Life Day 25124: World Penguin Day

April 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning flightless waterfowl lovers. Today is Thursday, April 25, 2013. The first holiday today is World Penguin Day. Please don’t confuse this with Penguin Awareness Day, which we covered on January 20th. World Penguin Day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. This happens each year on or around April 25th. Penguins do not fly. Rather, they walk, waddle, or swim their way to and from their destination. Penguins are not only found in Antarctica. They are also found in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, the Falkland Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and in zoos worldwide.
Since you should have already watched or re-watched both “Happy Feet” movies and caught up on Tennessee Tuxedo cartoons in your Penguin Awareness Day celebration in January, here are a few of other ways to celebrate today.

First, dress in black and white.
Second, sit down with your children or grandchildren and learn about penguins.
Last, learn a few penguin jokes. Here are some of my favorites.
1) Who is the penguins least favorite Pop Star?
Answer: Seal.
2) Why don’t you see penguins in Great Britain?
Answer: They are afraid of Wales.
3) Why don’t penguins like Rock & Roll?
Answer: They only like Sole.

That’s the last one, I promise (unless there is another penguin related holiday this year).

The next holiday today is International Guide Dogs Day. Guide Dogs provide a vital service for the visually impaired. The entire training process takes between 3 and nine months. However, the guide dog training doesn’t even start until the dog is out of the ‘puppy stage”, usually at about 14 months of age. Puppies are entered into the program at about 8 weeks and are usually “fostered” by people who know how to do basic obedience training, and can “cull out” those who don’t have the temperament, or are lacking in some other way. As a general ‘rule of thumb’, the typical guide dog isn’t placed in his permanent home until he is around 2 years old.

The third holiday today is East Meets West Day. East Meets West Day commemorates the date in 1945 when American troops in the east and Russian troops in the west met on the banks of the Elbe River near Torgau and Clanzschwitz in Germany during WWII. The two armies weren’t supposed to make contact with each other. Orders were given for them to remain on their respective eastern and western banks of the river while officers from each division formalized occupation of Berlin. However, when the two armies met on April 25th south of Berlin outside Torgau on the River Elbe, patrols were sent across the river in a small boat. The first to make contact were American First Lieutenant Albert Kotzebue and Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Gardiev along with their commands. Two days later, photographers commemorated the event of the Eastern front meeting the Western front.

The remainder of today’s holidays are either too silly or too touchy-feely for me to cover in depth. A link to each one will nonetheless be provided.
Hug A Plumber Day or Plumbers Day.
Hairstylist Appreciation Day.
Red Hat Society Day.
Malaria Awareness Day.
National Telephone Day.
DNA Day.

The food-related holiday is National Zucchini Bread Day.
Author’s Note: Apologies are in order. One of my sources indicated that Saturday, the 23rd was National Zucchini Bread Day, but upon further research, three of my sources indicate that today is actually National Zucchini Bread Day. Sigh. If you made a loaf of Zucchini bread on Saturday good for you, I hope you have some left for today. If you didn’t, you should probably make some today. Below is the post from Saturday in case you missed it.

The food-related holiday today is National Zucchini Bread Day. Zucchini bread is sweet, cake-like bread that is very popular here in America. But why celebrate National Zucchini Bread Day this time of year? Well, the answer to that is simple. Zucchini plants are notoriously one of the most prodigious producers in the garden. Usually, by mid-summer, most families are sick and tired of eating zucchini, yet the plant in their garden still keeps producing. They have exhausted all of their recipes and have even resorted to leaving zucchini on their neighbor’s porch while they are gone just to get rid of it. The reason for celebrating National Zucchini Bread Day today is that it gives you a chance to actually enjoy some zucchini bread; before you get sick of all that zucchini from your garden this summer.

On this date:

  • In 1684 – A patent was granted for the thimble.
  • In 1792 – The guillotine was first used in France. It was used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
  • In 1831 – The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.
  • In 1846 – The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas’ southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.
  • In 1859 – Work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
  • In 1860 – The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, DC. They remained in the U.S. capital for several weeks while discussing expansion of trade with the United States.
  • In 1901 – New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
  • In 1915 – During World War I, Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in hopes of attacking the Central Powers from below. The attack was unsuccessful.
  • In 1928 – A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.
  • In 1945 – Delegates from about 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
  • In 1953 – U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in U.S. Senate history. The speech on the Offshore Oil Bill lasted 22 hours and 26 minutes.
  • In 1954 – The prototype manufacture of the first solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City.
  • In 1957 – Operations began at the first experimental sodium nuclear reactor.
  • In 1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. The waterway connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In 1961 – Robert Noyce was granted a patent for the integrated circuit.
  • In 1967 – Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
  • In 1971 – The country of Bangladesh was established.
  • In 1980 – In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter, and a transport plane collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed. The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. [You might see news items that say this incident happened on the 24th, but it was the April 25th in Iran. At the time of the incident, it was still April 24th in Washington D.C. so either date is technically correct].
  • In 1983 – The Pioneer 10 spacecraft crossed Pluto’s orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.
  • In 1984 – David Anthony Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room.
  • In 1988 – In Israel, John “Ivan the Terrible” Demjanjuk was sentenced to death as a Nazi war criminal.
  • In 1990 – Sandinista rule ended in Nicaragua.
  • In 1990 – The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth’s orbit. It was released by the space shuttle Discovery.
  • In 1998 – U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.
  • In 2003 – Winnie Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader, and ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges. She was convicted of 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft of money from a women’s political league.
  • In 2007 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable individuals.

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