Life Day 25063: I’ll Have A Cuba Libre…Hold the Lime.

February 24, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mixologists. Today is February 24. The first “holiday” today is World Bartender Day. Bartending is a difficult but often a thankless job. Not only does a good bartender have to know how to make myriad different drinks, they also have to put up with people in various stages of intoxication, and be willing to listen to people’s troubles…and since a large portion of their income is derived from tips, they have to do all of this while maintaining a positive attitude and keeping a smile on their faces.
World Bartender Day salutes these saintly souls who keep our glasses full and our spirits high. In my younger days, I spent many an hour ensconced on a bar stool across from some really nice bartenders who were always willing to exchange a joke or two and generally brighten my day.

The other “holiday” today is Inconvenience Yourself Day. Inconvenience Yourself Day is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday each February. It encourages you to be extra helpful and nice to everyone that you encounter today, even if it is inconvenient. It doesn’t have to be anything monumental; helping your neighbor carry in their groceries, holding the door for a stranger as you enter a building, or driving courteously without using your horn every 30 seconds will suffice. Leave that primo parking spot close to the entrance for someone else and park farther away. The exercise will do you good anyway. Be there for your friends a, family and co-workers. Go out of your way to make them feel appreciated.  It is more about making a number of small sacrifices rather than one big one.

The food related “holiday” is Tortilla Chip Day. Tortilla chips are made from round corn or flour tortillas that are cut into wedges. The chips may be either fried or baked. Tortilla chips are considered a Mexican food, however, they originated in Los Angeles. During the late 1940’s The Carranza’s, a couple who ran a tortilla factory came up with the idea to cut ‘misshaped’ tortillas into triangles and fry them. They sold them by the bag for 10¢ each and the rest is history. Soon, the lowly tortilla chip began to compete with the major brands of corn chips (Fritos, et al). To celebrate, try making some fresh tortilla chips at home. Here is a simple recipe.

On this date in 1839, Mr. William S. Otis received a patent for the steam shovel. He died later that year of Typhoid Fever. He was just 26 years old. His steam shovel revolutionized the construction and mining industries and was an integral part of the expansion of the railroad system in America.

Other significant events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1803 – The Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.
  • In 1857 – The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.
  • In 1863 –  Arizona was organized as a territory.
  • In 1868 – The first parade to use floats occurred in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.
  • In 1868 – The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson due to his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The U.S. Senate later acquitted Johnson.
  • In 1903 – In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.
  • In 1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.
  • In 1942 – The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.
  • In 1942 – The Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.
  • In 1956 – The city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.
  • In 1981 – Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
  • In 1988 – The Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award to Rev. Jerry Falwell that had been won against “Hustler” magazine. The ruling expanded legal protections for parody and satire.
  • In 1989 – Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”. A bounty of one-million-dollars was also put on Rushdie’s head.
  • In 1992 – Tracy Gold began working on the set of “Growing Pains” again. She had left the show due to anorexia.
  • In 1994 – Garrett Morris was shot during a robbery attempt in Los Angeles, CA. He eventually recovered from his injury.
  • In 1997 – The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective “morning-after” pills for preventing pregnancy.
  • In 2008 – Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years.

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

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