February 20th – National Handcuff Day

February 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning wrist restraint enthusiasts. Today is Monday, February 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Handcuff Day

National Handcuff Day is good news if you’re a law-abiding citizen, or a bit on the adventurous side sexually – bad news if you have criminal proclivities.
National Handcuff Day is celebrated because, on this date in 1912, the US Patent office issued patent 1,017,955 to George A. Carney for a “swinging bow ratchet – type” adjustable handcuff. Before that, handcuffs were heavy and bulky and there was no standard style. Carney’s design was always ready and was light weight compared to older models.
Since that patent, most modern handcuffs around the world have been made with the same swing through design, with minor modifications. The Carney Patent was bought by The Peerless Handcuff Company of Springfield, Mass., and the first models were manufactured for them by Smith & Wesson.

President’s Day

Presidents Day began in the 1880’s when the birthday of George Washington was celebrated as a federal holiday. Until the 1960’s, America celebrated the birthdays of two of its most historic figures, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, on their respective birthdays in February. Washington’s birthday was February 22nd and Lincoln’s birthday was February 12th. Washington’s birthday was a federal holiday, but Lincoln’s birthday never was a federal holiday, although it was celebrated in a majority of states on his birthdate.
However, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved the observance of a number of federal holidays to Mondays. During the debate on the bill, it was proposed to have George Washington’s birthday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln – but Congress rejected the name change and that part of the bill never passed. However, after the bill went into effect in 1971, Presidents Day became the commonly accepted name and today, President’s Day has evolved into an occasion to commemorate all the Presidents…not just George Washington.

Love Your Pet Day

It is my opinion that if you need a ‘special’ day to remind you to love your pet, perhaps you shouldn’t have a pet anyway. With that said, Love Your Pet Day is the official holiday for pampering your pet with a little extra love and affection to show them just how much you care.
Today, most households in the United States have at least one pet. Approximately 39% of US households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat. Pets provide wonderful companionship and can actually help decrease your blood pressure and stress.
If you don’t have a pet, maybe today is the day for you to consider adopting one. Take a trip to your local Humane Society and check out what pets are available. If you are not ready to take on the responsibility of owning a pet, a donation to the local Humane Society will be appreciated.
Whether you have a cat, dog, hamster, gerbil, rabbit, bird, reptile, or goldfish, or a pet rock, shower them with love and affection…and lots of treats today.

Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

Clean Out Your Bookcase Day urges you to clean out and/or organize your bookcase(s). Who knows, you might just find that book that you intended to read…but misplaced about a decade ago.
Many people enjoy reading, so you might consider donating any books that you have already read, and don’t particularly want to revisit later, so others may enjoy them. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

National Cherry Pie Day

“I cannot tell a lie”, Cherry pie is one of America’s favorite pies. But, why is today cherry pie day? Who knows and who cares?  The important thing is that there is a National Cherry Pie Day.
According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. Early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” – as they were called in England.  Like in Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten and were just designed to hold the filling during baking. During the American Revolution, the term crust replaced “coffyn” and people started making the crusts more palatable.
To me, it would seem more appropriate to celebrate National Cherry Pie Day the 22nd of this month as it is the actual birth date of George Washington – who is famous for saying, whether true or not; “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down that Cherry tree” or something to that effect. But, what the heck, any day that includes cherry pie is a good day.
Cherry pie is easy to make at home, but, if you are “domestically challenged”, it is even easier to purchase. Treat yourself to a slice (or two) for dessert tonight.

More Holidays

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day

National Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants

Play More Cards Day

World Day of Social Justice

On This Date

  • In 1673 – The first recorded wine auction took place in London.
  • In 1792 – President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Office.
  • In 1809 – The Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.
  • In 1815 – The USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captured both but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.
  • In 1839 – Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
  • In 1872 – Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that manufactured paper bags.
  • In 1872 – Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • In 1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
  • In 1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” is premiered. It is one of the world’s best-known ballets.
  • In 1880 – The American Bell Company was incorporated.
  • In 1901 – The first territorial legislature of Hawaii convened.
  • In 1913 – Work to build Australia’s capital city, Canberra, commences. Canberra is an entirely planned city and was chosen as the Australian capital as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne.
  • In 1931 – Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
  • In 1933 – The House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.
  • In 1944 – United States bombers attacked German aircraft manufacturing centers, in a bombing campaign that became known as the “Big Week”. The goal was to achieve air superiority to secure the invasion of Europe.
  • In 1952 – Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.
  • In 1958 – Jockey Eddie Arcaro got win number 4,000, as he rode the winner at Santa Anita race track in Southern California.
  • In 1962 – Astronaut John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
  • In 1987 – A bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.
  • In 1988 – American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
  • In 2001 – FBI Agent Robert Phillip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians for 15 years.
  • In 2003 – In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub “The Station”. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by rock group Great White. Ty Longley, the guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.

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.

  • William Prescott 1726 – Revolutionary War Colonel (Famous for telling his troops, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” at the Battle of Bunker Hill).
  • Ansel Adams 1902 – Artist/photographer.
  • Carl Stotz 1910 – Founded Little League baseball.
  • John Daly 1914 – Reporter, TV host.
  • Sidney Poitier 1927 – Actor.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt 1924 – Fashion designer.
  • Robert Altman 1925 – Director.
  • Amanda Blake 1929 – Actress (“Miss Kitty” on Gunsmoke).
  • Bobby Unser 1934 – Race car driver.
  • Nancy Wilson 1937 – Singer.
  • Roger Penske 1937 – Race car driver.
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie 1941 – Singer/songwriter.
  • Phil Esposito 1942 – NHL.
  • Sandy Duncan 1946 – Actress.
  • Jerome Geils 1946 – Musician (The J. Geils Band).
  • Peter Strauss 1947 – Actor.
  • Jennifer O’Neill 1948 – Actress.
  • Kathie Baillie 1951 – Singer.
  • Patty Hearst 1954 – Kidnapped heiress.
  • Charles Barkley 1963 – Basketball player.
  • Cindy Crawford 1966 – Supermodel.
  • Kurt Cobain 1967 – Musician.
  • Rhianna (Robin Rhianna Fenty) 1988 – Pop singer.
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