February 18th – Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day

February 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bovine air-travel trivia buffs. Today is Saturday, February 18, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day

On this date in 1931, Nellie Jay, from Sunnymeade Farms in Bismarck, WI, became the first cow to fly — and be milked — in an airplane. She was flown to St. Louis, MO, as a part of a promotional campaign (publicity stunt) for the International Aircraft Exposition, and a scientific experiment to study the effects of air travel on livestock.
During the flight, she was milked 3 times and produced a total of 24-quarts (6 gallons) of milk on her historic voyage. Also, on the flight were a number of reporters to record the event. The milk was sealed in paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis, MO to a crowd of spectators gathered below. The scientists determined that the cow suffered no ill effects from the flight.

Pluto Day

Now on with more frivolous matters. Pluto Day does not celebrate Mickey Mouse’s canine friend. Rather, Pluto Day celebrates the discovery of the ninth planet, Pluto, on this date by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona after nearly a year of searching.  The scientific community confirmed  Pluto’s existence on March 13, 1930, and the announcement of the existence of a ninth planet was released to the public. Pluto is 2372 miles in diameter and has roughly the same land mass as Russia.
On August 24, 2006, Pluto was reclassified by astronomers from a planet to dwarf planet status and renamed Plutoid. However, recent photographs of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have scientists scratching their pointy heads once again, trying to figure out whether or not Pluto is a planet.
As a side note, in 2007, New Mexico, because it’s well….New Mexico, proclaimed March 13th as “Pluto Is a Planet Day”.
So, who are you going to believe, a bunch of pointy-headed scientists who can’t seem to reach consensus on anything – or the legislature of a state where UFO’s have actually landed?
Factoid: Pluto got its name from an 11-year-old girl, Venetia Burney of Oxford, England, who suggested to her grandfather that the new planet, then known as Planet X, should be named Pluto – God of the Dead – the Roman god of the underworld because of its distant, foreboding nature. Her grandfather then passed the name on to Lowell Observatory, and after much consideration, they accepted it. Coincidently, the name also honors Percival Lowell, whose initials are the first two letters of Pluto.

World Whale Day

World Whale Day is celebrated every February on the Saturday before Presidents Day. It celebrates these giants of the ocean and aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures. The annual holiday was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honor humpback whales, which swim off its coast.
World Whale Day is the main showcase of the Maui Whale Festival. Every year, crowds flock to the island to join in the free, all-day event, organized by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The fun starts with a parade including floats, costumed characters, and children’s events, plus music from Hawaiian and international stars.
However, you don’t have to visit Maui to mark this special day. Whales need support from wildlife lovers everywhere to meet conservation threats such as loss of habitat and pollution. So a perfect way to celebrate World Whale Day would be to take part in a fundraising event wherever you live. You’ll have a whale of a time and aid in a great cause at the same time.

National Battery Day

I am really charged up to inform you that today is National Battery Day. I was shocked to learn that Benjamin Franklin coined the term “battery” – but the precursor for the modern-day battery we know today was invented by Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist, in 1800. National Battery Day marks the anniversary of Mr. Volta’s birth in 1745.
I am energized by the many uses and applications of batteries. Without batteries, we would literally be in the dark. Batteries power innumerable devices that we take for granted – from flashlights to remote controls and hand-held devices to our garage door openers, our smoke detectors…ad Infinitum. Battery Day is all about celebrating and recognizing just how important the simple battery is to our way of life.
Note: If you are a pink bunny who marches around beating a big drum, you should pay homage to Mr. Volta today for paving the way for your career in advertising. If you think you are a pink bunny who marches around beating a big drum…you should seek psychiatric help immediately.

Thumb Appreciation Day

Ah, thumbs. Many of us contemplate our navel from time to time, but few of us contemplate our thumbs…let alone the fact that they are opposable? Unless you injure one of your thumbs, you tend to take them for granted. But without your thumbs, it would be hard to get a grip. Without thumbs, how would millennials manage to grasp their cell phones…let alone text with them? Without thumbs, how would you show silent approval using your hands? Without thumbs, how would you get to the service station when you run out of gas? And, without thumbs, how would you cut out all of those paper snowflakes next Christmas, or the paper dolls recommended by your therapist?
To celebrate Thumb Appreciation Day, try doing some simple tasks, like drinking your morning cup of coffee, buttering your toast, brushing your teeth, tying/untying your shoes, or buttoning/unbuttoning your shirt without using them. You’ll surely come away with a greater appreciation for your thumbs – so, give your thumbs a big “thumbs up” today. \

Drink Wine Day

Drink Wine Day is a holiday near and dear to the hearts of many.
A glass of wine a day keeps the cardiologist away…or so they say. That may be the reason Drink Wine Day was created. Studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine a day improves heart health, reduces forgetfulness, boosts immunity, and increases bone density.
People have been producing wine since at least 6000 B.C. There are dozens of ancient legends about humans who accidentally consumed fermented grapes and became intoxicated, which is probably how wine was first created. Eventually, people began experimenting with the fermentation process. The methods for making wine spread from the region of Mesopotamia to Egypt, Greece, Rome, France, Spain, and eventually the New World. Today, over 20 million acres of the earth’s surface are dedicated to growing grapes for wine.
To celebrate Drink Wine Day, pop the cork and enjoy a refreshing glass of Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel, or check out a local winery, or host an impromptu wine tasting at your house. Cheers!

Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day

Wow, talk about your specific food holidays. Just for the record,  to my knowledge, there is no National Crab Day, and, to my knowledge, there is also no National Flounder Day; so who the heck decided to create a holiday combining the two? The answer is, I have no idea.
Crab stuffed flounder is a dish composed of a stuffing made with crab meat, bread crumbs, butter, and seasonings, which is stuffed into the whole flounder or rolled up into the fillets and baked. It is most popular in the East and Gulf Coast areas of America. Crab-Stuffed Flounder can be difficult to find in restaurants in the western part of the country, but, if to try your hand at making it at home, there are recipes all over the internet for stuffed white fish…just be sure that the fish you use is flounder and the stuffing is crab meat.
Note: If you are also celebrating National Drink Wine Day, a sweet Riesling or a Chardonnay will pair nicely with your Crab-Stuffed Flounder.

More Holidays

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

World Pangolin Day

On This Date

  • In 1294 – Mongolian Emperor Kublia Khan died.
  • In 1546 – Martin Luther, German monk, priest, leader of the Protestant Reformation died.
  • In 1564 – The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.
  • In 1841 – The first continuous filibuster in the United States Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.
  • In 1861 – In Montgomery, AL, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.
  • In 1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published in the United States for the first time.
  • In 1906 – John Batterson Stetson, American businessman and inventor of the world-famous Stetson hat, died.
  • In 1932 – Sonja Henie won her 6th world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.
  • In 1943 – The Gestapo arrested German resistance fighter Sophie Scholl and other White Rose activists. School, a 21-year-old student, and her fellow campaigners were later executed for distributing flyers criticizing the Nazi regime.
  • In 1949 – “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” debuted on CBS radio.
  • In 1952 –  Greece and Turkey became members of NATO.
  • In 1953 –  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the “I Love Lucy” TV show through 1955.
  • In 1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established.
  • In 1967 – American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer died.
  • In 1970 – The Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
  • In 1972 – The California Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
  • In 1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
  • In 1978 – Hawaii hosted the first Ironman Triathlon. Contestants have to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and complete a marathon run measuring 26.2 miles.
  • In 1987 – The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
  • In 1998 – In Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.
  • In 2000 – The Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calender-year trade gap in United States history.
  • In 2001 – NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race.
  • In 2001 – FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • In 2006 – American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speed skating in Turin. He was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

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.

  • Mary Tudor, 1516 – The Queen of England known as “Bloody Mary”
  • Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, 1745 – Physicist.
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848 – Glass maker.
  • Enzo Ferrari, 1898 – Automaker.
  • Jack Palance, 1919 – Actor.
  • Bill Cullen, 1920 – TV host.
  • Helen Gurley Brown, 1922 – Author.
  • George Kennedy, 1925 – Actor.
  • Gahan Wilson, 1930 – Cartoonist.
  • Yoko Ono, 1933 – Artist.
  • Cybil Sheppard, 1950 – Actress.
  • Juice Newton, 1952 – Singer.
  • Robbie Bachman 1953 – Musician (Bachman-Turner Overdrive).
  • John Travolta, 1954 – Actor.
  • Vanna White, 1957 – Game show hostess.
  • Matt Dillon, 1964 – Actor.
  • Molly Ringwald, 1968 – Actress.

 

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