Life Day 24249: National Mutt Day

December 2, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday December 2, 2013. Good morning mutts. The featured holiday today is:

National Mutt Day:

National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd.  National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs.

The biggest percentage of dogs euthanized is due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals.  This holiday was created to be celebrated on two dates per year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes.  Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs – such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind.

There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. So, make a donation to a local shelter (preferably a no-kill shelter) today. You can also volunteer your services as a dog walker, or donate food and other supplies. Anything will be greatly appreciated.

Factoid:  Two of the most famous movie mutts of all time, Benji, (a mixed breed Terrier) and Old Yeller, ( a 170 lb. Labrador Retriever/Mastiff mix), were both adopted from local shelters in the Los Angeles area.

The other holidays today are listed below:

 Special Education Day:

On this date in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed into law  the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the first federal Special Education Law. In 2005, on the 30th anniversary of the signing, Special Education Day became a holiday. We have come a long way since then, and now provide access to education for all children, including children with disabilities.

Safety Razor Day:

Prior to the mid 1800’s, the only way men had to shave was with a straight razor or a sharp knife. Safety razors were invented in the mid 1800’s, but the blades still had to be sharpened by someone, usually a barber or other professional.

On the cutting edge of technology for the time, King C. Gillette patented the disposable double edge razor blade on this date in 1901. Called the K C Gillette Razor, it was first razor to feature a permanent handle and disposable double-edge razor blades. It revolutionized men’s grooming and opened the door to the modern shaving products we all use today. For a more detailed account of the implements of torture devised my man to make shaving easier refer to this link.

I cut my teeth (and I might add, most of the surface area of my face and neck) on an old Gillette Adjustable Safety Razor. No one is more grateful for the advances in shaving technology than I.

 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day:

This holiday marks no benchmark in American history for the abolition of slavery. Rather, it is yet another one of those ubiquitous, touchy-feely, United Nations holidays. This link will give you more information if you are interested.

National Fritters Day:

Before you fritter away your time trying to figure out exactly what a fritters are; Fritters are delicious fried cakes filled with fruit or meat. They can be served as a snack, side dish, dessert, or even the main course!

There’s actually not much difference between pancake and fritter batter. They are both made with the same ingredients. It is only once fruit or meat is dipped into the raw batter and then fried that it actually becomes a fritter.

The first historical record of the fritter dates back to 1665. Samuel Pepys, an Englishman who served as a Member of Parliament during the English Restoration period, noted in his diary that he would be enjoying some fritters before Lent.

Celebrate this holiday by making some fritters for your family today.

On this date in:

1804 – Napoleon was crowned emperor of France at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

1816 – The first savings bank in the U.S., the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.

1823 – U.S. President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

1917 – During World War I, hostilities were suspended on the eastern front.

1927 – The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A automobile. It was the successor to the Model T.

1939 – New York’s La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago landed at 12:01 a.m.

1942 – A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated by Dr. Enrico Fermi and his staff at the University of Chicago.

1954 – The U.S. Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for what it called “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” The censure was related to McCarthy’s controversial investigation of suspected communists in the U.S. government, military and civilian society.

1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared in a nationally broadcast speech that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that he was going to lead Cuba to communism.

1969 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle, WA, to New York City, NY. Most of the passengers were reporters and photographers.

1970 – The Environmental Protection Agency began operating under its first director, William Ruckelshaus.

1980 – The Central Committee of Poland’s Communist Party announced major Politburo changes. The changes were apparently aimed at coping with labor unrest.

1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark. He lived 112 days with the device. The operation was the first of its kind.

1990 – Chancellor Hekmut Kohl’s coalition won the first free all-German elections since 1932.

1990 – The Midwest section of the U.S. prepared for a massive earthquake predicted by Iben Browning. Nothing happened.

1991 – American hostage Joseph Cicippio was released by his kidnappers. He had been held captive in Lebanon for over five years.

1993 – The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.

1994 – The U.S. government agreed not to seek a recall of allegedly fire-prone General Motors pickup trucks. Instead a deal was made with GM under which the company would spend more than $51 million on safety and research.

1995 – NASA launched a U.S.-European observatory on a $1 billion dollar mission intended to study the sun.

1997 – U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of telephone fund-raising by President Clinton and Vice President Gore. It was concluded that they had not violated election laws.

1998 – Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates donated $100 million to help immunize children in developing countries.

1999 – The British government transferred political power over the province of Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.

2001 – Enron Corp. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

2010 – NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

George Seurat 1859 – Artist.

Charles Ringling 1862 – Ringling Brother’s Circus.

Ray Walston 1914 – Actor.

Adolph Greene 1915 – Playwright, lyricist.

Leo Gordon 1922 – Character actor.

Maria Callas 1923 – Opera singer.

Alexander M. Haig 1924 – Former Secretary of State.

Julie Harris 1925 – Actress.

Edwin Meese III 1931 – Former U. S. Attorney General.

Cathy Lee Crosby 1948 – Actress.

John Wesley Ryles 1950 – Country singer.

Keith Szarabajka 1952 – Actor.

Dan Butler 1954 – Actor.

Stone Phillips 1954 – TV journalist.

Dennis Christopher 1955 – Actor.

Steven Bauer 1956 – Actor.

Sydney Youngblood 1960 – Singer.

Rick Savage 1960 – Musician. (Def Leppard)

Nate Mendel 1968 – Musician. (Foo Fighters)

Monica Seles 1973 – Tennis player.

Nelly Furtado 1978 – Singer, actress.

Britney Spears 1981 – Singer.

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