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.

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