Life Day 25052: What’s In A Name?

February 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning good ole what’s your name. Today is February 13th. The first “holiday” today is Get a Different Name Day. Whether you’re having a bit of an identity crisis, you’re the progeny of a hip Hollywood celebrity couple, you just don’t like the name that your parents picked for you, or simply want to confound your friends, Get A Different Name Day is a chance to throw off the shackles of that odious moniker and adopt a new name, or at least, begin the process. The process, however, is not easy. There are more than a few ‘hoops to jump through’ to legally change your name. First, you have to fill out all the petitions, orders, and affidavits, getting them stamped and notarized. And after you publish an announcement in the newspaper (for legal reasons) you’ll have to take your new name paperwork to the DMV, the Social Security office, get a new passport, a new birth certificate, change your business cards, email addresses, postal address, call the IRS. Then there are your credit cards, bank cards, and bank accounts, retirement accounts, etc. Since you will be dealing with petty bureaucrats throughout the entire process, if you start today, you may have your new name in time to celebrate this “holiday” next year. So, choose your new name wisely, and hope that you didn’t inherit your parents’ lack of ability to choose a proper name. It might just be easier to choose a nickname you can live with and then insist that everyone you know address you by that name.

The second “holiday” today is Radio Day. UNESCO formally announced the formation of Radio Day in 2011, after a suggestion put forward by Spain to celebrate this important means of communication. In some parts of the world, radio still remains an important lifeline to the outside world.
Before the internet, many people relied on the humble radio to deliver their daily dose of news, entertainment, and important weather updates. This was especially true for poor or remote communities who didn’t have access to television or other means of communication. In remote farming communities in Australia, children get their daily lessons via radio. In poor communities in Africa, villages gather around the radio each evening to keep up to date on national news and hear music and speeches. Radio has been superseded by the internet and satellite communications for large parts of the world, but for millions of poor people, radio is still a miracle of modern technology.

Another “holiday” today is World Whale Day. World Whale Day celebrates these giants of the ocean and aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures. The annual holiday was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honour humpback whales, which swim off its coast. It’s the main showcase of the Maui Whale Festival. Every year, crowds flock to the island to join in the free all-day event, organised by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The fun starts with a parade including floats, costumed characters and children’s events, plus music from Hawaiian and international stars. However, you don’t have to visit Maui to mark this special day. Whales need support from wildlife lovers everywhere to meet conservation threats such as loss of habitat and pollution. So a perfect way to celebrate this holiday would be to take part in a fundraising event wherever you live. You’ll have a whale of a time and aid a great cause.

The last “holiday” today is  Employee Legal Awareness Day. Employee Legal Awareness Day was established by an Australian lawyer, Paul Brennan. His aim was to emphasise the importance of legal education for employees and small businesses and reduce their risk of legal problems. The day isn’t only about laws, though. Brennan also suggests that employees should increase their awareness of their company’s policies. According to him, it is important for employees to have a copy of the employer’s handbook, where you can find information about bereavement policy, attendance and punctuality, conflict of interest statements and non-disclosure agreements. Although it originated in Australia, this day can be celebrated in offices all over the world, everywhere that people are free to access legal services and their legal rights this day can be openly recognized.

The first food-related “holiday’ today is National Tortellini Day. Tortellini is a small pasta stuffed with a variety of fillings, and a favorite pasta dish worldwide. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat, and Parmesan cheese. They are also served in soups, as in the classic dish, “tortellini in brodo”.  Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna. Ravioli, tortelloni, and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pasta. According to legend, when the Goddess Venus stayed in a tavern on the outskirts of the city, the innkeeper spied on her through the keyhole of her room, but could catch only a glimpse of her navel. Spellbound, he went to the kitchen and, to capture this vision, and shaped fresh egg pasta into the shape and size of her navel. Hence it’s nickname…belly-button pasta.

The other food-related “holiday” today is National Crab Rangoon Day. Crab Rangoon is a small appetizing treat loaded with flavor in a bite full. If you love crispy fried foods with a little seafood and cheese, then today is your day. Crab Rangoon has been mistakenly identified in the past as a little appetizing fried wonton dish that is from Asia, but it is not the case. It was actually created right here in the good ole’ USA in a Polynesian-style restaurant in the 1950’s in San Francisco. However. these days, this crunchy appetizer can be found at most Chinese American restaurant under ‘appetizer’. Crab Rangoon is not a complicated dish to make. All you need are some wonton wrappers, some crab meat (imitation crab meat is fine) and cream cheese, scallions, onion powder, salt, and some steak sauce or soy sauce. Just mix the filling ingredients together, wrap in the wonton wrapper and deep-fry until crispy.

On this date in  1935 – In Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes.Other historical events that occurred on this date are:

Other historical events that occurred on this date are:

  • In 1542 – Catherine Howard was executed for adultery. She was the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII.
  • In 1633 – Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
  • In 1635 – The Boston Public Latin School was established. It was the first public school building in the United States.
  • In 1741 – “The American Magazine,” the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • In 1889 – Norman Coleman became the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
  • In 1900 – The Anglo-German accord of 1899 was ratified by Reichstag, in which Britain renounced rights in Samoa in favor of Germany and the U.S.
  • In 1914 – The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
  • In 1920 – The League of Nations recognized the continued neutrality of Switzerland.
  • In 1920 – The  National Negro Baseball League was organized.
  • In 1945 – Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden during WW II.
  • In 1945 – During World War II, the Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the German army.
  • In 1955 – Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
  • In 1960 – France detonated its first atomic bomb.
  • In 1965 – Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.
  • In 1971 – South Vietnamese troops invaded Laos. They were backed by U.S. air and artillery support.
  • In 1990 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the United States, and its European allies, forged an agreement with the Soviet Union and East Germany on a two-stage formula to reunite Germany.
  • In 1997 – Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up. The tune up allowed the telescope to see further into the universe.
  • In 2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.
  • In 2002 – In Alexandria, VA, John Walker Lindh pled innocent to a 10-count federal indictment. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network.
  • And finally, in 2002 – Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

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

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