Life Day 25054: Singles Awareness Day

February 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is February 15th. After the epic cavalcade of  “holidays” yesterday, I could only find two “holidays” for today. The first is Singles Awareness Day. Contrary to popular misconceptions, Singles Awareness Day is not about self-pity but rather a chance to announce to the world that you are single and happy to be so. There is no reason to bemoan that you are independent and unattached. To the contrary, there are many more people in relationships than you might think who wish they were in your shoes, with nobody to answer to but themselves.  romance for those currently in a relationship, this holiday is a day to get together and do exactly what those with a “significant other” did yesterday. If you are “between relationships”, celebrate and enjoy the fact that you are unattached. Get together with other singles, or go out and meet some new people.  Who knows, you might be celebrating Valentine’s Day next year with someone you meet tonight.

The other holiday today is President’s Day.  President’s Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February, meaning it can occur the 15th through the 21st inclusive, in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It is an occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February. The term “Presidents Day” was coined in a deliberate attempt to change the holiday into one honoring multiple presidents.

The food-related “holiday”. today is Gumdrop Day. This “holiday” honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the “Gummi” candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet. Since gumdrops are probably all that can afford after straining your budget yesterday, treat yourself to a few today. Be sure to have an ample supply of  toothpicks close at hand.

On this date in 1898, the USS Maine, a U.S. Navy battleship sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. Captain Charles G. Sigsbee and more than 260 other crew members were killed. Despite a lack of evidence, public opinion placed the blame on the Spanish. As a result, on April 25th, 1898, a formal Declaration of War was issued against Spain, thus beginning the Spanish-American War.

Other historic events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established.
  • In 1799, printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • In 1842, adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post Office in New York City.
  • In 1879, President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • In 1903, Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America. It was modeled after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.
  • In 1932, George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.
  • In 1933, President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.
  • In 1946, Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.
  • In 1965,  Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.
  • In 1989, after nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.
  • In 1995, the FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation’s most protected computers. He served five years in jail.
  • In 2002, President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste. {This reminds me of a joke: Why does Nevada have all the nuclear waste sites and Washington DC have all the lawyers? Answer: Nevada won the coin toss and got the first pick.}

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:

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