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

Good morning Slurpee™ lovers. Today is Monday, July 11th. The holidays today are:

7-Eleven’s Free Slurpee™ Day

Free Slurpee™ Day has been sponsored by 7-Eleven every year on this date since 2002; it’s 75 anniversary, (because today is 7/11, get it)?  7-Eleven licensed the product from The Icee Company in 1967 and began selling it as the Slurpee™. It has become one of America’s favorite iced treats.
From its humble beginnings as an ice house in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience store industry. It all began in 1927 when Jefferson Green, an enterprising  employee at the Southland Ice Company, began selling bread, milk and eggs from his ice house location. Joe C. Thompson, one of the founders of the Southland Corporation, soon realized the potential of providing necessities to the public at convenient hours; and the convenience store was created. Due to the upsurge of the popularity of the automobile, they also started selling gasoline in 1928 as well. After Prohibition was repealed in 1932, they began selling beer and other adult beverages. By 1936, people were flocking to these new “convenient” stores which had also begun selling other staples such as canned goods. By this time there were over 60 ice house locations in the Dallas area. In their early years, the company called these stores Tote’m stores with some even having authentic Alaskan totem poles in front. In 1946, the Tote’m name changed to 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours; from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week. During the 1950’s, 7-Eleven began expanding; first to other locations in Texas, then nationwide. By 1963, there were over 1000 stores across the nation. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, they went global, opening stores in  Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Malaysia and the Philippines. Today, there are more than 50,000 stores around the world.
To celebrate this holiday, go to a participating* 7-Eleven and get your free small Slurpee™ (hint: you have to ask the clerk for the “special” 11-oz. cup or else you’ll be charged regular price). Pick up a hot dog & a bag of chips as well. It will be a good lunch.
* Some 7-Eleven stores are independently owned and operated, so not all locations participate in this event. It is best that you call ahead to make sure that the 7-Eleven store in your area is participating.

National Cheer Up The Lonely Day

National Cheer Up The Lonely Day is celebrated each year on July 11th. It is an opportunity to make a lonely person happy, and anytime you can make someone happy, you’ve done a good thing and should be proud of yourself.
If you know someone who is lonely or going through a difficult time due to health issues, financial reasons, grief due to loss or personal reasons,  National Cheer Up The Lonely Day is a day to reach out to them and try to cheer them up. The best way to cheer someone up is with a personal visit. Try to keep your visit upbeat and positive. When you leave, give a big hug and let them know how much you enjoyed the stay. If you are separated by distance, then a telephone call is the next best option. Again, try to keep the call upbeat and positive. Your small act of kindness can make a big difference to them.
On National Cheer Up The Lonely Day, visit someone, send flowers, make a phone call, send a card or any other activity that engages that person. You will feel better as well.
This holiday was created by Francis Pesek of Detroit, Michigan. His daughter, L.J. Pesek reports that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. The idea came to him as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in nursing homes.”

All American Pet Photo Day

All American Pet Photo Day is observed annually on July 11th. Make sure you camera is fully charged and ready because today, you are encouraged to take photos of your pets. With the popularity of social media, many people already take a lot of pictures of their pets (hint: some may say too many), but All American Pet Photo Day encourages you to go above and beyond. A couple of my sources said that you should dress up your pet. I, however, feel that dressing your pet in a costume just stresses your beloved companion –no matter how much you feel they enjoy it. I will not ever recommend that you dress up your pet, regardless of the occasion. Instead, take them to the park, or let them get comfortable in a chair, or on a fancy pillow, or whatever, then take your pictures.
My research was unable to identify the creator of All American Pet Photo Day, the reason it is celebrated on this date…or for that matter, why it even exists at all.

International Town Crier’s Day

International Town Crier’s Day celebrates the historical role of the town crier of old by encouraging people to take up the role of the town crier in their town or city. In the days of yore, few people were literate, and there was little access to printed media, so town criers were a central part of urban living. Town criers were responsible for keeping the populace up to date with the latest news and events, and for disseminating news from the ruling classes to the wider populace.
These days, the general literacy of the population has grown enormously, and the ease of access to printed (and digital) media has rendered the town crier somewhat redundant. However, America still has a “town crier” type of system in effect today, though. When there is a Democrat administration in the White House, the so-called “mainstream media” takes on the role of town crier for the administration. When there is a Republican administration in the White House, Fox News assumes the role.

Bowdler’s Day

Bowdler’s Day celebrates the birth of Thomas Bowdler, born near Bath, England, on this date in 1754. Mr. Bowdler was a prudish medical doctor who gave up the practice of medicine and undertook the “cleansing” of the works of Shakespeare by removing all the words and expressions he considered to be indecent or impious. His tome, Family Shakespeare, published in 10 volumes, omitted all those words that “cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family.” He also “purified” Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and selections from the Old Testament. His name became synonymous with self-righteous expurgation, and the word “bowdlerize” has become part of the English lexicon.
If one were to “bowdlerize” many of today’s works of literature, (and I use the term literature here in its loosest possible context), they would be little more than essays.

Day of the Five Billion

This date, July 11th, marks the date on which planet Earth is estimated to have reached a population of five billion.
Until the early 20th century, population figures went unnoticed since there was no reliable data on global population dynamics. It is estimated that the population of the world reached one billion for the first time in 1804. But, it only took another 123 years before it reached two billion in 1927. The population took considerably less time to reach the next milestone, reaching three billion in 1960. Thereafter, the global population reached four billion in 1974, five billion in 1987, six billion in 1999, and seven billion in October 2011. Some estimates show that the population of Earth will reach eight billion as early as 2024, and 10 billion by 2050. This alarmingly rapid growth in population is attributed to two primary factors:

  1. The dramatic reduction of infant mortality rates.
  2. The increase in longevity due to advanced medical practices.

Of course, other things also factor in, such as increased food production and eradication of deadly diseases, but there is legitimate concern about the dramatic increase in population. Just how may people can the Earth sustain? All I can say is that I’m glad I’m getting old. I probably won’t be around when the fecal matter impacts the oscillating wind generation device.

World Population Day 

In the vane of the above holiday, World Population Day seeks to raise awareness about the problems associated with overpopulation. Today, billions of people live on planet Earth, but the growth of the Earth’s population has caused many social and environmental problems. Poverty and hunger are two of the key issues.
The UN established World Population Day to raise public awareness about the challenges we face. The goal is to get people around the world to help those who are negatively affected by population growth. It’s hard for one person to bring about a solution that will influence the entire world. However, if every individual tries to make a difference in his or her local community, then change is possible.
To celebrate, volunteer your time at a soup kitchen, donate to your local food pantry, or talk to your friends about the problem.

National Rainier Cherries Day 

National Rainier Cherries Day celebrates the creation of the Rainier variety of cherry in 1952. Harold W. Fogel and other researchers from the Washington Agricultural Experiment Station in Prosser, WA crossed the Bing & Van cherry varieties. Rainier cherries are the sweetest of all cherry varieties, with sugar, or Brix, levels ranging from 17 to 23 percent. They are delicate and have a juice that is second-to-none. In general, Rainier cherries grow a size or two larger than dark sweet cherry varieties. They are best eaten fresh out-of-hand. Rainier cherries are harvested in May in California and then again in July from Washington state.

National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Blueberry Muffin Day, naturally, celebrates that portable breakfast favorite – the blueberry muffin. A blueberry muffin is the closest you can come to actually having a cupcake for breakfast; that is, short of actually having a cupcake. Blueberry muffins are a healthy-ish way to start your day and are much more convenient (and less messy) than trying to eat oatmeal in your car on the way to work. They are so popular in Minnesota that they are now the “official” state muffin. So, treat yourself to a blueberry muffin today. Although they are most popular for breakfast, they are good any time of day as a snack.

National Mojito Day

National Mojito Day is celebrated each year on July 11th. It honors that refreshing summertime adult beverage, the Mojito. A Mojito is a highball made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It was known to be a favorite drink of author, Ernest Hemingway. With its low alcohol content, this refreshing cocktail has gained popularity for its refreshing combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors. Lime wedges and mint leaves are used to garnish this icy treat.
Although born in Cuba, the exact origin of the Mojito is under debate. Some theorize that it dates back as far as 1586.
My research couldn’t find the creator of National Mojito Day, but July being one of the hottest months of the year, it isn’t surprising that the cool refreshing Mojito is celebrated during this time of year – though why it is celebrated on this particular date remains a mystery. However, the reason for National Mojito Day is abundantly clear to anyone who has ever had one before.
To celebrate National Mojito Day, mix up a pitcher of Mojitos and share it with friends on your patio or deck.

On this date in:

  • 1533 – Henry VIII, who divorced his wife and became head of the church of England, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.
  • 1786 – Morocco agreed to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000. [paying money for “peace” didn’t work then, and it still doesn’t work today].
  • 1798 – The United States Marine Corps was formally re-established by “An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps” passed by Congress. The act also created the United States Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.
  • 1804 – The first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
  • 1864 – Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an invasion of Washington, DC. They were turned back the next day.
  • 1914 – Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1934 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first American chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal while in office.
  • 1955 – The United States Air Force Academy was dedicated in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • 1962 – The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.
  • 1977 – The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
  • 1979 – The abandoned United States space station Skylab returned to Earth. It burned up in the atmosphere and showered debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.
  • 1985 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career.
  • 1987 – Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the L.A. Raiders for 5 years. He was also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals.
  • 1995 – Full diplomatic relations were established between the United States and Vietnam.
  • 1999 – An Air Force jet flew over the Antarctic and dropped off emergency medical supplies for Dr. Jerri Nelson after she had discovered a lump in her breast. Nelson was at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center.

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