Chicken Soup for the Soul

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

Good morning New Age soup lovers. Today is Saturday, November 12, 2013. Today’s holidays are:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day:

Although it is not substantiated by scientific data, chicken soup has long been touted as a cure-all for many common physical maladies. Feeling “under the weather”? Have some chicken soup. Any benefit from eating chicken soup is purely psychological — There is something about eating a steamy bowl of chicken soup (preferably home-made rather than that toxic, sodium and preservative laced poison that comes in a can), that makes you feel all “warm and fuzzy” inside. But, what about the non-physical things that ail you? That brings us to the point of this holiday.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day pays tribute to the inspirational stories within the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. It is a commercial holiday created by the authors of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, co-authored by Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, and published in June of 1993. According to the book series creators, this day was created to celebrate “who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!” These books have been popular for over 20 years, selling more than 110 million copies in the United States and Canada. Some of their accolades include:

  • In 2008, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” became the best-selling trade paperback series in the history of publishing.
  • In 2007, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was named one of the top five most memorable and impactful books of the past quarter century by USA Today.
  • In 1999 the authors were included in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for “Most Books on the New York Times Best-Seller List at One Time.”

Their inspirational series has allowed ordinary people to share their extraordinary stories with the world. Celebrate today by sharing your experiences with others, reflecting on the past year, or reading a book from the series – perhaps over a warm bowl of homemade chicken soup.

Happy Hour Day:

Back when I drank, my philosophy was; “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”  It’s not difficult to imagine how “Happy Hour” got its name, but where and when did Happy Hour get its start?
In the 1920’s, the scheduled on-ship entertainment for our Navy was referred to as Happy Hour – with “Happy” in this context meaning slightly drunk. From there it became the name for drinking illegal alcohol before dinner during Prohibition. When the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act were passed banning alcohol consumption, citizens would host “cocktail hours”, also known as “happy hours”, at a speakeasy (an illegal drinking establishment) before eating at restaurants where alcohol could not be served. Cocktail lounges continued the trend of drinking before dinner. Happy Hour” entered civilian use around 1960 after a Saturday Evening Post article on the subject in 1959.
Eventually, restaurants and bars took advantage of the catchy term and began using it to promote special deals during the pre-dinner hours. Happy Hour has become a tradition for many workers, white and blue-collar alike.
In some European countries like the Netherlands, the price of an alcoholic drink is regulated and selling them at half price is prohibited. During happy hour there, customers get double the number of drinks instead.

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day:

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day celebrates all of the different toppings you can put on your pizza to suit your tastes and preferences. Although having fish on a pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors.
Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread people made before the advent of the oven. Neolithic humans would build a fire on a flat rock to create a hearth. When it was piping hot, they brushed away the coals and laid a layer of dough across it. The baked bread was then topped with seeds or spices.
You don’t have to have an advanced culinary degree to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. No fish on your pizza. Done!

Fancy Rat and Mouse Day

National Girls Learning Code Day

Wine Tourism Day

World Pneumonia Day      

World Quality Day 

On this date in:

  • 1859 – The first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France. He was also the designer of the garment named after him.
  • 1892 – William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first professional football player when he was paid a $500 bonus for helping the Allegheny Athletic Association beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
  • 1915 – Theodore W. Richards, of Harvard University, became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
  • 1918 – Austria and Czechoslovakia were declared independent republics.
  • 1920 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected the first commissioner of the American and National Leagues.
  • 1921 – Representatives of nine nations gathered for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments.
  • 1927 – Joseph Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party leading to Stalin coming to power.
  • 1933 – In Philadelphia, the first Sunday football game was played.
  • 1942 – During World War II, the naval battle of Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces. The Americans won a major victory.
  • 1946 – The first drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, IL.
  • 1948 – The war crimes tribunal sentenced Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo and six other World War II Japanese leaders to death.
  • 1953 – The National Football League policy of blacking out home games was upheld by Judge Allan K. Grim of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
  • 1954 – Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since 1892.
  • 1964 – Paula Murphy set the female land speed record 226.37 MPH.
  • 1972 – Don Shula, the coach of the Miami Dolphins, became the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons.
  • 1975 – Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas retired because of failing health, ending a record 36½-year term.
  • 1979 – President Carter ordered a halt to all oil imports from Iran in response to 63 Americans being taken hostage at the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran on November 4.
  • 1980 – The U.S. space probe Voyager I came within 77,000 miles of Saturn while transmitting data back to Earth.
  • 1984 – Space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared the Palapa B-2 satellite in history’s first space salvage.
  • 1985 – In Norfolk, VA, Arthur James Walker was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a spy ring run by his brother, John A. Walker Jr.
  • 1987 – The American Medical Association issued a policy statement that said it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.
  • 1991 – In the United States, Robert Gates was sworn in as CIA director.
  • 1995 – The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir.
  • 1997 – Four Americans and their Pakistani driver were shot to death in Karachi, Pakistan. The Americans were oil company employees.
  • 1997 – The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on Iraq for constraints being placed on UN arms inspectors.
  • 1997 – Ramzi Yousuf was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
  • 2001 – American Airlines flight 587 crashed just minutes after takeoff from Kennedy Airport in New York. The Airbus A300 crashed into the Rockaway Beach section of Queens. All 260 people aboard were killed.

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