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November 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Square Dancers. Today is Tuesday, November 29th. The holidays today are:

National Square Dance Day

Square dancing is a form of folk dancing that has its roots in traditional English, Irish, and Scottish folk dance. Square dances were first documented in 17th century England . They came to North America right along with the European settlers, where they were modified and improved over the years. The Western American square dance is perhaps the most famous type of square dance worldwide; in fact, the square dance is the official dance of 19 American states.
Square dancing is mainly associated with a romanticized image of the Old West, and cowboys wooing Southern belles during dances organized at saloons to celebrate various occasions. The dance is accompanied by jolly, lively music on guitars, fiddles, accordions and bagpipes. The dances normally form patterns of lines, circles and, as the name suggests, squares, with couples – male/female, female/female or male/male – taking a turn in every role. As it evolved in the America, a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step. The dancers are prompted through the square dance choreography to the beat of the music. Sometimes, this so-called “caller” is one of the dancers, but more commonly the “caller” is found on the stage with the band. Interest in square dancing, which had waned during the World Wars, experienced a revival in New York City in the 195o’s during the American folk music revival.
Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speak to its health benefits for people of all ages.
The origin of National Square Dance Day is unknown. If you don’t already know how to Square Dance, perhaps Square Dance Day is the day to learn. “Do Sa Do” everybody.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. After the crass commercialism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the season of giving.
The tradition of charitable giving during the holidays began thousands of years ago. Today, it continues to be an important part of many cultures and religions around the world and has been a long-standing tradition in America since its creation.
Giving Tuesday was created when two organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012, about a month before that year’s Thanksgiving. Their intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving. Social media played a big part in spreading the word about Giving Tuesday quickly. The first announcement about Giving Tuesday was made through Mashable, a technology website. The first Giving Tuesday was covered extensively by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Deseret News, and the White House official blog, causing the scheme to gain an enormous amount of popularity in a short period of time. Giving Tuesday is organized and celebrated each year with the simple aim of encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses, and other organizations to give to the less fortunate.
There is no shortage of ways to celebrate Giving Day. Secret Santa programs, donating money, and volunteering your time are just a few.

Customer is Wrong Day  

If you work in retail, Customer is Wrong Day could turn out to be a dangerous holiday, because if you make it too apparent to the customer, you may be hunting for a new job tomorrow – celebrate it at your own risk!
Sure, you may receive some instant gratification to be sure, but, unless you are ready to make a career change, I recommend that you weigh the risks and the benefits before you begin your mantra of “The Customer is Always Wrong”!!!

National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Cream pies, in general, are among America’s favorite desserts. Chocolate, banana, strawberry, and coconut are traditional favorites. Lemon Cream Pie is a tart, but sweet dessert usually made with a lemon custard and topped with [often lemon flavored] whipped cream.
Alas, Lemon Creme Pie is often overshadowed by its cousin Lemon Meringue Pie. Many people incorrectly use the terms ‘creme’ and ‘meringue’ interchangeably, as this anecdote illustrates.

In my travels as an over-the-road truck driver, I seldom ordered dessert, but on this occasion, I was craving a piece of chocolate creme pie, so I ordered a slice. The waitress brought me a piece chocolate pie topped with meringue. I said that I ordered chocolate creme pie, not chocolate meringue pie. The waitress then actually said to me: “Creme, meringue, what’s the difference?” I said: “I don’t know. What’s the difference between a cow and a chicken?” I told her take it back and bring me my check.

Anyway, I digress. Treat yourself to a slice of tasty and refreshing lemon creme pie today.

Electronic Greeting Card Day

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On this date in

  • 1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.
  • 1890 – Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.
  • 1929 – The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.
  • 1939 – The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.
  • 1947 – The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
  • 1961 – The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.
  • 1963 – A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada’s history.
  • 1963 – President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • 1967 – Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced that he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
  • 1971 – The Professional Golf Championship was held at Walt Disney World for the first time.
  • 1974 – In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.
  • 1975 – Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.
  • 1981 – Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, CA, at the age 43.
  • 1982 – The U.N. General Assembly voted that the Soviet Union should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
  • 1987 – A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard.
  • 1988 – The Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.
  • 1989 – In Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party’s 40-year monopoly on power.
  • 1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
  • 1991 – Seventeen people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5.
  • 1994 – The House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
  • 1996 – A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
  • 1998 – Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.
  • 2004 – The French government announced plans to build the Louvre II in northern France. The 236,808 square foot museum was the planned home for 500-600 works from the Louvre’s reserves.
  • 2004 – Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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