Coast Guard Day

August 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of coastal defense. Today is Thursday, August 4th. The holidays today are:

Coast Guard Day

Coast Guard Day is celebrated every August 4 to commemorate the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on 4 August 1790, by then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. On that date, Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be the enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.
The Coast Guard received its current name through an act of Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on 28 January 1915 that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and provided the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving lives at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.
The Coast Guard began to maintain the country’s maritime aids to navigation, including operating the nation’s lighthouses, when President Franklin Roosevelt announced plans to transfer of the U.S. Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard in May 1939. Congress approved the plan effective 1 July 1939. On 16 July 1946, Congress permanently transferred the Department of Commerce Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, thereby placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under Coast Guard regulation.
After 177 years in the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the newly formed Department of Transportation effective 1 April 1967. As a result of the events of 11 September 2001, the Coast Guard was transferred to the new Department of Homeland Security effective 1 March 2002.
Today, the Coast Guard, on average, launches on over 6500 missions a year, and have saved over 134,000 lives since their founding.  When Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of America, the Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives, an estimated 24,000 of these were rescued from peril in severely dangerous conditions.
The motto of the Coast Guard is “Semper Paratus” (always prepared).

Single Working Women’s Day

Single Working Women’s Day honors all of the single working moms who never seem to have a moment to themselves. Regardless of how you feel about single parents, the sanctity of marriage, blah, blah, blah, single mothers are a fact of life in today’s society. They have to do it all, often without support from others. They not only bring home the bacon, they fry it, then clean up the mess afterward. They earn the money, buy the groceries, feed, nurture, and clean up after their children. They make the modern world a better place, and often somehow find the money, time and energy to lovingly support others.
If you know a single mother, do something to alleviate the stress in her life. Offer to run some errands for her; or, better yet, offer to babysit her kids for a while and buy her a gift certificate to a day spa so she can be pampered for once; or offer to pay for a babysitter and take her out for a night on the town.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

To celebrate  National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, we must first pay homage to Ruth Graves Wakefield (1903-1977), a 1930’s-era Massachusetts innkeeper at the Toll House Inn. While there, she created the quintessential recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Chopping up a chocolate bar into little morsels and putting them in a batch of cookie dough may well be one of the best ideas, ever.
One day in 1937, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a colonial brown sugar cookie recipe, Ruth found that she did not have the baker’s chocolate required, and instead chopped a bar of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces. She added them to the dough, expecting them to melt during baking; instead, the chocolate held its shape and softened to a creamy texture. The new cookies became very popular at the Inn; Ruth’s recipe was published in newspapers throughout New England, and sales of Nestlé’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar skyrocketed. Ruth eventually approached Nestlé and reached an agreement that allowed Nestlé to print what would become known as the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (part of the agreement included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate she could use for the rest of her life). As the recipe continued to grow in popularity, Nestlé began to score the chocolate bar and packaged it with a special chopper for easy cutting into small morsels. In 1939, they introduced Nestlé Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The recipe was originally called Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies, as the morsels, or chips, were invented later.

National IPA Day

Before you can celebrate National IPA Day, you have to know what an IPA is. IPA stands for India Pale Ale. Although it has India in its title, IPA refers to the process of brewing used to make IPA’s. The process was developed by the British when they were colonizing India. IPA’s were born out of necessity. When the British were colonizing India, the beers they sent to their troops kept spoiling during the long sea voyage. With an extra healthy dose of hops and alcohol, both having great preservative value, their problems were solved. As a result, IPA’s have a more “hoppy” flavor and a higher alcohol content (6 to 7.5%) than regular beer, and the world had another distinctive beer style.
National IPA Day was created in 2011 and is celebrated on the first Thursday in August each year. It pays tribute to the new crop of “craft beer” brewers. These smaller, indepentent brewing companies, such as Sam adams, Blue Moon, and Goose Island, to name a few, do more than emulate the style. They continue to push the envelope with strength and bitterness, and occasionally add seasonal flavorings such as pumpkin spice to their brews. Curiously, it’s much harder to find a true IPA from England these days.
These days, any bar or pub worth it salt will have a variety of IPS’s available on tap or in bottles. To celebrate Nationjal IPA Day, head to your favorite watering hole and try an IPA (or two).
Author’s Note: Always drink responsibly. If you are going to over-imbibe, have a designated driver or take a taxi home.

National White Wine Day

If craft beer isn’t your thing, then maybe National White Wine Day will whet your appetite for an adult beverage today. National White Wine Day, was created by wine enthusiast, freelance writer and “Queen of Holidays,” Jace Shoemaker-Galloway and is always celebrated on August 4th.
White wine is derived from the skin and juice of specific varieties of grapes. White wines are actually not white, but range in a color spectrum from light yellow to a golden hue. It is usually served chilled, and is available in many tasty varietals. Whether you prefer a light-bodied or full-bodied wine, dry, sweet or sparkling, with brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert or out on the deck, there is probably a variety of white wine to suit your taste.
To celebrate National White Wine Day, have a glass or two of your favorite white winewith dinner, or invite a few of your favorite BFFs over for a wine-tasting party.
Author’s Note: See Author’s Note above.

On this date in:

  • 1735 – Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that “the truth is not libelous.”
  • 1821 – “The Saturday Evening Post” was published for the first time as a weekly magazine.
  • 1922 – The death of Alexander Graham Bell, two days earlier, was recognized by AT&T and the Bell Systems by shutting down all of its switchboards and switching stations. The shutdown affected 13 million phones.
  • 1934 – Mel Ott became the first major league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.
  • 1956 – William Herz became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles per hour. He was clocked at 210 mph.
  • 1958 – Billboard Magazine introduced its “Hot 100” chart, which was based on popularity and was a barometer of the movement of potential hits. The first number one song was Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool.”
  • 1972 – Arthur Bremer was found guilty of shooting George Wallace, the governor of Alabama. Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
  • 1983 – New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warm-ups and accidentally killed a seagull. After the game, Toronto police arrested him for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”
  • 1986 – The United States Football League called off its 1986 season. This was after winning only token damages in its antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League.
  • 1987 – The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission. The doctrine had required that radio and TV stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion.
  • 1996 – Josia Thugwane won a gold medal after finishing first in the marathon. He became the first black South African to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

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