March 6th – Remember the Alamo!

March 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning historians. Today is Monday, March 6, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Alamo Day

The siege at the Alamo Mission, located in what is now modern-day San Antonio Texas, was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, which had begun on February 26, Mexican troops under General Santa Anna launched a final assault on the Alamo Mission killing all of the Texian (non-Hispanic white residents of Mexican Texas) defenders on this date in 1836. Santa Anna’s cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto 6-weeks later on, April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.
Several months previously, Texians had driven all Mexican troops out of Mexican Texas. About 100 Texians were then garrisoned at the Alamo. The Texian force grew slightly with the arrival of reinforcements led by eventual Alamo co-commanders James Bowie and William B. Travis. On February 23, approximately 1,500 Mexicans marched into San Antonio as the first step in a campaign to retake Texas. For the next 10 days, the two armies engaged in several skirmishes with minimal casualties. Aware that his garrison could not withstand an attack by such a large force, Travis wrote multiple letters pleading for more men and supplies, but fewer than 100 reinforcements arrived to join the battle.
In the early morning hours of March 6, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. After repulsing two attacks, the Texians were unable to fend off a third attack. As Mexican soldiers scaled the walls, most of the Texian soldiers withdrew into interior buildings. Defenders unable to reach these points were slain by the Mexican cavalry as they attempted to escape. Between five and seven Texians may have surrendered; if so, they were quickly executed. Most eyewitness accounts reported between 182 and 257 Texians died while most historians of the Alamo agree that around 600 Mexicans were killed or wounded. Several non-combatants were sent to nearby Gonzales Texas to spread the word of the Texian defeat. The news sparked both a strong rush to join the Texian army. The slaughter spawned the catch phrase “Remember the Alamo”.
Soon after, the Alamo complex gradually became more widely known as a battle site rather than a mission. The Texas Legislature purchased the land and buildings in the early 1900’s and designated the Alamo chapel as an official Texas State Shrine. The Alamo is now “the most popular tourist site in Texas”.

Fun Facts About Names Day

Fun Facts About Names Day is the second holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on Monday of the first complete week in March. It urges you to look up interesting tidbits about names. Celebrate Fun Facts about names by memorizing a few of these tidbits then amaze (or bore) your family and friends by sharing what you find.
Here are a few to get you started: 

  • The name of the dog on the RCA logo is Nipper.
  • The Granny Smith apple was named after a real person – Maria Ann Smith.
  • The name of the guy in jail on the Monopoly Board is Jake the Jailbird, the cop on the opposite corner is Officer Edgar Mallory, and the name of the Monopoly dog playing piece is Scotty.
  • The Cracker Jack dog is named is Bingo.
  • Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island had a first name – Willy.
  • Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr. had a name for every letter of the alphabet. He shortened his name to Mr. Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. (the world’s longest name officially used by a person).

If you need more ammunition, go to this link.

Dentist Day

Not to be confused with Dennis Day — the affable, yet dim-witted crooner from Jack Benny’s long-running radio and television programs — Dentist’s Day is a day to examine your oral health regimen. Do you brush after each meal? Do you floss? Do you periodically check for signs of gum disease?
Although dentists aren’t the most popular people, the provide an invaluable service. They aren’t the bad guys here…all they do is repair the carnage you do to your teeth and gums through years, sometimes even decades of neglect.
You only get one free set of permanent teeth, the rest you pay for dearly. You can also use this holiday as a reminder to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Casimir Pulaski Day

Casimir Pulaski Day is celebrated on the first Monday in March. It is a regional holiday celebrated mostly in Chicago, and other areas with a large Polish enclave.
Casimir Pulaski, born on this date in 1745, was a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born in Poland. He is praised for his contributions to the United States military during the American Revolution and is known as “the father of the American cavalry”.
In Illinois, Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday. Banks, schools, and government offices are closed. The same holds true in Wisconsin. Other areas of the country, such as Buffalo New York and Grand Rapids Michigan celebrate a Casimir Pulaski Day on October 9th — the date on which he was killed in defense of this country during the “Siege of Savannah” in 1779.
In 2009, President Obama signed a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives making Pulaski an honorary American citizen, 230 years after his death. He is one of only eight people ever to be granted honorary United States citizenship.

Oreo Cookie Day

Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies have been around for over a century. On this date in 1912, the Oreo Cookie was created. Since then, over 500 billion Oreo Cookies have been sold, which makes them the best-selling cookie of the 20th century. Oreos were originally called Oreo Biscuits but have had a few name changes over the years. In 1921, they changed their name to Oreo Sandwich, and in 1948, the name was changed again to Oreo Creme Sandwich. The last name change was in 1974 when it was changed to it’s current ‘official’ name Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookie. I just call them Oreos. No matter what you call them, they are delicious, and “milk’s favorite cookie”.

National Frozen Food Day

In Proclamation #5157, President Ronald Reagan said: “Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6 as Frozen Food Day, and I call upon the American people to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” And, so this became a true National day of recognition and celebration.
Clarence Birdseye developed the process for flash-freezing foods in the late 1920’s, and in 1930, the first of his frozen foods hit the shelves of markets in Springfield, MA. Frozen foods are a part of most Americans’ diet whether we like it or not.
Author’s Note: I am not a big fan of processed frozen foods like TV dinners, but frozen vegetables and fruits are picked and frozen at their peak of freshness and can be as nutritious as fresh…provided you don’t boil them to oblivion. I’m not ashamed to admit that even I occasionally indulge in eating frozen foods…such as ice cream, and left-overs.

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

A Greek writer named Athenaeus recorded the oldest surviving cheesecake recipe. The ancient dessert called for just three ingredients—cheese, honey, and flour. Despite its simplicity, the Greeks believed that cheesecake had special powers. Brides and grooms ate it as a wedding cake, and athletes enjoyed it before the first Olympic games in 776 BC.
The cheesecake we know and love today relies heavily on cream cheese, which wasn’t invented until the 1870’s. By the early 1900’s, cheesecake appeared on almost every restaurant menu in New York City and soon became a nationwide sensation. People soon after began experimenting with different cheesecake flavors like piña colada, Key lime, chocolate, and evidently white chocolate – because today is National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day.

More Holidays

National Dress Day

In This Date

  • In 1521 – Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam.
  • In 1808 – At Harvard University, the first college orchestra was founded.
  • In 1820 – The Missouri Compromise was enacted by Congress and signed by President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
  • In 1857 – The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens.
  • In 1869 – The first periodic table of chemical elements was presented. Dmitri Mendeleev presented the system to the Russian Chemical Society.
  • In 1899 – The painkiller Aspirin was registered as a trademark. Acetylsalicylic acid was first isolated in 1897 by German chemist Felix Hoffmann. Today, the medication is sold by Bayer and is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines.
  • In 1900 – In West Virginia, an explosion trapped 50 coal miners underground.
  • In 1901 – An assassin tried to kill Wilhelm II of Germany in Bremen.
  • In 1928 – A Communist attack on Peking, China resulted in 3,000 dead.
  • In 1944 – During World War II, U.S. heavy bombers began the first American raid on Berlin. Allied planes dropped 2000 tons of bombs.
  • In 1946 – Ho Chi Minh, the President of Vietnam, struck an agreement with France that recognized his country as an autonomous state within the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
  • In 1947 – The first air-conditioned naval ship, “The Newport News,” was launched from Newport News, VA.
  • In 1957 – Ghana became the first African country to gain independence from colonial rule. Ghana emerged as a sovereign state from the former British colonies Gold Coast and Togoland. Kwame Nkrumah was the country’s first leader.
  • In 1960 – Switzerland granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.
  • In 1960 – The United States announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. We all know how well that worked out.
  • In 1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery. We all know how well that worked out too.
  • In 1967 – Josef Stalin’s daughter defected to the West. The Soviet dictator’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, caused an international uproar when she approached the United States embassy in New Delhi and later became a naturalized United States citizen.
  • In 1970 – Charles Manson released his album “Lies” to finance his defense against murder charges.
  • In 1973 – President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.
  • In 1981 – Walter Cronkite appeared on his last episode of “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” He had been on the job 19 years.
  • In 1982 – National Basketball Association history was made when San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the record for most points by two teams in a game. The record was beaten on December 13, 1983, by the Pistons and the Nuggets when they played to a final score of 186-184.
  • In 1983 – The United States Football League began its first season of pro football competition.
  • In 1987 – 193 people died when a ferry capsized in the North Sea.  The Herald of Free Enterprise sank just minutes after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
  • In 1992 – The last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired. The show had been on since September of 1984.
  • In 1997 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Website.

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.

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – Artist.
  • Cyrano De Bergerac 1619 – Dramatist.
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 – Poet.
  • Bob Wills 1905 – Early Country music artist.
  • Lou Costello 1906 –Comedian.
  • Ed McMahon 1923 – TV sidekick.
  • Alan Greenspan 1926 – Federal Reserve chairman.
  • Marion Barry 1936 – Ill-fated Mayor.
  • Joanna Miles 1940 – Actress.
  • Willie Stargell 1941 – Baseball player.
  • Mary Wilson 1944 – Singer.
  • Rob Reiner 1945 – Actor.
  • Kiki Dee 1947 – Singer.
  • Tom Arnold 1959 – Actor.
  • Connie Britton 1968 – Actress.
  • Moira Kelly 1968 – Actress.
  • Shaquille O’Neal 1972 – Basketball player.
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