Miniature Golf Day

September 21, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning miniature linksters. Today is Wednesday, September 21st. The holidays today are:

Miniature Golf Day

Last May, we celebrated National Miniature Golf Day and I went into some detail about the origins of miniature golf in Scotland. This Miniature Golf Day is apparently a separate holiday, but with the same goal – to promote miniature golf.
The earlier versions of miniature golf in Scotland fell into a few broad categories, including the “pitch and putt,” the “regulation par-3,” and the “executive.” All used a short driver along with a putter and kept the same design of the larger courses: sand traps, hills, ponds, and trees.
When miniature golf moved to America, the short driver was eliminated and just the putter was used. This meant that the sand traps, trees, and ponds also went away. The first standardized miniature golf course in America was the Thistle Dhu (“This’ll Do”) course which opened in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1916, and the miniature golf craze began. These early courses didn’t have any of the obstacles with which we are familiar today, just rolls, banks, and curves, with an occasional pipe thrown in for good measure. Courses sprouted up all across America in the next decade, but the Great Depression brought it to a halt in the 1930’s, and by the end of the decade, nearly all minigolf courses in the United States were closed and/or demolished.
After WWII, miniature golf saw a resurgence. These post-war miniature golf courses featured the landscaping of the pre-depression courses, but also added some of the obstacles, like windmills, castles, and wishing wells that we know and love/hate today. To this day, no one knows for sure why the obstacles were added.
These days, there are miniature golf courses all over the world, but nowhere is it more popular than here in America. Miniature golf can be enjoyed by all ages and genders and it is a great way to spend some quality time with family and/or friends – so celebrate Miniature Golf Day by playing a round (or two) today.

International Red Panda Day

If you are a regular reader of this BLOG, you have probably come to expect that whenever there is an “International Day” for an animal it is probably because it is endangered or on the verge  of extinction, and International Red Panda Day won’t disappoint you. With the decline in their habitat, International Red Panda Day hopes to encourage people to learn about these adorable creatures and help save the habitat in which they live.
Red Pandas are native to the Eastern Himalayas and spend most of their lives in trees and even sleep in them. When foraging, they are mostly nocturnal but also forage in the gloomy hours of dusk and dawn. These rust-colored fox-like creatures are experiencing a loss of nesting trees and bamboo,which is causing a decline in their overall population. With less than 10,000 in the wild greater effort is needed every year to help these little ‘firefoxes’ survive. Red pandas typically only grow to the size of a house cat, though their big, bushy tails add 18 inches to their size. Red pandas have a taste for bamboo but, unlike their larger relatives, they eat many other foods as well—fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. Like giant pandas, they have an extended wrist bone that functions almost like a thumb and greatly aids their grip when climbing.

World Alzheimer’s Day 

Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. World Alzheimer’s Day endeavors to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.  With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical  than ever. Currently, about 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.

National Pecan Cookie Day

National Pecan Cookie Day is celebrated in America each year on September 21st.
Pecans are an excellent source of protein, unsaturated fats, and healthy antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol. Pecan trees are native to the southern United States and are the only nut-tree native to America, Pecan trees are a member of the hickory family and are in the same family as walnuts.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of pecan in the world, and what better way to enjoy some pecans than in a cookie. Pecan cookies can be enjoyed any time of day. Whether you prefer butter pecan, caramel pecan, orange pecan, or maple pecan cookies, enjoy a delicious treat today in honor of National Pecan Cookie Day. Make a batch of pecan cookies at home, or buy some at your local supermarket today.

International Banana Festival

International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Day of Peace 

National Farm Safety Day for Kids

National School Backpack Awareness Day

Pause the World Day

World Gratitude Day 

On this date in

  • 1792 – The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
  • 1784 – “The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser” was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
  • 1893 – Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline-powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
  • 1897 – The New York Sun ran the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.
  • 1931 – Britain went off the gold standard.
  • 1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published.
  • 1949 – Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China.
  • 1957 – “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
  • 1961 – Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.
  • 1966 – The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
  • 1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.
  • 1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
  • 1981 – The Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
  • 1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
  • 1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
  • 1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

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