Life Day 25097: Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is March 29th. The first holiday today is Vietnam Veterans Day. On this date 43 years ago, in 1973, the last 2,500 troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam, thus ending military involvement in Viet Nam. At the time, it was the longest war in America’s history (since replaced by the war in Iraq). Vietnam Veterans Day honors all of those who served in Viet Nam and those who didn’t return.
Those of my generation remember how unpopular the Viet Nam war was here at home and the despicable way that the returning Viet Nam veterans were treated, but I won’t dwell any further on that subject. Most of us have family members who served during the Viet Nam era…father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or cousin. Regardless of your feelings about the war, celebrate this holiday by giving thanks to anyone you encounter today who served in Viet Nam and take a moment to honor those who didn’t return. This link offers statistics and clears up many of the misconceptions you might have, about the war.

The next holiday today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. “Mom and pop” businesses are the backbones of this country. However, these days, the deck seems to be stacked  against them. The failure rate of a “mom and pop type of business is somewhere around 70% to 80%, yet still each day thousands of stalwart individuals take the plunge and start a new business. Today we celebrate that entrepreneurial spirit which made this great nation great. If you own a small business or have ever owned one, give yourself a pat on the back. If you have to shop for anything today, patronize the Mom & Pop store in your neighborhood rather than that National Chain or “Box Store”, even if you have to pay a little more.

Another holiday today is Smoke and Mirrors Day. Smoke and Mirrors Day is a day of illusions. The term is a euphemism used to describe the fact that things are not always as they seem. Magicians use this technique to perform most of their “magic tricks”. You see this every day in one form or another. The most obvious example of smoke and mirrors is ‘Legalese’, that incredibly convoluted language that lawyers use to make sure that no-one else understands what’s happening. Advertisers are adept at using “smoke and mirrors” as well…and politicians are experts at it. The media are not immune from using “smoke and mirrors” either. Whenever you are subjected to an abundance of “fluff pieces” culled from social media on your nightly newscast, rest assured that an unpopular decision is about to be made by the government and they don’t want to cover it.

The next holiday is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day. Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day is celebrated by locals in the vicinity of Niagara Falls to commemorate the day, in 1848, that ice blockages caused rivers to run dry, and reduced the flow of water to such an extent that Niagara Falls’ 3,160 tons of water per second flow came to a halt (actually, the water was still flowing underneath the ice, but the surface of the ice was frozen solid). The flow over the falls was stopped for about 40 hours. It has never happened again, although it sometimes slows to a trickle during especially harsh winters.

The final holiday today is Knights of Columbus Founders Day.  It was on this day in 1882 that Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut. Knights of Columbus, a volunteer force of “Knights” and family members totaling nearly six million, is a Roman Catholic Fraternal Organization. They annually donate tens of millions of dollars and volunteer hours to countless charitable projects.

The food-related holiday today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. An insurance salesman, aptly named Harry Baker, invented chiffon cake in the 1920’s. He sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles and all of the Hollywood elites fell in love with the dessert’s lighter-than-air texture. Baker carefully guarded the recipe for over twenty years before selling it to General Mills (home of the Betty Crocker brand) for an undisclosed amount. The recipe for chiffon cake debuted in a 1948 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. General Mills marketed it as “the first new cake in 100 years” and it quickly became a nationwide sensation. The secret recipe called for vegetable oil instead of butter or shortening and instructed the baker to beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately. There are many flavors of chiffon cake, but today’s reason to celebrate is; lemon.  However, if you choose to celebrate one of the other flavors; including chocolate, orange, walnut, and/or maple, no one will be the wiser.

On this date in 1971 – Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

  • In 1638 – First permanent European settlement in Delaware was established.
  • In 1847 – U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott took possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
  • In 1903 – A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless.
  • In 1906 – In the U.S., 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.
  • In 1932 – Jack Benny made his radio debut.
  • In 1943 – America began rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.
  • In 1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed on June 19, 1953.
  • In 1961 – The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment allowed residents of Washington, DC, to vote for president.
  • In 1962 – Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
  • In 1962 – Jack Paar made his final appearance on the “Tonight” show.
  • In 1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
  • In 1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
  • In 1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973.
  • In 1974 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.
  • In 1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
  • In 1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.
  • In 1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana.
  • In 1993 – Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for best film and best director for the film “Unforgiven.”
  • In 1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate.
  • In 1999 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.

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


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