Life Day 25076: Hpapy nAlation Proforedaign daY

March 8, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning readers. Today is March 8th. The first holiday today is National Proofreading Day. I am amazed every day in my perusing of the internet at the number of spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors that I encounter…even from major media outlets. What happened? Are we not teaching spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage in school anymore? Or, do people just not care? We need a holiday like National Proofreading Day to get back on track. National Proofreading Day promotes mistake-free writing. Today, project a professional image with well-written documents that are 100 percent accurate…as you should be doing every day anyway. Now if we could only get the people who use Twitter, Facebook, et al to proofread before they hit ‘send’, the rest of world might not think that we are a nation of functional illiterates.

The next holiday is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday should become an annually observed event that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, to promote equal rights for women. The first few International Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are today, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place, mainly in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office. Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. Over a century later, women are still being discriminated against, marginalized, and exploited throughout much of the world.
Until 1977, International Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity. International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to recognize the many economic, political, and social achievements women have accomplished throughout history. This holiday is also known as International Working Women’s Day and the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: “Pledge for Parity”.

The third holiday is also gender-specific: Girls Write Now Day. The mission of Girls Write Now Day is to offer guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices. The Girls Write Now organization was founded in 1998. Today, give your daughters or granddaughters a pen and paper and encourage them to explore the power of their unique, creative voice.

Another holiday today is Unique Names Day. Unique Names Day is the third holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week”. It celebrates your friends, acquaintances, loved ones, and just people in general with unique or unusual names…the ones who go through life never being able to find their names on things such as ready-made key chains and miniature license plates that you find in travel centers across America. If you or anyone you know has a unique name, ask them about it’s origins. If you had the misfortune of being born to “celebrity” parents (Moon Unit, Dweezil, Apple, North, et al), this holiday is custom-made for you.

The last holiday is Be Nasty Day. I saved Be Nasty Day for last because I hope that none of you choose to celebrate it. According to Mr. Webster’s dictionary, the word nasty means physically filthy or disgustingly unclean; offensive in smell or taste, objectionable, vicious, spiteful, ugly, or hard to deal with. None of these are desirable traits or actions, and I see no reason to celebrate any of them.  If you do, kindly keep away from me.

The food-related holiday today is National Peanut Cluster Day. For those unfamiliar with this salty-sweet treat, a peanut cluster is a crunchy bundle binding handfuls of nuts with chocolate and sometimes other things. Popularized as early as 1912 by the Goo Goo™ brand, which uses caramel and marshmallows, peanut clusters are easy snacks that can be made in a matter of minutes. Simply melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave, drop the peanuts in, then plop tablespoonfuls of the concoction on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, then put into the refrigerator to cool until hardened. Try this yourself today.

Another holiday semi-related to food today is International Pancake Day. Each year since 2006, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) has sponsored International Pancake Day. IHOP restaurants have raised nearly $20 million so far to support charities in the communities in which they do business.
Today, between 7 AM to 7 PM, guests from around the world will celebrate the eleventh annual National Pancake Day at participating IHOP restaurants and enjoy one free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes (one free stack per guest). In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© or other designated local charities. If you like pancakes, especially ‘free’ pancakes, and you are in a giving mood, visit your local IHOP today and contribute to this worthy cause.

On this date in 1999 – The White House, under President Bill Clinton, directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The firing was a result of alleged security violations.

Other noteworthy occurrences which happened on this date are:

  • In 1618 – Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.
  • In 1855 – A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.
  • In 1880 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.
  • In 1887 – The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
  • In 1894 – A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.
  • In 1907 – The British House of Commons turned down a women’s suffrage bill.
  • In 1910 – In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license.
  • In 1910 – The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.
  • In 1917 – Russia’s “February Revolution” began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the “February Revolution” due to Russia’s use of the Old Style calendar.
  • In 1917 – The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
  • In 1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
  • In 1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional.
  • In 1965 – The U.S. landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam. They were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam.
  • In 1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

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

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