March 11th – Tool Time

March 11, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning handypersons. Today is Saturday, March 11, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Worship of Tools Day

To some people, a tool is a natural extension of their arm, and to others, even the rudimentary use of tools is a struggle. Most of us fall somewhere between. Whether your trade requires their use, or you are just a casual DIYer, everyone uses tools once in a while.
Knowing which tool to use for which job, and equally as important, knowing which tool NOT to use for certain jobs, means the difference between a job well done and a half-assed job that’s “close enough for government work”. In the hands of a craftsman, tools are used to repair machinery, build things, and create exquisite works of art. In the hands of an amateur, they can destroy more than they create. Learning how to use tools properly is a skill that will benefit you throughout your life. Doing a job right the first time is much more cost-effective in the long run.
Worship of Tools Day is the holiday to pay homage to those handy gadgets that make our lives so much easier. Taking care of your tools helps them last longer, so, show your tools some love today by cleaning those that need to be cleaned, sharpening those that need to be sharpened, oiling those that need to be oiled, repairing those in need of repair, and replacing those that are no longer serviceable — Then go out and fix or build something. The best way to celebrate Worship Your Tools Day is to use them for their intended purpose.

Genealogy Day

The seventh and final holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” is Genealogy Day (sometimes referred to as Descendent’s Day), which is always celebrated on the Saturday of the first complete week in March.
Climb into your family tree today and jiggle a few branches. Start piecing together your personal history.
Genealogy is becoming more popular as people try to discover their heritage and learn about their roots. Putting together your family tree can be time-consuming, yet at the same time, it can be rewarding. It’s like a puzzle waiting to be put together.
If you feel that you don’t have the time to do the extensive research necessary to put together your family tree, you might consider using the internet. There are quite a few websites available that have already done most of the work for you. Just know ahead of time that these websites charge a fee for their services in most cases, and the fees can widely vary.
Hopefully, you will discover that your family tree resembles a majestic spreading oak – rather than a totem pole.

International Fanny Pack Day  

Held on the second Saturday in March, International Fanny Pack Day pays tribute to this utilitarian fashion essential.
For the centuries, mankind has worn some form of gear to carry items for easy access…be it a backpack, a shoulder bag, or yes, a fanny pack. When you think about it, isn’t a fanny pack nothing more than a scaled-down backpack? Unless you’re going on an extended hike or camping trip, you no longer need a big bulky backpack to carry the essentials you need to survive. The answer, the fanny pack. In it, you can carry our glasses, a small camera for those spontaneous “Kodak moments”, some snacks, your Identification card, and whatever other small items you deem necessary.
Although they may not be chic, fanny packs are by far one of the most useful fashion accessories ever conceived. They carry what we need and allow us to keep our hands free for other things. I admit that I still use mine occasionally. Celebrate International Fanny Pack Day by wearing yours proudly today.

Johnny Appleseed Day

Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America’s greatest folk legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person, John Chapman (September 26, 1774, to March 11, 1845). He was a nurseryman by trade and planted and sold apple trees in New York and Pennsylvania. On his trek westward, (at the time, “the west” was places like West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana) he began to plant apple trees along his route. The further west he went, the larger his legend grew. A devout Christian, he was also known for his preaching, his generosity, and his love of animals. Some historians also believe that there is some link between Johnny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations, but ‘legends’ sometimes become larger than life, and there is no documentation to verify this contention.
Sadly, Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates the approximate date of his death. [Historians dispute this date as his actual date of his death, but it is known that he died sometime near this date of a “winter plague” in 1845, but the actual date of his death was never recorded].
Author’s Note: In some areas of the country, Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on September 26th, the anniversary of his birth…which is not in dispute.

Dream Day  

Dream Day does not refer to the dreams that you have when you’re asleep, but rather to your desires or aspirations. Virtually every successful venture began with a dream. Dreams are what inspire and motivate us to move ahead, create new things, and imagine a better life for ourselves.
So, on Dream Day, dream big and celebrate the power of your imagination.

World Plumbing Day  

World Plumbing Day is an international event started by the World Plumbing Council to celebrate the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.
The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 tsunami in Japan, “Superstorm Sandy”, and other natural disasters show how easy it is to take the availability of safe drinking water and enough sanitation systems for granted…until they break down. History shows that great leaps in mankind’s advancement, both physically and socially, have been tied to advances in plumbing technology. Plumbers play an important role in keeping our drinking water safe and keeping our sewer systems functioning properly. Now, if we could only convince them to provide their services out of a sense of altruism, rather than profit.

Debunking Day

Debunking Day was listed in only one of my sources, and a Google search revealed no further information about this holiday. From what I could glean from the short description of the holiday in my single source, I guess that, on this holiday, you are supposed to try to debunk something. What you debunk is left entirely up to you.
With that in mind, I am going to “debunk” this holiday. If Debunking Day were valid, there would be more information available regarding its purpose, its creator, the reason it is celebrated on this date, and specifically how it should be celebrated. Without that information, how can we truly get into the spirit of this holiday? Sorry Debunking Day creators, but unless you update your website and give we celebrants some valid background information, this holiday will soon become the Dodo bird of holidays.

Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day  

Waffles became a popular baked treat during the Middle Ages. The original recipe called for just flour and water, so vendors sold waffles on the streets during the religious fasting season. Bakers branded their waffle irons with coats of arms, religious symbols, and the traditional honeycomb pattern we are accustomed to today. Eventually, people began adding other ingredients like eggs, butter, milk, and honey.
Nutritionists say that we need three portions of whole grains daily. Oatmeal waffles are a good, and tasty way to start. Nuts, while they are somewhat high in calories and fat, contain protein plus the good, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega-3), which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts are approved by the FDA since they contain less than 4 grams of saturated fats per 50 grams. Walnuts are better yet—they are more heart-healthy than olive oil and have bone-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid).
Oats are a whole grain and an excellent source of fiber.
Oatmeal-Nut Waffles are easy to make by simply adding quick-cooking oats and some of your favorite type of chopped nuts to your regular waffle batter. Here is one recipe. Toppings are a matter of personal preference. I like mine with butter and maple syrup. Do your body a favor and try some oatmeal-nut waffles today. Waffles — They aren’t just for breakfast anymore.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1302 – The characters “Romeo and Juliet” were married this day according to William Shakespeare.
  • In 1791 – Samuel Mulliken became the first person to receive more than one patent from the U.S. Patent Office.
  • In 1810 – The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.
  • In 1824 – The War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian Ely Parker became the first Indian to lead the Bureau.
  • In 1851 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto, premiered. Rigoletto is one of the most popular operas of all time. The piece was premiered at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy.
  • In 1861 – A Confederate Convention was held in Montgomery, Alabama, where a new constitution was adopted.
  • In  1865 – Union General William Sherman and his forces occupied Fayetteville, NC.
  • In 1901 – U.S. Steel was formed when industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steel Corp. The event made Andrew Carnegie the world’s richest man.
  • In 1907 – President Theodore Roosevelt induced California to revoke its anti-Japanese legislation.
  • In 1927 – The Flatheads Gang stole $104,250 in the first armored-car robbery near Pittsburgh, PA.
  • In 1930 – President Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Lend-Lease Act, which authorized the act of providing war supplies to the Allies.
  • In 1948 – Reginald Weir became the first black tennis player to participate in a U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association tournament.
  • In 1965 – The Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during a civil rights disturbances in Selma, Alabama.
  • In 1966 – Three men were convicted of the murder of Malcolm X.
  • In 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev was named the new chairman of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • In 1990 – Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare its independence. The Baltic country’s secession marked an important step in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
  • In 1990 –  Patricio Aylwin became Chile’s first democratically elected president since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Pinochet had been in power since a CIA-backed coup d’état in 1973. Under his command, thousands of political opponents were interned, tortured, and killed.
  • In 1992 – Former President Nixon said that the Bush administration was not giving enough economic aid to Russia.
  • In 1993 – Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general.
  • In 1998 – The International Astronomical Union issued an alert that said that a mile-wide asteroid could come very close to, and possibly hit, Earth on Oct. 26, 2028. The next day NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that there was no chance the asteroid would hit Earth.
  • In 2002 – Two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • In 2004 – In Madrid, Spain, several coordinated bombing attacks on commuter trains killed at least 190 people and injured more than 2,000.
  • In 2011 – The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred in Japan. The nuclear meltdowns occurred after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. It was the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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.

  • Thomas Hastings 1860 – Architect.
  • Malcolm Campbell 1885 – Early auto racer.
  • Lawrence Welk 1903 – Band leader.
  • Harold Wilson 1916 – Former British Prime Minister.
  • Terence Alexander 1923 – Actor.
  • Ralph David Abernathy 1926 – Civil Rights activist.
  • Valerie French 1931 – Actress.
  • Rupert Murdoch 1931 – Media mogul.
  • Sam Donaldson 1934 – Broadcast journalist.
  • Nancy Kovack 1935 – Actress.
  • Antonin Scalia 1936 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • Tricia O’Neil 1945 – Actress.
  • Mark Metcalf 1946 – Actor.
  • Bobby McFerrin 1950 – Singer.
  • Jerry Zucker 1950 – Director.
  • Dominique Sanda 1951 – Actress/model.
  • Susan Richardson 1952 – Actress.
  • Anissa Jones 1958 – Child actress.
  • Alex Kingston 1963 – Actress.
  • Wallace Langham 1965 – Actor.
  • Lisa Loeb 1968 – Singer.
  • Terrence Howard 1969 – Actor.
  • Johnny Knoxville 1971 – Actor.
  • David Anders 1981 – Actor.
  • LeToya Nicole Luckett 1981 – Singer.
  • Thora Birch 1982 – Actress.
  • Anton Yelchin 1989 – Actor.
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