March 22nd – World Water Day

March 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning aqua nuts. Today is Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

World Water Day  

World Water Day is celebrated annually on this date as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh, clean water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd as World Water Day in 1993.
Here in America, we take fresh, clean, safe water for granted, but the recent water crisis in Flint Michigan, and the drought in California and other Western states, show that even in this country we can’t always count on our water supply.
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, nearly a billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water, and millions of people walk for miles each day just to get acrid water that, quite frankly, we in America wouldn’t use to water our plants — And, this is the water that they have to use daily for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Yet as the world’s population increases the amount of water we need to drink and to produce food, goods, and the need services continue to grow.
If you would like to celebrate this holiday, make a donation to one of the many organizations, such as Charity Waterdedicated to providing fresh water to developing countries.

As Young As You Feel Day

The old adage “you’re only as old as you feel” is certainly pertinent to As Young As You Feel Day. Try your best today to act as young as possible; without being childish. Get your bike out of the garage and take a ride, with no particular destination in mind. Go to a park with some friends or family members and play Frisbee, or toss a football or baseball around for a while. Play on the playground equipment. Share a malt with your sweetie at whatever serves as a “soda fountain” these days in your area. Today is as good a day as any to enter your “second childhood” – if you haven’t already done so.
My chronological age is 69, but I seldom feel like it. Most days I feel and act considerably younger, but occasionally, when I’m ill, or after a strenuous workout, I feel older.

Goof-off Day

Goof-off Day is a day that just about everybody can enjoy. Strictly speaking, goofing off is the avoidance of work, so whatever you do today, try not to look like you are working. Everyone needs a little break from the mundane drudgery of life occasionally.
Goof-off Day is the holiday to do anything and everything that you want to do. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with a friend. Pack a lunch and go to the park. Or, just plop down in your recliner and read a book or watch TV. Goof Off Day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing – and nothing you’re supposed to be doing. Now, quit goofing off, and start goofing off!

International Day of the Seal  

In researching International Day of the Seal, I found the dates on which it is ostensibly supposed to be celebrated were inconsistent, ranging from always March 1st, to somewhere around March 15th, to always on March 22nd. Since March 22nd was listed in one of my trusted sources, and the other dates lacked documentation, I am going with this date.
International Day of the Seal was established in 1982 by Congress to draw attention to the cruelty of seal hunts, to consider the plight of seals worldwide, and to draw attention to the inevitability of these creatures’ extinction unless something is done. Zoos and aquariums around the world observe this day with special programs and activities.
Several species of seals are endangered. The usual suspects that cause species’ populations to drop include human hunting of seals for meat, blubber and fur; pollution; being caught in fishing nets; and habitat or food supply destruction. In the Mediterranean monk seals’ case, they faced several of these human-caused dangers, but the biggest factor right now is that a deadly virus wiped out about two-thirds of their population. However, some species of seals are thriving. The gray seal, for example, has increased in population each year.
To celebrate International Day of the Seal, do some research on the plight of seals around the world.

National Sing Out Day

On National Sing Out Day, your shower isn’t the only place for you to sing. National Sing Out Day encourages you to belt out a tune anywhere you want. Sing along with those classic rock jams on your car radio. Go to a Karaoke bar. Invite your friends over for an old-fashioned hootenanny. Watch some old musicals and sing along. Sing whatever you want, anywhere you want today. Don’t be bashful.

Coq Au Vin Day

Coq au Vin is a classic French recipe and a bistro favorite. Coq Au Vin is French for “rooster in wine sauce,” a fricassee traditionally cooked with lardons (salt pork), mushrooms and garlic. Older roosters were preferred because they contain more connective tissue, which creates a richer broth.
In postwar America, chicken is most often substituted for rooster and smoked ham for the lardons. Coq Au Vin takes a long time to prepare, as this recipe confirms. If you’re going to try making it at home, start early, or preferably, the night before.
Note: A fricassee is a stew of chicken or other white meat (veal is popular), cooked on the bone in a white gravy with carrots and onions or leeks. It is generally served with noodles or dumplings, with boiled potatoes on the side.

National Bavarian Crepes Day

In a classic French crepe, the batter is allowed to ‘rest’ for ½ an hour before using. The main difference between Bavarian Crepes and the classic French crepe is that the batter is used right away, without the wait. A Bavarian crepe (or Bavarian pancake) is called a palatschinke. It is not a true crepe but rather a crepe-like thin pancake common in Central and Eastern Europe. Bavarian Crepes are typically served with a sweet fruit or cream filling, but can easily be adapted to savory versions if you prefer.  Here is one recipe.

On This Date

  • In 1457 – Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.
  • In 1622 – Indians attacked a group of colonist in the James River area of Virginia. 347 residents were killed.
  • In 1630 – The first legislation to prohibit gambling was enacted. It was in Boston, MA.
  • In 1733 – Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water (seltzer).
  • In 1765 – The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
  • In 1794 – Congress banned United States vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
  • In 1841 – Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.
  • In 1872 – Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
  • In 1882 – Congress outlawed polygamy.
  • In 1903 – Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
  • In 1904 – The first color photograph was published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
  • In 1915 – A German zeppelin made a night raid on Paris railway stations.
  • In 1919 – The first international airline service was inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels.
  • In 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.
  • In 1934 – The first Masters golf championship was played in Augusta, GA. It became an annual event.
  • In 1935 – Persia was renamed Iran.
  • In 1945 – The Arab League was founded. The organization was founded to promote political, economic, and cultural collaboration among its member states, which include 21 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries, from Mauritania in the west to Oman in the east.
  • In 1946 – The first United States built rocket to leave the earth’s atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.
  • In 1954 – The first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.
  • In 1956 – Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.
  • In 1960 –  The laser was patented. Charles H. Townes and Arthur L. Schawlow received the first patent for their device, although Gordon Gould had previously filed a patent application for a similar contraption, which was turned down.
  • In 1963 – The Beatles released their first album. Please, Please Me, which included the hit single “Love Me Do” is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.
  • In 1972 – The Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It was not ratified by the states.
  • In 1978 – Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas, fell to his death while walking a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • In 1980 – People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.
  • In 1981 – RCA put its Selectra Vision laser disc players on the market.
  • In 1987 – A barge loaded with 32,000 tons of refuse left Islip, NY, to find a place to unload. After being refused by several states and three countries space was found back in Islip.
  • In 1988 – The Congress overrode U.S. President Reagan’s veto of a sweeping civil rights bill.
  • In 1990 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.
  • In 1991 –  1991 – Pamela Smart, a high school teacher, was found guilty in New Hampshire of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband.
  • In 1992 – A Fokker F-28 veered off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia airport and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 people.
  • In 1993 – The Intel Corporation produced the first Pentium microprocessor. Intel holds about 80% of the world market share in the PC microprocessor business.
  • In 1995 – Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.
  • In 1997 – Tara Lipinski became the youngest female figure skating world champion. The American athlete won the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland at the age of 14 years and 10 months.

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.

  • Johnny Evers 1883 – Baseball player.
  • Chico Marx 1887 – Comedian.
  • Louis L’Amour 1908 – Author.
  • Karl Malden 1913 – Actor.
  • Virginia Grey 1917 – Actress.
  • Ross Martin 1920 – Actor.
  • Werner Klemperer 1920 – Actor.
  • Marcel Marceau 1923 – Pantomimist.
  • Stephen Sondheim 1930 – Composer.
  • William Shatner 1931 – Actor.
  • May Britt 1933 – Actress.
  • M. Emmett Walsh 1935 – Actor.
  • Glen Campbell 1936 – Musician.
  • Ron Carey 1936 – Union leader.
  • Barbara Parkins 1942 – Actress.
  • George Benson 1943 – Singer.
  • James Patterson 1947 – Author.
  • Wolf Blitzer 1948 – Broadcast journalist.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber 1948 – Composer.
  • Fanny Ardent 1949 – Actress.
  • Bob Costas 1952 – Sportscaster.
  • Lena Olin 1955 – Actress.
  • Stephani Mills 1957 – Actress, singer.
  • Matthew Modine 1959 – Actor.
  • Cole Hauser 1975 – Actor.
  • Kellie Williams 1976 – Actress.
  • Reese Witherspoon 1976 – Actress.
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