Life Day 25016: The Beginning of the 1%ers

January 8, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning 99%ers. Today is January 8th. On this date in 1675, the first corporation was chartered in the United States. The company was the New York Fishing Company. And so began the era of  ‘corporate greed’.
Other significant events which happened on this date are:
In 1790- George Washington gave the first State of the Union address.
In 1815 – the famous Battle of New Orleans began. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24th, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. However, news of the signing did not reach the British troops in time to prevent the attack.
In 1856 – Borax (hydrated sodium borate) was discovered by Dr. John Veach.  The thriving metropolis of Boron sprang up soon after.
In 1877 – Crazy Horse (Tashunca-uitco) and his warriors fought their final battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana.
In 1889 – The tabulating machine was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith. His firm, Tabulating Machine Company, later became International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
In 1901 – The first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, IL.
In 1908 – A catastrophic train collision occurred in the smoke-filled Park Avenue Tunnel in New York City. Seventeen were killed and thirty-eight were injured. The accident caused a public outcry and increased demand for electric trains.
In 1955 – Georgia Tech defeated Kentucky 59-58. It was the first Kentucky loss at home since January 2, 1943, and broke Kentucky’s record winning streak of 130 consecutive home basketball wins.
In 1958 – Bobby Fisher, at age 14, won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.
In 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson a “War on Poverty”.
In 1973 – The trial opened in Washington, of seven men accused of bugging Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, DC.
In 1975 – Ella Grasso became the governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman to become a governor of a state without first being preceded by her husband.
In 1982 – American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
In 1994 – Tonya Harding won the ladies’ U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, MI, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of a clubbing attack that injured her right knee. The U.S. Figure Skating Association later took the title from Harding because of her involvement in the attack.
And finally, in 1997  – Mr. Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

There are a few “holidays” worth mentioning today.

The first is Earth’s Rotation Day. Do you ever feel like your world is spinning out of control. Well, it is, at 1,037 mph at the equator. This holiday celebrates the date in 1851 when French Physicist, Leon Foucault, demonstrated the Earth rotates on its axis.

The second “holiday” is Argyle Day. Argyle is a pattern which consists of diamond-shaped blocks against a solid colored background. The most common uses of argyle are in making socks and sweaters. Dig deep into your drawer or closet,  find your favorite argyle garment(s), and wear it/them proudly.

Another “holiday” today is World Typing Day. World Typing Day encourages people to express themselves via written communication, with the hope that everyday people, especially the younger generation, will learn to type and learn proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.

And one more “holiday ” that warrants mention  is Bubble Bath Day.  You probably think that this one is just for the women or kids, but if you do, you would be WRONG. Not only is a bubble bath beneficial to your health (it helps open up your pores, cleanse your skin, and relax your aching muscles), it’s a great way to escape into your own little world. I used to have a Friday night ritual. As soon as I got home, I would draw a bath (sometimes with bubbles, sometimes without) as hot as I could stand it, make a good, stiff, tall rum and Coke, or chill a carafe of  red wine, get a good book or my favorite mixtape, lock the bathroom door, and soak for about an hour. I called it ‘soaking away the week’. It is very therapeutic.

The food-related “holiday” today is National English Toffee Day. Looking at a cup of sugar and a stick of butter, who would have thought that they could be combined over high heat to create such a delicious confection. I don’t know either, but I’m glad they did. Enjoy some as a treat today.

If your birthday is today, you share it with the following luminaries:
James Longstreet, 1821. (Civil War General)
Jose Ferrer, 1909. (actor, director)
LarryStorch, 1923. (“F Troop”)
Soupy Sales (Milton Hines), 1926. (Children’s TV host)
Sander Vanocur, 1928. (broadcast journalist, ABC News)
Charles Osgood, 1933. (broadcast journalist, CBS News)
Elvis Aaron Presley, 1935. (Musician, aka the King)
Bob Eubanks 1938 – Game show host (“The Newlywed Game”)
Yvette Mimieux, 1941. (actress)
Steven Hawking, 1942. (theoretical physicist)
David Bowie (David Robert Jones), 1947. (Rock Star)
And finally, Ami Dolenz, 1969. (actress, daughter of “Monkee” Mickey Dolenz)

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