January 25th – National Opposite Day (or not)

January 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Bad evening no one. Today is not Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate aren’t:

National Opposite Day

The first “holiday” today is National Opposite Day. Or is it? Today isn’t National Opposite Day, so don’t celebrate by doing the opposite of what you mean to do and saying the opposite of what you mean to say. Then again, if you don’t want to do something, you shouldn’t do just because it’s the opposite of what you should do. Then, if you consider what you don’t want to do, as the thing that you do want to do, then you won’t do what you don’t want to do and, by so doing, you will do what you do want to do and everything should work out fine. (I think). Is that clear enough for you?
The origins of National Opposite Day are murky at best. Some of my sources say that the genesis of this holiday is a turn-of-the-century children’s game, while others claim that its origins are derived from the 18th-century novel “Alice in Wonderland.” Who knows what is even real these days anyway?

Macintosh Computer Day  

The “Mac” made its debut on this date in 1984, spawning legions of “fanboys” ( and girls) worldwide. On Jan. 22, 1984, in a Super Bowl ad, the Macintosh was introduced. Steve Jobs then presented it to the world on Jan. 24, 1984 and it went on sale to the public the next day on Jan. 25, 1984. Apple considers  Jan. 25 to be the anniversary date of the Mac, so for the purposes of this BLOG, so will I.  
I am probably committing sacrilege in the eyes of those aforementioned Mac “fan-persons” by using my Asus Desktop computer with Windows 10 to write this BLOG. I am by no means a Mac fanboy, but I do own a Macbook. It is ancient, and I now only use it as my laptop when I travel. A few years ago, I spent $300.00 to “upgrade” it to the (then) latest version of the operating system, OSX (Mountain Lion). It didn’t help at all. The ancient beast is still as slow as molasses. Perhaps it’s time for a newer version.

Fluoride Day

Scientists discovered the health benefits of fluoride in the 1930’s. The next logical step was to begin a study and that is exactly what they did. They found four communities that were willing to participate in the study but Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first to begin implementation, On January 25, 1945, the city of Grand Rapids added fluoride to their municipal water system…and community water fluoridation began. Since that day, Grand Rapids was compared to “control” communities with no added fluoride. The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council reviewed the results and found a dramatic decline in tooth decay in the Grand Rapids children. On November 29, 1951, the NRC declared water fluoridation safe, effective, and beneficial and fluoridation of community water has become the standard.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride helps strengthen the development of permanent teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralize teeth that are damaged by acidic foods and disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
To celebrate Fluoride Day, check your calendar and see if it is time for a checkup at your dentist.

National Irish Coffee Day  

Contrary to popular belief, Irish Coffee is not a centuries old recipe handed down from generation to generation. It was created in Port of Foynes in County Limerick, Ireland sometime around the beginning of WWII by Joseph Sheridan, head chef at the (only) restaurant there. Port of Foynes was a seaplane port near the site where Shannon International Airport was under construction. A group of passengers stopped at the bar after a miserably cold eighteen-hour journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Joe brewed hot coffee, added a splash of whiskey, and offered the concoction to the travelers. According to legend, one of the passengers asked him, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” and Joe laughed and said, “No, that’s Irish coffee.”
I dislike both whiskey and coffee so I will not be celebrating this holiday. If you are so inclined, this link will take you to Chef Sheridan’s original recipe.

A Room of One’s Own Day 

Better Business Communication Day – Always the fourth Monday of January

Community Manager Appreciation Day – Always the fourth Monday of January

Burns Night 

On This Date

  • In 1533 – England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
  • In 1799, Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
  • In 1870 – G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.
  • In 1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was performed at the wedding of Victoria, the Princess Royal, to Prince Frederick William, the crown Prince of Prussia. The bride was the daughter of Queen Victoria, who loved Mendelssohn’s music and for whom Mendelssohn often played while on his visits to Britain. [The “Wedding March” was originally written in 1842. The first time that it was used at a wedding was when Dorothy Carew wed Tom Daniel at St Peter’s Church, Tiverton, England, on 2 June 1847.  However, the performance of the song at Princess Victoria’s wedding is what made it universally popular and gave rise to it becoming the standard song for nuptials].
  • In 1881 – Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.
  • In 1915 – In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.
  • In 1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.
  • In 1927 – Jack Benny married Sadye Marks on this day. Sadye changed her name to Mary Livingstone.
  • In 1949 – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
  • In 1950 – A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
  • In 1959 –  In the United states, American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
  • In 1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.
  • In 1971 – Charles Manson and three female members of his “family” were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree. They were all sentenced to death for the 1969 killings. The sentences were later commuted to life sentences.
  • In 1971 – Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.
  • In 1981 – The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.
  • In 1987 – The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC. The game featured TV commercials cost $550,000 for 30 seconds.
  • In 1998 – The Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos had lost 3 previous Super Bowl appearances with quarterback John Elway.
  • In 1999 – In Louisville, KY, a man received the first transplant of a human hand in the United States.
  • In 2010 – In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Bowling Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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

  • Robert Boyle 1627 – Chemist, physicist
  • Robert Burns 1759 – Poet
  • W. Somerset Maugham 1874 – Playwright, novelist
  • Virginia Woolf 1882 – Novelist
  • Edwin Newman 1919 – Newscaster
  • Barbara Carroll 1925 – Jazz pianist
  • Dean  Jones 1931 – Actor
  • Corazon Aquino 1933 – Former President of the Philippines
  • Diana Hyland 1936 – Actress
  • Etta James 1938 – Blues singer
  • Leigh Taylor-Young 1944 – Actress
  • Diana Manoff 1958 – Actress
  • China Kantner 1971 – Actress
  • Mia Kirshner 1975  – Actress
  • Christine Lakin 1979 – Actress
  • Alicia Keys 1981 – Singer

Epilogue

Just a reminder that the purpose of this series of posts is to show that whether you are having a good day or a bad day, there is always a reason to celebrate. Most of the “holidays” covered herein are frivolous, whimsical, and/or just don’t make any darn sense at all. Others take on a more serious tone, highlighting the plight of the Earth or specific specimens of its flora and fauna. A few are even legitimate!
My goal is to both inform and entertain you. Occasionally, I will interject little glimpses into my psyche by giving an opinion, or by relating a personal anecdote, but for the most part, I will endeavor to keep these posts free of political opinion. I hope you enjoy them.

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