Pledge of Allegiance Day

December 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Wednesday, December 28th. The holidays today are:

Pledge of Allegiance Day

The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of loyalty to the federal flag and the republic of the United States of America. Pledge of Allegiance Day commemorates the date in 1945 when Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. First written in 1892, and amended four times since then, the Pledge of Allegiance in its current incarnation reads as follows:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

In 1999, a New Hampshire resident contacted the office of Senator Robert Smith to inquire why the Senate did not follow the House, which had incorporated the Pledge into its proceedings 11 years earlier. Spurred by this inquiry, the Senate amended its standing rules on June 23, 1999, providing for the presiding officer to lead the body in the Pledge at the start of each daily session. President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond inaugurated this tradition on the following day.
The American flag had become a standard fixture in the Senate Chamber by the 1930’s, placed directly behind the presiding officer. A half-century later, as the Senate began televised coverage of its floor proceedings, the flag was moved to the presiding officer’s right side so as not to appear to be bisecting that official’s head on television screens. To balance the American flag, the Senate created a flag of its own–displaying the Senate seal on a field of dark blue–and placed it on the presiding officer’s left.
The Pledge of Allegiance has been fraught with controversy since its adoption and, I wonder, in today’s politically charged and contentious climate, whether it would even be adopted at all. For a complete history of the Pledge of Allegiance, use this link.

Holy Innocents Day

Holy Innocents Day commemorates the massacre of male children of Bethlehem by King Herod’s order (Matthew 2:16). [Upon hearing of the birth of the King of the Jews and the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy, Herod ordered the execution of all the male children in Bethlehem. While the exact date when this event occurred is uncertain, the feast has been celebrated since before the end of the fifth century].
Also known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents, this holiday is observed in the Western churches on December 28 and Eastern churches on December 29. These children are considered martyrs, Saints of God, by the Church.
On Holy Innocents Day it is customary to give the youngest child in the household the power to rule the day. From what to eat, where to go and what to do, the youngest is in charge. In Mexico, it is a day for children to play practical jokes and pranks on their elders.

Card Playing Day

Playing cards are thought to have first been introduced to the world in China before spreading to India, Persia, and ultimately everywhere else.
In these technologically advanced times with a myriad of electronic games available, sitting down with your friends and/or family with a deck of cards to play card games is rapidly becoming passé. Card Playing Day seeks to revive the age-old tradition of togetherness derived from playing card games with which so many from my generation and earlier generations were raised.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays have waned somewhat, what better time to gather your loved ones around the table to play a few card games. There are countless numbers and types of card games from which to choose. Some have standardized rules, and others have rules that vary according to region or culture.
So, unplug the Xbox, the Nintendo, and/or the Wii and enjoy a fun evening playing card games with your family. Now “Go Fish”.

National Chocolate Candy Day

As a regular reader of this BLOG, you may or may not have already surmised, that there is at least one chocolate-related holiday in every month of the year. National Chocolate Candy Day is the third chocolate-related holiday for the month of December and is the final one for the year.
Chocolate candy is one of the most popular sweets in the world. It can be combined with everything from nuts and caramel to raisins and pretzels to make some of our favorite treats.
Chocolate is clearly a favorite American treat. Over 2.8 billion pounds are consumed annually. On average that means each person consumes over eleven pounds per year. That may seem like a lot, but the United States ranks only 9th in the per capita consumption of chocolate; behind most of Europe. Switzerland leads the pack.
Little information is available on the origins of, the reasons for, or the creator of this holiday, but really, who cares? Any day that sanctions the consumption of chocolate is a good day. So, forget your diet and indulge yourself one last time in celebrating this holiday with one (or two) of your favorite chocolate candies. What is your favorite chocolate candy?
Factoid: During the Second World War, the United States Government commissioned Milton Hershey to create a candy bar to include in the soldiers’ rations. The recipe his company created is now the famous Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar.

On this date in

  • 1065 – Westminster Abbey was consecrated under Edward the Confessor.
  • 1694 – Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.
  • 1732 – “The Pennsylvania Gazette,” owned by Benjamin Franklin, ran an ad for the first issue of “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
  • 1832 – John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.
  • 1836 – Mexico’s independence was recognized by Spain.
  • 1846 – Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
  • 1869 – William E. Semple, of Mt. Vernon, OH, patented an acceptable chewing gum.
  • 1877 – John Stevens applied for a patent for his flour-rolling mill, which boosted production by 70%.
  • 1879 – In Dundee, Scotland the central portion of the Tay Bridge collapsed as a train was passing over it. 75 people were killed.
  • 1902 – The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Syracuse defeated the Philadelphia Nationals 6-0.
  • 1908 – An earthquake killed over 75,000 at Messina in Sicily.
  • 1912 – The first municipally owned street cars were used on the streets of San Francisco, CA.
  • 1926 – The highest recorded cricket innings score of 1,107 runs was hit by Victoria, against New South Wales, in Melbourne.
  • 1937 – The Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland when a new constitution established the country as a sovereign state under the name of Eire.
  • 1945 – Congress officially recognized the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
  • 1950 – The Peak District became Britain’s first designated National Park.
  • 1973 – The Chamber of Commerce of Akron, OH, terminated its association with the All-American Soap Box Derby. It was stated that the race had become “a victim of cheating and fraud.”
  • 1973 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn published “Gulag Archipelago,” an expose of the Soviet prison system.
  • 1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, VA.
  • 1982 – Nevell Johnson Jr. was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade. The event set off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.
  • 1987 – The bodies of 14 relatives of R. Gene Simmons were found at his home near Dover, AR. Simmons had gone on a shooting spree in Russellville that claimed two other lives.
  • 1991 – Nine people died in a rush to get into a basketball game at City College in New York.
  • 1995 – Pressure from German prosecutors investigating pornography forced CompuServe to set a precedent by blocking access to sex-oriented newsgroups on the Internet for its customers.
  • 2000 – U.S. District Court Judge Matsch held a hearing to ensure that confessed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh understood that he was dropping his appeals. McVeigh said that he wanted an execution date, set but wanted to reserve the right to seek presidential clemency.

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