Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning apple lovers. Today is Monday, September 26th. Today’s holidays are:

Johnny Appleseed Day

Johnny Appleseed Day honors Johnny Appleseed [who in fact was a real person named John Chapman who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on this date in 1774]. He was a nurseryman and preacher who, like many young men of the time, was fascinated by the “west”. The west, at the time, was Pennsylvania, Ohio,  Indiana, and Illinois. He became a living legend as traveled westward, planting apple trees along the way.
In 1792, at the age of 18, he began his exploration of the west. Contrary to legend, he did not just plant apple trees haphazardly as he traveled. Although he led a simple and austere life on his travels westward, his motivation for planting apple trees was not as altruistic as you might expect. During this time, in order to qualify as a “homestead”, a property had to have an amount of fruit trees (apple, pear, etc.) planted on it. He would settle in a spot for a while, preach the gospel and plant apple orchards. When he decided to move on, he would leave his orchards in the care of neighbors (who would then, in turn, sell the apple trees on shares to other new settlers moving west). This suggests that he would return to these places from time to time to collect his money, although he is reputed to have given much of his earnings from these orchards away to needy people in the area.
As the west grew, so did his legend. It is hard to decide which parts of his legend are fact, and which are exaggerations. He is known to have planted orchards in Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and possibly southern Michigan. He didn’t wear shoes, even in winter, and was considered to be eccentric, if not crazy, by many of the people he met in his travels. He really did wear a pot upside-down on his head; but not as a fashion statement, it was simply the most practical way to carry the pot. The exact date of his death is in dispute because it was never recorded, however, it is believed to be around 11 March 1845. The actual site of his grave is also in dispute, but it is assuredly somewhere around Fort Wayne Indiana.

Shamu the Whale Day

On this date in 1985, the first killer whale to be born and thrive in the care of humans was born at Sea World in Orlando, Fla and it is for this reason that we celebrate Shamu the Whale Day today.
Shamu is the name used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960’s. Although the original Shamu died in 1971, the name “Shamu” was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at various times when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks.  Sea World continues to use the name “Shamu” for their orca shows to this date.
Here are a few interesting orca facts:

1) Female orcas can live to 90 years. Male orcas can live to 60 years.
2)  Orcas can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
3)  On average, a killer whale eats 500 pounds a day.
4)  Killer whales imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin.

Batman Day

If you think that there aren’t enough holidays that celebrate fictional caped vigilantes, who dress up as nocturnal flying creatures and zip around Gotham City at night in a customized vehicle thwarting the nefarious schemes of villainous ne’er-do-wells – I offer you Batman Day.
Batman Day celebrates the anniversary of the character’s first ever appearance, in Detective Comics #27 back in 1939. Since those early comic book appearances, Batman has grown into one of the world’s most recognizable fictional characters and has been the focal point of television shows, animated cartoons, video games and Hollywood blockbusters.
To celebrate Batman Day, watch one of the many Batman movies, or better yet, if you can find them, watch a few episodes of the 1960’s Batman TV series. POW! ZONK! BLAM!

Love Note Day 

The practice of writing and sending love letters has a long and illustrious history. Famous romantics like Lord Byron and William Shakespeare penned sonnets and odes and inspired generations of young lovers to do the same.
A love note is any written expression of emotion addressed to a loved one. It can be short or long, formal or casual, poetry or prose. In Germany, love notes are delicately painted by hand on high-quality paper and are considered folk art.
Love Note Day is the perfect time to recognize the people that you love. Why not send a love note to your ‘special someone’ today to let them know just how much they mean to you?

National Better Breakfast Day

Nutritionists agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sadly, to most of us, breakfast is either greasy, fatty pork products with fried eggs, cold sugar-laden cereal with milk, or a cup of coffee and a piece or two of toast wolfed down as we rush out of the house. As the name implies, National Better Breakfast Day urges us to make a healthier breakfast a part of our daily routine.
Research shows a clear link between breakfast and school performance. Eating a balanced breakfast (a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) is linked with helping children concentrate and do well in school. The same holds true for the performance of adults in the workplace.
Cottage cheese mixed with fruit or peanut butter on an English muffin combined with a glass of milk has no frills, but will noticeably fuel your body and brain to get you through a busy day. Protein (yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, eggs) + carbohydrate (oatmeal, toast, cereal) + fat (already included in the foods you choose) are all essential for a balanced breakfast. This website offers you some good breakfast choices. Or, if you’re in a hurry, try one of these.

Now, with that said, I offer you the following holiday.

Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day

It may seem odd that a themed holiday is being combined with a food-related holiday, but in actuality, they are one in the same holiday.
Lumberjack Day was created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable. They were tired of other themed holidays, like “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, which we celebrated last week and decided that it was about time that lumberjacks got some recognition. Venable, herself a former lumberjack, admitted that the original idea for this holiday was conceived as an excuse to go out and eat pancakes and waffles with friends – and there is where the connection with pancakes begins.
Over the next few years, Lumberjack Day grew as more and more people began celebrating the holiday, getting dressed up in plaid and beards, carrying fake axes and throwing huge lumberjack themed parties.
In 2013 Lumberjack Day exploded and was redubbed National Pancake Day. It garnered recognition online in places like Food.com and Buzzfeed. Perkins Restaurants, and many smaller restaurants, even offered free pancakes on the newly created National Pancake Day. Since then Lumberjack Day/National Pancake Day celebrations have spread all across America.
Pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast for Lumberjacks, and most other Americans. Early settlers of this country ate pancakes because they could easily make them from the provisions they had on hand. The basic recipe for pancakes is simple: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. However, there are dozens of varieties of pancakes here in America, and countless more worldwide. Crepes, waffles, blintzes, Danish aebleskiver (round cakes made in a special pan) are all types of pancakes.
To celebrate this/these holiday(s), make some pancakes today — Plaid flannel shirts, beards, and fake axes are optional. If you really want to impress your family/friends, learn some lumberjack lingo to sprinkle into your breakfast conversation.
Author’s note: While some of my sources listed these holidays separately, they all made the correlation between the two.

European Day of Languages

Family Day

National Compliance Officer Day

National Dumpling Day

National Situational Awareness Day

On this date in

  • 1777 – Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1789 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the Supreme Court. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General, and Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.
  • 1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.
  • 1914 – The Federal Trade Commission was established.
  • 1918 – During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.
  • 1950 – United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.
  • 1955 – The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released about President Eisenhower’s heart attack.
  • 1960 – The first televised debate, between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, took place in Chicago, IL.
  • 1980 – The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.
  • 1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
  • 1984 – Britain and China initiated a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.
  • 1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.
  • 1991 – Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the “Biosphere II.” The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.
  • 1996 – Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. she set a time record for a United States astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.
  • 2000 – The House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.
  • 2001 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

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