Life Day 24241: D.B. Cooper Day

November 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, November 24, 2013. Good morning skydivers. The featured holiday today is:

D.B. Cooper Day:

On this date in 1971,  an inconspicuous middle-aged man wearing a plain suit and dark glasses boarded Flight 305, a three-engine Boeing 727 commercial jet aircraft belonging to Northwest Airlines, home-based in Minnesota. He got on board in Portland, Oregon, north bound for the Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Seattle, Washington. The name on the manifest was Dan Cooper, but he later became known as D.B. Cooper. After the plane took off, he presented a stewardess a note saying he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded $200,000 in $20.00 bills, and four parachutes; two primary and two auxiliary. He also demanded that after his demands were met that he then be flown to Mexico. He said that if his demands weren’t met by the time they landed in Seattle, he would blow up the airplane. To make a long story short, his demands were met, the plane took off, and somewhere between Seattle and Reno, NV, a scheduled refueling stop, he parachuted out of the plane with the money; never to be heard from again.

It doesn’t seem like it has been 42 years since D.B.’s infamous jump. Believe it or not, the FBI still hasn’t closed the case. His escapade caused a major shift in airline travel comfort, and actually spawned the word: Skyjacking. If you want to read a more about the events of that fateful day, this website provides it a much more detailed account than I could provide here. I don’t know about you, but I hope he made it.

The rest of today’s holidays are:

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day:

Everyone has a unique talent or skill at which they truly excel. Today is the day to embrace those quirky abilities and show them off to everyone else. Your unique and special talent could involve writing, art, sports, or math. Or maybe you are double jointed, can talk in a cartoon voice, or can do a one-handed pull-up like no other. No matter what your special skills are, today is the day to flaunt them for all your friends and family.

Do you have a special talent? The closest thing I have to a special talent, if you want to call it that, is an uncanny ability to solve “Word Jumble” puzzles (like those found in the newspaper every day).

To celebrate this holiday, gather your friends and family together to have a show down for the best special talent.

Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day:

This holiday is meant to be celebrated more in the vane of: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”; “screw “the man”; don’t let anything stand in your way. It is not meant to be interpreted literally!

As a matter of fact, the literal interpretation of this holiday could be hazardous to your health. The seals that have been placed on most consumables these days is called a Tamper Indicating or Tamper Evident seal. Companies place these seals onto bottles and packaging to ensure that the food items inside the sealed package are free of any pathogens, bacteria, or harmful drugs and are safe for consumption; once that seal has been tampered with or broken, it is no longer safe to eat and should be returned or thrown away. The same holds true for medicines and drugs.

Here are a few guidelines which will help you determine if an item has been tampered with:

*  For drink bottles with plastic caps, the safety ring should still be attached to the cap, and when you twist it, there should be an obvious breaking or separation from the ring and the cap.
*  For glass drink bottles with metal lids, the lid should not click when pressed, and the middle of the cap should not be raised.
*  For cans, there should be no dents or holes, and the can should not give when squeezed.
*  For items with plastic bands around lids, do not use if band has been slit or removed.
*  For items with plastic, removable lids, the paper, plastic, or aluminum seal underneath should still be glued to the container.
*  For items in bags inside of open boxes, the bag should not lose air when squeezed.

National Sardines Day:

Sardines are used as a food source around the world, and eaten in many different ways by different culinary cultures. In places where sardines are plentiful in the wild, like in the Mediterranean and the waters off Japan, sardines are enjoyed as a fresh fish, and are commonly caught and immediately grilled on an open fire. Fresh sardines are also often pickled or smoked.

Here in the United States, where our waters don’t usually teem with fleets of sardines, we get them canned and eat them right out of the tin. Sardines are packed in an airtight container with water, oil, tomato sauce, or even mustard. They have been cleaned and cooked and are packed in an airtight container and ready for you to eat.

Sardines are several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings. Actually a common type of fish consumed by millions of people, sardines are rich in nutrients.  The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines. Sardines are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Sardine oil is used in the manufacturing of paint, varnish and linoleum.

On this date in:

1859 – Charles Darwin, a British naturalist, published “On the Origin of Species.” It was the paper in which he explained his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection.

1863 – During the Civil War, the battle for Lookout Mountain began in Tennessee.

1871 – The National Rifle Association was incorporated in the U.S.

1874 – Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent for a barbed fencing material.

1903 – Clyde J. Coleman received the patent for an electric self-starter for an automobile.

1940 – Nazis closed off the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Over the next three years the population dropped from 350,000 to 70,000 due to starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps.

1944 – During World War II, the first raid against the Japanese capital of Tokyo was made by land-based U.S. bombers.

1963 – Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television.

1969 – Apollo 12 landed safely in the Pacific Ocean bringing an end to the second manned mission to the moon.

1983 – The Palestine Liberation Organization released six Israeli prisoners in exchange for the release of 4,500 Palestinians and Lebanese held by the Israelis.

1987 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap short and medium-range missiles. It was the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.

1989 – Czechoslovakia’s hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies.

1992 – In China, a domestic jetliner crashed, killing 141 people.

1993 – The U.S. Congress gave its final approval to the Brady handgun control bill.

1993 – Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (both 11 years old) were convicted of murdering 2-year-old James Bulger of Liverpool, England. They were both sentenced to “indefinite detention.”

1995 – In Ireland, the voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing divorce.

1996 – Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR event to be held in Japan.

1996 – Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions) set an NFL record when he recorded his eighth straight 1,000-yard season.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Zachary Taylor 1784 – 12th POTUS.

Bat Masterson 1853 – Gambler, lawman.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864 – Artist.

Scott Joplin 1868 – Pianist.

Dale Carnegie 1888 – Author, self-improvement guru.

William F. Buckley, Jr. 1925 – Author, commentator.

Paul Tagliabue 1940 – Former NFL Commissioner.

Pete Best 1941 – Musician, early member of the Beatles.

Lee Michaels 1945 – Musician.

Dwight Schultz 1947 – Actor.

Stanley Livingston 1950 -Actor.

Clem Burke 1955 – Musician. (Blondie)

Denise Crosby 1957 – Actress.

Chad Taylor  1970 – Musician. (Live)

Collin Hanks 1977 – Actor.

Katherine Heigl 1978 – Actress.

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