Life Day 25100: Aliens Invade Earth! Take Over the United States Government.

April 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning pranksters. Today is April 1st. The first holiday today is April Fools Day (aka All Fools Day). Although it’s been celebrated for hundreds of years, no one really knows how the tradition of April Fools’ Day began. According to one theory, when France officially switched from the Julian (Roman) calendar to the Gregorian calendar in the 1500’s many rural communities continued to use the Julian calendar and still celebrated New Year’s Day in April. The people in these small villages became known as the “April fools.”
April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, it is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. It is important to note that these tricks should not be dangerous or mean-spirited. It is a day for harmless fun and frivolity, not a day to hurt others or their feelings. So, give your pranks some thought beforehand.
As you may have surmised, the title of this post was intended to be an April Fools Day prank. The current leaders of our government, however, give credence to the veracity of the statement, so I may have to find other means of pranking you in future posts.
With that said, rest assured that the following holidays are genuine, despite the seemingly frivolous nature of some.

The next holiday today is International Tatting Day. National Tatting Day does not involve flesh nor ink as you might suspect but does involve needles of a sort. Tatting is similar to crochet but more intricate. It involves the use of a needle and ‘shuttle’ to create lace for garments, doilies, and other durable goods. Today is a holiday for “tatting” hobbyists to show off their handiwork and give lessons. If you can find an event in your area, I urge you to attend.

The third holiday today is Boomer Bonus Day. Boomer Bonus Day is just another way of saying “senior citizen discount”. I looked forward with great relish to the day that I ‘came of age’ and could take advantage of senior discounts. However, some of my generation still stubbornly cling to their youth, even with the obvious signs of aging. Today is the day for all of you Baby Boomers to finally accept the fact that you qualify for the senior discount and begin taking advantage of it.

Another holiday today is Poetry & The Creative Mind Day. It takes a creative mind to write poetry, and this holiday celebrates poetry in all its forms. There are many forms of poetry. There is haiku, limerick, ode, tanka, epic, pastoral, couplet, narrative, quatrain, sonnet, ballad, elegy, iambic pentameter, lyric, free verse and more. Which is your favorite type of poetry?

Poetry is loved,
By many in the world today.
Do you love it too?

As you can see, I am partial to haiku, but I also enjoy a good limerick.

There once was a lad named Ernie
Who left Bako to begin life’s journey
He never looked back
And for that he took flack
And he still eludes the ‘final gurney’.

The fifth holiday today is Atheist’s Day. One theory posited about the origins of Atheist’s Day is that was started by various fundamentalist Christian groups who labeled atheists as ‘fools’ and began celebrating April Fool’s Day as Atheists Day as a slam against non-believers, based on this passage from the Bible (Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”).
Another theory on the origins of Atheist’s Day is that it was started as an internet April Fool Day prank in 2003. Atheist Day was about a fictional case of an Atheist who had decided to sue the government. The reason for the fictional lawsuit was simple —unlike all the major religions, there was no day for Atheists. The judge said that the petitioner was wrong, April 1st (i.e. April Fool’s Day) was the Atheist’s holiday. While this case was just a hoax, the story, like so many other hoaxes on the internet, quickly went ‘viral’ and was actually accepted as fact.
I doubt if either of the above scenarios are entirely true but in any case, atheists have embraced April 1st as Atheists Day and now use the occasion to raise awareness of atheism. A recent survey concluded that there are about 142 million people worldwide who identify as atheist.

Still another holiday today is Hospital Admitting Clerks Day. Hospital Admitting Clerks Day is celebrated on the first Friday in April, this is a day to recognize the contributions of Hospital Admitting Clerks.  The admitting clerks are vital members of the hospital staff. It’s not just about the doctors and nurses, without people to handle the paperwork and administrative details, the hospital would not be able to function.

The last holiday that I will cover at length today is US Air force Academy Day. The United States Air Force Academy was established April 1, 1954, the culmination of an idea that had been years in the making. Airpower leaders, long before the Air Force was a separate service, had argued that they needed a school, dedicated to warfare in the air, at which to train the country’s future Airmen. After September 1947, when the Air Force was established as a separate service, this idea finally had the legitimacy of the new service behind it. Early in 1948, the Stearns-Eisenhower Board was established to study the existing military academies, and to study the options for an Air Force Academy. The board concluded that, in fact, there was a need for a separate academy. After that, another board was established to determine the location for the new academy. After touring hundreds of potential sites all over the country, the board recommended Colorado Springs, CO. In 1955, the same year as construction began on the academy in Colorado Springs, the first class of 306 men was sworn in at the temporary location of Lowry AFB, in Denver, CO. And so it began.

The remainder of today’s holidays bear little more than a mention in passing, but I am listing them below anyway, complete with a link to each one.

The food-related holiday today is National Sourdough Bread Day. Sourdough is an ancient bread made by a long fermentation of the dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli bacteria and wild yeasts. One of the oldest sourdough bread starters was found in a Swiss excavation; the site dates to 3700 B.C.E. However, the origin of sourdough fermentation is likely thousands of years older than that, originating in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia. Bread production has relied on the use of sourdough as a leavening agent for most of human history
Until science uncovered the leavening process using cultivated yeasts in the 19th century, all yeast-leavened loaves of bread were sourdough. In comparison with bread made with cultivated yeast, sourdough usually has a mildly sour taste and aroma, the result of the lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli.
Sourdough starters are different from other starters; regular starters can live for several years, whereas sourdough starters can live for generations. The preparation of sourdough begins with pre-fermenting, using a “starter” made from flour and water. It can be a fluid batter or a stiff dough as the ratio of water to flour varies by each baker’s preference. The colony of bacteria and yeast inside the dough is kept alive by the baker, who needs only a piece of it to bake a new batch of bread.
If you bake bread in a bread machine, note that the rise time of most sourdough starters is longer than that of bread made with baker’s yeasts. Thus, sourdough typically doesn’t work in a bread machine; you need to use conventional baking techniques.
On National Sourdough Bread Day, be sure to include some sourdough bread in at least one of your meals.

On this date in 2001 – China began holding 24 crew members of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E U.S. Navy crew had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead. The U.S. crew was released on April 11, 2001.

Other significant events in history which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1748 – The ruins of Pompeii were found.
  • In 1778 – Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, created the “$” symbol.
  • In 1789 – The House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City. Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House Speaker.
  • In 1826 – Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine.
  • In 1853 – Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary.
  • In 1863 – The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the U.S.
  • In 1864 – The first travel accident policy was issued to James Batterson by the Travelers Insurance Company.
  • In 1873 – The British White Star steamship Atlantic sank off Nova Scotia killing 547.
  • In 1889 – The first dish-washing machine was marketed (in Chicago).
  • In 1891 – The London-Paris telephone connection opened.
  • In 1905 – Paris and Berlin were linked by telephone.
  • In 1918 – England’s Royal Flying Corps was replaced by the Royal Air Force.
  • In 1924 – Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for high treason in relation to the “Beer Hall Putsch.”
  • In 1927 – The first automatic record changer was introduced by His Master’s Voice (RCA).
  • In 1929 – Louie Marx introduced the Yo-Yo.
  • In 1934 – Bonnie & Clyde killed 2 police officers.
  • In 1935 – The first radio tube to be made of metal was announced.
  • In 1938 – The first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were introduced.
  • In 1938 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
  • In 1941 – The first contract for advertising on a commercial FM radio station began on W71NY in New York City.
  • In 1945 – U.S. forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. It was the last campaign of World War II.
  • In 1946 – Weight Watchers was formed.
  • In 1948 – The Berlin Airlift began.
  • In 1952 – The Big Bang theory was proposed in “Physical Review” by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow.
  • In 1953 – Congress created the Department of Health Education and Welfare.
  • In 1960 – The United States launched TIROS-1. It was the first weather satellite.
  • In 1963 – Workers of the International Typographical Union ended their strike that had closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike ended 114 days after it began on December 8, 1962.
  • In 1970 – President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, that banned cigarette advertisements.
  • In 1976 – Apple Computer began operations.
  • In 1982 – The United States transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.
  • In 1985 – World oil prices dropped below $10 a barrel.
  • In 1987 – Steve Newman became the first man to walk around the world. The walk was 22,000 miles and took 4 years.
  • In 1987 – President Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, “We’ve declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1.”
  • In 1991 – The Supreme Court ruled that jurors could not be barred from serving due to their race.
  • In 1991 – The Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved.
  • In 1992 – Players began the first strike in the 75-year history of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • In 1996 – President Bill Clinton threw out the first ball preceding a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.
  • In 1997 – David Carradine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 1998 – A federal judge dismissed the Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against U.S. President Clinton saying that the claims fell “far short” of being worthy of a trial.
  • In 2004 – President George W. Bush signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. The bill made it a crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman.
  • In 2010 – Congress cut Medicare reimbursements to physicians by 21%.

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

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