Life Day 24235: What a Mickey Mouse Holiday

November 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, November 18, 2013. Good morning Mouseketeers. The holidays today are:

Mickey Mouse Day:

Happy 85th birthday Mickey. It’s hard to believe that Mickey Mouse is an octogenarian. He has been a part of every child’s life for generations.

On this date in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his debut in “Steamboat Willie”; the first cartoon with synchronized animation and sound. His creator, Walt Disney, went on to build a multi-media empire with Mickey as it’s foundation.

Originally named “Mortimer”, the mouse was later renamed “Mickey” by Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife, who thought that the name Mortimer did not sound appealing. Mortimer eventually became the name of Mickey’s rival for Minnie – taller than his renowned adversary and speaking with a Brooklyn accent. There were earlier versions of Mickey in silent cartoons, although he wasn’t known as Mickey back then. He first appeared as “Ike the Mouse” in the “Alice Comedies”; a series of silent cartoons based upon “Alice in Wonderland”. The first two cartoons featuring “Mickey” were silent cartoons, “Plane Crazy” and The Gallopin’ Gaucho”; and didn’t find much commercial success until they were remade with sound after the success of “Steamboat Willie”.

To celebrate this holiday, gather your family around and watch some Mickey Mouse cartoons. If you have cable TV, the Disney Channel is featuring Mickey all day. If you don’t, just search “Mickey Mouse cartoons”. You’ll find a plethora of cartoons from which to choose.

Push-button Phone Day:

On this date in 1963, the Push Button Phone came to be available commercially. Henry Dryfus, an industrial designer working for Bell Telephone, is credited with inventing the interface notion of the pushbutton, working as a consultant to Bell Telephone. One of the first prototypes of the design was made of wood showing how early prototypes can be quite effective in communicating new concepts and getting customer feedback. The version that Bell Systems/Western Electric introduced in 1962 at a World’s Fair in Seattle, and as a commercial product on November 18, 1963, was based on this wooden model. They replaced the basic design language from a circle to square to visibly highlight the change from dial to push-button design.

Telecommunications have come a long way since then. An increasing number of households have opted to not even have “land-line” type phones in their homes and use cellular phones as their primary form of communication. And, why not? Today’s smartphones offer portability, connections to the internet, cameras, and so many other features that it boggles the mind. One device is all you need.

Factoid: The one feature that the old push-button phones had that is not available on most smartphones today was a different tone for each key. There were even song books available for purchase so you could play songs on your phone.

Use Less Stuff Day:

In a world with rapidly diminishing natural resources, conservation is incredibly important. Now, all we need to do is get manufacturers to start producing products designed to last longer than the life-span of the common housefly.

Unfortunately, the “throw-away” mentality is firmly entrenched in today’s society; especially here in America. I don’t know when it happened, but I do know why. In the competitive marketplace, manufacturers started emphasizing price over quality; and we bought into it, hook, line, and sinker. Instead of insisting on quality, and products that last, we just continue to buy the cheap crap, and replace it whenever it breaks down or wears out. This encourages manufacturers to give us more of the same. It’s a never-ending cycle.

Use Less Stuff Day is all about re-using, patching up, recycling and handing things down rather than throwing them away and buying new things.

Married To A Scorpio Support Day:

Scorpios are individuals born between October 23 to November 21,under the eighth sign of the zodiac.  Characterized as deeply intuitive, driven and stubborn, Scorpios often hide their emotions making them seem cold and uncaring even when they are deeply passionate. Those in a relationship with a Scorpio may notice their jealous, obsessive and controlling tendencies. In their defense, Scorpios can also be patient, generous, loyal and good at solving problems.

If you’re marred to a Scorpio, take time today to lament with other spouses of Scorpios. Also, you should also consider getting a “stress ball” to help you cope with all those times your significant other drives you up the wall. It’s cheaper than hiring a Defense Attorney after you’ve killed them.

I don’t know why Scorpios have been singled out for their own “Support Day”. Where is the “Support Day” for those married to Antiquarians, Leos, Cancers, Aeries, etc, etc, etc… Members of all other Zodiac signs have equally annoying traits.

William Tell Day:

According to legend, on this date in 1307, William Tell was forced to shoot an apple off his son’s head. The full story is too lengthy to relate here, so this link will provide you with the full story. It’s interesting. I’ll admit that all I knew about William Tell was that he shot an apple off his son’s head. I didn’t know why, or even that William Tell and his son Walter were actual people.

National Vichyssoise Day:

Vichyssoise (pronounced vee-shee-swahz) is basically a cold (room temperature) potato and leek soup.  Despite its French sounding name, Vichyssoise originated here in the good ole’ USA. In 1917, Louis Diat, a native of Vichy, France, and chef at the Ritz Carlton hotel in New York City, created this dish. The soup was first called Crème Vichyssoise Glacée. This was long before the city of Vichy became notorious as the seat of France’s Nazi collaborationist government.

Naturally, this wasn’t the first time that potatoes and leeks had been combined in a soup. Culinary historians point out that the French chef Jules Gouffé published a similar recipe with potatoes, leeks, chicken stock and cream, in Royal Cookery, in 1869, but did not serve it cold. There is also a form of the hot recipe called Potage Parmentier after Antoine Auguste Parmentier, who returned from a German prison-of-war camp after the Seven Year War (1756 to 1763) to find his countrymen starving, and set up potato soup kitchens throughout Paris to assist the poor. However, chef Diat was the first one to serve it cold [in a prominent venue].

The second that you put the words ‘cold’ and ‘soup’ together, you have lost my interest. I have to go with the recipe of Chef Gouffé. The only way I’ll try Vichyssoise is hot off the stove, or straight out of the microwave.

On this date in:

1477 – William Caxton produced “Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres,” which was the first book to be printed in England.

1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica.

1865 – Samuel L. Clemens published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” under the pen name “Mark Twain” in the New York “Saturday Press.”

1883 – The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.

1903 – The U.S. and Panama signed a treaty that granted the U.S. rights to build the Panama Canal.

1936 – Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.

1951 – Chuck Connors (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft. Connors later became the star of the television show “The Rifleman.”

1966 – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.

1969 – Apollo 12 astronauts Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon.

1976 – The parliament of Spain approved a bill that established a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.

1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his followers to commit suicide by drinking a death potion. Some people were shot to death. 914 cult members were left dead including over 200 children.

1983 – Argentina announced its ability to produce enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.

1985 – Joe Theismann (Washington Redskins) broke his leg after being hit by Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants). The injury ended Theismann’s 12 year NFL career.

1987 – The U.S. Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report. The report said that President Ronald Reagan bore “ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides.

1987 – 31 people died in a fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station.

1987 – CBS Inc. announced it had agreed to sell its record division to Sony Corp. for about $2 billion.

1988 – U.S. President Reagan signed major legislation provided the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.

1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives joined the U.S. Senate in approving legislation aimed at protecting abortion facilities, staff and patients.

1993 – American Airlines flight attendants went on strike. They ended their strike only 4 days later.

1993 – Representatives from 21 South African political parties approved a new constitution.

1994 – Outside a mosque in the Gaza Strip, 15 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when Palestinian police opened fire on rioting worshipers.

1997 – The FBI officially pulled out of the probe into the TWA Flight 800 disaster. They said the explosion that destroyed the Boeing 747 was not caused by a criminal act. 230 people were killed.

1999 – 12 people were killed and 28 injured when a huge bonfire under construction collapsed at Texas A&M in College Station, TX.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Louis Daguerre 1789 – Artist.

Cesare Lombroso 1836 – Physician, criminologist.

Eugene Ormandy 1899 – Violinist, conductor.

Imogene Coca 1908 – Comic actress.

Amelita Galli-Curci 1916 – Opera soprano.

Jocelyn Brando 1919 – Actress.

Alan Shepard, Jr. 1923 – Astronaut.

Dorothy Collins 1926 – Actress, singer.

Brad Sullivan 1931 – Actor.

Hank Ballard 1936 – R&B singer.

Brenda Vaccaro 1939 – Actress.

Gary Bettenhausen 1941 – Race car driver.

Linda Evans 1942 – Actress.

Susan Sullivan 1944 – Actress.

Andrea Marcovicci 1948 – Actress.

Graham Parker 1950 – Singer, songwriter.

Jameson Parker 1950 – Actor.

Kevin Nealon 1953 – Actor comedian.

Warren Moon 1956 – Football quarterback.

Kim Wilde 1960 – Singer.

Elizabeth Perkins 1960 – Actress.

Kirk Hammett 1962 – Musician. (Metallica)

Duncan Sheik 1969 – Singer, songwriter.

 

 

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