Pins and Needles Day

November 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my anticipatory friends. Today is Sunday, November 27th. The holidays today are:

Pins and Needles Day

The actual meaning of this holiday has been obscured by time. The origin of Pins and Needles Day dates back to the labor movement in the 1930’s. The pro-labor Broadway musical Pins and Needles, opened on this date in 1937, at the Labor Stage Theater in New York City. This play was written by Harold Rome. It was produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. Union members made up the cast. It ran for 1108 performances, once holding the record for longevity.
As the popularity of the play waned, WWII broke out. The focus of Pins and Needles Day then shifted from the literal meaning of the pins and needles used in the sewing trade to mean that tingly pins and needles feeling people get when they are anticipating something – like awaiting the return of their loved ones from the war.
Today, the focus has shifted once again. These days it means something akin to children being on “pins and needles” anxiously awaiting the arrival of jolly ole’ St. Nick on Christmas Eve. So now you have options. No matter which version of Pins and Needles Day you choose to celebrate, you will be correct.

Turtle Adoption Day

Turtle Adoption Day does not encourage you to dash out and purchase a turtle. In fact, the exact opposite is true. This holiday serves to inform you that turtles are not the easiest pets to raise. They require a lot of care and have particular dietary needs according to their species. All turtles start out small. They are hatched from eggs. However, they grow rapidly and will soon outgrow that little terrarium you got from the pet store when you bought your cute little turtle. The turtles that you buy in pet stores are actually babies. This article explains the do’s and don’t’s of having turtles as pets better than can I. If you are contemplating buying a turtle for your children or grandchildren, I suggest that you read it first.

National Craft Jerky Day

National Craft Jerky Day awakens the taste buds and ignites the opinions of jerky fans the world over by focusing on artisanal creators of this dehydrated, seasoned meat and snack. The Long Beach Jerky Co. founded National Craft Jerky Day to honor all the small batch jerky makers and it was approved by the Registrar at the National Day Calendar in 2016.
In a world sedated by mass produced “jerky,” National Craft Jerky Day honors those who stubbornly refuse to give into the hype and insist on making their own jerky. For many, making jerky is a family tradition – created from recipes passed down through generations from a time when making jerky was a necessity in order to survive.
Quality meat and small batch production is the foundation for making your own jerky at home. Creative and unique recipes are the product of your environment. You use whatever meat or game most readily available to you – be it beef, pork, venison, bird or buffalo. The spices and wood used are what makes you own jerky recipe unique.
I know that unless you already have some of your homemade jerky on hand, you won’t be able to enjoy your own craft jerky today. But, you can celebrate this holiday today by starting a batch of jerky today. If you don’t already have a time-tested family recipe, there are myriad recipes available online.

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Bavarian cream pie is a delicious, chilled dessert made with a cooked egg custard layered with whipped cream and toppings in a pie shell. Cream, custard, and pudding pies have been around since the Middle Ages. After the technological advances in cornstarch extraction in the 1900’s, instant pudding and custard mix helped popularize these kinds of desserts even further. Enjoy some for dessert tonight.


Advent Sunday

On this date in

  • 1701 – Anders Celsius was born in Sweden. He was the inventor of the Celsius thermometer.
  • 1779 – The College of Pennsylvania became the University of Pennsylvania. It was the first legally recognized university in America.
  • 1889 – Curtis P. Brady was issued the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park in New York City.
  • 1901 – The Army War College was established in Washington, DC.
  • 1910 – New York’s Pennsylvania Station opened.
  • 1951 – Hosea Richardson became the first black horse racing jockey to be licensed in Florida.
  • 1963 – President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.
  • 1970 – Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was attacked at the Manila airport by a Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
  • 1973 – The Senate voted to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew.
  • 1978 – San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by Dan White, a former supervisor.
  • 1980 – Dave Williams (Chicago Bears) became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for a touchdown in overtime.
  • 1985 – The British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord giving Dublin a consulting role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.
  • 1987 – French hostages Jean-Louis Normandin and Roger Auque were set free by their pro-Iranian captors in West Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 1989 – 107 people were killed when a bomb destroyed a Colombian jetliner minutes after the plane had taken off from Bogota’s international airport. Police blamed the incident on drug traffickers.
  • 1991 – The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that led the way for the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Yugoslavia.
  • 1992 – In Venezuela, rebel forces tried but failed to overthrow President Carlos Andres Perez for the second time in ten months.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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