National Police Woman Day

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

Good morning law endorsement fans. Today is Monday, September 12th. Today’s holidays are:

National Police Woman Day

In 1909, Los Angeles social worker Alice Stebbins Wells petitioned Mayor George Alexander and the City Council, requesting that an ordinance providing for a Los Angeles Policewoman be adopted. Not only was the measure passed, but on this date in 1910, Mrs. Wells was sworn in as the nation’s first female law enforcement officer – complete with full powers of arrest.
On the first day of her appointment, Mrs. Wells was furnished with a Gamewell (a telephone call box key), a book of rules, a first aid book, and a “policeman’s badge.” In those days, an officer was privileged to enjoy free trolley car rides while going to and from work, but when Mrs. Wells displayed her badge, the conductor accused her of misusing her husband’s identity. This was remedied by presenting her with “Policewoman’s Badge Number One.”
Since 1890, many California cities had employed women as matrons. These matrons specialized in the care of female prisoners and worked in city and county prisons and other penal institutions. They, however, weren’t sworn law enforcement officers, and it was Mrs. Wells who is credited with paving the way for women in law enforcement.
For more information on Mrs. Wells career in the LAPD, use this link.

National Video Games Day

This is the second video game related holiday this year. Back on July 8th, we celebrated Video Game Day.  Video Game Day encouraged people to play video games and promoted the video gaming industry, while, in contrast, National Video Games Day promotes the video game industry and encourages people to play video games. Huh? What? Wait! That’s right, I can’t discern a difference between these two holidays either – other than the date. Also, I could find no reason why there are two different dates for a “video game day”; and neither “holiday” has any relationship or significance to any milestones in the video gaming world. The origins, history, and reasons for both are unknown.
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pacman, Pong, Space Invaders or Asteroids. Many of today’s video games are complex stories with plots and sub-plots within plots and sub-plots within plots and sub-plots. Technologically, they are getting more advanced every day.
If you enjoy video gaming, celebrate this holiday by playing your favorite video game, or one of the classics. If, like me, you could give a big fat hoot about video games, then don’t bother.

International Day for South-South Cooperation 

This is another “head-scratcher” from the United Nations. This link will provide you with more information than you need to know regarding it.

Chocolate Milkshake Day

Dictionary.com defines milkshake as: “a frothy drink made of cold milk, flavoring, and usually ice cream, shaken together or blended in a mixer.” The first reference to word ‘milkshake’ appeared in a British newspaper in 1885. However, it did not refer to that cool, refreshing treat we know today. The first milkshake was an adult beverage similar to eggnog, made with eggs and whiskey. By 1900 though, the eggs and whiskey were gone, and the term ‘milkshake’ referred to “healthy, wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.” They still contained no ice cream, though. They were a favorite at soda fountains in America in the early part of the 1900’s.
What we know as ‘milkshakes’ today is an American creation. In 1922, an employee at a Chicago Walgreens, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, was inspired to add two scoops of ice cream to malted milk. It was an instant success. By the 1930’s, soda fountains (aka “malt shops”) were popular all across America.
Two significant events happened in 1937 that changed milkshakes forever: Fred Waring invented a significantly superior blender, and Joseph Friedman invented the flexible straw. But we’re still not up to the point of what we call ‘milkshakes’ today. Many people disliked having the malt in their milkshakes, and by the late 1930’s the term “frosted” came to mean a milkshake without the malt. Sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, malted milk became less popular and the term ‘milkshake’ finally became synonymous with what we call ‘milkshakes’ today.
You should be able to figure out how to celebrate this holiday all by yourself. Just remember that it is Chocolate Milkshake Day. The booze is optional.

National Boss/Employee Exchange Day – Monday after Labor Day

National Day of Encouragement

National Programmers Day – 256th day of the year.

On this date in:

  • 1866 – “The Black Crook” opened in New York City. It was the first American burlesque show.
  • 1873 – The first practical typewriter was sold to customers.
  • 1878 – Patent litigation involving the Bell Telephone Company against Western Union Telegraph Company and Elisha Gray began. The issues were over various telephone patents.
  • 1914 – The first battle of Marne ended when the allied forces stopped the German offensive in France.
  • 1916 – Adelina and August Van Buren finished the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City on July 5, 1916.
  • 1922 – The Episcopal Church removed the word “Obey” from the bride’s section of wedding vows.
  • 1953 – Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
  • 1953 – Nikita Krushchev was elected as the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1954 – “Lassie” made its television debut on CBS.
  • 1974 – Violence occurred on the opening day of classes in Boston, MA, due opposition to court ordered school “busing.”
  • 1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie was taken out of power by Ethiopia’s military after ruling for 58 years.
  • 1979 – Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs.
  • 1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger became a United States citizen.
  • 1984 – Dwight Gooden (New York Mets) set a rookie strikeout record with his 251st strikeout of the season.
  • 1991 – The space shuttle Discovery took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth’s ozone layer.
  • 1992 – Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She was the payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. Also onboard were Mission Specialist N. Jan Davis and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Lee. They were the first married couple to fly together in space. And, Mamoru Mohri became the first Japanese person to fly into space.

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