February 13th – What’s In A Name?

February 13, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning good ole what’s your name. Today is Monday, February 13, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Get a Different Name Day  

Whether you’re the progeny of a Hollywood celebrity couple, you’re having a bit of an identity crisis, you don’t like the name that your parents picked for you, or you simply want to confound your friends, Get A Different Name Day is the chance to throw off the shackles of that odious moniker that brings you so much shame and consternation and adopt a new name…or at least, begin the process.
The process for changing your name is not easy. There are more than a few bureaucratic ‘hoops to jump through’ to legally change your name.

  • First, you have to fill out the forms, petitions, orders, and affidavits, getting them stamped and notarized.
  • Second, you have to publish an announcement in the newspaper (for legal reasons).
  • Third, you’ll have to take your ‘new name’ paperwork to the DMV, the Social Security office, get a new passport, a new birth certificate, change your business cards, email addresses, postal address, and notify the IRS.
  • Finally, you’ll have to change your name on your credit cards, bank cards, and bank accounts, retirement accounts, etc.

Since you will be dealing with mindless, officious, petty bureaucrats throughout the entire process, if you start today, you may have your new name in time to celebrate Get A Different Name Day next year. So, choose your new name wisely, and hope that you didn’t inherit your parents’ lack of ability to choose a proper name. It might just be easier to choose a nickname you can live with and insist that henceforth, everyone you know address you by that moniker.

Radio Day

UNESCO formally announced the formation of Radio Day in 2011, after a suggestion put forward by Spain to celebrate this important means of communication. In some parts of the world, radio still remains an important lifeline to the outside world.
Before the internet, many people relied on the humble radio to deliver their daily dose of news, entertainment, and important weather updates. This was especially true for poor or remote communities who didn’t have access to television or other means of communication. In remote farming communities in Australia, children get their daily lessons via radio. In poor communities in Africa, villages gather around the radio each evening to keep up to date on national news and hear music and speeches.
Radio has been superseded by the internet and satellite communications for large parts of the world, but for millions of poor people, radio is still a miracle of modern technology.  

Clean Out Your Computer Day  

Originally sponsored by Institute for Business Technology and in existence since at least 2000, Clean Out Your Computer Day is celebrated on the second Monday in February. As increasing amounts of time are wasted in workplaces and at home because of slow computers and psychological research shows the negative impact of clutter – digital or otherwise – on our lives, this day was created as an opportunity for us to remember to clean up and delete old and unused files.  So, get into the spirit of the day, and clean out your computer.

Kiss Day

The seventh, and final holiday of Valentine’s Week leading up to Valentine’s Day is Kiss Day. Kiss your wife, lover, or ‘significant other’ passionately to express your love. A dose of mouthwash beforehand would be greatly appreciated, I’m sure.

National Tortellini Day

Tortellini is a small pasta stuffed with a variety of fillings, and a favorite pasta dish worldwide. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat chicken or turkey, and Parmesan cheese. They are also served in soups, as in the classic dish, “tortellini in brodo”.
Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna. Ravioli, tortelloni, and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pasta. According to legend, when the Goddess Venus stayed in a tavern on the outskirts of the city, the innkeeper spied on her through the keyhole of her room but could catch only a glimpse of her navel. Spellbound, he went to the kitchen and, to capture this vision, and shaped fresh egg pasta into the shape and size of her navel. Hence it’s nickname…belly-button pasta.

National Crab Rangoon Day

Crab Rangoon is a small appetizing treat loaded with flavor in every bite. If you love crispy fried foods with a little seafood and cheese, then National Crab Rangoon Day is the day for you.
Crab Rangoon is thought to be an appetizing fried wonton dish that originated in Asia, but it is not the case. Crab Rangoon was actually created right here in the good ole’ USA in a Polynesian-style restaurant in the 1950’s in San Francisco. However. these days, this crunchy appetizer can be found at most Chinese-American restaurants under ‘appetizer’. Crab Rangoon is not a complicated dish to make. All you need are some wonton wrappers, some crab meat (imitation crab meat is fine) and cream cheese, scallions, onion powder, salt, and some steak sauce or soy sauce. Just mix the filling ingredients together, wrap in the wonton wrapper and deep-fry until crispy.

More Holidays

Employee Legal Awareness Day

International Natural Day 

Madly In Love With Me Day 

Meal Monday/Oatmeal Monday

On This Date

  • In 1542 – Catherine Howard was executed for adultery. She was the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII.
  • In 1633 – Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
  • In 1635 – The Boston Public Latin School was established. It was the first public school building in the United States.
  • In 1741 – “The American Magazine,” the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • In 1889 – Norman Coleman became the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
  • In 1900 – The Anglo-German accord of 1899 was ratified by Reichstag, in which Britain renounced rights in Samoa in favor of Germany and the U.S.
  • In 1914 – The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
  • In 1920 – The League of Nations recognized the continued neutrality of Switzerland.
  • In 1920 – The  National Negro Baseball League was organized.
  • In  1935 – In Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes.
  • In 1945 – Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden during WW II.
  • In 1945 – During World War II, the Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the German army.
  • In 1955 – Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
  • In 1960 – France detonated its first atomic bomb.
  • In 1965 – Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.
  • In 1971 – South Vietnamese troops invaded Laos. They were backed by U.S. air and artillery support.
  • In 1990 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the United States, and its European allies, forged an agreement with the Soviet Union and East Germany on a two-stage formula to reunite Germany.
  • In 1997 – Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up. The tune up allowed the telescope to see further into the universe.
  • In 2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.
  • In 2002 – In Alexandria, VA, John Walker Lindh pled innocent to a 10-count federal indictment. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network.
  • In 2002 – Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

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.

  • Bess Truman 1885 – Former First lady.
  • Jean Muir (Fullerton) 1911 — Actress.
  • Patty Berg 1918 — Professional golfer (founding member of the LPGA tour).
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford 1919 – Entertainer.
  • Eileen Farrell 1920 — Singer.
  • Chuck Yeager 1923 – Test pilot.
  • Gene Ames 1925 – Singer (The Ames Brothers).
  • Dorothy (Dotty) McGuire 1930 – Singer (The McGuire Sisters).
  • Kim Novak 1933 – Actress.
  • George Segal 1934 – Actor.
  • Oliver Reed 1938 – Actor
  • Bo Svenson 1941 – Actor.
  • Carol Lynley (Jones) 1942 – Actress.
  • Jerry Springer 1944 – Talk show host.
  • Stockard Channing 1944 – Actress.
  • Peter Tork 1944 – Musician (The Monkees).
  • Peter Gabriel 1950 – Singer.
  • Kelly Hu 1968 — Actress, model, former Miss Teen USA.
  • Mena Suvari 1979 – Actress.
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