Life Day 25040: Feel Free

February 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning freedom lovers. Today is February 1st. Today’s first holiday is National Freedom Day. On this date in 1865, a joint resolution was signed that proposed the 13th amendment to the nation’s constitution. Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery. The Amendment was ratified and made into law on December 18th, 1965. The first commemoration of this day took place on February 1, 1942, although it was not made into law yet. A tradition of laying a wreath at Liberty Bell also began. On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill to proclaim February 1 as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States.

The next “holiday” today is National Serpent Day. Throughout hissstory, ssserpents have been reviled and feared…but just as often revered and even worshiped. Serpents are famous throughout mythology. From the story of Adam and Eve in the bible to the serpent wrapped around the Rod of Asclepius  on the Star of Life, representing the worldwide symbol of medical aid, serpents have represented both evil and good. All great civilizations, including the Aztecs and Hindus, have attached significance to serpents in one form or another.
The word ‘serpent’ comes from the Latin ‘serpens’, meaning “something that creeps or crawls.” The words serpent and snake are synonymous, but the word serpent is more often used in written rather than spoken language and normally is used in the context of mythology or history. National Serpent Day is a day to celebrate our ssslithery friends. To celebrate, “Asp”pire to learn more about serpents today.

The third “holiday” today is Robinson Crusoe Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the rescue in 1709 of Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore in September 1704 on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures there are said to have formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe. This book is not merely a piece of children’s literature. It is regarded by some scholars as a prototype of the modern day novel, and has, over the years, attracted the attention of literary historians, economists, political scientists, and philosophers.

The fourth “holiday” today is Spunky Old Broads Day. Spunky Old Broads Day is a holiday for any female over the age of 50 who refuses to let her age get to her. “Spunky old broads” are positive, fun-loving, kicking-ass mature women over the age of 50 who refuse to sit back quietly and get old.  For fear of retribution, I will not admit to knowing any “spunky old broads”. However, I will gladly admit that I am acquainted with several spirited, mature women. If you are in a relationship with a spirited mature woman, it would behoove you to go out of your way today to make her feel special.

Another “holiday” today is Hula in the Coola Day. Hula in the Coola Day is a holiday for those individuals with cabin fever, who caught in the icy grip of “old man winter”. They want to escape the winter doldrums and laugh in winter’s face by throwing a good old-fashioned luau. Perception is a state of mind, and no matter where your body physically is, your mind is telling you that you’re in the nice warm weather of Hawaii. Put away your winter coats, get out your ukulele, put on your Bermuda shorts, your flowered shirt, and flip-flops, and plan your own Hula in the Coola Day celebration. Don’t forget the fruity drinks with the tiny umbrellas. Aloha!

The last “holiday” today is Working Naked Day. Unless you are a stripper, this holiday doesn’t apply to those who leave their homes to go to work every day. I think that it refers more to those individuals fortunate enough to work from home. Working Naked Day was started in 2010 by Lisa Kanarek. She wanted to dedicate a special day for those who work from home, feel free and relaxed and don’t have to put up with a boss constantly looking over their shoulder giving them grief. If you do work from home and decide to celebrate this ‘holiday’, I highly recommend that you wait until after the video conference with your boss has concluded.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Baked Alaska Day. Baked Alaska is a decadent dessert made with ice cream, sponge cake, and toasted meringue. Although the name “Baked Alaska” did not emerge until the 19th century, this dish is part of a long culinary tradition. The concept of serving cream and cake together dates back to the Renaissance. The cooks of the era were the first to adorn their baked goods with a whipped topping. This laid the foundation for Baked Alaska, but it does not account for two of the dessert’s distinguishing characteristics—temperature and texture. The Chinese were the first culture to cook pastry over an ice cream filling, which results in a delicious combination of hot and cold components. Credit is also due to the American physicist Benjamin Thompson, who experimented with the heat resistance of beaten egg whites and discovered how to make meringue. Baked Alaska is a masterpiece of chemistry: ice cream, cake, and meringue baked in the oven until the meringue browns.  Ice cream, in a rectangle or mounded in a pie plate, is covered on all sides with slices of sponge cake or pound cake, which is then covered with meringue. The entire dessert is then placed in a 425°F oven just long enough to firm the meringue—three or four minutes. The meringue is an effective insulator, and in the short cooking time needed to finish the dessert, it prevents the ice cream from melting.

On this date in 1994, – Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, OR, for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.

Other significant events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1788 – Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.
  • In 1790 – The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City.
  • In 1861 – Texas voted to secede from the Union.
  • In 1862 – “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the “Atlantic Monthly.”
  • In 1884 – The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
  • In 1893 – Thomas Edison completed work on the world’s first motion picture studio in West Orange, NJ.
  • In 1898 – The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
  • In 1900 – Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the $1.00 Brownie box camera.
  • In 1913 – Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station) opened in New York City, NY. It was the largest train station in the world.
  • In 1919 – The first Miss America was crowned in New York City.
  • In 1920 – The first armored car was introduced.
  • In 1921 –  Carmen Fasanella registered as a taxicab owner and driver in Princeton, New Jersey. Fasanella retired November 2, 1989, after 68 years and 243 days of service.
  • In 1930 – The New York Times published its first crossword puzzle.
  • In 1946 – Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
  • In 1951 – The first telecast of an atomic explosion took place.
  • In 1957 – P.H. Young became the first black pilot on a scheduled passenger airline.
  • In 1960 – Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. They had been refused service.
  • In 1979 – Patty Hearst was released from prison after serving 22 months of a seven-year sentence for bank robbery. Her sentence had been commuted by U.S. President Carter.
  • In 1999 – Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against U.S. President Clinton.
  • And, in 2003 – NASA’s space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board were killed.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the followings celebrated individuals:

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