Why Is There Air?

September 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my curious compadres. Today is Friday, September 30th. The holidays today are:

Ask A Stupid Question Day

Ask A Stupid Question Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States, usually by school students and teachers. Although this holiday’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. It was created by teachers in the 1980’s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. Most educators agree that the only “stupid” question is the question that you don’t ask, but children sometimes hold back asking questions in class, fearing their peers might think their question is stupid, and that asking it will result in ridicule.
You don’t have to be in school to seek answers for your “stupid” questions today. If there is a question that has been niggling at your subconscious for a while, go ahead and ask it; preferably of someone who is likely to know the correct answer. Don’t be embarrassed. Don ‘t be shy. Don’t worry about what others may think. Just ask it. What’s the worse that could happen?

Save the Koala Day 

Save the Koala Day is celebrated on the last Friday in September and is a part of Save the Koala Month in Australia. The purpose of Save the Koala Day is to raise awareness of the plight of the Koala. Like many other species these days, Koalas in the wild face problems as their habitat is cleared to make way for “progress”. As humans encroach on their habitat, there is an increased risk of dog attacks and road accidents. Also, 80% of Koala habitat is on private land. The public needs to be educated on how to help to keep the koala habitat alive and safe. Something as simple as planting new and maintaining existing trees that Koalas need to survive will go a long way toward their preservation.

International Translation Day

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. This is not a religious holiday per se, but rather a holiday to celebrate all the work that translators do. In today’s global economy, translators are more essential than ever.
This holiday has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators since its creation 1953. In 1991, they launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity with the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in all countries, both secular and non-secular.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of a translator – for instance from “social media- speak” to English. WTF!

Blasphemy Day

Blasphemy Day is celebrated on September 30 to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Although the caricatures of Muhammad caused some controversy within Denmark, especially among Muslims, it became a widespread furor after Muslim imams in several countries stirred up violent protests in which at least 137 people were killed, embassies burned and other acts of recrimination carried out because of the blasphemy.
This holiday was created in 2009. According to the creators of this holiday, the Center for Inquiry, “We’re not seeking to offend, but if in the course of dialogue and debate, people become offended, that’s not an issue for us. There is no human right not to be offended. We think religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are, but we have a taboo on religion,”

National Mud Pack Day

Mud packs are mixtures of therapeutic clays, that when applied to the skin, are said to increase circulation, ease muscle tension, release toxins and boost immunity.  They work well on oily and some combination skin types.  While commonly used as a facial, mud packs treat then entire skin’s surface. Other claimed benefits of mud packs include relieving pain and swelling related to arthritis, digestion, stress and a quick treatment for bee and wasp stings. Bear in mind that a mud pack is not an effective treatment for bee stings if you are allergic and go into anaphylactic shock. If you are not allergic, however, a mud pack will lessen the discomfort of a bee sting until you can get proper medical treatment, if needed.
Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. They are still popular, but the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients.
Guys, to celebrate this holiday, why not treat your significant other to a gift certificate for a mud pack? Just be sure to make it crystal clear to her that you are not giving it to her because she needs it; but because you love her and mud packs are soothing, relaxing, and will make her feel good. Yeah, good luck with that!

National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day

Extra virgin olive oil is the purest and most flavorful of all the varieties of olive oil, and therefore, is the most expensive. Extra-virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. There are very specific standards oil has to meet to receive the label “extra-virgin.” Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains a truer olive taste and has a lower level of oleic acid than other olive oil varieties. It also contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals found in olives. Extra-virgin olive oil is considered an unrefined oil since it’s not treated with chemicals or altered by temperature. What sets it apart is the low level of oleic acid and the absence of sensory flaws. It contains no more than 1% oleic acid and typically has a golden-green color, with a distinct flavor and a light peppery finish.
While you can cook with extra-virgin olive oil, it does have a lower smoke point than many other oils, which means it burns at a lower temperature. Save your pricey, good quality extra virgin olive oil for dipping bread, dressings, dips, cold dishes, and use the less expensive stuff for cooking and baking.

Chewing Gum Day

Chewing Gum Day celebrates the birthday of William Wrigley, Jr. (of Wrigley’s Gum fame). However, chewing gum was not invented by Mr. Wrigley. People have been chewing “gum-like substances” since the dawn of mankind. Chewing gum, as we know it, was invented in 1871, when Thomas Adams received a patent on the first gum-making machine. After experimenting with different flavors, he manufactured the first flavored gum in the United States, Adams’ Black Jack, a licorice-flavored gum. It was also the first gum available in stick form. Mr. Wrigley soon followed suit by introducing Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gum. And, the rest is history.
Chewing gum, especially the sugarless variety, can be beneficial to one’s oral health. It’s not health food folks, but chewing gum aids in the production of saliva, which can help keep bacteria in your mouth at bay; and it freshens your breath as well.

National Hot Mulled Cider Day

Hot mulled cider is a delicious drink perfectly suited for crisp fall evenings. But basically, it is just a haughtier term for spiced apple cider. Apple cider is produced using a cider press and is a time-honored favorite of the autumn season.
Hot mulled cider is most commonly made at home. A simple search for “hot mulled cider” from your preferred search engine will yield a plethora of results from which you can choose. To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some hot mulled cider today.

International Podcast Day

The Time for Yoga

On this date in

  • 1399 – Henry Bolingbroke became the King of England as Henry IV.
  • 1777 – The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.
  • 1787 – The ship Columbia left Boston harbor and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.
  • 1846 – Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient.
  • 1882 – In Appleton, WI, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating.
  • 1927 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He broke his own record with the home run. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
  • 1938 – The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain and France allowed Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.
  • 1946 – An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
  • 1947 – The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
  • 1949 – The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.
  • 1951 – “The Red Skelton Show” debuted on NBC-TV.
  • 1954 – The United States Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.
  • 1962 – James Meredith succeeded in registering at the University of Mississippi. It was his fourth attempt to register.
  • 1963 – The Soviet Union publicly declared itself on the side of India in their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
  • 1966 – Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth.
  • 1971 – The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.
  • 1971 – A committee of nine people was organized to investigate the prison riot at Attica, NY. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed when National Guardsmen stormed the prison on September 13, 1971.
  • 1976 – California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the United States.
  • 1983 – The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
  • 1982 – “Cheers” began its 11-year run on NBC-TV.
  • 1984 – Mike Witt became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball.
  • 1986 – The United States released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Nicholas Daniloff had been released by the Soviets.
  • 1989 – Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.
  • 1992 – George Brett of the Kansas City Royals got his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels.
  • 1992 – Moscow banks distributed privatization vouchers aimed at turning millions of Russians into capitalists.
  • 1993 – Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  retired.
  • 1994 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.
  • 1998 – Governor Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined “invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity.” The law went into effect January 1, 1999.
  • 1999 – The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at historic Candlestick Park. The Dodgers won 9-4.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day

September 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning veterans. Today is Thursday, September 29th. Today’s holidays are:

VFW Day 

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day is celebrated at VFW Posts and in communities around the world. It’s a day devoted to the organization and its dedicated members who are so deeply committed to serving those who bravely serve this nation. On this date in 1899, a small group of Spanish-America war veterans joined together to form what would become the nation’s largest and most dedicated group of combat veterans.
For 112 years now, the VFW has been unwavering in its devotion “to honor the dead by helping the living.” VFW and its Auxiliary members carry out their stated mission by promoting good will, patriotism and youth scholarship through national veterans and legislative services, military assistance and community service programs, youth activities and scholarship programs, as well as millions of volunteer hours in their local communities. 

World Heart Day

World Heart Day is an integral part of the World Heart Federation’s campaign to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The World Heart Federation has found that heart disease and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death, killing 17.1 million people every year –  more than cancer, HIV and AIDS and malaria.
The goal of World Heart Day is to improve the overall health of people by encouraging them to make lifestyle changes and promoting education about ways to keep your heart healthy. With the increase of obesity, poor diet, and the lack physical inactivity in children and young people World Heart Day is more important than ever.
Common causes of cardiovascular disease are smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and glucose levels – all of which can be overcome by living a healthier lifestyle. Just a few simple steps such as eating healthier, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.
Take an honest look at your lifestyle and see where you can make improvements as you celebrate World Heart Day.

National Coffee Day

Coffee, for reasons unfathomable to me, is one of the world’s favorite beverages – over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil. If you do the math (taking into account the small percentage of people, like yours truly, who dislike coffee; and those too young to drink coffee regularly) that 400 billion cups annually breaks down to about 5.5 cups of coffee per day for the average coffee drinker. That’s a lot of coffee folks.
But, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate.
If you are a coffee drinker, there are a number of local and national businesses offering free or discounted cups of coffee to celebrate Coffee Day 2016. Some businesses celebrate National Coffee Day by donating proceeds to nonprofit and charity groups. According to my sources, some of the National Coffee Day deals include: McDonald’s will donate coffee proceeds to nonprofit charity Covenant House; Krispy Kreme is giving away a free original glazed donut and a small coffee; At participating Dunkin’ Donuts you can get a medium hot coffee for 66 cents; At Peet’s Coffee you can get a free cup with any food purchase.* Be sure to check out your social media pages, as many companies use their social media pages offer coupons and advertise their National Coffee Day promotions. Also, check with your local barista to see if their establishment is celebrating National Coffee Day.
*At participating locations.

Biscotti Day

Biscotti are almond biscuits that originated in Prato Italy. the secret to their signature crispness is that they are  they twice-baked. Biscotti are the result of the need to preserve food for a long time. Twice-baked foods were often taken on long journeys and wars by Roman Legions. Since then they became a popular part of the dietary culture of Italy and eventually spread across the globe finding a new home in coffee shops worldwide.
The cooking process starts with a barely wet dough of flour, sugar, eggs, and unskinned/unroasted almonds, without any form of yeast or fat. This dough is baked once in a slab the shape of the biscotti and then baked again after being sliced into the signature shape known to the end customer. While the traditional recipe involves almonds, as mentioned above, they can also be made with pine nuts, walnuts, dry fruits like raisins, or just about any low-moisture ingredient you can think of.
If you’re feeling adventurous, here is a simple biscotti recipe you can make  at home instead of taking out a second mortgage to buy some at that trendy new coffee shop down the street.

Michaelmas

National Poisoned Blackberries Day

National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birthday Day

World Maritime Day

On this date in

  • 1789 – A regular army was established by the United States War Department with several hundred men.
  • 1829 – The first public appearance by London’s reorganized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.
  • 1930 – Lowell Thomas made his debut on CBS Radio. He was in the radio business for the next 46 years.
  • 1943 – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marchal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson.
  • 1946 – “The Adventures of Sam Spade” debuted on CBS Radio.
  • 1951 – The first network football game was televised by CBS-TV in color. The game was between the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • 1957 – The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds. The next year the Giants were in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1962 – President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National Guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.
  • 1967 – The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
  • 1977 – Eva Shain became the first woman to officiate a heavyweight title boxing match. About 70 million people watched Muhammad Ali defeat Ernie Shavers on NBC-TV.
  • 1982 – In Chicago, IL, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264,000 bottles were recalled.
  • 1983 – The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months.
  • 1984 – Irish officials announced that they had intercepted the Marita Anne carrying seven tons of U.S.-purchased weapons. The weapons were intended for the Irish Republican Army.
  • 1984 – Elizabeth Taylor was voted to be the world’s most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll. Taylor was at the time in the Betty Ford Clinic overcoming a weight problem.
  • 1986 – Mary Lou Retton announced that she was retiring from gymnastics.
  • 1988 – The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.
  • 1990 – “Millie’s Book” by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the United States.
  • 1993 – Bosnia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.
  • 1994 – The House of Representatives voted to end the practice of lobbyists buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.

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Like A Good Neighbor

September 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning neighbors. Today is Wednesday, September 28th. Today’s holidays are:

National Good Neighbor Day

National Good Neighbor Day was initiated by Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana in the early 1970’s. She recognized the importance of good neighbors and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with many governors. Below is President Carter’s Proclamation, issued in 1978.

“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the Peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is the concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September. However, in 2003, the Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, changing National Good Neighbor Day September 28th.
Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. To celebrate this holiday, get to know your neighbors a little better.

Read a Child a Book You Like Day  

Read a Child a Book You Like Day celebrates the birthdate of Kate Smith-Wiggin, author of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and other wonderful children’s stories. It encourages you to pick a favorite book from your childhood and read it to your children or grandchildren. Hopefully, they will enjoy it as much as you did.
Note: Mrs. Smith-Wiggin was a lifelong educator and an author who left a legacy of timeless books for children…although she had no children herself.

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day seeks to raise awareness about Rabies. Although not as prevalent as it once was, Rabies is far from being eradicated. This holiday urges you to ensure that your pets are vaccinated against this disease, which is always fatal to animals. Stopping Rabies in dogs and cats is the key to preventing the disease in people.

National Drink Beer Day

National Drink Beer Day is all about beer. Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories; ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
Beer aficionados have a wider selection of beers from which to choose than ever before. The explosion in the craft beer market keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors all the time. Artisanal beers offer such a variety of new beer experiences – from hard root beer to raspberry, to caramel to different herbs – that you might find it hard to decide which one to try first.
There’s really only one way to celebrate this holiday. Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Cheers!
Note: Please drink responsibly. You don’t want this special day to end badly.

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day 

When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie for your National Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebration today, you will find that there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a moussé, and there are dozens of different toppings.
No matter which variety is your favorite, enjoy a slice of strawberry cream pie today.

International Right to Know Day

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

See You at the Pole Day

World School Milk Day

On this date in

  • 1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.
  • 1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
  • 1787 – Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
  • 1850 – The United States Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
  • 1850 – President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
  • 1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.
  • 1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.
  • 1939 – During World War II, Germany, and the Soviet Union, agreed upon a plan regarding the division of Poland.
  • 1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
  • 1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
  • 1978 – Don Sherman, the editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.
  • 1991 – In response to President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
  • 1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
  • 1997 – The official debut of the DVD format was featured at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY.
  • 2000 – The Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
  • 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the United States Pacific Coast. They started the trek from the Canadian border on June 8.
  • 2004 – The Federal Reserve and the Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.

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Get Off Your Can

September 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning environmentally conscious fans of mashed metal. Today is Tuesday, September 27th. The holidays today are:

National Crush A Can Day

As you might suspect, National Crush A Can Day encourages you to gather your recyclable cans together today and take them to your recycling center. Although this holiday specifies cans, it is probably a good idea to gather all of your recyclables, (plastic, paper, glass, etc), together as well and make one trip (it’s better for the environment because one trip saves gas).
There are a number of ways to crush your cans. In my research today, I discovered a scientific way to crush your aluminum cans. This link will give you insight on how to perform this method. Although impractical and not actually environmentally friendly, it seems impressive nonetheless.
There are more practical, albeit less impressive, ways to crush your cans. First, you can invest in (or make) a can crusher. This is the method that I recommend. The second way is to crush them with a heavy object, such as a coffee can filled with cement with an embedded handle. You could also stomp on them with your feet, crush them in your hands or smash them on your forehead. However, personally, I don’t recommend any means of crushing cans that involves the use of body parts – they can easily go awry and involve you a trip to the Emergency Room.
No matter the method you use to crush your cans, take your recyclables to the recycling center today.

Ancestor Appreciation Day

Ancestor Appreciation Day encourages you to get in touch with your roots. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come. It can also give you “bragging rights” if you chance across someone famous (or infamous) in your family tree.
It can also benefit you medically. Knowing if there is a history of heart disease, cancer, or any one of a number of genetic diseases in your family can provide you and your doctor with vital information necessary for your preventive health regimen.
So, I hope that you start looking into your ancestry today if you haven’t already — and that your family tree more closely resembles a spreading oak than a totem pole.

National Voter Registration Day

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012. In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, more than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day event.
On National Voter Registration Day hundreds of local, state and national organizations will partner with other grassroots organizations and businesses to help to stage thousands of public events in an effort to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration. Volunteers will be at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts – anywhere people gather, to assist anyone who wants to register to vote.
Voting is not only a right, it is a way to make your voice heard. If you aren’t already registered to vote, I urge you to do so. This upcoming election will be pivotal in deciding the future of our beloved country.

National Corned Beef Hash Day

Corned Beef Hash Day celebrates, oddly enough, corned beef hash. Corned beef hash is a favorite dish here in America. I’m not talking about that putrid looking dog food-like substance you buy in cans at the supermarket. I’m talking about real corned beef sliced from a brisket, then chopped or ground and fried with diced potatoes, onions and bell pepper. Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, corned beef hash also makes an excellent dinner served with some type of green vegetable. Heck, I’ve even made a sandwich out of it for lunch.
Corning beef refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that are mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Note: Smoking a corned beef, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami.

National Chocolate Milk Day

Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. Many people like to have it with cookies [I like to dip Graham Crackers into mine].
Chocolate milk was invented in the late 1600’s by Sir Hans Sloane, for whom London’s Sloane Square is named (and whose collection of art objects and curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum). Sloane devised a means of mixing the ground cacao beans with milk, to make it more pleasant. He brought both cacao and his recipe (most likely unsweetened) back to England. As a physician, Sloane was initially interested in the medicinal properties of cacao; he thought chocolate milk had soothing qualities and the recipe was initially sold in apothecary shops.
In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Shortly thereafter, Cadbury started adding sugar and marketing it as an “anytime beverage; soothing to the stomach”. Today, chocolate milk is a popular beverage for people of all ages.
Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious.
So, enjoy some chocolate milk as a treat today. Don’t forget to grab your box of cookies out of the cupboard.

World Tourism Day 

Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

On this date in

  • 1779 – John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
  • 1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.
  • 1928 – The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.
  • 1940 – The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact between Germany, Italy, and Japan was to be in effect for 10 years.
  • 1954 – The “Tonight!” show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
  • 1962 – The United States sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
  • 1968 – The United Kingdom’s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.
  • 1979 – The Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet position, was established after the final approval from Congress.
  • 1982 – Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.
  • 1989 – Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horseshoe Falls.
  • 1991 – President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
  • 1994 – More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
  • 1995 – The United States government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1998 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.
  • 2004 – North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing United States nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The State Department noted that the United States has repeatedly said that it has no plans to attack North Korea.

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Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning apple lovers. Today is Monday, September 26th. Today’s holidays are:

Johnny Appleseed Day

Johnny Appleseed Day honors Johnny Appleseed [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on this date in 1774]. He was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio,  Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, a property had to have an amount of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to decide which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute because it was never recorded, however, it is believed to be around 11 March 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.

Shamu the Whale Day

On this date in 1985, the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla and it is for this reason that we celebrate Shamu the Whale Day today.
Shamu is the name used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960’s. Although the original Shamu died in 1971, the name “Shamu” was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at various times when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks.  Sea World continues to use the name “Shamu” for their orca shows to this date.
Here are a few interesting orca facts:

1) Female orcas can live to 90 years. Male orcas can live to 60 years.
2)  Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
3)  On average, a killer whale eats 500 pounds a day.
4)  Killer whales imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin.

Batman Day

If you think that there aren’t enough holidays that celebrate fictional caped vigilantes, who dress up as nocturnal flying creatures and zip around Gotham City at night in a customized vehicle thwarting the nefarious schemes of villainous ne’er-do-wells – I offer you Batman Day.
Batman Day celebrates the anniversary of the character’s first ever appearance, in Detective Comics #27 back in 1939. Since those early comic book appearances, Batman has grown into one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters and has been the focal point of television shows, animated cartoons, video games and Hollywood blockbusters.
To celebrate Batman Day, watch one of the many Batman movies, or better yet, if you can find them, watch a few episodes of the 1960’s Batman TV series. POW! ZONK! BLAM!

Love Note Day 

The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high-quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Why not send a love note to your ‘special someone’ today to let them know just how much they mean to you?

National Better Breakfast Day

Nutritionists agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sadly, to most of us, breakfast is either greasy, fatty pork products with fried eggs, cold sugar-laden cereal with milk, or a cup of coffee and a piece or two of toast wolfed down as we rush out of the house. As the name implies, National Better Breakfast Day urges us to make a healthier breakfast a part of our daily routine.
Research shows a clear link between breakfast and school performance. Eating a balanced breakfast (a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) is linked with helping children concentrate and do well in school. The same holds true for the performance of adults in the workplace.
Cottage cheese mixed with fruit or peanut butter on an English muffin combined with a glass of milk has no frills, but will noticeably fuel your body and brain to get you through a busy day. Protein (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, eggs) + carbohydrate (oatmeal, toast, cereal) + fat (already included in the foods you choose) are all essential for a balanced breakfast. This website offers you some good breakfast choices. Or, if you’re in a hurry, try one of these.

Now, with that said, I offer you the following holiday.

Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day

It may seem odd that a themed holiday is being combined with a food-related holiday, but in actuality, they are one in the same holiday.
Lumberjack Day was created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable. They were tired of other themed holidays, like “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, which we celebrated last week and decided that it was about time that lumberjacks got some recognition. Venable, herself a former lumberjack, admitted that the original idea for this holiday was conceived as an excuse to go out and eat pancakes and waffles with friends – and there is where the connection with pancakes begins.
Over the next few years, Lumberjack Day grew as more and more people began celebrating the holiday, getting dressed up in plaid and beards, carrying fake axes and throwing huge lumberjack themed parties.
In 2013 Lumberjack Day exploded and was redubbed National Pancake Day. It garnered recognition online in places like Food.com and Buzzfeed. Perkins Restaurants, and many smaller restaurants, even offered free pancakes on the newly created National Pancake Day. Since then Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day celebrations have spread all across America.
Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Lumberjacks, and most other Americans. Early settlers of this country ate pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America, and countless more worldwide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate this/these holiday(s), make some pancakes today — Plaid flannel shirts, beards, and fake axes are optional. If you really want to impress your family/friends, learn some lumberjack lingo to sprinkle into your breakfast conversation.
Author’s note: While some of my sources listed these holidays separately, they all made the correlation between the two.

European Day of Languages

Family Day

National Compliance Officer Day

National Dumpling Day

National Situational Awareness Day

On this date in

  • 1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the Supreme Court. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General, and Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
  • 1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.
  • 1914 – The Federal Trade Commission was established.
  • 1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.
  • 1950 – United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
  • 1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released about President Eisenhower’s heart attack.
  • 1960 – The first televised debate, between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, took place in Chicago, IL.
  • 1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
  • 1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
  • 1984 – Britain and China initiated a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
  • 1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.
  • 1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
  • 1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a United States astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.
  • 2000 – The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.
  • 2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

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