Black Cat Day

October 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ebony feline aficionados. Today is Thursday, October 27th. The holidays today are:

Black Cat Day

There are a number of feline-related holidays each year including at least one more related specifically to black cats. Halloween is nigh upon us, and black cats are still considered by some to be omens of bad luck or misfortune. In religion-centric cultures, people often fear anything remotely related to the pagan beliefs of their ancestors, and, along with many other superstitions, black cats somehow became associated witches and demons, and were thought to be the vessels they used to do their evil. Often, it was common practice to severely punish those who kept black cats as pets and even kill the animals themselves — Although these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, black cats are still often seen as mischievous or unlucky.
Interestingly, some cultures actually revered black cats. In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and therefore their arrival to a home or village was seen an omen of good luck. Cats in ancient Egypt, regardless of color, were highly regarded, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in golden jewelry and were allowed to eat right off their owners’ plates. The goddess of warfare was a woman with the head of a cat named Bastet.
Black cats seem to be the last ones chosen for adoption in animal shelters and too many are euthanized. That’s a shame because I speak from personal experience when I say that black cats make wonderful pets. If you don’t want to adopt a black cat today, making a small donation to your local animal shelter can help countless felines, and get you in good with the cats of this world…you know, just in case they really are the spawn of Satan.

Navy Day

Navy Day was established in 1922 by the Navy League of the United States. This date  was suggested by the Navy League to recognize Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day. In addition, October 27 was the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy. Initially, this holiday did receive national recognition by President Warren G. Harding, but national support waned after that. In the 1970’s, research determined that the birthday of the U.S. Continental Navy was actually October 13, 1775, and the celebration was moved to that date. This was never an official holiday, and it was last officially observed on October 27,1949.

National Potato Day

Last August, we celebrated Potato Day. I guess that since this Potato holiday has “National” in front of it, it’s a different holiday. Whatever! I like “spuds” of all types, prepared in a variety of ways, so I’m up for two “potato” holidays in one year anyway.
There are more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes worldwide. They can be classified into three main groups: waxy, floury, and all-purpose.
Waxy varieties include fingerlings, red jacket, new and white round potatoes. They have more moisture and less starch. The lower starch level enables them to hold their shape well during cooking.  When boiled, steamed or roasted, waxy potatoes come out firm and moist—the ideal consistency for potato salad.
Floury varieties include the iconic Idaho, russet, and russet Burbank (there are many varieties of russet potato)—russets are a variation bred to be harvested in the warmer months; Idahos are harvested in the cooler months. They are lower in moisture (drier) and high in starch. Due to their low sugar content, they tend to fall apart when boiled. Floury potatoes do not hold their shape well after cooking—think of the crumbly texture of a baked potato. That’s why floury/starchy potatoes are easier to mash. Also use them for deep-frying  (French fries, potato pancakes).
All-purpose varieties include Katahdin (named after the highest mountain in Maine), Kennebec (a leading chipping potato), purple Peruvian, yellow Finn and Yukon gold. They combine the characteristics of both waxy and floury potatoes, so can be used for any purpose.

American Beer Day

American Beer Day is observed annually on October 27th.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States. Over 2,500 breweries produce more than 6.5 billion gallons annually. American breweries range in size from large, well-known national brands, to regional beers, brewpubs, microbreweries, and increasingly popular craft breweries.
American beer is produced in a variety of styles, but the most popular is a pale lager. Other common styles include brown ale, IPA, porter, and stout. Fun fact: Americans drink more than 50 billion pints of beer each year — that’s 156 pints for every person (man, woman, and child) in America – enough to fill 1 out of every 25 residential in-ground pools in the United States.
More American Beer Factoids:

  • Prohibition in the early twentieth century caused nearly all American breweries to close.
  • After prohibition was repealed the industry had consolidated into a small number of large-scale breweries.
  • In 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.
  • The majority of the new breweries in the United States are small breweries and brewpubs, who, as members of the Brewers Association, are termed “craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.
  • The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.
  • Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980s, produce a range of styles.
  • Beer styles originating in the United States include American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

Boxer Shorts Day 

Cranky Co-Worker Day

Occupational Therapy Day

Sylvia Plath Day

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 

On this date in

  • 1659 – William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed in America.
  • 1787 – The first of the Federalist Papers were published in the New York Independent. The series of 85 essays, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, were published under the pen name “Publius.”
  • 1858 – Roland Macy opened Macy’s Department Store in New York City. It was Macy’s eighth business adventure, the other seven failed.
  • 1878 – The Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City was robbed of over $3,000,000. The robbery was credited to George “Western” Leslie even though there was not enough evidence to convict him, only two of his associates were convicted.
  • 1904 – The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.
  • 1925 – Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.
  • 1927 – The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.
  • 1938 – Du Pont announced “nylon” as the new name for its new synthetic yarn.
  • 1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14, 1954.
  • 1954 – The first Walt Disney television show “Disneyland” premiered on ABC.
  • 1962 – The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.
  • 1978 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
  • 1994 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.
  • 1997 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan.
  • 2002 – The Anaheim Angels won their first World Series. They beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the series.
  • 2002 – Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He achieved the record in his 193rd game. He also scored his 150th career touchdown.

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