March 8th – National Proofreading Day

March 8, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning readers. Today is Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Proofreading Day

National Proofreading Day promotes mistake-free writing. Today, project a professional image with well-written documents that are 100 percent accurate…as you should be doing every day anyway.
I am amazed every day in my perusing of the internet at the number of spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors that I encounter…even from major media outlets. What happened? Are we not teaching spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage in school anymore, or, do people just not care? We need a holiday like National Proofreading Day to get back on track. Now if we could only get the people who use Twitter, Facebook, et al to proofread before they hit ‘send’, the rest of world might not think we are a nation of functional illiterates.

Discover What Your Name Means Day

Discover What Your Name Means Day is the fourth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on Wednesday of the first complete week in March.
Have you ever been curious about what your name means? Let’s face it, names are nothing more than words…and words have a meaning. Therefore, your name(s) have a meaning. For instance, my given name, Ernie (Ernest) means sincere, and my surname Wood means woods or forest. This website will enable you to find the meaning of both your given name and your surname – if you don’t already know. If your name is not listed there, try a simple Google search.

International Women’s Day  

International Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday should become an annually observed event that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, to promote equal rights for women. The first few International Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are today, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place, mainly in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office. Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. Over a century later, women are still being discriminated against, marginalized, and exploited throughout much of the world.
Until 1977, International Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity. International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to recognize the many economic, political, and social achievements women have accomplished throughout history. This holiday is also known as International Working Women’s Day and the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: “Be Bold For Change”.

Girls Write Now Day

The mission of Girls Write Now Day is to offer guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices. The Girls Write Now organization was founded in 1998. Today, give your daughters or granddaughters a pen and paper and encourage them to explore the power of their unique, creative voice.

Be Nasty Day

I saved Be Nasty Day for last because I hope that none of you choose to celebrate it. According to Mr. Webster’s dictionary, the word nasty means physically filthy or disgustingly unclean; offensive in smell or taste, objectionable, vicious, spiteful, ugly, indecent, obscene, or hard to deal with. None of these are desirable traits or actions, and I see no reason to celebrate any of them.  If you do, remember that there is a difference between being nasty and being cruel – oh yeah, also, kindly keep away from me.

National Peanut Cluster Day

For those unfamiliar with this salty-sweet treat, a peanut cluster is a crunchy bundle binding handfuls of nuts with chocolate and sometimes other things. Popularized as early as 1912 by the Goo Goo™ brand, which uses caramel and marshmallows, peanut clusters are easy snacks that can be made in a matter of minutes. Simply melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave, drop the peanuts in, then plop tablespoonfuls of the concoction on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, then put into the refrigerator to cool until hardened. Try this yourself today.

More holidays

National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day – Second Wednesday in March

No Smoking Day – Not affiliated with “The Great American Smoke-out.”

On This Date

  • In 1618 – Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.
  • In 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded. The NYSE at 11 Wall Street in New York City is the world’s largest stock exchange.
  • In 1855 – A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.
  • In 1880 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.
  • In 1887 – The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
  • In 1894 – A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.
  • In 1907 – The British House of Commons turned down a women’s suffrage bill.
  • In 1910 – In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license.
  • In 1910 – The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.
  • In 1917 – Russia’s “February Revolution” began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the “February Revolution” due to Russia’s use of the Old Style calendar.
  • In 1917 – The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
  • In 1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
  • In 1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional.
  • In 1965 – The United States landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam. They were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam.
  • In 1971 – In the Fight of the Century, Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali. Ali had been stripped of his World Heavyweight Champion title in 1967 for refusing to serve in the armed forces. As he was still undefeated, Frazier had to beat him to be recognized as the world champion.
  • In 1978 – The first episode of the radio comedy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast. Douglas Adams’ radio play was a major success with BBC Radio 4 listeners. The book version consisting of five novels – A Trilogy in Five Parts – became a worldwide success.
  • In 1979 – The compact disc was presented to the public. The CD was developed by Philips and Sony. The companies later collaborated to produce a standard format and CD players.
  • In 1999 – The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
  • In 1999 – The White House, under President Bill Clinton, directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The firing was a result of alleged security violations.

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.

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841 – Supreme Court Justice.
  • Stuart Chase 1888 – Economist.
  • Louise Beavers 1902 – Actress.
  • Claire Trevor 1909 – Actress.
  • Alan Hale, Jr. 1918 – Actor.
  • Cyd Charisse 1923 – Actress/dancer.
  • Sue Ane Langdon 1936 – Actress.
  • Lew DeWitt 1938 – Singer (The Statler Brothers).
  • Lynn Redgrave 1943 – Actress.
  • Mickey Dolenz 1945 – The Monkees.
  • Carole Bayer Sager 1947 – Singer/songwriter.
  • Jamie Lyn Bauer 1949 – Actress.
  • Aidan Quinn 1959 – Actor.
  • Andrea Parker 1970 – Actress.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. 1976 – Actor.
  • James Van Der Beek 1977 – Actor.
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