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April 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of lagomorph based cartoon characters. Today is Saturday, April 30th. The holidays today are:

Bugs Bunny Day

On this date in 1938, Bugs Bunny made his first appearance, in a cartoon. The cartoon was “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. His character was an instant success, but audiences had to wait until July 27, 1940, before a cartoon featuring that “wascally wabbit” as the main character was made. The cartoon was titled, “A Wild Hare”. Happy 78th birthday Bugs.

National Honesty Day

April is a month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day. It is only fitting that it ends with an appeal for honesty. In my humble opinion, “Honesty is the best policy” is not some trite adage to be spewed out at your convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, every day, the world would be a better place. Now, if we could only convince our Politicians of  that fact.

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates one’s own personal hairstyle. Each individual develops their own unique hairstyle over time that reflects their personality. Some people change their hairstyle often, trying to keep up with the latest trend. Others keep the same basic hairstyle throughout most their entire adult lives, changing only when genetics dictates that they do so.
Among the most famous hairstyles were the “beehive” and “pixie cut” for women, and the “crew cut” for men in the 1950′s. In the 1960’s, long straight hair for both men and women was in vogue. In the 1980’s, the “mullet” became popular. The “Mr. Clean” look came into vogue for men in the mid 1990′s. Thanks to genetics, I was a pioneer of the “Mr. Clean” hairstyle decades before it caught on in the general populace. No matter the hairstyle you chose, today is the day to appreciate it. If you are unhappy with your hairstyle choice, today is the day to change it. But remember: God only made a few perfect heads; the rest he covered with hair to disguise his mistakes.

Save the Frogs Day 

Save the Frogs Day is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of the plight of frogs, which are increasingly endangered by climate change, habitat loss, and disease. There are about 4,740 species of frogs around the entire world, about 90 of which are native to the United States. Frogs can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, however, the majority of frogs are found in warmer tropical climes. Frogs are known as indicator species and can give scientists valuable insight into how an ecosystem is functioning. Because they are both predators and prey, many animals are affected by them. Frogs provide insight into the health of the ecosystem.
I know, you’re probably saying to yourself “Why should I care about the plight of frogs? Don’t they cause warts?” The answer to the last question is noThe answer to the first question is, although they aren’t ‘cuddly’, they are cute in their own unique way, and, I’m told, their legs taste like chicken. If that isn’t reason enough, frogs eat mosquitoes, they are food for fish, birds, and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water.
Take some time today to learn more about frogs. Visit a local pond or wetland and see if you can find some frogs and/or tadpoles. Hint, they like stagnant water.

World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day celebrates those dedicated professionals who look after the health and well-being of our beloved furbabies. It is celebrated on the last Saturday in April and was created in  2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the work performed by veterinarians worldwide. Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, a rabbit person, a horse person, a gerbil person or a _____ person, you should be thankful that there are veterinarians around when Fido or Fluffy needs them.
The theme of World Veterinary Day this year is vaccinations, so a great way to observe this holiday would be to check with your veterinarian to make sure all of your pets’ vaccinations are up-to-date. Schedule an appointment if your pet’s vaccinations are not up to date.

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

Oats were likely first eaten by the Scottish people. England and other countries looked down on the Scots for eating something used as animal feed, but as it turns out that the Scots were right; oats are a healthy and nutritious food.
Oatmeal cookies came from Bannocks, a flat cake eaten by the ancient people of Scotland during the 5th century. During the middle ages, the Scots added spices, raisins, and nuts to the Bannocks that came to be known as oat cakes. The Quaker Oats company popularized oat cakes in the early 1900’s in the United States by printing the recipe on their Oatmeal packages. The recipe was reformulated twice more by Quaker Oats in the 1900’s to bring us the Oatmeal cookie recipe we love today.

National Raisin Day

People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events.
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heat wave destroyed acres and acres of California grape vines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply.
Although raisins are a delicious, sweet, and healthy snack, the word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language and does not do justice to the food it represents. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new age” guy that I am, I prefer to use the term “sun-dried grapes”. Whatever term you prefer, enjoy some raisins today; perhaps as an ingredient in your oatmeal cookie recipe.

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Go Birding Day

International Jazz Day

Sense of Smell Day 

Spank Out Day

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

 

On this date:

  • In 0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
  • In 1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
  • In 1803 – The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
  • In 1812 – Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
  • In 1864 – Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks’ troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • In 1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
  • In 1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
  • In 1900 – Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train “Cannonball Express.”
  • In 1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the “General Pershing Zephyr.”
  • In 1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
  • In 1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prize-fight referee.
  • In 1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
  • In 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
  • In 1947 – The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed to Hoover Dam.
  • In 1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
  • In 1970 – U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by U.S. President Nixon led to widespread protests.
  • In 1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced the resignation of H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
  • In 1991 – An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.
  • In 1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. The man called himself a fan of second-ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence.
  • In 1997 – ABC aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen.” The title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
  • In 1998 – In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on a ValuJet aircraft that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt 1898 – Publisher.
  • Al Lewis 1910 – Actor.
  • Eve Arden 1912 – Actress.
  • Robert Shaw 1916 – Conductor.
  • Johnny Horton 1925 – Singer.
  • Cloris Leachman 1926 – Actress.
  • Willie Nelson 1933 – Musician.
  • Burt Young 1940 – Actor.
  • Bobby Vee 1943 – Singer.
  • Jill Clayburgh 1944 – Actress.
  • Perry King 1948 – Actor.
  • Paul Gross 1959 – Actor.
  • Isiah Thomas 1961 – Basketball player.
  • Adrian Pasdar 1965 – Actor.
  • Johnny Galecki 1975 – Actor.
  • Kirsten Dunst 1982 – Actress.
  • Dianna Agron 1986 – Actress.
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