 1947 – Political satirist, journalist, writer.

James Young 1948 – Singer, guitarist. (Styx)

Prince Charles 1948 – Oldest child of England’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Stephen Bishop 1951 – Musician.

Yanni 1954 – Musician.

D.B. Sweeney 1961 – Actor.

Laura San Giacomo 1961 – Actress. (“Just Shoot Me”)

Patrick Warburton 1964 – Actor. (“Seinfeld)

Jeanette Jurado 1965 – Singer. (Expose)

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