Life Day 24263: Boston Tea Party Day

December 16, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, December 16, 2013. Good morning tea aficionados. The holidays today are:

Boston Tea Party Day:

The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” was a nonviolent political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. Disguised as Indians, the demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax the Americans had not authorized. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party became an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.

Here are a couple of facts about the ‘tea party’  that aren’t commonly known. According to Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums, the three ships holding the British tea were built in America and owned by Americans, not the British. Also, hundreds of people participated (116 took credit); not the ‘small band’ reported in history books. The Sons of Liberty carefully planned and executed the Boston Tea Party according to the museum, which could have attributed to the absence of violence and confrontation. The three-hour event occurred on this date in 1773 because American colonists believed Britain was unfairly taxing them to pay for expenses incurred during the French and Indian War.

Celebrate this holiday with a “spot of tea”, and perhaps a ‘crumpet’ or two.

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day:

If you have small children or grandchildren still in your home, the creators of this holiday, Wellcat.com, think you will understand this holiday. It is the day of the year when you tell your children that Barbie and Barney don’t really exist. What? Wait! Barbie an Barney don’t exist? Who’s next on their “hit list”? Sponge Bob Square Pants or Kermit and Miss Piggy? Next they’ll have us believe that The Tooth Fairy is a myth, or that the Easter Bunny doesn’t actually leave the festively decorated ovum strewn on the lawn on Easter morning. These radicals probably deny the existence of Santa Claus as well; even though it is a fact clearly substantiated by the classic 1947 documentary film, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and by an article titled “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, published in the trusted daily publication, The New York Times, in answer to a query from a girl named Virginia about the existence of Santa Claus.

To what lengths will these wild-eyed, lunatic-fringe extremists go to undermine the very fabric of this great nation? Harrumph! Barbie and Barney Backlash Day indeed!

Chocolate Covered Anything Day:

Chocolate Covered Anything Day encourages you to cover any food you want with chocolate. Its a great day to indulge to excess, in your favorite food….chocolate. Pour, spread, drizzle, or slather chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, strawberries, or even ants (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered ants!). Get creative and experiment with more unusual dishes like beef tenderloin smothered in a rosemary, chocolate, and wine sauce.

There are many different types of chocolate that you can use to top your food: sweetened, unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, and more. With few exceptions, covering any food with some form of chocolate will make it better. The only limitation is your imagination and your palate.

Fun fact: Cacao beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, were so valuable in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations that they were used as currency to pay for commodities and taxes.

On this date in:

1653 – Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1809 – Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.

1835 – In New York, 530 buildings were destroyed by fire.

1850 – The first immigrant ship, the Charlotte Jane, arrived at Lyttleton, New Zealand.

1903 – Women ushers were employed for the first time at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.

1905 – Sime Silverman published the first issue of “Variety”.

1912 – The first postage stamp to depict an airplane was issued was a 20-cent parcel-post stamp.

1916 – Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.

1940 – French Premier Petain arrested Pierre Laval after learning of a plan for Laval to seize power and set up a new government with German support.

1944 – During World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began in Belgium. It was the final major German counteroffensive in the war.

1950 – President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight “Communist imperialism.”

1951 – NBC-TV debuted “Dragnet” in a special preview on “Chesterfield Sound Off Time”. The show began officially on January 3, 1952.

1960 – A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.

1972 – The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season. The Dolphins went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

1973 – O.J. Simpson broke Jim Brown’s single-season rushing record in the NFL. Brown had rushed for 1,863 yards, while Simpson attained 2,003 yards.

1981 – The U.S. Congress restored the $122 minimum monthly social security benefit for current recipients.

1984 – The play “Diamonds” opened in New York City.

1985 – Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.

1990 – Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a leftist priest, was elected president in Haiti’s first democratic elections.

1991 – The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.

1993 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for negotiations on a comprehensive test ban.

1995 – Many U.S. government functions were again closed as a temporary finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.

1995 – NATO launched a military operation in support of the Bosnia peace agreement.

1996 – Britain’s agriculture minister announced the slaughter of an additional 100,000 cows thought to be at risk of contracting BSE in an effort to persuade the EU to lift its ban on Britain.

1998 – The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of missiles on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors.

1999 – Sigourney Weaver received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 – Torrential rains and mudslides in Venezuela left thousands of people dead and forced at least 120,000 to leave their homes.

2000 – Researchers announced that information from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft indicated that Ganymede appeared to have a liquid saltwater ocean beneath a surface of solid ice. Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, is the solar system’s largest moon. The discovery is considered important since water is a key ingredient for life.

2000 – U.S. President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the first African-American secretary of state. Powell was sworn in January 20, 2001.

2001 – In Tora Bora, Afghanistan, tribal fighters announced that they had taken the last al-Quaida positions. More than 200 fighters were killed and 25 captured. They also announced that they had found no sign of Osama bin Laden.

2001 – A British newspaper, The Observer, reported that a notebook had been found at an al-Quaida training camp in southern Afghanistan. The notebook contained a “blue print” for an bomb attack on London’s financial district.

2002 – Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The 1997 treaty was aimed a reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

2009 – Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Ludwig Van Beethoven 1770 – Composer.

Jane Austen 1775 – Author.

George Santayana 1863 – Novelist, essayist, poet.

Arthur Fieldler 1894 – Conductor.

Noel Coward 1899 – Actor, playwright.

Margaret Mead 1901 – Cultural anthropologist.

Arthur C. Clarke 1917 – Author.

Philip K. Dick 1928 – Author.

Shelby Singleton 1931 – Record producer.

Morris Dees 1936 – Civil rights attorney.

Joyce Bulifant 1937 – Actress.

Jim Glaser 1937 – Musician. (Tompall and the Glaser Brothers)

Liv Ullmann 1939 – Actress.

Leslie Stahl 1941 – News correspondent.

Steven Bochco 1943 – TV producer.

Anthony Hicks 1943 – Musician. (The Hollies)

Benny Andersson 1946 – Musician. (ABBA)

Ben Cross 1948 – Actor.

Billy Gibbons 1949 – Musician. (ZZ Top)

Alison LaPlaca 1959 – Actress.

Jon Tenney 1961 – Actor.

Sam Robards 1961 – Actor.

William “Refrigerator” Perry 1962 – Football defensive lineman.

Benjamin Bratt 1963 – Actor.

Michael McCary 1971 – Singer. (Boyz II Men)

Chris Scruggs 1982 – Country musician.

Hallee Hirsh 1987 – Actress.

Anna Popplewell 1988 – Actress.

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