Be an Angel

August 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning angels. Today is Monday, August 22nd. The holidays today are:

Be An Angel Day

Be An Angel Day was established by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993. The purpose of this holiday is to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need. Every act of generosity can make a difference.
You don’t have to do anything heroic or monumental to celebrate this holiday. Something as simple as a kind word, a random act of kindness, or paying something forward can turn around someone’s crappy day. Reach out to a long lost friend, put some extra money in a parking meter, or donate some unused clothing to a shelter. Who knows, by ‘being an angel’ today, you might start a snowball effect, causing others to do the same.

Tooth Fairy Day

Unless you just emerged from a lifelong coma, you already know about the tooth fairy. The tooth fairy emerged in the mid-1920’s, along with a group of other “healthcare fairies” which encouraged children to eat their veggies, brush their teeth and get fresh air. Esther Watkins Arnold brought the tooth fairy to life in an eight-page playlet in 1927 titled The Tooth Fairy. Schools began performing Arnold’s play the following year, and children, primed with vivid imaginations, placed their freshly lost teeth under their pillows at night in the hopes of a visit from the tooth fairy. Around that same time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his claim that fairies and gnomes were real by publishing pictures of two girls surrounded by “verified” fairies. The true origins of the tooth fairy probably predate these two examples by centuries.
National Tooth Fairy Day observed on August 22, but earlier this year, on February 28th, we celebrated National Tooth Fairy Day. I don’t know whether this Tooth Fairy Day is a separate holiday or not, but it is listed in two of my sources as a holiday today. Click on the link above for more information on the roots of this (some say) mythical entity. My research didn’t find the origin or creator of this holiday.

Take Your Cat To The Vet Day

As bad as this may sound, many people don’t take their cats to the vet regularly. They think that cats are independent and self-sufficient and wait until something is wrong with their loveable furball before visiting the vet. This results in costly bills which could have been prevented with regular check-ups. Take Your Cat to the Vet Day urges cat owners to schedule a visit with their vet at least once a year.
I’m sure that none of my readers neglect the health of their cats, but let Take Your Cat to the Vet Day serve as a reminder that Fluffy might be due for a check-up.

National Pecan Torte Day

Torte is the Austrian, German and Hungarian word for cake. Tortes are denser and less delicate than a traditional cake. This denseness is due to the use of ground nuts in place of a portion (or all) of the normal amount of flour. Tortes are made without chemical leaveners, using egg foams for lightness. This is why they are usually shorter than a traditional layer cake. Tortes are also wider, traditionally 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Today, many bakers and recipe writers call their cakes “tortes”; probably in order to make them sound exotic and more exciting. A torte can be richly flavored with whatever you decide to make it with (today we’re talking pecans), but it usually consists of cake-like layers sandwiched between buttercream, mousse, jam or fruit. Once it cools from a nice bake in the oven, it’s heavily drizzled with a glaze. This is a rich dessert, so if you choose to celebrate this holiday, be aware that you might soon fall into a sugar-induced coma after consuming it. Enjoy!

On this date in:

  • 1485 – The War of the Roses ended with the death of England’s King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry VII.
  • 1642 – The English Civil War began when King Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors.
  • 1762 – Ann Franklin became the editor of the Mercury of Newport in Rhode Island. She was the first female editor of an American newspaper.
  • 1770 – Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.
  • 1775 – The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.
  • 1846 – The United States annexed New Mexico.
  • 1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America’s Cup.
  • 1865 – A patent for liquid soap was received by William Sheppard.
  • 1902 – In Hartford, CT, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.
  • 1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
  • 1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England.
  • 1950 – Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.
  • 1951 – 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.
  • 1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
  • 1986 – The Kerr-McGee Corporation agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million to settle a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
  • 1989 – Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters.
  • 1990 – President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the buildup of troops in the Persian Gulf.
  • 1996 – President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.

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