International Mountain Day

December 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning mountaineers. Today is Sunday, December 11th. The holidays today are:

International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day, oddly enough, celebrates mountains; but not, as you might think, for their majesty. Instead, it celebrates the vital role that mountains play in the world’s delicate ecosystem. This holiday was designated in 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly to help bring awareness to how important mountains are for the health and well-being of the flora and fauna that call them their home.
Mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They comprise about 21% of the Earth’s surface and are home to about 13% of the world’s population – nearly a billion people. Additionally, since they are the main source of water because the melting snow feeds most of the world’s streams and rivers, they are vital to the survival of nearly everyone else in the world that lives downstream as well. In addition to humans, thousands of species of flora and fauna make their home in the mountains and are dependent upon the mountains for their survival. Aside from being essential to the world’s freshwater supply, they also safeguard many natural resources and protect communities against natural disasters. The delicate balance of nature is crucial to man’s survival and protecting the world’s mountains is vital to maintaining that balance.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the recreational opportunities mountains provide. They provide a place to commune with nature through hiking trails and campgrounds in the spring, summer, and fall, and, in the winter, we can ski down their snowy slopes.
To celebrate International Mountain Day, weather permitting, visit a mountain near you. If that is impractical, try to learn more about the mountains that surround you.

World Choral Day

This time of year, Choral music becomes more popular, so World Choral Day was created through an initiative of Alberto Grau from the Latin American Vice-Presidency of the International Federation for Choral Music, proposed and approved by the General Assembly of International Federation of Choral Music held in Helsinki in August 1990. Each year since thousands of choirs join in the celebration of World Choral Day on or around the 2nd Sunday in December. Millions of singers across the globe are involved in World Choral Day concerts, festivals, singalongs, choral seminars, Days of Friendship and other events.
Music is the universal unifier, and World Choral Day seeks to bring the people of the world together under one umbrella – Choral music – and bring people together in peace and harmony through music. It is hoped that through this unifying effort, people can learn about other cultures and gain an understanding of their perspective.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day was created, and is sponsored by, The Compassionate Friends, an organization which lends comfort to families worldwide who have suffered the death of a child. This holiday is always celebrated on the second Sunday in December by lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. It creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from timezone to timezone.
Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day has grown into what is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting ceremony in the world. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands more informal candle lightings are conducted in individual homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
If you have lost a child prematurely, or know someone who has, light a candle for that child at 7:00 PM tonight as a reminder of the light which child brought into the world while he or she was here.

National Noodle Ring Day

To be completely honest with you, in the threescore and nine plus years I have been alive, I’ve never even heard of a noodle ring. From what I can glean from my sources, a noodle ring is basically a pasta casserole that is baked in a ring pan or Bundt pan, then completely removed from its pan for presentation prior to slicing and serving (unlike most casseroles). The secret lies in using flat noodles (like egg noodles, but any pasta will do) and binding ingredients like flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, and cheese (and, of course, seasonings to taste). Once unmolded, you can fill the center hole with pieces of diced ham or chicken, or some cubes of cheese to add a little more flair.
There is also mention in some of my sources to sweet noodle rings, or Kugels, containing different combinations of raisins, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, chocolate chips, or cappuccino coffee mix (I guess something akin to noodle pudding).
In all of my noodling around the internet researching this holiday, I was unable to find any information regarding the creation, history, or purpose for National Noodle Ring Day…or why it is celebrated on this date.
To celebrate National Noodle Ring Day, simply make a noodle ring. I’m sure that if you search ‘noodle ring’ in your preferred search engine, you’ll find a multitude of recipes from which to choose. Heck, I’ve already given you the basic ingredients, so be adventurous and create your own recipe. Who knows, after 25354 days, I might even try making one for the first time. It sounds basically like a baked macaroni and cheese in a fancy pan…and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

On this date in

  • 1719 – The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis was in New England.
  • 1769 – Edward Beran of London patented Venetian blinds.
  • 1816 – Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th American state.
  • 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic for the dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, was the anesthetic.
  • 1872 – Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became America’s first black governor when he took office as acting governor of Louisiana.
  • 1882 – Boston’s Bijou Theater had its first performance. It was the first American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity.
  • 1894 – The world’s first motor show opened in Paris with nine exhibitors.
  • 1928 – In Buenos Aires, police thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
  • 1930 – The Bank of the United States in New York failed.
  • 1936 – Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson. He became the Duke of Windsor.
  • 1937 – The Fascist Council in Rome, withdrew Italy from the League of Nations.
  • 1941 – Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The United States, in turn, declared war on the two countries.
  • 1943 – The City Center of Music and Drama was dedicated in New York by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.
  • 1946 – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the U.N. General Assembly. The fund provides relief to children in countries devastated by war.
  • 1951 – Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball. DiMaggio played exclusively for the New York Yankees during his 13-year career.
  • 1961 – The first direct American military support for South Vietnam occurred when a United States aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon.
  • 1967 – The prototype of the Concorde was shown for the first time in Toulouse, France.
  • 1973 – West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally nullified the 1938 Munich pact when they signed a treaty sanctioning Hitler’s seizure of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation creating $1.6 billion environmental “superfund” that would be used to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
  • 1981 – Muhammad Ali fought his last fight. He lost his 61st fight to Trevor Berbick.
  • 1985 – The House of Representatives joined the Senate by giving final congressional approval to the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
  • 1985 – General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. Also included in the deal was NBC Radio and Television.
  • 1986 – The government of South Africa expanded its media restrictions by imposing prior censorship and banning coverage of a wide range of peaceful anti-apartheid protests.
  • 1987 – Charlie Chaplin’s trademark cane and bowler hat were sold at Christie’s for $82,500.
  • 1988 – 62 people were killed in a Mexico City marketplace when tons of illegal fireworks exploded.
  • 1990 – Ivana Trump was divorced from Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage.
  • 1991 – Salman Rushdie, under an Islamic death sentence for blasphemy, made his first public appearance since 1989 in New York, at a dinner marking the 200th anniversary of the First Amendment (which guarantees freedom of speech in the United States).
  • 1994 – Thousands of Russian troops, armored columns and jets entered Chechnya. The move by Moscow was an effort to restore control the breakaway republic.
  • 1994 – The world’s largest free trade zone was created when leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations signed a free-trade declaration known as “The Miami Process.”
  • 1996 – In Crystal City, VA, “The Art of the Toy” opened. The exhibit was at the Patent and Trademark Office Museum.
  • 1997 – Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a British leader in 76 years. He conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
  • 1997 – More than 270 Tutsi refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed by Juto guerillas in Mudende, Rwanda.
  • 1997 – More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth’s “greenhouse gasses.”
  • 1998 – Scientists announced that they had deciphered the entire genetic blueprint of a tiny worm.
  • 1998 – The Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off on a nine-month journey to the Red Planet. However, the probe disappeared in September of 1999, apparently destroyed because scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values.
  • 1998 – Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushed through three articles of impeachment against President Clinton.
  • 2001 – Attorney General Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Zacarias Moussaoui was charged with six conspiracy charges. Moussaoui was in custody at the time of the attacks.
  • 2001 – Ted Turner purchased 12,000 acres in Nebraska for Bison ranches.
  • 2001 – It was announced that President George W. Bush would withdraw the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
  • 2001 – Federal agents seized computers in 27 United States cities as part of “Operation Buccaneer.” The raids were used to gain evidence against an international software piracy ring.

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