Ride the Wind

August 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning air enthusiasts. Today is Tuesday, August 23rd. Today’s holidays are:

Ride the Wind Day

Ride the Wind Day celebrates the first successful man-powered flight on this date in 1977. Bryan Allen pedaled the Gossamer Condor, a human-powered aircraft designed by Dr. Paul B. MacCready, around a one-mile, figure-eight course.
In 1959 Henry Kremer, a British industrialist offered a prize of 50,000 pounds ($85,000) to the first group that could fly a human-powered aircraft over a figure-eight course covering a total of 1 mile, or 1.6 kilometers. Prior to the successful flight by Mr. Allen in 1977, 50 others had tried but failed, to win the prize.
Note: On June 12, 1979, a beefed up version of the Gossamer Condor, the Gossamer Albatross, made the first successful human-powered flight across the English Channel. The craft was again piloted by the intrepid Bryan Allen.
If you are among the unfortunate few who doesn’t as yet have a human-powered aircraft in your driveway, do not despair. There are other ways to celebrate this holiday. For instance, you can fly in an airplane, fly a kite, take a parachute lesson, hang glide, take a ride in a hot-air balloon, rent a sailboat, ride a motorcycle, or put on a cape and leap from a tall building (NOT RECOMMENDED). Have fun!
Note: The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Hug Your Boss Day

Hug Your Boss Day is not intended to be taken literally. In today’s litigious and competitive workplace, hugging your boss would only lead to trouble.
As near as I can determine, this holiday urges you to look at things from your bosses perspective. Try to find ways to improve the working relationship between you and your boss. Have a conversation with your boss on ways to make your workplace more efficient and productive.

Valentino Day

Rudolph Valentino (aka the Latin Lover) was a silent film star, sex symbol and early “pop” icon. His career was tragically cut short at the age of 31 by complications which arose from an emergency appendectomy. He died on this date in 1926.

National Sponge Cake Day

Sponge cake is a light-textured cake made of eggs, sugar and flour. There is no fat or leavening, so it is critical to beat air in at key stages of preparation. It is baked in cake pans, tube pans or sheet pans. After it is baked, the airy cake is still flexible, and can be used to make rolled cakes. It can be used in a variety of ways. The basic sponge cake recipe is also used to make lady fingers and madeleines. Slices are also used sometimes in place of biscuits to make strawberry shortcake. Because of its malleability after baking, it is often used to make Jelly rolls.
Sponge cake is the perfect dessert to enjoy at the end of a warm summer day. It is light and fluffy and has just enough sweetness to cleanse the palette after a meal. So,  bake a homemade sponge cake today, or buy one from your local bakery.

Buttered Corn Day

Cooked corn has is high in antioxidants, which substantially reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer. Scientists have measured the antioxidants’ ability to quench free radicals, which cause damage to the body from oxidation. Cooked corn also releases increased levels of ferulic acid, which provides health benefits, such as battling cancer. Corn also contains a good amount of vitamin C, which is important for overall health.
Maize, or Corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Mayans cultivated corn in numerous varieties throughout Mesoamerica. They cooked it , ground it, or processed it through a process known as nixtamalization (soaking it in an alkali solution). Beginning about 2500 BC, the crop spread through much of the Americas. The leafy stalk of the plant produces separate ears, which are fruits, yielding kernels (often erroneously called seeds). Maize kernels are often used in cooking as a starch.
Corn, especially corn-on-the-cob, is one of America’s favorite vegetables. It is in season throughout most of the summer in North America, so enjoy some corn today…either on or off of the cob.

European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism

Hug Your Sweetheart Day

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

On this date in:

  • 1892 – The printed streetcar transfer was patented by John H. Stedman.
  • 1904 – The grip-tread tire chain for cars was patented.
  • 1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression treaty.
  • 1944 – During World War II, Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed. Soon after the country would abandon the Axis and join the Allies.
  • 1959 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Sally debuted as an infant.
  • 1962 – The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite.
  • 1979 – Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York City.
  • 1982 – Gaylord Perry (Seattle Mariners) was tossed out of a game for throwing an illegal spitball.
  • 1983 – The United States announced that it was nearly ready for a test flight of an anti-satellite missile.
  • 1984 – South Fork Ranch, the home of the fictitious Ewing clan of the CBS-TV show, “Dallas,” was sold. The ranch was to be transformed from a tourist site into a hotel.
  • 1993 – It was confirmed by Los Angeles police that Michael Jackson was the subject of a criminal investigation.
  • 1996 – President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.
  • 1999 – Rescuers in Turkey found a young boy that had been buried in rubble from an earthquake for about a week.
  • 1999 – Robert Bogucki was rescued after getting lost in the Great Sandy Desert of Australia on July 11. During the 43-day ordeal, Bogucki lost 44 pounds.

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