Pluto Demoted

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Good morning astronomers. Today is Saturday, August 24, 2013. The holidays today are:The first holiday today is

Pluto Demoted Day

Pluto Demoted Day does not have anything to do with one of Disney’s most beloved cartoon canines, Pluto, falling into disfavor. This holiday marks the anniversary of the date in 2006 when the ninth planet, Pluto, was reclassified by astronomers from a planet to dwarf planet status and renamed Plutoid.
Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ on February 18, 1930, after nearly a year of searching. The planet’s existence was confirmed by the scientific community on March 13, 1930, and the announcement of the existence of a ninth planet was released to the public.
Pluto was not named after Disney’s cartoon dog as some believe. Later in 1930, Mr. Disney introduced a new cartoon character, Mickey Mouse’s dog, and named him after the newly discovered planet.
Pluto was named by an eleven-year-old schoolgirl in Oxford England named Venetia Burney. She was a student of both ancient mythology and astronomy and suggested the name Pluto, the God of the Underworld because she felt it was appropriate for such a dark and foreboding place. She suggested the name to her grandfather, a librarian, who passed it along to colleagues in the United States, who in turn, passed it on to the Lowell Observatory; who had the responsibility to name the new planet because they discovered it. The name Pluto was unanimously selected on March 24, 1930, and the formal announcement was made on May 1, 1930.

Vesuvius Day

Vesuvius Day marks the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history. It destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. They were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. An estimated 20,000 people were killed.
Mount Vesuvius also erupted a second time in 1631. This eruption killed an estimated 3,500 people.

National Knife Day

National Knife Day celebrates the ancient tool that has survived since the dawn of mankind. Through the centuries, the knife has persevered, despite those who misuse the tool as a weapon.
Receiving your first knife was a rite of passage for boys of my generation. It was one of the first acknowledgments by your parents that you were a responsible young man. To many people, a knife is a way of life. Knives are an important tool for fishermen, hunters, chefs, doctors, and rescue workers to name a few. Knives also have a myriad of uses around the home. No kitchen, toolbox, or utility drawer is complete unless it contains a knife. Heck, I even use one in  my home office as a letter opener.
To celebrate this holiday, gather all of your knives together and inspect them. Sharpen, clean, and lubricate them. Discard and replace any that are no longer serviceable.

National Peach Pie Day

Unless you have been in a coma since birth you probably know that peach pie is one of America’s favorite pies.
Peach pie is a two-crust, filled pie. It is impossible to determine who was the first to make a pie with a peach filling. The reason that today is National Peach Pie Day is also unknown, and, except for it being mentioned in three of my sources, there is no documentation to verify that today is even a holiday. Nonetheless, enjoy a slice of peach pie today. Do you really need a holiday to have peach pie?

National Waffle Day

On this date in 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy New York was issued the first patent for a waffle iron in the United States – giving us another opportunity to celebrate waffles. Unless you just emerged from a cave where you were raised from infancy by wolves, you know that a waffle is a batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.
National Waffle Day celebrates waffles…in all forms. The first waffles originated in Ancient Greece. The Greeks would cook flat cakes called “obelios” between two metal pans held over a fire. Today waffles in one form or another are enjoyed in almost every nation on Earth. Waffles come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on the type of batter or iron used, waffles will vary in consistency, size, shape and flavor.
Here are a few more waffle facts.

  1. Irons used specifically for making waffles first appeared in the 14th century.
  2. The first electric waffle iron was introduced by General Electric in 1911.
  3. Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time in 1953.
  4. Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair in 1964.

International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle, and Dress Code

International Strange Music Day

On this date in:

  • 1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
  • 1814 – During the War of 1812, Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol.
  • 1869 – A patent for the waffle iron was received by Cornelius Swarthout.
  • 1912 – A four-pound limit was set for parcels sent through the U.S. Post Office mail system.
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours.
  • 1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect. The agreement formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The gist of the treaty was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”
  • 1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the United States when the Communist Control Act went into effect.
  • 1959 – Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American United States senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American United States representative.
  • 1968 – France became the fifth thermonuclear power when they exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
  • 1975 – Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers set a major league baseball record when he stole his 38th consecutive base.
  • 1989 – Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball.
  • 1989 – “Total war” was declared by Colombian drug lords on their government.
  • 1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95” went on sale.
  • 1998 – U.S. officials cited a soil sample as part of the evidence that a Sudan plant was producing precursors to the VX nerve gas. And, therefore made it a target for U.S. missiles on August 20, 1998.
  • 2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the United States. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identities of the soldiers would be known.
  • 2001 – NASA announced that operation of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite would end by September 30th due to budget restrictions. Though the satellite is best known for monitoring a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, it was designed to provide information about the upper atmosphere by measuring its winds, temperatures, chemistry and energy received from the sun.

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