Life Day 25102: Make Party, Not War

April 3, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning party animals. Today is April 3rd. The first holiday today is World Party Day. Before you start decorating, blowing up balloons, and making snack trays, I should inform you that World Party Day is based on the idea that peace is not the opposite of war, merely its absence. The real opposite of war is party, and World Party Day aims to synchronise a massive, world-wide party to celebrate everything that’s good and optimistic. World Party Day is a grassroots effort started in 1996 to promote the premise that the opposite of war is not peace, but party. The idea behind it is that we can only create a better reality by taking positive action and celebrating life (instead of just passively promoting peace). It’s a new-age spin on the old cliche; “make love, not war.”
A nice enough sentiment, I guess, but drat, I was really looking forward to some Chex Mix, cocktail wieners, and some punch. I’ll be waiting for my invitation to your World Party Day festivities.

The next holiday is Pony Express Day. Pony Express Day commemorates the beginning of the inaugural ride of the Pony Express. On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound riders arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express highlighted the need for a more economical overland postal system.

The third holiday today is Tweed Day.  Tweed is a thick woolen , twill styled fabric that originated in Scotland. Seemingly always in fashion, tweed clothing provides both style and warmth. Not surprisingly, it is more in vogue in northern climates and is seldom seen in the south. If you have something made from tweed, wear it proudly today.
Note: Tweed Day could also refer to William Magear “Boss” Tweed, who was born on this day in 1823. He was a corrupt New York Politician (no surprise) who was convicted (big surprise) of graft and corruption for stealing millions of dollars from New York City. I think I’ll celebrate the fabric version today. I don’t want to encourage our current crop of corrupt politicians by validating “Boss” Tweed in any way.

The last holiday that I will cover today is American Circus Day. American Circus Day commemorates the date in 1793 when Englishman John Bill Ricketts opened a circus in the newly formed Unites States and produced the first circus performance in America in Philadelphia. Like the circuses in Europe, this early circus emphasized equestrian feats and was geared toward adults, unlike today’s family shows.
Although the beginnings of the circus date back to ancient Rome, the modern circus was first developed in 18th century Europe. They were relatively benign affairs, with clowns, jugglers, and a few tame animal acts. It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that “freak shows” and exotic animals were introduced to the menagerie. Although the exploitation of conjoined twins, individuals with microcephaly, bearded women, and their sideshow brethren came under fire years ago, the treatment of animals in the circus continues to be a controversial topic. Still, in spite of the circus’s sometimes litigious background, clowns, cotton candy, and the three-ring show are still treasured by families, and particularly children, across these United States.

The rest of today’s holidays are listed below, naturally with a link provided.

The food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Mousse Day. In French, the word Mousse means ‘foam’, and this is an apt description of this dessert, being light and frothy, or creamy and thick, it all depends on how you prepare this scrumptious treat. Though the origins of this delicacy are largely unknown, it is known that it was a popular dish in the 18th century in France. However, the first written record of its appearance is actually from an exposition in New York City in 1892. The original printed recipe actually produced a dish with far more in common with chocolate pudding, instead of the more familiar foamy treat of this day. It wasn’t until beaten egg whites were introduced to the recipe, that chocolate mousse became the decadent dessert that it is today. At the turn of the century, it was an art form to create the mousse. It was necessary to hand whip it at a consistent pace for a long period of time, and, it wasn’t until the electric mixer was introduced that it became easier to produce the proper consistency.
A basic chocolate mousse has only five ingredients, but it is the process of making it that thwarts most cooks. Many chefs, in an effort to create the “perfect” chocolate mousse, experiment by adding different flavorings to the basic recipe, such as coffee, dark rum or other dark spirits, and vanilla extract.

On this date in 1996 – Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.

Other historical events that occurred on this date are:

  • In 1776 – George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College.
  • In 1829 – James Carrington patented the coffee mill.
  • In 1865 – Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • In 1882 – The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that
  • had been killed.
  • In 1933 – First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized “3.2” beer.
  • In 1936 – Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
  • In 1948 – President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
  • In 1953 – “TV Guide” was published for the first time.
  • In 1972 – Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.
  • In 1985 – The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.
  • In 1993 – The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.
  • In 2000 – A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

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

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