February 25th – Quiet Day

February 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning solitude seekers. Today is Saturday, February 25, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Quiet Day

Quiet Day, as the name implies, is a day to lower the noise level of your surroundings. It originally started as a holiday in the Anglican church to focus on special devotions, meditations, and instructions; however today it is construed more generally to mean lowering the amount of noise you make.
We can’t totally escape noise… it is all around us. Traffic, the din of workplaces, and even our homes are all sources of superfluous background noise, and there is not much we can do about that. But what we can do is reduce the amount of noise we make as individuals – which is the purpose of Quiet Day.
Noise causes stress, so reducing the amount of noise we make as an individual could be beneficial to our health. Studies done on stress and the adrenal glands at the Franklin Institute show that even low-level chronic noise increases aggression and decreases cooperation and is associated with increased risk for such serious physiological problems as peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
Reducing the noise level in your immediate environment helps the body relax, lowers blood pressure, and lowers heart your rate. It allows the mind to focus and be more creative. It can boost your immune system and decrease the amount of pain that we feel.
To celebrate Quiet Day, take control of your environment. If it gets too noisy, move away and find someplace quieter. Take a hike and enjoy the calming sounds of nature. If you can’t physically move away from the noise, relax. Take a few deep breaths and think serene thoughts. Try to clear your mind of the auditory clutter that is causing you so much stress.

International Sword Swallowers Day

First, I ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendoes to yourselves…unless, of course, they are funny. In that case, leave them in the comments.
International Sword Swallowers Day is always held on the last Saturday in February and is sponsored by Ripley’s  “Believe It or Not!”. They will be holding events in Believe It or Not! “Odditoriums” world-wide. Its purpose is to honor veteran performers and to raise funds for esophageal cancer research.
Believe it or not, sword swallowers have made some contributions in the fields of medicine and science. Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists at medical centers over the past 150 years without recognition. In 1868, a sword swallower was used by Dr. Adolf Kussmaul in Freiburg Germany to develop the first rigid endoscopy. In 1906, a sword swallower underwent the first esophageal electrocardiogram in Wales.
I cannot, in all good conscience, urge you to celebrate International Sword Swallowing Day…unless you are already an accomplished sword swallower. If you don’t know what you’re doing, sword swallowing can have serious, if not fatal consequences and is something best left to professionals. You can, however, take a few minutes to research the history of sword swallowing.

Let’s All Eat Right Day

Let’s All Eat Right Day honors Adelle Davis, one of the country’s best-known nutritionists. Adelle was born on this date in 1904 and was an advocate of the nutrition movement. She wrote a series of books about healthy living including the books: “Let’s Cook it Right”, “Let’s Have Healthy Children”, “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit”, and “Let’s Get Well”. Adelle was a proponent for eating whole unprocessed foods. She criticized food additives and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients played a huge role in preventing diseases and restoring health when recovering from a disease. Use this holiday to consider your food choices and ways you can change your diet to eat healthier.

Open That Bottle Night

Created by columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher in 2000, Open That Bottle Night is an annual occasion celebrated on the last Saturday in February. It aims to motivate people to reconnect with each other over a cherished bottle of wine, champagne, and/or spirits – and create lasting memories with friends and family.
Open That Bottle Night is dedicated to making sure that those bottles of fine wine put away for a special occasion, are used and enjoyed. You know the one. That bottle you bought at that quaint little wine shop in (fill in city here) on your honeymoon. Or the one that you bought when you toured California Wine Country a few years back but was a little too expensive to serve to your casual friends. Tonight is the night to open that symbolically significant bottle and share the memories and stories of that event again with the ones you love.

National Clam Chowder Day

There are many different types chowders, and there are even quite a number of clam chowders, but the dominant styles are; New England and Manhattan. New England clam chowder is a roux based chowder made with milk or cream whereas Manhattan clam chowder is tomato based. Of the two most prominent types, the most popular seems to be New England style, which originated in the Northeast in the early 1800’s.
National Clam Chowder Day celebrates clam chowder in any of its forms. It encourages you to enjoy a steamy bowl of clam chowder – whether New England style, Manhattan style, or any of the myriad, lesser-known regional styles.
Since we celebrated New England Clam Chowder Day about a month ago, I won’t delve into the history of chowders again.

Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day

Again, I ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendos to yourself. Chocolate-covered Nuts Day is pretty much self-explanatory.
Nuts have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans were fond of the walnut, Native Americans enjoyed the pecan, and the Chinese believed the hazelnut was one of the five sacred nourishments.
People also believed that chocolate had divine properties. The Aztecs and Mayans drank chocolate mixed with water for all their sacred rituals. In the 17th century, chocolate became a very fashionable drink throughout Europe and people soon learned that everything tastes better when it’s covered in chocolate. By the middle of the 19th century, it was a common practice to dip items like pretzels, nuts, and fruits into melted chocolate.
To celebrate Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day, any kind of nut will do, as long as it is covered in chocolate. Nuts are packed with protein, and moderate amounts of chocolate have been proven to have health benefits…so, basically, chocolate-covered nuts are health food, right?
What is your favorite type of chocolate-covered nut?

On This Date

  • In 1570 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
  • In 1751 – Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the United States.
  • In 1793 – The department heads of the United States government met with President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on record in the United States.
  • In 1836 – Samuel Colt was issued Patent (# 138) for the Colt Revolver, the first pistol with a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers for cartridges.
  • In 1837 – Thomas Davenport patented the first commercial electrical motor. There was no practical electrical distribution system available at the time, and Davenport went bankrupt.
  • In 1901 – The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
  • In 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
  • In 1919 – The state of Nebraska became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
  • In 1928 – The Federal Radio Commission issued the first United States television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.
  • In 1930 – The bank check photographing device was patented.
  • In 1933 – The first aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, was launched.
  • In 1940 – The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadians played in the first hockey game to be televised in the United States. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
  • In 1947 – The state of Prussia was dissolved. At its peak, the most important state of the German empire encompassed parts of modern-day Germany, Poland, and Russia.
  • In 1948 – Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
  • In 1956 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
  • In 1964 – Muhammad Ali became world heavyweight champion for the first time. Ali, who still used his original name Cassius Clay at the time, is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history.
  • In 1972 – Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorists who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
  • In 1986 – Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule, after a tainted election. Corazon Aquino was then sworn in as the 11th President of the Philippines. Aquino’s presidency ended 20 years of dictatorship. She was the first female president in Asia.
  • In 1991 – The Warsaw Pact was disbanded. Following the end of the Cold War, the defense treaty between 8 communist states had lost its purpose. It had been signed in 1955 as an antagonist of NATO.
  • In 1994 – Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli doctor, killed 30 unarmed Palestinians in the Mosque of Abraham. The massacre by the right-wing extremist was condemned worldwide…even in Israel.
  • In 1999 – William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
  • In 2005 – Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

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.

  • José de San Martín 1778 – Argentinian general, politician, 1st President of Peru.
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841 – Impressionist artist.
  • Enrico Caruso 1873 – Italian tenor.
  • Zeppo Marx 1909 – Comedian.
  • Jim Backus 1913 – Actor, Comedian.
  • Bobby Riggs 1918 – Tennis player.
  • Tommy Newsom 1929 – Musician.
  • Faron Young  1932 – Singer.
  • Sally Jessi Raphael, 1935 – TV talk show host.
  • Bob Schieffer 1937 – Newscaster.
  • Diane Baker 1938 – Actress.
  • Karen Grassle 1944 – Actress.
  • Veronica Webb 1965 – Actress.
  • Téa Leoni 1966 – Actress.
  • Carrot Top (Scott Simpson) 1967 – Comedian.
  • Rashida Jones 1976 – Actress.
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