Diatomaceous Earth Day

August 31, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning diatom lovers. Today is Wednesday, August 31st. The holidays today are:

National Diatomaceous Earth Day

National Diatomaceous Earth Day recognizes the diatom and the remarkable mineral it creates. This holiday is brand new to the holiday calendar and is being celebrated for the first time this year. It was created by EP Minerals to celebrate this fascinating naturally bio-engineered material. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016. No information was available regarding why August 31st was chosen as the date to celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day.
Diatomaceous earth is a sedimentary rock found in large deposits worldwide and mined primarily in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Peru, France, Spain, Denmark, and China. While still being formed today, some of the deposits of diatomaceous earth developed millions of years ago. Diatomaceous earth deposits are formed as diatoms die and fall to the bottom of bodies of water. Over time, the organic portions of the diatoms are weathered away and the remaining opal frustules form diatomaceous earth. Some of the largest deposits in the United States were formed in ancient lakes in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and some large deposits were also formed in oceans and occur along the coasts of North and South America.
Peter Kasten is credited for the discovery of diatomaceous earth in Germany around 1836, however, there is evidence that long before Kasten’s discovery the world was using diatomaceous earth. Ancient Greeks used it as an abrasive as well as a building material in light-weight bricks, and, even in pre-historic times, diatomite was used in the ice-age cave paintings in France. Diatomaceous earth is known for its absorbency, filtration properties, polishing properties and stabilizing qualities.
Most people know of diatomaceous earth because they use it to filter their swimming pools or for its natural insecticide properties to control insects in their homes or gardens. Biologists know about diatoms, the single-celled plants that form diatomaceous earth, because they are truly the lungs of the earth, that produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply, and diatom skeletons (called frustules), the tiny, intricate porous opal structures because they are known to be the strongest naturally-occurring substances.
Today, diatomaceous earth is one of the most useful and durable substances known. It is used in the filtration of liquids, including, beer, wine, water (for swimming), chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals. It provides the flatting in almost all flat paints. When oil is spilled, diatomaceous earth is often the first choice to absorb it — And there are hundreds of other applications for diatomaceous earth and probably many more yet to be discovered.

Love Litigating Lawyers Day

Love Litigating Lawyers Day salutes those oft-maligned members of the bar who act as our representatives in court. Lawyer jokes abound, and those lawyers who get national attention in the media usually do little to mitigate the stereotype of lawyers being soulless, smarmy, bottom-feeding scum bags.
With that said, should you (God forbid) ever need the services of a good litigator, these are the exact same type of people you would choose to represent you. Litigating lawyers, get a bad rap, but then, you don’t go to lawyers when you’re are having a good day. You seek them out when you need help, and/or guidance. The truth is that a vast majority of litigating lawyers work hard every day to right wrongs, make a difference, and help their clients. It’s just that the bad lawyers get all the press.
I’m at a loss for suggestions at to how you should celebrate this holiday, but, I guess, the least you could do is refrain from telling any ‘lawyer jokes’ today.

Franchise Appreciation Day

The goal of Franchise Appreciation Day is to create awareness to increase customers knowledge of the importance of using social media networks and location-based services to connect with, and continue to support local franchises.
A franchise is a right granted to an individual or group to market a company’s goods or services within a certain territory or location. Some examples of today’s popular franchises are McDonald’s, Subway, and Domino’s Pizza.
A franchisee is an individual who purchases the rights to use a company’s trademarked name and business model to do business. The franchisee purchases a franchise from the franchisor. The franchisee then must follow certain rules and guidelines already established by the franchisor, and in most cases, the franchisee must pay an ongoing franchise royalty fee to the franchisor.
The number of franchise establishments in this country is over 800,000, and the number of jobs provided within and because of franchised businesses over 17 million. Franchised businesses account for nearly 50% of all retail sales in the United States, and the annual gross revenue derived from franchises is around 1.2 trillion dollars. Franchises annually pay out a bit over 300 billion dollars in salaries, wages, and benefits.
To celebrate this holiday, support as many local franchises as you can today.

Eat Outside Day 

Eat Outside Day encourages you to eat at least one meal outside today. Eating outside (aka dining Alfresco) is a popular summertime activity. Today is the last day of August, which makes this a perfect time to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather. Soon autumn weather will be upon us and the temperatures will begin to cool, making dining outside uncomfortable.
Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900’s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafes appeared on the streets of Manhattan.
There are many ways that you can participate in this holiday. Eat at your favorite outdoor restaurant, enjoy a popsicle on your porch, organize a barbecue in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy at least one of your meals outside today.

National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day celebrates Trail Mix: a high energy, tasty treat for the trail or snacks. You can buy packages of pre-made trail mix at a store, or you can make up your own, using the ingredients you like best.
Trail Mix is a mixture of salty, sweet, and crunchy, and somewhat healthy ingredients; such as cereal, nuts, pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc. There are about a bazillion different types of Trail Mix if you include the homemade ones. If you prefer to make your own, it is best to avoid messy foods that will leave your hands sticky. It is also recommended that you avoid too many salty items as well. However, you are the arbiter of your homemade Trail Mix. Use the portable foods that you like best.
To celebrate this holiday, make/buy some Trail Mix, and go for a hike.

National Matchmaker Day

We Love Memoirs Day

Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday

On this date in:

  • 1852 – The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1881 – The first tennis championships in the United States were played.
  • 1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures.
  • 1920 – The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
  • 1935 – The act of exporting United States arms to belligerents was prohibited by an act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1950 – Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game off of four different pitchers.
  • 1959 – Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 batters.
  • 1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.
  • 1965 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created by Congress.
  • 1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.
  • 1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
  • 1994 – A ceasefire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
  • 1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.
  • 1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.
  • 1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Life’s a Beach

August 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning beach babies. Today is Tuesday, August 30th. The holidays today are:

National Beach Day

National Beach Day is the brainchild of Coleen Paige, a leading pet & family lifestyle expert and was created in 2009. It celebrates our nation’s beaches and the pleasure that beaches give to young and old alike.
Apart from celebrating our favorite beaches, the goal of National Beach Day is to encourage beach lovers to clean up trash left by others on the beach. Thousands of seabirds, seals, pelicans and other beach/sea animals are killed and injured every day by discarded fishing line, plastic bags, aluminum cans, oil spills and other debris. These items poison animals and get tangled in wings, beaks, and intestines, causing pain, starvation and the slow painful death of these innocent animals.
To celebrate National Beach Day, go to a beach – just be sure to clean up after yourself when you leave.

First Presidential White House Baby Day

They love “firsts” at the White House; from first ladies to first children to first dogs, to first cats, ad infinitum. First Presidential White House Baby Day celebrates the birth of the first baby born to the wife of a sitting President at the White House. On this date in 1893, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, Frances Folsom Cleveland, gave birth to their daughter, Esther Cleveland, in the White House.
Note: The first baby ever born in the White House was Thomas Jefferson’s grandson; born in 1806.

National Holistic Pet Day

Holistic medicine is a growing trend practiced by more and more people each year. It urges people to adopt a healthy lifestyle to prevent diseases rather than just treating the disease itself. National Holistic Pet Day encourages you to adopt the same philosophy for your pets and is a day to celebrate the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine and the animals that are treated holistically. Just as you should lead a healthy lifestyle, so should your pets. This holiday urges people to examine the environment they provide for their pets. Do you keep their living area clean? Do you use any harsh cleaning products that could harm your pet? Do you feed your pet good quality, nutritionally balanced, natural food without added preservatives? Do you regularly exercise your pet? Do you bond with your pet through daily massage?  A holistic approach raising your pet will lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationship with your “furbaby”. If you are taking a holistic approach to your life, why would you not do the same for your pet?

International Whale Shark Day 

International Whale Shark Day was created back in 2008 by over 40 countries who were participating in the International Whale Shark Conference. The goal of this holiday is to raise awareness and provide a deeper understanding of this unique species, and an appreciation for the importance and need of preserving it. In many parts of the world, whale sharks are vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and especially their prized fins.
Whale Sharks are harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, weigh 12 tons, and feed on plankton. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths, which open to about 5 feet, make them an awesome sight to behold.
To celebrate this holiday, learn more about Whale Sharks.

National College Colors Day

If it hasn’t already, the fall semester will be starting soon. National College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience. It encourages students and alumni across America to show their college spirit by wearing their college or universities colors throughout the day. I’ll be wearing red and white in honor of the only college I attended – Bakersfield College. Go Gades! RAH, RAH, RAH!

Frankenstein Day

Frankenstein Day marks the anniversary of the birth, in 1797, of Mary Wollenstone Shelly; author of the epic novel, “Frankenstein”. First published in 1818, “Frankenstein” has become a classic novel in the genre of the macabre. There have been many movie adaptations of Ms. Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”, some dating back as far as the silent movie era.
To celebrate this holiday, read this classic novel, or watch one of the classic “Frankenstein” movies.

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

With summer coming to a close, today is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to gather around a campfire and toast up some marshmallows. National Toasted Marshmallow Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. My research found no other details about this holiday.
The history of the marshmallow dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and used it to make candy. It was a very special treat reserved exclusively for gods and royalty. The modern-day marshmallows we know and love today emerged during the 19th century and are a confection made from egg whites, water, and sugar or corn syrup.
Personal preference dictates the degree of “toastiness”. Some people like their marshmallows lightly toasted, while others prefer a charred outer layer. The charred outer layer is achieved by igniting the marshmallow. Marshmallows now come in many flavors and sizes for maximum toasting potential. Mt personal preference is lightly toasted to a golden brown with a soft center – but I lack the patience to achieve my goal, so I usually end up with marshmallows flambé. To celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day, toast some marshmallows to your desired taste. All you need is a heat source and some marshmallows. If you have some graham crackers and chocolate bars lying around, you can make a sandwich with your toasted marshmallows – but wait, that’s an entirely different holiday which I have already covered in this BLOG.

Grief Awareness Day  

International Day of the Disappeared

Touch-A-Heart Tuesday

Slinky Day

On this date in:

  • 1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.
  • 1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.
  • 1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.
  • 1780 – General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.
  • 1862 – The Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
  • 1905 – Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.
  • 1928 – The Independence of India League was established in India.
  • 1951 – The Philippines and the United States signed a defense pact.
  • 1956 – In Louisiana, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
  • 1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.
  • 1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.
  • 1965 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court.
  • 1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.
  • 1984 – President Ronald Reagan and several others were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
  • 1994 – The largest United States defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.
  • 1994 – Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.
  • 1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.
  • 1999 – The residents of East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. The U.N. announced the result on September 4.

Celebrity Birthdays:

According to Hoyle

August 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning game enthusiasts. Today is Monday, August 29th. The holidays today are:

“According To Hoyle” Day

“According to Hoyle” Day is a holiday to honor Edmond Hoyle who died on this day in 1769. Although he made his living primarily as a tutor and attorney, he became famous for his expertise in the rules and strategies of card games and board games.
Whist was a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Seeing a need for a standardized set of rules for the game, in 1743, Edmond Hoyle published a book entitled “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist: Containing the Laws of the Game and Also Some Rules”. The popularity of his treatise inspired him to write a book, expanding his treatise on Whist to include the rules and strategies of many other card games, and board games such as backgammon and chess. Over time, the phrase “according to Hoyle” has become synonymous with settling any disputes about the correct rules or procedures in any activity or game.
To celebrate this holiday, plan a family game night and play a few card or board games. Just be sure that you have the latest edition of Mr. Hoyle’s book on hand to insure family harmony.

Individual Rights Day

Individual Rights Day celebrates the birth date, in 1632, of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government’s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves.
According to Locke, “Anything that a man has as a matter of human rights or civil rights is to remain inviolably his,” and although Locke conceded that humans surrendered some natural rights in exchange for the collective protection afforded by societies, he held that basic individual rights include life, liberty, property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to petition government. It is, of course, the foundation of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.
Individual Rights Day was created by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, who supports John Locke’s philosophies regarding the rights of society’s smallest minority and basic unit – the individual. It was created so people can contemplate the importance of this concept and to use reason to ensure his own survival.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day 

More Herbs, Less Salt Day, surprisingly enough, promotes the use of healthy herbs over salt. Sodium chloride (table salt) is an essential part of our diet. It maintains the balance of fluids in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diets can lead to some serious health problems; such as water retention, dehydration, and hypertension. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is often easier said than done – it takes thought, time and effort to prepare fresh and nutritious food when less healthy options are often much easier and more convenient.
We all want our food to taste good but we need to restrict our salt intake. A variety of fresh herbs – such as parsley, oregano, sage, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and many others add flavor to our dishes but don’t pose any serious health risks, and can do just as much to enhance the flavor a dish as a heavy dose of salt.
To celebrate this holiday, learn about different herbs and the flavors they impart into your food. Try to completely eliminate salt from your diet today.

Lemon Juice Day

While I’m on the subject of imparting flavor without the use of salt, I would like to point out that lemon juice, used sparingly, is a great way to enhance the flavor of foods. Lemon juice is an incredibly versatile product that has many uses. Besides garnishing seafood and making lemonade, lemon juice can be used in a variety of dishes; sauces, seasoning vegetables and baking.
Lemon juice also has many uses outside the kitchen. You can use it to lower your blood pressure, repel insects, create blond highlights, treat infections, and freshen your breath.
This link will give you the history of the lemon, and information on the many varieties of lemons available.
To celebrate this holiday, try to find ‘other than traditional’ ways to use lemon juice —  Or, just make some lemonade.

Chop Suey Day

Chop Suey is basically Chow Mein without the noodles. Chop suey, as we know it, is not an authentic Chinese dish. It is an American-Chinese creation. The name “chop suey” is derived  from tsap seui,  a Cantonese word meaning “(miscellaneous leftovers, odds and ends).”
There are many myths or legends regarding the creation of Chop Suey and nobody knows for sure where it originated. Some culinary experts give credit for its creation to the personal chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang, who is said to have created the dish in 1886 in New York City, but other experts differ, saying that it was created much earlier than that as a cheap dish that was served to the Chinese workers who helped build the railroads. Still, others contend that it is, in fact, a traditional Chinese dish, that may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. Here in America, meat like pork or chicken is often added for extra flavor.
You don’t need an advanced degree to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. No matter where it originated, it is delicious. Order some Chop Suey today – either as take-out or enjoy it in the ambiance of  your favorite Chinese restaurant.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Motorist Consideration Monday

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day

National Swiss Winegrowers Day

On this date in:

  • 1828 – A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.
  • 1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
  • 1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominic McCaffery in six rounds.
  • 1892 – Pop (Billy) Shriver (Chicago Cubs) caught a ball that was dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
  • 1945 – General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
  • 1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
  • 1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the United States when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
  • 1962 – The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
  • 1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
  • 1967 – The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired.
  • 1971 – Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to ‘bat in’ 100 or more runs in each of 11 consecutive seasons.
  • 1977 – Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years.
  • 1983 – The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.
  • 1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
  • 1991 – The Communist Party of the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 1992 – The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food sent by relief organizations.
  • 2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

Celebrity Birthdays:

I Have A Dream

August 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning dreamers. Today is Sunday, August 28th. Today’s holidays are:

Dream Day  

Dream Day celebrates the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on this date in 1963 before a gathering of more than 200,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. In this speech, Dr. King advocated peace, and hope for a better future for African-Americans, and thus everyone, in America.
Although the speech was powerful and awe-inspiring, it seems to have gone unheeded. Racism is still prevalent today.
On the surface, great strides have been made towards racial equality: The Equal Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are good examples. However, as long as people – from both sides of the political equation – can profit either financially, or politically, (or both) from racism, it will remain firmly entrenched in the fabric of our society.
Celebrate this holiday by re-reading Dr. King’s speech. Better yet, watch this.

Radio Commercial Day 

On this date in 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on New York radio station WEAF. The commercial was broadcast by Queensboro Realty, and was a whopping 10 minutes long and cost $100. Although today’s radio commercials are much shorter (about 30 seconds on average), they are not any less annoying, and there are more of them. Our first instinct is to change the station when a radio commercial comes on, but some commercials can be quite entertaining.
To celebrate this holiday, listen to the radio commercials while listening to your radio rather than changing the station.

National Bow Tie Day

Bow ties, in one form or another, have been around since the 17th century when scarves tied around the neck were first worn by Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars. From the height of their popularity in the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were seen under some pretty famous faces, such as Winston Churchill, to their inclusion as part of the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform , the bow tie has had many lives. In more recent history, Pee Wee Herman has added some gravitas to the wearing of bow ties and “Whovians” know that Dr. Who often wears a bow tie. Mickey Mouse and his pal Donald Duck almost always sported a bow tie in their cartoons.
Bow ties are often seen as attire for nerds and the socially awkward, but in fact, formal Black Tie affairs require the wear of a black bow tie. Most formal military mess dress occasions also incorporate a black bow tie as well.
Bow ties aren’t just for men either. Women can wear bow ties on occasion too. You can use a bow tie to accent your outfit, or to just make a fashion statement. Don’t be a slave to convention.
To celebrate this holiday, simply wear your bow tie today.

Go Topless Day

Go Topless Day is celebrated on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day on Aug 26. On Aug 26, 1920, women gained their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, Congress made Aug 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day”.
It seems only logical then that Go Topless Day protests would be held around Women’s Equality Day since a woman’s right to go topless is as much based upon gender equality as their right to vote once was. Many major cities throughout the United States will be holding events centered around equal rights for women – including women’s right to go topless.

National Cherry Turnover Day

Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include pasties, empanadas, and spring rolls.
A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat. though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.
Here are some fun cherry facts.

  1. Cherries are drupes or stone fruits and are related to plums, peaches, and nectarines.
  2. Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600’s by the English colonists.
  3. There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
  4. There is an average of 44 cherries in one pound.

To celebrate this holiday, bake, and eat, a few cherry turnovers. If you are culinarily impaired, most supermarkets, bakeries, and donut shops sell them.

International Read Comics in Public Day

Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day 

Sacrifice Our Wants for Other’s Needs Sunday

On this date in:

  • 1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
  • 1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
  • 1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
  • 1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changed to “United Parcel Service.”
  • 1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
  • 1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
  • 1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10 of a second.
  • 1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.
  • 1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province.
  • 1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
  • 2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

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National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day)

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

Good morning energy lovers. Today is Saturday, August 27th. The holidays today are:

National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) 

National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) celebrates the contributions petroleum and natural gas have made to our global society. The Industrial Revolution would never have occurred without them.
The first successful attempt to extract crude oil from the ground using a drilling rig occurred on this date in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Regardless of your feelings on the environment, there is no denying that this single event changed world history forever.
Author’s Note: Fossil fuels are a finite source of energy that will eventually be depleted. Alternative sources of energy need to be explored. I could go on a rant here about how the environmental extremists and the Government are impeding the process, but I won’t. Wind and solar technologies are in their infancy. Chernobyl and the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in 2011 show that nuclear energy as an option to meet our future energy needs should be reconsidered and the safety of nuclear power plants needs to be vastly improved. Steps need to be taken to meet our future energy needs soon, but in a logical and rational way. Logic and rationality are not the strong points of extremists…or Governments either for that matter. I don’t claim to have any answers, but I do know that continuing to use energy as a “political football” is certainly not an option.

Pony Express Day

We celebrated the inaugural ride of the Pony Express on Pony Express Day last April, but this Pony Express Day is geared more towards honoring the Pony Express riders who are commemorated for exhibiting the true pioneer spirit of the Old West.   It is always celebrated on the last Saturday in August.
The Pony Express’s sole function was delivering mail, messages, newspapers, and small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. It began due to a need for faster communication with the West. Stretching 2,000 miles, the route trailed through the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mail reached the end points in 10 days. This mail service lasted 18 months, beginning April 3, 1860, and ending October 24, 1861.
Even though it was short-lived, the Pony Express is an important part of our country’s history. It employed 120 riders and almost 400 people to work the stables, coordinate routes, man the stations, cook meals, etc. The company had 400 horses and 184 stations. There were 2 types of stations. “Swing” or “relay” stations were about 10-15 miles apart and used for the riders to change horses. “Home” stations were spaced 90-120 miles apart. Riders had their room and board here when not working.
Riders could not weigh over 125 pounds, use foul language, fight, or drink alcohol. Honesty and faithfulness to the job were also expected. At hiring, riders had to sign an oath to abide by these rules. On average, 80 riders were working at any time. They rode 75-100 miles at a time and switched horses 8-10 times. In an emergency, they might ride 2 stages. Riders rode day and night, year round, and through all types of weather. They carried 20 pounds of mail and 20 pounds of equipment, which included a water sack, Bible, a revolver, and a horn used to alert the upcoming station to get a horse ready for their arrival.
Among the Pony Express’s most famous employees were William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. Hickok was a stock tender, while Cody was a rider. Bronco Charlie Miller was hired at age 11 and is said to be the youngest rider. Another noteworthy rider, Jack Keetly, rode 340 miles in 31 hours without stopping to rest or eat. Robert “Pony Bob”  Haslam made the longest round trip on record at 380 miles. He was even shot in the jaw by an Indian arrow and lost 3 teeth during this ride.
The original Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri have been restored and are open as the Pony Express Museum.

Global Forgiveness Day

Global Forgiveness Day is another one of many holidays each year that urge people to put petty differences aside and move forward. I can’t find any details about who started this holiday or when it was started, but most “forgiveness” holidays are created and/or sponsored by either the United Nations or Christian groups. Since the focus of this holiday seems to be the forgiveness of individual slights and petty grievances, I suspect that it is sponsored by a religious group.
To celebrate this holiday, take steps to repair any broken relationships you might have. Don’t wait for the other person(s) to initiate the contact. Be the “bigger person”, then move on with your life, hopefully with a new “old friend”.

Just Because Day

Just Because Day affords you the opportunity to do something for no reason at all. Most people lead fairly structured lives. They do things because they have to, or because it is expected of them. They don’t have time for life’s “What if I” moments, or are afraid to act upon them. This holiday urges you to do something totally unexpected, something on a whim, or something out of the ordinary. Take a vacation day and go to a movie, or a museum. Visit someone you haven’t seen for a while. Buy something that you’ve always wanted, but don’t really need. Be spontaneous. Why? Just because.

Banana Lover’s Day

Bananas are a delicious, sweet, healthy, edible fruit high in potassium. Bananas grow on plants, not trees, and the banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The plants are tall and fairly sturdy. The fruit grows in clusters weighing from 65 to 100 pounds. Each cluster consists of tiers, (aka hands), which consist of an average of about 10 individual bunches. Each bunch has from 3 to 20 individual bananas, which generally weigh about a ¼ pound each.
It is believed that Southeast Asian farmers first domesticated and began cultivating bananas.  Recent archaeological discoveries near Papua New Guinea suggest that banana cultivation there goes back to at least 5000 BC, and possibly to 8000 BC. They slowly migrated to the rest of the world through trade, and it is believed that Portuguese sailors brought them to the Americas from west Africa in the 16th century. North Americans began consuming bananas on a small scale at very high prices shortly after the Civil War, though it was only in the 1880’s that it became more widespread. As late as the Victorian Era, bananas were not widely known in Europe, although they were available. Jules Verne introduced bananas to his readers with detailed descriptions in “Around the World in Eighty Days”, published in 1872.  The majority of the world’s bananas today are cultivated for family consumption.
Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive, more so than most other fruits, because of their potassium content and the trace amounts of the isotope potassium-40 found in naturally occurring potassium. Don’t worry too much, though, the amount of radiation found in bananas in inconsequential, and barely measurable.
Enjoy a banana or two today.

National Pots de Crème Day

National Pots De Crème Day is observed annually on August 27th. In my research, I couldn’t find the creator or origins of this holiday.
Pots de Crème is the fancy French way of saying custard. This delicious French dessert is a loose French custard dating back to the 17th century. Its name means “pot of custard” or “pot of creme” which also refers to the white porcelain cups in which the dessert is traditionally served.
Pot de creme is made by combining eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk and typically either vanilla or chocolate flavoring. The mixture is baked in the porcelain cups in a water bath at a low temperature.
My mother made a Pot De Crème that included raisins and was topped with Grape Nuts™ that was delicious — although being plain country folk, we just called it custard. Unfortunately, I don’t have the recipe or I would share it with you so you could celebrate National Pots De Crème Day properly.

“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day

Franchise Appreciation Day

Kiss Me Day

Speak Kind Words Saturday

On this date in:

  • 1858 – The first cable news dispatch was sent and was published by “The New York Sun” newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
  • 1894 – The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by Congress. The provision within the Act for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the Supreme Court.
  • 1921 – The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. The owner, J.E. Clair, paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.
  • 1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
  • 1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year, the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.
  • 1972 – North Vietnam’s major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
  • 1981 – Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was a luxury liner that had sunk in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts.
  • 1984 – President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
  • 1989 – The first United States commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was onboard.
  • 1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
  • 2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on Washington D.C.’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

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