March 12th – Another Bloomin’ Holiday

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

Good morning flower children. Today is Sunday, March 12, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Plant A Flower Day  

Spring is nigh upon us, and there is no better indicator of that than blooming flowers…but first, you have to plant them. Plant A Flower Day is as good a day as any other to get outside and commune with nature. Gardening is a great hobby. It’s enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. It is something that virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health.
With over 400,000 flowering plant species in the world, it is almost certain that you can find a few varieties of flowers that you like. From the simple daisy to the elegant rose, and from the colorful wildflowers dotting the countryside to the elaborate and vibrant flowers of southeastern Asia, flowers have made our lives more colorful for millennia.
Flowers have been around for nearly as long as the planet itself. Over the centuries, flowers have served numerous purposes, from decorative to medicinal to ceremonial. As early as 2,500 BC, Egyptians were using flowers to adorn tables and great halls, as well as show respect for both the living and the dead, and a wide variety of flowers were even uncovered in the tombs of pharaohs. A couple of millennia later the Ancient Greeks and Romans began using flowers in much the same way as the Egyptians but also began using them as herbs. In China, flower arrangements became popular in the 3rd century BC, where they played important roles in religious practices and traditional medicine.
Flowers have also been a part of various religions and mythologies and their traditions and rituals. Imagine a wedding reception without the bouquet toss, imagine Christmas without poinsettias, and imagine what poetry and art would be without flowers.
Celebrating Plant A Flower Day is easy…go to the nursery and buy a variety of your favorite types of flowers. Then, take them home and plant them. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirt under your fingernails. And, don’t forget to take the time out, somewhere along the way, to stop and smell them.

Girl Scout Day  

Today marks the anniversary of the founding of the first Girl Scout troop. It was started in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordon Low. There were 18 girls in the original troop. Low believed that all girls should have the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. She organized service projects, outdoor adventures, and enrichment programs to get girls out of the house and into the community. The group eventually became a national organization and was chartered by Congress on March 16, 1950.
Today, over 3.2 million girls and adults are active Girl Scout members, and over 50 million women are Girl Scout alumnae. According to the mission statement of the organization, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. And never forget, the Girl Scouts also sell us their delicious cookies every year.

Alfred Hitchcock Day

Since today marks neither the anniversary of his birth, nor the anniversary of his death, I can find no discernible reason why it is celebrated today, but a number of my sources indicate that it is true.
Many industry insiders consider Alfred Hitchcock to be the greatest filmmaker of all time. His career spanned over 6 decades. His use of lighting, camera angle, and music to manipulate his audiences is unparalleled. Today’s crop of gore-filled “slasher” flicks pale in comparison to his mastery of suspense.
As good as he was at keeping people on the edge of their seats, he had a wonderfully delightful, wry sense of humor, which was evident in the introductions to the dramas he presented on his long-running TV show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. It is also illustrated by one of his own quotes:

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” 

Tonight would be a good night to settle in with the family and watch a couple of his classic thrillers, or a few episodes from his TV series. Episodes are available here free of cost.

National Baked Scallops Day  

Scallops can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.
Scallops have two types of meat in one shell: the adductor muscle, called “scallop”, which is white and meaty, and the roe, called “coral”, which is red or white and soft. Scallops are very low in fat and are delicious prepared in a variety of ways, but since this holiday is National Baked Scallops Day, I guess you are supposed to bake them today. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking them. If you’re a seafood lover, try some tonight. This recipe is one of a gazillion recipes for baked scallops available online if you want to try to bake some at home.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1496 – Jews were expelled from Syria.
  • In 1609 – The Bermuda Islands became an English colony.
  • In 1664 – New Jersey became a British colony. King Charles II granted land in the New World to his brother James (The Duke of York).
  • In 1755 – In North Arlington, NJ, the steam engine was used for the first time.
  • In 1789 – The U.S. Post Office was established.
  • In 1884 – Mississippi authorized the first state-supported college for women. It was called the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
  • In 1889 – Almon B. Stowger applied for a patent for his automatic telephone system.
  • In 1894 – Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.
  • In 1904 – After 30 years of drilling, the Holland tunnel under the Hudson River was completed. It linked Jersey City, NJ, and New York, NY.
  • In 1918 – Moscow became Russia’s capital city. St. Petersburg lost its status as the Russian capital following the Revolution of 1917, which dismantled the Tsarist autocracy.
  • In 1930 – Mahatma Gandhi embarked on his Salt March. The 240-mile march was an act of civil disobedience to protest the British monopoly on salt. It was one of the most significant events during the Indian independence movement.
  • In 1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address to the nation. It was the first of his “Fireside Chats.”
  • In 1938 – Hitler invaded Austria. The occupation of Hitler’s homeland is known as Anschluss, which is the German word for annexation.
  • In 1947 – President Truman established the “Truman Doctrine” to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.
  • In 1959 – The House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving the statehood of Hawaii.
  • In 1967 – Suharto rose to power in Indonesia. His presidency, which lasted 31 years, was overshadowed by crass human rights violations and the occupation of East Timor.
  • In 1974 – “Wonder Woman” debuted on ABC-TV. The show later went to CBS-TV.
  • In 1985 – Former President Richard M. Nixon announced that he planned to drop Secret Service protection and hire his own bodyguards in an effort to lower the deficit by $3 million.
  • In 1989 – About 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of an exhibit.
  • In 1993 – The Pentagon called for the closure of 31 major military bases.
  • In 1994 – A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell of the Loch Ness monster was confirmed to be a hoax. The photo was taken of a toy submarine with a head and neck attached.
  • In 1994 – The Church of England ordained its first women priests.
  • In 1999 – Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic became members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). All three countries were members of the former Warsaw Pact.
  • In 2002 – U.S. homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
  • In 2003 – In Utah, Elizabeth Smart was reunited with her family, nine months after she was abducted from her home. She had been kidnapped on June 5, 2002, by a drifter that had previously worked at the Smart home.
  • In 2010 – Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad.

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.

  • Clement Studebaker 1831 – Manufacturer.
  • Charles Boycott 1832 – Land agent.
  • Jane Delano 1862 – Founder of the Red Cross Nursing Service.
  • Wally Schirra 1913 – Astronaut.
  • Gordon MacRae 1921 – Actor.
  • Jack Kerouac 1922 – Author
  • Edward Albee 1928 – Playwright.
  • Barbara Feldon 1933 – Actress.
  • Lloyd Dobyns 1936 – TV reporter.
  • Liza Minnelli 1946 – Singer, actress.
  • Mitt Romney 1947 – Politician.
  • James Taylor 1948 – Singer, songwriter.
  • Jon Provost 1950 – Actor.
  • Marlon Jackson 1957 – Singer.
  • Darryl Strawberry 1962 – Baseball player.
  • Julia Campbell 1963 – Actress.
  • Aaron Eckhart 1968 – Actor.
  • Samm Levine 1982 – Actor.
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