Life Day 25121: What On Earth?

April 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fellow Earthlings. Today is April 22nd. The first three holidays today are Earth Day, Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day, and International Mother Earth Day. They are all basically the same holiday. The most famous of these, and the one upon which I will expound in this BLOG, is Earth Day. The other two are inconsequential: “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day” amounts to nothing more than a chemists’ organization saying, “Hey, we like the Earth too.”; and “International Mother Earth Day” is just the United Nations’ pretentious, esoteric, syrupy way of saying “Earth Day.” I have provided links if you are interested in either of those. I also provided a link to the real Earth Day website.
Each year more than 1 billion people in 175 countries take part in Earth Day events. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and its purpose is to raise awareness about important environmental issues.
The genesis of the Earth Day movement, not surprisingly, was in the Bay Area of northern California. After witnessing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, John McConnell came up with the concept for Earth Day. At a UNESCO conference in San Francisco (where else) in 1969, Mr. McConnell proposed that a day to celebrate the Earth was needed. The first Earth Day was held on March 21st, 1970 (the Vernal Equinox), which seems like an appropriate and  logical day to celebrate it; Spring is the season of changes to the Earth and of new birth. However, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D. Wisconsin) proposed, and held an Earth Day event of his own on April 22nd of that same year. For some illogical, incomprehensible reason, this is the date which became accepted, and is why April 22nd is now Earth Day. Earth Day is a global event held each year to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.
If your community is having an event today, and you plan to attend, be forewarned. Be prepared to listen to a bunch of wild-eyed anarchists, “celebrities”, and Liberal community leaders, spewing forth drivel about the evils of Capitalism, industrialization, consumerism, and a free-market based economy. These speeches will all have the same central theme, “Earth good, mankind bad”, and how much better off the planet would be if only mankind, (except for themselves and their ilk, naturally) had never existed. At least one speaker will use some type of “dooms-day” clock, based upon agenda-driven pseudo science, to illustrate the exact moment when the Earth will no longer be able to regenerate itself from the devastating from the effects of mankind’s existence; unless meaningful action begins immediately.
If you really want to celebrate Earth Day, venture forth into the wilderness, or your favorite hiking trail or bicycle path, and observe all the natural wonders around you which Mother Nature provides. Take some trash bags with you and pick up any litter you find along your route and dispose of it properly.

The next holiday is Girl Scout Leader Day. This day honors the thousands of adult volunteers who help make the Girl Scouts organization a success. Girl Scout Leader Day began on April 22, 1982, when a flag honoring Girl Scout leaders was flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. If you know someone who is a Girl Scout leader, thank them today. If you are a Girl Scout leader, Thank You! One of the best ways to show support for the Girl Scouts is through donations.  I hope that you bought some sinfully delicious Girl Scout cookies last month to help support your local Girl Scout organization. Aaaah, Thin Mints. My favorite.

The third holiday today is “In God We Trust” Day. “In God We Trust” Day marks the date in 1864 when congress passed an act authorizing the coinage of a 2-cent piece bearing this motto. Congress later authorized the use of this motto on other coins. On July 30th, 1956, President Eisenhower signed a law passed by Congress, to make “In God We Trust” the official motto for the United States.

The last holiday today is Passover. Passover is an eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the emancipation of the Israelites. Jewish families usually celebrate Passover on the first two nights of the holiday. They hold seders to retell the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and to enjoy a festive meal eaten in remembrance of their ancestors’ hardships. During the meal, the youngest child asks the adults four questions about the significance of the Passover symbols. Traditional Passover food is kosher and does not include any “chametz.” Chametz are leavened foods made with wheat, barley, or rye. When the Israelites fled Egypt, they could not wait for their bread to rise. Modern-day Jewish families eat unleavened matzoh bread during Passover to honor this part of their history.
The formula used to determine the date on which Passover begins is more complicated and mysterious than Chinese algebra. This link explains the process far better than I ever could…but even after reading it, I am still confused. I’ll just have to take the word of the ‘experts’ that today is the date that Passover begins.

The food-related holiday today is National Jelly Bean Day. Jelly Beans have been around since the early 1860’s. In ancient times I was growing up, they came in mostly fruit flavors and were basically red, green, yellow, orange, white or black (licorice). Today, there are hundreds of flavors and a whole spectrum of colors and color combinations from which to choose. If you have a “gourmet” jelly bean store in your area such as Jelly Belly or The Jelly Bean Factory try some of their more exotic flavors today. Popcorn, spice, tropical fruit, and soft drink are but a few of the flavors offered these days. Around Christmas time each year, I buy peppermint flavored jelly beans in bulk. They are delicious.
Note: Jelly Beans enjoyed a slight surge in popularity in the early 1980’s when President Ronald Reagan divulged that he always kept a jar of them on his desk in the Oval Office.

On this date:

  • In 1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil.
  • In 1792 – President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe.
  • In 1861 – Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
  • In 1876 – The first official National League (NL) baseball game took place. Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.
  • In 1889 – At noon, the Oklahoma land rush officially started as thousands of Americans raced for new, unclaimed land.
  • In 1898 – The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
  • In 1914 – Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • In 1915 – The New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time.
  • In 1931 – James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.
  • In 1944 – During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea.
  • In 1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
  • In 1954 – The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began.
  • In 1976 – Barbara Walters became first female nightly network news anchor.
  • In 1987 – The American Physical Society said that the “Star Wars” missile system was “highly questionable” and would take ten years to research.
  • In 1993 – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • In 1997 – In Lima, Peru government commandos storm and capture the residence of the Japanese ambassador ending a 126-day hostage crisis. In the rescue 71 hostages were saved. Those killed: one hostage (of a heart attack), two soldiers, and all 14 rebels.
  • In 2000 – Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father. He had to be taken from his Miami relatives by U.S. agents in a predawn raid.
  • In 2005 – Zacarias Moussaoui pled guilty to conspiring with hijackers in the September 11, 2001, plot to attack American buildings and citizens.

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

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