June 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Saturday, June 11th. Today’s holidays are:

King Kamehameha Day 

King Kamehameha Day is a public holiday in the state of Hawaii.  It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. King Kamehameha Day, was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V (on December 22, 1871) as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I. The first observance of the holiday happened the following year. Late 19th century celebrations of King Kamehameha Day featured carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and velocipede races.
King Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959. Today, King Kamehameha Day is treated with elaborate events harkening back to ancient Hawaii, respecting the cultural traditions that Kamehameha defended as his society was slowly shifting towards European trends. The King Kamehameha Hula Competition attracts hula groups from all over the world to the Neil S. Blaisdell Center for the two-day event. Prizes are awarded on the second night. The most important ritual dates back to 1901 after the Territory of Hawaii was established. It is the evening draping ceremony in which the Kamehameha Statue in front of Aliʻiolani Hale and ʻIolani Palace on King Street in downtown Honolulu is draped in long strands of lei. The same is done at the Kamehameha Statue on the former monarch’s home island, the Big Island of Hawaii. Outside of the state, a similar draping ceremony is held at the United States Capitol where the Kamehameha Statue there is also draped in lei in the company of federal officials.
Hawaii is the 50th State and is the only State that is an island archipelago. It is made up of over 100 islands, however, there are eight main islands that make up the Hawaiian Islands and only seven are inhabited. They are (from largest to smallest) . Hawaii (the Big Island),  Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe (unpopulated).

Young Eagles Day

Young Eagles Day is a program created by the US Experimental Aircraft Association designed to give children between the ages of 8 to 17 an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane and educate children about aviation. The program is offered free of charge with donations and volunteers and was launched in 1992. By 2014, this program had flown more than 1.9 million children in 90 countries. More than 43,000 pilots have participated in the program, donating their time and paying the full cost of providing the flights for the children in their own or rented aircraft. While some pilots have only flown a few Young Eagles there are many pilots who have flown more than three thousand children.

Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel in the Triple Crown. It is both the oldest and the longest of the three events. The first running took place in 1867 at Jerome Park in Belmont, New York. The track is 1.5 miles long and has become known as the “Test of the Champion.” Another nickname for the race is “the Run for the Carnations” because the winning horse is draped in a blanket of white carnations.
Only twelve horses have ever won the coveted Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont stakes. The first Triple Crown winner was Sir Barton in 1919, and the most recent winner was American Pharoah in 2015.

National Making Life Beautiful Day

National Making Life Beautiful Day is observed annually on June 11. It is a new holiday created just last year (2015). It is a holiday dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful. Whether you’re creating beauty through building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, one small action can lead to a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you as well.

National Corn on the Cob Day 

National Corn on the Cob Day celebrates one of America’s favorite vegetables – corn on the cob.
Corn has a fascinating history dating back more than 7000 years ago when it was called Teosinte, a wild grass-like crop. Native Americans, in what would now be considered southern Mexico, cultivated Teosinte until it more closely resembled the corn we eat today, only smaller. Although many treat it as a vegetable, corn is really a grain. Early settlers of the Americas were introduced to corn by the Native Americans who called it “mahiz” which translates to “that which sustains us”. Of course, this is where we get the word, Maize. As more and more settler’s moved in, it became clear that they would need this “mahiz” if they were going to survive. The Indians showed the settlers how to grow, fertilize, harvest, and prepare corn for consumption.
The corn on the cob we eat today is a sweet corn, that is, corn with a higher sugar content than other varieties of corn due to a naturally occurring mutation. Sweet corn is picked in its “green” state when the kernels are still filled with a milky sweet substance. It is best to eat corn on the cob as soon as possible after being picked, since the longer it is stored, the less sweet it will become as the sugars turn into starch. Because of its high sugar content, corn sometimes gets a bad name in the nutritional world. Nonetheless, studies show that there are actually several health benefits to corn that make it worth considering as a healthy choice to serve at your dinner table. Corn is a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, and folate. It also produces a soluble fiber that helps remove cholesterol from the liver. Some studies show that corn might be good for your heart.
Just about everyone loves corn on the cob. Whether you steam it, boil it, or cook it on the barbecue, enjoy some for dinner tonight. Just be sure to have plenty of dental floss on hand.
Author’s Note: I recently discovered an easy method of cooking corn on the cob — Wrap each ear individually in a paper towel, wet the paper towel, then microwave it for about 3 minutes. The corn comes out perfectly cooked every time. I normally only cook one or two ears at a time, and this method is foolproof. If you want to use this method for more than two ears, add a little extra cooking time…perhaps 30 extra seconds per ear. You’ll have to experiment on your own.

National German Chocolate Cake Day 

German chocolate cake is a rich chocolate cake with a coconut pecan filling frosted with chocolate frosting topped with more coconut. The first published recipe for German’s chocolate cake was in 1957 and was revealed in the Dallas Morning Star.
German chocolate cake is named in honor of Sam German, an Englishman who worked in America for Baker Chocolate Company, and created a chocolate baking bar called “Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate”, a milder, sweeter chocolate, in 1852. German chocolate cake does not come from Germany or from German immigrants. Instead, it derives its name from German’s chocolate. (The possessive form German’s was dropped in publications after 1957, giving the false impression of a German origin).
No matter its origins, enjoy some for dessert tonight.

National Rosé Day

National Rosé Day was approved as a national holiday by the National Day Calendar in October of 2014 and is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in June.
Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are a very versatile wine that complements many types of food. Rosé is lighter than red wine and deeper than white wine. The pink color of Rosé wine depends on the amount of time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice, also known as maceration.
Rosé wines can be either semi-sparkling or sparkling with different intensities of sweetness levels and dryness.

World Gin Day

If you like gin, World Gin Day is for you. It is a global celebration of all things gin. The concept is simple – get together with other gin lovers in your area to drink some gin…whether it’s in a cocktail, Gin & Tonic, or neat…yes, you can drink gin neat (at least some people can. It is an acquired taste). World Gin Day was created in 2008, and is celebrated annually on June 11th.

On this date:

  • In 1770 – Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground.
  • In 1793 – Robert Haeterick was issued the first patent for a stove.
  • In 1880 – Jeanette Rankin was born. She became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
  • In 1895 – Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for the gasoline-driven automobile.
  • In 1910 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. He was the French underwater explorer that invented the Aqualung diving apparatus.
  • In 1912 – Silas Christofferson became the first pilot to take off from the roof of a hotel.
  • In 1919 – Sir Barton became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes.
  • In 1927 – Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • In 1930 – William Beebe dove to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda. He used a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
  • In 1936 – The Presbyterian Church of America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1947 – The United States government announced an end to sugar rationing.
  • In 1950 – Ben Hogan returned to tournament play after a near-fatal car accident. He won the U.S. Open.
  • In 1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
  • In 1963 – Alabama Gov. George Wallace allowed two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama.
  • In 1972 – Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career.
  • In 1973 – After a ruling by the Justice Department of Pennsylvania, women were licensed to box or wrestle.
  • In 1977 – In the Netherlands, a 19-day hostage situation came to an end when Dutch marines stormed a train and a school being held by South Moluccan extremist. Two hostages and the six terrorists were killed.
  • In 1981 – The first major league baseball player’s strike began. It would last for two months.
  • In 1987 – Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
  • In 1990 – The Supreme Court struck down a law that would prohibit the desecration of the American Flag.
  • In 1991 – Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted. The eruption of ash and gas could be seen for more than 60 miles.
  • In 1993 – The Supreme Court ruled that people who commit “hate crimes” could be sentenced to extra punishment. The court also ruled in favor of religious groups saying that they indeed had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals during worship services.
  • In 1998 – Mitsubishi of America agreed to pay $34 million to end the largest sexual harassment case filed by the U.S. government. The federal lawsuit claimed that hundreds of women at a plant in Normal, IL, had endured groping and crude jokes from male workers.

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