Life Day 25019: “We stuffed his head with cannonballs and powdered his behind…”

January 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is January 11th.  In 1812, U.S. General Andrew Jackson achieved victory in the Battle of New Orleans. I mentioned a few of days ago that the War of 1812 had officially been over for two weeks before this battle even began. The title of this post is a lyric from the 1959 song by the late, great Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans.” How many of you remember this little novelty song?
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created.
In 1861, Alabama seceded from the United States.
In 1867 – Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.
In 1902 – “Popular Mechanics” magazine was published for the first time.
In 1913 – the Hudson Motor Company unveiled the first sedan-type car at the National Automobile Show in New York City.
In 1922 – At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.
In 1935 – Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
In 1958 – “Seahunt” debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.
In 1973 – Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule… And, baseball was ruined forever.
And finally, in 2001 – The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the “Texas 7.” It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

The first “holiday” today is Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day. Alas, with the advances being made in digital communication, Morse Code could be all but extinct within the next generation. In 2007, Morse Code was eliminated as a requirement to get a Ham Radio License. Today is the anniversary of the day that  Samuel Morse first demonstrated the electric telegraph. To celebrate this holiday, do as the name implies and learn your name in Morse Code. If you have children or grandchildren, teach them how to spell their name in Morse Code as well.

The second “holiday” is Step in A Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day. Despite extensive research, I did not find any factual information about this holiday…except for the fact that it exists. Also, I have to wonder as to why whomever created this holiday chose the middle of January as the date to celebrate it…most puddles are frozen this time of year. Anyway, Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day is a great day to celebrate mischievous fun. However, if you decide to celebrate this holiday, I recommend that you have enough funds on your person to pay for your victim’s dry cleaning and/or have adequate Medical Insurance to cover your trip to the Emergency Room after they pulverize you.

Another “holiday” today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. National Clean Off Your Desk Day is celebrated on the second Monday in January. It is a day to organize and prioritize your desktop. If your desk is organized, your day will be much easier. Go through your In and Out baskets and remove any unnecessary paperwork either to its proper place in the file cabinet…or to “File  13”. The best way to organize your desktop is to first organize your desk drawers so that you have a place to put all of the clutter on your desk. Put dividers in your drawers, use trays, and designate one section for pens, pencils, paperclips, rubber bands, etc.

The last “holiday” is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It is a shame that human trafficking still exists in this world in 2016, but it does… and it is worse today than at any other time in history. The U.S. Congress created this holiday in 2007 to raise awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. This link will take you to a website with more information on this abhorrent topic.

The first food-related “holiday” today is “udderly ridiculous”. It is Milk Day. Milk Day celebrates the date in 1878 that milk was  delivered in glass bottles for the first time in New York City by Alexander Campbell. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate this holiday…should you decide to. What is your favorite way to enjoy milk?

The other food-related “holiday” today is Hot Toddy Day. A hot toddy is a delicious drink made with honey, lemon, hot water, and the spirit of your choice (usually whiskey, brandy, or rum). It’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day, and a few sips can also relieve cold or flu symptoms. Hot toddies originated in Scotland sometime during the 18th century. While the exact details are unknown, historians believe that the recipe was developed to make the taste of Scotch whiskey more palatable. (Apparently the women of the day didn’t care for the smoky, peat flavor.) One theory suggests that the word “toddy” evolved from “Tod’s well” (also known as Todian Spring), the water supply for Edinburgh. Today there are many variations on the original hot toddy recipe. Some versions call for tea, coffee, cocoa, apple cider, spices, or even butter. To celebrate National Hot Toddy Day, brew up your favorite type of hot toddy and enjoy!

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable individuals:
Alexander Hamilton – 1755. (founding father)
Carroll Shelby – 1923. (designer of the Shelby Mustang)
Don Cherry – 1924. (singer, and former pro golfer)
Grant Tinker – 1926. (former CEO of NBC)
Rod Taylor – 1930. (Actor)
Jim Hightower – 1943. ( syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author)
Naomi Judd – 1946. (country star – The Judds)
Ben Crenshaw – 1952. (pro golfer)
Vicki Peterson 1958 – (Musician – The Bangles)
Kim Coles – 1962.  (Actress)
Mary J. Blige – 1971. (musician)
And finally, Amanda Peet – 1972. (actress)

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