A Checkered Past

September 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of dogs in politics. Today is Friday, September 23rd. Today’s holidays are:The first two holidays today are

Checkers Day and Dogs In Politics Day

These two holidays are listed separately in some of my sources, and together as one holiday in others, so I’ll just combine them here.
Oddly enough, Checkers Day does not refer to the popular board game. Instead, Checkers Day refers to a speech given by [then Vice Presidential candidate] Richard Nixon on this date in 1952.  Media speculation centered around an $18,000 campaign contribution and speculation that Nixon may have used some of it for his personal use.  In a brilliant political maneuver, Nixon took his case to the American people. Nixon gave a speech that directly addressed and explained the issue. He assured the public that he did not use any of the funds for personal use. Towards the end of the speech, he stated that his daughters had received a dog, which they named “Checkers”, as a gift. He said they would keep the dog. The “Checkers speech” was a political triumph and the public responded with overwhelming support.
Some consider Dogs In Politics Day to be just a synonym for Checkers Day and little is known about its origins. With that said, there are instances of dogs holding political office in America [and I’m not referring to those ‘braindead mongrels’ that we elect to represent us]. For 10 years, from 1981 to 1990, the Mayor of Sunol, CA was a black Labrador-Rottweiler mix named Bosco; and the small town of Rabbit Hash, KY recently had a black Lab named Junior Cochran as mayor, so I guess that Dogs In Politics Day could be considered an independent holiday. Either way, they are both celebrated today, so you can decide whether to celebrate them separately, collectively, or not celebrate them at all.

Innergize Day

Innergize Day is celebrated each year on the day after the Autumnal Equinox because, like the changing of the seasons, you need time to readjust to the changes to come.
Innergize Day is a holiday to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Focus on your personal well-being and take a break from meeting the omnipresent demands from your family and friends. Do things that you enjoy and that make you feel good about yourself. Let stress and worry fade away for the day. Take a long bath, read a good book, take a leisurely hike and enjoy the pastoral surroundings of nature. Let your mind wander and don’t worry about anything.

Great American Pot Pie Day
Great American Pot Pie Day celebrates an American creation that has been around for decades to warm us from the inside out, the Pot Pie.
Pot pies are baked savory pies typically with both a bottom and a flaky top crust and are the American answer to British meat pies. In America, the fillings vary but are typically beef, chicken, or turkey, with a gravy and vegetables. In some regions of the country, seafood is also a popular base for pot pies. Vegetables like potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas are among the most popular ingredients along with the meat.
Great American Pot Pie Day  was created in 2002 by Marie Callender’s, a licensed brand of ConAgra Foods. That year, they made a donation for each of their pot pies that were sold during the holiday’s date. Originally, it was intended that this holiday would be celebrated on the first day of Fall, which in 2002 just happened to fall on September 23rd. However, it seems the September 23rd date for this holiday caught on, as references going back as early as 2007 quote this holiday’s date as September 23rd.
Whether you choose to buy a frozen store-bought pot pie from your local supermarket, have one at your favorite comfort-food restaurant, or make one from scratch at home, enjoy a pot pie today to celebrate Great American Pot Pie Day. Your taste buds will be forever grateful.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day 

Hug A Vegetarian Day 

National Snack Stick Day

Native American Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day

On this date in

  • 1642 – The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.
  • 1779 – John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying “I have not yet begun to fight!”
  • 1780 – John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British.
  • 1806 – The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended its trip to the Pacific Northwest.
  • 1838 – Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the United States Presidency.
  • 1845 – The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.
  • 1846 – Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.
  • 1912 – “Keystone Comedy” by Mack Sennett was released.
  • 1930 – Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier.
  • 1951 – The first transcontinental telecast was received on the west coast. The show “Crusade for Freedom” was broadcast by CBS-TV from New York.
  • 1952 – The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Marciano-Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities.
  • 1957 – Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.
  • 1973 – Overthrown Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to power. He had been overthrown in 1955. His wife, Eva Duarte, was the subject of the musical “Evita.”
  • 1986 – Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the “intelligence level” of America.
  • 1990 – Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.
  • 1991 – United Nations weapons inspectors found documents detailing Iraq’s secret nuclear weapons program. The find in Baghdad triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.
  • 1993 – The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.
  • 1993 – Blacks were allowed a role in the South African government after a parliamentary vote.
  • 1999 – A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had bruises but no broken limbs from the fall onto a rocky ledge.

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