March 10th – Awesome!

March 10, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my awesome friends. Today is Friday, March 10, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

International Day of Awesome 

International Day of Awesome affords us the opportunity to celebrate every person, place, thing, or idea in the world that is awesome. As the official tagline points out, “No one is perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” A man named Kevin Lawver declared the need for an International Day of Awesomeness in 2007. He was working with an intern who suggested that the office should celebrate Lawver’s awesomeness. Lawver replied that there should be an International Day of Awesomeness. He posted the idea to Twitter and the rest is history.
This is the holiday to release your inner ‘awesome’.  To celebrate the occasion, organize a group of friends and perform feats of awesomeness.
Below are the answers to the six basic questions about International Day of Awesome:

  1. What: International Day of Awesome.
  2. When: Always March 10th.
  3. Where: Everywhere
  4. Who: Everyone.
  5. How: By being as awesome as you can be.
  6. Why: Because March 10th is the birthday of Chuck Norris…and who is more awesome than Chuck Norris?

Check out the official website for this holiday – and have an awesome day!

Middle Name Pride Day

Middle Name Pride Day is the sixth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on the Friday of the first complete week in March.
Today’s name celebration requires honesty and possibly some courage as well. Reveal your middle name, whether you like it or not, to three people who don’t already know it.
My middle name is McCutcheon (my mother’s maiden name). Mission accomplished. Now, it’s your turn.

Salvation Army Day

On this date in 1880, Preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the organization that became known as the Salvation Army. It was modeled after the British Army so William Booth called himself General William Booth, although he wasn’t officially a general.  The Salvation Army was ahead of its time in one regard – women and men held equal ranks.
Initially, the work of the Salvation Army could be hazardous and many of its’ officers and soldiers were imprisoned and even killed. But, through perseverance and dedication to their cause, the organization was eventually officially recognized by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping people and spreading the word of God at the same time

Land Line Telephone Day

For my troglodyte friends who still use this archaic, crude, and cumbersome form of communication, today marks the 140th anniversary of the day that Alexander Graham Bell uttered the immortal words “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you” using the first telephone. [Shortly thereafter, he allowed Mrs. Bell to call Mrs. Watson…and the world was forever changed.]

U.S. Paper Money Day

U.S. Paper Money Day commemorates the date on which the united States first issued paper money as legal tender. Although banks began issuing paper money as early as 1690 in the United States, it wasn’t until this date in 1862 that the U.S. Government began issuing its own paper money. The denominations of the first bills were $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000.

Festival of Life in the Cracks Day

After 9,876,543,210 Google searches, I still can’t find a definitive answer about who created Festival of Life in the Cracks Day, why it was created, how it is meant to be celebrated, or to what it even pertains. So, let me posit a couple of theories of my own.
My first theory takes the literal approach. Go out today and examine any cracks and crevices you encounter (ie: cracks in your driveway, a crevice in a piece of old wood, etc, etc) for signs of life (insects, mold, moss, etc).
My second theory is more esoteric. It takes a philosophical approach. My theory is that man exists in a void, or crack if you will. He spends his life in the rat-race trying to figure out how to escape that void. A few succeed, but most just exist in their own ‘crack’ and never realize the true meaning of life. Which do you think it is? Do you have an alternative theory of your own? I’d like to hear it.

National Pack Your Lunch Day

National Pack Your Lunch Day, oddly enough, urges you to pack a lunch today, so why not pack a lunch today instead of buying one? Children and workers have carried their lunches to school/work in tin boxes or paper bags for centuries, so the concept of packing one’s lunch is nothing new.
The advantages of packing your own lunch are obvious:

  • You determine what’s on the menu that day.
  • You know what is in the food you prepare yourself.
  • Over time, you’ll save a lot of money compared to buying lunch every day.

If, like yours truly, you are retired, and have no job to go to, pack a lunch anyway and go to a park or just have a picnic in your backyard. Don’t forget to pack extra seeds and nuts for your avian and squirrely friends that will inevitably show up as soon as they discover that you have food.
Author’s Note: In 1935, the Mickey Mouse lunch box was introduced. It was the first children’s–themed cartoon character lunch box.

National Popover Day

Basically a quick-bread, the popover is an Americanization of Yorkshire Pudding. In the America, popovers are often served as a substitute for a roll or biscuit and are often served at brunch with butter or jam (although they are quite yummy on their own).
A popover is an egg batter cooked in custard cups or muffin tins to produce a very light, hollow roll—essentially, an eggy crust. The name comes from the fact that the batter swells or “pops” over the top of the cup while baking. The outside crust is crispy, while the inside is light and airy. The recipe is pretty basic, with just a few ingredients. Popovers are not a make-ahead type of bread. They need to be served and eaten as soon as they come out of the oven. They deflate as they cool, and can tend to become rubbery if not consumed shortly after baking.

More Holidays

In the interest of brevity, and to avoid carpal-tunnel syndrome, I am merely listing the rest of today’s holidays below. As usual, a link to each is provided so you can research them on you own if one piques your interest.

On This Date

  • In 1629 – England’s King Charles I dissolved Parliament and did not call it back for 11 years.
  • In 1656 – In Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of their religion.
  • In 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published.
  • In 1785 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed the minister to France. He succeeded Benjamin Franklin.
  • In 1804 – The formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the U.S. took place in St. Louis.
  • In 1848 – The Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico.
  • In 1849 – Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift vessels over shoals using inflated cylinders.
  • In 1864 – Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies in the Civil War.
  • In 1880 – The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. from England.
  • In 1893 – New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.
  • In 1902 – Tochangri, Turkey, was entirely wiped out by an earthquake.
  • In 1902 – Attorney General Philander Knox announced that a suit was being brought against Morgan and Harriman’s Northern Securities Company. The suit was for the enforcement of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Northern Securities loss in court was upheld by the Supreme Court on March 14, 1904.
  • In 1903 – Harry C. Gammeter patented the multigraph duplicating machine.
  • In 1903 – In New York’s harbor, the disease-stricken ship Karmania was quarantined with six people dead from cholera.
  • In 1912 – China became a republic after the overthrow of the Manchu Ch’ing Dynasty.
    In 1913 – Civil Rights activist and nurse, Harriet Tubman, died.
  • In 1913 – William Knox rolled the first perfect 300 game in tournament competition.
  • In 1924 – The Supreme Court upheld a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women.
  • In 1933 – Nevada became the first state to regulate drugs.
  • In 1945 – American B-29 bombers attacked Tokyo, Japan, 100,000 were killed.
  • In 1947 – The Big Four met in Moscow to discuss the future of Germany.
  • In 1949 – Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,” was convicted of treason in Washington, D.C. She served 12 years in prison.
  • In 1952 – Fulgencio Batista assumed power in Cuba after a coup. The dictator was overthrown by rebels under the command of Che Guevara in 1959.
  • In 1959 – A revolt erupted in Lhasa, sparking the Tibetan uprising. Fearing the Dalai Lama’s abduction by China, 300,000 Tibetans surrounded his palace.
  • In 1966 – France withdrew from NATO’s military command to protest U.S. dominance of the alliance and asked NATO to move its headquarters from Paris.
  • In 1969 – James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, TN, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998.
  • In 1971 – The Senate approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
  • In 1981 – The U.S. Postal Service announced an increase in first class postage from 15 to 18 cents.
  • In 1994 – White House officials began testifying before a federal grand jury about the Whitewater controversy.
  • In 1998 – U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf began receiving the first vaccinations against anthrax.
  • In 2000 – The dot-com bubble burst when the NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5408.60. The dot-com boom, which started in 1997, accompanied the advent of countless new Internet-based companies. When the speculative bubble burst, many small investors were affected.
  • In 2002 – The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon informed Congress in January that it was making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq and North Korea.

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.

  • Barry Fitzgerald 1888 – Actor.
  • Bix Beiderbecke 1903 – Jazz musician.
  • Claire Booth Luce 1903 – Author.
  • Heywood Hale Broun 1918 – Author.
  • Pamela Mason 1919 – Actress.
  • Ralph Emery 1933 – Talk show host.
  • David Rabe 1940 – Playwright.
  • Chuck Norris 1940 – Actor, martial artist.
  • Dean Torrence 1940 – Singer.
  • Katharine Houghton 1945 – Actress.
  • Bob Greene 1947 – Newspaper columnist.
  • Osama Bin Laden 1957 – Saudi Arabian terrorist, founded al-Qaeda.
  • Shannon Tweed 1957 – Actress.
  • Sharon Stone 1958 – Actress.
  • Jasmine Guy 1962 – Actress.
  • Neneh Cherry 1964 – Singer.
  • Prince Edward 1964 – British Royalty.
  • Edie Brickell 1966 – Singer.
  • Paget Brewster 1969 – Actress.
  • Bree Turner 1977 – Actress.
  • Shannon Miller 1977 – Olympic gold-medal gymnast.
  • Carrie Underwood 1983 – Singer.
  • Emily Osment 1992 – Actress.
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