Life Day 25085: Today, Everyone is Irish

March 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Leprechauns. Today is March 17th. The first holiday today is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. People have been celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Patrick (aka St. Patrick’s Day) for over a thousand years. Saint Patrick was born and raised in Roman Britain during the fifth century. At the age of sixteen, he was captured and sold as a slave to an Irish sheep farmer but eventually managed to escape. He spent several years in a monastery before returning to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Today he is hailed as the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Irish heritage and culture in general. Christians attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat.
Over the years, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved from a religious observance to a worldwide celebration of Irish culture. In Ireland, men wear shamrocks on their jackets and caps, and women wear green ribbons in their hair. St. Patrick’s Day, although not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. Cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Savannah host huge St. Patrick’s Day parades, and Chicago dyes its river bright green. It is primarily observed in celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture; celebrations which include religious observances, feasting, parades, prominent displays of the color green, and the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century.
Here is an interesting little factoid:  Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland. There, now you know that St. Patrick’s Day is more than just an excuse to get drunk and act stupid. Erin Go Braugh (Ireland Forever).

The next holiday today is Campfire Girls Day. Campfire Girls of America was incorporated in Washington, D.C, as a national agency, on this date, 1912. It is a nationwide American youth organization that began in 1910. The organization has been co-ed since 1975 and welcomes youth from pre-kindergarten through age 21. Camp Fire was the first nonsectarian, multicultural organization for girls in America. Its programs emphasize camping and other outdoor activities for youth. The organization changed its name in 1975 to Camp Fire Boys and Girls when membership eligibility was expanded to include boys. In 2001, the name Camp Fire USA was adopted, and in 2012, it became known as simply Camp Fire.

The third holiday today is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day reminds people that every kid out there is incredible. This holiday was created in 1997 by Campfire USA as a day to show all kids that they are loved and cared for. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is celebrated annually, on the third Thursday in March. It includes a national letter-writing campaign, which encourages adults to write letters of support and love to the children in their lives. Celebrate this holiday by telling the children in your life how much you appreciate and love them. Whether it’s your own child, grandchild, or family friend, use this holiday to let them know how incredible you think they are.

Another holiday today is Submarine Day. Submarine Day celebrates the day that John Philip Holland, an Irish engineer, first successfully demonstrated his submarine called the Holland VI. On St. Patrick’s Day, 1898, his submarine made it’s first successful submerged run, which impressed observers by the US Navy Department. The (then) Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, recommended that the Navy buy the Holland VI. Several months later, it became the Navy’s first submarine and was re-christened  the USS Holland (SS-1). The U.S. Submarine Fleet was established on April 17th, 1900.
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. Although experimental submarines had been built before, submarine design took off during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they were adopted by several navies. Submarines were first widely used during World War I (1914–1918), and now figure in many large navies. Today, Submarines have one of the widest ranges of types and capabilities of any vessel. They range from small autonomous examples and one or two-person vessels that operate for a few hours, to vessels that can remain submerged for six months – such as the Russian Typhoon class, the biggest submarines ever built. Submarines can work at greater depths than are survivable or practical for human divers.
You can celebrate the submersible by reading about submarines or researching online. If you live near a naval museum, take a drive to see a submarine today, and if allowed, go aboard. Then, after you finish your research, or return from your excursion, settle in and watch a movie about submarines such as “Hunt For Red October” or “Run Silent, Run Deep”. If you prefer, you could watch a couple of episodes of the TV show “Voyage to the Bottom Of The Sea”. Listening to the song “Yellow Submarine” a few times throughout the day would also be appropriate.

The last holiday today is Evacuation Day. Evacuation Day celebrates the day the British troops evacuated Boston after an 11-month siege during the Revolutionary War. This holiday  is only celebrated by those living in Boston, Massachusetts and it’s environs, where it is a public holiday. This link will give you more information about this local holiday. It’s worth a read since it is part of the history of the Revolutionary War.

The food-related holiday today is Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. In the culinary arts, the term corning refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that is mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Historical note: Irish immigrants adapted corned beef from their Jewish neighbors on New York’s Lower East Side as a cheaper alternative to corned pork and Irish bacon. In Ireland at the time, beef was used primarily for dairy products, and only the very rich could afford to eat beef. In America, Irish settlers found that beef was much more affordable, thus precipitating the, now traditional, Irish-American dish, corned beef and cabbage.
Factoid: Smoking a corned beef, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami.
My brisket is ready for the oven. Since I dislike cabbage in any form except sauerkraut, I’ll forgo the “and cabbage” part of this holiday and roast my brisket, the same way I would  a beef roast.

On this date in 1950 – Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element. They named it “californium”. It is also known as element 98.

Other historic events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 0461 – Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul, Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in his honor.
  • In 1756 – St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.
  • In 1766 – Britain repealed the Stamp Act that had caused resentment in the North American colonies.
  • In 1776 – British forces evacuated Boston to Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War.
  • In 1868 – A postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued.
  • In 1870 – Wellesley College was incorporated by the Massachusetts legislature under its first name, Wellesley Female Seminary.
  • In 1884 – In Otay, California, John Joseph Montgomery made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air glider flight in the United States.
  • In 1901 – In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings were shown at the Bernheim Gallery.
  • In 1914 – Russia increased the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
  • In 1917 – America’s first bowling tournament for ladies began in St. Louis, MO. Almost 100 women participated in the event.
  • In 1930 – Al Capone was released from jail.
  • In 1941 – The National Gallery of Art was officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC.
  • In 1942 – Douglas MacArthur became the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the Southwestern Pacific.
  • In 1944 – During World War II, the U.S. bombed Vienna.
  • In 1961 – The U.S. increased military aid and technicians to Laos.
  • In 1966 – A U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off of Spain.
  • In 1967 – Snoopy and Charlie Brown of “Peanuts” were on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • In 1970 – The U.S. Army charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case.
  • In 1972 – U.S. President Nixon asked Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
  • In 1973 – The first American prisoners of war (POWs) were released from the “Hanoi Hilton” in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
  • In 1985 – President Reagan agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
  • In 1992 – White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.
  • In 1995 – Gerry Adams became the first leader of Sinn Fein to be received at the White House.
  • In 1999 – A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
  • In 1999 – The International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members in the wake of a bribery scandal.

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


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