Life Day 25090: Water World (Er Umm) World Water Day

March 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning aqua nuts. Today is March 22nd. The first holiday today is World Water Day, or as the UN phrases it, World Day for Water. World Water Day is held annually on this date as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh, clean water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd as World Day for Water in 1993.
Here in America, we take fresh, clean, safe water for granted, but the recent water crisis in Flint Michigan, and the drought in California and other Western states, show that even in this country we can’t always count on our water supply.
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, nearly a billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water, and millions of people walk for miles each day just to get acrid water that, quite frankly, we in America wouldn’t use to water our plants. And, this is the water that they have to use daily for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Yet as the world’s population increases the amount of water we need to drink and to produce food, goods, and the need services continue to grow.
If you would like to celebrate this holiday, make a donation to one of the many organizations, such as Charity Waterdedicated to providing fresh water to developing countries.

The next holiday today is As Young As You Feel Day. The old adage “you’re only as old as you feel” is certainly pertinent to this holiday. My chronological age is 68, but I seldom feel like it. Most days I feel considerably younger, but occasionally, when I’m ill, or after a strenuous workout, I feel older. Try your best today to act as young as possible; without being childish. Get your bike out of the garage and take a ride, with no particular destination in mind. Go to a park with some friends or family members and play Frisbee, or toss a football or baseball around for a while. Play on the playground equipment. Share a malt with your sweetie at whatever serves as a “soda fountain” these days in your area. Today is as good a day as any to enter your “second childhood”, if you haven’t already done so.

The third holiday today is Goof-off Day. Goof-off Day is a day that just about everybody can enjoy. It’s a day to do anything and everything, except what you’re supposed to do. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with a friend. Pack a lunch and go to the partk. Or, just plop down in your recliner and read a book or watch TV. Goof Off Day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing.

The next holiday today is International Day of the Seal. International Day of the Seal  was established in 1982 by Congress to draw attention to the cruelty of seal hunts, to consider the plight of seals worldwide, and to draw attention  to the inevitability of these creatures’ extinction unless something is done. Zoos and aquariums around the world observe this day with special programs and activities.
Several species of monk seals endangered. The usual suspects that cause species’ populations to drop include human hunting of seals for meat, blubber and fur; pollution; being caught in fishing nets; and habitat or food supply destruction. In the Mediterranean monk seals’ case, they faced several of these human-caused dangers, but the biggest factor right now is that a deadly virus wiped out about two thirds of their population. However, only some species are endangered. The gray seal, for example, has been increasing in population each year.

Another holiday today is National Sing Out Day. On this holiday, your shower isn’t the only place for you to sing. National Sing Out Day encourages you to belt out a tune anywhere you want. Sing along with those classic rock jams on your car radio. Go to a Karaoke bar. Invite your friends over for an old-fashioned hootenanny. Watch some old musicals and sing along. Sing whatever you want, anywhere you want today. Don’t be bashful.

The last holiday today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March. The American Diabetes Association created this holiday as part of its awareness programs in 1986.  It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since. American Diabetes Association Alert Day  is a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages everyone to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes.

The food-related holiday today is Coq Au Vin Day. Coq au Vin is a classic French recipe, and a bistro favorite. Coq Au Vin is French for “rooster in wine sauce,” a fricassee traditionally cooked with lardons (salt pork), mushrooms and garlic. Older roosters were preferred because they contain more connective tissue, which creates a richer broth. In postwar America, chicken is most often substituted for rooster and smoked ham for the lardons. Coq Au Vin takes a long time to prepare, as this recipe confirms. If you’re going to try making it at home, start early, or preferably, the night before.
Note: A fricassee is a stew of chicken or other white meat (veal is popular), cooked on the bone in a white gravy with carrots and onions or leeks. It is generally served over noodles or dumplings, with boiled potatoes on the side.

On this date in 1987 – A barge loaded with 32,000 tons of refuse left Islip, NY, to find a place to unload. After being refused by several states and three countries space was found back in Islip.

Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1457 – Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.
  • In 1622 – Indians attacked a group of colonist in the James River area of Virginia. 347 residents were killed.
  • In 1630 – The first legislation to prohibit gambling was enacted. It was in Boston, MA.
  • In 1733 – Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water (seltzer).
  • In 1765 – The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
  • In 1794 – The U.S. Congress banned U.S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
  • In 1841 – Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.
  • In 1872 – Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
  • In 1882 – The U.S. Congress outlawed polygamy.
  • In 1903 – Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
  • In 1904 – The first color photograph was published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
  • In 1915 – A German zeppelin made a night raid on Paris railway stations.
  • In 1919 – The first international airline service was inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels.
  • In 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.
  • In 1934 – The first Masters golf championship was played in Augusta, GA. It became an annual event.
  • In 1935 – Persia was renamed Iran.
  • In 1946 – The first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth’s atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.
  • In 1954 – The first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.
  • In 1956 – Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.
  • In 1960 – A.L. Schawlow & C.H. Townes obtained a patent for the laser. It was the first patent for any laser.
  • In 1972 – The U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It was not ratified by the states.
  • In 1978 – Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas, fell to his death while walking a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • In 1980 – People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.
  • In 1981 – RCA put its Selectra Vision laser disc players on the market.
  • In 1988 – The Congress overrode U.S. President Reagan’s veto of a sweeping civil rights bill.
  • In 1990 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.
  • In 1991 –  1991 – Pamela Smart, a high school teacher, was found guilty in New Hampshire of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband.
  • In 1992 – A Fokker F-28 veered off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia airport and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 people.
  • In 1993 – Intel introduced the Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS.
  • In 1995 – Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.
  • In 1997 – Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest women’s world figure skating champion.

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

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