Old Farmers Day

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

Good morning agronomists. Today is Wednesday, Oct 12th. The holidays today are:

Old Farmers Day

Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. It does not refer to the chronological age of the person doing the farming. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land here in America. A farmers’ work is long and hard. It certainly doesn’t make a person rich. It has its good years and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.
These days, huge corporate farms and co-ops are rapidly replacing the “family farms” of yore. This holiday salutes those stalwart individuals who still farm the old-fashioned way, and are willing to endure the hardships of competing with these huge corporate giants.

Emergency Nurses Day

Emergency Nurses Day is promoted and sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association and originated in Australia in 1989. It is now an international celebration, intended to honor the hard work and dedication of emergency room nurses all around the world.
Emergency room nurses emergency nurses warrant special appreciation because they are the first people we see when we have an accident or a medical emergency. They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain and discomfort. Nursing, in general, requires a special level of compassion and nurses working in hospital emergency wards face many difficulties during their working life, yet still, return every day to provide crucial care for those who need it the most.

Pet Obesity Awareness Day

As humans, many of us obsess about our weight, and right or wrong, the weight of others. We often take drastic measures, such as ‘fad diets’, and endure strenuous exercise programs to keep our weight under control. But what about Fido and Fluffy? Our pets can suffer greatly as a result of obesity as well. Obesity adversely affects their health and interferes with their daily activities in the same way it does us.
According to a 2015 survey, 53.8% of dogs were overweight or obese with 20.2% falling into the obese category. The statistics for cats are even worse with 58.2% being overweight or obese with 28.1% falling into the obese category.
Pet Obesity Awareness Day strives to raise awareness about pet obesity and promote healthier diets for our pets. To celebrate this holiday, consult with your veterinarian to determine if your pet is overweight or obese for their size/breed. They will help you decide upon the proper course of action, such as changing your pet’s diet and/or establishing an exercise program to keep you pet happy and healthy.

Columbus Day (traditional).

Columbus Day (traditional) celebrates the actual date on which Christopher Columbus actually discovered America (the West Indies) according to ship’s records. It is no longer an official holiday. Since 1970, Columbus Day is officially celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Day of the Six Billion 

Day of the Six Billion marks the date, in 1999, then the world population reached six billion. World population milestones, such as reaching particular population counts, have gone unnoticed until the 20th century because there were no reliable data on global population dynamics. It is estimated that the world population reached one billion around 1820, two billion in 1930, three billion in 1959, four billion in 1974. According to census bureau statistics, the world population reached five billion on July 11, 1987. According to Population Division of the United Nations, the world population reached seven billion on October 31, 2011. Projections say that the population of the world will reach eight billion in 2027, and nine billion by 2046.

Universal Music Day

Music is the ultimate form of communication and expression. Universal Music Day encourages people to express themselves through music; either by the songs they choose to listen to or by creating music of their own. Music is a huge part of our cultures, societies, psychology and everyday life. Use this day to enjoy music in all of its varied forms, and to share your favorite music with friends, colleagues and family.

National Gumbo Day

Gumbo is a Creole soup from Louisiana, thickened with okra pods. “Gumbo” is an African word for okra and it is thought Okra came to America via the African slave trade and was introduced to the white population by African cooks. Gumbo is an amalgamation of many cultures. Elements of the recipe can be linked to West African, Choctaw, and French cuisine. As a result, there are many variations of gumbo and to this day chefs argue over the true recipe.
The first historical reference to gumbo appears in an 1803 document, which describes the menu at a gubernatorial reception in New Orleans.

Cookbook Launch Day

Free Thought Day

International Top Spinning Day

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work (and School) Day

National Fossil Day

National Stop Bullying Day – Second Wednesday in October.

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Today

World Arthritis Day

On this date in

  • 1792 – The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
  • 1810 – Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest.
  • 1892 – In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus’ landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
  • 1915 – Former President Theodore Roosevelt criticized United States citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities.
  • 1915 – British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium during World War I.
  • 1920 – Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.
  • 1933 – John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, OH. The sheriff was killed by his gang as they helped Dillinger escape.
  • 1933 – The Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the United States Army.
  • 1950 – The Kefauver Crime Commission convened in New York to investigate interstate organized crime.
  • 1960 – Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev pounded a shoe on his desk during a dispute at a U.N. General Assembly.
  • 1972 – During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured.
  • 1984 – An attempt on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s life was unsuccessful, but did take the lives of five people. The bomb had been planted by the I.R.A.
  • 1988 – Federal prosecutors announced that the Sundstrand Corp. would pay $115 million dollars to settle with the Pentagon for over billing airplane parts over a five-year period.
  • 1989 – The House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag.
  • 1994 – The Magellan space probe ended its four-year mission to Venus for mapping purposes.
  • 1998 – The House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.
  • 2000 – In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, experienced a large explosion while refueling. The explosion was the result of a terrorist attack using a small boat. 17 crew members were killed and at least 39 were injured.
  • 2000 – In Denver, CO, the United States District Court denied Timothy McVeigh’s request for a new trial.
  • 2001 – A special episode of America’s Most Wanted was aired that focused on 22 wanted terrorists. The show was specifically requested by President George W. Bush.
  • 2001 – A car bomb exploded in Madrid, Spain, that injured 17 people. Basque separatists claimed responsibility.
  • 2002 – In Bali, Indonesia, over 180 people were killed and over 300 were injured when a bomb was detonated in a nightclub district.

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