March 23rd – National Puppy Day/Cuddly Kitten Day

March 23, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning pet lovers. Today is Thursday, March 23, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Puppy Day and/or Cuddly Kitten Day

While listed separately in my sources, both of these holidays are celebrated on the same day, and center around a common theme – to serve as a reminder to pamper your furbaby today – regardless of species.

National Puppy Day is typically celebrated on March 23rd, however, it is observed on a Friday or Monday when the 23rd falls on a weekend. It celebrates the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. More importantly, it’s a holiday created to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. It also urges all pet stores to become puppy-free.
There are more than 8,000 puppy mills and “backyard breeders” in America that supply our nation’s pet stores. The dogs at these puppy mills are kept in terrible conditions and are often killed when they are no longer fertile.
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist, and Author, Colleen Paige. This website is full of ideas for ways to celebrate with your puppy today. It would also be nice to donate to your local Humane Society or other no-kill organizations that help puppies find loving homes.

Cuddly Kitten Day has basically the same goals as National Puppy Day…except with the emphasis on cuddly kittens. While the origins of Cuddly Kitten Day are unknown, true cat lovers don’t need an excuse to give their kitties some extra lovin’. So move over Fido, make room for Fluffy, it’s time for your feline nemesis to share the spotlight as well. The link I provided above is equally applicable to your cuddly kitten.

Who doesn’t like puppies and kittens? Whether you are a cat person or dog person, shower them with extra love, a few extra treats and/or a brand new toy on these special pet holidays. If you have thought about adding a pet to your family, these two holidays afford you with a reason to finally make the jump. And please, please, please remember – don’t shop, adopt!

Near Miss Day

Near Miss Day commemorates the day a huge asteroid nearly collided with Earth. On March 23, 1989, a 300-meter wide asteroid came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth. In interstellar terms, that is known as a near miss. If the asteroid, named 4581 Asclepius, had collided with Earth, it would have released energy equivalent to about 1000 atom bombs. Its effect on the planet would have been catastrophic. — Whew!
To make matters even worse, 4581 Asclepius wasn’t even discovered by scientists until March 31st – 9 days after it had flown by the Earth. So much for the “forewarned is forearmed” theory. Scientists and astronomers measure the chance of a celestial object colliding with the Earth on two different scales – the Torino Scale and the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. According to NASA, there are very few near-Earth objects that have the capacity to hit the Earth and create havoc in the near future. However, given their track record with 4581 Asclepius, how much gravitas do we want to give to these, so-called, scientists? Wasn’t it a large asteroid that collided with the earth and caused the extinction of dinosaurs?
Since 1989, there have been other near misses. An asteroid approximately 70 meters long came within 288,000 miles in March 2002. An asteroid approximately 10 meters in diameter came within 54,700 miles of earth on September 27, 2003.
To celebrate Near Miss Day, just be thankful that you’re alive. If an asteroid does strike the Earth, with today’s technology, there is nothing we can do to prevent it anyway. We’ll just become the fossil-fuels for whatever form of “intelligent” life evolves to replace us in the future – probably some sort of reptilian shark/cockroach hybrid. [I can almost picture them now, sitting around scratching their antennae or picking their razor-sharp teeth, contemplating how we (humans) became extinct, how we evolved to the top of the food chain to start with, and what role we played in the history of planet Earth].

World Meteorological Day

Every year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, part of the United Nations, celebrate World Meteorological Day to commemorate the founding of their organization in 1950. World Meteorological Day has been observed on March 23 each year since 1961.
The International Meteorological Organization was established at the first International Meteorological Congress in Vienna, Austria, in 1873. The organization aimed to establish meteorological station networks. These networks were linked by telegraph and improved weather forecasts. The International Meteorological Organization became the World Meteorological Organization on March 23, 1950. It became the UN’s specialized agency for meteorology, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences in 1951. The World Meteorological Organization plays a crucial role in contributing to people’s safety and welfare. Its work is important in providing food security, water resources, and transportation.

OK Day

OK is one of the most versatile words in the English language, and has been adopted by many other languages around the world as well. As an interjection and a verb, OK can be used to indicate approval or acceptance, while as an adjective it can refer to something that is mediocre or average. It can also be used to organize written and spoken communication.
OK, no one knows the origins of the word OK. One theory is that OK was derived from the Native-American (Choctaw) word, okeh, meaning “it is so”. Another theory claims that the word OK was coined in 1839 by a group of editors in Boston, MA, who routinely made up nonsensical abbreviations to entertain their readers. OK meant “oll korrect” (all correct). However, most of their comic abbreviations soon faded into obscurity. Others claim that OK was coined during the 1840 Presidential campaign between Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison. Van Buren was from Kinderhook, NY, and he was nicknamed “Old Kinderhook” (OK). Although he lost the election to Harrison, OK survived to become one of the most commonly used words (abbreviations) in America today.
Equally as mysterious are the origins of OK Day. There is no documentation provided in any of my sources about this holiday, other than the fact that it exists. Obviously, OK Day celebrates the word OK, but when, why, and by whom this holiday was created remains a mystery. OK, got it? Now have an OK day.


National Chia Day

National Chia Day is new to the holiday calendar this year. It was submitted for approval in February 2016 and was certified by the Registrar at National Day Calendar.
National Chia Day celebrates the tiny, powerful chia seed. Chia seeds have earned a reputation as being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Chia seeds are high in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and complete protein, chia seeds are neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe to boost the nutritional profile. They were revered by the Mayans and Aztecs for their amazing healing powers and natural energy, and have become a trusted staple for people around the world and are enjoyed in many foods and beverages.
Below are some additional nutrition facts about chia seeds:

  • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
  • 25% more fiber than flaxseed
  • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
  • 2x more potassium than bananas
  • 6x more calcium than milk

To celebrate National Chia Day try adding some chia seeds to your diet today.

National Tamale Day

National Tamale Day is always celebrated on March 23rd, although, none of my sources offer any information regarding the origins or creation of this holiday, and no reason why this date was selected for its celebration.
A tamale is a pocket of simple corn dough, called masa. They can be savory or sweet and can be stuffed with anything from meat, cheese, and vegetables to fruit. Each tamale is individually wrapped in a corn husk or a banana leaf, and steamed before eating.
In pre-Columbian Central America, tamales were the original takeout meal: hearty fare easily packed for a journey. The Spaniards were served tamales by the Aztecs in the 16th century.
In modern times, tamales are an important part of Latin-American holiday and special occasion celebrations — a family or a small group might come together to make hundreds of tamales to celebrate a holiday, a wedding, an anniversary, or a birthday.
Why not start a new family tradition by making some tamales in celebration of National Tamale Day. A simple Google search will yield numerous tamale recipes.

National Melba Toast Day

Melba Toast is basically thinly sliced, toasted bread. It can be enjoyed in a variety of ways…smeared with butter, jam, or peanut butter, with cream cheese and fruit, or even plain. It is delicious no matter how you eat it.
According to lore, the tiny thin, crispy toasts were first prepared by famed chef Auguste Escoffier for opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and were named by the eminent hotel magnate Cesar Ritz.
Today, Melba Toast is sold in supermarkets everywhere.

National Chip and Dip Day

While chips are a relatively modern creation, having been developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, dips have been around for millennia. The Ancient Greeks created Tzatziki, a combination of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt and olive oil thousands of years ago, and still eat it today with meats and bread. Hummus-like recipes date back to the 13th century. Guacamole, yet another iconic dip, that was first created by the Aztecs around the same time. Salsa was created by the Incas in the mid-16th century.
National Chip and Dip Day celebrates America’s favorite snack duet. If you’re holding a party, it is almost certain that some kind of chips and dips will be on the menu. Unlike Potato Chip Day, which we celebrated a short time ago, National Chip and Dip Day is more generic and celebrates any kind of chip; corn, tortilla, pita, or any of the other “healthy” chips marketed today.
To celebrate National Chip and Dip Day you don’t need to be a genius. All you need is your favorite kind of chips and your favorite dip. Enjoy!

On This Date

  • In 1775 – American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, “give me liberty, or give me death!”
  • In 1794 – Josiah G. Pierson patented a rivet machine.
  • In 1806 – Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast and began their return journey to the east.
  • In 1836 – The coin press was invented by Franklin Beale.
  • In 1840 – The first successful photo of the Moon was taken.
  • In 1857 – Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building. It was at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.
  • In 1858 – Eleazer A. Gardner patented the cable streetcar.
  • In 1868 – The University of California was founded in Oakland, CA.
  • In 1880 – John Stevens patented the grain crushing mill. The mill increased flour production by 70 percent.
  • In 1888 – The Football League (soccer to us Yanks) met for the first time. The league featured teams from England and Wales and was the world’s oldest Association Football league. In 1992, its top 22 teams formed the Premier League.
  • In 1889 – President Harrison opened Oklahoma for white colonization.
  • In 1903 – The Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent.
  • In 1909 – British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole.
  • In 1909 – Theodore Roosevelt began an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
  • In 1912 – The Dixie Cup was invented.
  • In 1917 – In the midwestern United States, four tornadoes kill 211 people over a four-day period.
  • In 1919 – Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
  • In 1921 – Arthur G. Hamilton set a new parachute record when he safely jumped from 24,400 feet.
  • In 1922 – The first airplane landed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
  • In 1925 – The state of Tennessee enacted a law that made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the Bible’s account of man’s creation.
  • In 1933 – The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act. The act effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers. With the Ermächtigungsgesetz, Hitler was awarded the legal right to issue laws even if in breach of the German constitution.
  • In  1940 – “Truth or Consequences” was heard on the radio for the first time.
  • In 1942 – During World War II, the United States government began evacuating Japanese-Americans from West Coast homes to detention centers.
  • In 1956 – Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic republic. The Dominion of Pakistan also included the area of modern-day Bangladesh or East Pakistan, which seceded in 1971.
  • In 1957 – The United States Army sold the last of its homing pigeons.
  • In 1965 – America’s first two-person space flight took off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard. The craft was the Gemini 3.
  • In 1972 – Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars.
  • In 1980 – Archbishop Óscar Romero called on members of the El Salvador armed forces to stop killing their fellow Salvadorians. A death squad assassinated the archbishop only one day after his famous sermon.
  • In 1981 – The Supreme Court upheld a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women.
  • In 1983 – President Reagan first proposed the development of technology to intercept enemy missiles. The proposal became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative and “Star Wars.”
  • In 1989 – Two electrochemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman, announced that they had created nuclear fusion in a test tube at room temperature.
  • In 1990 – Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood was ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for the 1989 oil spill.
  • In 1994 – Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League (NHL) career record with his 802nd goal.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that term limits for state lawmakers were constitutional.
  • In 2001 – Russia’s orbiting Mir space station plunged into the South Pacific after its 15-years of use. It was a purposeful, controlled crash.
  • In 2011 – Iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor died.

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.

  • Erich Fromm 1900 – German-American psychologist.
  • Joan Crawford 1904 – Actress.
  • Wernher Von Braun 1912 – Actual rocket scientist.
  • Marty Allen 1922 – Comedian. (I had the pleasure of meeting him in person. He is a remarkable man, who as of 2015 was still performing).
  • Martha Wright 1926 – Actress.
  • Roger Gilbert Bannister 1929 – Neurologist, British athlete.
  • Craig Breedlove 1937 – Land speed record holder.
  • Ric Ocasek 1949 – Musician (The Cars).
  • Chaka Khan 1953 – Singer.
  • Moses Malone 1954 – Basketball player.
  • Teresa Ganzel 1957 – Comedienne, actress.
  • Amanda Plummer 1957 –  Actress.
  • Hope Davis 1964 – Actress.
  • Richard Grieco 1965 – Actor.
  • Marin Hinkle 1966 – Actress.
  • Jason Kidd 1973 – Basketball player.
  • Michelle Monaghan 1976 – Actress.
  • Nicholle Tom 1978 – Actress.
  • Princess Eugenie (Eugenie Victoria Helena) 1990 – Daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York.

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