Four Score and Seven…

November 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my patriotic friends. Today is Saturday, November 19th. Today’s holidays are:

Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day)

Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln’s address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.
Although only 270 words long, the Gettysburg Address is one of the greatest and best-known speeches in American history. It was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.
In it, President Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with “a new birth of freedom,” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens. Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality.
Beginning with the now-iconic phrase “Four score and seven years ago”, referring to the Declaration of Independence, written at the start of the Revolutionary War in 1776, President Lincoln examined the founding principles of the United States in the context of the Civil War, and memorialized the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and extolled virtues for the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America’s representative democracy.
As a refresher, I am including the speech in its entirety below.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

To celebrate this holiday, read the above speech, then compare the principles espoused therein to the principles espoused by the current crop of narcissistic jackals in control of our government. “We’ve come a long way baby”; but not necessarily towards the betterment of America.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is a UN recognized event, observed annually on the 19th of November. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge.
Although unthinkable for most of us, one in three people on this planet does not have access to a toilet. World Toilet Day was created to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation that a staggering 2.5 billion people face every day.  This holiday brings together different groups such as media, the private sector, development organizations and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets. Since its inception in 2001, it has become an important platform to demand action from governments and to reach out to wider audiences by showing that toilets can be fun and sexy as well as vital to life.
I know that World Toilet Day is fraught with opportunities for “toilet humor”, but this holiday has a serious purpose. It aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and to emphasize the health and economic impact of inadequate sanitation. The goal is to unite everyone toward making sure that access to proper sanitation – which has been declared a basic human right – is a priority and becomes a reality for all.

National Blow Bagpipes Day

Whenever bagpipes are mentioned, most people instinctively think of Scotland (and what a hideous sound they make). However, contrary to popular belief, bagpipes did not originate in Scotland. In fact, twice in history, bagpipes were banned in Scotland. Once in 1560 and again in 1746. James Reid, a bagpipe musician, was executed for having a bagpipe during the ban. During 1746, bagpipes were considered war instruments.
The exact origins of bagpipes are disputed. The oldest reference to the now-famed instrument is from Asia Minor. The reference was carved on a stone slab dated back to 1000 BC. Bagpipes were eventually found in various countries all over the world, including India, Spain, France and even ancient Egypt.
Each bagpipe consists of a chanter, a bag, a blow pipe (mouthpiece), and one or more pipes, also known as drones. Today drones are typically made from hardwood, but in historic times they were constructed of bone or ivory. The bags were made from the skin of animals, including sheep, cows, and goats.
So, if you are among the approximately .0001% of people in this world who can actually listen to bagpipes without getting the urge to inflict lethal bodily harm on the bagpipe player (or yourself) just to end obnoxious noise, then by all means, listen to some bagpipe music (and I use the term music here in its loosest possible context) today. If you don’t have access to any bagpipe music, you can try to replicate the sound by recording your dog howling, then playing it back by fast-forwarding it while the play button is engaged.

Play Monopoly Day

Monopoly is one of the most popular board games ever created. In 1999, it gained the Guinness Book of World Records title for most played board game in the world, with over 500 million people having played.
You can find Monopoly games in many different themes. There are World War themes, sports themes, a horse racing theme, and even themes of famous cities around the world. The most expensive Monopoly Set was created by jeweler Sidney Mobell of San Francisco in 1988. The $2-million dollar set is 23-karat gold and the dice have 42 full cut diamonds for spots. Holy Moley! If you could afford that set, you could probably afford to play Monopoly with real money.
The original Monopoly game was launched on this date in 1935 by Parker Brothers. The original theme was based on the city of  Atlantic City, New Jersey. Although there is some dispute, it is generally accepted that Parker Brothers purchased the rights to the game from Charles Darrow, who was living in Atlantic City when the created the game.
To celebrate this holiday, simply play a game of Monopoly this evening.

International Men’s Day

At last, a holiday for us guys out there. International Men’s Day is an annual international event celebrated on November 19. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the United Nations.
The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.
International Men’s Day is celebrated in over 50 countries, including the United States. According to its creators, International Men’s Day is not intended to compete against International Women’s Day but is for the purpose of highlighting men’s experiences. In 2009 the following broad objectives were ratified as a basis for all International Men’s Day observations:

• To promote positive male role models not just movie stars and sportsmen but common working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

• To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.

• To focus on men’s health and well-being social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

• To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.

• To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

• To create a safer, better world where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

They appear to be sound objectives to me. To celebrate this holiday, search within yourself to discover whether you are being the best man that you can be.

American Made Matters Day

American Made Matters®, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, has declared November 19, 2013, the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this day, American Made Matters is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing. Additionally, the event will kick-off a movement encouraging Americans to buy products made in America throughout the upcoming holiday shopping season.
One of the best ways to bolster our flailing economy is to reduce the unemployment rate. One of the best ways to do that is to buy products made here in America. The National Retail Federation estimates that the average American family spends $700 on holiday gifts. If just nine percent more of this was spent on American-made goods, 200,000 jobs could be added to the U.S. economy.

Rocky and Bullwinkle Day

The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (known as Rocky & His Friends during the first two seasons and as The Bullwinkle Show for the remaining seasons) is an American animated television series that made its debut on November 19, 1959. The show ran for five seasons; until the summer of 1964.
Known for quality writing and wry humor, the show mixed puns, cultural and topical satire, and self-referential humor, and appealed to adults as well as children. It was also one of the first cartoons whose animation was outsourced; storyboards were shipped to Gamma Productions, a Mexican studio also employed by Total Television). Thus the art has a choppy, unpolished look and the animation is extremely limited even by television animation standards. Yet the series has long been held in high esteem by those who have seen it; some critics described the series as a well-written radio program with pictures.
To celebrate this holiday, take a trip back five decades, and watch a few Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. They are available all over the internet.

World Peace Day

World Peace Day was started by Don Morris of Miami Florida around 1997. The goals of this holiday are simple; to make the world a better place to live by promoting peace. It encourages individuals to teach their children and others, in ways that promote peace and avoid war.

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Not every food holiday celebrates foods that are necessarily good for you; in fact most aren’t. This holiday is no exception. National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop.
Oh, to be a kid again; when you didn’t need to worry about what was in your food and drink. Unfortunately, life happens. And as we mature, we realize, often too late, that what we eat and drink really does matter.
I can’t, in good conscience, urge you to celebrate this holiday; especially if you are diabetic like me. Both sugar and caffeine, consumed to excess, are bad for you. Trust me, I know whereof I speak (or rather write).

Family Volunteer Day

National Adoption Day – Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Have a Bad Day Day  

National Survivors of Suicide Day

On this date in

  • 1794 – Britain’s King George III signed the Jay Treaty. It resolved the issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
  • 1850 – The first life insurance policy for a woman was issued. Carolyn Ingraham, 36 years old, bought the policy in Madison, NJ.
  • 1893 – The first newspaper color supplement was published in the Sunday New York World.
  • 1919 – The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles with a vote of 55 in favor to 39 against. A two-thirds majority was needed for ratification.
  • 1928 – “Time” magazine presented its cover in color for the first time. The subject was Japanese Emperor Hirohito.
  • 1954 – Two automatic toll collectors were placed in service on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
  • 1959 – Ford Motor Co. announced it was ending the production of the unpopular Edsel.
  • 1969 – Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man’s second landing on the moon.
  • 1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel on an official visit.
  • 1979 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) signed a four-year contract for $4.5 million. At the time, Ryan was the highest paid player in major league baseball.
  • 1981 – U.S. Steel agreed to pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil.
  • 1984 – Dwight Gooden, 20 years old, of the New York Mets, became the youngest major-league pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
  • 1985 – President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.
  • 1990 – NATO and the Warsaw Pact signed a treaty of nonaggression.
  • 1993 – The Senate approved a sweeping $22.3 billion anti-crime measure.
  • 1994 – The U.N. Security Council authorized NATO to bomb rebel Serb forces striking from neighboring Croatia.
  • 1997 – In Carlisle, IA, septuplets were born to Bobbi McCaughey. It was only the second known case where all seven were born alive.
  • 1998 – The impeachment inquiry of President Clinton began.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush signed the most comprehensive air security bill in U.S. history.
  • 2002 – The United States government completed its takeover of security at 424 airports nationwide.
  • 2003 – Eight competing designs for a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center were unveiled. One design would be built at the site of the World Trade Center.

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