Life Day 25023: Hold Onto Your Hats Folks

January 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning headgear enthusiasts. Today is January 15th. The first “holiday” today is National Hat Day. This is the day to don your derby, traipse around in your trilby, flaunt your fedora, put on your panama, slip on your sombrero, brandish your baseball cap, strut your stetson, or break out your beanie. Hats do more than just make a fashion statement. Helmets protect our heads during a variety of activities. Some hats, such as stocking caps and fur lined hats provide warmth. The majority of a person’s body heat escapes through their head, even more so if you are folliclally unencumbered. I wear a chapeau year-round. They protect my cue ball like cranium from the damaging rays of the sun in summer and provide warmth in the winter.

The other “holiday” today is Wikipedia Day. Wikipedia Day celebrates the launch date of online encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was originally started as a side-project on Nupedia. The name ‘Wikipedia’ is derived from two words – ‘Wiki’, which is the name of an online search engine; and ‘pedia’, the last letters of the word ‘encyclopedia’. Wikipedia is a good source for general reference work on a particular subject, however since virtually anyone can submit information or edit information already provided, you need to verify your results with another source if your research requires 100% accuracy. I use it extensively when writing these “Today is” posts.

There is a third “holiday” today, International Fetish Daybut decorum dictates that I don’t cover it extensively. I have included a link for those who might have those proclivities.

The food-related “holiday” today is Strawberry Ice Cream Day. The ice creams we know and love today evolved from ancient flavored ices. As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow. While fruity ice cream flavors are still popular today, vanilla and chocolate are the clear favorites. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.  So, treat yourself to a delicious bowl (or two) to celebrate Strawberry Ice Cream today. (I am just left to wonder why an ice cream holiday is celebrated in the middle of January). Oh well, I may have some for dessert tonight. I’ll just wear my wool Navy watch cap while eating it to retain some body heat.
Interesting factoid: Dolly Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813.

Today, there is also a beverage-related “holiday” as well. Today is National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day. Orange juice is healthy, refreshing, and delicious, yet people seem to only drink it as a  breakfast beverage. Go crazy today and have some orange juice with your lunch, dinner, or even as an afternoon treat. No cheating though – Buy some Valencia oranges (they’re the best for juicing) and squeeze it yourself.

On this date in 1870 – a cartoon by Thomas Nast titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion” appeared in “Harper’s Weekly.” The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time. (How prophetic).

Some other historical events that happened in this date are as follows:
In 1559 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth Tudor) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1777 – the people of New Connecticut (now the state of Vermont) declared their independence.
In 1844 – the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
In 1863 – “The Boston Morning Journal” became the first paper in the U.S. to be published on wood pulp paper.
In 1892 – Triangle Magazine in Springfield, MA published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. The game is now known as basketball.
In 1906 – Willie Hoppe won the billiard championship of the world in Paris, France.
In 1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women.
In 1913 – The first telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated.
In 1936 – The first, all glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, OH. The building was the new home of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory.
In 1943 – the Pentagon was dedicated as the world’s largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.
In 1953 – Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.
In 1955 – The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss in Tucson, AZ.
In 1967 – the first NFL Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.
In 1973 – President Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam. He cited progress in peace negotiations as the reason.
In 1974 – “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.
In 1976 – Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.
In 1986 – President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.
In 2003 – The Supreme Court ruled that Congress had permission to repeatedly extend copyright protection.
And finally, in 2006 – NASA’s Stardust space probe mission was completed when it’s sample return capsule returned to Earth with comet dust from comet Wild 2.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished citizens:
Frederick Arthur Stanley – 1841. (for whom the Stanley Cup is named, one of the original Hockey Hall of Fame inductees)
Pierre S. DuPont – 1870.  (Industrialist)
Edward Teller – 1908. (Physicist, creator of the hydrogen bomb)
Gene Krupa – 1909. (drummer, band leader)
Lloyd Bridges – 1913. (actor – “Seahunt”)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – 1929. (civil rights activist)
Margaret O’Brien – 1937. (actress)
Ronnie Van Zant – 1949. (musician – Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Ernie DiGregorio – 1951. (basketball player)
Maria Martinez (Charo) – 1951. (entertainer, Flamenco guitarist)
Mario Van Peebles – 1957. (actor)
And finally, Chad Lowe – 1968. (actor)

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