January 10th – Peculiar People

January 10, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

January is one of the newer months to the calendar we know today. It was named after the God of Beginnings and transitions, Janus.  In Latin, Januarius means the month of Janus.  It was added to the calendar with 29 days around 713 BC by King Numa Pompilius to conform with the lunar calendar. Julius Caesar gave it the 31 days when he created the Julian Calendar, and it still has 31 days after the transition to the modern Gregorian calendar. 

Author’s note: Before I begin today, I would like to let you know that I will be returning to the same basic format as last year – instead of three separate posts, there will just be one long one. Same information, less work for me.

Good morning oddballs. Today is Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Peculiar People Day

Peculiar People Day celebrates those people who are just a little out of sync with everyone else – you know, anyone who is odd, un-ordinary, extraordinary, unusual, strange, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal, or a little quirky.
It has never been normal people who set the world in motion. When change occurs, it is always because of someone who refuses to accept things as they are. They challenge established ideas and overturn the concepts that define ‘a normal life’. Peculiar people challenge the status quo and refuse to accept the concept that doing something out of the ordinary is a bad thing. Whether it is the way they dress, the way they act, or their views on life, peculiar people stand out wherever they go – and they are never boring.
Peculiar People Day gives you the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the ‘odd ducks’ in your life – and judging from the people I know, I’m going to be really busy today.

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Houseplant Appreciation Day was established by The Gardener’s Network to remind people of the benefits of houseplants. With the end of the holiday season, sometimes our homes can seem a bit gloomy, and Houseplant Appreciation Day provides the perfect opportunity to brighten them up again with a little color.
House plants are therapeutic and add a little ambiance to any home, and some houseplants can even be functional. Aloe Vera grows quite well indoors and is perfect for treating minor cuts and bruises, helping to moisturize skin, and healing minor burns. Also, you can grow a small herb garden in your kitchen window sill and have fresh herbs close at hand when preparing your meals. Flowering plants add color and fragrance to your home.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

As the name implies, National Cut Your Energy Costs Day urges you to take steps to cut down your energy costs. There are myriad ways of cutting energy costs in your home.. Here are a few of the easiest and least expensive ways.

  • Turn off the television, radio and/or computer when not in use.
  • Close the window blinds/curtains when it’s very warm or extremely windy/cold.
  • Wait until the dishwasher or washing machine/dryer is full before you start a new load.
  • Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth.
  • Install low-flow shower heads to help save water.
  • Fix those leaky/dripping faucets and running toilets.
  • Turn down the temperature settings on your fridge and/or water heater.
  • switch out those old light bulbs and replace them with the energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Unplug items and appliances that you are not using. They still draw current even when not in use.
  • If you have drafty windows or doors, recaulk or install new weather-stripping.

National Save the Eagles Day

Throughout history, the majestic eagle has appeared in both mythology and heraldry and has been recognized as a symbol of power, courage, freedom, and immortality for centuries. Sadly, many species of eagles were on the brink of extinction in the later part of 20th Century. However, through the Herculean efforts of some scientists and good stewards of both public and private lands, many of these species are thriving today.  The Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States, is a prime example. Through conservation efforts, they have made a resurgence and were removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife as of June 2007. However, we still must remain vigilant. We don’t want them on the brink of extinction again.

Bittersweet Chocolate Day

If you are a regular reader of this Blog, you know that there is at least one chocolate-related holiday each month. Bittersweet Chocolate Day is the first one this year.
Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate made with cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla. Unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate, it does not contain any milk solids. According to FDA standards, bittersweet chocolate must contain at least 35% chocolate liquor (a non-alcoholic liquid produced from cocoa beans).
Consuming bittersweet chocolate on a daily basis is actually quite good for you. All variations of dark chocolate contain antioxidants that lower blood pressure and help protect your heart.
This link will take you to a website that will tell you everything you need to know about chocolate. So, in moderation, you can still include chocolate in your diet. I plan on having tonight’s ration hot, with milk and some of those little marshmallows.

National Oysters Rockefeller Day

National Poetry at Work Day

On this date   

In 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published.
In 1861 – Florida seceded from the United States.
In 1863 – Prime Minister Gladstone opened the first section of the London Underground Railway system, from Paddington to Farringdon Street.
In 1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
In 1901 – Oil was discovered at the Spindletop oil field near Beaumont, TX.
In 1911 – Major Jimmie Erickson took the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, CA.
In 1920 – the League of Nations held its first meeting in Geneva Switzerland. The first order of business was to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending WWI.
In 1928 – The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
In 1943 – President Roosevelt sailed from Miami, FL to Trinidad. This made him the first President to travel to a foreign country during wartime.
In 1946 – The United Nations held the first meeting of the General Assembly. There were 51 nations represented.
In 1951 – Donald Howard Rogers piloted the first passenger jet on a flight from Chicago, IL to New York City, NY.
In 1971 – Masterpiece Theatre premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cook. The introductory drama piece was “The First Churchills.” Masterpiece Theatre is still going strong today.
In 1984 – The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
In 1990 – Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. completed a $14 billion merger. The new company, Time Warner, became the world’s largest entertainment company.
In 1994 – Lorena Bobbitt went on trial for “bobbing” her husband John. She was eventually acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.
In 2000 – It was announced that Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL). It was the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal on December 14, 2000.
In 2001 – American Airlines agreed to acquire most of Trans World Airlines (TWA) assets for about $500 million. The deal brought an end to the financially troubled TWA.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy birthday. You share it with the following list of illustrious individuals.

Ethan Allen 1738 – founding Father

Francis X. Bushman 1883 – Silent movie star

Ray Bolger 1904 – (Film and early television star

Johnny Ray 1927 – Singer, songwriter, pianist

Giselle McKenzie 1927 – Singer, dancer, actress

Willie McCovey 1938 – Baseball player (San Francisco Giants)

Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim) 1939 – Musician (“San Francisco-Flowers in her Hair”)

Sal Mineo 1939 – Actor

Bill Toomey 1939 – Character actor

Jim Croce 1943 – Singer, songwriter

Frank Sinatra Jr. 1944 – Entertainer

Rod Stewart 1945 – Singer

George Foreman 1949 – Professional boxer

Pat Benatar 1953 – Musician

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