What a Bunch of Hot Air

June 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning lighter-than-air aviation enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, June 5th. The holidays today are:

Hot Air Balloon Day 

Hot Air Balloon Day is an annual celebration that marks the impact hot air balloons have had on travel and leisure.
The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. On this date in 1783, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier ascended to a height of 1500 feet (on a tether) in a hot air balloon. It was the first manned hot air balloon flight. The first untethered, manned, hot air balloon flight occurred later that year on November 21, 1783. It was piloted by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782, by the Montgolfier brothers. A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope.

Festival of Popular Delusions Day

While Festival of Popular Delusions Day is not a hugely celebrated or even well-known holiday, its point is well taken. The first celebration of this holiday occurred on June 5, 1945. in Germany. It was exactly one year after D-Day, the day Allied forces landed in Normandy. On the day before D-Day, the Germans wrongly believed no invasion would occur due to poor weather conditions.The first Festival of Popular Delusions Day marked the last day the Nazi’s were able to delude themselves that they would rule the Earth for a thousand years.
These days, Festival of Popular Delusions Day it is more about aligning our beliefs with facts and reality, and to perform a reality check on the popular ideas of the day. In other words, it is a day to work at making right what is wrong.
Author’s Note: In today’s political climate, this holiday is more important than ever. The internet makes it easy to propagate fiction about any candidate. It is up to us to sort fact from fiction. If you use only sources which validate your opinion, you’re not getting all of the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision, and informed, intelligent voters is what this country needs if it is to survive.

National Moonshine Day 

Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, or Tennessee white whiskey is a high-proof distilled spirit, generally produced illicitly. The word is believed to derive from the term “moonrakers” used for early English smugglers and the clandestine (i.e., by the light of the moon) nature of the operations of illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey. The history of Moonshine is filled with characters and legends that have all helped shape this unique and colorful part of American history.

World Environment Day 

World Environment Day focuses attention on important environmental issues. According to the United Nations, “World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.” Each year, a theme is selected, and each year, a different city or country is selected to host World Environment Day celebrations. The theme for 2016 is “Go Wild For Life.” and the host country is Angola. The theme Go Wild For Life seeks to raise awareness about the booming illegal trade in wildlife products and urges political action to stop it. In addition to driving whole species to the brink of extinction, the illegal wildlife trade robs people of their natural heritage and erodes the Earth’s precious biodiversity.

National Gingerbread Day 

National Gingerbread Day celebrated one of my favorite desserts – gingerbread. Gingerbread is a sweet food product flavored with ginger and typically using honey or molasses rather than just sugar. Gingerbread is a moist loaf cake. Variations of this recipe are used to make the classic gingerbread men; and ‘ginger snaps’, one of my favorite cookies.
To celebrate this holiday, have some gingerbread for dessert. You can use this recipe, your own recipe, or, like me, just buy a gingerbread box-mix. You can rest assured that not one crumb of gingerbread will be wasted in my house.

National Attitude Day

National Cancer Survivors Day

National Child’s Day — First Sunday in June.

On this date:

  • In 1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.
  • In 1794 – Congress prohibited citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.
  • In 1851 – Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.
  • In 1865 – The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.
  • In 1884 – U.S. Civil War General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
  • In 1917 – American men began registering for the World War I draft.
  • In 1933 – President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard.
  • In 1944 – The first B-29 bombing raid hit the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • In 1947 – Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan.
  • In 1956 – Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounced Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.
  • In 1967 – The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan began.
  • In 1973 – The first hole-in-one in the British Amateur golf championship was made by Jim Crowford.
  • In 1975 – Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.
  • In 1981 – In the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.
  • In 1986 – A federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus 10 years.
  • In 1998 – Volkswagen AG won approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $700 million, outbidding BMW’s $554 million offer.
  • In 1998 – C-Span reported that Bob Hope had died. The report was false and had begun with an inaccurate obituary on the Associated Press website.
  • In 2004 – The U.S.S. Jimmy Carter was christened in the U.S. Navy in Groton, CT.

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