Don’t Lose Your Head

September 2, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning head cases. Today is Friday, September 2nd. Today’s holidays are:

National Beheading Day

Hold onto your hat, and try not to lose your head, today is National Beheading Day. Every once in awhile, a holiday comes along that just leaves me scratching my head…so to speak. National Beheading Day is one of those. Why on God’s green Earth would anyone want to celebrate such a barbaric and heinous act? Nonetheless, this holiday was listed in two of my sources, and throughout history, beheading has been used as a means of execution, terrorism, and a brutal form of murder.
Beheading differs from decapitation. Decapitation usually refers to the accidental separation of the head from the body; such as in an automobile or airplane crash. Beheading, however, refers to the deliberate removal of the head from the body.
Although most civilized nations have long since abandoned the practice of beheading as a form of capital punishment, there are still a few exceptions – mostly in underdeveloped third-world nations, and terrorists still use this repugnant form of murder to strike fear into the hearts of civilized people.
Some “civilized” countries came late to the anti-beheading bandwagon. France used the guillotine as a form of execution until the 1970’s. In the United States, the Utah Territory offered beheading as an optional form of execution – but, for some odd reason, no one ever requested that option; and when Utah gained statehood in 1896, the option of beheading was abolished.  If this subject interests you, this link might help quell your blood-lust.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that this in not an official national holiday. If Congress or the President even dared propose a National Beheading Day – we would have their heads.

V-J Day

I know, I covered a V-J day in the middle of last month, but that was the date when Japan surrendered and hostilities ended after the United States dropped two atomic bombs on two different cities in Japan — Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This holiday celebrates the formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender which took place on this date aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  At that time President Truman declared September 2 to be the official V-J Day. However, over the years, many citizens of the United States have celebrated August 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on August 15th.  The announcement that Japan had surrendered was on August 15th in Europe. However, due to the time difference, it was still August 14th in the USA.

Wear Teal Day

Wear Teal Day is celebrated on the first Friday in September and encourages us to wear teal to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer and to learn more about the “silent killer”.
Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35 to 74. It is estimated that 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year and that more than 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.
When a woman is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. However, due to ovarian cancer’s non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent. Due to the nature of the disease, each woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer has a different profile and it is impossible to provide a general prognosis.
To celebrate Wear Teal Day, don your finest ‘teal’ garb spread the word about this horrendous disease. And, of course, a contribution to your local cancer society would be appreciated.

National Blueberry Popsicle Day

We covered the history of the Popsicle and a number of other Popsicle-related holidays earlier this year. The only difference between this holiday and the others is the flavor of Popsicle being celebrated. Enjoy.

Bring Your Manners To Work Day

Lazy Mom’s Day

Spalding Baseball Day

On this date in:

  • 31 B.C. – The Roman leader Octavian defeated the alliance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian, as Augustus Caesar, became the first Roman emperor.
  • 1666 – The Great Fire of London broke out. The fire burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Only 6 people were killed.
  • 1775 – Hannah, the first American war vessel, was commissioned by General George Washington.
  • 1789 – The United States Treasury Department was established.
  • 1864 – During the Civil War Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman occupied Atlanta following the retreat of the Confederates.
  • 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • 1935 – A hurricane hit the Florida Keys killing 423 people.
  • 1945 – Japan surrendered to the United States aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.
  • 1945 – Ho Chi Minh declared the independence the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1961 – The U.S.S.R. resumed nuclear weapons testing. Test ban treaty negotiations had failed with the United States and Britain when the three nations could not agree upon the nature and frequency of on-site inspections.
  • 1963 – The integration of Tuskegee High School was prevented by state troopers assigned by Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Wallace had the building surrounded by state troopers.
  • 1963 – “The CBS Evening News” was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 1969 – Ho Chi Minh died. He was the president of North Vietnam.
  • 1973 – Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters.
  • 1986 – Cathy Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of John Belushi.
  • 1991 – The United States formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
  • 1992 – The United States and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.

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