Life Day 25091: Whew! That Was Close

March 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning . Today is March 23. The first holiday today is Near Miss Day. Near Miss Day commemorates the day a huge asteroid nearly missed hitting the earth. On March 23, 1989, an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth. In interstellar terms, it was a near miss. Had it collided with the Earth, it would have left a devastating crater the size of Washington, D.C. Its effect on the planet would have been catastrophic. Since then, there have been other near misses. An asteroid approximately 70 meters long came within 288,000 miles in March 2002. An asteroid approximately 10 meters in diameter came within 54,700 miles of earth on September 27, 2003 — Whew!

The next holiday is World Meteorological Day. Every year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, part of the United Nations, celebrate World Meteorological Day to commemorate the founding of their organization in 1950. World Meteorological Day has been observed on March 23 each year since 1961.
The International Meteorological Organization was established at the first International Meteorological Congress in Vienna, Austria, in 1873. The organization aimed to establish meteorological station networks. These networks were linked by telegraph and improved weather forecasts. The International Meteorological Organization became the World Meteorological Organization on March 23, 1950. It became the UN’s specialized agency for meteorology, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences in 1951. The World Meteorological Organization plays a crucial role in contributing to people’s safety and welfare. Its work is important in providing food security, water resources, and transportation.

OK, the third holiday today is  OK Day. OK Day celebrates the coining of the word OK in 1839 by a group of editors in Boston, MA, who routinely made up nonsensical abbreviations to entertain their readers. OK meant “oll korrect” (all correct). Most of their comic abbreviations soon faded into obscurity. However, OK gained momentum due to the Presidential campaign of Martin Van Buren around that same time. Van Buren was from Kinderbrook, NY, and he was nicknamed “Old Kinderbrook” (OK). He lost the election to William Henry Harrison, but OK survived to become one of the most commonly used words (abbreviations) in America today. OK, got it?

The next holiday today is National Puppy Day. National Puppy Day is a holiday  to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, and to urge all pet stores to become puppy-free. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige. This website is full of ideas for ways to celebrate with your puppy today. It would also be nice to donate to your local Humane Society or other no-kill organizations that help puppies find loving homes.

If you are more of a cat person, the next holiday today is Cuddly Kitten Day. Cuddly Kitten Day has basically the same goals as National Puppy Day…except with the emphasis on kittens.  While the origins of this holiday are unknown, cat lovers don’t need an excuse to give their kitties some extra lovin’. So move over Fido, make room for Fluffy.
Whether you are a cat person or dog person, these holidays serve as a reminder to pamper your pet. Cuddle your furbaby today, regardless of species. Shower them with extra love, a few extra treats and/or a brand new toy.
If you have been thinking about adding a pet to your family, these two holidays afford you with a reason to finally make the jump. Just remember to please, please, please, adopt from a shelter.

The first food-related holiday today is National Melba Toast Day. Melba Toast is a delicacy named after the 19th-century opera singer Dame Nellie Melba in 1901. According to lore, the tiny thin, crispy toasts were first prepared for her by famed chef Auguste Escoffier and were named by the eminent hotel magnate Cesar Ritz. Today, Melba Toast is sold in supermarkets everywhere and is often marketed as reduced-calorie bread.

The next food-related holiday is National Chip and Dip Day. National Chip and Dip Day celebrates America’s favorite snack duet. If you’re holding a party, it is almost certain that chips and dips will be on the snack list. Unlike Potato Chip Day, which we celebrated last week, National Chip and Dip Day is more generic and celebrates any kind of chip; corn, tortilla, pita, or any of the other “healthy” chips marketed today. As for the dip, choose whichever dip you deem appropriate for your chip of choice.

The last food-related holiday today is National Tamale Day. A tamale is a pocket of simple corn dough, called masa, stuffed with anything from meat and cheese to fruit and vegetables. Each one is wrapped in a corn husk or a banana leaf, and steamed before eating. In pre-Columbian Central America, tamales were the original takeout meal: hearty fare easily packed for a journey. In modern times, tamales are an important part of Latin American holiday and special occasion celebrations — a family or a small group might come together to make hundreds to share or sell.
Why not start a new  family tradition by making some tamales in celebration of National Tamale Day.

On this date in 1857 – Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.

Other events of note which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1775 – American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, “give me liberty, or give me death!”
  • In 1794 – Josiah G. Pierson patented a rivet machine.
  • In 1806 – Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east.
  • In 1836 – The coin press was invented by Franklin Beale.
  • In 1840 – The first successful photo of the Moon was taken.
  • In 1858 – Eleazer A. Gardner patented the cable streetcar.
  • In 1868 – The University of California was founded in Oakland, CA.
  • In 1880 – John Stevens patented the grain crushing mill. The mill increased flour production by 70 percent.
  • In 1889 – U.S. President Harrison opened Oklahoma for white colonization.
  • In 1903 – The Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent.
  • In 1909 – British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole.
  • In 1909 – Theodore Roosevelt began an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
  • In 1912 – The Dixie Cup was invented.
  • In 1917 – In the Midwest U.S., four tornadoes kill 211 people over a four day period.
  • In 1919 – Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
  • In 1921 – Arthur G. Hamilton set a new parachute record when he safely jumped from 24,400 feet.
  • In 1922 – The first airplane landed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
  • In 1925 – The state of Tennessee enacted a law that made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the Bible’s account of man’s creation.
  • In 1933 – The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act. The act effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.
  • In  1940 – “Truth or Consequences” was heard on radio for the first time.
  • In 1942 – During World War II, the U.S. government began evacuating Japanese-Americans from West Coast homes to detention centers.
  • In 1957 – 1957 – The U.S. Army sold the last of its homing pigeons.
  • In 1965 – America’s first two-person space flight took off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard. The craft was the Gemini 3.
  • In 1972 – Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars.
  • In 1981 – U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women.
  • In 1983 – President Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles. The proposal became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative and “Star Wars.”
  • In 1989 – Two electro-chemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, announced that they had created nuclear fusion in a test tube at room temperature.
  • In 1990 – Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood was ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for the 1989 oil spill.
  • In 1994 – Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League (NHL) career record with his 802nd goal.
  • In 1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that term limits for state lawmakers were constitutional.
  • In 2001 – Russia’s orbiting Mir space station plunged into the South Pacific after its 15-years of use.

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

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