Life Day 25123: Pet Parent’s Day

April 24, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Old Straycat Blog Posts | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is April 24th. The first holiday today is Pet Parent’s Day.  Pet Parent’s Day is always celebrated on the last Sunday in April and salutes those who love and nurture their pets every day. If you consider your pet(s) a part of the family, then this holiday is the day to celebrate that fact. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the poop you’ve scooped, cat litter you’ve sifted, the kibble you’ve dished out, and for sharing your cramped bed with your beloved furbabies. Good luck getting them to  take you to dinner or send you flowers though — Just knowing that they love you unconditionally and worship the ground upon which you walk should be reward enough. Spend a little extra quality time with your pet today; and every other day for that matter. Your time with them is limited, so spend as much time with them as possible; not only for your sake, but for theirs as well.

The next holiday today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. In today’s world of digital photography, pinhole photography, one of the earliest methods of capturing images, seems archaic. These days, you can take professional-quality pictures with your smartphone without even using film, so, why would you even care about a holiday like this? The answer, I guess is nostalgia. Did you ever build a pinhole camera, either as a class project or as a ‘rainy day’ activity when you were young?
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is a holiday celebrated on the last Sunday in April to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. A pinhole camera is simply a light-thigh container (box, can, etc) with a tiny hole in one side (as a camera lens) and any photosensitive surface in it. The effects you can create with a pinhole camera, a little practice, and a lot of trial and error are amazing.

Another holiday today is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Genocide Remembrance Day is a national holiday in Armenia and is observed by Armenians in communities with a large Armenian population dispersed around the world on April 24 of each year. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. The date, April 24th, commemorates the deportation from the Ottoman (Turkish) capital in 1915, of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, notables, and community leaders, most of whom would be executed. On 9 April 1975, the US House of Representatives passed Joint Resolution 148 designating April 24th as a National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man. The Resolution commemorated the victims of genocide, especially those of Armenian ancestry who succumbed to the genocide perpetrated in 1915, The resolution however failed to pass in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee due to President Gerald R. Ford’s strong opposition to what he saw as a threat to the country’s strategic alliance with Turkey.

Other holidays today of less significance (to me) are listed below. A link to each is provided.

The food-related holiday today is National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day. Culinary historians have tracked the first recipes for modern pigs in blankets, small cocktail franks baked in flaky crust, to 1950. These pastry-wrapped piggies are likely direct descendants of Victorian-era canapés. The earliest recipe found in American cookbooks that was called “pigs in blankets” was published in the 1930. But there was no frankfurter or other sausage: it comprised oysters wrapped with bacon. Today, this delicious finger food is popular with kids and cocktail party guests all across the world. In fact, there are many different cultures that have their own unique twist on this comfort food classic. In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven. In the United States, pigs-in-a-blanket are hot dogs or cocktail wieners wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked until golden brown. Yum! IHOP (International House of Pancakes) even has their own version; a pork sausage link wrapped in a pancake.  No matter where you are or how you decide to enjoy your pigs-in-a-blanket, make this tasty finger food for dinner tonight.

On this date:

  • In 1800 – The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
  • In 1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
  • In 1877 – In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the
  • North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.
  • In 1897 – William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
  • In 1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
  • In 1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.
  • In 1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
  • In 1948 – The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
  • In 1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • In 1961 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
  • In 1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
  • In 1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.
  • In 1973 – Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.
  • In 1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
  • In 1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.
  • In 1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
  • In 1997 – The Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following people of distinction.

  • Jack E. Leonard 1911 – Comedian.
  • J.D. Cannon 1922 – Actor.
  • Freddy Scott 1933 – Singer.
  • Shirley MacLaine 1934 – Actress.
  • Jill Ireland 1936 – Actress.
  • Sue Grafton 1940 – Author.
  • Barbra Streisand 1942 – Singer.
  • Eric Bogosian 1953 – Actor.
  • Michael O’Keefe 1955 – Actor.
  • Glenn Morshower 1959 – Actor.
  • Djimon Hounsou 1964 – Actor.
  • Cedric the Entertainer 1964 – Actor, comedian.
  • Eric Balfour 1977 – Actor.
  • Rebecca Mader 1977 – Actress.
  • Kelly Clarkson 1982 – Singer.
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