Sierra Club Day

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

Good morning environmentalist wackos. Today is Saturday, May 28th. The holidays today are:

Sierra Club Day 

Sierra Club Day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the Sierra Club in San Francisco, in 1892. It had 182 charter members and John Muir was elected as its first President. In its first conservation campaign, Sierra Club led the effort to defeat a proposed reduction in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. Throughout its 124 year history, the contributions of the Sierra Club to protecting the environment are innumerable — From lobbying congress to set aside land for National Parks to protecting and preserving endangered ecosystems to limiting and controlling exhaust emissions.
The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these goals.

Amnesty International Day 

Amnesty International Day recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. The Amnesty International organization strives to accomplish these goals by providing awareness and recognition of the issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems and to arouse citizens, governments, and politicians to action.
Amnesty International was created by British lawyer Peter Benson in 1961 after learning that two Portuguese students were jailed because they raised their glasses to toast ‘freedom’. They have since grown into an International Organization that fights for freedom everywhere. My research does not show why Amnesty International Day is celebrated today. It is not the anniversary of its founding, nor the birth date or date of death of its founder.

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day is an annual non-political Amateur Radio Public Service project. They work with National Military Appreciation Month during the Month of May to offer events and work with other groups to team up to allow people from communities across the nation to gather at public locations such as shopping centers, parks, VA hospitals, and sporting events.  These events allow people to express verbal positive support “live” over two-way radios for members of the Military, Veterans, Reserves, National Guard, Retired, Coalition Forces, First Responders, and Military Support Groups.
Many of us have friends, relatives, and neighbors that are on active duty, and past members of the armed forces. Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day gives us the chance to support one another, and to express our thanks and appreciation to those that sacrifice and serve in the Armed Forces.

National Hamburger Day 

Nothing is more American than a big, juicy hamburger…except that hamburger patties originated in Hamburg, Germany (hence, the name ‘hamburger’). However, eating the burger in a bun is actually an American innovation. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers have been a staple of the American diet for decades. Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers each year and burgers make up about 40 percent of all sandwiches sold. The hamburger sandwich as we know it was most likely invented in Seymour, Wisconsin. Each year the city hosts a hamburger festival called Burger Fest. That is where the world’s largest hamburger made its debut in 2001. It weighed 8,266 pounds.

National Brisket Day 

Brisket is a flavorful cut of meat from the breast or lower chest, directly behind the foreshank. Its fibrous texture is best suited for long-cooking preparations like barbecue, braising, smoking, slow roasting, casseroles, and stews. Another form of brisket that we commonly hear of is corned beef, which is brisket that is cured in a brine.
In Jewish cooking, brisket is braised like a roast. In the Southern United States, brisket is commonly (and generically) called “barbecue” where it is slow cooked on a grill over indirect heat or smoked in a smoker.
The best way to cook a brisket is fat side up so the fat drips off and keeps the meat moist. The most desirable thickness for the fat layer is between 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick, and the thickness of the fat layer is important. If it is too thin and you risk losing flavor and tenderness. If it is too thick and you can affect the cooking time and make it harder for spices to penetrate the meat. You should trim away any thicker areas of fat. Fully cooked brisket will be fork tender, and should be between 185 degrees F and 190 degrees F. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes before slicing. When ready to slice, carve perpendicular to the grain. Brisket can be served in many ways.
One of my favorite parts from a brisket are the “burnt ends”, but then I’ve always been a bit weird.

Julia Pierpont Day (Julia Pierpont is credited for creating Decoration Day…now known as Memorial Day).

Infidelity Speaks Awareness Day

International Jazz Day (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend — Note: There’s another International Jazz Day on April 30th sponsored by a different organization).

National Polka Day

On this date:

  • In 1774 – The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.
  • In 1863 – The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War.
  • In 1928 – Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers, Inc.
  • In 1929 – Warner Brothers debuted “On With The Show” in New York City. It was the first all-color-talking motion picture.
  • In 1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • In 1937 – President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
  • In 1953 – The Walt Disney film “Melody” premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The picture was the first 3-D cartoon.
  • In 1957 – National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco.
  • In 1976 – The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion – regardless of its purpose – to a yield of 150 kilotons.
  • In 1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses. He was released August 3, 1988.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.
  • In 1999 – In Milan, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotin 1738 – Physician.
  • Jim Thorpe 1888 – Olympic athlete.
  • Ian Fleming 1908 – Author.
  • Carroll Baker 1931 – Actress.
  • Jerry West 1938 – Basketball player.
  • Beth Howland 1941 – Actress.
  • Gladys Knight 1944 – Singer.
  • Rudolph Giuliani 1944 – Mayor of New York City.
  • John Fogerty 1945 – Musician.
  • Brandon Cruz 1962 – Actor.
  • Justin Kirk 1969 – Actor.
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck 1977 – Television host.
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