Labor Day

September 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning laborers. Today is Monday, September 5th. The holidays today are:

Labor Day

I might be playing to the elephant in the room, but the first holiday today is Labor Day. The obvious question is; if this holiday is called Labor Day, why isn’t anyone working? And, of course, the obvious answer is; because this holiday honors laborers, they are given the day off as a reward for their labors throughout the rest of the year.
Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September and celebrates the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It is also appropriately called the “workingman’s holiday”. Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882, and was started by the Central Labor Union. Matthew Maguire was secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York in 1882, and many believe that he is the person who first proposed this holiday. The first Labor Day celebration even included more than 10,000 workers parading through the streets of New York City.
Labor Day started out as a state holiday celebrated on September 5th. Soon, other individual states began celebrating Labor Day as well. As it gained popularity, the holiday was moved to the first Monday in September where it is celebrated today in 1884. As the number of states that celebrated Labor Day began to increase, Congress voted Labor Day a national holiday on June 28, 1894.
Labor Day is also viewed by many as the official end of summer. While the Fall Equinox is still a couple of weeks away, summer vacations are over and children are going back to school. So this marks the end of the season.
You don’t need to be in a union to celebrate this holiday. As long as you work, or have worked, somewhere at something, at some time, this holiday is for you. Many people celebrate this holiday weekend with one last family outing or a picnic. Others use it to put away their “summer toys”, or to finish the last of those summer projects around the house or yard. What did you do?

Be Late For Something Day

Are you one of those annoyingly punctual people – someone who is never late for anything…ever? If so, then Be Late For Something Day may well throw you into palpitations. Not surprisingly, Be Late For Something Day was created by the Procrastinators’ Club of America and for reasons unknown, is always celebrated on September 5th – perhaps they originally intended it to be celebrated on an earlier date, but didn’t get around to creating it until today.
Sticking exactly to a precise schedule every day has been shown to be harmful to the health and well-being of people, by causing undue stress when they realize that they will be late. This holiday encourages you to take a step back from your schedule and intentionally be late for something. Modern living and society puts incredible pressures on us to meet challenging deadlines, observe rules and regulations, and to regulate our lives by tight schedules. For once, just stop for a bit and see what happens. Being late occasionally is a common occurrence. Often it is due to circumstances beyond our control. Other times though people are deliberately late; such as being fashionably late to a party, or a corporate executive being deliberately late to a meeting to establish a position of power.
To celebrate this holiday, turn off your alarm clock, leave your watch at home, and don’t worry about the time. After all, “time is merely a concept conceived by those who require structure in their lives.”

Jury Rights Day

Jury Rights Day celebrates the date in 1670 when Quaker William Penn of London was arrested for violating England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge instructed the jurors to find Penn guilty. The jurors’ refusal to enforce a bad law led to the court jailing and withholding food and water from the jurors. Some of the jurors appealed their fines and imprisonment. The higher court confirmed the right of the jurors to base their verdict on their best judgment and conscience.  Even though there was a law against freedom of religion, the high court held that juries could not be required to enforce any law they thought was wrong. This higher court ruling established that jurors cannot be punished for their verdict.  It also set a foundation for our rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. This ruling established protection for the jury and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws.  This refusal of bad laws is called jury nullification or jury veto.  Through jury nullification, people can control their government by refusing to allow bad laws to be enforced. These underlying common law concepts firmly establish the fact that Jurors cannot be punished for their verdict. As well, jurors are not required to give a reason for the verdict they render.
William Penn later came to Colonial America and founded Pennsylvania.  Jurors continue to have the authority to nullify bad laws.  This authority is our peaceful protection to stop corrupt government servants from violating our rights.

National Shrink Day 

National Shrink Day celebrates shrinkage – or does it celebrate “shrinks”? Who knows? I use three primary sources in writing these Blog posts every day, and each one of them offered a different explanation as to the meaning of this holiday. One source explained that this holiday celebrated the shrinkage of your clothes and the fact that they finally fit properly. Another source offered the explanation that this holiday was created to raise awareness about the problem of the shrinking Polar ice caps, and their effects on sea levels. My third source proclaimed that this holiday was created to celebrate psychologists and psychiatrists (“shrinks”) and the valuable service they provide for the community.
I guess that the bottom-line is that you are the arbiter of the way you choose to celebrate this holiday…clothing, ice caps, or psychologists and psychiatrists…or any combination of the three. Heck, try to come up with your own different explanation for the meaning of this holiday. I’m sure that yours will be equally credible. What about shrink-wrap? Or, guys, what about the dreaded “cold water shrinkage” we all suffer from?

National Cheese Pizza Day 

National Cheese Pizza Day celebrates, what else, cheese pizza. Pizza, as we know it, is a relative newcomer to the culinary world. Flatbreads were developed as far back as 8000 BC, and cheese making began about 5500 BC. Various combinations of these two things have been around ever since. But it wasn’t until the tomato was brought to Europe from South America by Spanish explorers about 500 years ago that the three primary ingredients for our beloved cheese pizza came together. Tomatoes were first planted strictly as ornamental plants because they are a member of the Nightshade family and were believed to be poisonous. Out of desperation and hunger, peasants in Europe began eating tomatoes about 300 years ago, and when they didn’t die, tomatoes became a staple of their diets.
In the 1800’s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal. That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty. The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza’s white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil. Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country.
Today, there are hundreds of different types of pizza and toppings, but they all originated with the classic cheese pizza. Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or regular style, today’s the day to celebrate one of the most popular meals in the country, so head to your favorite pizza place for a slice or two of cheese pizza, or make your own homemade cheese pizza for dinner tonight.

International Day of Charity

On this date in:

  • 1698 – Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
  • 1774 – The first session of the Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia. The delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances, organized the Continental Association, and elected Peyton Randolph as the first president of the Continental Congress.
  • 1836 – Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1877 – Sioux chief Crazy Horse was killed by the bayonet of a U.S. soldier. The chief allegedly resisted confinement to a jail cell.
  • 1881 – The American Red Cross provided relief for disaster for the first time. The disaster was the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan.
  • 1885 – Jake Gumper bought the first gasoline pump to be manufactured in the U.S.
  • 1901 – The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues was formed in Chicago, IL. It was the first organized baseball league.
  • 1906 – Bradbury Robinson executed the first legal forward pass in football. Robinson threw the ball to Jack Schneider of St. Louis University in a game against Carroll College.
  • 1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League.
  • 1914 – The Battle of the Marne began. The Germans, British and French fought for six days killing half a million people.
  • 1917 – Federal raids were carried out in 24 cities on International Workers of the World (IWW) headquarters. The raids were prompted by suspected anti-war activities within the labor organization.
  • 1930 – Charles Creighton and James Hagris completed the drive from New York City to Los Angeles and back to New York City all in reverse gear. The trip took 42 days in their 1929 Ford Model A.
  • 1945 – Iva Toguri D’Aquino was arrested. D’Aquino was suspected of being the wartime radio propagandist “Tokyo Rose”. She served six years and was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.
  • 1953 – The first privately operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh, NC.
  • 1960 – Cassius Clay of Louisville, KY, won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
  • 1961 – The United States government made airline hijacking a federal offense.
  • 1982 – Eddie Hill set a propeller-driven boat water speed record when he reached 229 mph.
  • 1983 – The “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) became the first hour-long network news show.
  • 1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged for a Holy War against the West and former allies.
  • 1991 – Soviet lawmakers created an interim government to usher in the confederation after dissolving the U.S.S.R. The new name the Union of Sovereign States was taken.
  • 2003 – In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box that was then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.

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