Life Day 25009: Happy New Year

January 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  And so it begins. This is the first post for 2016. I plan on doing one of these “Today is” posts for each day of this year. So without further adieu, let us begin.

Good morning regretful revelers. Today is January 1, 2016. Aside from New Year’s Day, there are a number of lesser known holidays which also occur on this date. They are (in alphabetical order):
Copyright Law Day
First Foot Day
Mummer’s Parade Day
New Year’s Dishonor List Day
Polar Bear Plunge Day
Saint Basil’s Day
and finally, Z Day.

There are two “food related” holidays today. The first is Bloody Mary Day. I have to assume that this holiday exists because Bloody Mary’s have long been touted as a hangover cure and many people tend to “over-cerebrate” on New Year’s Eve.
The second is Apple Gifting Day. Apples aren’t just for teachers you know. Bring me a half a dozen so I can make a pie, please.

As one would imagine, January 1st is a significant day throughout world history, as it is the day when many newly passed laws take effect. I won’t even try to cover all of those, but here are a few significant events in history which occurred on this date
In 0404, the last gladiator competition was held in Rome.
In 1622, the Papal Chancery adopted January 1st as the beginning of the New Year (instead of March 25th).
In 1840, the first recorded bowling match was played in the United States.
In 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all of the slaves in the “rebel” states.
In 1890, in Pasadena, CA, the Valley Hunt Club held a parade in which all of the floats were decorated with flowers. Afterward, there were foot races, Polo matches, and a “tug of war”. Upon seeing all of the flowers and the games in progress, the President of the Valley Hunt Club, Professor Charles F. Holder suggested the name Tournament of Roses. By 1895, the event had become too big for the Valley Hunt Club, so the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association was formed. And the rest is history.
In 1892, Ellis Island Immigrant Station was formally opened in New York City.
In 1898, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island were consolidated into New York City.
In 1902, the first Tournament of Roses (later the Rose Bowl) collegiate football game was played in Pasadena, CA.
And finally, in 1934, Alcatraz Island officially became a Federal Prison.

If you were born on January 1st, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Paul Revere 1735
Betsy Ross (aka Elisabeth Griscom) 1752
George Washington Carver 1860
J. Edgar Hoover 1895
Xavier Cugat 1900
Barry Goldwater 1909
Dana  Andrews 1912 (character actor)
J. D. Salinger 1919
“Country Joe” McDonald 1942 (I feel like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag)
and finally Verne Troyer 1968 (“Mini Me”).

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