Life Day 25120: Kindergarten Day

April 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning kiddies. Today is April 21st. The first holiday today is Kindergarten Day. Kindergarten Day is always celebrated on April 21st. It honors this preschool education institution and recognizes the creator of the concept of kindergarten, Friedrich Frobel. Born on April 21, 1782, he created the first “play and learn” institutes.
But why is it called Kindergarten, and why is it celebrated today? Well, let me enlighten you. Kindergarten comes from the German words kinder meaning child and garten meaning garden. In 1837, Mr. Froebel started the first Kindergarten as a social experiment for a child’s transition from home to a school system. It was held in an actual garden setting, where the children were acclimated into learning, social interaction, and school in a fun yet educational way. Today Kindergarten has evolved into a full-time program in schools across America; partly due to the increased emphasis on education, and partly due to the increase in the number of working mothers in today’s society.

The next holiday today is National High-Five Day. National High Five Day is a holiday celebrated on the third Thursday in April. It was created to promote cancer awareness through the National High Five Project. Two in five people are likely to be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. You are urged to high-five everyone you meet today.
If you believe Wikipedia, prior to 1977, no one had ever raised their hand above their head and slapped another’s in a celebratory or congratulatory “high-five” gesture. That or no one had thought to give it a name until then. A group of college students from the University of Virginia claims to have originated the gesture in 2002. News Flash: There are countless others who also lay claim to originating the high-five gesture, including  NBA player Derek Smith who claims to have created the high-five while playing for the University of Louisville basketball team in 1979. I guess that some people are just desperate for notoriety. My friends and I used this gesture in the late 1950’s, and we weren’t the originators either. The high-five has been probably around since the dawn of time. I can picture Neanderthal Man, after killing a wooly mammoth to feed their clan, sitting around the campfire giving each other high-fives in celebration.

The third holiday today is World Creativity and Innovation Day. World Creativity and Innovation Day has been celebrated in over 46 countries since 2002. People in businesses, organizations, schools, and communities take part in this day to generate new ideas. Marci Segal, a marketing specialist, came up with the idea for World Creativity and Innovation Day after reading a newspaper headline, “Canada in Creativity Crisis.”

Another holiday today is National D.A.R.E. Day. National D.A.R.E. Day is observed each year on the third Thursday of April. National D.A.R.E. Day celebrates the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, as well as honors the students who have graduated from a D.A.R.E. program, their D.A.R.E. Officers, and the schools and law enforcement agencies who host D.A.R.E. programs.
Initiated in 1983 in Los Angeles, D.A.R.E. programs have expanded to provided thirty-two years of service to students, parents, schools and communities across America. D.A.R.E. trains local police officers who in turn serve as a local resource in helping provide to youth education, training, and skills to resist peer pressure and refrain from drug use, violence, and other high-risk behaviors. D.A.R.E is now in over 70% of the school districts nationwide.

The last holiday today is San Jacinto Day. San Jacinto Day celebrates of the Battle of San Jacinto, which lasted only 18-minutes, and took place on April 21, 1836. It was the final battle of the Texas Revolution where Texas won its independence from Mexico. It is an official holiday in the State of Texas. An annual festival, which includes a reenactment, is held on the site of the battle.

The food-related holiday today is Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day. The word ‘truffle’ has several meanings in the world of candy. The original chocolate truffle was created in France in the 1920’s by French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier. Originally, it was a ball of ganache (chocolate and cream), often flavored and rolled in cocoa. He named it after the precious black truffle fungus because of its physical resemblance. Today, the term truffle is often used in America to describe any filled chocolate, and it becomes very confusing. So, using the original definition, a Chocolate-covered Cashew Truffle can not even exist. If you use the bastardized American definition, I guess that they could actually exist as long as the cashew was encased in Ganache, then covered in chocolate. Whatever! If you want to try to find a Chocolate-covered Cashew Truffle, you will have to look in a specialty confectioners store. Probably the closest thing you will find will be Chocolate covered  Cashews (like chocolate-covered peanuts). Good luck!

On this date:

  • In 753 BC – Rome was founded. [As far as can be determined].
  • In 1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act was passed, allowing all freedom of worship.
  • In 1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
  • In 1856 – The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
  • In 1862 – The U.S. Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.
  • In 1898 – The Spanish-American War began.
  • In 1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I. [Contrary to popular belief, Snoopy was not responsible].
  • In 1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
  • In 1959 – The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds.
  • In 1967 – Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
  • In 1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
  • In 1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found the virus believed to cause AIDS.
  • In 1986 – Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.
  • In 1992 – Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years. He was put to death for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys.
  • In 1994 – Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.
  • In 1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.
  • In 2000 – In Sinking Spring, PA, a man chased his estranged girlfriend through town and then forced her car into the path of an oncoming train. The woman and her 3 passengers were killed.
  • In 2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile.

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

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