Air Force Birthday

September 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning military history fans. Today is Sunday, September 18th. Today’s holidays are:

Air Force Birthday

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the official founding of the United States Air Force as a separate branch of military service, however, the Air Force has existed considerably longer than that. Although the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent branch of the military, from the time that the U.S. Army bought their first airplane back in 1909 until 1947, there were military units dedicated to aircraft. Through their many incarnations; Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909), Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914), United States Army Air Service (1918), United States Army Air Corps (1926), and United States Army Air Forces (1941), these units played a vital role in military history.
WWII illustrated the value of airpower and air-superiority, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs.  In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy.
In the years since its creation, the USAF has proved the wisdom of that decision. The US Air Force emerged quickly and began to create its own history and heritage. In 1949, the flight of the “Lucky Lady II” demonstrated  the Air Force’s capability to fly, non-stop round the world, showing it could take off from the U.S. and drop bombs anywhere in the world. From 1950 to 1953, the USAF dominated the skies over Korea in the first completely “all-jet” aircraft conflict. In 1954, the B-52 Stratofortress was introduced to the inventory. It has been involved in every conflict since. In the early 1960’s, the USAF developed and deployed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM’s) as a major component of the aerial defense capability of the United States. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the USAF played a vital role in the Vietnam war. The 1970’s saw major advances in weaponry; the development of laser-guided bombs and TV-guided air to ground missiles. Air mobility took a major step forward with the introduction of the C-5 Galaxy in the Air Force Inventory.  Other aircraft systems  introduced in this decade were the F-15, A-10, AWACS, and F-16. In the 1980’s, stealth technology led to the development of the F-117 and the B-1 bomber. In the 1990’s, the Air Force underwent a major reorganization with the formation of Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air Force Material Command to meet the needs of the ever-changing needs of modern warfare. It played a major role in the swift defeat of the Iraqi military forces in the first Persian Gulf War, supported the war in the Balkans, and the US intervention  Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
Today, the USAF still leads the way in the development of tactics and technology. The Expeditionary Air Force concept was a major transition in how the Air Force employed forces. The Global War on Terrorism brought the USAF into “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. This has led to the development of unmanned drones used for reconnaissance, and now even specific tactical missions. Who knows what the future will bring?
Author’s Note: As many of you know, I served in the USAF for 20+ years and retired in 1987. I am proud to have played a role, no matter how small and insignificant, in the history of the USAF.

Chiropractic Founder’s Day

On this date in 1895, Daniel David Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment. Since then the debate as to the validity of  the chiropractic profession has raged on. You need to bear in mind that in 1895 the practice of medicine was still in its infancy, and not too far removed from the days when blood-letting was an accepted and commonly used form of treatment, and “snake oil” salesmen were rampant. Bactria was yet to be discovered, and antibiotics were not even imagined yet. With the rapid advances in medicine at the turn of the century came a propitiatory mindset among its practitioners. Any alternative form of treatment was looked upon with skepticism. Therefore, the medical and pharmaceutical industries regard the chiropractic profession as quackery, and chiropractors as little more than glorified massage therapists; without the “happy ending”. I don’t know of any health insurance companies that cover visits to the chiropractor.
With that said, some of my friends swear by their chiropractors and visit them regularly for periodic adjustments to their spine. With the rising costs of medical care, people are seeking other means of treatment. That is why there has been a rise in chiropractic, homeopathic, and other non-medical, non-invasive procedures. The upsurge in the popularity of acupuncture, massage, spiritual healing, nutrition, herbs, aromatherapy, music therapy, homeopathy, and naturopathy bear this out as well. The healthcare debate will rage on for a long time, but isn’t it time to refocus the debate to a patient-centered approach rather than the provider-centered model used currently?

Emmy Awards

Each year, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosts an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding achievements in television programming. It is one of the biggest red carpet events of the awards season, and an average of 13 million Americans tune in each year  to watch the show.
The inaugural Emmy Awards ceremony took place in 1949. The award given out at the ceremony is  referred to as an “Emmy” – a feminized version of the word “immy”, which refers to a piece of equipment used in TV cameras until the 1960’s. The Emmy statuette is a winged woman holding an atom in her outstretched arms, which symbolizes the collaboration between art and science.

Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day

Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day celebrates those anonymous and often unappreciated people who write the greeting cards that we send at all life’s most basic, personal moments. Whether everyday occasions or seasonal, their words convey the sentiments that most people are unwilling or unable to express themselves to someone dear. Whether humorous or nauseatingly sappy, greeting cards serve to enable you to express your feelings toward someone dear to you.

National Cheeseburger Day

According to my source, there are many stories about the creation of the cheeseburger. One theorizes that the cheeseburger was invented by a chef named Lionel Sternberger between 1924 and 1926. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger’s restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu. I am skeptical of this claim. Since cheese has been around since the middle ages, and the hamburger has been around since the 19th century, I find it difficult to believe that no one thought of combining the two before 1924. It simply defies logic.
Anyway, no matter when or by whom it was created, today cheeseburgers are a staple at restaurants and backyard gatherings. You know how to celebrate this holiday. Enjoy a delicious cheeseburger today.

Rice Krispies Treats Day 

The origins of Rice Krispies Treats Day are unknown, but Rice Krispies Treats themselves were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day at the Kellogg Company’s home economics department as a fundraiser for Camp Fire Girls. Rice Krispies Cereal was created by Clayton Rindlisbacher for the Kellogg company in 1927, and the company began marketing it in 1928.
Rice Krispies treats are easy to make at home, but if you are not so inclined, they are available in most supermarkets as well. Evoke some childhood memories and enjoy some as a treat today.

International Read an eBook Day

National Back to Church Sunday

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 

National Neighborhood Day

National Respect Day 

World Bamboo Day

World Water Monitoring Day 

On this date in:

  • 1709 – The creator of the first dictionary of the English language, Samuel Johnson, was born in England.
  • 1763 – It was reported, by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in the United States. The instrument was named the Spinet and was made by John Harris.
  • 1789 – Alexander Hamilton negotiated and secured the first loan for the United States. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was repaid on June 8, 1790, at the sum of $191,608.81.
  • 1793 – President George Washington laid the actual cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC.
  • 1830 – The “Tom Thumb”, the first locomotive built in America, raced a horse on a nine-mile course. The horse won when the locomotive had some mechanical difficulties.
  • 1850 – The Fugitive Slave Act was passed by Congress. The act allowed slave owners to claim slaves that had escaped into other states.
  • 1851 – The first issue of “The New York Times” was published.
  • 1891 – Harriet Maxwell Converse became the first white woman to ever be named the chief of an Indian tribe. The tribe was the Six Nations Tribe at Towanda Reservation in New York.
  • 1927 – Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System made its debut with its network broadcast over 16 radio stations. The name was later changed to CBS.
  • 1955 – The “Ed Sullivan Show” began on CBS-TV. The show had been known as “The Toast of the Town” since 1948.
  • 1981 – A museum honoring former President Gerald R. Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • 1984 – The 39th session of the U.N. General Assembly was opened with an appeal to the United States and the Soviet Union to resume arms negotiations.
  • 1991 – President George H.W. Bush said that he would send warplanes to escort U.N. helicopters that were searching for hidden Iraqi weapons if it became necessary.
  • 1994 – Haiti’s military leaders agreed to leave on October 15th. This action averted a United States-led invasion to force them out of power.
  • 1997 – Ted Turner, media magnate, announced that over the next ten years he would give $1 billion to the United Nations.
  • 1998 – The House Judiciary Committee voted to release the videotape of President Clinton’s grand jury testimony from August 17.
  • 1998 – The FDA approved a once-a-day easier-to-swallow medication for AIDS patients.

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