Chaos Never Dies

November 9, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my chaotic friends. Today is Wednesday, November 9th. The holidays today are:

Chaos Never Dies Day

There are quite a number of holidays each year dedicated to stress relief, calmness and generally taking it easy. All of these are based on the premise that we are too busy and need to step away from it all for a little while. However, life isn’t like that – we’re all busy, all the time and nothing is ever simple, disorder is everywhere — hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores…the list is endless.
Chaos Never Dies Day posits that the perfect, quiet moment we’re all seeking doesn’t exist, and likely never will and that we should make the most of ‘now’, chaos-and-all, and seize the moment.
It recognizes the turmoil of modern, everyday life and that there is nothing that can be done about it. To celebrate Chaos Never Dies Day, recognize that chaos never dies — Rather, that chaos is the ‘norm’ and a way of life forevermore.

Go To An Art Museum Today Day

There are a number of museum/art related holidays every year, but there is no direct history behind this holiday that I could find. Nonetheless, it is listed as a holiday, so go out and visit a museum today. With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, might I suggest you visit a military history museum or a museum dedicated to war veterans?

Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht, aka “the Night of Broken Glass,” marks the anniversary of the date, in 1938, of a series of coordinated attacks on Jews and Jewish businesses by SA paramilitary forces and non-Jewish civilians throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. The attacks raged on all night and carried over into the next day (the 10th). This link will provide a more detailed account of the events than can I.

World Freedom Day 

In many parts of the world, freedom is something that is taken for granted—the freedom to choose any religion we want (or no religion at all), the freedom to be in a relationship with the person we love, the freedom to travel…the list goes on. Unfortunately, there are many, many places in the world where these freedoms are not available to most people. They live in fear of their government and are afraid to voice their dissent for fear of retribution.
World Freedom Day is celebrated on November 9th and is a federal observance commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. The day commemorates the end of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and was designated in 2001 by President George W. Bush. It was created to celebrate the reunification of loved ones separated by the Iron Curtain and differing ideologies, and ultimately serves to acknowledge that the resolve of the masses can shift boundaries, break unfavorable resolutions and ultimately determine the type of leadership they desire to live is a freer, more fair society.
To celebrate, relish the freedom that you have and try to imagine a life where you are not free. Not a pretty sight, is it?

National Scrapple Day

Scrapple, or pon haus, is similar in both composition and taste to British white pudding. Its name comes from the fact that it is composed of “scraps” of pork combined with cornmeal and spices. The mixture is formed into a mostly solid loaf, and then it is sliced and pan-fried before serving.
Scrapple is arguably the first pork food invented in America. It was created more than 200 years ago by Dutch colonists who settled near Philadelphia. Scrapple is typically eaten for breakfast, topped with syrup or ketchup. In some regions of the United States, it is mixed with scrambled eggs.
Although it comes from the same animal as pork chops, ham,  bacon, and sausage, scrapple is made from what remains after all of the rest of the edible parts of a pig have been used. I’ve tried scrapple before, and I can not, in good conscience, recommend that you try it. If you do, be sure that you have an unobstructed pathway to the nearest bathroom.

Benjamin Banneker Week

Microtia Awareness Day

On this date in:

  • 1872 – A fire destroyed about 800 buildings in Boston, MA.
  • 1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was the first foreign trip by a United States President.
  • 1911 – George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs.
  • 1918 – Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II announced he would abdicate. He then fled to the Netherlands.
  • 1923 – In Munich, the Beer Hall Putsch was crushed by German troops that were loyal to the democratic government. The event began the evening before when Adolf Hitler took control of a beer hall full of Bavarian government leaders at gunpoint.
  • 1935 – United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization (C.I.O.).
  • 1953 – The Supreme Court upheld a 1922 ruling that major league baseball did not come within the scope of federal antitrust laws.
  • 1961 – Major Robert White flew an X-15 rocket plane at a world record speed of 4,093 mph.
  • 1961 – The Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) eliminated its “Caucasians only” rule.
  • 1963 – In Japan, about 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion.
  • 1963 – In Japan, 160 people died in a train crash.
  • 1965 – The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
  • 1967 – A Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.
  • 1976 – The U.N. General Assembly approved ten resolutions condemning the apartheid government in South Africa.
  • 1979 – The United Nations Security Council unanimously called upon Iran to release all American hostages “without delay.” Militants, mostly students had taken 63 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4.
  • 1981 – U.S. troops began arriving in Egypt for a three-week Rapid Deployment Force exercise. Somalia, Sudan, and Oman were also involved in the operation.
  • 1981 – The International Monetary Fund approved a $5.8 billion loan to India. It was the highest I.M.F. loan to date.
  • 1982 – Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing. In 1984 Leonard came out of retirement to fight one more time before becoming a boxing commentator for NBC.
  • 1984 – A bronze statue titled “Three Servicemen,” by Frederick Hart, was unveiled at the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
  • 1989 – Communist East Germany opened its borders, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany.
  • 1990 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany.
  • 1992 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin, visiting London, appealed for assistance in rescheduling his country’s debt, and asked British businesses to invest.
  • 1997 – Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions) became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in nine straight seasons. In the same game, Sanders passed former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett for third place on the all-time rushing list.
  • 1998 – A federal judge in New York approved the richest antitrust settlement in United States history. A leading brokerage firm was ordered to pay $1.03 billion to investors who had sued over price-rigging of NASDAQ stocks.
  • 2004 – First Lady Laura Bush officially reopened Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to pedestrians.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

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