Life Day 25105: Happy New Beers!

April 6, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ale aficionados. Today is April 6th. The first holiday today is New Beers Eve. New Beer’s Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States, celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States on April 6.
The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Sales of beer in the U.S would become legal on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication.
On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve.”

The next holiday is Teflon™ Day. On this date in 1938, Roy Plunkett, a chemist at DuPont’s Jackson lab in New Jersey, ‘accidentally’ discovered polytetrafluoroethylene, later patented under the name Teflon™. In the modern vernacular, the word Teflon™ has morphed into meaning something, or someone, to which nothing will stick. (For example, Bill Clinton, the Teflon™ President). At any rate, thank you, Mr. Plunkett, for your ‘happy’ accident. It has certainly made my life easier and improved my culinary skills.

The third holiday today is National Tartan Day. National Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage celebrated on April 6 each year. The date commemorates the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. It honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. The Senate officially recognized National Tartan Day in 1998.
In the United States, there are an estimated eleven million people who claim Scottish ancestry, making them the eighth largest ethnic group. Many of the framers of the Constitution were of Scottish heritage, and some say that the Declaration of Independence was modeled after the aforementioned, Declaration of Arbroath. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed greatly to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more since this nation was founded.
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other. In Britain, The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control. The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland.

Another holiday today is Plan Your Epitaph Day. Have you ever pondered what your loved ones will have inscribed on your tombstone? The content of your epitaph bears careful consideration. It is a permanent reminder of your life, and death, and will be viewed by your loved ones, and even strangers strolling past, for as much of eternity as your headstone survives. Plan Your Epitaph Day urges you to write your own epitaph. After all, who knows ‘you’ better than you? Your grieving family and friends should not be burdened with the task of summing up your life in a short sentence or two. Alleviate their worry and write your own epitaph today…before it’s too late.
I think mine should be something such as: “It took___ years, but he finally succumbed to the most terminasl disease…life.” What will yours say?

The fifth holiday today is Army Day. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared April 6th to be Army Day. He was specific in his declaration that Army Day pertained not just to the Army, but to all members of all the Armed Forces, and those civilians providing support for them. If you encounter anyone in any branch of the Military today, stop and say “Thanks”. Here is a link to President Roosevelt’s Proclamation.

The sixth holiday today is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is an annual memorial for people who have died in collisions related to drowsy driving. This is an official state-recognized “holiday” in the state of California. Drowsy driving is, in my opinion, on a par with distracted driving as the cause of most single-vehicle fatalities. In my decades as a truck driver, I learned a few tricks to combat drowsy driving. They are:

  1. Tune your radio to a talk-radio station, or a station that plays up-tempo music.
  2. If you begin to feel drowsy, pull over and walk around your vehicle a few times (no matter the weather conditions). It goes without saying that you choose a place where you will not need to walk in the roadway.
  3. If you still feel drowsy after step 2 above, pull into a rest area and take a 15-minute to half-hour nap. Before you leave, go to the restroom and brush your teeth, and splash some water on your face. If there are vending machines, eat a sugar-laden snack.
  4.  If all of the above fail, STOP! (No, not in the traffic lanes, dummy). Find a motel/hotel or sleep in your vehicle in a secure location.

Arriving at your destination late is far preferable to not arriving at all.

The last holiday on which I will expound today is National Siamese Cat Day. Siamese cats originated in Siam (Thailand). They first came to America in the late 1800’s. In fact, the first Siamese cat brought to America was actually a gift for First Lady Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford Hayes. Siam, the First Cat, fit right in with the rest of the White House menagerie, which included a goat, a bird and two dogs. Today, they are one of America’s favorite breeds of feline.
Siamese cats are long, lean and sleek. These blue-eyed beauties have a beautiful coat and striking “points” on their ears, legs, tails and mask in gorgeous colors of seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, smoke, tabby and cream. Besides their good looks, these loving and loyal felines make wonderful pets. Siamese cats are very intelligent and will remind you of that constantly. They are known for being quite “vocal”.

The remainder of today’s holidays are listed below. As usual, a link to each is provided.

The first food-related holiday today is National Caramel Popcorn Day. I can think of no more Cracker Jack™ way to use up that caramel sauce that you made in celebration of Caramel Day yesterday than to make a batch of Caramel Popcorn. If you don’t feel like going to the trouble of making caramel popcorn yourself, most supermarkets today have a wide selection of gourmet caramel corn varieties. If all else fails, there is the old standard Cracker Jacks™. Treat yourself to some form of caramel popcorn today, whether or not it involves a “toy surprise”.
Note:  Does anyone else separate the popcorn and peanuts when eating Cracker Jack™ and save the peanuts for last, or is it just me?

The other food-related holiday today is Fresh Tomato Day. Nothing epitomized spring and summer more than fresh tomatoes, and Fresh Tomato Day seeks to highlight these delicious and nutritious fruit (yes, they are a fruit and not a vegetable).
Tomatoes are an extremely healthy fruit as they are great sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and lycopene. Lycopene is responsible for this fruit’s rich red color and tomatoes have the highest concentration of any other fruit or vegetable. Research indicates tomatoes may help stave off many illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, and cancers such as those of the prostate, colon, stomach, mouth, and esophagus.
The best place to store your tomatoes is at room temperature (above 55 degrees F) – never, ever, ever ever, in the refrigerator. The cold temperature destroys the tomato’s flavor and makes them mealy. A ripe tomato has bright, shiny skin and yields to the touch. Place them stem side up as the top part is the softest and tends to bruise easily. Store them out of direct sunlight and be sure to use within 4-5 days of picking or purchasing.

On this date in 1983 – The U.S. Veteran’s Administration announced it would give free medical care for conditions traceable to radiation exposure to more than 220,000 veterans who participated in nuclear tests from 1945 to 1962.

Other historical events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1789 – The first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City.
  • In 1862 – The American Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee.
  • In 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.
  • In 1896 – The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
  • In 1909 – Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first men to reach the North Pole.
  • In 1916 – Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old.
  • In 1927 – William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the Department of Commerce issued the first aviator’s license.
  • In 1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations in Vietnam.
  • In 1985 – William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital.
  • In 1998 – Federal researchers in the U.S. announced that daily tamoxifen pills could cut breast cancer risk among high-risk women.
  • In 1999 – Carmen Electra filed for a divorce from Dennis Rodman. They had only been married for six months.

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

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