♪♪The Stars and Stripes Forever♪♪

May 14, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriotic march lovers. Today is Saturday, May 14th. The holidays today are:

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the “signature song” of composer John Philip Sousa. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day commemorates the inaugural performance of this song on this date in 1897. The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, PA. President William McKinley was present for the performance.
According to his biography “Marching Along”, he composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at sea on Christmas Day in 1896 as he was returning to the United States from a vacation in Europe. By an act of Congress in 1987, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is the official National March of the United States.

Underground America Day

Underground America Day does not refer to those radical fringe groups from both sides of the political spectrum who try to live their lives “underground”; without the scrutiny of “big brother”. Instead, it takes a much more literal approach. Underground America Day, a time to honor the 6,000 or so North Americans who make their homes not only on the Earth but in it.
One of the top advantages of living underground is energy conservation.  Completely covered homes or Earth-sheltered homes are covered on all sides with earth while earth-bermed homes leave one side exposed. Both provide natural insulation and allow for more stable temperatures within the home and less exposure to the elements.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages as well.  If you enjoy lots of sunlight and throwing open the windows on a summer day to create a natural breeze, you should probably opt for more conventional type dwellings.
Underground America Day was created in 1974 by architect Malcolm Wells. ”I woke up one day to the fact that the Earth’s surface was made for living plants, not industrial plants.”
Here are some ways to celebrate Underground America Day, in the unlikely event that you might be so inclined.

1) Eat root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and parsnips.
2) Learn about moles, gophers, and other subterranean species.
3) Dig for buried treasure in your backyard.
4) Look down a well.
5) Have a party in your basement.

Dance Like a Chicken Day

Although you probably don’t want to admit it, you all have danced the Chicken Dance at least once in your life. This goofy dance is a popular favorite at kid’s birthday parties, bat mitzvahs, weddings, and other social gatherings. You may not even be aware that you have danced to this song because it has many names – Chicken Dance Song, Duck Dance, Der Ententanz, and Dance Little Bird to name a few. Here is a link to the song to which I refer.
Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordion player, wrote the basic melody for the Chicken Dance song in the late 1950’s. In 1963, he began performing it at his restaurant. The people who bravely stood up and danced along often used sporadic movements that reminded Thomas of ducks and chickens. By the time the Chicken Dance arrived in America in the 1970’s, it had transformed into a set of movements with repeated “beak”, “wing”, and “tail” movements.
Today, the Chicken Dance has earned a fond place in the playlist of cheesy party dance songs. Other favorites typically include the Hokey Pokey, the Electric Slide, and the Macarena.

International Astronomy Day 

The study of Astronomy lets us see the history of the universe with our own eyes. The stars that twinkle as you look out on a dark, clear night may not even exist right now. They existed at whatever point in history they emitted that light, which has taken millions of years to reach Earth.
International Astronomy Day encourages us to engage in a little stargazing, and the best way to do that is with a telescope – which allows us to see much more than is visible to the naked eye. Tonight, it is perfectly acceptable to have your “head in the stars”.
To celebrate, check out your local planetarium or library for activities, or simply find a quiet, dark spot to gaze into the heavens and contemplate the wonders of the universe. Consult books or websites to identify the different constellations.  On International Astronomy Day, many organizations offer the public the use of telescopes to experience sights of the Universe that they’ve never seen before.

International Migratory Bird Day

Migratory Bird Day highlights the importance of international efforts to conserve birds through agreements, laws, treaties, and collaborations. This year also marks the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty – a landmark agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to protect our shared migratory birds.
Because birds do not migrate on the same day, International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on different dates across the Western Hemisphere. Events take place year-round, though most occur around the “traditional” date on the second Saturday in May. In the southern hemisphere, it is celebrated in October.
International Migratory Bird Day is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and each year it explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation.

National Miniature Golf Day

National Miniature Golf Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in may each year.
Miniature golf has been around since the mid-1800’s. During this time, it was thought to be unladylike for a woman to swing a golf club above her shoulder level. So in 1867, the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews designed a scaled-down version of golf that allowed women to join in the fun without creating a scandal. This was the first Miniature Golf course.
In the early 20th century, Miniature Golf courses began springing up in America, but these were usually in Hotels and Private Resorts, so they were still unavailable to the masses. The first Miniature Golf course that was open to the public was “Thistle Dhu”, built in 1916 by James Barbar in North Carolina. By the mid 1930′s, Miniature Golf had become a popular pastime all across America. It is still popular today. My research did not reveal when or why “obstacles” became part of the game. To celebrate, go play a round at your local Miniature Golf course today.

 National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

If you hear the word ‘biscuit’, what do you think about? If you are British, chances are you think of a cookie, but, here in America, the word has an entirely different meaning. Biscuits are a form of quick bread (it doesn’t need yeast to rise) about the size of dinner rolls.
Biscuits, particularly buttermilk biscuits, are a staple of southern cuisine. They are often served as a side-dish (chicken and biscuits); for breakfast as a bread, with butter; or with country gravy as the main course.
I have two favorite ways to enjoy biscuits. The first is fresh from the oven, slathered with butter and honey. The second is with my sausage gravy. While I’m at it, here is one of my favorite Buttermilk Biscuit recipes.

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day

Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day

National Train Day

World Belly Dance Day

World Fair Trade Day 

On this date:

  • In 1787 – Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1796 – The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner.
  • In 1804 – William Clark set off on an expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or  “Corps of Discovery.”
  • In 1853 – Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
  • In 1862 – The chronograph was patented by Adolphe Nicole.
  • In 1874 – McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.
  • In 1878 – The name Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
  • In 1897 – Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.
  • In 1904 – In St. Louis, the ‘modern’ Olympic games were held. It was the first time for the games to be played in the U.S.
  • In 1913 – The Rockefeller Foundation was created by John D. Rockefeller with a gift of $100,000,000.
  • In 1942 – The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • In 1948 – Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independent State of Israel as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
  • In 1961 – A bus carrying Freedom Riders was bombed and burned in Alabama.
  • In 1973 – Skylab One was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station.
  • In 1975 – U.S. forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. All 40 crew members were released safely by Cambodia. About 40 U.S. servicemen were killed in the military operation.
  • In 1980 – President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In 1985 – The first McDonald’s restaurant became the first fast-food business museum. It is located in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • In 1992 – Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev addressed members of the U.S. Congress, appealing to them to pass a bill to aid the people of the former Soviet Union.
  • In 1998 – The Associated Press marked its 150th anniversary.
  • In 1998 – The last episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” aired after nine years on NBC.
  • In 1999 – North Korea returned the remains of six U.S. soldiers that had been killed during the Korean War.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Thomas Gainsborough 1727 – Painter.
  • Billie Dove 1903 – Actress.
  • Richard Deacon 1921 – Actor.
  • Patrice Munsel 1925 – Singer.
  • Bobby Darin 1936 – Singer.
  • George Lucas 1944 – Film producer.
  • Troy Shondell 1944 – Singer.
  • Francesca Annis 1944 – Actress.
  • Season Hubley (Susan Hubley) 1951 – Actress.
  • Robert Zemeckis 1952 – Film director.
  • Tim Roth 1961 – Actor.
  • Cate Blanchett 1969 – Actress.
  • Sophia Coppola 1971 – Director.
  • Amber Tamblyn 1983 – Actress.
  • Mark Zuckerberg 1984 – Founder of Facebook.
  • Miranda Cosgrove 1993 – Actress.

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