Life Day 25025: How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Going?

January 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning resolution makers. Today is January 17th. The first “holiday” today is Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day. Those New Years resolutions that you made after your fourth “Long Island Iced Tea” on New Years Eve are probably hanging heavily over your head right about now. They have become a burden, and perhaps were not such a good idea after all. You didn’t realistically think that you were going to ‘become a better person’, or lose 20 pounds, or start a regular exercise regimen, etc, etc, etc, did you? Maybe, you’re already well on your way to accomplishing them, or maybe you have already checked a few off of your list. If so, good for you. Keep up the good work. This holiday doesn’t pertain to you. It pertains to the 99% of “normal” people who, if they haven’t already done so, are ready to abandon their ‘hair-brained’ notions and get on with their lives. Today is the day to do so. Next year, you might follow an example I set about three decades ago. I made one last resolution. It was as follows: ” I resolve to never make any more New Years resolutions.”

Another “holiday”  is Kid Inventors Day. What do water skis, earmuffs, the Popsicle, the snowmobile, and the trampoline have in common? Give up? They were all invented by kids. Today, we celebrate the creativity, ingenuity, and spirit of inventiveness of our youth. (It is celebrated on Jan. 17th because it is the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, who at the age of 12, invented the first swim fins).

The third holiday today is Cable Car Day. Cable Car Day celebrates the daye in 1871 that Andrew S. Hallidie, of San Francisco, received a patent for a cable car system. It is said that Hallidie designed the cable-propelled means of transportation when he witnessed horses falling, and even dying, while attempting to pull passenger cars up San Fransisco’s steep Jackson Street. [He adapted a cable system he had designed years earlier to improve production in mines by mechanically pulling the ore-cars through the mine shaft]. Two years after receiving his cable car patent, Hallidie set up the world’s first cable car rail road on Clay Street. Today, San Francisco is the only city in the world that still operates traditional cable cars. While a few other cities still have cable cars, they now run on electric cables, whereas the cable cars in San Francisco still utilize the original technology of moving cables to haul the cars. None of the original cable cars survives today, but grip car 8 is preserved in Mason Street’s Cable Car Museum (which, sits on two of San Fransisco’s three remaining cable car routes). In 1964, the cable cars of San Francisco were named the first moving National Historic Landmark.

Other “holidays” today are listed below, in no particular order. A link is provided for each, should one of them pique your interest.

The quasi food-related “holiday” today is Hot-Buttered Rum Day. It is not actually food-related (unless you count butter as a food), but rather another beverage-related holiday. Hot-buttered rum is a warm alcoholic beverage flavored with butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. These ingredients form a ‘batter’ which is then mixed with rich, dark rum.
Mulled wines and other “toddies” originated in Europe, but hot-buttered rum is an American innovation. During the colonial period, merchants began importing molasses (the basis for rum) from Jamaica. The first rum distillery opened in the 1660s and it wasn’t long before the colonists began mixing the alcohol with spices to create a warm winter refreshment. Hot buttered rum is traditionally made with dark rum, but these days light or even spiced rum are often used as well. This link contains a recipe if you want to imbibe one of these hot, buttery, soothing, comfort beverages.

On this date in 1806, James Madison Randolph, grandson of  President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.

Other historical events which occurred on this date are:
In 1773 – Captain Cook’s ship Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.
In 1893 – Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.
In 1900 – Mormon Brigham Roberts was denied a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for his practicing of polygamy.
In 1913 – All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.
In 1916 – The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) was formed in New York City.
In 1928 – The fully automatic, film-developing machine was patented by A.M. Josepho.
In 1934 – Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a people’s car, a “Volkswagen,” to the new German Reich government.
In 1945 – Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.
In 1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Wallenberg was credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews.
In 1946 – The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
In 1961 – In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the rise of “the military-industrial complex.”
In 1966 – A B-52 carrying four H-bombs collided with a refueling tanker. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.
In 1977 – Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the United states in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.
In 1985 – Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1991 – Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.
In 1994 – The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.
In 1995 – More than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.
In 1997 – A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country’s history.
And finally, in 1998 – President Bill Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against him. He was the first U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Benjamin Franklin 1906. (Founding Father, statesman, inventor)
Anton Chekhov 1860 (playwright, author)
Carl Laemmle 1867 (filmmaking pioneer, founder of Universal Studios)
Noah Beery 1883 (actor)
Mack Sennett 1884 (director, actor, “inventor” of slapstick comedy)
Marjorie Gateson 1891 (stage and film actress)
Al Capone 1899 (“used furniture salesman”)
Betty White 1922 (actress)
Eartha Kitt 1927 (Actress, singer)
Vidal Sassoon 1928 (hairdresser, entrepreneur, philanthropist)
James Earl Jones 1931. (actor)
Shari Lewis (Hurwitz) 1934  (ventriloquist, puppeteer, childern’s entertainer, television show host)
Troy Donahue 1937 (actor)
Maury Povich 1939 (talk show host)
Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) 1942 (professional boxer)
Andy Kaufman 1949 (comedian, actor)
Susanna Hoffs 1957 (Musician – The Bangles)
And, Jim Carrey 1962 (comedian, actor)

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