One Hit Wonder

September 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning music lovers. Today is Sunday, September 25th. The holidays today are:

National One-Hit Wonder Day

A “one-hit wonder” is is a Top 40 phenomenon; the combination of artist and song that scores huge in the music industry with one single (Top 40 on Billboard Pop/Hot 100 chart), but is unable to repeat the achievement. The term usually refers to the artist, but can refer to the song as well, or both together.
One hit wonders have been around since Billboard Magazine started keeping track of record sales in the mid-1950’s. Many of these songs deserve to remain in the obscurity of the dustbin of musical archives. A few, however, have become timeless classics.
Taste in music varies from individual to individual, but in my humble opinion, one of the best “one hit wonders” of all time has to be, from 1968 — Classical Gas by Mason Williams. And, again in my humble opinion, one of the worst “one hit wonders” of all time has to be, from 1994; Macarena —by Los del Río. I won’t torture you by providing a link to that musical atrocity [and I use the word ‘musical’ here in it’s loosest possible context]. This link will provide you access to a list of all “one hit wonders” from 1955 to the 2010’s. What is your favorite, and least favorite, “one hit wonder”? How many “one hit wonders” are in your music collection? I must confess, my collection contains quite a few.

National Comic Book Day

Comic books, in one form or another, have been in existence for over 200 years. But, comic books in the format most of us identify as “comic books” today have only been around for about 80 years. In 1933, the first comic book appeared in America. It was a reprinted compilation of humor comic strips from newspapers titled “Famous Funnies”. That is, in fact, how they got their name.
Despite their name, comic books are not necessarily humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres. The real success of comic books didn’t begin until 1937 with the publication of Detective Comics. The issue of Superman in 1938 ushered in a whole genre of comic books, the action super-hero. Comics such as Batman and Spiderman soon followed. They were often serialized to keep the readers returning each week to buy more comic books.
Today, comic books are considered collectibles. Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, recently sold for 2.6 million dollars. It originally sold for 9¢ in newsstands at the time of its issue.
Here are a few more interesting facts about comic books:

1)  In 1946, comic book sales in the United States outsold traditional books.
2)  On July 20, 2006, the United States Postal Service released DC Comics Super Heroes. It was the first commemorative stamp pane honoring America’s legendary comic book Super Heroes.
3)  The world’s largest comic book collection belongs to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. It contains more than 6,000 titles, 100,000 issues, and grows by about 200 issues each month.

Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day  is celebrated on the last Sunday in September annually. It pays tribute to those who have lost their son or daughter while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.
A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving the United States Armed Forces. Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America. ~ President Barack Obama ~ September 23, 2011.
The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929 and obtained a federal charter from the United States Congress. It began in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the United States. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day and proclaimed annually by each president. In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the day to “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day”.

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the vital role our rivers play in the ecology of our planet and strives to increase public awareness and encourage the responsible stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in almost every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.
The United Nations launched the “Water for Life Decade” in 2005 to increase awareness of the need for better care of our limited water sources. The first World Rivers Day was established shortly afterward in response to an environmental proposal by internationally respected river advocate, Mark Angelo, who sponsored BC (British Columbia) River Day events beginning in 1980.

National Cooking Day

Cooked up by PotsandPans.com, National Cooking Day was created to celebrate the joys of home cooking. Home cooking is often taken for granted or deemed a time-consuming chore yet it is an important part of our daily lives.
Making food more flavorful and presentable is a challenge and National Cooking Day encourages us to exchange ideas and recipes with and one another to add variety to our daily menus. It also seeks to inspire those whose culinary skills are a bit lacking to become more ‘at home’ in the kitchen. Taking the time to learn how to cook a proper meal brings one a sense of accomplishment and allows you to express yourself through your meals. More often than not, cooking at home from scratch is cheaper than those boxed and instant meals, and certainly better than those take-out meals from the local pizza shop or Chinese restaurant.
National Cooking Day is about exemplifying the wonder of the home cooked meals and bringing them back into the ‘mainstream’ once again. So, to celebrate, make all of your meals today from scratch at home. Bon Appetité!

Crab Meat Newberg Day

Crab meat Newberg (often shortened to simply “Crab Newberg”) is a rich, creamy seafood dish made with lump crab meat, butter, cream, sherry, eggs, and spices. It is a variation of its more famous cousin, Lobster Newburg.
Crabs are found in all the world’s oceans and on land as well. They are divided into three types; freshwater, terrestrial, and semi-terrestrial. Crabs are prepared and eaten in many popular dishes such as crab cakes, bisques, and, of course, crab Newberg. Certain varieties like the soft-shell crab can be eaten whole.
Here is a recipe for Crab Meat Newberg if you are feeling adventurous and want to celebrate this holiday at home.

Daughter’s Day

International Ataxia Awareness Day 

National Tune-Up Day

National Research Administrator Day

Math Storytelling Day

National Food Service Employees Day

National Lobster Day

Binge Day 

Psychotherapy Day

 World Deaf Day

World Dream Day

World Pharmacists Day

On this date in

  • 1513 – The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1789 – The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of these amendments became the Bill of Rights.
  • 1847 – During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey Mexico.
  • 1882 – The first major league doubleheader was played.
  • 1890 – The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.
  • 1890 – Mormon President Wilford Woodruff issued a Manifesto in which the practice of polygamy was renounced.
  • 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, CO. The speaking tour was in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1956 – A transatlantic telephone cable system began operation between Newfoundland and Scotland.
  • 1957 – 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.
  • 1965 – Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 home runs in a single season ten years earlier.
  • 1973 – The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.
  • 1978 – Melissa Ludtke, a writer for “Sports Illustrated”, filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.
  • 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice. She had been nominated the previous July by President Ronald Reagan.
  • 1983 – A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.
  • 1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to impose an air embargo against Iraq. Cuba was the only dissenting vote.
  • 1992 – In Orlando, FL, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley. He had sought a divorce from his biological parents.
  • 1992 – The Mars Observer blasted off on a mission that cost $980 million. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.
  • 1997 – NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.
  • 2002 – U.S. forces landed in Ivory Coast to aid in the rescue foreigners trapped in a school by fighting between government troops and rebel troops. Rebels had attempted to take over the government on September 19.
  • 2012 – China launched its first aircraft carrier into service.

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