Life Day 25035: Holy Crap!

January 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning doo-doo heads. Today is January 27th. The first “holiday” today is Thomas Crapper Day. I know, you are all asking yourselves; “Who the crap is Thomas Crapper?”, “Why the crap does he have a day dedicated to him?”, and “Why should I give a crap anyway?”. This link will give you a crap-load of information, and answer all of your questions, and save me a crap-load of time trying to explain it to you. Although he did not invent the flush toilet as many believe, he did popularize and improve the flush toilet. He was Baptized on September 28th, 1936, but no record of his actual date of birth is available.  Since the actual date of his birth is unknown, Thomas Crapper Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death on this date in 1910. In celebration, pay homage to your “porcelin throne” today by admiring its craftsmanship and giving thanks for the convenience it provides…and try not to have a crappy day. Oh well, enough of this crap! Time to move on.

The next “holiday” today is near and dear to the hearts of many from my generation. It is Vietnam Peace Day. On this date in 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris, France. The main negotiators of the accords were Dr. Henry Kissinger (United States National Security Adviser) and  Le Duc Tho (Vietnamese Politburo member). They both received the Nobel Peace Prize later in the year for their efforts. This link will provide you with more detailed information if you would like a “refresher course’.

Another “holiday” today is Punch the Clock Day. Let me, first of all, go on record as saying that I am wholeheartedly against any form of chronometer abuse. Punching a clock is destructive, serves no logical purpose, and may result in personal injury. With that said, I believe that the actual intent of this holiday is not to encourage the destruction of any timepieces, but rather to celebrate the old-fashioned “time clock” that used to be at almost every work-site in America before the dawn of the ‘computer age’, and still is in many. Despite  exhaustive research, I found no information to determine the purpose or meaning of this day. So I’ll give you my theory, which is: This “holiday” honors all of those ‘working stiffs’ who “punch a clock” every day at manufacturing facilities across America, providing us with all of the ‘necessities’ we need to conduct our daily lives (or at least, used to before their jobs were outsourced to facilities in Third World countries who now use child labor in sweatshops, or slave labor, to increase profits and line the pockets of greedy corporate CEO’s and Politicians with wealth beyond reason). Anyway, if you still have one of these ever diminishing manufacturing jobs here in America, congratulations, and THANK YOU. My life is easier because of you.

These last three “holidays” are related, so I will just lump them together for continuity sake. They are Auschwitz Liberation DayHolocaust Memorial  Day, and International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. [The latter, although not specified, is so verbose that it must U.N. speak meaning the same as the previous two]. At any rate, they were listed in my sources as separate and distinct holidays so I did the same. On this date in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. On November 1st, 2005, the United Nations designated this date as the day to commemorate the victims of the holocaust.

Today’s food-related “holiday” today. It is National Chocolate Cake Day. Cakes have a rich culinary history. In Greece, cakes (or “plakous”) were heavy and flat, and people served them with nuts and honey. The Romans made cakes that were more like cheesecake or pastry and presented them as offerings to the gods. In Medieval England, people used the words “bread” and cake” interchangeably to refer to anything made with flour dough.
A company called O. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the late 1920s. In 1947, after years of research and development, General Mills released the first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes. The available flavors were Ginger, Spice, Yellow, and White. In 1948, Pillsbury introduced the first chocolate cake mix.
Today, the most popular kind of cake is chocolate. There are many varieties of chocolate cake from which to choose; milk chocolate cake, dark chocolate cake, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate “Molten Lava” cake, Red Velvet cake, or my favorite, Devil’s Food cake.
There are three objectives of  this holiday:

  1. To bake a chocolate cake [Preferably from scratch, although you could just use a mix if you lack the confidence to bake from scratch].
  2. To decorate a chocolate cake. [In this author’s humble opinion, adding ice cream or whipped cream counts as decorating the cake…as long as it’s touching].
  3. To eat a chocolate cake. [No explanation necessary].

If you are too busy to bake and/or decorate a cake, then just eating some chocolate cake will certainly do.  I really don’t have to explain to you how to celebrate this one, do I?

On this date in 1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes, and his fellow conspirators in the “gunpowder plot”, began. They were executed on January 31. This link will provide you with detailed information regarding who Guy Fawkes was, and why he was tried and executed.

Other significant historical events that occurred on this date are:

  • In 1870 – Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s sorority, was founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, IN.
  • In 1880 – Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.
  • In 1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC.
  • In 1926 – John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television.
    In 1927 – United Independent Broadcasters Inc. started a radio network with contracts with 16 stations. The company later became Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
  • In 1943 – During World War II, the first all American air raid against Germany took place when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven.
    In 1944 – The Soviet Union announced that the two-year German siege of Leningrad had come to an end.
  • In 1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50 (no small sum in those days).
  • In 1951 – Atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
  • In 1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft.
  • In 1967 – More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations.
  • In 1981 – President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.
  • In 1984 – Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL)   record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games.
  • In 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union.
  • In 1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.
  • In 1997 – It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
  • In 1998 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
  • In 1999 – The U.S. Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Clinton and voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses.
  • And, in 2010 – Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people:

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