Life Day 24248: Civil Air Patrol Day

December 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, December 1, 2013. Good morning aviation enthusiasts. The featured holiday today is:

Civil Air Patrol Day:

On December 1, 1941, a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, civilian and military leaders culminated years of discussions about a civilian aviation corps centered around youth interested in aviation by creating the Civil Air Patrol. In the mid-1930’s, during the early days of the aviation industry, forward-thinking leaders of government, business, and industry conceived of a way that civic-minded aviators could serve their country and advance aviation safety. The concept took the best aspects of the Army (remember, at that time there was no separate Air Force) and volunteer organizations such as the Boy Scouts, and put those aspects together in an aviation framework. Although the Civil Air Patrol is the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, the CAP is actually older than the Air Force that it serves.  (The CAP was founded in December of 1941. The USAF, evolved from the Army Air Corps, became a separate Armed Service in September of 1947.)

The charter mission of Civil Air Patrol was air-search, leading to ground rescue. However, with the advent of WWII, the Civil Air Patrol was used as part of a support team to help train military pilots, provide courier service for documents, material and medicine, and patrol our coasts. Bear in mind, that these were volunteers who used their own money and aircraft to perform the vital services.

Sadly, since the early 1970’s, the political climate in America has changed. Though the Civil Air Patrol still exists, its numbers have greatly dwindled. Many people believe that it has gone the way of the dinosaur, and you will be hard pressed to find anyone in the “main stream media” that will even acknowledge its existence; And those who do only mention it in passing or try to marginalize its importance in creating the young leaders of tomorrow.

The other holidays today are:

World Aids Awareness Day:

World Aids Awareness Day is observed on 1 December every year, and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. This holiday was created in 1988 by the United Nations World Health Organization. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.

HIV/AIDS is one of the worlds biggest medical crises. It is estimated that approximately 40 million people in the world currently have aids. One million of them, are in the United States. Each year, over 40,000 new cases are reported in the United States.

Day Without Art:

Day Without Art began on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part.

Rosa Parks Day:

On this date in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S. This holiday is celebrated locally in many regions of the country.

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day:

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day has a confusing title. The term ‘liberation’ can be taken to mean that you should liberate yourself from wearing your bifocals while using your computer today. However, the converse is true. This holiday urges you to go ahead and use your bifocals instead of constantly squinting at the screen trying to read the text; in other words liberate yourself from the stigma of wearing your glasses in public.

Personally, I find bifocals annoying. I just use my reading glasses whenever I am doing “close up work” like reading.

Eat a Red Apple Day:

The core of this holiday is that you should eat an apple today, specifically a red apple. There are thousands of varieties of apples. People have been eating apples for millenia. If you believe the bible, they are the “Forbidden Fruit” referenced in Garden of Eden. Apples are a healthy snack. According to folklore, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I’m not sure about that, but I am sure they are delicious.

National Pie Day:

The pie-sibilities are endless. National Pie Day does not specify a particular kind of pie, only that you eat a slice of pie today. Do you have any pie left over from Thanksgiving? If not, I guess you’ll have to buy or make another one.

On this date in:

1835 – Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.

1909 – The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account.

1913 – Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.

1913 – The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.

1919 – Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.

1942 – In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.

1943 – In Teheran, leaders of the United States, the USSR and the United Kingdom met to reaffirm the goal set on October 30, 1943. The previous meeting called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security.

1952 – In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed.

1959 – 12 countries, including the U.S. and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity.

1965 – An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began.

1969 – The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

1984 – A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California’s Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test proved to be disappointing.

1986 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the Justice Department.

1987 – NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G. E.’s Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International.

1989 – Dissidents in the Philippine military launched an unsuccessful coup against Corazon Aquino’s government.

1989 – East Germany’s Parliament abolished the Communist Party’s constitutional guarantee of supremacy.

1990 – Iraq accepted a U.S. offer to talk about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis.

1990 – British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel.

1991 – Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.

1992 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment attempt by hard-liners at the opening of the Russian Congress.

1994 – The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to the 124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

1998 – Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Cyril Ritchard 1897 – Actor.

Mary Martin 1913 – Actress, singer.

Stansfield Turner 1923 – Former CIA Director.

David Doyle 1925 – Actor.

Robert Symonds 1926 – Actor.

Billy Paul 1934 – R&B singer.

Woody Allen 1935 – Screenwriter, director, actor, comedian.

Lou Rawls 1935 – Singer.

Sandy Nelson 1938 – Drummer.

Lee Trevino 1939 – Pro golfer.

Dianne Lennon  1939 – Singer. (The Lennon Sisters)

Richard Pryor 1940 – Comedian, actor.

John Densmore 1944 – Musician. (The Doors)

Bette Midler 1945 – Singer, actress.

Gilbert O’Sullivan 1946 – Singer, songwriter.

Treat Williams 1951 – Actor.

Eric Bloom 1951 – Musician. (Blue Oyster Cult)

Kim Richey 1956 – Singer.

Charlene Tilton 1958 – Actress.

Carol Alt 1960 – Model, actress.

Jeremy Northam 1961 – Actor.

Nestor Cabonell 1967 – Actor.

Julie Condra 1970 – Actress.

Ron Melendez 1972 – Actor.

Sarah Masen 1975 – Singer, songwriter.

Ashley Monique Clark 1988 – Actress.

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