It’s Going To Be a Long Day

June 20, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sun worshipers. Today is Monday, June 20th.

Summer Solstice

The first event today is not a holiday. This afternoon at 3:34 PM (in the Bay Area) the Summer Solstice will occur. The sun will reach its farthest distance from the Equator, making it the longest day of the year. This link will give you more solstice information.
The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. The solstice heralds the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Today, you’ll have the greatest opportunity to contract Melanoma, prematurely age your skin, and expose yourself to the possibility of sunstroke.
There are some solstice-related holidays today, but they don’t celebrate the solstice itself, but rather solicit your support for a specific cause. They will be listed in the rather extensive list of holidays that I am not covering today.

Cuckoo Warning Day

The origins of Cuckoo Warning Day are unknown, but legend has it that, ” if you hear a cuckoo on the Summer Solstice you will have a wet summer.
Here are a few more cuckoo facts about cuckoos:

1) Cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, thus relinquishing their parental duties. The cuckoo chick is not a nice guest and unceremoniously kicks the other chicks out of the nest.
2) Most cuckoos eat insects, although some are large enough to eat lizards.
3) Roadrunners are part of the cuckoo family.

Just don’t drive yourself cuckoo listening for their distinctive call today.

 Ride to Work Day (motorcycles and scooters)

Ride to Work Day is a holiday created to advocate commuting to work on a motorcycle or scooter. It is celebrated annually on the third Monday in June. Ride to Work Day was inspired by “Work to Ride – Ride to Work” marketing materials created between 1989 and 1991 by the Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, a Minnesota based manufacturer of motorcycle riders clothing. The first Ride to Work Day event date was July 22nd, 1992. For several years, various motorcycle businesses informally promoted every third Wednesday in July as Ride To Work Day. These early advocates included Road Rider Magazine, Dunlop Tires, and Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. The event continued to grow as an informal grassroots demonstration every year until 2000. That year a non-profit organization, Ride to Work was formed to help organize and promote Ride to Work Day. The first Ride to Work Day event led by this group was the third Wednesday in July of 2001, and was celebrated on that date each year until 2008 when it was changed to the Third Monday In June. This change was made to better accommodate riders worldwide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate.

National Vanilla Milkshake Day 

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure out that National Vanilla Milkshake Day celebrates vanilla milkshakes, and urges you to enjoy one today.
A milkshake is a simple combination of ice cream, milk, and syrup, combined in a blender and optionally garnished with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, or sprinkles; but you probably already knew that. What you probably didn’t know is that originally milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink that was described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic as well as a treat”.  It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that the alcohol was removed, and they became suitable for consumption by children. The term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885.
Note to my Bakersfield readers: You couldn’t ask for a better excuse for a trip to Dewar’s.

 

Plain Yogurt Day

If yogurt was good enough for the Neolithic people of Central Asia, it’s probably good enough for you. They are believed to be the first to create (or discover) yogurt. According to Tamra Andrews’ “Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology” (2000), “Yogurt, like cheese, was discovered long ago when wandering herdsmen carrying milk in sheepskin bags noticed that the milk had curdled. People likely discovered both cheese and yogurt at the beginning of the Neolithic era, when they first began to practice milking.”
Plain yogurt is no plain Jane. Often overlooked in the dairy aisle, plain yogurt can be the secret ingredient in your recipes. Commercially sweetened yogurts are either too sweet and syrupy or have a pungent artificial sweetener aftertaste. You can avoid all of this with good plain yogurt. Fresh fruit, nuts, cereal or honey can all be added to plain yogurt. Plain yogurt also makes a healthful substitute for sour cream.

American Eagle Day 

International Surfing Day

 The First Day of Summer 

The Longest Day

Toad Hollow Day of Thank You

World Humanist Day

World Peace and Prayer Day

World Productivity Day

World Refugee Day

On this date:

  • In 1782 – Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States, with the Bald Eagle as its symbol.
  • In 1863 – West Virginia became the 35th state.
  • In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the ax murders of her father and stepmother in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Investigators never found the murder weapon, and there was no blood evidence. This story gave rise to the popular childhood rhyme:
    Lizzie Borden took an ax;
    and gave her mother forty whacks. 
    And when she saw what she had done; 
    she gave her father forty-one.
    [Can you imagine the media circus that would surround a case like this these days? Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren would be salivating at the ratings opportunity.]
  • In 1898 – The U.S. Navy seized the island of Guam en route to the Philippines to fight the Spanish.
  • In 1910 – Fanny Brice debuted in the New York production of the “Ziegfeld Follies”.
  • In 1941 – The U.S. Army Air Force was established, replacing the Army Air Corps.
  • In 1943 – Race-related rioting erupted in Detroit. Federal troops were sent in two days later to end the violence that left more than 30 dead.
  • In 1947 – Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was murdered in Beverly Hills, CA, at the order of mob associates angered over the soaring costs of his project, the Flamingo resort in Las Vegas, NV.
  • In 1950 – Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants.
  • In 1955 – The AFL and CIO agreed to combine names and a merge into a single group.
  • In 1963 – The United States and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communication link between the two countries.
  • In 1967 – Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The Supreme Court later overturned the conviction.
  • In 1975 – The blockbuster movie “Jaws” debuted in theaters.
  • In 1977 – The Trans-Alaska Pipeline began operation.
  • In 1979 – ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a member of President Anastasio Somoza’s national guard.
  • In 1983 – The Supreme Court ruled that employers must treat male and female workers equally in providing health benefits for their spouses.
  • In 1997 – The tobacco industry agreed to a massive settlement in exchange for major relief from mounting lawsuits and legal bills.
  • In 2001 – Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 38th home run of the season. The home run broke the major league baseball record for homers before the midseason All-Star break.
  • In 2002 – The Supreme Court ruled that the execution of mentally retarded murderers was unconstitutionally cruel. The vote was 6 in favor and 3 against.

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