Life Day 25081: K-9 Veteran’s Day

March 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Before I get started with today’s holidays, it is time for my semi-annual rant about Daylight Saving Time.
Once again, at 2:00 AM this morning, one hour was arbitrarily subtracted from your clocks for no conceivable purpose. Yes, Daylight Saving time went into effect. Did you even notice? Did you remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before you went to bed? Yeah, me either. Thanks to modern technology, most of our clocks automatically make the adjustment for us these days…unless you are such a troglodyte that you don’t have any electronic timepieces in your home.
In today’s “24/7″ world, why do we still subject ourselves to the semi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? I say that we should decide on time standard, then let our circadian rhythm gradually adjust our “body clocks” naturally as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for millennia using this tried and true method.
Although not a new concept [while visiting France, Benjamin Franklin jokingly proposed a tax on shutters to discourage citizens from blocking out sunlight and wasting valuable candles lighting a room that could be naturally lighted by the sunlight that the shutters blocked], the modern day concept of Daylight Saving Time is a 20th century idea devised by politicians to “save” daylight. It is akin to cutting 12 inches off of the end of a blanket, sewing the severed piece of blanket to the opposite end, then claiming that you made the original blanket a foot longer. The fact that Daylight Saving Time was conceived by politicians should be the first indicator that this is an ill-conceived, hair-brained, cockamamie idea, and should automatically disqualify it from having gravitas.

How are people supposed to “spring forward” after losing an hour of sleep? At least retirement affords me a small advantage over most people. After I “spring forward”, I can “fall back” into my bed if I desire, and “get back” the hour of sleep that all of you poor ‘working stiffs’ lost because of this ridiculous ritual.
The only constructive purpose for Daylight Saving Time that I can come up with is that it serves as a reminder to check/change the batteries in our smoke detectors…but these days we can easily set reminders on our computers, and even our smartphones, that will do that for us.

Now, on to the regular content:

Good morning dog lovers. Today is March 13. The first holiday today is K-9 Veteran’s Day.  K-9 Veteran’s Day isn’t actually a national holiday, yet! Progress is being made however. Legislators on both the federal and state level are showing support for such a holiday. Who knows, maybe next year, K-9 Veteran’s Day will be a national holiday.
Today marks the 74th anniversary of the day that the United States Army K-9 Corps was created. The idea of a K-9 Veterans Day originated with a retired military working dog trainer named Joseph Wright who wanted recognition for dogs who serve in the military, law enforcement, and service dogs. He selected this date because it coincides the creation of the Army K-9 Corps. To date, over 30,000 dogs have served in the military since the K-9 Corps was started, with over 1,500 and 4,000 dogs deployed during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, respectively. As of 2012, approximately 2,800 active duty dogs have been deployed around the world, including over 600 in Iraq and Afghanistan.
K-9 Veteran’s Day is a holiday to honor all “working dogs” – Military, law enforcement, search and rescue, assistance, and dogs trained in other specialized fields such as cadaver dogs.

The next holiday is Good Samaritan Day. Good Samaritan Day is a day to emphasize the importance of rendering aid to those who need it. the parable of the “good Samaritan” comes from tyhe bible, Luke 10:25-37. Jesus told His disciples about a selfless person who assisted a man who had been stripped of his clothing, robbed of his money, beaten and left for dead. A Jewish priest walked by the victim, but went to the other side of the street and did nothing. Another person also walked by and did nothing. But the Good Samaritan saw the man, kneeled next to him, cleaned and bandaged his wounds. He then put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. He gave the innkeeper money to care for the victim and told him if the bill exceeded the amount, he would pay the difference the next time he stays at the inn. Jesus instructed His disciples to “Go and do likewise.”
Unfortunately, this  scenario occurs more often than one might think. People often ignore someone in desperate need, many times in broad daylight. While getting involved during an actual crime may not be advisable, the advancement of technology makes it easy for just about anyone to pick up the phone and call 9-1-1 for assistance from emergency responders. If the perpetrator in no longer around, do what you can to comfort and ais the victim until help arrives.
This holiday serves as an important reminder to help others in need. Whether it’s an elderly neighbor who needs a little help or a complete stranger in need, helping someone not only helps them, it sets a good example and makes you feel good too. And don’t forget the neglected and abused four-legged friends that need our help and compassion as well.
Good Samaritan Day is celebrated on this date because it is the anniversary of the murder of Catherine (Kitty) Genovese, Mar 13, 1964, in the Kew Gardens community, Queens, NY. Reportedly at least 38 of her neighbors, not wanting “to get involved,” witnessed and watched for nearly 30 minutes as the fleeing girl was pursued and repeatedly stabbed by her 29-year-old attacker.

The third holiday today is Ken Day. Ken Day marks the date in 1961, when Mattel released a ‘companion’ for their popular Barbie doll. According to Mattel, Ken (Carson) is Barbie’s boyfriend. Like Barbie, he is forever young and has been constantly reinvented. Ken is “into” everything – he’s had at least 40 ‘careers’, although his career-hopping is dwarfed by Barbie’s 78+ ‘careers’.  Apparantly, one of the things that Ken wasn’t “into” was getting married. In 2004, after decades of being boyfriend-girlfriend, Barbie and Ken split up but, according to Mattel remained friends. On their 50th anniversary as a couple in 2011, according to Mattel, Ken launched a campaign to get Barbie back. and by Valentine’s Day of that year, they were reunited.
Unless you are still playin with dolls, I haven’t a clue as to how you are supposed to celebrate Ken Day – but it might be an opportunity to have a “date night” with your significant other and use the opportunity go reaffirm you love and grow closer together.

The last holiday today is National Jewel Day. National Jewel Day is a ‘gem’ of a holiday that celebrates jewels of all shapes, sizes, cuts and colors. The origins of this holiday are unknown, but chances are pretty good a either a jeweler or girl came up with the idea. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?
Fashion trends may come and go, but people have been adorning themselves with jewels for centuries, and jewelry seems to be the one constant trend in fashion that never goes out of style. Early pieces of jewelry were made from stones, bones, teeth and shells. Over the years, jewelry has been worn for functional purposes, protection against various dangers, signs of political strength, decorations and as status symbols.
To celebrate this holiday, “bling” yourself up and go out on the town.

The food-related holiday today is Coconut Torte Day. Together, coconut and tortes don’t have any discernible history. However, separately, coconuts and tortes have a history of their own.
The first mention of the English name of coconut printed in English was in 1555. The word coconut comes from the Portuguese-Spanish word coco, and means monkey face. The Spanish and Portuguese saw the resemblance of a monkey’s face in the three round indented markings or “eyes” found at the base of the coconut. Like many different things in history, coconuts were used as currency.  They were used as currency in the Nicobar Islands of the Indian Ocean. Coconuts continued as a form of currency through the early part of the twentieth century. Coconuts are fruits of the coconut palms which are native of Malaysia, Polynesia and southern Asia. Through the advancement of modern global civilization, they are now prolific in South America, India, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, and Florida. The coconut’s name is a not actually accurate. It is not a nut, but rather a seed and it the largest known seeds in the plant world.
The word torte is German and literally means cake. One of the oldest known torte’s in the world is the Linzer Torte – which was named after the city of Linz, Austria. Torte refers to both a multi-layered cake filled with buttercream, jam, or cream and to a rich, moist, and dense single-layered cake.
Now, the next time you’re at a party and the subject of coconuts or tortes comes up, you’ll be prepared. To celebrate, find a recipe online and enjoy a coconut torte for dessert tonight. After all, it’s just basically a coconut layer cake.

On this date in 1901 – Andrew Carnegie announced that he was retiring from business and that he would spend the rest of his days giving away his fortune. His net worth was estimated at $300 million. In today’s dollars, that fortune equates to a little under 8.6 billion dollars…or enough to run the government fo 19¾ hours in today’s economy.

Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 0607 – The 12th recorded the passage of Halley’s Comet occurred.
  • In 1519 – Cortez landed in Mexico.
  • In 1639 – Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.
  • In 1781 – Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
  • In 1852 – The New York “Lantern” newspaper published the first “Uncle Sam cartoon”. It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew.
  • In 1861 – Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.
  • In 1868 – The U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
  • In 1877 – Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.
  • In 1878 – The first collegiate golf match was played between Oxford and Cambridge.
  • In 1911 – The U.S. Supreme Court approved corporate tax law.
  • In 1925 – A law in Tennessee prohibited the teaching of evolution.
  • In 1930 – It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.
  • In 1935 – Three-thousand-year-old archives were found in Jerusalem confirming some biblical history.
  • In 1942 – Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
  • In 1951 – The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” appeared for the first time in newspapers across the country.
  • In 1957 – Jimmy Hoffa was arrested by the FBI on bribery charges.
  • In 1969 – The Apollo 9 astronauts returned to Earth after the conclusion of a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.
  • In 1972 – “The Merv Griffin Show” debuted in syndication for Metromedia Television.
  • In 1974 – An embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries was lifted.
  • In 1980 – A jury in Winamac, IN, found Ford Motor Company innocent of reckless homicide in the deaths of three young women that had been riding in a Ford Pinto.
  • In 1991 – Exxon paid $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.
  • In 1997 – Sister Nirmala was chosen by India’s Missionaries of Charity to succeed Mother Teresa as leader of the Catholic order.
  • In 2002 – Fox aired “Celebrity Boxing.” Tonya Harding beat Paula Jones, Danny Bonaduce beat Barry Williams and Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice.
  • In 2003 – A report in the journal “Nature” reported that scientists had found 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. The 56 prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans that were descending the side of a volcano.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables:


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