January 11th – Morse Code Day

January 11, 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. 

Good morning communicators. Today is Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day

Alas, with the advances being made in digital communication, Morse Code could be all but extinct within the next generation. In 2007, Morse Code was eliminated as a requirement to get a Ham Radio License.
Today is the anniversary of the day that  Samuel Morse first demonstrated the electric telegraph. To celebrate Learn Your Name on Morse Code Day, do as the name implies and learn your name in Morse Code. If you have children or grandchildren, teach them how to spell their name in Morse Code as well. This link will help you get started.

Step in A Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

Despite extensive research, I did not find any factual information about this holiday…except for the fact that it exists. Also, I have to wonder why whoever created this holiday chose the middle of January as the date to celebrate it…in a large portion of the country, most puddles are frozen this time of year.
Anyway, Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day is a great day to celebrate this bit of mischievous fun. However, if you decide to celebrate, I recommend that you have enough funds on your person to pay for your victim’s dry cleaning and/or have adequate Medical Insurance to cover your trip to the Emergency Room after your victim pulverizes you.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

It is a shame that human trafficking still exists in this world in 2017, but it –does  and it is more prevalent today than at any other time in history. Congress created this holiday in 2007 to raise awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. This link will take you to a website with more information on this abhorrent topic.

Hot Toddy Day

A hot toddy is a delicious drink made with honey, lemon, hot water, and the spirit of your choice (usually whiskey, brandy, or rum). It’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day, and a few sips can also relieve cold or flu symptoms. Hot toddies originated in Scotland sometime during the 18th century. While the exact details are unknown, historians believe that the recipe was developed to make the taste of Scotch whiskey more palatable. (Apparently, the women of the day didn’t care for the smoky flavor.) One theory suggests that the word “toddy” evolved from “Tod’s well” (also known as Todian Spring), the water supply for Edinburgh. Today there are many variations on the original hot toddy recipe. Some versions call for tea, coffee, cocoa, apple cider, spices, or even butter. To celebrate National Hot Toddy Day, brew up your favorite type of hot toddy and enjoy!

Milk Day

Milk Day is an “udderly ridiculous” holiday that celebrates the date that milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time. This monumental event occurred on this date in 1878 in New York City. The delivery was made by Alexander Campbell in case you were wondering. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. Drink some milk — If it came in a glass container, you get bonus points. What is your favorite way to enjoy milk?

Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day

Secret Pal Day

On this date in

1569 – England’s first state lottery was held.

1770 – The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.

1805 – The Michigan Territory was created.

1861 – Alabama seceded from the United States.

1867 – Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.

1878 – In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.

1902 – “Popular Mechanics” magazine was published for the first time.

1913 – The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.

1922 – At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.

1935 – Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1938 – In Limerick, ME, Frances Moulton assumed her duties as the first woman bank president.

1942 – Japan declared war against the Netherlands. The same day, Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.

1943 – The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.

1947 – “Murder and Mrs. Malone” debuted on ABC radio.

1958 – “Seahunt” debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1964 – Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes were a definite health hazard.

1973 – The Open University awarded its first degrees.

1973 – Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.

1977 – France released Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

1978 – Two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6 orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already docked.

1980 – Nigel Short, age 14, from Bolton in Britain, became the youngest International Master in the history of chess.

1986 – Author James Clavell signed a 5$ million deal with Morrow/Avon Publishing for the book “Whirlwind”. The book is a 2,000-page novel.

1988 – Vice President George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.

1991 – An auction of silver and paintings that had been acquired by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in a total of $20.29 million at Christie’s in New York.

1996 – Ryutaro Hashimoto became Japan’s prime minister. He replaced Tomiichi Murayama who had resigned on January 5, 1996.

2000 – The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government – with restrictions.

2000 – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.

2001 – The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the “Texas 7.” It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

2001 – The Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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

Alexander Hamilton  1755 –  Founding father
Carroll Shelby  1923 – Designer of the Shelby Mustang
Don Cherry  1924 – Singer, and former pro golfer
Grant Tinker  1926 – Former CEO of NBC
Rod Taylor  1930 – Actor
Jim Hightower  1943 – Syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author
Naomi Judd  1946.  – Country music star (The Judds)
Ben Crenshaw  1952 – Pro golfer
Vicki Peterson 1958  Musician (The Bangles)
Kim Coles  1962 –  Actress
Mary J. Blige  1971 – Musician
Amanda Peet  1972 – Actress

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