Life Day 25080: Another Bloomin’ Holiday

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

Good morning flower children. Today is March 12. The first holiday today is Plant A Flower Day. Spring is nigh upon us, and there is no better indicator of that than blooming flowers…but first you have to plant them. Plant A Flower Day is as good a day as any other to get outside and commune with nature. Gardening is a great hobby. It’s enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. It is something that virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health.
With over 400,000 flowering plant species in the world, it is almost certain that you can find a few varieties of flowers that you like. From the simple daisy to the elegant rose, and from the colorful wildflowers dotting the countryside to the elaborate and vibrant flowers of southeastern Asia, flowers have been making our lives more colorful for millennia.
Flowers have likely been around for nearly as long as the planet itself. Over the centuries, flowers have served numerous purposes, from decorative to medicinal to ceremonial. As early as 2,500 BC, Egyptians were using flowers to adorn tables and great halls, as well as show respect for both the living and the dead, and a wide variety of flowers were even uncovered in the tombs of pharaohs.
Celebrating Plant A Flower Day is easy…go to the nursery and buy a variety of your favorite types of flowers. Then, take them home and plant them. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirt under your fingernails. And, don’t forget to take the time out, somewhere along the way, to stop and smell them.

The next holiday is Girl Scout Day. Today marks the anniversary of the founding of the first Girl Scout troop. It was started in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordon Low. There were 18 girls in the original troop. The group eventually became a national organization and was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are millions of girls involved with Girl Scouts. If you have the opportunity, don’t forget to buy some of their delicious cookies today.

The third holiday today is Decedent’s Day (aka, Genealogy Day). This is the seventh, and final holiday of  “Celebrate Your Name Week”. Climb into your family tree today and jiggle a few branches. Start piecing together your personal history today. Genealogy is becoming more popular as people try to discover their heritage and learn about their roots. Putting together your family tree can be time-consuming, yet at the same time, it can be rewarding. It’s like a puzzle waiting to be put together. If you feel that you don’t have the time to do the extensive research necessary to put together your familt tree, you might consider using the internet. There are quite a few websites available that have already done most of the work for you (these websites charge a fee for their services in most cases, and the fees can widely vary). Hopefully, you will discover that your family tree resembles a majestic spreading oak…rather than a totem pole.

Another holiday today is International Fanny Pack Day. Held on the second Saturday in March, Fanny Pack Day pays tribute to this fashion essential. For the centuries, man has worn some form of the fanny pack to carry items for easy access. Although they may not be chic, they are by far one of the most useful fashion accessories. They can be used to carry all sorts of essentials, for a variety of activities. Wear yours proudly today.

The final holiday is Alfred Hitchcock Day. Since today marks neither the anniversary of his birth, nor the anniversary of his death, I can find no discernible reason why it is celebrated today, but a number of my sources indicate that it is true. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the best directors in Hollywood history. His career spanned over 6 decades. His use of lighting, camera angle, and music to manipulate his audiences is unparalleled. Today’s crop of  gore-filled “slasher” flicks pale in comparison to his mastery of suspense. As good as he was at “keeping people on the edge of their seats”, he had a wonderfully delightful, wry sense of humor, which was evident in the introductions to the dramas he presented on his long running TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. It is also illustrated by one of his own quotes: “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”  Tonight would be a good night to settle in with the family and watch a couple of his classic thrillers, or a few episodes from his TV series. Episodes are available here free of cost.

The food-related holiday today is National Baked Scallops Day. Scallops can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source. Scallops have two types of meat in one shell: the adductor muscle, called “scallop”, which is white and meaty, and the roe, called “coral”, which is red or white and soft. These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are delicious prepared in a variety of ways. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking them. If you’re a seafood lover, try some tonight. There are probably a gazillion recipes available online if you want to try to bake some at home.

On this date in 2003 – In Utah, Elizabeth Smart was reunited with her family, nine months after she was abducted from her home. She had been kidnapped on June 5, 2002 by a drifter that had previously worked at the Smart home.

Other historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1496 – Jews were expelled from Syria.
  • In 1609 – The Bermuda Islands became an English colony.
  • In 1664 – New Jersey became a British colony. King Charles II granted land in the New World to his brother James (The Duke of York).
  • In 1755 – In North Arlington, NJ, the steam engine was used for the first time.
  • In 1789 – The U.S. Post Office was established.
  • In 1884 – The State of Mississippi authorized the first state-supported college for women. It was called the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
  • In 1889 – Almon B. Stowger applied for a patent for his automatic telephone system.
  • In 1894 – Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.
  • In 1904 – After 30 years of drilling, the Holland tunnel under the Hudson River was completed. It linked Jersey City, NJ, and New York, NY.
  • In 1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address to the nation. It was the first of his “Fireside Chats.”
  • In 1947 – President Truman established the “Truman Doctrine” to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.
  • In 1959 – The House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving the statehood of Hawaii.
  • In 1974 – “Wonder Woman” debuted on ABC-TV. The show later went to CBS-TV.
  • In 1985 – Former President Richard M. Nixon announced that he planned to drop Secret Service protection and hire his own bodyguards in an effort to lower the deficit by $3 million.
  • In 1989 – About 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of an exhibit.
  • In 1993 – The Pentagon called for the closure of 31 major military bases.
  • In 1994 – A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell of the Loch Ness monster was confirmed to be a hoax. The photo was taken of a toy submarine with a head and neck attached.
  • In 1994 – The Church of England ordained its first women priests.
  • In 1999 – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic became members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). All three countries were members of the former Warsaw Pact.
  • In 2002 – U.S. homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
  • In 2010 – Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad.

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

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