Life Day 25015: CQD! CQD! The Ship is Sinking

January 7, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mariners. Today is January 7th. On this date in 1904, the distress signal “CQD” was established. CQ (secu) was derived from the French word  sécurité  to identify alert or precautionary messages of interest to all stations along the line. The “D” was added to signify “distress”. Two years later, “SOS” was adopted. Contrary to popular belief, SOS does not stand for save our ship, or save our souls. SOS became the radio distress signal simply because it was quicker and easier to send by wireless radio.

Other historical events that occurred on this date were:
In 1610 – Galileo sighted four of Jupiter’s moons. He named them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
In 1782 – The Bank of North America opened in Philadelphia. It was the first commercial bank in the United States.
In 1887 – Thomas Stevens completed the first worldwide bicycle trip. He began his trip in April of 1884. Stevens and his bicycle traveled 13,500 miles in almost three years time.
In 1894 – W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.
In 1896 – The “Fannie Farmer Cookbook” was first published.
In 1926 – George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.
In 1927 – Transatlantic telephone service began between New York and London. 31 calls were made on this first day.
In 1927 – In Hinkley, IL, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.
In 1942 – The World War II siege of Bataan began.
In 1953 – President Harry S Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb.
And, in 1990 – the Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public. The accelerated rate of “leaning” raised fears for the safety of its visitors.

The first “holiday” today is Old Rock Day. I’m baffled. Aren’t all rocks old? This is another “holiday” with seemingly no reason why it is celebrated, or who created it. It is however listed in three of my sources, so I pass it on to you. By definition, fossils are old rocks, as are gemstones, and coal (in both its forms). You can celebrate any or all of these old rocks today in any manner you see fit.

Today is also International Programmers’ Day. It is the day to give thanks to all the geeks and nerds out there who give us the new technology that makes our lives so much easier. Right! Personally, I don’t know whether to thank them or strangle them. Although women hold only 25% of all professional IT jobs in the U.S., the first computer programmer in history was a British countess named Ada Lovelace. She was a mathematician and wrote the first algorithm intended for a computer, so you can celebrate that I guess. Yea Women!!

Another “holiday” today is I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day. I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day is a day to let is all out. The holiday season is over, and you are back to the daily grind…and it’s already getting to you. Upset at the traffic, or the never-ending frigid weather, or your cable TV’s customer service, or that you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas? Well, let out a primal scream and get on with your life.

The final “holiday” today is National Pass Gas Day. On the heels of yesterday’s National Bean Day, National Pass Gas Day celebrates (yep, you guessed it) flatulence, farts, vitriolic vapor, breaking wind, et al.  Certain high-fiber foods such as beans, broccoli, and cabbage may make people gassier than others. Whether intentional or accidental, silent or otherwise, everyone lets one rip from time-to-time. In fact, according to Dr. Billy Goldberg, the average person pass gas 14 times a day.

The food-related holiday today is National Tempura Day. Tempura is a delicious and popular Japanese dish made with lightly battered vegetables and seafood. Tempura batter is made with cold water and wheat flour. Some recipes also call for eggs, baking soda, oil, or spices for extra flavoring. A traditional tempura will usually include shrimp, scallops, eggplant, green beans, sweet potato, mushrooms, or bamboo. Although tempura is a staple in Japanese cuisine, the original cooking technique is actually attributed to the Portuguese, who landed in Japan in the sixteenth century to establish new trade routes. The word “tempura” is also related to the European roots of the dish. It comes from the Latin phrase “quattuor tempora” meaning “Ember Days.” This term refers to the days when Catholics eat fish or vegetables instead of meat. To celebrate National Tempura Day, try making your own tempura at home or head out to your favorite Japanese restaurant.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy people:
Millard S. Fillmore, 1800 (13th President).
Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen, 1911 (Scarlett O’Hara’s maid in Gone with the Wind).
Vincent Gardenia, 1922 (character actor).
Paul Revere, 1942 (Paul Revere and The Raiders).
Jann Wenner 1946 – Magazine publisher (“Rolling Stone”).
Kenny Loggins, 1948 (musician).
Erin Gray 1952 (actress).
David Caruso 1956 – Actor (“CSI: Miami”).
Katie Couric, 1957.
Kathy Valentine 1958 (The Go-Go’s).
Nicolas Cage, 1964.
And last but not least, Rhianna (Robin Hanna Louise Kenny), 1983 (pop singer).

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