Jukebox Wednesday Night

November 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning jukebox lovers . Today is Wednesday, November 23rd. The holidays today are:

National Jukebox Day

National Jukebox Day is celebrated annually on the day before Thanksgiving.
As Americans flock to their hometowns for Thanksgiving, many will head out to neighborhood bars and restaurants to catch up with friends and family and celebrate by playing great songs on the jukebox.
The name jukebox is thought to originate from places called ‘juke houses’ or ‘jook joints’, which were establishments in the early 1900s where people congregated to drink and listen to music. In 1889, the first coin-operated player was invented in San Francisco by Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold, both managers of the Pacific Phonograph Co. Formally known as the nickel-in-the-slot machine, the player included a coin operation feature on an Edison phonograph and played a limited selection of songs without any amplification.
The 1930’s are considered the start of The Golden Era for jukeboxes. Manufacturers like the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., the J. P. Seeburg Corp., the Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. and Automatic Musical Instrument Co., competed to produce them for diners, saloons, and other entertainment venues.
Throughout history, the jukebox continued to evolve with the times. When recording artists were first crooning into microphones and cutting records into vinyl, an aspiring inventor in a Chicago music store worked nights to build a box that would play both sides of the record. When the Blue Grass Boys played the Grand Ole Opry to sold out audiences, guys and gals would dance the night away by playing their song over and over on the jukebox at a local pub. With the advancement of technology, today’s jukebox is now more versatile than ever before with touchscreen interfaces that respond to the swipe of a finger (or can even be controlled by a mobile app) and a vast virtual library of songs including back catalog jukebox heroes alongside top artists of today.
Throughout each era – from big band and jazz, country and blues to rock & roll, acoustic and electric and everything in between— the jukebox has played it all.

Fibonacci Day

The Fibonacci sequence is named after Leonardo Fibonacci. In 1202, he wrote the book Liber Abaci, which introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics; although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics. The sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987 …) is composed of sequential numbers; the sum of the first two equaling the third.
If you’re still scratching your head, this website explains Fibonacci sequences better than I. Today (11.23.13) is a “Fibonacci Day” because the date contains three of the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence consecutively; (in this case 1, 2 and 3; or 1+2=3). I’m pretty good at basic arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply, divide, percentages, decimals, fractions, and simple algebraic equations). But, once you start combining numbers and “theory”, I’m as lost as the proverbial “babe in the woods”. According to the sequence in the previous paragraph, May 8th of this year (5.8.13)  was also a Fibonacci Day. How did I miss that?

Blackout Wednesday 

Blackout Wednesday is a pejorative term for the binge drinking or drinking until you black out on the night before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which is always a Thursday. It is so associated because very few people work on Thanksgiving Day, many people drink to excess. It is most commonly associated with younger people. Most university students are home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families and since it is common for some of them to binge drink anyway, they do it while they are at home.The term refers to “blacking out” – memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication.
In Chicago in particular, Blackout Wednesday is sometimes a more popular partying night than even New Year’s Eve or Saint Patrick’s Day. In some cities, it is the top drunk driving night of the year.

Tie One On Day

Although the title of this holiday may sound like another version of the holiday above, it is actually the exact opposite. Tie One On Day refers to tying on an apron and bringing  joy to the life of someone in need. Participation is easy – here’s all you need to do.

  • Simply wrap a loaf of bread or baked good in an apron.
  • Tuck an encouraging note or prayer into the pocket.
  • Present your offering to a neighbor, friend or person in your community who could benefit from your gesture of kindness.
  • Tie One On – and put the “give” back into Thanksgiving.

Tie One On Day is a win-win, for both the participant and the receiver. And by embracing Tie One O,n Day, you will make someone else’s day a little brighter, and give you a warm fuzzy feeling too.

Eat a Cranberry Day

The fruit of cranberries is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant; it is initially white but turns a deep red when fully ripe. It is edible, with an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness.
Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is regarded as an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus and some European winter festivals.
Since the early 21st century, raw cranberries have been marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities.

National Espresso Day

Luigi Bezzera invented the espresso coffee machine in Italy in 1901. His aim was to decrease his employees’ coffee break time and increase their productivity! Bezzera’s machine used steam pressure to force hot water through the finely ground coffee. This allowed coffee to be prepared quickly, on demand, and by the cup. The resulting brew of coffee was also stronger in flavor and body. Bezzera’s patent was sold in 1903 to Desidero Pavilion who began commercially producing and distributing the espresso machine throughout Europe.
Today, espresso is a popular drink in cafés all around the world. Personally, I dislike coffee in any form. If you like coffee, have a cup of Espresso today, if you haven’t already.

Dr. Who Day

What Do You Love About America Day

On this date in

  • 1765 – Frederick County, MD, repudiated the British Stamp Act.
  • 1835 – Henry Burden patented the horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1889 – The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.
  • 1936 – The first edition of “Life” was published.
  • 1943 – During World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands.
  • 1945 – The U.S. wartime rationing of most foods ended.
  • 1948 – Dr. Frank G. Back patented the “Zoomar” lens.
  • 1961 – The Dominican Republic changed the name of its capital from Ciudad Trujillo to Santo Domingo.
  • 1971 – The People’s Republic of China was seated in the United Nations Security Council.
  • 1980 – In southern Italy, approximately 4,800 people were killed in a series of earthquakes.
  • 1983 – The first Pershing II missiles were deployed in West Germany. In response, the U.S.S.R. broke off International Nuclear Forces talks in Geneva.
  • 1985 – Larry Wu-tai Chin, a retired CIA analyst, was arrested and accused of spying for China. He committed suicide a year after his conviction.
  • 1985 – Gunmen hijacked an Egyptian jetliner en route from Athens to Cairo. The plane was forced to land in Malta.
  • 1991 – Yugoslavia’s rival leaders agreed to a new cease-fire, the 14th of the Balkan civil war.
  • 1991 – The Sacramento Kings ended the NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.
  • 1994 – About 111 people, mostly women and children, were killed in a stampede after Indian police baton-charged tribal protesters in the western city of Nagpur.
  • 1995 – Charles Rathbun,a  free-lance photographer, was booked in Hermosa Beach, CA, for investigation of murder in the disappearance of model Linda Sobek. He was later convicted.
  • 1998 – Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment from Carmen Electra. The two had been married on November 14, 1998.
  • 1998 – The tobacco industry signed the biggest U.S. civil settlement. It was a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers.
  • 1998 – A U.S. federal judge rejected a Virginia county’s effort to block pornography on library computer calling the attempt unconstitutional.
  • 2001 – A crowd of 87,555 people watched the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A&M Aggies 21-7. The crowd was the largest to see a football game in Texas.
  • 2010 – North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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