Computer Security Day

November 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of secure internet. Today is Wednesday, November 30th. The holidays today are:

Computer Security Day

I briefly touched on the subject of “cyber security” in my post on Cyber Monday a couple of days ago. If you are a shopper who prefers to shop online for the holidays rather than face the hordes of shoppers pushing and shoving their way through stores and malls across the nation, then it behooves you to ensure the safety of your online shopping experience.
Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to help raise awareness of computer related security issues. The goal is to remind people to protect their computers and information. This annual event is held around the world on November 30th although some organizations choose to have functions on the next business day if it falls on a weekend.
In 1988, the internet was in its infancy, but even then the need for security was becoming apparent. Hacking and computer viruses have been around since the early days of modern computing, evolving and becoming increasingly more sophisticated as technology advanced. More importantly, data stored on computers and servers became even more valuable to hackers – from big corporations to individual’s personal information.
If you haven’t already taken steps to ensure your computer’s security, I urge you to do so today. There are a few things that you can focus on  to ensure that your computer, your devices, and the data you have in the cloud are all secure.

  1. Create strong passwords and keep them updated regularly. — This reduces the chances of your personal data falling into the wrong hands. If you aren’t the sort of person who’s good at coming up with strong passwords (and let’s be honest, some of us aren’t), then there are a number of password managers which you can choose from to generate random passwords and save them so you don’t have to remember. One strategy is to mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols, as this can be harder to guess and difficult to hack – and passwords increase in difficulty the longer they are. Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem that everyone would think to do this, because “123456” and “password” have remained the two most popular passwords for years now. And don’t use the same password over and over for every online account you have – this ensures that if someone manages to get into one of your accounts, then they can gain access to all of your accounts. Bad idea. So make strong passwords, don’t recycle them, and update them regularly.
  2. Update all of your spyware and malware protection software.  — Any good anti-virus program will not only protect your computer from viruses, it should already include the software needed to make your computer secure and safe for online shopping as well. There are a number of products available from which to choose, and no matter which one you choose, it will be well worth the investment. Follow up with thorough scans, and you should have a more secure computer or device as an end result. While you may be aware that computers require such protection, you should also remember that your other devices such as tablets and smartphones are also vulnerable to malware and spyware – so take the necessary measures to keep them secure. And if you still have a computer running the outdated Windows XP or Vista, you should be aware that this creates huge security vulnerabilities for you. So upgrade your OS or your device. For the rest of us with more contemporary operating systems, it’s still important to install the regular security updates in order to stay safe.
  3. Encrypt all of your files and backing them up. — Your device should give you the option to encrypt all of your files (this is typically found in the settings), and then it’s your choice whether to go for a physical device such as an external hard drive or USB drive or for any of the numerous online cloud storage options. Many of these offer encrypted storage, and while Google’s Drive is probably the best-known, it’s far from the only player in the field. And most of the cloud storage options are free up to a certain limit.

National Package Protection Day

Going hand in hand with Computer Security Day, National Package Protection Day encourages homeowners to stay alert and protect their homes against package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holidays. National Package Protection Day is celebrated on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving.
With the advent of the big shopping days right after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there became a need for a day that raises awareness of package theft and helps homeowners protect themselves against thieves. The internet has made it easier to find deals and to have packages shipped directly to our homes. But this has also made it easier for thieves to snatch our deliveries right from our doorsteps.
There are steps that you can take to prevent package theft.

  1. If you can’t be at home  during the delivery company’s inflexible delivery window, make arrangements with a trusted neighbor to pick up your package after it is delivered.
  2. Call the delivery company to reschedule your delivery at a time more convenient to you.
  3. Make arrangements to pick up your package directly from the delivery company.

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day  

On this date in 2006, the Department of Justice sponsored the first National Methamphetamine Awareness Day to generate awareness about the damaging effects of ‘meth’ abuse on individuals, families and American communities. Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important role in highlighting the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.
Each year since, the Department of Justice joins with state Attorneys General and state and local law enforcement to discuss the broader impact that meth production and use are having on our communities. Across the nation, U.S. Attorneys, along with state and local leaders, will coordinate a variety of educational events targeting their specific communities.  National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention but also to educate current users about the programs available to them.

National Mousse Day

The word mousse in French means foam. A mousse is typically made with whipped egg whites or cream. Its consistency can vary from light and airy to thick and creamy.
Whether sweet or savory, a mousse can complement any meal. From a smokey salmon mousse as the first course to a tart lemon or creamy chocolate mousse for dessert, there is virtually no limit to the flavors we can incorporate into a mousse.

Cities for Life Day  

National Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day  

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting


Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (aka Women’s Wednesday)

On this date in

  • 1782 – The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1803 – Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.
  • 1804 – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the Senate.
  • 1838 – Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico declared war on France.
  • 1853 – During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope.
  • 1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.
  • 1897 – Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
  • 1936 – London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.
  • 1939 – The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland.
  • 1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married.
  • 1949 – Chinese Communists captured Chungking.
  • 1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house.
  • 1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape.
  • 1962 – U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
  • 1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
  • 1967 – Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.
  • 1971 – ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.
  • 1981 – The United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
  • 1986 – “Time” magazine published an interview with President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a “national hero.”
  • 1989 – Alfred Herrhausen was killed in a bombing. The Red Army Faction claimed responsibility for killing Herrhausen the chairman of West Germany’s largest bank.
  • 1989 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.
  • 1993 – U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
  • 1993 – Richard Allen Davis was arrested by authorities in California. Davis confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
  • 1995 – President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
  • 2001 – In Seattle, WA, Gary Leon Ridgeway was arrested for four of the Green River serial killings. He was pled innocent on December 18, 2001.

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Allemande Left

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

Good morning Square Dancers. Today is Tuesday, November 29th. The holidays today are:

National Square Dance Day

Square dancing is a form of folk dancing that has its roots in traditional English, Irish, and Scottish folk dance. Square dances were first documented in 17th century England . They came to North America right along with the European settlers, where they were modified and improved over the years. The Western American square dance is perhaps the most famous type of square dance worldwide; in fact, the square dance is the official dance of 19 American states.
Square dancing is mainly associated with a romanticized image of the Old West, and cowboys wooing Southern belles during dances organized at saloons to celebrate various occasions. The dance is accompanied by jolly, lively music on guitars, fiddles, accordions and bagpipes. The dances normally form patterns of lines, circles and, as the name suggests, squares, with couples – male/female, female/female or male/male – taking a turn in every role. As it evolved in the America, a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step. The dancers are prompted through the square dance choreography to the beat of the music. Sometimes, this so-called “caller” is one of the dancers, but more commonly the “caller” is found on the stage with the band. Interest in square dancing, which had waned during the World Wars, experienced a revival in New York City in the 195o’s during the American folk music revival.
Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speak to its health benefits for people of all ages.
The origin of National Square Dance Day is unknown. If you don’t already know how to Square Dance, perhaps Square Dance Day is the day to learn. “Do Sa Do” everybody.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. After the crass commercialism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the season of giving.
The tradition of charitable giving during the holidays began thousands of years ago. Today, it continues to be an important part of many cultures and religions around the world and has been a long-standing tradition in America since its creation.
Giving Tuesday was created when two organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012, about a month before that year’s Thanksgiving. Their intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving. Social media played a big part in spreading the word about Giving Tuesday quickly. The first announcement about Giving Tuesday was made through Mashable, a technology website. The first Giving Tuesday was covered extensively by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Deseret News, and the White House official blog, causing the scheme to gain an enormous amount of popularity in a short period of time. Giving Tuesday is organized and celebrated each year with the simple aim of encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses, and other organizations to give to the less fortunate.
There is no shortage of ways to celebrate Giving Day. Secret Santa programs, donating money, and volunteering your time are just a few.

Customer is Wrong Day  

If you work in retail, Customer is Wrong Day could turn out to be a dangerous holiday, because if you make it too apparent to the customer, you may be hunting for a new job tomorrow – celebrate it at your own risk!
Sure, you may receive some instant gratification to be sure, but, unless you are ready to make a career change, I recommend that you weigh the risks and the benefits before you begin your mantra of “The Customer is Always Wrong”!!!

National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Cream pies, in general, are among America’s favorite desserts. Chocolate, banana, strawberry, and coconut are traditional favorites. Lemon Cream Pie is a tart, but sweet dessert usually made with a lemon custard and topped with [often lemon flavored] whipped cream.
Alas, Lemon Creme Pie is often overshadowed by its cousin Lemon Meringue Pie. Many people incorrectly use the terms ‘creme’ and ‘meringue’ interchangeably, as this anecdote illustrates.

In my travels as an over-the-road truck driver, I seldom ordered dessert, but on this occasion, I was craving a piece of chocolate creme pie, so I ordered a slice. The waitress brought me a piece chocolate pie topped with meringue. I said that I ordered chocolate creme pie, not chocolate meringue pie. The waitress then actually said to me: “Creme, meringue, what’s the difference?” I said: “I don’t know. What’s the difference between a cow and a chicken?” I told her take it back and bring me my check.

Anyway, I digress. Treat yourself to a slice of tasty and refreshing lemon creme pie today.

Electronic Greeting Card Day

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On this date in

  • 1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.
  • 1890 – Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.
  • 1929 – The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.
  • 1939 – The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.
  • 1947 – The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
  • 1961 – The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.
  • 1963 – A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada’s history.
  • 1963 – President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • 1967 – Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced that he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
  • 1971 – The Professional Golf Championship was held at Walt Disney World for the first time.
  • 1974 – In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.
  • 1975 – Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.
  • 1981 – Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, CA, at the age 43.
  • 1982 – The U.N. General Assembly voted that the Soviet Union should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
  • 1987 – A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard.
  • 1988 – The Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.
  • 1989 – In Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party’s 40-year monopoly on power.
  • 1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
  • 1991 – Seventeen people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5.
  • 1994 – The House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
  • 1996 – A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
  • 1998 – Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.
  • 2004 – The French government announced plans to build the Louvre II in northern France. The 236,808 square foot museum was the planned home for 500-600 works from the Louvre’s reserves.
  • 2004 – Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Cyber Monday

November 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning cyber shoppers.Today is Monday, November 28th. The holidays today are:

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is the third side of the ‘retail triangle’ designed to separate you from your hard-earned dollars at the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It is the online counterpart to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Celebrated on the Monday after Thanksgiving, this popular online shopping day was first created in 2005 by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term Cyber Monday was coined by Ellen Davis, the Senior Vice President of the National Retail Federation.
Just like their brick and mortar cousins on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, online retailers hope to realize a spike in sales on Cyber Monday. Sales on the first Cyber Monday were about $450 million dollars, but as Cyber Monday caught on, sales increased. In 2006, sales were up 25% to a little over $600 million, and by 2010, sales topped $1 billion dollars for the first time. The latest sales figures, for 2015, showed that shoppers spent $2.28 billion dollars on this holiday. In 2015, online shoppers spent an average of $124.00 per person for Cyber Monday – with 46% of people using credit cards, 43% using debit cards with the rest using online pay services such as PayPal. Social media has also ramped up the advertising opportunities, bringing even more potential shoppers to retailers’ on-line stores. Cyber Monday shopping is expected to be up again this year with a predicted $3-billion in sales.
As technology emerges, so do the ways people do their online shopping. Purchases using mobile devices have increased significantly, adding to the convenience of Cyber Monday. No longer do you have to be strapped to your PC or Mac in order to make an on-line purchase. Last year, 41.2% of all Cyber Monday transactions were done on a smartphone or tablet.
But, what the heck are these people spending their money on? The most popular on-line purchases on Cyber Monday tend to be tech items…especially wearable technology and the traditional small appliances, clothing, gift cards and digital media.
I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you about cyber security. While you are doing your online shopping, make sure that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your personal information. Buy only from reputable online retailers that you trust. It’s not a good deal if someone steals your credit card information, or worse yet, your identity.

Red Planet Day

Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28,1964. The 228-day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965. It honors our closest celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system. In the 8 months that it was on its mission, the Mariner 4 became the first spacecraft to successfully fly by Mars. It also gave the world the first close-up images of Mars. Since then several exploratory missions have been sent to Mars to gather data about the planet.
Today, 5 spacecraft orbit Mars and 2 spacecraft – the Curiosity Rover and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity – are on the planet’s surface. All 7 send an incredible amount of data about the planet back to astronomers on Earth.
Mars is similar to Earth in many ways – it has the same rotational period and seasonal cycles – Mars has 2 moons, Deimos and Phobos, and has the largest volcano, Olympus Mons, in the Solar System. Because of its similarity to Earth, many astronomers and scientists believe that at some point in its history Mars may have been a hospitable planet for life. Exploration of Mars has been high on the agenda of the space programs of many countries. NASA, the American space agency has estimated that it could send humans to the Red Planet by the 2030’s.
The planet Mars is referred to as the “Red Planet” because it appears red when viewed from Earth. Scientists speculate that it gets its red hue from the high amount of iron oxide (rust) on its surface.
On Red Planet Day, take a few minutes to look upwards into the sky, and gaze at our neighbor. Hopefully, you will have a cloudless night sky for viewing. You can also recognize this holiday by reading up about Mars and viewing pictures of it. There are plenty of pictures online.
Because of its proximity to Earth, there is much debate about whether or not life ever existed on mars. Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny’s nemesis in a number Warner Brother’s cartoons, weighs in on the ‘yes’ side of the argument – and will “scrooch” you if you disagree.
Below are some interesting facts about Mars.

  • Mars is the fourth Planet from the Sun.
  • Mars gets it’s name from the Greek word “Ares”, the God of War
  • Mars is often visible to the naked eye in the night sky.
  •  The distance of Mars from the Sun averages 136,764,000 miles.
  • Mars’ rotation around the Sun takes 687 Earth days.
  • Mars’ rotation period: 1.026 Earth days.
  • Mars’ gravity is 1/3 that of Earth.
  • Mars is the 7th largest planet, about 1/10th the mass of Earth.
  • Mars’  temperature range is -207 to +81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mar’s atmosphere is nothing like the Earth’s. It’s thin and composed mostly of carbon dioxide.
  • A man who weighed 100 pounds on Earth would weigh only 38 pounds on Mars because of the difference in gravity.

Make Your Own Head Day

Well, this holiday makes no sense to me. I think whoever created this holiday was prematurely dipping into the holiday eggnog. From what I gather from my sources, you are supposed to make a piece of art in your own image.
Aside from the literal translation, this holiday could also be interpreted to mean that you should make up your own mind, take some time for self-reflection, or just be yourself. Stop trying to wear someone else’s hat if it doesn’t fit. Or, perhaps this holiday is about your perception of yourself; in other words, how you see yourself as compared to what others see. I just don’t know. There was an interesting video on YouTube a while ago where a forensic artist drew a picture of a group of women according to the way they described themselves, then drew another picture of that person according to the way another person described them. The artist was behind a curtain and couldn’t see the subject. The results were surprising.

It’s Letter Writing Day

The first skywriting occurred on this date in 1922. Captain Cyril Turner, British Royal Air Force ace pilot, flies into position over New York City, spelling out “HELLO USA CALL VANDERBILT 7200” in plumes of white smoke. Over 47,000 people call. The telephone number is that of the Vanderbilt Hotel, where George Hill, president of the American Tobacco Company, is sitting with skywriting pioneer and RAF pilot John Savage. So convinced is Mr. Hill by this exhibition that he lets Savage use such skywriting advertisements to promote Lucky Strike Cigarettes and the first widespread commercial use of skywriting is born.
It’s Letter Writing Day urges you to take a more conventional approach to communication and use the cursive alphabet that your teachers so painstakingly tried to teach you in Elementary School. Write some letters to your friends and distant family today. They’ll be glad to hear from you. [You can also use It’s Letter Writing Day to compose that epic tome that you include in your Christmas cards updating your friends and family on the happenings in your life over the last year…since your last Christmas card].

National French Toast Day

French Toast is the perfect way to start your day. The basic recipe for French Toast is bread, milk, eggs, vanilla, and some sugar and cinnamon, and then topped with delicious maple syrup, but many variations of this classic breakfast can be found around the world.
The origin of French Toast is unknown, but recipes date back to the sixteenth century in Europe and although we tend to call it French Toast, the dish didn’t originate in France. Some ancient Latin recipes from the 4th-century mention soaking bread in milk before frying What we in America know as French Toast has many other names depending on where you are from, including – eggy bread, German toast, and Bombay toast – but they all start with the same basic ingredients in mentioned above. Prior to the Hundred Years War, French toast was known in England as “poor knight’s pudding” because it was a simple and inexpensive dish that a knight with no money could afford. In France, it was called “pan perdu” or lost bread, because it was a way of using lost or stale bread.
Regardless of what you call it, treat your family to some French Toast for breakfast this morning.

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

It has been five days since Thanksgiving and it’s time to either finish off your leftovers or throw them out. It only takes a few days for leftover food to go bad. Bacteria can grow in any food that needs refrigerating when left at room temperature for longer than two hours, so, after a couple of days of heating and cooling and heating and cooling your leftovers, it’s best to throw after a few days to avoid the risk of food-bourne illness.

On this date in

  • 1520 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.
  • 1919 – American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament
  • 1925 – The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.
  • 1934 – Notorious bank robber George “Baby Face” Nelson was killed by FBI agents near Barrington, IL.
  • 1942 – A fire destroyed the Coconut Grove in Boston. 491 people died in that fire.
  • 1943 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran to map out strategy concerning World War II.
  • 1953 – New York City began 11 days without newspapers due to a strike of photoengravers.
  • 1958 – The African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.
  • 1963 – President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.
  • 1977 – Larry Bird was introduced as “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon” with a cover story in Sports Illustrated.
  • 1978 – The Iranian government banned religious marches.
  • 1979 – An Air New Zealand DC-10 flying to the South Pole crashed in Antarctica killing all 257 people aboard.
  • 1983 – The space shuttle Columbia took off with the STS-9 Spacelab in its cargo bay.
  • 1985 – The Irish Senate approved the Anglo-Irish accord concerning Northern Ireland.
  • 1987 – A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean. All 159 people aboard were killed.
  • 1989 – Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.
  • 1990 – Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain.
  • 1992 – In Bosnia-Herzegovina, 137 tons of food and supplies were to be delivered to the isolated town of Srebrenica.
  • 1992 – In King William’s Town, South Africa, black militant gunmen attacked a country club killing four people and injuring 20.
  • 1994 – Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted serial killer, was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
  • 1994 – Norwegian voters rejected European Union membership.
  • 1995 – President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
  • 2010 – WikiLeaks released to the public more than 250,000 United States diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked “secret” or “confidential.”

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Pins and Needles Day

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

Good morning my anticipatory friends. Today is Sunday, November 27th. The holidays today are:

Pins and Needles Day

The actual meaning of this holiday has been obscured by time. The origin of Pins and Needles Day dates back to the labor movement in the 1930’s. The pro-labor Broadway musical Pins and Needles, opened on this date in 1937, at the Labor Stage Theater in New York City. This play was written by Harold Rome. It was produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. Union members made up the cast. It ran for 1108 performances, once holding the record for longevity.
As the popularity of the play waned, WWII broke out. The focus of Pins and Needles Day then shifted from the literal meaning of the pins and needles used in the sewing trade to mean that tingly pins and needles feeling people get when they are anticipating something – like awaiting the return of their loved ones from the war.
Today, the focus has shifted once again. These days it means something akin to children being on “pins and needles” anxiously awaiting the arrival of jolly ole’ St. Nick on Christmas Eve. So now you have options. No matter which version of Pins and Needles Day you choose to celebrate, you will be correct.

Turtle Adoption Day

Turtle Adoption Day does not encourage you to dash out and purchase a turtle. In fact, the exact opposite is true. This holiday serves to inform you that turtles are not the easiest pets to raise. They require a lot of care and have particular dietary needs according to their species. All turtles start out small. They are hatched from eggs. However, they grow rapidly and will soon outgrow that little terrarium you got from the pet store when you bought your cute little turtle. The turtles that you buy in pet stores are actually babies. This article explains the do’s and don’t’s of having turtles as pets better than can I. If you are contemplating buying a turtle for your children or grandchildren, I suggest that you read it first.

National Craft Jerky Day

National Craft Jerky Day awakens the taste buds and ignites the opinions of jerky fans the world over by focusing on artisanal creators of this dehydrated, seasoned meat and snack. The Long Beach Jerky Co. founded National Craft Jerky Day to honor all the small batch jerky makers and it was approved by the Registrar at the National Day Calendar in 2016.
In a world sedated by mass produced “jerky,” National Craft Jerky Day honors those who stubbornly refuse to give into the hype and insist on making their own jerky. For many, making jerky is a family tradition – created from recipes passed down through generations from a time when making jerky was a necessity in order to survive.
Quality meat and small batch production is the foundation for making your own jerky at home. Creative and unique recipes are the product of your environment. You use whatever meat or game most readily available to you – be it beef, pork, venison, bird or buffalo. The spices and wood used are what makes you own jerky recipe unique.
I know that unless you already have some of your homemade jerky on hand, you won’t be able to enjoy your own craft jerky today. But, you can celebrate this holiday today by starting a batch of jerky today. If you don’t already have a time-tested family recipe, there are myriad recipes available online.

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Bavarian cream pie is a delicious, chilled dessert made with a cooked egg custard layered with whipped cream and toppings in a pie shell. Cream, custard, and pudding pies have been around since the Middle Ages. After the technological advances in cornstarch extraction in the 1900’s, instant pudding and custard mix helped popularize these kinds of desserts even further. Enjoy some for dessert tonight.


Advent Sunday

On this date in

  • 1701 – Anders Celsius was born in Sweden. He was the inventor of the Celsius thermometer.
  • 1779 – The College of Pennsylvania became the University of Pennsylvania. It was the first legally recognized university in America.
  • 1889 – Curtis P. Brady was issued the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park in New York City.
  • 1901 – The Army War College was established in Washington, DC.
  • 1910 – New York’s Pennsylvania Station opened.
  • 1951 – Hosea Richardson became the first black horse racing jockey to be licensed in Florida.
  • 1963 – President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.
  • 1970 – Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was attacked at the Manila airport by a Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
  • 1973 – The Senate voted to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew.
  • 1978 – San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by Dan White, a former supervisor.
  • 1980 – Dave Williams (Chicago Bears) became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for a touchdown in overtime.
  • 1985 – The British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord giving Dublin a consulting role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.
  • 1987 – French hostages Jean-Louis Normandin and Roger Auque were set free by their pro-Iranian captors in West Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 1989 – 107 people were killed when a bomb destroyed a Colombian jetliner minutes after the plane had taken off from Bogota’s international airport. Police blamed the incident on drug traffickers.
  • 1991 – The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that led the way for the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Yugoslavia.
  • 1992 – In Venezuela, rebel forces tried but failed to overthrow President Carlos Andres Perez for the second time in ten months.

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Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning community-minded bargain hunters. Today is Saturday, November 26th. Today’s holidays are:

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.
The first Small Business Saturday was conceived of and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it, in turn, gave to its small merchant account holders, and gave rebates to new customers to promote the event. They publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. Over 40 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign. It generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday. The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #ThrowbackThursday or #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses. Additionally, some small business owners have run marketing specials on the November Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot traffic or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.
Celebrating this holiday is easy. Simply avoid shopping in those corporate giant box stores and shop at businesses owned and operated by local merchants.

International Aura Awareness Day 

Created in 2002, International Aura Awareness Day has been celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in November since.
An aura is a quality or energy emanating from a person or thing. While every one of us has an aura, few people give much thought to them. Auras have been recognized for millennia to exist in all living things.
It’s been said that true beauty comes from within, but until recently there’s been no official day for honoring and acknowledging that special inner light we each have. Our aura has been recognized and artistically portrayed for millennia. The aura surrounds each and every one of us and changes according to our health, mood, and character. Dark or damaged auras can be an early warning indicator of myriad physical, emotional, and psychological problems. The human energy body, or aura, surrounds each and every one of us and changes according to our health, mood, and character. International Aura Awareness Day contends that you can both feel and see auras with practice relatively quickly and learn how to energize and repair your aura through visualization and meditation.
Depending on the beliefs of your religion, your aura might manifest itself differently. Hindu and Buddhist scholars link the colors that symbolize our auras to Kundalini energy and chakras. In the Christian and Islamic faiths,it is believed that auras are the halos around the heads of the holy – or the concept of a “body of light”.  British occultist W.E. Butler connected auras with clairvoyance, and he too believed that auras serve as a visual measure of the state of the health of the physical body.
With all that said, I have yet to see my aura…or anyone else’s for that matter. You’ll convince me of their existence only when you can show me one.

Good Grief Day

Good Grief Day has nothing to do with the stages of grief. Instead, it has everything to do with a little boy in a yellow shirt who never, ever, manages to kick the football. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and all the Peanuts characters, was born on this day in 1922. He passed away in 2000, and November 26, 2016, would have been his 94th birthday. Good Grief Day celebrates Mr. Schulz and the whole Peanuts gang.

National Cake Day

Cake is one of the world’s favorite desserts. The cake we know and love today evolved from early leavened breads which were sweetened with honey, fruit, and nuts. The word “cake” comes from the Old Norse word, “kaka,” meaning a baked flour confection.
The ancient Egyptians were the world’s first great bakers, with large-scale bakeries that produced unleavened breads and cakes, first baked on hot stones. They were the first to discover how to use wild (natural) yeast to make those flatbreads and cakes rise. Cakes are round because they descended from ancient breads—round loaves of dough placed on hearthstones to bake.
Fast-forward a few millennia to the 18th century. This was around the time when the technique of whipping eggs to make cakes rise was discovered. While it required many hours of beating, it heralded the dawn of modern baking. By the 1840’s, baking soda had been invented, followed by baking powder in the 1860’s. As ovens with regulated temperatures became available, and sugar became affordable to everyone, more people were able to bake, resulting in more creativity in recipe development; the modern cake as we know it began to take shape in the mid-19th century.
Even though sugar originated in Asia, cakes as we now know them—flour, eggs, butter and sugar baked to a sweet, fluffy deliciousness—are a Western evolution. There are thousands of different types of cakes in the world today; each culture has its own specialties, most of which we have never seen, or even heard about.
Whether you prefer vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, pineapple-upside-down, or one of the myriad other varieties, have a slice of your favorite cake today to celebrate this decadent holiday.

On this date in

  • 1716 – The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, MA.
  • 1789 – President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
  • 1825 – The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
  • 1832 – Public streetcar service began in New York City.
  • 1867 – J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
  • 1917 – The National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.
  • 1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
  • 1940 – The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.
  • 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November.
  • 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.
  • 1942 – The motion picture “Casablanca” had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.
  • 1943 – The HMS Rohna became the first ship to be sunk by a guided missile. The German missile attack led to the death of 1,015 U.S. troops.
  • 1949 – India’s Constituent Assembly adopted the country’s constitution The country became a republic within the British Commonwealth two months later.
  • 1950 – China entered the Korean conflict forcing UN forces to retreat.
  • 1965 – France became the third country to enter space when it launched its first satellite the Diamant-A.
  • 1973 – Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she was responsible for the 18-1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Woods was U.S. President Nixon’s personal secretary.
  • 1975 – Lynette”Squeaky” Fromme was found guilty by a federal jury in Sacramento, CA, for trying to assassinate U.S. President Ford on September 5.
  • 1979 – The International Olympic Committee voted to re-admit China after a 21-year absence.
  • 1983 – A Brinks Mat Ltd. vault at London’s Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $40 million. Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered and only two men were convicted in the heist.
  • 1985 – The rights to Richard Nixon’s autobiography were acquired by Random House for $3,000,000.
  • 1986 – President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff after the Iran-Contra affair.
  • 1988 – The United States denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.
  • 1992 – The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income. She also took her children off the public payroll.
  • 1995 – Two men set fire to a subway token booth in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The clerk inside was fatally burned.
  • 1998 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech to the Irish Parliament. It was a first time event for a British Prime Minister.
  • 1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000.
  • 2003 – The U.N. atomic agency adopted a resolution that censured Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that it would be policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda.

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