St. Nicholas Day

December 6, 2016 at 9:14 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of yuletide Saints. Today is Tuesday, December 6th. The holidays today are:

St. Nicholas Day

I know, I know! Christmas is still nearly three weeks hence. St. Nicholas Day doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but rather marks the anniversary of the death of the Greek saint, Nikolaos, from which Santa Claus, the secular symbol of Christmas, derives his name.
Saint Nicholas (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia (now a part of modern-day Turkey).  Because of the many miracles attributed to him, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonder-Worker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch word Sinterklaas, itself from a series of corruptions of the transliteration of “Saint Nikolaos”.
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe.

National Pawnbrokers Day

It is no accident that this holiday is celebrated on St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicolas, among many other things, is the patron saint of pawnbroking. This holiday was created to recognize and acknowledge the valuable lending and retail services that pawnbrokers provide.

National Miners’ Day

Miners provide the manufacturing industry with many of the raw materials that they rely upon for modern manufacturing. They do so underground, at great risk to themselves. It is a hazardous, yet incredibly important profession.
On December 3, 2009, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming December 6th as National Miner’s Day. This specific date was chosen to honor the hundreds of miners killed in a mining tragedy on Dec. 6, 1907 in Monongah, West Virginia. This holiday recognizes the difficult and dangerous work miners perform, and rewards their dedication and the contributions they make to the economy.

Put on Your Own Shoes Day

In the wake of Wear Brown Shoes Day celebrated a couple of days ago comes Put on Your Own Shoes Day. Interpreted literally, this holiday makes absolutely no sense. Virtually everybody over the age of four puts on their own shoes every day. However, when interpreted in the broader context doing things for one’s self, it begins to have gravitas.
The ability to fend for yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Having the confidence to handle the difficult obstacles that life often puts in your path make you a stronger person. This doesn’t mean that you have to know everything about everything. It simply means that if a situation arises that is not in your area of expertise, you will know where to go to resolve it.
Self-reliance is also one of the most important keys to success. Don’t hang back and rely on someone else to pave the way for you, Take charge of your own life. Whether at work, at home or in your community, if you have an idea to improve something, or for a better way to do something, put it out there. Don’t wait for someone else to broach the subject. Often, people don’t even realize something is wrong until someone else mentions it. Be that someone.

Microwave Oven Day

In 1942, a man named Dr. Percy Spencer was testing a magnetron and discovered that the candy bar in his pocket had melted. He conducted a series of tests and concluded that microwave energy could not only cook food but cook food much faster than the heat from a conventional oven. The first microwave oven (which was called the “Radarange”) made its debut in the late 1940’s. It stood over six feet tall and weighed over 700 pounds.
Today, over 90% of American households own a microwave oven. In fact, there is an entire food industry based on this one appliance. Just think of everything you can cook in the microwave—frozen meals, leftovers, popcorn, “mug brownies,” and much more.
To celebrate this holiday, prepare all of your meals today in this remarkable, time-saving appliance.

National Gazpacho Day

Gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup made with a wonderful assortment of vegetables—tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, and garlic. This refreshing dish is served chilled and is typically enjoyed during the summer months.
Given this fact, it is curious that National Gazpacho Day is celebrated in December. Perhaps the intent was to give us something to look forward to as we approach the winter. Regardless of the reason, gazpacho is a delicious meal that can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Cook your favorite version for dinner tonight in honor of National Gazpacho Day.
I am not a big fan of cold soups in general, so if you invite me over for Gazpacho tonight, please serve mine in a microwaveable bowl so I can ‘nuke’ it in your aforementioned Radarange to make it more palatable to me.

Mitten Tree Day  

World Trick Shot Day – First Tuesday in December.

On this date in

  • 1774 – Austria became the first nation to introduce a state education system.
  • 1790 – Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
  • 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
  • 1876 – The city of Anaheim was incorporated for the second time.
  • 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  • 1884 – The construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers. The project took 34 years.
  • 1889 – Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans. He was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1907 – In Monongah, WV, 361 people were killed in America’s worst mine disaster.
  • 1917 – More than 1,600 people died when two munitions ships collided in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 1921 – The Catholic Irish Free State was created as a self-governing dominion of Britain when an Anglo-Irish treaty was signed.
  • 1923 – President Calvin Coolidge became the first president to give a presidential address that was broadcast on radio.
  • 1926 – In Italy, Benito Mussolini introduced a tax on bachelors.
  • 1947 – Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Truman.
  • 1957 – AFL-CIO members voted to expel the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Teamsters were readmitted in 1987.
  • 1957 – America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, FL.
  • 1960 – Gene Autry and Bob Reynolds were granted the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise by the American League.
  • 1973 – Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the vice-president of the United States after vice-president Spiro Agnew resigned.
  • 1982 – 11 soldiers and 6 civilians were killed when a bomb exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland. The Irish National Liberation Army was responsible for planting the bomb.
  • 1983 – In Jerusalem, a bomb planted on a bus exploded killing six Israelis and wounding 44.
  • 1985 – Congressional negotiators reached an agreement on a deficit-cutting proposal that later became the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law.
  • 1989 – The worst mass shooting in Canadian history occurred when a man gunned down 14 women at the University of Montreal’s school of engineering. The man then killed himself.
  • 1990 – Iraq announced that it would release all its 2,000 foreign hostages.
  • 1990 – Vice President Dan Quayle was enshrined in the Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence.
  • 1992 – Germany’s primary political parties agreed to tighten postwar asylum laws.
  • 1992 – In India, thousands of Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque. The following two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting resulted in at least 2,000 people being killed.
  • 1993 – Former priest James R. Porter was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison. Porter had admitted molesting 28 children in the 1960s.
  • 1994 – Orange County, CA, filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. The county is one of the richest in the U.S. and became to largest municipality to file for bankruptcy.
  • 1997 – A Russian Antonov 124 military transport crashed into a residential area in Irkutsk, Russia, shortly after takeoff. 70 people were killed.
  • 1998 – In Venezuela, former Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chavez was elected president. He had staged a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier.
  • 1998 – Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour connected the first two building blocks of the international space station in the shuttle cargo bay.
  • 2002 – Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service stemming from her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution.
  • 2002 – Officials released the detailed plans for a $4.7 million memorial commemorating Princess Diana. The large oval fountain was planned to be constructed in London’s Hyde Park.

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