Civil Air Patrol Day

December 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning aviation enthusiasts. Today is Thursday, December 1st. The holidays today are:

Civil Air Patrol Day

Although the Civil Air Patrol is the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, the CAP is actually older than the Air Force that it serves.  (The CAP was founded in December of 1941. The USAF, evolved from the Army Air Corps, became a separate branch of the Armed Services in September of 1947.)
On December 1, 1941, a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, civilian and military leaders culminated years of discussions about a civilian aviation corps centered around youth interested in aviation by creating the Civil Air Patrol. In the mid-1930’s, during the early days of the aviation industry, forward-thinking leaders of government, business, and industry conceived of a way that civic-minded aviators could serve their country and advance aviation safety. The concept took the best aspects of the Army (remember, at that time there was no separate Air Force) and volunteer organizations such as the Boy Scouts, and put those aspects together in an aviation framework.
The charter mission of Civil Air Patrol was air-search, leading to ground rescue. However, with the advent of WWII, the Civil Air Patrol was used as part of a support team to help train military pilots, provide courier service for documents, material and medicine, and patrol our coasts. Bear in mind, that these were volunteers who used their own money and aircraft to perform the vital services.
Sadly, since the early 1970’s, the political climate in America has changed. Though the Civil Air Patrol still exists, its numbers have greatly dwindled. Many people believe that it has gone the way of the dinosaur, and you will be hard pressed to find anyone in the “mainstream media” that will even acknowledge its existence; And those who do only mention it in passing or try to marginalize its importance in creating the young leaders of tomorrow.

World Aids Awareness Day

World Aids Awareness Day is observed on 1 December every year and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. This holiday was created in 1988 by the United Nations World Health Organization. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.
HIV/AIDS is one of the world’s biggest medical crises. It is estimated that approximately 40 million people in the world currently have aids — One million of them, are in the United States. Each year, over 40,000 new cases are reported in the United States.

Day Without Art

Day Without Art began on December 1, 1989, as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day Without Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part.

Rosa Parks Day

On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the ‘colored’ section, but as she rode the Cleveland Avenue bus home, the bus began to fill.
The Montgomery city ordinance allowed bus drivers to assign seating. However, it did not permit them to demand a passenger give up their seat. Despite this, bus drivers had customarily required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when the public transportation became full.
When Rosa Parks was asked to give up her seat, she refused. She was arrested and what followed is Civil Rights history. She was found guilty on December 5, 1955, of violating the city ordinance and fined $10 plus a court fee.
African-American leaders, including E.D. Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the day of Rosa Parks’ trial. The boycott was a success and lasted several months, devastating the public transportation system in Montgomery.
Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated February 4, 2000. California chose to recognize the date of Rosa Park’s birth.  Ohio and Oregon celebrate Rosa Parks Day on the day she was arrested, December 1st.

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day has a confusing title. The term ‘liberation’ can be taken to mean that you should free yourself from wearing your bifocals while using your computer today. However, the converse is true. This holiday urges you to go ahead and use your bifocals instead of constantly squinting at the screen trying to read the text; in other words, liberate yourself from the stigma of wearing your glasses in public.
Personally, I find bifocals annoying. My distance vision, although not 20/20, is still good enough to pass the vision test at the DMV. I just use my reading glasses whenever I am doing “close up work” like surfing the web or reading.

Eat a Red Apple Day

The core of this holiday is that you should eat an apple today, specifically a red apple. There are thousands of varieties of apples. People have been eating apples for millennia. If you believe the bible, they are the “Forbidden Fruit” referenced in Garden of Eden.
Apples are a healthy snack. According to folklore, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have high nutritional value and are an extremely healthy snack. The peel alone contains antioxidants that help reduce damaged cells and fight diseases. Apples are also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
But, today is Eat a Red Apple Day, and the Red Delicious apple is the most popular apple variety in the world. Just how popular is it, you ask? Well, Washington State is one of the biggest producers of apples, and the Red Delicious constitutes 75% of the state’s apple production. Today, Red Delicious apples still command about 1/3 of the world’s apple production.
Join me in celebrating Eat a Red Apple Day.
Apple Factoids:

  1. The science of growing apples is called pomology.
  2. There are 7,500 different varieties of apples grown throughout the world.

National Pie Day

National Pie Day does not specify a particular kind of pie, only that you eat a slice of pie today. It also doesn’t specify the type of pie – fruit, cream, or savory (pot pie). Today, you get to decide what kind of pie you eat – the pie-sibilities are endless…just enjoy some pie today.

 Christmas Lights Day

Wear a Dress Day

On this date in

  • 1835 – Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.
  • 1909 – The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the United States to offer a Christmas Club account.
  • 1913 – Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.
  • 1913 – The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1919 – Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.
  • 1942 – In the United States, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.
  • 1943 – In Teheran, leaders of the United States, the USSR, and the United Kingdom met to reaffirm the goal set on October 30, 1943. The previous meeting called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security.
  • 1952 – In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed.
  • 1959 – 12 countries, including the United States and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity.
  • 1965 – An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began.
  • 1969 – The United States government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
  • 1984 – A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California’s Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test results were disappointing.
  • 1986 – President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the Justice Department.
  • 1987 – NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G. E.’s Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International.
  • 1989 – Dissidents in the Philippine military launched an unsuccessful coup against Corazon Aquino’s government.
  • 1989 – East Germany’s Parliament abolished the Communist Party’s constitutional guarantee of supremacy.
  • 1990 – Iraq accepted a United States offer to talk about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis.
  • 1990 – British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel.
  • 1991 – Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1992 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment attempt by hard-liners at the opening of the Russian Congress.
  • 1994 – The Senate gave final congressional approval to the 124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
  • 1998 – Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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