Life Day 25050: Let’s Be Friends

February 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning old and new friends. Today is February 11th. The first “holiday” today is Make a Friend Day. Make a Friend Day is a great opportunity to meet someone new, or do something to make a new friend. Making a new friend can be easier to do than you think. There are a multitude of ways to make new friends. It often helps to smile and just be friendly or helpful. Friends are one of life’s most valuable assets. You can never have too many, so spend the day being friendly, and doing special or nice things for others. You’ll be surprised at the response, and who knows…you might just make a new friend in the process.

The second “holiday” today is White Shirt Day. White Shirt Day marks the end of a union strike by employees of General Motors on this date in 1937. These auto workers helped the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers. The strike was intended to send a message to management that “blue collar” workers had earned the right to the same respect as their management counterparts.  The traditions of White Shirt Day are simple: Everyone must wear a white shirt or blouse, your white shirt must not get dirtier than your boss’s shirt, and safety and work rules must be followed. When I was researching this “holiday”, one of my sources listed it as “White T-Shirt Day”, which immediately brought to mind this song by the group “Plain White T’s”. It has no relevance to the subject matter of this holiday, but I like it. It’s worth a listen.

Another “holiday” today is Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. This “holiday” recognizes that everyone spills a little milk now and then. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is a day to  be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. Stuff happens in life, and, when it does, don’t worry, or fret, or cry over it. Rather, take a positive attitude and fix it, or get past it. Keep an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face today. The following quote is apropos to the subject, but I don’t know its source: “While optimists, pessimists, and realists were arguing over the amount of milk in the glass…I drank it.”

The fourth “holiday” today is Be Electrific Day. Be Electrific Day was created in 1998 by a professional speaker named Carolyn Finch. She defines ‘electrific’ as: “something (or someone) that puts light where light has not been before.” One could interpret this definition as a genteel version of that old admonition, “put it where the sun don’t shine,” but actually, it has a much more positive intent. Be Electrific Day celebrates the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, an inventor, and entrepreneur who, with his invention of the electric lightbulb, certainly “brought light where none had been before.” So, we can celebrate not only Mr. Edison’s birthday but also, “the electricity within each of us.” I know many people who “light up a room” the moment they enter. I think this holiday pertains to them as well.

Yet another “holiday” today is Get Out Your Guitar Day. Many people, myself included, have tried to learn how to play the guitar, but a little thing called ‘life’ got in the way. Get Out Your Guitar Day encourages you to find your old guitar and play as much as you want. If you already know how to play, all the better. If not, there a number of resources available online, such as YouTube, that offer instruction…no matter your skill level. Just don’t get too offended if your family flees the room and finds something to do elsewhere.

The last “holiday” today is Satisfied Staying Single Day. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, some singles wish to let the world know that they are just fine being single and that they don’t need the sympathy of their friends who are in relationships; nor do they need their help in finding a “special someone” with which to share the holiday. They are perfectly content to save the money that others spend on chocolates, flowers, expensive dinners, and gifts, or use that money for a more practical purpose…such as buying something nice for themselves.

The food-related  “holiday” today is Peppermint Patty Day. Sorry all of you “Peanuts” fans, although the cartoon character did help peppermint patties gain some notoriety, Peppermint Patty Day does not refer to the unrequited love of Charlie Brown’s life. Good grief! Instead, Peppermint Patty Day refers to those yummy after dinner mints that everyone loves.
A peppermint patty is a tasty confection made with a rich, creamy peppermint filling covered in semi-sweet chocolate. The York Cone Company, which was based in Pennsylvania and originally produced ice cream cones, invented the York Peppermint Patty in 1940. Unlike the existing chocolate-covered peppermint candies, York’s product was firm and crisp. It soon became the premier candy of its kind. Do I really need to tell you how to celebrate this holiday?

On this date in 1808 – Judge Jesse Fell experimented with burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel. Almost immediately, protesters started “picketing” in front of his house with signs warning about “global warming’”. OK, probably not, but who knows for sure?

Other significant events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1752 – The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.
  • In 1812 – The term “gerrymandering” had its beginning when the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a redistricting law that favored his party.
  • In 1878 – The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed.
  • In 1929 – The Lateran Treaty was signed. Italy now recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
  • In 1936 – Pumping began the process to build San Francisco’s Treasure Island.
  • In 1937 – General Motors agreed to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union, which ended the current sit-down strike against them.
  • In 1943 – General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • In 1945 – During  World War II, the Yalta Agreement was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
  • In 1957 – The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City.
  • In 1958 – Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black woman to become a stewardess by making her initial flight.
  • In 1960 – Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the “Tonight Show” with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.
  • In 1968 – The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth “Garden”.
  • In 1972 – McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish an autobiography of Howard Hughes. The work turned out to be fake.
  • In 1975 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
  • In 1982 – ABC-TV’s presentation of “The Winds of War” concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.
  • In 1989 – Rev. Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
  • In 1990 – Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
  • In 1993 – Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by U.S. President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.
  • In 2000 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off. The mission was to gather information for the most detailed map of the earth ever made.
  • In 2002 – The six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.
  • In 2006 – In Texas, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.
  • And, in 2009 – John Dingell of Michigan became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He had more than 53 years of service.

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


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