Hug A Bear Day

November 7, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning animal lovers. Today is Monday, November 7th. Today’s holidays are:

Hug A Bear Day

Hug A Bear Day is a holiday that should not be interpreted literally. No matter how cuddly they may seem, bears are carnivorous. Before you go running willy-nilly through the forest in search of a bear to hug and wish “Happy Hug A Bear Day,” you should “bear’ in mind that, to a bear, every day is Maim and Devour A Human Day.
The ancient Egyptians are credited with making the first stuffed toys. Although no remains of stuffed toys have been discovered in Egypt, paintings on the tombs suggest they did have animal toys. Modern stuffed animals were first introduced in the 1830’s, but they were homemade using cloth and straw. In 1880, a Germany began manufacturing stuffed animals that closer resembled the cute toys we still purchase today. Stuffed animals were not popular in the United States until 1906, when President Theodore Roosevelt inspired the production of the first “Teddy Bear”.
And, of course, teddy bears are the actual focus of Hug A Bear Day. Teddy bears are not carnivorous as far as I know, and certainly, deserve to be hugged. They were your childhood friend and companion in the early stages of your life. If they’re lucky, they have been relegated to a plastic trash bag hidden somewhere in the nether regions of your current home. Find your old teddy bear, release him from his prison, and give him a hug. Then, instead of returning him to his plastic prison, recycle him to a new home with a child that will give him the attention he deserves.

Notary Public Day 

The first Notary Public Day was celebrated on November 7, 1975, and created to “recognize notaries for their public service and their contributions to national and international commerce.” This date was chosen as Notary Public Day in recognition of the date that America’s first notary, Thomas Fugill, was appointed as a notary by the Colony of New Haven on this date in 1639.
Transactions that are essential to the normal function of our everyday lives would not be possible without the skill and attention of a notary public. There are nearly 4.8 million notaries public in the United States, all of whom serve the common good as trusted public officials. Since ancient Roman times, notaries have recorded matters of judicial and commercial importance as well as private transactions when professional skill and integrity were needed.
Today’s notaries are indispensable to the free flow of commerce and to the many highly sensitive personal transactions that transpire in daily life. By properly executing their duties as impartial witnesses, notaries help deter fraud and promote the integrity and reliability of document transactions. They do this by positively confirming the document signer’s identity, and carefully assessing the signer’s comprehension, competence and willingness to sign.

Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed each year on November 7th and is sponsored by the National Confections Association.
Bittersweet chocolate is refined chocolate to which sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla have been added. It has less sugar and more chocolate liquor than semisweet chocolate, however, the two of them may be used interchangeably when baking.
Chocolate is a vegetable, made from cocoa beans and i has been shown in studies to have cardiovascular benefits when consumed moderately. Almonds help to lower cholesterol levels and contain vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. So, bittersweet chocolate with almonds is basically health food, right? You can’t argue with facts. Enjoy some bittersweet chocolate with almonds today.

Color the World Orange Day

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

On this date in

  • 1637 – Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in the American colonies, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for heresy.
  • 1665 – “The London Gazette” was first published.
  • 1811 – The Shawnee Indians of chief Tecumseh were defeated by William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Wabash (or (Tippecanoe).
  • 1837 – In Alton, IL, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy was shot to death by a mob (supporters of slavery) while trying to protect his printing shop from a third destruction.
  • 1874 – The Republican party  was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly.
  • 1876 – The cigarette manufacturing machine was patented by Albert H. Hook.
  • 1893 – The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.
  • 1895 – The last spike was driven into Canada’s first transcontinental railway.
  • 1914 – “New Republic” magazine was printed for the first time.
  • 1916 – Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
  • 1917 – Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place. The provisional government of Alexander Kerensky was overthrown by forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
  • 1918 – During World War I, a false report through the United Press announced that an armistice had been signed.
  • 1933 – Voters in Pennsylvania eliminated sports from Pennsylvania’s “Blue Laws.”
  • 1940 – The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm. The suspension bridge had opened to traffic on July 1, 1940.
  • 1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first person to win a fourth term as president.
  • 1963 – Elston Howard, of the New York Yankees, became the first black player to be named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
  • 1965 – The “Pillsbury Dough Boy” debuted in television commercials.
  • 1967 – Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor Cleveland, OH, becoming the first black mayor of a major city.
  • 1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • 1967 – The Selective Service Commission announced that college students arrested in anti-war demonstrations would lose their draft deferments.
  • 1973 – New Jersey became the first state to allow girls to play on Little League baseball teams.
  • 1973 – Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive’s power to wage war without congressional approval.
  • 1983 – A bomb exploded in the U.S. Capitol. No one was injured.
  • 1989 – L. Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American state governor in United States history.
  • 1989 – David Dinkins was elected and become New York City’s first African-American mayor.
  • 1989 – Richard Ramirez, convicted of California’s “Night Stalker” killings, was sentenced to death.
  • 1991 – Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS and that he was retiring from basketball.
  • 1991 – Pro- and anti-Communists rallies took place in Moscow on the 74th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
  • 1991 – Actor Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, pled no contest to charges of indecent exposure. Reubens had been arrested in Sarasota, FL, for exposing himself in a theater.
  • 1995 – In a Japanese courtroom, three United States military men admitted to the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl.
  • 1999 – Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments.
  • 2001 – The new .BIZ domain extension was officially launched.
  • 2001 – After a 16-month stoppage the Concorde resumed flying commercially.

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