February 12th – A Penny For Your Thoughts

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

Good morning ‘cent’ient beings. Today is Sunday, February 12, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Lost Penny Day

National Lost Penny Day celebrates the penny…more specifically, the Lincoln penny. The first US penny was minted in 1787. It was made of pure copper and was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On February 12th, 1909, marking the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, the first Lincoln penny was issued. It was the first regular issue US coinage to honor an actual person.
No offense to President Lincoln, but in my humble opinion, the penny has long since served its purpose. Today, a penny is comprised of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper and costs 2.41 cents per coin to produce. This useless coin actually costs more money to manufacture than its face value, so taxpayers are losing money for each penny produced. And, to an even greater extent, the same holds true for the nickel. Each nickel is comprised of 75% copper and 25% nickel and costs a whopping 11.18 cents per coin to produce. The first piece of U.S. coinage that is economically feasible to produce is the lowly dime, which costs a mere 5.65 cents per coin. Since 2006, taxpayers have been losing money on the manufacture of pennies and nickels, and in 2013, the government (re: taxpayers) lost $105 million on the production of pennies and nickels. I think it is time for us to petition our government to abolish both the penny and the nickel and send them to the same dusty archives as the ‘mill’…that 1/10 of a cent denomination that was used strictly for accounting purposes. Either that or, like other governments with more common sense, change the composition of these coins to cheaper metals that would make them economically feasible to produce.
On Lost Penny Day, gather all those pennies you have been collecting and cash them in. Also, feel free to put in your 2-cents-worth on the subject in the comments.

Darwin Day  

Charles Darwin was born on this date in 1809. This holiday is used to highlight Mr. Darwin’s contribution to science and to promote science in general. He is best known for his comprehensive work “On The Origin of Species” which was published in 1859.
Today, his name is equally famous for the Darwin Awards, which first appeared around 1985. Darwin Awards recognize individuals who have contributed to human evolution by eliminating themselves from – and therefore enhancing – the gene pool due to their own unnecessarily foolish actions. This link will provide you with hundreds of examples.

Oglethorpe Day

Oglethorpe Day honors British General James Edward Oglethorpe who landed near what is now known as Savannah, GA on this date in 1733. He named the colony Georgia in honor of England’s King George II. He served as the first governor of the new colony and was the founder of Savannah.

Safety Pup Day  

The Safety Pup Day campaign was developed in 1985 by the National Child Safety Council. There are currently over 9000 safety pups around the nation today and the program is designed to help save the lives of our children by education and awareness of safety topics such as ‘stranger danger’, Halloween safety, bus safety, internet safety, school safety, and more.

Hug Day

The sixth day of Valentines Week, Hug Day marks another important expression of love — a warm, comfortable hug from your loved ones that will make you forget all your problems. Give your loved one a tight, bone crushing hug to let them know they are loved.

Man Day

The Sunday before Valentine’s Day has been officially reserved as a time for the neglected men of the world to finally get some recognition. We’re about to spend a significant amount of moolah on you on Valentines Day, so come on ladies, let us have our ESPN in peace today without any guilt-tripping or a “honey-do” list.

National Hot Tea Day

Rejoice tea drinkers – we finally have our own holiday. National Hot Tea Day, a recent addition to the list of holidays, was created just last year by the Tea Council of the USA, Inc™.
People have been drinking tea for at least 5,000 years, and it is finally growing in popularity here in America. In fact, the United States is the third largest importer of tea in the world…and the only Western nation where the consumption of tea is on the increase.
I dislike the taste of coffee and have always been a tea drinker, so I am elated by National Hot Tea Day. My two favorite kinds of tea are the oolong tea that they serve in Chinese restaurants and Constant Comment™, an orange spice tea. I prefer my oolong tea hot, but for iced tea, nothing beats Constant Comment™. So, join me in a hot, soothing cup of tea to start your day off right.

National Plum Pudding Day

Plum pudding, also sometimes known as Christmas pudding or Plum Duff, is a steamed or boiled pudding usually served during the holiday season. The name Christmas pudding is first recorded in 1858 in a novel by Anthony Trollope. In England, traditionally every person in the home holds onto the wooden spoon together to help stir the batter.
Many recipes for Plum pudding, surprisingly enough, contain no plums at all. The reason for this is that in 17th-century England, where plum pudding was first created, the term plum referred to raisins or other dried fruits. Plum pudding is composed of raisins, nuts, apples, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other ingredients.
If you can find Granny’s old recipe, celebrate National Plum Pudding Day by making some for your family today…with or without plums.

More Holidays

Below are holidays that were listed in some of my sources, but on which I have no comment. Links are provided as usual.

On This Date

  • In 1541 – The city of Santiago, Chile was founded.
  • In 1554 – Lady Jane Grey was beheaded after being charged with treason. She had claimed the throne of England for only nine days.
  • In 1870 – The Utah Territory granted women the right to vote.
  • In 1878 – Frederick W. Thayer patented the baseball catcher’s mask.
  • In 1879 – The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.
  • In 1880 – The National Croquet League was organized in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1892 – President Lincoln’s birthday was declared to be a national holiday.
  • In 1912 – China’s boy emperor Hsuan T’ung announced that he was abdicating, ending the Manchu Ch’ing dynasty. Subsequently, the Republic of China was established.
  • In 1915 – The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, DC.
  • In 1924 – President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential political speech on the radio.
  • In 1924 – ”The Eveready Hour” became radio’s first sponsored network program. The National Carbon Company was the sponsor.
  • In 1934 – The Export-Import Bank was incorporated.
  • In 1971 – James Cash (J.C.) Penney died at the age of 95. The company closed for business for one-half day as a memorial to the company’s founder.
  • In 1973 – The State of Ohio went metric, becoming the first state in the United States to post metric distance signs.
  • In 1973 – American prisoners of war were released for the first time during the Vietnam conflict.
  • In 1998 – A U.S. federal judge declared that the presidential line-item veto was unconstitutional.
  • In 1999 – President Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on two impeachment articles. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • In 2002 – Kenneth Lay, former Enron CEO, exercised his constitutional rights and refused to testify before Congress about the collapse of Enron.
  • In 2004 – Mattel announced that “Barbie” and “Ken” were breaking up. The two dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961. [It is rumored that Barbie cited Ken’s lack of sex organs as the cause of the break-up].

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.

  • Charles Darwin, 1809 – Naturalist.
  • Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – Sixteenth POTUS.
  • Ted Mack, 1904 – Radio and TV pioneer.
  • Lorne Greene, 1915 – Actor (Bonanza).
  • Dom DiMaggio, 1917 – Baseball player.
  • Forrest Tucker, 1919 – Actor.
  • Joe Garagiola, 1926 – Baseball broadcaster.
  • Bill Russell 1934, – Basketball player.
  • Joe Don Baker, 1936 – Actor.
  • Judy Blume, 1938 – Author.
  • Raymond Manzarek, 1939 – Musician (The Doors).
  • Maud Adams, 1945 – Actress.
  • Cliff DeYoung, 1945 – Actor.
  • Michael McDonald, 1952 – Musician (The Doobie Brothers).
  • Joanna Kerns, 1953 – Actress.
  • Arsenio Hall 1955, – Comedian.
  • Josh Brolin, 1968 – Actor.
  • Chynna Phillips, 1968 – Musician.
  • Christina Ricci, 1980 – Actress.
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