Life Day 25092: Maundy Thursday

March 24, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is March 24th. The first holiday today is Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday (aka Holy Thursday or Covenant Thursday) is a Christian holiday celebrated on the Thursday before Easter. The word ‘maundy’ means the ceremonial washing of feet, usually the rich washing the feet of the poor. Maundy in this context it refers to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper. I’m not conversant enough in the traditions of the church to expound on this subject in any great detail, so this link will give you more detailed information about Maundy Thursday.

The next holiday today is World Tuberculosis Day. World Tuberculosis Day, which is celebrated on this date each year was created to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. Today the number of cases of tuberculosis in the “western world” has been drastically reduced, but tuberculosis still causes the deaths of about 1.7 million people each year worldwide, mostly in “third world” countries.
World Tuberculosis Day commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, tuberculosis was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way toward diagnosing and curing the disease.

Another holiday today is International Day for Achievers. International Day for Achievers pays tribute to achievers regardless of their field of endeavor…scientist, physician, educator, social worker, the list is endless; anyone who improves the human condition through their imagination or vision, who has done something innovative or unique for the betterment of society.
The purpose of International Achievement Day is to give credit where credit is due, to inspire others to strive to achieve, and provide a sense of purpose in pursuing worthy causes.
I found no data on who created this holiday, or when it was created.

Today’s final holiday is International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is another one of those obsequious, verbosely worded, United Nations holidays that I love so much. The holiday’s title is a link where you can garner more information about this holiday if you desire.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins, find the combination simply irresistible. Culinary historians believe that humans first discovered raisins when they came across grapes drying on a vine. What? You say you’re trying to eat healthier, so you can’t have any. Balderdash! Raisins are an excellent source fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and certain B vitamins. Add some dark chocolate into the mix and you’ll also get a healthy dose of antioxidants and important minerals. Raisins come from grapes (a fruit), and chocolate comes from cocoa beans ( a vegetable), and, we all know that fruits and vegetables are healthy. Therefore, chocolate covered raisins are good for you. Right? So, stop by your local confectioners and buy some Chocolate Covered Raisins. Or, if you have a less discriminating  palate, just stop by a Convenience Store on the way home and buy a bag or two of Raisinets.
Factoid: Raisinets were, introduced by the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company of Philadelphia in 1927, and are a favorite treat of moviegoers nationwide. The Raisinette brand was acquired by Nestlé in 1984.

On this date in 1999 – NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia’s refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.

  • In 1629 – The first game law was passed in the American colonies, by Virginia.
  • In 1664 – A charter to colonize Rhode Island was granted to Roger Williams in London.
  • In 1765 – Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.
  • In 1828 – The Philadelphia & Columbia Railway was authorized as the first state-owned railway.
  • In 1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
  • In 1837 – Canada gave blacks the right to vote.
  • In  1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.
  • In 1880 – The first “hail insurance company” was incorporated in Connecticut. It was known as Tobacco Growers’ Mutual Insurance Company.
  • In 1883 – The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place.
  • In 1898 – The first automobile was sold.
  • In 1900 – Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • In 1920 – The first U.S. coast guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC.
  • In 1924 – Greece became a republic.
  • In 1932 – Belle Baker hosted a radio variety show from a moving train. It was the first radio broadcast from a train.
  • In 1947 – Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
  • In 1955 – The first seagoing oil rig was put into service.
  • In 1960 – A U.S. appeals court ruled that the novel, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail.
  • In 1972 – Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
  • In 1988 – Former national security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pled innocent to Iran-Contra charges.
  • In 1989 – The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound after it ran aground.
  • In 1995 – The House of Representatives passed a welfare reform package that made the most changes in social programs since the New Deal.
  • In 1997 – The Australian parliament overturned the world’s first and only euthanasia law.
  • In 1998 – In Jonesboro, AR, two young boys open fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11 and 13 year old cousins.
  • In 1998 – A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray’s car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In 2001 – Apple Computer Inc’s operating system MAC OS X went on sale.
  • In 2005 – Sandra Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

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