Life Day 24247: Shop ’til You Drop

November 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, November 30, 2013. Good morning shoppers. The featured holiday today is:

Small Business Saturday:

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

The first Small Business Saturday was conceived of and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event. They publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. Over 40 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign. It generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday. The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #ThrowbackThursday or #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses. Additionally, some small business owners have run marketing specials on the November Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.

Celebrating this holiday is easy. Simply avoid shopping in those corporate giant box stores and shop at stores owned and operated by local merchants.

The rest of the holidays today are:

Computer Security Day:

If you are a shopper who prefers to shop online for the holidays rather than face the hordes of shoppers pushing and shoving their way through stores and malls across the nation, then it behooves you to ensure the safety of your online shopping experience.

Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. The goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information. This annual event is held around the world on November 30th although some organizations choose to have functions on the next business day if it falls on a weekend.

If you haven’t already taken steps to insure your computer’s security, and plan to participate in “cyber Monday”, I urge you to do so today. Any good anti-virus program should already include the software needed to make your computer secure and safe for online shopping.

National Meth Awareness Day:

On this date in 2006, the Department of Justice sponsored the first National Meth Awareness Day to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American communities. Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important role in highlighting the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.

Each year since, the D.O.J. joins with state Attorneys General and state and local law enforcement to discuss the broader impact that meth production and use is having on our communities. Across the nation, U.S. Attorneys, along with state and local leaders, will coordinate a variety of educational events targeting their specific communities.  National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention, but also to educate current users about the programs available to them.

National Stay At Home Because You’re Well Day:

This is a frivolous holiday, and , if celebrated, can lead to a reprimand from your employer, or even termination. Therefore, I cannot in good conscience urge you to participate in this holiday.

With that said, this link will provide you with information should you be willing to take the risk.

National Mousse Day:

Mousse is a dessert made from eggs and cream. The word “mousse” is the French word for “foam”. It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!

Chocolate mousse was a specialty in French restaurants during the 1800’s, but now it can be found in restaurants and households worldwide. Popular variations include different kinds of chocolate, nut, and fruit flavors.

Here in America, mousse is just a snootier word for pudding. No matter what you call it, have some for dessert today.

On this date in:

1782 – The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

1803 – Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.

1804 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the U.S. Senate.

1838 – Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico declared war on France.

1853 – During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope.

1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.

1897 – Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.

1936 – London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.

1939 – The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland.

1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married.

1949 – Chinese Communists captured Chungking.

1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house.

1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape.

1962 – U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.

1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent.

1967 – Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.

1971 – ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.

1981 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.

1986 – “Time” magazine published an interview with U.S. President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a “national hero.”

1989 – Alfred Herrhausen was killed in a bombing. The Red Army Faction claimed responsibility of killing Herrhausen the chairman of West Germany’s largest bank.

1989 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assebly in New York City.

1993 – U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.

1993 – Richard Allen Davis was arrested by authorities in California. Davis confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.

1995 – President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.

2001 – In Seattle, WA, Gary Leon Ridgeway was arrested for four of the Green River serial killings. He was pled innocent on December 18, 2001.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Jonathan Swift 1667 – Essayist, poet.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens 1835 – Author Mark Twain.

Winston Churchill 1874 – British statesman.

Efren Zimbalist, Jr. 1918 – Actor.

Virginia Mayo 1920 – Actress.

Allan Sherman 1924 – Song parodist.

Richard Crenna 1926 – Actor.

Dick Clark 1929 – TV and radio personality.

G. Gordon Liddy 1930 – Disgraced FBI agent, actor, radio personality.

Bob Moore 1932 – Musician.

Abbie Hoffman 1936 – Political activist.

Jimmy Bowen 1937 – Record producer.

Robert Guillaume 1937 – Actor.

Frank Ifield 1937 – Singer. (“I Remember You”)

Luther Ingram 1944 – Singer songwriter.

Rob Grill 1944 – Musician. (The Grassroots)

Roger Glover 1945 – Musician. (Deep Purple)

David Mamet 1947 – Playwright, director.

Margaret Whitton 1950 – Actress.

Mandy Patinkin 1952 – Actor.

June Pointer 1954 – Singer. (The Pointer Sisters)

Jeannie Kendall 1954 – Singer. (The Kendalls)

Billy Idol 1955 – Musician.

Bo Jackson 1962 – Professional athlete. (football and baseball)

Ben Stiller 1965 – Actor.

Mindy McCready 1975 – Country singer.

Clay Aiken 1978 – Singer.

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