Christmas Card Day

December 9, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning seasonal greeting card fans. Today is Friday, December 9th. The holidays today are:

Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day honors Sir Henry Cole (1818 – 1874) of England. Cole created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. It is commonly believed, but not confirmed, that he premiered his first Christmas card on this date.
Until about a decade ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday “must”. Although sending cards through the mail continues to be very popular, the cost and time for writing and sending cards have caused many people to stop sending them. Free Ecards have surged in popularity. Animated Christmas and seasonal Ecards have made sending and receiving them a lot of fun.
Celebrate this holiday by sending out your Christmas cards and holiday greetings today, if you haven’t already done so.

Lost and Found Day

People have lost things since the beginning of the concept of personal possessions. Lost and Found Day was officially announced in 2012, but the concept of having a place where people can come to possibly recover things they have lost dates back 1805 when Napoleon Bonaparte opened the first Lost and Found Office in Paris. Objects found on the streets of the city could be brought there, and those looking for them could go there to see if their items had been brought in. Since then, the concept has spread all over the world. Transport for London’s “Lost Property Office” collects about 130,000 objects every year – ranging from the obvious choices such as mobile phones and wallets to more unexpected and unusual items like wedding dresses, urns containing ashes of the deceased, wheelchairs and even kitchen sinks.
Obviously, you can celebrate Lost and Found Day by trying to find something that you cherish that has gone missing. But you can also celebrate this holiday by returning an item that you have found to its rightful owner. Of course, there is no guarantee that we will be rewarded for our efforts, but that is not the point of this holiday. Many feel that Lost and Found Day is simply meant to remind us that we live in a world where decency and responsibility need to be embraced. After all, there are well over 7 billion of us here on Earth that must work together to make the world a better place. Indeed, Lost & Found Day is as much of a moral event as it is a time to give back and (hopefully) receive.

Weary Willie Day

“Weary Willie” was one of America’s best-known and best-loved clown characters. Created by Emmett Kelly at the height of the depression, “Weary Willie” did not catch on with the public at first because he was indistinguishable from so many ‘real’ people of the time who were forced by financial circumstance to dress in shabby attire. It wasn’t until the end of the depression that “Weary Willie” became popular.
Weary Willie Day celebrates the birth date of his ‘creator’, Emmett Kelly, who was born on this date in 1898. Kelly died of a heart attack in 1979. However, his legacy, the “Weary Willie” character, still thrives today; an iconic reminder of the stalwartness of the generation that survived the Great Depression.

International Anti-corruption Day

I can think of no more appropriate time for this holiday (and by ‘time’ I refer to an era rather than a specific date). The world is fraught with corruption – economic,  political and otherwise.
Even the creators of this holiday, the United Nations, should take a good long “look in the mirror” if they are serious about ending corruption. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Does this sound familiar?
Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the “start-up costs” required because of corruption. Again, does this sound familiar?
On October 31, 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4). The Assembly also designated December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it. The Convention entered into force in December 2005.
As usual, this “resolution”, like most other touchy-feely, self-serving resolutions of the United Nations, has done nothing to stop the rampant spread of corruption throughout the world. I guess it is up to us to end this cycle of corruption. I don’t know exactly how, but a good beginning would be the ballot box. Do Not vote for any incumbent in the next election. With that said, I sometimes think that we would be better served if we just randomly selected our elected officials from the phone book. Whoever was selected in this manner could certainly do no worse than the crop of bloviating buffoons who currently represent us.

National Salesperson’s Day

National Salesperson’s Day is celebrated on the second Friday in December. With the retail season in full swing, sales persons often take a lot of abuse from customers – sometimes deservedly so, but in most cases, not. Christmas is a hectic time of year, and shoppers often become frustrated that the item they are looking for isn’t where the think it should be, or is out of stock and take out their frustrations on the closest salesperson. We should all take time out to remember that sales persons are people too and are just trying to do their job. Do something special for the insightful, thoughtful salesperson who helped you find just the right item.
Employers, you should also take the time to recognize, and do something special for, the talented sales persons in your employ.

National Pastry Day

Pastries, in one form or another, have been around since about 2600 B.C. The Egyptians made doughnut-like pastries out of crude flour and honey and then dipped them in wine. In the 7th century, pastry-making developed as a culinary art form in the Middle East. It spread to Europe after the Crusades, and French and Italian chefs developed their own version of the recipes and experimented with new techniques.
In Medieval times, pastry chefs catered mostly to the rich and powerful, but eventually their techniques filtered down to the masses and pastries became popular with everyone. Today, pastries are as popular as ever. There is an entire industry devoted to pastry. Pastry chefs are employed in some of the biggest, fanciest hotels in the world, and are in charge of making cakes and sweets and of course, classic pastry desserts for guests, regardless of social class.
There are now many different types of pastry including shortcrust, flaky, puff, choux, and phyllo (aka ‘filo’) to name a few. To celebrate National Pastry Day, visit your favorite bakery for a pastry of your choice, or bake one at home.

International Day of Veterinary Medicine

World Techno Day

On this date in

  • 1608 – English poet John Milton was born in London.
  • 1625 – The Treaty of the Hague was signed by England and the Netherlands. The agreement was to subsidize Christian IV of Denmark in his campaign in Germany.
  • 1783 – The first executions at Newgate Prison took place.
  • 1793 – “The American Minerva” was published for the first time. It was the first daily newspaper in New York City and was founded by Noah Webster.
  • 1803 – The 12th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the Congress. With the amendment, Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
  • 1854 – Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England.
  • 1884 – Levant M. Richardson received a patent for the ball-bearing roller skate.
  • 1907 – Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, DE, post office.
  • 1926 – The United States Golf Association legalized the use of steel-shafted golf clubs.
  • 1917 – Turkish troops surrendered Jerusalem to British troops.
  • 1940 – During World War II, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa.
  • 1940 – The Longines Watch Company signed for the first FM radio advertising contract with experimental station W2XOR in New York City.
  • 1941 – China declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy.
  • 1955 – Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Carl Olson and regained his world middleweight boxing title.
  • 1958 – In Indianapolis, IN, Robert H.W. Welch Jr. and 11 other men met to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
  • 1960 – Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled a new computer, known as “Univac 1107.”
  • 1962 – “Lawrence of Arabia,” by David Lean had its world premiere in London.
  • 1975 – U.S. President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.
  • 1983 – NATO foreign ministers called on the Soviet Union to join in a “comprehensive political dialogue” to ease tensions in the world.
  • 1985 – In Argentina, five former military junta members received sentences in prison for their roles in the “dirty war” in which nearly 9,000 people had “disappeared.”
  • 1987 – In the Gaza Strip, an Israeli patrol attacked the Jabliya refugee camp.
  • 1990 – Lech Walesa won Poland’s first direct presidential election in the country’s history.
  • 1990 – Slobodan Milosevic was elected president in Serbia’s first free elections in 50 years.
  • 1990 – The first American hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving in the United States
  • 1991 – European Community leaders agreed to begin using a single currency in 1999.
  • 1992 – Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.
  • 1992 – Clair George, former CIA spy chief, was convicted of lying to the U.S. Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. U.S. President George H.W. Bush later pardoned George.
  • 1992 – United States troops arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia, to oversee the delivery of international food aid, in operation ‘Restore Hope’.
  • 1993 – The United States Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos that were marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.
  • 1993 – Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavor completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 1993 – At Princeton University in New Jersey, scientists produced a controlled fusion reaction equal to 3 million watts.
  • 1994 – Representatives of the Irish Republican Army and the British government opened peace talks in Northern Ireland.
  • 1994 – President Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after learning that she had told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
  • 1996 – UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali approved a deal allowing Iraq to resume its exports of oil and easing the UN trade embargo imposed on Iraq in 1990.
  • 1999 – The United States announced that it was expelling a Russian diplomat that had been caught gathering information with an eavesdropping device at the U.S. State Department.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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