Pack Rat Day

May 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning hoarders. Today is Tuesday, May 17th. The holidays today are:

Pack Rat Day

Pack Rat Day does not refer to that species of rodent which uses whatever materials are in its proximity to build their nests. Rather, it celebrates their human counterparts who have a hard time letting go (of things). Most of us find it difficult to let go of things, especially things with sentimental value. I am no exception. Although I don’t have a lot of material possessions, I do have the propensity to accumulate kitchen gadgets, office supplies, and camera equipment. Additionally, I still have, but do not use, the cedar chest that I built in the 8th-grade, many of my dear departed mother’s nick knacks which were around the house as I was growing up, and many of her old cast iron pans and glass bakeware.
Pack Rat Day is the day to relish the fact that you had the foresight to hold on to items like these. Go through some of them today and let the memories flow. Remember, don’t throw away anything today. This holiday is all about celebrating your “pack-rattiness”.

World Hypertension Day

The purpose of World Hypertension Day is to make people aware of this disease, and to promote early detection, control, and prevention. For those of you who don’t know, Hypertension is the fancy way of saying High Blood Pressure. I suffer from it, along with millions of others. To celebrate this holiday, do some research into Hypertension; learn about its symptoms, and schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider today for a simple blood pressure check.

World Telecommunications Day

The International Telegraph Union, an organization formed in 1865 to support the emerging communication methods of the time, has been present throughout all the great breakthroughs in communication since – the invention of the telephone in 1876, the launch of the first satellite in 1957 and, ultimately, the birth of the Internet. It still remains the most important entity in the field of communications.
World Telecommunications Day is inexorably linked with the International Telegraph Union and celebrates the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives –communication. The goal of World Telecommunications Day is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. It also aims to increase awareness of how crucial communication is in our lives and stimulate the development of technologies in the field.
World Baking Day

World Baking Day is a time to dig out your rolling pin, heat up your oven, and prepare something delicious. Whether you choose to bake a batch of cookies, some brownies, a cake or cupcakes, or a nice crusty loaf of bread, today is the day to bake something…then share it with someone – your family, neighbors, friends.
World Baking Day was created to spread the joy of baking all around the world, especially to those who perhaps don’t bake too often and are not particularly experienced at it. This holiday is meant to show people just how much fun it can be to make a cake or some cookies, and that baking can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. And, as a bonus, you get to eat what you’ve created.

National Cherry Cobbler Day

Cherries are in season right now, so it is not surprising that today is National Cherry Cobbler Day. As I covered in another cobbler-related holiday last month, a cobbler is a basically a fruit pie without a bottom crust.

Back in the 19th century, pioneers of the American West had to adapt many recipes because of a severe lack of ingredients. The traditional pie evolved into the cobbler, which was often served as the main dish of the meal.
No one knows how cobblers got their name, but some culinary historians believe the name may have been inspired by their resemblance to cobblestones.

National Walnut Day

National Walnut Day was created by the Walnut Marketing Board in June of 1949 to promote walnuts and point out their nutritional value. In 1958, a Senate Resolution was signed by President Eisenhower designating May 17th as National Walnut Day.
Walnuts are a good source of fiber. They contain vitamin E and antioxidants. Walnuts reduce cholesterol and are beneficial to cardiovascular health. Due to their resemblance to a brain, in some cultures, walnuts also symbolize intelligence.
Whether in a salad, a side dish or by themselves, enjoy some walnuts today.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

National Mushroom Hunting Day

Syttende Mai 

World Information Society Day 

World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

On this date:

  • In 1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.
  • In 1946 – President Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
  • In 1954 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
  • In 1973 – The Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.
  • In 1980 – Rioting erupted in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. Eight people were killed in the rioting.
  • In 1985 – Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of “Dallas” on CBS-TV. He returned the following season.
  • In 1987 – An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan’s Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.
  • In 1998 – New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to pitch a perfect game.
  • In 1999 – Eric Ford, a tabloid photographer, was sentenced to 6 months at a halfway house, 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service. The sentence stemmed from a charge that Ford had eavesdropped on a call between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and then had sold a recording of the conversation.
  • In 2000 – Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges stemming from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls.
  • In 2006 – The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Maureen O’Sullivan 1911 – Actress.
  • Brigit Nilsson 1918 – Opera singer.
  • Bob Merrill 1921 – Songwriter.
  • Dennis Hopper 1936 – Actor.
  • Taj Mahal 1942 – Singer.
  • Bill Paxton 1955 – Actor.
  • Bob Saget 1956 – Actor, comedian.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard 1956 – Boxer.
  • Enya 1961 – Musician.
  • Craig Ferguson 1962 – Television host.
  • Hill Harper 1966 – Actor.
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy 1974 – Actor.
  • Nikki Reed 1988 – Actress.
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