National Mole Day

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

Good morning mole mavens. Today is Sunday, October 23rd. The holidays today are:

National Mole Day  

National Mole Day does not celebrate “mole”, the annoying, unsightly burrowing rodent; nor does it celebrate “mole”, the annoying, unsightly, potentially cancerous skin growth. It also does not celebrate “mole”, that traitorous weasel that rats you out to your boss for every minor infraction of company policy; nor does it celebrate “mole”, the informant embedded deep within a criminal organization or foreign government. It does not celebrate “mole”, the seawall built in the ocean to protect a harbor. And finally, it does not celebrate “mole” (pronounced mo-le), the Mexican sauce made with chilies and chocolate and served over meat.
What National Mole Day does celebrate is “mole”, the chemistry term. National Mole Day was created as a way to nurture children’s interest in chemistry, and is celebrated by schools throughout the country. It was first conceived in an article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980’s.
In chemistry, a “mole” is: “The amount of a substance that contains as many atoms, molecules, ions, or other elementary units as the number of atoms in 12 grams of carbon 12.” The number is 6.0225 × 1023, measured in grams, (hence the celebration on October 23 [10/23] from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM). It was discovered by Italian chemist Amedeo Avogadro (1776 – 1856) and is known as Avogadro’s number  It is also called a gram molecule. For example, carbon dioxide, CO2, has a molecular weight of 44; therefore, one mole of it weighs 44 grams.
Frankly, I have no idea what any of that means, however, if you are a chemistry buff I’m sure you understand it thoroughly and will be able to devise an appropriate way to celebrate National Mole Day on your own.

Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day

In America, and especially in California, we look forward to the return of the swallows to Capistrano every March 19th, as a sign that Spring is nigh upon us. However, before the swallows return to Capistrano, they must first leave Capistrano. Historically, October 23rd is the date on which that happens. But, where do they go? Well, it seems that their winter vacation destination of choice is 6,000 miles south; in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. I wonder if Goyaites celebrate the return of the swallows to their city with as much excitement as we celebrate their return to Mission San Juan Capistrano?

TV Talk Show Host Day

Talk Show Host Day  is celebrated on the birth date of legendary night-time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson is considered the “King of late night Television”. He hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. His reign lasted a record 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. There were 4,531 episodes aired.
While this holiday is celebrated on Johnny Carson’s birth date, it is intended to show appreciation to all Television talk show hosts; daytime and nighttime. Celebrate this holiday by watching as many TV talk shows as you can today.

National iPod Day  

It seems hard to believe that it was a mere 15 years ago, on this date in 2001, that the first incarnation of the iPod was unveiled. The iPod revolutionized  the portable music industry. In a device that would fit in the palm of your hand, you could have at your fingertips, and playback, every song in your music library: And the storage capacity has increased with every subsequent version. My iPod is about ten years old now and contains about 6500 of my favorite songs…and I am using a small fraction of its capacity.

National Boston Cream Pie Day

A French chef named Sanzian invented Boston cream pie in 1856. He worked at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, which is also where the Parker House roll originated. Although it is called a pie, Boston cream pie is actually a cake. It consists of two round layers of sponge cake with a thick vanilla custard filling. It is usually frosted with a chocolate glaze but it can also be topped with confectioners sugar. The dessert is served in wedges just like a pie.
In 1996, Boston cream pie became the official dessert of Massachusetts in a bill sponsored by Norton High School. Boston Cream Pie defeated fellow contenders, Indian Pudding and Toll House cookies, to become the state’s official dessert.  Enjoy some for dessert today.

National Mother-in-Law Day – Fourth Sunday in October.

On this date in

  • 1864 – During the Civil War, Union forces led by Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederate forces in Missouri that were under Gen. Stirling Price.
  • 1910 – Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States.
  • 1915 – The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA.
  • 1915 – Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City, NY.
  • 1929 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged starting the stock-market crash that began the Great Depression.
  • 1930 – J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN.
  • 1946 – The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time.
  • 1956 – Hungarian citizens began an uprising against Soviet occupation. On November 4, 1956, Soviet forces enter Hungary and eventually suppress the uprising.
  • 1956 – NBC broadcast the first videotape recording. The tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the United States.
  • 1958 – Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing “Dr. Zhivago”.
  • 1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. naval “quarantine” of Cuba was approved by the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).
  • 1962 – The Navy reconnaissance squadron VFP-62 began overflights of Cuba under the code name “Blue Moon.”
  • 1971 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and seat Communist China.
  • 1973 – President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over the subpoenaed tapes concerning the Watergate affair.
  • 1978 – China and Japan formally ended four decades of hostility when they exchanged treaty ratifications.
  • 1980 – The resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.
  • 1989 – Hungary became an independent republic, after 33 years of Soviet rule.
  • 1992 – Japanese Emperor Akihito became the first Japanese emperor to stand on Chinese soil.
  • 1993 – Joe Carter (Toronto Blue Jays) became only the second player to end the World Series with a home run.
  • 1995 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President Bill Clinton agree to a joint peacekeeping effort in the war-torn Bosnia.
  • 1998 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a breakthrough in a land-for-peace West Bank accord.
  • 1998 – Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.

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