Life Day 25127: Tic Tock, Tic Tock

April 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning clock watchers. Today is April 28th. The first holiday today is Biological Clock Day. Biological Clock Day does not only pertain to women. In fact, both men and women and the young and old are subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have. All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm, which helps their bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the Earth rotates. Have you ever stayed awake for an “all-nighter” and felt “off” for many days afterward; or flown from one time zone to another and felt the effects of jet lag? The impact is due to a disruption to our internal clock. Circadian Rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins. These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and metabolism. These clock genes normally keep us awake during the day and asleep at night.  But when a clock gene mutates, it can disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Sunlight, air travel, and even the seasons can disrupt our Circadian Rhythms and the quality and amount of sleep that we get. [Do I even need to mention the government imposed disruption of our Circadian Rhythms…Daylight Saving Time]?

The next holiday is Pay it Forward Day. Pay it Forward Day was established in 2007 to encourage ‘random act of kindness’ among total strangers. The idea came from the 1999 novel “Pay it Forward” by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The concept is simple: By performing random acts of kindness, you will create a ripple effect encouraging others to perform random acts of kindness in return.
Pay it Forward can mean anything from paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line, to a sizable donation to a church or worthwhile charity. It depends on what you can afford.
Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” 

The third holiday today is International Astronomy Day. International Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His reason for creating this holiday was to promote a greater education and understanding of the wonders of the universe and to promote astronomy to the public. Many astronomy clubs and groups use this day to help teach the people about the stars, and other celestial bodies in the universe. If you can find an event in your area, I urge you to attend. Who knows, they might even let you look through a real telescope.

The next holiday today is Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. Oh look, ‘Take Your Daughters To Work Day’ is all grown up. Take Your Daughter To Work Day was created in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation and its founder Gloria Steinem. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April, this holiday was created to address the stereotypical gender roles of young girls and expose them to new career avenues they might not ordinarily consider.
In 2003, the program was ‘officially’ expanded to include boys, but most of the companies who participated in the program had allowed boys to take part from the outset, usually renaming it “Take Our Children to Work Day” or an equivalent. Prior to the inclusion of boys, the Ms. Foundation contended that the program was designed to specifically address self-esteem issues unique to girls and initially resisted pressure to include boys. Much of this pressure came from educators who did not wish to include the event in their curriculum given that their male students were not encouraged to participate. The program’s official website states that the program was changed to give both boys and girls the opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles.
So basically, what was created as a sexist, feminist holiday has evolved into something worthwhile that will benefit all of those who participate…regardless of gender.

Another holiday today is Cubicle Day. Cubicle Day is a holiday that celebrates those ubiquitous, impersonal, cramped, corporate caves known as “cubicles.” Designed by Robert Propst and known for a complete absence of individuality, cubicles were first introduced in 1967 as a way to subdivide open office space and give workers a degree of privacy. Whether you love them or hate them, these modular systems were built to be easily reconfigured in almost as many ways as a bucket of Lego bricks, and today’s cubicle options include pods of workers with shared tasks as well as personal office cubes.
The best way to celebrate Cubicle Day is to brighten up your cubicle by decorating, or redecorating it. Whether you choose to use Feng Shui to improve the Chi of your space, or simply redesign it to form walls to protect you from the annoying habits of your neighbor, use this holiday to individualize your little section of the cube farm.

The rest of today’s holidays are either too frivolous or too insipid to warrant a paragraph. A link to each one will naturally be provided.
Workers Memorial Day.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work. (The UN’s version of Worker’s Memorial Day).
Great Poetry Reading Day.
Kiss Your Mate Day.
Thank You Thursday.

The food-related holiday today is National Blueberry Pie Day. Americans have filled their pies with delicious, fresh-picked berries since the colonial era. Today, blueberry pie is one of the most popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry season begins in May and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Fourth of July celebrations. Maine produces more blueberries than any other state. In fact, 25% of all lowbush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine. That makes Maine the largest producer of blueberries in the world.
Blueberries, or star berries as the Native Americans called them, are one of nature’s super foods. Blueberries are one of only a few blue foods found in nature and are native to the Americas. The chemicals found in blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and may contribute to fighting diseases certain cancers and prevent other diseases.

On this date:

  • In 1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed from office.
  • In 1686 – The first volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia Mathematica” was published.
  • In 1788 – Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution.
  • In 1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.
  • In 1818 – President James Monroe proclaimed naval disarmament on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
  • In 1896 – The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan.
  • In 1910 – The first flight of an aircraft at night was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
  • In 1914 – W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
  • In 1916 – The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.
  • In 1919 – The League of Nations was founded.
  • In 1930 – The first organized night baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
  • In 1932 – The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
  • In 1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.
  • In 1946 – The Allies indicted Tojo with 55 counts of war crimes.
  • In 1947 – Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 1952 – The U.S. occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty with the U.S. and 47 other countries went into effect.
  • In 1967 – Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.
  • In 1974 – The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
  • In 1988 – In Maui, HI, one flight attendant was killed when the fuselage of a Boeing 737 ripped open in mid-flight.
  • In 1994 – Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had given U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to a term of life in prison without parole.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton gave a 4 1/2 hour videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
  • In 1999 – The House of Representatives rejected (on a tie vote of 213-213) a measure expressing support for NATO’s five-week-old air campaign in Yugoslavia. The House also voted to limit the president’s authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia.
  • In 2001 – A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station.

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

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