Life Day 25057: Happy “Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane” Day

February 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bovine air-travel trivia buffs. Today is Monday, February 18, 2013. The first “holiday today is Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day. On this date in 1931, Nellie Jay, from Sunnymeade Farms in Bismarck, WI, became the first cow to fly — and be milked — in an airplane. She was flown to St. Louis, MO, as a part of a promotional campaign (publicity stunt) for the International Aircraft Exposition, and a scientific experiment to study the effects of air travel on livestock. During the flight, she was milked 3 times and produced a total of 24 quarts (6 gallons) of milk on her historic voyage. Also, on the flight were a number of reporters to record the event. The milk was sealed in paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis, MO to a crowd of spectators gathered below. The scientists determined that the cow suffered no ill effects from the flight.

Now on with more frivolous matters. The second “holiday” is Pluto Day. No, this holiday does not celebrate Mickey Mouse’s canine friend. Rather, Pluto Day celebrates the discovery of the ninth planet, Pluto, on this date by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona after nearly a year of searching.  The scientific community confirmed  Plutos existence on March 13, 1930, and the announcement of the existence of a ninth planet was released to the public. Pluto is 2372 miles in diameter and has roughly the same land mass as Russia.
On August 24, 2006, Pluto was reclassified by astronomers from a planet to dwarf planet status and renamed Plutoid. However, recent photographs of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have scientists scratching their pointy heads once again, trying to figure out whether or not Pluto is a planet.
As a side note, In 2007, New Mexico, because it’s well….New Mexico, proclaimed March 13th as “Pluto Is a Planet Day”.
So, who are you going to believe, a bunch of pointy-headed scientists who can’t seem to reach consensus on anything; or the legislature of a state where UFO’s have actually landed?

I’m really charged up to inform you that the next “holiday” is National Battery Day. I was shocked to learn that Benjamin Franklin coined the term “battery” – but the precursor for the modern day battery we know today was created by Allesandro Volta, an Italian physicist in 1800. Today marks the anniversary of his birth in 1745. I am absolutely energized about the many uses and applications of batteries. Without batteries, we would literally be in the dark. Batteries power innumerable devices that we take for granted… from flashlights to remote controls and hand-held devices to our garage door openers, our smoke detectors…etc. Battery Day is all about celebrating and recognizing just how important the simple battery is to our way of life.
If you are a pink bunny who marches around beating a big drum, you should pay homage to Mr. Volta today for paving the way to your career in advertising. If you think you are a pink bunny who marches around beating a big drum…you should seek psychiatric help immediately.

The last “holiday” today is Thumb Appreciation Day. Ah, the thumb. How often do you even think about your thumbs…let alone the fact that they are opposable? Most of us take our thumbs for granted, but without thumbs, it would be hard to get a grip on anything. Without thumbs, how would millennials even manage grasp their cell phones, let alone text with them?
To celebrate this holiday, try doing some simple tasks, like drinking your morning cup of coffee or brushing your teeth without using them. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation of your thumbs for sure.

The first food-related “holiday” today is Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day. Wow, talk about your specific food holidays. Just for the record,  to my knowledge, there is no National Crab Day, and, to my knowledge, there is also no National Flounder Day; so who the heck decided to create a holiday combining the two? The answer is, I have no idea. If you want to celebrate this holiday, there are recipes all over the internet for stuffed white fish…just be sure that the fish you use is Flounder and the stuffing is crab meat.

The adult beverage-related “holiday today is Drink Wine Day. A glass of wine a day keeps the cardiologist away…or so they say. That may be the reason why Drink Wine Day was created. Studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine a day improves heart health, reduces forgetfulness, boosts immunity, and increases bone density.
People have been producing wine since at least 6000 B.C. There are dozens of ancient legends about humans who accidentally consumed fermented grapes and became intoxicated, which is probably how wine was first created. Eventually, people began experimenting with the fermentation process. The methods for making wine spread from the region of Mesopotamia to Egypt, Greece, Rome, France, Spain, and eventually the New World. Today, over 20 million acres of the earth’s surface are dedicated to growing grapes for wine.
To celebrate Drink Wine Day, pop the cork and enjoy a refreshing glass of Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel, or check out a local winery, or host an impromptu wine tasting at your house. Cheers!

On this date in 2000 – The U.S. Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calender-year trade gap in U.S. history. Ah, how I long for the “good old days”.

Other historical events that happened on this date include:

  • In 1564 – The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.
  • In 1841 – The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.
  • In 1861 – In Montgomery, AL, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.
  • In 1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published in the U.S. for the first time.
  • In 1932 – Sonja Henie won her 6th world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.
  • In 1949 – “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” debuted on CBS radio.
  • In 1952 –  Greece and Turkey became members of NATO.
  • In 1953 –  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the “I Love Lucy” TV show through 1955.
  • In 1970 – The Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
  • In 1972 – The California Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
  • In 1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
  • In 1987 – The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
  • In 1998 – In Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.
  • In 2001 – NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race.
  • In 2001 – FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • In 2006 – American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speed-skating in Turin. He was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

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

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