Nationale Deutsch-Amerikanischen Tag

October 6, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Guten morgen meine Deutsch-Amerikanischen freunde. Heute ist Donnerstag, 6. OKTOBER. Die Feiertage heute sind:

National German-American Day

National German-American Day has been observed since the 19th century and honors the contributions of German immigrants to the culture and history of the United States. It is celebrated on the date in 1683 when 13 Mennonite families disembarked near Philadelphia, PA, from Krefeld Germany. These families later founded Germantown, PA. This holiday is celebrated by all those who are culturally German from all parts of Europe. It had a boost in popularity when President Ronald Reagan became the first President to proclaim National German-American Day a holiday in 1987.
Just as everyone is “Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be of German lineage to celebrate National German-American Day. Why not plan a German-centric meal tonight with a variety of different German sausages, sauerkraut, and hot German potato salad – Make it the “wurst” dinner of your life. (Oh come on, don’t groan, you were probably thinking the same thing yourself. Somebody had to say it). National German-American Day, coincidently or not, also happens to fall during Oktoberfest nearly every year so you have twice the reason to celebrate. Don’t forget the beer*.
* Please drink responsibly.

Mad Hatter Day

The Mad Hatter is a famous character in Lewis Caroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  and this holiday is all about embracing his absurdity. The date for Mad Hatter Day was chosen from the illustrations by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, wherein the Mad Hatter is always seen wearing a hat bearing a slip of paper with the notation “In this style 10/6”. Some astute observers note that the paper in the Mad Hatter’s Hat was really an order to make a hat in the style shown, to cost ten shillings sixpence. However, it is well-known that Time Is Money, and therefore Money Is Time, and therefore 10/6 may as well be the sixth of October.
In 1986, a group of computer technicians in Boulder, Colorado celebrated the first Mad Hatter Day. They designated the holiday as a day of silliness and year after year it has grown in popularity. To celebrate Mad Hatter Day, embrace your zanier side so don’t be afraid of acting erratically or irrationally. Mad Hatter Day also happens to fall around six months after April Fools’ Day, the first silly holiday of the year, it is OK to play a few harmless, impish pranks on people – just don’t hurt anyone.

National Noodle Day

The main difference between pasta and noodles (yes, there is a difference), aside from their shape, is that  in addition to flour and water, noodles by definition must also contain eggs or egg yolks. The word noodle comes from the German word “nudel” meaning paste with egg. In America, the term refers to egg noodles as well as Asian forms of pasta. Noodles can be made of wheat,  rice, soybean, potato, or other flours; whereas Italian pasta is always made from durum wheat flour.
Celebrate National Noodle Day by enjoying some noodles today.

Garlic Lovers Day

Garlic is neither an herb, a spice, nor a vegetable. It is in a class by itself. Like its close cousins onions and shallots, garlic is a member of the lily family. Although it is seldom served as a stand-alone dish, garlic is an integral ingredient and seasoning in every cuisine worldwide –  Asian, European, African, Latin American and North American.
Garlic grows underground in the form of a bulb, from which long green shoots emerge from the top while its roots extend downward. The garlic bulb is covered in a papery skin which is inedible. The bulb, or head, is in turn composed of individual sections called cloves. The cloves are themselves enclosed in the same paper like skin, and the pale yellowish flesh within is the part of the garlic that is used in cooking. Because of its powerful, pungent flavor when eaten raw, garlic is normally cooked in some way, which mellows the flavor significantly. There is no end to the uses of garlic in the culinary arts. Even the green shoots of the garlic plant can be eaten and have a garlicky flavor, though much less potent than in the cloves themselves.
Garlic is said to have certain health benefits. It is an ancient traditional medicine that has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties and it is also said to boost the immune system.  You can even buy garlic capsules in the pharmacy aisle if you don’t think you are getting enough garlic in your regular diet.

Come and Take It Day 

National Physician’s Assistant Day   

National Poetry Day

On this date in

  • 1847 – “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London.
  • 1848 – The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The steamboat service arrived on February 28, 1849. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
  • 1866 – The Reno Brothers pulled the first train robbery in America near Seymour, IN. The got away with $10,000.
  • 1880 – The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.
  • 1884 – The Naval War College was established in Newport, RI.
  • 1889 – In Paris, the Moulin Rouge opened its doors to the public for the first time.
  • 1889 – The Kinescope was exhibited by Thomas Edison. He had patented the moving picture machine in 1887.
  • 1890 – Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church.
  • 1927 – “The Jazz Singer” opened in New York starring Al Jolson. The film was based on the short story “The Day of Atonement” by Sampson Raphaelson.
  • 1939 – Adolf Hitler denied any intention to wage war against Britain and France in an address to Reichstag.
  • 1949 – President Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. The act provided $1.3 billion in the form of military aid to NATO countries.
  • 1954 – E.L. Lyon became the first male nurse for the United States Army.
  • 1961 – President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
  • 1973 – Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territory that had been lost in the third Arab-Israel war. Support for Israel led to a devastating oil embargo against many nations including the United States and Great Britain on October 17, 1973. The war lasted 2 weeks.
  • 1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.
  • 1992 – Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the United States presidential race.

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