March 21st – It’s Just Common Courtesy

March 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my polite perusers. Today is Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Common Courtesy Day

National Common Courtesy Day is the perfect holiday to begin practicing new habits of common courtesy with everyone you meet.
Much to the detriment of society, common courtesy isn’t all that common anymore. Rudeness seems to have become the norm. You see rudeness everywhere these days; in stores, restaurants, movie theaters,  while driving, and just about anywhere else people interact – and do I even need to mention the “trolls” on social media platforms? I blame it on poor parenting skills, a sense of privilege, the anonymity of today’s society, and the acceptance of vulgarity and deviant behavior as the norm.
Be courteous and polite to everyone you meet today, even if they are being a total a$$hole. Greet everyone with a friendly “hello”, and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”. When you wave at someone, use all five fingers…no matter how many fingers they use to wave back at you…if they even bother to wave back at all.

Fragrance Day

Please don’t raise a big ‘stink’ about my coverage of Fragrance Day; I don’t make these holidays up, I just write about them. You’re probably thinking that having a holiday about fragrance makes no sense, but actually, it is all about scents. (Yuk, yuk, get it)?
Dictionary.com defines fragrance as a pleasant or sweet odor; scent. Fragrance Day celebrates cologne, perfume and all the things that are pleasant smelling, including potpourri, soaps, lotions, air fresheners, scented candles, and even aromatherapy. I won’t go into any detail about the different types of scents and their sources, but this website will.
Here are some ways to celebrate this holiday:

  • Take time to learn about scents and their origins. You might find it fascinating.
  • Take a field trip. Go outside and commune with nature. See how many scents you can identify.
  • Schedule an aromatherapy session.

World Forestry Day (also known as International Day of Forests)

This environmental holiday celebrates the value of forests and forestry to our communities. World Forestry Day it’s a worldwide celebration and the concept for World Forestry Day originated in 1971. It was declared an annual event by the United National Food and Agriculture Organization in that same year. With their usual lightning speed, the United Nations responded with a holiday of their own in 2012, International Day of Forests, which celebrates the same thing as World Forestry Day, and is celebrated on the same date.
Forests are critical to all life on Earth, as they provide shelter, shade, refuge, and clean air and water. The world’s forests are at constant risk from increased deforestation as demand for forest products increases.
World Forestry Day provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests. Forests cover one-third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants, and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs, and security for forest-dependent communities.
To celebrate World Forestry Day, take the time to educate yourself on the importance of the world’s forests. Plant a tree and/or try to raise community awareness about the need to preserve the forests in your area.

Credit Card Reduction Day

Credit card debt can have a devastating effect on our lives. It can keep you from buying a house, or a new car. It restricts your ability to make other purchases. It adds stress to your life. Credit card debt comes with high-interest rates. As credit card balances go up, so do the minimum payments, which can put a real crimp on our limited discretionary spending. Credit Card Reduction Day urges you to take control of you credit card debt. If you only pay the minimum amount due each month, it will seemingly take forever to pay off the balance. That’s exactly what credit card companies are hoping you do. So, increase your personal wealth, and improve your quality of life. Today is the day to begin doing something about reducing your credit card debt. You don’t need to pay off the balance today. Rather, today is a great day to begin whittling away at the balance.
Here are some ways to “celebrate” Credit Card reduction Day, so you can eventually liberate yourself from the claws of credit card companies.

  • Make an extra payment on your credit card balance whenever you can.
  • Implement a plan to pay just a few dollars more each month
  • Limit new purchases, until your credit card balance is paid in full.
  • Reduce the number of credit cards you have.
  • Once you have paid off the balance, pay the full amount due each and every month…no exceptions.

National Flower Day

My sources revealed little information regarding National Flower Day, other than that it exists, so the true meaning behind this holiday remains obscure. National Flower Day seems to be open to interpretation, but I have to assume that it is no coincidence that it happens to fall so near the Vernal Equinox. After all, most people associate flowers with Spring. However, from what I can glean from my sources, it pertains to all flowers and not just those we associate with Spring.
To celebrate National Flower Day, plant some flowers in your garden, or pick some flowers from your garden and make a festive centerpiece for your dinner table tonight. If, like me, you have a “black thumb” instead of a “green thumb”, but still like flowers, learn about flowers native to, or commonly planted in, your area so you can identify them on your strolls through the park.

Memory Day

Drat! I almost forgot. There is one more holiday I wanted to cover today — Memory Day. There is little information available about Memory Day, but it is listed in two of my sources. Since those sources failed to provide any information concerning this holiday (I have to assume that they forgot), I’ll posit a few explanations of my own.

  •  It could have something to do with Alzheimer’s Disease awareness.
  •  It could have something to do with playing board games such as Concentration™ or Battleship™ which rely heavily on memory.
  •  It could have something to do with the wide variety of online games such as Lumosity™ which claim to improve memory skills.
  •  It could have something to do with the memory on your computer; such as freeing up space on your hard-drive or defragging your computer.

Mind you, these are only conjecture. I don’t know for sure what this holiday is about. I guess it is up to you to determine how you celebrate it…or you can just forget about it all together.

 National French Bread Day

French bread is a term that applies to a variety of different-shaped loaves that have a crusty exterior and a chewy crumb. French bread is typically made from wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. Some of the shapes include baguette, bâton, boule, ficelle, and flûte.
The French have made long sticks of bread since at least the mid-eighteenth century, but the baguette became an iconic symbol of French cuisine until the twentieth century. A new law passed in 1920 banned workers from beginning their shift before 4 am which made it difficult for French bakers to have fresh bread ready for their customers in the morning. They turned to the fast-baking baguette for a solution, and soon it became a part of daily life.
To celebrate National French Bread Day, buy or bake a delicious loaf of fresh French bread to share with your family.

California Strawberry Day

It goes without saying that strawberries are one of America’s favorite berries, and California strawberries are just now coming to the market. California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries. In California, strawberries are planted on more 38,300 acres. In 2011, more than 2.1 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested. That amounts to 88 percent of the country’s total fresh and frozen strawberries. California’s unique coastal environment with its western ocean exposure provides moderate temperatures year round. Warm sunny days and cool foggy nights provide the perfect climate for growing strawberries. So, enjoy some sweet, succulent strawberries today – just make sure they are California grown. Can you say Strawberry Shortcake?

More Holidays

The rest of today’s holidays that bear mention are listed and linked below for your perusing pleasure.

On This Date

  • In 1788 – Almost the entire city of New Orleans, LA, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings were destroyed.
  • In 1790 – Thomas Jefferson reported to President George Washington as the new Secretary of State.
  • In 1826 – The Rensselaer School in Troy, NY, was incorporated. The school became known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was the first engineering college in the U.S.
  • In 1851 – Yosemite Valley was discovered in California.
  • In 1859 – In Philadelphia, the first Zoological Society was incorporated.
  • In 1871 – Journalist Henry M Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa.
  • In 1905 – Sterilization legislation was passed in Pennsylvania. The governor vetoed the measure.
  • In 1906 – Ohio passed a law that prohibited hazing by fraternities after two fatalities.
  • In 1908 – A passenger was carried in a bi-plane for the first time by Henri Farman of France.
  • In 1910 – The Senate granted ex-President Teddy Roosevelt a yearly pension of $10,000.
  • In 1928 – President Calvin Coolidge gave the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
  • In 1935 – Incubator ambulance service began in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1943 – A plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler by suicide bomb failed. German Wehrmacht officer, Rudolf von Gersdorff, failed to blow up the dictator but managed to defuse his bombs just before they went off and avoid suspicion.
  • In 1946 – The United Nations set up a temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
  • In 1952 – The world’s first rock and roll concert was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Disc Jockey Alan Freed presented the concert, which was closed down after only one song because of over-crowding.
  • In 1963 – Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA, closed.
  • In 1965 – The United States launched Ranger 9. It was the last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations.
  • In 1965 – More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
  • In 1970 – Earth Day was celebrated for the first time. The first celebration occurred in a limited number of cities in the United States, however, today, Earth Day is observed by about 1 billion people around the world.
  • In 1972 – The Supreme Court ruled that states could not require one year of residency for voting eligibility.
  • In 1980 – On the TV show “Dallas”, J.R. Ewing was shot.
  • In 1980 – President Jimmy Carter announced to the U.S. Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. In retaliation, the USSR and 14 other “Eastern Bloc” countries boycotted the next Olympics, held in Los Angeles, CA in 1984.
  • In 1984 – A Soviet submarine crashed into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
  • In 1985 – South African Police killed at least 21 black people commemorating a similar mass shooting 25 years before. The Sharpeville massacre in 1985 left 69 unarmed people dead. It was a turning-point in the history of South Africa.
  • In 1989 – Randall Dale Adams was released from a Texas prison after his conviction was overturned. The documentary “The Thin Blue Line” had challenged the evidence of Adams’ conviction for killing a police officer.
  • In 1991 – The U.N. Security Council lifted the food embargo against Iraq.
  • In 1995 – Tokyo police raided the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo in search of evidence to link the cult to the Sarin gas released on five Tokyo subway trains.
  • In 1999 – Israel’s Supreme Court rejected the final effort to have American Samuel Sheinbein returned to the United States to face murder charges for killing Alfred Tello, Jr. Under a plea bargain, Sheinbein was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
  • In 2000 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had overstepped its regulatory authority when it attempted to restrict the marketing of cigarettes to youngsters.
  • In 2002 – In Paris, an 1825 print by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce was sold for $443,220. The print, of a man leading a horse, was the earliest recorded image taken by photographic means.
  • In 2006 – Jack Dorsey sent the world’s first Twitter message, or” tweet”. The micro-blogging service revolutionized the communication and social networking landscape. In 2012, about 340 million tweets were being posted per day.

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.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – Composer.
  • Florenz Ziegfeld 1867 – Broadway impresario.
  • Julio Gallo 1910 – Vintner
  • Mort Lindsey 1923 – Composer.
  • James Coco 1929  – Actor.
  • Kathleen Widdoes 1939 – Actress.
  • Timothy Dalton 1944 – Actor.
  • Marie-Christine Barrault 1944 – Actress.
  • Rose Stone 1945 – Musician.
  • Eddie Money 1949 – Singer.
  • Sabrina LeBeauf 1958 – Actress.
  • Rosie O’Donnell 1962 – Comedian.
  • Matthew Broderick 1962 – Actor.
  • Cynthia Geary 1965 – Actress.
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