January 15th – Hold Onto Your Hats Folks

January 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning headgear enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, January 15, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Hat Day

National Hat Day is the holiday to don your derby, traipse around in your Trilby, flaunt your fedora, put on your Panama, slip on your sombrero, brandish your baseball cap, strut your Stetson, or break out your beanie.
Hats have been around for millennia. The earliest record of people wearing hats dates back to around 3000 BC. A mural was discovered at an archeological dig from that era depicting a man wearing a crude straw hat. However, I’m sure that headgear made from animal skins was around long before this.
Hats can be used to designate a person’s status, rank, or position. They can also be used to make a fashion statement. However, much more than these things, most hats are also functional as well. Helmets (a type of hat) protect our heads during a variety of activities. Some hats, such as stocking caps and fur-lined hats provide warmth.
However, there are some basic guidelines regarding proper hat wearing etiquette.

  1. You should always tip your hat when you greet a lady or elderly person as a sign of greeting and respect.
  2. You should always remove your hat while participating in a funeral procession, or when a funeral procession passes by.
  3. You should always remove your hat when the National Anthem is played or when the U.S. flag passes by.
  4. Hats should never be worn inside residences.

The majority of a person’s body heat escapes through their head, even more so if you are follically unencumbered…like yours truly. I wear a chapeau year-round. They protect my cue ball like cranium from the damaging rays of the sun in summer and provide warmth in the winter.

Wikipedia Day

Wikipedia Day celebrates the launch date of online encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was originally started as a side-project on Nupedia. The name ‘Wikipedia’ is derived from two words – ‘Wiki’, which is the name of an online search engine; and ‘pedia’, the last letters of the word ‘encyclopedia’.
Wikipedia is a good source for general reference work on a particular subject, however since virtually anyone can submit information or edit information already provided, you need to verify your results with other sources if your research requires 100% accuracy. I use it extensively when writing these BLOG posts.

Strawberry Ice Cream Day

The ice creams we know and love today evolved from ancient flavored ices. As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow. While fruity ice cream flavors are still popular today, vanilla and chocolate are the clear favorites. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.  So, treat yourself to a delicious bowl (or two) to celebrate Strawberry Ice Cream today. (I am just left to wonder why an ice cream holiday is celebrated in the middle of January). Oh well, I may have some for dessert tonight. I’ll just wear my wool Navy watch cap while eating it to retain some body heat.
Interesting factoid: Dolly Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813.

National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day

National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day encourages us to re-educate ourselves about fresh squeezed juice and the many health benefits it provides. Popular fruits and vegetables for juicing are orange, grapefruit, apple, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, grape, cranberry, pomegranate, tomato, and carrot.
Juice Bars are the latest fad and are popping up everywhere. It has become increasingly popular to combine a variety of fruits into single juice drinks. Almost every neighborhood now has a Juice Bar where you can enjoy a glass of your favorite juice and congregate with a few friends or enjoy a moment of solitude.
According to Wikipedia, “Juice is a liquid naturally contained in fruit or vegetable tissue. Juice is prepared by mechanically squeezing or macerating fresh fruits or vegetables without the application of heat or solvents.”
Juices are also available commercially in your local market. Many commercial juices are filtered to remove fiber or pulp, but some of these juices are also available in “high pulp” versions as well where they leave in some of the pulp. Juice may be marketed in concentrate form, sometimes frozen, requiring the user to add water to reconstitute the liquid back to its “original state”. However, concentrates generally have a noticeably different taste than their comparable “fresh-squeezed” versions. Other juices are reconstituted before packaging for retail sale. Common methods for preservation and processing of fruit juices include canning, pasteurization, freezing, evaporation and spray drying.
Home juicers have also become “trendy”. Home juicers allow you to prepare the same juice (or juice combinations) that you pay dearly for at your local juice bar in the convenience of your own home for a lot less money. At least at home, you know that the fruits and vegetables you juice are fresh.
Celebrate National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day by having a glass or two of your favorite juice or juice combination today.

Humanitarian Day 

World Religion Day

World Snow Day

On This Date 

  • In 1559 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth Tudor) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • In 1777 – The people of New Connecticut (now the state of Vermont) declared their independence.
  • In 1844 – the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
  • In 1863 – “The Boston Morning Journal” became the first paper in the United States to be published on wood pulp paper.
  • In 1870 – a cartoon by Thomas Nast titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion” appeared in “Harper’s Weekly.” The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time. (How prophetic).
  • In 1892 – Triangle Magazine in Springfield, MA published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach basket to a suspended board. The game is now known as basketball.
  • In 1906 – Willie Hoppe won the billiard championship of the world in Paris, France.
  • In 1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women.
  • In 1913 – The first telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated.
  • In 1936 – The first, all glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, OH. The building was the new home of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory.
  • In 1943 – The Pentagon was dedicated as the world’s largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.
  • In 1953 – Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.
  • In 1955 – The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss in Tucson, AZ.
  • In 1967 – The first NFL Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon announced the suspension of all United States offensive action in North Vietnam. He cited progress in peace negotiations as the reason.
  • In 1974 – “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.
  • In 1976 – Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.
  • In 1986 – President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.
  • In 2003 – The Supreme Court ruled that Congress had permission to repeatedly extend copyright protection.
  • In 2006 – NASA’s Stardust space probe mission was completed when it’s sample return capsule returned to Earth with comet dust from comet Wild 2.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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

  • Frederick Arthur Stanley  1841 – For whom the Stanley Cup is named, one of the original Hockey Hall of Fame inductees
  • Pierre S. DuPont  1870 – Industrialist
  • Edward Teller  1908 – Physicist, creator of the hydrogen bomb
  • Gene Krupa  1909 – Drummer, bandleader
  • Lloyd Bridges  1913  – Actor  (“Seahunt”)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  1929 – Civil rights activist
  • Margaret O’Brien  1937 – Actress
  • Ronnie Van Zant  1949 – Musician  (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Ernie DiGregorio  1951 – Basketball player
  • Charo (Maria Martinez)  1951 – Entertainer, classical flamenco guitarist
  • Mario Van Peebles  1957 – Actor
  • Chad Lowe  1968 – Actor
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