March 24th – National Cocktail Day

March 24, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning revelers. Today is Friday, March 24, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Cocktail Day

Cheers everyone, National Cocktail Day has been observed annually on March 24th since 2014.  It was created by cocktail enthusiast Jace Shoemaker-Galloway and not only celebrates the wide variety of cocktails but also encourages you to create your own original concoction and share it with others.
Technically, a cocktail is any mixture of beverages regardless of whether they contain alcohol, but today, cocktails generally refer to drinks typically comprised of wine or a distilled beverage (such as whiskey, brandy, vodka, rum, or tequila) and mixed with other tasty ingredients such as cream, soda, liqueurs, fruit, juices, honey, beer, etc. Today’s cocktails are available in all sorts of refreshing and tasty flavors, sure to please anyone’s palate. From the classic to the creative, whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, on the rocks or frozen, National Cocktail Day is the perfect day to kick back and unwind with a favorite cocktail or two.
To celebrate National Cocktail Day, enjoy one before, during or after dinner, with a few of your favorite friends or during a romantic evening with that special someone.

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins, find the combination simply irresistible. Culinary historians believe that humans first discovered raisins when they came across grapes drying on a vine.
What? You say you’re trying to eat healthier, so you can’t have any. Balderdash! Raisins are an excellent source fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and certain B vitamins. Add some dark chocolate into the mix and you’ll also get a healthy dose of antioxidants and important minerals. Raisins come from grapes (a fruit), and chocolate comes from cocoa beans ( a vegetable), and, we all know that fruits and vegetables are healthy. Therefore, chocolate covered raisins are basically health food, right?
To celebrate National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day, stop by your local confectioners and buy some Chocolate Covered Raisins. Or, if you have a less discriminating palate, just stop by a convenience store on the way home and buy some Raisinettes.
Factoid: Raisinettes were, introduced by the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company of Philadelphia in 1927, and are a favorite treat of moviegoers nationwide. The Raisinette brand was acquired by Nestlé in 1984.

More Holidays

The holidays below, in my opinion, are worthy of mention but little else. They are listed and linked for your reading pleasure if one holds special significance to you.

On This Date

  • In 1629 – The first wild game law was passed in the American colonies, by Virginia.
  • In 1664 – A charter to colonize Rhode Island was granted to Roger Williams in London.
  • In 1765 – Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.
  • In 1828 – The Philadelphia & Columbia Railway was authorized as the first state-owned railway.
  • In 1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
  • In 1837 – Canada gave blacks the right to vote.
  • In  1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.
  • In 1880 – The first “hail insurance company” was incorporated in Connecticut. It was known as Tobacco Growers’ Mutual Insurance Company.
  • In 1882 – Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died.
  • In 1882 – Robert Koch discovered the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis. The German scientist, who is regarded as the father of modern bacteriology, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1905.
  • In 1883 – The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place.
  • In 1896 – Aleksander Popov achieved the world’s first radio transmission. The Russian physicist transmitted the words “Heinrich Hertz” from one building of St. Petersburg University to another.
  • In 1898 – The first automobile was sold in America.
  • In 1900 – Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • In 1905 – Author Jules Verne died.
  • In 1920 – The first United States Coast Guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC.
  • In 1924 – Greece became a republic.
  • In 1932 – Belle Baker hosted a radio variety show from a moving train. It was the first radio broadcast from a train.
  • In 1947 – Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
  • In 1955 – The first seagoing oil rig was put into service.
  • In 1960 – A United States appellate court ruled that the novel, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail.
  • In 1965 – Millions watched NASA spacecraft Ranger 9 crash into the Moon. The United States space probe broadcast live pictures back to Earth, enabling TV viewers to follow its approach to the Moon and its controlled crash.
  • In 1972 – Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
  • In 1988 – Former national security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pled innocent to Iran-Contra charges.
  • In 1989 – The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound after it ran aground. The mishap resulted in one of the most devastating environmental disasters in history, killing up to 250,000 seabirds and other wildlife.
  • In 1995 – The House of Representatives passed a welfare reform package that made the most changes in social programs since the New Deal.
  • In 1997 – The Australian parliament overturned the world’s first and only euthanasia law.
  • In 1998 – In Jonesboro, AR, two young boys open fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11 and 13-year old cousins.
  • In 1998 – A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray’s car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In 1999 – NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country – without a UN mandate. The bombings were in response to Serbia’s refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.
  • In 2001 – Apple Computer’s operating system, MAC OS X, went on sale.
  • In 2005 – Sandra Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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.

  • John Wesley Powell 1834 – Explorer.
  • Andrew Mellon 1855 – Banker.
  • Harry Houdini 1874 – Magician, escape artist.
  • Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle 1887 – Comedian.
  • Arthur Murray 1895 – Dance instructor.
  • Joseph Barbera 1911 – Cartoonist.
  • Norman Fell  1924 – Actor.
  • Vanessa Brown 1928 – Actress.
  • Steve McQueen 1930 – Actor.
  • William Smith 1933 – Actor.
  • R. Lee Ermey 1944 – Actor.
  • Louie Anderson 1953 – Comedian.
  • Donna Pescow 1954 – Actress.
  • Robert Carradine 1954 – Actor.
  • Kelly LeBrock 1960 – Actress.
  • Annabella Sciorra 1964 – Actress.
  • Lara Flynn Boyle 1970 – Actress.
  • Sharon Corr 1970 – Singer.
  • Jim Parsons 1973 – Comedian/actor.
  • Alyson Hannigan 1974 – Actress.
  • Peyton Manning 1976 – Football player.
  • Olivia Burnette  1977 – Actress.
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes 1990 – Actress.
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