January 27th – Holy Crap!

January 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning doo-doo heads. Today is Friday, January 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Thomas Crapper Day

You probably think this holiday is a load of crap, and you are asking yourselves; “Who the crap is Thomas Crapper, and why the crap does he have a day dedicated to him, and why should I give a crap anyway?”. Well, basically, Thomas Crapper is credited with creating the technology for the modern-day flush toilet.
This link will give you a crap-load of information to answer all of your questions, and save me a crap-load of time trying to explain it to you.
Although he did not invent the flush toilet as many believe, Mr. Crapper did popularize and improve the flush toilet. He was Baptized on September 28th, 1936, but no record of his actual date of birth is available, so Thomas Crapper Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death on this date in 1910.
In celebration of Thomas Crapper Day, pay homage to your “porcelain throne” by admiring its craftsmanship and giving thanks for the convenience it provides…and try not to have a crappy day. Oh well, enough of this crap! Time to move on.

Punch the Clock Day 

First of all, let me go on record as saying that I stand wholeheartedly against any form of chronometer abuse. Punching clocks is destructive, serves no logical purpose, and may result in personal injury.
With that said, I believe that the actual intent of this holiday is not to encourage the destruction of any timepieces, but rather to celebrate the old-fashioned “time clock” that used to be at almost every work-site in America before the dawn of the ‘computer age’, and still is in many.
Despite exhaustive research, I found no information to determine the purpose or meaning of Punch the Clock Day. So I’ll give you my theory. Punch the Clock Day not only celebrates the “punch clock” or “time clock”, the device used by employers to calculate the time their workers spend on the job, it also honors all of those working stiffs who “punch a clock” every day at manufacturing facilities across America, providing us with all of the products necessary to conduct our daily lives. [Or at least, they used to before their jobs were outsourced to facilities in Third World countries who now use child labor in sweatshops, or slave labor, to increase profits and line the pockets of greedy corporate CEO’s with wealth beyond reason – and Politicians who take “campaign contributions” from these same greedy CEO’s to line their own pockets].
Anyway, if you still have one of these [ever diminishing] manufacturing jobs here in America, congratulations, and THANK YOU. My life is easier because of you.

Vietnam Peace Day

Vietnam Peace Day is a holiday near and dear to the hearts of many from my generation. On this date in 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris, France. The main negotiators of the accords were Dr. Henry Kissinger (United States National Security Adviser) and  Le Duc Tho (Vietnamese Politburo member). They both received the Nobel Peace Prize later in the year for their efforts. This link provides a more detailed account if you would like a “refresher course’ in history.

National Geographic Day

National Geographic Day celebrates National Geographic Magazine, whose first issue was launched on this date in 1888. The magazine was originally text-oriented, but the editors soon realized that the most popular articles in their magazine were to ones that contained photographs and soon shifted to a more pictorial format, and has since become famous for its breathtaking photography.
National Geographic Magazine has covered thousands of topics over the years, from lovely, peaceful Balinese dancers to more controversial topics like the brutal killing of animals by poachers. National Geographic magazine has satisfied people’s interest in far away places – their foods, customs, their people, and their unique and exotic animals for nearly 130 years. More recently, National Geographic Magazine has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of environmental issues, such as deforestation and endangered species.

National Chocolate Cake Day

Cakes have a rich culinary history. In Greece, cakes (or “plakous”) were heavy and flat, and people served them with nuts and honey. The Romans made cakes that were more like cheesecake or pastry and presented them as offerings to the gods. In Medieval England, people used the words “bread” and “cake” interchangeably to refer to anything made with flour dough.
The earliest known recipe for chocolate cake was published in a work titled “The Lady’s Receipt Book” by noted Philadelphia cookbook author Eliza Leslie in 1847. A company called O. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the late 1920’s. In 1947, after years of research and development, General Mills released the first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes. The available flavors were Ginger, Spice, Yellow, and White. In 1948, Pillsbury introduced the first chocolate cake mix.
Today, the most popular kind of cake is chocolate. There are many varieties of chocolate cake from which to choose; milk chocolate cake, dark chocolate cake, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate “Molten Lava” cake, Red Velvet cake, or my favorite, Devil’s Food cake.
The objectives of  National Chocolate Cake Day are threefold:

  1. To bake a chocolate cake – Preferably from scratch, although you could just use a mix if you lack the confidence to bake from scratch.
  2. To decorate a chocolate cake. – In this author’s humble opinion, adding ice cream or whipped cream counts as decorating the cake…as long as it’s touching.
  3. To eat a chocolate cake. – No explanation necessary.

If you are too busy to bake and/or decorate a cake, then, by all means just buy one – just make sure that it is a chocolate cake. No further explanation of how to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day is necessary, is it?

Below are a few more holidays worthy of mention. Each is linked so that you can find more information if one piques your interest.

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

National Activity Professionals Day

National Big Wig Day

National Fun at Work Day

National Preschool Health and Fitness Day

On This Date

  • In 1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes, and his fellow conspirators in the “gunpowder plot”, began. They were executed on January 31. This link will give you detailed information regarding who Guy Fawkes was, and why he was tried and executed.
  • In 1870 – Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s sorority, was founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, IN.
  • In 1880 – Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.
  • In 1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC.
  • In 1926 – John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television.
  • In 1927 – United Independent Broadcasters Inc. started a radio network with contracts with 16 stations. The company later became Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
  • In 1943 – During World War II, the first air raid comprised solely of American aircraft and crews took place against Germany when about 50 bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven.
  • In 1944 – The Soviet Union announced that the two-year German siege of Leningrad had come to an end.
  • In 1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50 (no small sum in those days).
  • In 1951 – Atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
  • In 1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft.
  • In 1967 – More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations.
  • In 1981 – President Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.
  • In 1984 – Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL)   record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games.
  • In 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union.
  • In 1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.
  • In 1997 – It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
  • In 1998 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
  • In 1999 – The Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Clinton and voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses.
  • In 2010 – Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday.You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 – Classical era composer
  • Lewis Carroll 1832 – Author  (Alice In Wonderland)
  • Jerome Kern 1885 – American composer
  • Harry Ruby (Rubinstein) 1895 – Songwriter
  • Hyman Rickover 1900 – Admiral (“father of the nuclear navy “)
  • William Randolph Hearst Jr. 1908 – Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor
  • Lyle (Skitch) Henderson 1918 – Pianist, composer, bandleader (The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson)
  • David Seville 1919 – Novelty songwriter  (The Chipmunks)
  • Donna Reed 1921 – Actress
  • Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland 1930 – Blues singer
  • Troy Donahue 1936 – Actor  (Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye)
  • James Cromwell 1940 – Actor  (“Babe”)
  • Nick Mason 1944 – Musician  (Pink Floyd)
  • Mikail Baryshnikov 1948 – Ballet dancer
  • Mimi Rogers 1956 – Actress
  • Cris Collinsworth 1959 – NFL wide receiver, sportscaster
  • Bridget Fonda 1964 – Actress
  • Tracy Lawrence 1968 – Country artist

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