Life Day 25036: Diet of Worms

January 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning subterranean, soft-bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates. Today is January 28th. I chose to start the BLOG today with the historical events because Diet of Worms just leaped off the page and begged me to be the title of this post…and I couldn’t think of a catchier title using any of the “holidays” today. Thankfully, Diet of Worms is not a food-related holiday; nor, again thankfully, is it a reference to a new weight loss fad. In this instance, the word ‘diet’ is used in its archaic form meaning a group meeting or council.

On this date in 1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Martin Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. Luther had challenged the absolute authority of the Pope over the Church by maintaining that the doctrine of indulgences, as authorized and taught by the Pope, was wrong. Luther also maintained that salvation was by faith alone without reference to good works, alms, penance, or the Church’s sacraments. Luther maintained that the sacraments were a “means of grace”, meaning that while grace was imparted through the Sacraments, the credit for the action belonged to God and not to the individual. Furthermore, he had challenged the authority of the Church by maintaining that all doctrines and dogmata of the Church not found in Scripture should be discarded. To protect the authority of the Pope and the Church, the Diet of Worms issued the Edict of Worms on May 25th, 1521 denouncing Martin Luther.

Other significant events which occurred on this date are.

  • In 1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight.
  • In 1878 – The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT
  • In 1878 – “The Yale News” was published for the first time. It was the first, daily, collegiate newspaper in the U.S.
  • In 1902 – The Carnegie Institution was established in Washington, DC. It began with a gift of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie.
  • In 1915 – The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
  • In 1916 – Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
  • In 1922 – The  National Football League (NFL) franchise in Decatur, IL, transferred to Chicago. The team took the name Chicago Bears.
  • In 1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.
  • In 1958 – Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers) was seriously injured in an auto accident in New York. He would never return to play again. He was paralyzed from the waist down.
  • In 1973 – CBS-TV debuted “Barnaby Jones.”
  • In 1980 – Six Americans who had fled the U.S embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in Tehran.
  • In 1982 – Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier who had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades 42 days before.
  • In 1986 – the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crew members were killed.
  • And –  In 1994, in Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg declared a mistrial in the case of Lyle Menendez in the murder of his parents. Lyle, and his brother Erik were both re-tried later and were found guilty. They were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The first “holiday” today is Fun At Work Day. If you are one of the few lucky people who have a job they truly enjoy, good for you. Unfortunately, all of us are not lucky enough to have a job that’s fun to do. If you fall into this category, then today is a day just for you. Think of ways to make your job more fun and exciting. Look to do some fun things at work today, just be sure that it doesn’t interfere with productivity.

The second “holiday” today is Clashing Clothes Day. Clashing Clothes Day encourages you to throw ‘convention’ out the window and wear whatever the heck you want…regardless of whether it conforms to what society deems appropriate attire. Plaid, polka dots, stripes, flowers…they all go together don’t they? Who cares! Wear them in any combination you see fit today.

The next “holiday” is National Kazoo Day. The kazoo has been around for about 165 years. Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first kazoo in the 1840’s. Actually, he conceived the kazoo, and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clock-master make it to his specifications. Commercial production of the kazoo didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was first started by Emil Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today. Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. If you have misplaced your kazoo, you can always try the old comb and waxed paper version.

The last today “holiday” is Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is a national effort to stress the importance of safeguarding your online privacy and protecting your data. Take time out today to review your privacy settings on all of your electronic media, and backup your important files. In today’s environment, you should really be doing this about once a month anyway.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Blueberry Pancake Day. Blueberry pancakes…they aren’t just for breakfast anymore. You can enjoy any time of the day. They are nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner. To make blueberry pancakes, mix up a batch of your favorite plain pancake batter. Wash the blueberries, pat them dry, and keep them in a separate bowl. Once you’ve poured the batter onto the griddle, drop a few blueberries on top. This will ensure that your blueberries aren’t bruised during the cooking process and will be perfect bursts of flavor when you bite into your pancake. Do I really need to explain to you how to celebrate this “holiday”? Remember, blueberries are full of healthy anti-oxidants. IHOP, here I come!

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy individuals.


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