March 19th – Ya Gotta Laugh

March 19, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning cachinnating compadres. Today is Sunday, March 19, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Let’s Laugh Day

Let’s Laugh Day encourages you to laugh as much as you can today. Whether it’s because of the faltering economy, the divisive political climate, your never-ending to-do list, and/or the fact that everything – except for your paycheck – seems to be rising, Americans are stressed out these days. Let’s Laugh Day encourages you to let go of all that stress and have a good laugh or two today. And, while you’re at it, try to make everyone you encounter today laugh as well.
We’ve all had those “Don’t you dare look at me or else I’ll start laughing again” moments with our friends or family, but who knew they were healthy? Watching a good comedy show or getting the “giggle fits” with your friends can burn up to 40 calories per 10-minute session. According to Web MD, laughter can also help boost your immune system, relieve tension, make you feel relaxed, and increase endorphins released by your brain, and helps reduce your blood pressure and decreases pain. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases antibodies, boosting your immunity to all sorts of illness and diseases. Laughing also helps relax your muscles and helps you relax.
As a bonus, laughter plays a significant role in the mating ritual. According to Psychology Today magazine, “the laughter of the female in a relationship is the critical index of whether or not that relationship is successful.”  So, you see, laughter is good for your mind, your body, your soul, and your libido.
Apparently, Reader’s Digest has it right. “Laughter is the best medicine.” So go ahead, yuk it up today. It’s good for you.

Swallows Return To Capistrano Day  

The Swallows of Capistrano return to Mission San Juan Capistrano, their summer nesting grounds, on March 19th each year. At dawn, the little birds arrive and begin rebuilding their mud nests, which cling to the ruins of the Great Stone Church of San Juan Capistrano. The arches of the two-story, vaulted Great Stone Church were left bare and exposed after the roof collapsed during the earthquake of 1812. The Great Stone Church which is thought to be the largest and most ornate building in any of the missions takes on a more humble role — that of housing the swallows.
The town of San Juan Capistrano takes on an almost fiesta-like atmosphere as revelers await the “miracle” of the swallows’ return.
After spending the summer within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, the swallows take flight again, and on the Day of San Juan, October 23rd, they leave – circling the Mission once to bid farewell.
The return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano has been a part of Old California lore since the late 1700’s. However, in recent years, the number of swallows returning to Mission San Juan Capistrano has dwindled, and at least once, no swallows returned on this date. Possibly, the reason they did not return was that there was construction going on at Mission San Juan Capistrano that year. Don’t worry, the swallows are not endangered, they just chose other nesting areas.

Saint Joseph’s Day

Saint Joseph’s Day takes place on March 19, 2017. Saint Joseph’s Day, the Feast of St. Joseph is in Western Christianity, is the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has the rank of a solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church.
Since the 10th century, Saint Joseph’s Day has been the principal feast day in Western Christianity and is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, many Lutherans and other denominations. March 19 always falls during Lent, and traditionally it is a day of abstinence. This explains the custom of St. Joseph tables being covered with meatless dishes. If St. Joseph’s Day falls on a Sunday other than Palm Sunday, it is observed on the next available day, usually Monday, March 20, unless another solemnity falls on that day. Since 2008, if St Joseph’s Day falls during Holy Week, it is moved to the closest possible day before 19 March, usually the Saturday before Holy Week.
Joseph was the husband of the Virgin Mary and is considered the patron of carpenters, fathers, and the Catholic Church.

Iraqi Freedom Day

On March 19, 2003, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein elected not to step down from power, per a United Nation’s resolution. Two hours after the 9:30 p.m. EDT deadline, United States, British and Australian forces began air strikes. According to the Council on Foreign Relations: “Operation Iraqi Freedom began, with the United States and coalition forces, striking a target in Baghdad where, intelligence reports indicated, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his top deputies had gathered in underground bunkers.”
President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation and said, “The early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq have begun.”

National Chocolate Caramel Day

The union of chocolate and caramel is arguably one of the greatest flavor combinations ever conceived by man. These two ingredients appear in countless candy bars, ice cream flavors, confections, and desserts. Famed chocolate manufacturer Milton Hershey began his career in a caramel company. In the late 1800’s he began experimenting with ways to improve caramel candy and found some German-built machines for manufacturing chocolate. His attention would eventually shift completely to chocolate, but Hershey’s first product was a chocolate-covered caramel. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate this holiday.

National Poultry Day

Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs which include commercially farmed chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant  – with chickens being the most commonly farmed fowl.
Unlike turkeys, ducks, and geese, chickens are not native to the Americas. Scientists once believed that chickens were introduced to America by the European explorers in the 16th century. However, there is now DNA evidence that indicates that chickens first arrived in the Americas on the western shores via the Polynesians at least a century earlier, perhaps as early as the late 12th or early 13 century.
Poultry Day is a fowl holiday that celebrates chicken, turkey and other birds we commonly consume. In general, poultry is lower in fat, and cholesterol than other meats, making them a healthier choice.
Celebrate National Poultry Day by eating some sort of poultry for each meal today. Poultry is a versatile meat that can be cooked in a variety of ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming and broasting, so there is really no reason not to celebrate.
Fowl Factoids:

  • Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the poultry production in the United States.
  • Estimates place annual production of chickens at around 9 billion in the United States.

For millennia, man has debated; “Which came first, the chicken or the egg”. The answer to that question, at least in my house today, is the egg (two actually, over medium, accompanied by crisp bacon, crisp hash browns, and biscuits).

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1628 – The Massachusetts colony was founded.
  • In 1687 – French explorer La Salle was murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • In 1822 – The city of Boston, MA, was incorporated.
  • In 1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.
  • In 1895 – The Lumière brothers recorded their first footage. Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon showed workers leaving their factory in Lyon. The film is about 50 seconds long. Auguste and Louis Lumière were the earliest filmmakers in history.
  • In 1895 – The Los Angeles Railway was established to provide streetcar service.
  • In 1900 – President McKinley asserted that there was a need for free trade with Puerto Rico.
  • In 1903 – The Senate ratified the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
  • In 1908 – The state of Maryland barred Christian Scientists from practicing without medical diplomas.
  • In 1911 – The first International Women’s Day was observed. Over 1 million people in several European countries celebrated. German socialists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz initiated the observance, which has become an annual global event.
  • In 1917 – The Supreme Court upheld the Adamson Act that made the eight-hour workday for railroads constitutional.
  • In 1918 – Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.
  • In 1920 – The Senate rejected the Versailles Treaty for the second time maintaining an isolation policy.
  • In 1931 – The state of Nevada legalized gambling.
  • In 1945 – Adolf Hitler ordered the destruction of all industries in Germany. The “Nero Decree” was issued in the light of Germany’s imminent defeat in World War II. It was never fully executed.
  • In 1953 – The Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.
  • In 1954 – The first rocket-driven sled that ran on rails was tested in Alamogordo, NM.
  • In 1954 – Willie Mosconi set a new world record for running most consecutive Pool balls without a miss. Mr. Pocket Billiards, as the hugely successful American sportsman, was often called ran 526 consecutive balls. He was playing “straight pool” also known as 14-1 continuous pocket pool.
  • In 1962 – Bob Dylan released his first album. Dylan is one of the world’s most influential music artists. His songs “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the anti-war movement.
  • In 1963 – In Costa Rica, President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledged to fight Communism.
  • In 1964 – Sean Connery began shooting his role in “Goldfinger.”
  • In 1976 – Buckingham Palace announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
  • In 1977 – The last episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired.
  • In 1979 – The House of Representatives began broadcasting its daily business on TV.
  • In 1987 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned from the PTL due to a scandal involving Jessica Hahn.
  • In 1998 – The World Health Organization warned of tuberculosis epidemic that could kill 70 million people in next two decades.
  • In 1988 – Two British soldiers were killed by mourners at a funeral in Belfast, North Ireland. The soldiers were shot to death after being dragged from a car and beaten.
  • In 2001 – California officials declared a power alert and ordered the first of two days of rolling blackouts.
  • In 2002 – Actor Ben Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share tour birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

  • David Livingstone 1813 – Scottish missionary, explorer. (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume”).
  • Wyatt Earp 1848 – Noted lawman.
  • William Jennings Bryan 1860 – Politician.
  • Charles M. Russell 1864 – Western artist.
  • Earl Warren 1891 – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
  • Jackie Mabley 1894 – Comedian (“Moms Mabley”).
  • John Sirica 1904 – “Watergate” Judge.
  • Adolph Eichmann 1906 – Holocaust organizer.
  • Tige Andrews 1923 – Actor.
  • Patrick McGoohan 1928 – Actor.
  • Gay Brewer Jr. 1932 – Pro golfer.
  • Renee Taylor 1933 – Actress.
  • Nancy Malone 1935 – Actress.
  • Phyllis Newman 1935 – Actress.
  • Ursula Andress 1936 – Actress.
  • Robin Luke 1942 – Singer (Suzie Darlin’).
  • Ruth Pointer 1946 – Singer (The Pointer Sisters).
  • Glenn Close 1947 – Actress.
  • Bruce Willis 1955 – Actor.
  • Craig Lamar Traylor 1989 – Actor.

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