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October 24, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning 9 – 5ers. Today is Monday, October 24th. Today’s holidays are:

40-Hour Work Week Day

40-Hour Work Week Day celebrates the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 which went into effect on this date in 1938. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 also established a minimum wage and outlawed child labor.
The 40-hour work week was nothing new. Ford Motor Company implemented a 40-hour work week for its factory workers a dozen years before this Act went into effect. Manufacturers all over the country, and the world realized that shortening a worker’s hours actually increased productivity and garnered company loyalty, and soon followed Ford’s lead, and the Monday-to-Friday workweek became standard practice for many. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 simply codified into law what smart businessmen were already doing.

National Crazy Day  

Many of us act a bit crazy at times…some more than others. We all know that one person who marches to the beat of a different drum and National Crazy Day is your opportunity to march right along with them. National Crazy Day was established to allow everyone to have just one day set aside each year to act as crazy as they want. Do what you want to do (within the bounds of the law, that is), wear what you want to wear, be a free spirit. Don’t let societal norms dictate your behavior.
In celebration of National Crazy Day, I will endeavor to alter my behavior accordingly. The rest of you can just be yourselves.

National Bologna Day  

Bologna is a sausage derived from and somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna. United States government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and without visible pieces of lard. Bologna can alternatively be made from chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein…or any combination thereof.
Bologna is a lunchtime favorite for sandwich lovers across the country. Although this American sausage is spelled bologna, it is commonly pronounced “baloney.” In some parts of the country, it is also called “jumbo.” Bologna is cooked and smoked with a wonderful bouquet of spices that add to its delicious flavor. There are many variations of bologna including German bologna and Kosher bologna.
Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually. To celebrate this holiday, enjoy a bologna sandwich (or two) today. Don’t worry, this is one day of the year when it is perfectly OK to be “full of bologna”.

Good and Plenty Day

Good and Plenty’s chief claim to fame is that it’s considered by food historians to be the first brand-named candy in the United States, according to the Encyclopedia of junk food and fast food. The Quaker Oats Company introduced the licorice pastilles in 1893 and trademarked the name in 1928. A thin candy coating protects the overwhelming mix of anise and molasses flavors inside the capsule-shaped confection. Good and Plenty is now part of Hershey Company.

Food Day  
Shemini Atzeret
Take Back Your Time Day
United Nations Day 
World Development Information Day
World Polio Day 

On this date in

  • 1537 – Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward. Prince Edward became King Edward VI.
  • 1632 – Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.
  • 1648 – The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.
  • 1788 – Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote the poem “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”
  • 1795 – The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
  • 1836 – Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.
  • 1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln.
  • 1901 – Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.
  • 1929 – In the United States, investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day became known as “Black Thursday.”
  • 1931 – The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.
  • 1939 – Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.
  • 1945 – The United Nations was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.
  • 1945 – Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.
  • 1948 – The term “cold war” was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.
  • 1949 – The cornerstone for the United Nations Headquarters was laid in New York City.
  • 1960 – All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.
  • 1962 – During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.
  • 1989 – Reverend Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. In 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison.
  • 1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.
  • 1997 – In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he’d bitten during a sexual encounter.
  • 1999 – An Israeli court sentenced American teenager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.
  • 2001 – The House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person’s telephone conversation and track people’s use of the Internet.
  • 2001 – NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.
  • 2003 – In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

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