“Cut the Cheese”

June 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my cheesy friends. Today is Saturday, June 4th. The holidays today are:

National Cheese Day 

National Cheese Day is a cheesy holiday which, oddly enough, celebrates that delicious dairy product, cheese. Cheese is an ancient food whose origin predates recorded history. This link will take you to a website where you can learn more. If you have a favorite kind of cheese, this link will take you to a website where you can learn about the history of many different varieties of cheese, probably including yours.
To celebrate this holiday, simply enjoy some of your favorite type of cheese in your favorite recipe — perhaps a cheese omelet for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and/or Mac & Cheese for dinner. Now, I’m going to ‘cut the cheese’ and move on to the next holiday.

National Frozen Yogurt Day 

National Frozen Yogurt Day celebrates that delicious, frosty, refreshing dessert, frozen yogurt; aka “fro yo” in today’s vernacular. Frozen yogurt is a frozen dessert similar to ice cream except made with much healthier yogurt, combined with other different flavorings and ingredients of your choosing, then frozen; with or without the aid of an ice-cream freezer.
To celebrate this holiday, buy some frozen yogurt at your favorite supermarket, ye olde ice cream shoppe, one of the myriad “fro yo” shops springing up across America, or if you feel adventurous, try making some at home. A simple search for “frozen yogurt” in your favorite search engine will yield about a bazillion jillion different recipes.

National Cognac Day

Cognac is an expensive brandy, named after the town of Cognac in France. Cognac comes from the double distillation of white wine made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and/or Colombard grapes. Aside from being a popular beverage used in a variety of different cocktails or sipped straight; it is very popular with chefs worldwide. It is used in a variety of gourmet recipes from cookies to seafood, to risotto, and so many more.
To celebrate National Cognac Day, have some cognac; either as a beverage of in one of your recipes.

Old Maid’s Day 

Old Maid’s Day does not refer to the popular children’s card game. The concept for this holiday came about right after the end of WWII. Millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies were not getting younger as they awaited the return of their GI.  The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home at all. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It is from these occurrences that Old Maid’s Day emerged.
With the “liberation” of women propagated by the Women’s movement in the late 1960’s, this holiday seems archaic in today’s society. No longer is the stigma of “Old Maid” acceptable. In fact, it is considered degrading to women. Many women are eschewing the societal norms of yesteryear and are choosing to educate themselves and start their careers before they even consider marriage, or are foregoing marriage altogether.
Whether or not you agree with this current trend, it is an undeniable fact of life. So be careful, very, very careful, where, and with whom, you decide to celebrate this holiday lest you be branded a misogynist or worse.

Hug your Cat Day

National Hug Your Cat Day celebrates our cuddly, purring pals that provide us with a constant stream of entertainment [or annoyance].
In Ancient Egypt, cats were revered and even worshiped as symbols of grace and poise. National Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect opportunity to put your cat on a pedestal and thank her for all those times she has curled up next to you after a long day.
Besides, showing your furry friend some affection is actually healthy for you. Studies have shown that cuddling with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease stress, and cats are no exception.
To celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day, give your feline furbaby a nice big hug – and while you’re at it, throw in some grooming, some extra treats, and maybe a little catnip too.

National Trails Day®

National Trails Day® is a holiday registered by the American Hiking Society, and is the largest celebration of trails in America. It is always celebrated on the first Saturday in June. National Trails Day and the American Hiking Society are literally telling you to “go take a hike” today. You can strike out on your own, organize a hike with a small group of family and friends, or sign up for an organized event.
National Trails Day events take place in every state across the country and include hikes, biking and horseback trails, paddling trips, birdwatching, and geocaching. Some of the bigger organized events will also include gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
So get off your duff today and take a hike. If, like me, you’re not as spry as you once were, at least walk around the block or take a stroll in a park. Just get up and move.

Audacity to Hope Day 

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 

National Cheer Coach Day

Shopping Cart Day

On this date:

  • In 1674 – Horse racing was prohibited in Massachusetts.
  • In 1717 – The Freemasons were founded in London.
  • In 1784 – Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet.
  • In 1812 – The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri Territory.
  • In 1896 – Henry Ford made a successful test drive of his new car in Detroit, MI. The vehicle was called a quadricycle.
  • In 1919 – The Senate passed the Women’s Suffrage bill.
  • In 1931 – The first rocket-glider flight was made by William Swan in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • In 1939 – The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels.
  • In 1942 – The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.
  • In 1944 – The U-505 became the first enemy submarine captured by the U.S. Navy.
  • In 1947 – The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes.
  • In 1974 – The Cleveland Indians had “Ten Cent Beer Night”. Due to the drunken and unruly fans, the Indians forfeited the game to the Texas Rangers.
  • In 1974 – Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army.
  • In 1984 – For the first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open golf tournament.
  • In 1985 – The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law that provided for a daily minute of silence in public schools.
  • In 1986 – Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pled guilty in Washington to spying for Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison.
  • In 1986 – The California Supreme Court approved a law that limited the liability of manufacturers and other wealthy defendants. It was known as the “deep pockets law.”
  • In 1989 – In Beijing, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush the pro-democracy movement. It is believed that hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators were killed.
  • In 1992 – The U.S. Postal Service announced that people preferred the “younger Elvis” stamp design in a nationwide vote.
  • In 2003 – The House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban “partial-birth” abortions.

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