Life Day 25126: Morse Code Day

April 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is April 27th. The first holiday today is  Morse Code Day. Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph and creator of Morse Code, was born on this date in 1791. Although there was much controversy at the time over who actually invented the telegraph, it is generally accepted as fact today the Morse had created the most practical and cost effective system. He also had a lot of “help” in creating the Morse Code.

The next holiday is Babe Ruth Day.  On this date in 1947, the legendary George Herman (Babe) Ruth was honored in Yankee Stadium, aka “the house that Ruth built”. Despite suffering from throat cancer, the “Sultan of Swat” gave an emotional speech before a capacity crowd of 58,339 where he expressed his gratitude to his fans. “The Bambino” succumbed to his illness on August 16, 1948.

The third holiday today is  Secretary’s Day (aka Administrative Professionals Day). There are over 4.1 million Americans that have the job title “administrative assistant,” and another 8.9 million Americans that work in administrative support roles. National Secretary’s Day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of the offices of Young and Rubicam. He recognized that secretaries are vital to the efficient and successful operation of a company or business. His goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job of secretaries. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries. Today, the title is changing and evolving. But, the recognition is equally important. There are two new terms in use today. They are “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Admins”. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities to different companies. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original “Secretary” role. The name change recognizes and acknowledges that the role has changed significantly since 1952, and for the better at that. And in Harry Klemfuss’ day, these positions were largely the realm of women. Today, you find some males in these positions as well. If you know a secretary, or encounter a secretary today, be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated. If you have a secretary, there are a number of ways to let them know their value to your company. Flowers, candy, a gift basket, a card (with a small gift certificate inside), or taking them to lunch are all appropriate ways of showing how much you value their service.

Another holiday today is World Stationery Day. World Stationery Day was created in 2012 to help ensure that the art of writing would not become extinct. Some fear that due to all of the technological advancements of our times making actual it much less practical than other quicker mechanical methods of communication, writing may soon go the way of the dinosaur. Some schools have already removed cursive writing from their curriculum.
Sending and receiving letters is about someone taking the extra time and effort to actually write words down and then making that despised trip to the post office to wait in a long line to finally send it off. It’s about someone deciding to put forth the effort, and spend a few cents on postage just to make their message personal. That’s what World Stationery Day is about: preserving the art of writing letters and cards, as opposed to just sending an impersonal e-mail or text message. If you don’t care enough about someone to write a personal letter, note or card, then don’t bother sending anything at all.
Celebrating this holiday is a no-brainer. Send a letter, note or card to your friends and family today. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate ode, just a few words to convey your feelings toward them.

The fifth holiday today is Tell a Story Day. Tell a Story Day is pretty much self-explanatory; tell a story today. (Duh). It doesn’t matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folklore. Your  stories can be from a book other written material, from memory, or just create a story of your own. To make your story more enjoyable, try setting the atmosphere. If it’s an eerie or spooky story, turn down the lights. Bring decorations and memorabilia that speak to the theme of your story. If your story is about a person, display a picture of that individual.

Yet another holiday today is Denim Day. Denim Day has nothing to do with the popular and versatile fabric. Instead, it focuses on the controversial subject of sexual violence against women.
Since 1999, Peace Over Violence has held a Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses, and students are asked to make a social statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

One more holiday today is International Noise Awareness Day.  International Noise Awareness Day  is a global campaign celebrated on the last Wednesday of April of every year. It was founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication. Noise Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of noise and its effect on the welfare and health of people. Noise affects people in many ways, but it seems that the only time noise gets any interest is when it is annoying to the general public. On this holiday, people are urged to try to reduce the noise level of their lives. Establish a quiet hour in your home where all televisions, radios, computers, smartphones, electronic games, and anything else that pollutes your environment with noise are turned OFF. Have a conversation with your family, or just go outside and enjoy the sounds of nature.

The final holiday today is Matanzas Mule Day. On this date in 1898, in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, US naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas. After hours of bombardment, it was discovered that the only casualty was one mule. A formal funeral with full military honors was held for the mule, which was attended by more than 200 people. The “Matanzas Mule” became instantly famous and remains a footnote in the history of the Spanish-American War.

The food-related holiday today is National Prime Rib Day. Prime rib is a delicious cut of beef that is usually roasted and served as the main course of a meal. Genuine prime rib is graded USDA Prime, and can be quite difficult to obtain. It is considered one of the most elegant cuts of beef.  Prime rib must be USDA Prime, not USDA Choice or any of the lower grades of beef. Only about 3% of the beef in America is graded USDA prime. Because of the scarcity, it is generally carried only by the finest butchers and restaurants. Often, rib roasts masquerade as a prime rib in supermarkets, which typically carry USDA Choice (and lower grades of beef).
There’s only one way to celebrate Prime Rib Day folks; with a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib, cooked perfectly to your liking. Don’t forget the au jus and/or horseradish. I’ll have mine medium-well, with a huge, fully loaded baked potato, please.

On this date:

  • In 1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
  • In 1565 – The first Spanish settlement in the Philippines was established in Cebu City.
  • In 1861 – President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
  • In 1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
  • In 1880 – Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
  • In 1897 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated.
  • In 1938 – Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
  • In 1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.
  • In 1946 – The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
  • In 1953 – The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet to the United States.
  • In 1965 – “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.
  • In 1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Reagan and three others.
  • In 1983 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out the 3,509th batter of his career.
  • In 1987 – The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the U.S. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
  • In 1989 – Student protesters took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
  • In 2005 – The A-380, the world’s largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.
  • In 2006 – In New York City, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.

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

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