International Internet Day

October 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning  internet users. Today is Saturday, October 29th. The holidays today are:

International Internet Day

We’ve been duped. All throughout the 1990’s we were led to believe that Al Gore “invented” the internet. Shockingly, International Internet Day proves that Mr. Gore’s claims were false. In actuality, it was Leonard Kleinrock, Charley Kline, and Bill Duvall who were the key players in the first Internet connection. While working on the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), (a network funded by the Defense Department that connected four independent  terminals installed at UCLA, Stanford, the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Utah), Charley Kline attempted to send “login” information from UCLA to Bill Duvall at Stanford. It almost worked, too. Kleinrock attempted to send the word “login”, and he managed to send ”L” and “O” before the connection between the terminals crashed. Still, the characters “L” and “O” were the first bits of data ever sent over the first long-distance computer network. Under the supervision of UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, Kline was able to send the complete “Login” message about an hour later – And the Internet was born. Since 2005, International Internet Day has celebrated this first electronic message sent from one computer to another on this date in 1969 (just a few months after Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon).
The internet is defined as a remote connection between computers. While the internet may not  have been possible without a million other monumental inventions that came before it, it’s hard to find any other invention that has had such a monumental impact on mankind.  Although not as famous as Neil Armstrong, these pioneers paved the way for the existence of the internet as we know it today, as well as future advances in internet technology.
So, as you are “surfing the web” today, raise your Starbucks mug in a salute to good ole Lenny, Charley, and Bill – for without them, you might not be able to read this Blog, post pictures of your lunch, or watch all of those “cute kitty” videos on YouTube.

National Cat Day

And speaking of cats, today is also National Cat Day. National Cat Day is an official holiday adopted by the Animal Miracle Foundation and the A.S.P.C.A. and was created by pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige. Since its inception in 2005, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats. The mission of this holiday is to encourage people to adopt cats from shelters rather than buy them from pet stores supplied by kitten mills. Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated, but they offer unconditional love and companionship. Studies have shown that owning a cat can lower blood pressure and they have also been known to alert their owner of danger.
Cats are one of the most beloved human companions of all time. They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful, but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most popular house pet in the United States.

National Hermit Day  

National Hermit Day is a holiday created for those of us who believe that socialization is overrated. A hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society and the word ‘hermit’ comes from the Latin ĕrēmīta, meaning “of the desert”. October 29th is the day St. Colman died in Ireland in 632 A.D. and it is believed that National Hermit Day honors the date of his death. He had a seven-year hermitage in the Burren Forest in a cave.
Admit it, no matter how extroverted you are, there are times when all you want to do is climb into bed with a good book and shut out the rest of the world.
To celebrate this holiday, turn off your TV and your computer, turn off your smart phone, call for pizza or Chinese food delivery, take the night off and enjoy your own company – without any interruptions from the outside world.

National Oatmeal Day  

Oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of day. It is both filling and low in calories, which makes it the perfect breakfast or snack. Now for the bad news. If you are eating those Instant oatmeal packets that come in different flavors you are not eating as healthy as you may think. They’re full of sugar, and many of the nutrients have been stripped in the processing. Plain rolled oat flakes should be your oatmeal of choice. Oats are a whole grain; a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oats are a good source of many nutrients, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, vitamin E and zinc, and are a good source of protein. Oatmeal can lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the risk for cancer, and is low in fat.
Oatmeal is a versatile food. Aside from a hot breakfast cereal, oatmeal has many other uses. It can be used in savory as well as sweet recipes; oatmeal cookies immediately come to mind. Have you tried using oatmeal as a filler in your meatloaf instead of bread or cracker crumbs? Do a little research online and you will find myriad other uses for oatmeal.

Factoids:

  • The Quaker Oats “Quaker Man” is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America. The Quaker Oats company registered him as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877. The character purposely embodies the values of the Quaker faith—honesty, integrity, and purity.
  • Vermont leads the United States in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal.
  • Some favorite oatmeal toppings include brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, nuts, and granola.

Hug A Sheep Day

National Forgiveness Day

World Psoriasis Day 

World Stroke Day

On this date in

  • 1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.
  • 1652 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed itself to be an independent commonwealth.
  • 1682 – William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA. He was the founder of Pennsylvania.
  • 1863 – The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.
  • 1901 – Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley, was electrocuted.
  • 1929 – America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.
  • 1940 – The first peacetime military draft began in the United States.
  • 1945 – The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbel’s Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each.
  • 1956 – Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal Crisis.
  • 1959 – General Mills became the first corporation to use closed-circuit television.
  • 1960 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) won his first professional fight.
  • 1966 – The National Organization for Women was founded.
  • 1969 – The Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation.
  • 1973 – O.J. Simpson, of the Buffalo Bills, set two NFL records. He carried the ball 39 times and he ran 157 yards putting him over 1,000 yards during the seventh game of the season.
  • 1974 – President Gerald Ford signed a new law forbidding discrimination in credit applications on the basis of sex or marital status
  • 1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to hold Saddam Hussein’s regime liable for human rights abuses and war damages during its occupation of Kuwait.
  • 1991 – The Galileo spacecraft became the first to visit an asteroid (Gaspra).
  • 1991 – Trade sanctions were imposed on Haiti by the United States to pressure the new leaders to restore the ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
  • 1992 – Depo-Provera, a contraceptive, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • 1995 – Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL’s career leader in receiving yards with 14,040 yards.
  • 2001 – KTLA broadcasted the first coast to coast HDTV network telecast.

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