Boston Tea Party Day

December 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriotic tea aficionados. Today is Friday, December 16th. The holidays today are:

Boston Tea Party Day

The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” was a nonviolent political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. Disguised as Indians, the demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax the Americans had not authorized. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party became an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
Here are a couple of facts about the ‘tea party’  that aren’t commonly known. According to Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums, the three ships holding the British tea were built in America and owned by Americans, not the British. Also, hundreds of people participated (116 took credit); not the ‘small band’ reported in history books. The Sons of Liberty carefully planned and executed the Boston Tea Party according to the museum, which could have attributed to the absence of violence and confrontation. The three-hour event occurred on this date in 1773 because American colonists believed Britain was unfairly taxing them to pay for expenses incurred during the French and Indian War.
Celebrate this holiday with a “spot of tea”, and perhaps a ‘crumpet’ or two.

National Underdog Day

National Underdog Day has no relation to that esteemed crime-fighting canine…Underdog. Instead, National Underdog Day, which is celebrated on the third Friday in December each year, was created in 1976 as a day to celebrate those unsung heroes and the “second bananas” of literature, movies, and more. Those people who complete some of our favorite ”top dogs”; such as Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes, Robin to Batman, Tonto to The Lone Ranger, etc, etc.
National Underdog Day is not solely for the famous “second bananas”. It pertains to everyone who, despite their best efforts, never seem to be able to rise to the top. The ordinary “every man” who works diligently to provide for his family and has no desire for the spotlight; yet in a time of crisis still manages to “be there” for his loved ones and provide what they need.
There are many examples of ‘underdogs’ achieving success.; Steve Jobs with Apple, Bill Gates with Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook, and yes, even Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago. All of these people achieved success despite the odds being stacked against them.
In sports, the term ‘underdog’ refers to the individual or team that statistically has the least chance of winning. Sometimes, though, through dedication, perseverance, desire, and sheer determination, they win despite the odds.
The term ‘underdog’ actually originated in the shipbuilding industry. Planks of wood were referred to as “dogs.” As they were placed, one man would supervise from above while another, the “underdogs”, would stand below, in the dark, cutting and fitting the boards. They would be covered in soot and sawdust, in horrible conditions, while the man above would get all the credit for the work.
To celebrate this holiday, reach out and say “Thank You” to all of the unsung heroes in your life.

Free Shipping Day

Although the date varies from year to year, Free Shipping Day is an annual event held in mid-December where consumers get to shop from a variety of large and small online merchants that are offering free shipping with a guarantee of delivery by Christmas Eve. This holiday was created in 2008 by Luke Knowles and his wife who founded a website called
Free Shipping Day benefits both the customers and the online merchants. The bottom line for customers is the savings they see by not having to pay for shipping, which can be quite expensive at times…especially if you need an item by a specific date. The bottom line for the merchants is, quite naturally, their ‘bottom line’. They see benefits from more customers taking advantage of the free shipping on this holiday, which in turn might enable them to spend more on last-minute holiday gifts.
If you plan to do any online shopping this Christmas season, Free Shipping Day is the day to do it. So, fire up tour infernal contraptions and let your fingers do your Christmas shopping this year.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was started in 2011 by ugly Christmas sweater lovers as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly, ugly sweaters. Celebrated on the third Friday of December, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day gives holiday lovers worldwide a chance to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters.
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown in popularity and is now an international event. In 2014, the creators of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day partnered with Save the Children in their “Make the World Better with a Sweater” campaign. You can now help children across the world by wearing an ugly sweater on December 18th and encouraging others to go online and donate.
Try these tips to create your own masterpiece on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day:

  • Animal or cartoon characters with a holiday theme are a great starting place. Think reindeer, snowmen, mice, kittens or elves.
  • Select ridiculous colors. The more they clash, the better.
  • Embellish. Scratch that. Over-embellish! Pom-poms, bells, felt, tinsle, or any other glittery, jingly items lying around the house.
  • Add a collar, Dickey, or ruffle.
  • Electrify it! Put Rudolph to shame and go to the head of the team with bright, flashing lights!
  • Give it some 80s flair with shoulder pads.

Celebrating National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day couldn’t be easier — Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. If by chance, you don’t own an ugly Christmas sweater, today is the day to make or purchase one.

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

If you have small children or grandchildren still in your home, the creators of this holiday,, think you will understand this holiday. It is the day of the year when you tell your children that Barbie and Barney don’t really exist. What? Wait! Barbie and Barney don’t exist? Nonsense! Who’s next on their “hit list”? Sponge Bob Square Pants or Kermit and Miss Piggy? Next, they’ll have us believe that The Tooth Fairy is a myth, or that the Easter Bunny doesn’t actually leave the festively decorated ovum strewn on the lawn on Easter morning. These radicals probably deny the existence of Santa Claus as well; even though it is a fact clearly substantiated by the classic 1947 documentary film, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and by an article titled “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, published in the trusted daily publication, The New York Times, in answer to a query from a girl named Virginia about the existence of Santa Claus.
To what lengths will these wild-eyed, lunatic-fringe extremists go to undermine the very fabric of this great nation? Harrumph! Barbie and Barney Backlash Day indeed!

Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Chocolate Covered Anything Day is a holiday custom-made for chocoholics. It encourages you to cover any food you want with chocolate. Chocolate Covered Anything Day is a great day to indulge to excess, in your favorite food – chocolate. Pour, spread, drizzle, or slather chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, strawberries, or even ants (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered ants!). Get creative and experiment with more unusual dishes like beef tenderloin smothered in a rosemary, chocolate, and wine, or opt for something with a Mexican flair and pour some molé sauce over your favorite cut of meat.
There are many different types of chocolate that you can use to top your food: sweetened, unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, and more. With few exceptions, covering any food with some form of chocolate will make it better. The only limitation is your imagination and your palate.
Fun fact: Cacao beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, were so valuable in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations that they were used as currency to pay for commodities and taxes.

Day of Reconciliation  

On this date in

  • 1653 – Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
  • 1809 – Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.
  • 1835 – In New York, 530 buildings were destroyed by fire.
  • 1850 – The first immigrant ship, the Charlotte Jane, arrived at Lyttleton, New Zealand.
  • 1903 – Women ushers were employed for the first time at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
  • 1905 – Sime Silverman published the first issue of “Variety”.
  • 1912 – The first postage stamp to depict an airplane was issued was a 20-cent parcel post stamp.
  • 1916 – Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
  • 1940 – French Premier Petain arrested Pierre Laval after learning of a plan for Laval to seize power and set up a new government with German support.
  • 1944 – During World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began in Belgium. It was the final major German counteroffensive in the war.
  • 1950 – President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight “Communist imperialism.”
  • 1951 – NBC-TV debuted “Dragnet” in a special preview on “Chesterfield Sound Off Time”. The show began officially on January 3, 1952.
  • 1960 – A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.
  • 1972 – The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season. The Dolphins went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
  • 1973 – O.J. Simpson broke Jim Brown’s single-season rushing record in the NFL. Brown had rushed for 1,863 yards, while Simpson attained 2,003 yards.
  • 1981 – The U.S. Congress restored the $122 minimum monthly social security benefit for current recipients.
  • 1984 – The play “Diamonds” opened in New York City.
  • 1985 – Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
  • 1990 – Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a leftist priest, was elected president in Haiti’s first democratic elections.
  • 1991 – The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.
  • 1993 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for negotiations on a comprehensive test ban.
  • 1995 – Many U.S. government functions were again closed as a temporary finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.
  • 1995 – NATO launched a military operation in support of the Bosnia peace agreement.
  • 1996 – Britain’s agriculture minister announced the slaughter of an additional 100,000 cows thought to be at risk of contracting BSE in an effort to persuade the EU to lift its ban on Britain.
  • 1998 – The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of missiles on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors.
  • 1999 – Sigourney Weaver received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1999 – Torrential rains and mudslides in Venezuela left thousands of people dead and forced at least 120,000 to leave their homes.
  • 2000 – Researchers announced that information from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft indicated that Ganymede appeared to have a liquid saltwater ocean beneath a surface of solid ice. Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, is the solar system’s largest moon. The discovery is considered important since water is a key ingredient for life.
  • 2000 – President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the first African-American secretary of state. Powell was sworn in January 20, 2001.
  • 2001 – In Tora Bora, Afghanistan, tribal fighters announced that they had taken the last al-Qaeda positions. More than 200 fighters were killed and 25 captured. They also announced that they had found no sign of Osama bin Laden.
  • 2001 – A British newspaper, The Observer, reported that a notebook had been found at an al-Qaeda training camp in southern Afghanistan. The notebook contained a “blueprint” for a bomb attack on London’s financial district.
  • 2002 – Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The 1997 treaty was aimed a reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 2009 – Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.

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