National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Wednesday, July 27th. Today’s holidays are:

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1953 that the treaty was signed ending the Korean War. The original proclamation expired on the 50th anniversary in 2003, but it has been extended each year by the reigning President since then. This link will take you to this year’s proclamation.

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day 

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is just a cutesy way to remind everyone about the health benefits of walking. Walking is good for cardio and helps with circulation. This form of exercise requires no special equipment (except pants). If you are currently vacationing at a clothing optional resort, fold your pants and carry them under your arm as you take your walk today.

Walk on Stilts Day

Most people have only seen stilts used by circus performers…clown, jugglers, etc. But, stilts have a long history of more practical uses.
A Stilt is described as a ‘pillar, post, or pole employed to assist a person or structure in standing above the ground’. While most of us, as mentioned previously, have only seen them employed for the purposes of entertainment, they have also been used in many industries, from shepherding to construction. The process of employing stilts for mobility, however, has been around since as far back as the 6th Century BC. In the Landes region of France, shepherds would use them to watch their flocks from an elevated position. In the construction industry, they are most commonly used by drywall contractors, where constantly moving their ladders is too time-consuming.
Walk on Stilts Day affords you the opportunity to get a new perspective on life…if you’re the adventurous type.

Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Bagpipe Appreciation Day celebrates the ancient (arguably) musical instrument; the Highlands Scottish Bagpipe. This instrument is a quintessential part of the Scottish tradition. This holiday celebrates the tunes of this traditional instrument that were used to herald battles, to begin auspicious events such as weddings and also to bid farewell at funerals.
The original bagpipes are said to have originated in the Middle East but became more popular in the Scottish Highlands and evolved there. This instrument is second only to percussion in the evolution of musical instruments. Today, the typical bagpipe consists of three pipes emerging from a sac-like bag. These bags are crafted from elk or sheep skin. These sacs fill with air that is released when the musician presses his arm to create the music. There is also a fourth pipe that holds nine holes to create changes in chord and pitch.
I can’t, in good conscience, urge you to listen to some bagpipe music to celebrate this holiday.

National Crème Brûlée Day

Crème Brûlée is a five-ingredient French delicacy; rich vanilla custard is topped with a hard “burnt sugar” top. The custard is cooked in individual ramekins, cooled to room temperature, then refrigerated. Just prior to serving, a teaspoon of sugar is sprinkled over each serving then put under a broiler for about two minutes, or until the sugar has caramelized and turned golden brown.
The origins of this dish are a bit hazy, but the name first appeared in Francois Massialot’s cookbook in 1691. Crème Brûlée translates from French as ‘burnt cream’.

National Scotch Whisky Day

The Babylonians of Mesopotamia were likely the first people to distil alcohol sometime in the 2nd millennium BC. At the time distillation was only used to make various perfumes and aromatics. The earliest records of the distillation of alcohol for the purpose of drinking date back to 13th century Italy, where harder alcohols were distilled from wine. Soon, the practice of distillation spread through medieval monasteries and was used largely for medicinal purposes, such as the treatment of smallpox and other illnesses. Distillation spread to today’s Great Britain in the 15th century, and the Scots have been making whisky shortly thereafter. Scotch whisky first and foremost must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water, and yeast, other grains can be included, but, by law, no fermentation additives can be used. There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch and blended Scotch. If it’s made with just malted barley and water and bottled as whisky from one distillery, it is referred to as one of the famous “single malt” Scotch whiskeys. If a Scotch is made with other grains, it’s referred to as “single grain.” There are also blended Scotches – such as the top-selling Johnnie Walker – that use whiskeys from multiple distillers. Scotch whiskeys are aged in oak casks, but unlike American straight whiskeys, the casks don’t have to be new. Many American white oak casks that once held bourbon or other American whiskeys find a second life in Scotland to age Scotch whisky, and some distillers also use casks that formerly contained sherry or port to add different flavors. Though single malt Scotches are made only from barley and water, their flavors vary enormously depending on where the distillery is located, the kind of water used, the way the whisky is aged and other variables.
*NOTE: In Scotland and Canada, whisky is spelled without the “e”; whereas in Ireland and America, whiskey is spelled with the “e”.

On this date in:

  • 1789 – The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the U.S. Congress. The agency was later known as the Department of State.
  • 1804 – The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With the amendment, Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
  • 1866 – Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.
  • 1909 – Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • 1921 – Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin.
  • 1964 – President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
  • 1965 – In the United States, the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages.
  • 1967 – President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence in the wake of urban rioting.
  • 1984 – Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career when he got his 3,503rd base hit.
  • 1992 – Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice. He was 27 years old.
  • 1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
  • 1999 – The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.
  • 2001 – The ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The event set two new world records; one for the 3-mile long ribbon, and one for the 2,000 people that cut it.
  • 2003 – It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the “Loch Ness Monster” began in the 6th century.

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