♪♪Fly Me to the Moon♪♪

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

Good morning moon bats. Today is Wednesday, July 20th. The holidays today are:

Moon Day/Space Exploration Day 

Moon Day celebrates the date man first walked on the moon in 1969. The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event it was. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported “The Eagle Has Landed”. A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Space Exploration Day is about more than just the moon. It commemorates the entirety of mankind’s ventures into space – from the first satellite put into orbit around the Earth to today’s Muir Space Station. It also highlights the many scientific achievements and inventions that have been derived from the knowledge gained from our ventures into “the great beyond.”

Ugly Truck Day 

Ugly Truck Day salutes those beat up eyesores that it takes you forever to pass on a two-lane road in your shiny new truck with all the latest whistles, bells, doodads, thingamabobs, doohickeys, and gadgets. While there is a lot to be said for a nice new fully equipped truck, ugly old trucks have character. Old ugly trucks are like a rolling history book. Most guys that own one can tell you with pride exactly how and where every dent and scratch occurred; probably because they were having fun doing something they enjoyed at the time.
Bear in mind that all the ugly trucks you see, were once new. So, if you have a shiny new truck just use it for 10 or 15 years. Then you too will be the proud owner of an old ugly truck; hopefully with some interesting stories of your own to tell.

Nap Day

Today is Nap Day –a celebration of snoozing, a time to get comfy and a time to cuddle. I could find no information about this holiday about its creator, the reason for this holiday, why it is celebrated on this date, or when it was created. However, how to celebrate this restful holiday is obvious. Grab a chaise lounge out in the yard, spread a blanket on the beach, string a hammock between two trees or curl up on your bed under a ceiling fan with the air conditioner turned up.
Since I am retired, I celebrate Nap Day nearly every day anyway. Now, if you’ll excuse me, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

National Lollipop Day

Lollipops come in dozens of different shapes, sizes, and flavors. You can make traditional hard candy lollipops with just four simple ingredients—sugar, water, corn syrup, and the flavoring of your choice. Culinary historians believe that the lollipop (or at least some form of it) has been around since the prehistoric era. Early humans often enjoyed honey on a stick as a delicious treat. No one really knows how the modern-day lollipop was invented, but we do know how it got its name. George Smith, the owner of a small American candy store, came up with the sweet’s name. In the early 1900s, he called the candy a “lollipop” after his favorite racehorse; Lolly Pop.

Fortune Cookie Day

Like chop suey, pizza, and tacos, the fortune cookie is an American invention that is often thought to be from another country. Fortune cookies actually come from Los Angeles, where Canton-native David Jung, a baker and restaurateur, began making cookies with thin slips of paper inside sometime around 1920. Jung founded the Hong Kong Noodle Company, which was producing more than 3,000 cookies an hour in the 1920s.
Alas, today fortune cookies have declined to something approximating cellulose, and the “fortunes” are cheap, cheesy, trite pablum. Gone are the days where you anxiously anticipated cracking open your fortune cookie at the end of your meal to get a glimpse of your future; then enjoying the cookie with your last cup of tea. These days, they are all but inedible. Gone too is the familiar vanilla flavor and the mystique of the “fortunes” of old.

International Chess Day

Take Your Poet to Work Day

World Jump Day

On this date in:

  • 1801 – A 1,235-pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
  • 1859 – Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for to see a ball game. It cost 50¢ to get in.
  • 1868 – Legislation that ordered United States tax stamps to be placed on all cigarette packs was passed.
  • 1881 – Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn surrendered to federal troops in Montana.
  • 1908 – In the United States, the Sullivan Ordinance banned women from smoking in public.
  • 1917 – The draft lottery in World War I went into operation.
  • 1942 – The first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
  • 1944 – An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler failed. The bomb exploded at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters. Hitler was only wounded.
  • 1944 – President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1947 – The National Football League (NFL) ruled that no professional team could sign a player who had college eligibility remaining.
  • 1976 – America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars.
  • 1982 – President Ronald Reagan pulled the United States out of comprehensive nuclear test ban negotiations indefinitely.
  • 1985 – Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Senora de Atocha.” The ship sank in 1622, 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL.
  • 2003 – In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.

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