Life Day 25115: For The Record

April 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning record devotees. Today is April 16th. The first holiday today is Record Store Day. Each year on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day provides the opportunity for fans and artists all over the world come together to support independent record stores. Chris Brown, an employee at a local record store, came up with the idea in 2007. In April of 2008, Metallica kicked off the first Record Store Day with a performance at Rasputin Music in San Francisco, California. To support the cause, many artists release exclusive vinyl albums, CDs, and promotional materials. There are also a variety of special events, contests, and high-profile appearances that take place during the day.
With the increasing popularity of online record stores like Amazon and iTunes, brick and mortar record stores are slowly being phased out. Although there are still a few established  record stores remaining, many local record shops have gone the way of the dinosaur and the Dodo bird.  Record stores allow us to take time out of our day and quietly enjoy who we are. Tastes and inspirations in music are specific to each of us, so on Record Store Day, celebrate your individuality in a place filled with music and album artwork, and where there is always a human being to ask for recommendations; not some impersonal computer algorithm that constantly reminds you of your purchase of “A Chipmunk Christmas” as a gag gift a decade ago.
I, for one, am sad to see them go. The aroma of the vinyl and plastic and the tactile sensations one experiences as you rummage through the aisles of a redord store are irreplacable. Most of my music collection came from record stores. I have found many a lost treasure there…stuff that still isn’t even available online. For reasons of scaling down my lifestyle when I was an over-the-road truck driver living out of my truck, I have sold most of my vinyl record albums. However, I still like to visit record stores. Maybe it time to start a new collection.

The next holiday today is National Librarian Day. Library Week concludes with National Librarian Day, which, as the title infers, honors librarians. Librarians possess a vast amount of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. They are there to help you in any way they can. Chances are, if you have a question on any given subject, the librarian will be able to direct you to the exact book or reference material you need. Visit your local library today; and don’t forget to tell the librarian, or any other library worker you encounter on your visit, how much you appreciate them and what they do.

The third holiday today is Save The Elephant Day. Although elephants are the world’s largest land mammal, sadly, they are in crisis today. Save The Elephant Day provides an opportunity to show support for these beloved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, including ivory poachers and traffickers, loss of habitat, and mistreatment in captivity. Providing better protection for elephants in the wild, improving enforcement policies regarding the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals of Save The Elephant Day.
Save The Elephant Day was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand in 2012. Working together with Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims, the launch of this international initiative saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by legendary actor William Shatner.

The last holiday today is National Stress Awareness Day. Stress Awareness Day was started by the Health Resource Network in 1992 to raise awareness of stress. It is always celebrated on the 16th of April (or the day after the Income Tax deadline if the 15th fall on a weekend). This is one of the most stressful times for many Americans. Take a look at the causes of stress in your life and learn to  deal with them in a healthy manner.
Here are some ways to effectively deal with stress:
1) Prioritize. Deal with the larger causes of stress in your life first. In other words, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. This will give you a greater sense of accomplishment.
2) Don’t worry if you don’t get through all of the things you have planned in one day. As long as you remain focused on the most important things on your list first, you are making progress.
3) Take a break. Take a day off from the list occasionally and spend the day in a stress-free way with your loved ones.
4) Go nowhere. Plan a day at home doing absolutely nothing. Stock the fridge the day before with easy to prepare meals. Rent or buy stress-free movies. Clean your most comfortable clothes and get in them. Sleep in late and stay in bed or lounge on the couch all day. Pamper yourself with a nice, long, hot bath and relax in the tub until you become a “happy prune”.
5) Take up a new hobby, something that you enjoy doing, but that doesn’t create any stress in your life.

The remainder of today’s holidays are listed below. I will, as always, provide a link so that you can enlighten yourself about them if you so desire.

The food-related holiday is Day of the Mushroom. Three Cheers for the “fungus among us”! In the not too distant past, “gourmet home chef” meant that you used fresh white button mushrooms instead of canned. Today, there are a wide variety of wild and specialty mushrooms available fresh in your local market, each with their own distinct flavor and texture. Enjoy some today. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a new variety.

On this date:

  • In 1705 – Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton.
  • In 1818 – The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
  • In 1862 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
  • In 1900 – The first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.
  • 1905 – Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000,000 of personal money to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • In 1912 – Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
  • In 1917 – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.
  • In 1922 – Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women’s record.
  • In 1940 – The first no-hit, no-run game to be thrown on an opening day of the major league baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
  • In 1943 – In Basel, Switzerland, chemist Albert Hoffman accidently discovered the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25 while working on the medicinal value of lysergic acid. [Those of my generation know how well that worked out].
  • In 1947 – In Texas City, TX, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up. The explosions and resulting fires killed 576 people
  • In 1953 – The British royal yacht Britannia was launched.
  • In 1962 – Walter Cronkite began anchoring “The CBS Evening News”.
  • In 1968 – Major league baseball’s longest night game was played when the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 1-0. The 24 innings took six hours, six minutes to play.
  • In 1972 – Two giants pandas arrived in the U.S. from China.
  • In 1982 – Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada’s new constitution in effect. The act severed the last colonial links with Britain.
  • In 1985 – Mickey Mantle was reinstated after being banned from baseball for several years.
  • In 1987 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S. radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves.
  • In 1987 – The U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created by genetic engineering.
  • In 1992 – The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
  • In 1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced that they were in the process of getting a divorce.
  • In 2002 – The U.S. Supreme Court overturned major parts of a 1996 child pornography law based on rights to free speech.
  • In 2007 – In Blacksburg, VA, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

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


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