Red Rose Day

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

Good morning flower children. Today is Sunday, June 12th. The holidays today are:

Red Rose Day 

A red rose signifies love, and since June is the most popular month for weddings, it seems appropriate for Red Rose Day to fall on one day this month. Roses are by far America’s favorite cut flower, but they are also popular as ornamentation around houses and garages. Send your significant other a red rose today.
Factoid: Did you know that each color rose sends a different message to the recipient? Here is a guide to help you send the appropriate color rose to convey the message you intend.

Crowded Nest Awareness Day 

Crowded Nest Awareness Day recognizes the condition of Crowded Nest Syndrome. With Crowded Nest Syndrome, your adult children continue to live with you, or they moved away only move back in with you, sometimes bringing their young children with them. Another scenario is when your elderly parents or in-laws have to move in with you because they can no longer care for themselves.  Suddenly, you feel as though you have no privacy, nowhere to escape, no “alone” time. With the recent popping of the housing bubble and so many people out of work today, this syndrome is something we’re hearing a bit more of these days.

Loving Day 

You could think that this is another one of those sappy, hippie-dippy, feel good holidays, but if you do, you would be WRONG. This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the  landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving vs Virginia which basically legalized interracial marriage. The decision affected not only Virginia but the other 16 States which still had laws against interracial marriage. In 1958, the Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were married in Washington D.C. They were arrested just weeks after they returned to their home near Richmond, VA. They plead guilty to “cohabiting as man and wife against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth”. They avoided jail time by agreeing to move out of Virginia. They moved to Washington D.C. and began legal action by writing to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy turned the case over to the A.C.L.U. After the “Warren Court” handed down its decision in 1967, they moved back to Virginia, where they lived with their three children. HBO also made a documentary film about this case. If you can find it, I suggest that you watch it as well. Does anyone else see the correlation between this case and the current debate over gay marriage?

Tony Awards

Tonight is Broadway’s biggest night—the Tony Awards. Often hailed as the finest awards show on television, the Tony Awards are famous for first-class entertainment and live performances from all the nominated shows. The first Tony Awards ceremony took place on April 6, 1947, in the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The winners that evening included Arthur Miller, Helen Hayes, and Ingrid Bergman.
The Tony Awards are formally known as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Antoinette Perry was an actress, director, producer, and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, which is the organization that presents the awards. During the first ceremony, one of the presenters referred to the award as a “Toni,” which was Antoinette’s nickname.
Over 5,000 guests are expected to attend tonight’s ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, and over 8 million people will tune in to watch the festivities on television.

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day 

The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900’s. In 1916, George Washington Carver began promoting the peanut and its many uses. As part of the campaign, he published three peanut butter cookie recipes in a research bulletin entitled, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption.” Peanut Butter cookies are a rolled cookie, but not with a rolling-pin as you might expect. Traditionally, the dough is “rolled” into a ball by hand, then flattened with the tines of a fork to create an attractive pattern. The first recipe to include this traditional pattern appeared in a Peanut Butter cookie recipe published in the Schenectady Gazette in 1932. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn’t be quite right without this iconic decoration.
To celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, dig out Grandma’s favorite recipe and make a batch of delicious homemade peanut butter cookies. If your Grandma didn’t have a peanut butter cookie recipe, the internet has about as many recipes for peanut butter cookies as Fido has fleas. Enjoy some peanut butter cookies as a snack today…no matter whose recipe you use.
This link will give you some interesting and fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter.

International Cachaca Day 

Cachaca is Brazilian White Rum (aka “poor man’s rum”). It is distilled from the juice of sugar cane itself. It is a cousin to rum, which is distilled from molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process. Back when I imbibed in distilled spirits, rum was my beverage of choice, but that was before Cachaca became “trendy”. I probably would have jumped on the Cachaca bandwagon had I known about it. In terms of popular Brazilian exports these days, Cachaca  probably finishes a close second behind Gisele Bundchen with young American males. If you still partake in adult beverages, today would be an appropriate day to try a cocktail made with Cachaca.

Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day

Magic Day

National Automotive Service Professionals Day

National Children’s Day

Race Unity Day

World Day Against Child Labor

Write to Your Father Day

On this date:

  • In 1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.
  • In 1839 – Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball.
  • In 1849 – The gas mask was patented by L.P. Haslett.
  • In 1897 – Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.
  • In 1918 – The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I’s Western Front in France.
  • In 1921 – President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
  • In 1923 – Harry Houdini escaped from a straitjacket while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground.
  • In 1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled with 150,000 words.
  • In 1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. This was exactly one hundred years to the day on which the game was invented by Abner Doubleday.
  • In 1941 – In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
  • In 1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.
  • In 1971 – Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.
  • In 1974 – Girls were allowed to take part in Little League Baseball for the first time.
  • In 1982 – 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City’s Central Park.
  • In 1987 – President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
  • In 1991 – Russians went to the election polls and elected Boris N. Yeltsin as the president of their republic.
  • In 1996 – In Philadelphia, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
  • In 1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
  • In 1997 – The Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.
  • In 1999 – NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia.
  • In 2003 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.
  • In 2009 – The switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.

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