Happy Father’s Day

June 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning daddyos. Today is Sunday, June 19th. The holidays today are:

Father’s Day 

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In America, it is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Other countries celebrate Father’s Day on varying dates, but most have some sort of holiday honoring fathers.
Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day. It began in Spokane, WA on June 19, 1910, at the local YMCA, and was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The holiday had little initial success and Ms. Dodd eventually moved away from Spokane. In the 1930’s, she moved back to Spokane and renewed her efforts, this time with more support. She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example, the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Menswear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday for a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded. By the mid-1980’s the Father’s Council wrote that “Father’s Day has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day should be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “singling out just one of our two parents”. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
If you think that Father’s Day is a contrived holiday sponsored by retailers to sell more products, you are absolutely correct; just like Mother’s Day and Valentines Day. It doesn’t mean that fathers, or mothers, or sweethearts don’t deserve a special day on which to be honored, it just means that it has been commercialized; just like everything else in today’s consumer-driven society. So, make dad feel special today. You don’t have to succumb to the hype. Most dads just want to be left alone in front of the TV, get a card and maybe a token gift, and have their favorite meal prepared for them by their loving family.
Author’s Note: My father was born in 1893 (yes, you read that date correctly, 1893) in Big Horn, Wyoming (near Buffalo, Wyoming). He was the youngest of 8 brothers (and one sister who died in infancy of Rheumatic Fever). He was a camp cook’s assistant on one of the last overland cattle drives from Buffalo the Cheyenne in the early 1900’s. He enlisted in the Army during WWI in 1917, but never went overseas. He was married and divorced in the early 1920’s (I have two half-nephews who are older than I am). He went to work for the Post Office, and in the mid-1920’s, he migrated to Bakersfield California after his divorce, where he was a postman until he retired in 1959. Other than that, I know very little about him.
If I have one regret in life, it is that I wasn’t closer to my father. Many people find it hard to communicate with their parents because of the “generation gap”. Well, we had a “double generation gap” – he was 54 when I was born. I could have learned so much from him –not only about his family history but about what life was like at the beginning of the 20th century. I had a running joke with him about that. My least favorite subject in school was History. He used to say that History was his favorite subject…to which I would reply, “Yes Dad, but  there was so much less History to memorize when you went to school.”
If one of your parents is still alive, I urge you to sit down with them and talk about what life was like when they grew up…and, the sooner the better. You’ll be amazed at the insights they can provide – about the society, the politics, and the technology of their era.
My father died at home with my mother at his bedside, in January 1980.

Statue of Liberty Arrival Day

Statue of Liberty Arrival Day is not an actual holiday anywhere in America, but, in my humble opinion, it should be (or at least it should be a National observance).
On this date in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived at its permanent home on Bledsoe’s Island in New York Harbor, and the assembly began. Lady Liberty had arrived in New York Harbor two days prior, on June 17th, aboard the French frigate “Isere”. She had arrived disassembled because she was too large to transport intact. The Statue of Liberty  was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States to commemorate the friendship between our two nations. She was designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, and is officially titled “Liberty Enlightening the World”. She has since been regarded as the symbol of freedom and democracy, not only to the United States, and the rest of the world, as well. This link will give you a complete history of how she came to America.

World Sauntering Day

Sauntering is a verb to describe a style of walking; it is not a sashay, prance, trot, or lollygag. Simply, sauntering means to walk slowly, preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs.
World Sauntering Day encourages everyone to slow their pace in the “rat race” today and observe what is around them. It is an annual holiday celebrated on the 19th of June each year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life…as opposed to rushing through it.
The exact year of its origin is unclear, but it is believed to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan (which incidentally has the world’s longest porch at 660 feet in length) during the 1970’s as an answer to the new jogging craze.
The goal of World Sauntering Day is simple – to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them. So, today, forego your jog or “power walk” and substitute a leisurely saunter through your neighborhood or a nearby park. Who knows what you’ll discover.

National Pets in Film Day

From Lassie to Rin Tin Tin; from Benji to Beethoven; from Flicka to Fury — We all have our favorite animal stars. National Pets in Film Day pays tribute to all of the animals who have had starring roles in motion pictures (and on television) throughout history.
National Pets In Film Day was created in 2011 by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige. Her mission was simple: to remind others to spend more time with pets and family members. The happiness and bonding we see with the pets and people in movies can happen in our very own lives as well.
To celebrate National Pets in Film Day, curl up on the couch with your four-legged furbaby and watch some movies starring your favorite animal movie stars.

Eat an Oreo Day

Like Oreo Cookie Day which we celebrated on March 6th…the day the Oreo Cookie was first introduced to the public, Eat an Oreo Day encourages you to enjoy one of “milk’s favorite cookies”.
Oreo’s were first developed and marketed in 1912 in New York City. They sold by the pound… like, 30¢ a lb. WOW! The original design on the cookie was a wreath with Oreo in the center. You probably didn’t even realize this, because really, who takes the time to study an Oreo’s design…you’re too busy gobbling them down.
As for the actual name Oreo, there isn’t a definitive story about from where the  name was derived. According to one website, it is believed that the name Oreo is derived from the French word for gold, mainly because the original packaging was gold.
Since their creation over a century ago, over 500 billion Oreo Cookies have been sold, which makes them the best selling cookie of the 20th century. The Oreo name has been changed a few times… and it seemed to get longer every time — From their original name, Oreo Biscuit; to Oreo Sandwich in 1921; to Oreo Creme Sandwich in 1948; to its current incarnation, Oreo Creme Sandwich Cookie in 1974.  I just call them Oreos. No matter what you call them, they are delicious, and one of America’s favorite cookies.

National Dry Martini Day 

A martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth. Sometimes, vodka is substituted for gin, although this is properly called a vodka martini. The drink is almost always garnished with an olive, although sometimes it is garnished with a slice of lemon peel. The martini is one of the most widely known cocktails. For absolute purists, the bottle of gin, the mixing glass, and the vermouth are all at room temperature prior to mixing. This is so a small quantity of cold water is diluted into the drink when the ingredients are stirred, or shaken, with ice.
As many of you already know, I quit drinking over a quarter century ago (with the exception of an occasional glass of wine with special occasion dinner, or one shot from a well endowed, scantily clad “shot girl” in a bar…yes, I still go to bars occasionally, I just drink water or juice instead of booze). Even when did imbibe, I disliked the taste of gin…to me it tastes like pine needles. Hence, I will not be celebrating this holiday. I guess that I will instead just celebrate another day of sobriety.

Family Awareness Day

Garfield the Cat Day

Husband Caregiver Day


World Sickle Cell Day

On this date:

  • In 1586 – English colonists sailed away from Roanoke Island, NC, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America.
  • In 1778 – General George Washington’s troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training.
  • In 1846 – The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, NJ. It was the first organized baseball game.
  • In 1903 – The young school teacher, Benito Mussolini, was placed under investigation by police in Bern, Switzerland.
  • In 1911 – In Pennsylvania, the first motion-picture censorship board was established.
  • In 1912 – The government established the 8-hour work day.
  • In 1934 – Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and [later] TV broadcasting.
  • In 1939 – In Atlanta, GA, legislation was enacted that disallowed pinball machines in the city.
  • In 1942 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC, to discuss the invasion of North Africa with President Roosevelt.
  • In 1943 – Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen.
  • In 1951 – President Harry S Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955, and lowered the draft age to 18.
  • In 1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York following their conviction for selling U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. They were accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The Rosenbergs vigorously protested their innocence, but after a brief trial in March 1951, they were convicted. On April 5, 1951, a judge sentenced them to death.
  • In 1954 – The Tasmanian Devil appeared for the first time in the cartoon “Devil May Hare” by Warner Brothers.
  • In 1958 – In Washington, DC, nine entertainers refused to answer a congressional committee’s questions on communism.
  • In 1961 – Kuwait gained complete independence from Britain.
  • In 1961 – The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland’s constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God.
  • In 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was finally passed after surviving an 83-day filibuster by Democrats in the Senate.
  • In 1973 – The stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in London.
  • In 1978 – Everyone’s favorite house cat, Garfield, made his comic strip debut in 41 newspapers nationally.
  • In 1987 – The Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism.
  • In 1998 – A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • In 1998 – Switzerland’s three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they’d stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II. Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low.
  • In 1999 – Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.
  • In 2000 – The Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment’s principle that called for the separation of church and state.

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