Life Day 25044: I Saw a Butterfly, Flutter By

February 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning butterfly buffs. Today is February 5th. The first “holiday” today is California Western Monarch Day. This “holiday” does not refer to the Supreme Leader in Sacramento, but rather to the California Western Monarch Butterfly which makes it’s winter home in many State Parks along California’s Central Coast. California Western Monarch Day was established by the state Legislature of  in 2004. It celebrates the annual migratory return of the Western Monarch Butterfly to the central coast of California to spend the winter during October through March. Thousands of Western Monarch Butterflies overwinter on the California coast each year.  One of the most popular spots for the Western Monarchs is Pismo Beach, California. This link will enable you to learn more about Monarch Butterflies.

The next “holiday” is National Weatherman’s Day. National Weatherman’s Day honors weathermen, and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather. Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather is still a tricky, and ever changing business. Knowing the weather is important in so many ways. It affects how we dress, where we go, and even if we go. Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather. And, knowing the weather can save lives. The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornadoes may hit. According to the Air Force News, Weatherman’s Day “commemorates the birth of  Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weathermen”. Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816.
So, weather (oops – I mean whether) your are planning a family outing, a business trip, or just wondering how to appropriately attire your kids for school today, thank your local weatherperson for providing you with the information you’ll need to make an informed decision.

The third “holiday” today is Bubble Gum Day. Bubble Gum Day is the brainchild of children’s book author Ruth Spiro. In 2006, she came up with the idea of setting aside one day a year for children to be allowed to chew bubblegum in class…for a nominal fee (like 50¢) which would then be donated to charity. It was created as a way for children to raise money for charity without having to try to sell candy bars (or whatever else) to their neighbors…whose childern are probably doing the same thing. The concept has spread out of the classroom to other venues. Besides schools, it has been celebrated in libraries, children’s museums, community groups, military bases and even senior centers. It seems like a good idea to me.

The next “holiday” today is Give Kids a Smile Day.  Give Kids a Smile Day was launched by the ADA (American Dental association) in 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. as a means to provide underserved children with free dental care. In 2003, the program expanded nationally. Since then, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. For more information about this holiday and how you can show your support, click this link.

The fifth”holiday” today is National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is celebrated on the first Friday in February each year. It began in 2003 as a means to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke among women.  Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Many of these deaths could be prevented through research, education, and through healthy lifestyle changes. This link will provide you with more information, and how you can show your support.

The last “holiday” today is Doodle Day. Doodle Day was created in 2004 to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy research and support. The tagline ‘Drawing a line through epilepsy’ heads the campaign. Participants take part by submitting their doodle, along with a small donation. The Doodle Day team then judges the doodles and awards prizes accordingly. Doodle Day is a celebration of all those idle sketches you make while on the phone, or in boring meetings. So, free your creative spirit and always have a notepad and pen or pencil close at hand in case you suddenly get the urge to doodle.

The first food-related “holiday” today is World Nutella™ Day.  Gee, I wonder if this holiday is steeped in long-standing tradition, based upon the celebration of a religious ritual, or if it is commercially sponsored? Actually, World Nutella™ Day was created in 2007 by a blogger named Sara Russo because she loved Nutella™ and thought it deserved a special day. It caught on quickly and soon became a global phenomonon. In 2015, Sara transferred World Nutella™ Day to Ferrero (the makers of Nutella™) to help it live on and grow for years to come.
Nutella™ has been around since the 1940’s and continues to be a favorite of chocoholics the world over. There is just something about that rich combination of hazelnuts and decatent chocolate the gives Nutella™ it global appeal. If you like Nutella™, by all means have some today.

The other food-related “holiday” today is Chocolate Fondue Day. Chocolate fondue is a rich, luscious and hot treat that is great for small gatherings of friends and family. It has appeal to children and adults alike. It is simple to prepare. It’s light enough to provide sweetness, yet lavish enough to satisfy your cravings for decadence. The key to good fondue is good chocolate, and good dippers. And good company, of course…fondue is a dish meant to share.
The word “fondue” is derived from the French word “fondre,” which means to melt. The dish originated in 19th century Switzerland as a way to use up hardened cheese. It became popular for dinner parties in the 1950s, but the chocolate dessert version using melted chocolate did not emerge until the 1960s. Chocolate fondue is a wonderful centerpiece for a party. Traditional dippers include fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, tangerines, pineapple, and kiwifruit all pair well with the chocolate, as do small pieces of cookie or cake; and miscellaneous goodies like marshmallows and pretzels. It has been an Easter tradition in my family for years. What are some of your favorite fruits to dip into a chocolate fondue? Mine are strawberries, pineapple, and bananas.

On this date in 1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.

Other historic events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1783 – Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
  • In 1846 – “The Oregon Spectator”, based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.
  • In 1861 – Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.
  • In 1881 – Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.
  • In 1917 – the U.S. Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the bill on December 14, 1916.
  • In 1931 – Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.
  • In 1937 – President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.
  • In 1972 – Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
  • In 1988 – A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama’s military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
  • In 1994 – White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
  • In 2001 – It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin’s co-host. The show was renamed to “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”
  • And, in 2003 – Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.

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

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