Life Day 25059: On the Cuff

February 20, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning wrist restraint enthusiasts. Today is February 20th. Good news if you’re a law-abiding citizen, or a bit on the adventurous side sexually…bad news if you have criminal tendencies.  The first “holiday” today National Handcuff Day. National Handcuff Day is celebrated today because, on this date in 1912, the US Patent office issued patent 1,017,955 to George A. Carney for a “swinging bow ratchet – type” adjustable handcuff. Before that handcuffs were heavy and bulky and there was no standard style. Carney’s design was always ready and was light weight compared to older models. Since that patent, most modern handcuffs around the world have been made with the same swing through design, with minor modifications. The Carney Patent was bought by The Peerless Handcuff Company of Springfield, Mass., and the first models were manufactured for them by Smith & Wesson.

The next “holiday” today is Love Your Pet Day. It is my opinion that if you need a ‘special’ day to remind you to love your pet, perhaps you shouldn’t have a pet anyway. With that said, today is the official day for pampering your pet with a little extra love and affection to show them just how much you care. Today, most households in the United States have at least one pet. Approximately 39% of US households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat. Pets provide wonderful companionship and can actually help decrease your blood pressure and stress. If you don’t have a pet, maybe today is the day for you to consider adopting one. Take a trip to your local Humane Society and check out what pets are available. If you are not ready to take on the responsibility of owning a pet, a donation to the local Humane Society will be appreciated. Whether you have a cat, dog, hamster, gerbil, rabbit, bird, reptile, or goldfish, or a “pet rock”, shower them with love and affection…and lots of treats today.

The last “holiday” today is Clean Out Your Bookcase Day. Clean Out Your Bookcase Day urges you to clean out and/or organize your bookcase(s). Who knows, you might just find that book that you intended to read, but misplaced about a decade ago. Many people enjoy reading, so donate any books that you have already read, and don’t particularly want to revisit later, so others may enjoy them. “One mans trash is another mans treasure.”

“I cannot tell a lie”, the food-related “holiday” today is National Cherry Pie Day. Why is today cherry pie day? Who knows and who cares? Cherry pie is one of America’s favorite pies, so that should be reason enough. The important thing is that there is a National Cherry Pie Day.
To me, it would seem more appropriate to celebrate the 22nd of this month as National Cherry Pie Day. It is the actual birth date of George Washington, who is famous for saying; “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down that Cherry tree” or something to that effect. But, what the heck, any day that includes cherry pie is a good day. Cherry pie is easy to make. But, if you are “domestically challenged”, it is even easier to purchase. Treat yourself to a slice (or two) for dessert tonight.

On this date in 1815, the USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captured both but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.Other historic events which occurred on this date are:

Other historic events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1673 – The first recorded wine auction took place in London.
  • In 1792 – President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Office.
  • In 1809 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.
  • In 1839 – The U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
  • In 1872 – Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that manufactured paper bags. Also, Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • In 1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
  • In 1880 – The American Bell Company was incorporated.
  • In 1901 – The first territorial legislature of Hawaii convened.
  • In 1931 – The U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
  • In 1933 – The House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.
  • In 1952 – Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.
  • In 1958 – Jockey Eddie Arcaro got win number 4,000, as he rode the winner at Santa Anita race track in Southern California.
  • In 1962 – Astronaut John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
  • In 1987 – A bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.
  • In 1988 – American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
  • In 2001 – FBI Agent Robert Phillip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians for 15 years.
  • In 2003 – In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by rock group Great White. Ty Longley, the guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.

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

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