March 30th – “Let Me Pencil That In”

March 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of graphite-based writing implements. Today is Thursday, March 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Pencil Day

On this date in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the first-ever patent for a modern pencil with an eraser attached to it. Hymen Lipman created the wooden pencil and received high praise for how easy it was to use for writing and drawing.
Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor. People quickly began assuming that yellow pencils were the best type, and a majority of pencils produced to this day are still yellow.
With all of the technological advances in ink, the ready availability of cheap ink pens, and the onset of the computer age, I am sad to report that I would be hard-pressed to find one of these remarkable devices in my humble abode. Perhaps I will rectify this oversight today, if only for the sake of nostalgia.
Factoid: A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long. Additionally, a pencil can also write upside down, or in zero gravity, making it the ideal writing implement for recording your thoughts and observations during your next trip to the International Space Station.
Addendum: I did manage to find a couple of pencils after all…relegated over time to the deepest, darkest nether regions of my desk drawer. Alas, they are green, and not the preferred yellow color…but they are unused with their erasers still intact. Now, where did I put that pencil sharpener? Oh Well!

National Doctor’s Day

National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to doctors everywhere. Doctors’ Day observances date back to March 30, 1933. It was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. This holiday marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia (ether) in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long on this date in 1842.
On March 30, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctors Day. The resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day was signed by President George H. W. Bush.
Doctors perform a vital service to all of us, albeit with a notable lack of the altruism exhibited by the doctors of yore. Still, take time out today, or on your next scheduled appointment, to thank your physician for what he/she does for you and your family.

I am in Control Day

This holiday does not refer to some new-age mantra. Instead, it refers to the date, March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt. Quite naturally, lots of confusion prevailed. In the White House, then Secretary of State said, “I am in control here at the White House.” The events of that day are explained in great detail in this article.
Now, with the events of that day little more than a footnote in history, I am in Control Day has evolved into something more introspective. It urges us to take control of our lives.  Take a break for a minute and evaluate your situation. What can you do to get your life under control?
Below is a list of a few things that may help.

  • Start using a daily planner
  • De-clutter your environment
  • Make lists
  • Tackle one project at a time
  • Learn organizational skills
  • Ask for help
  • Talk with someone
  • Feel confident with your decisions

On I am in Control Day, begin to take the steps that you feel are needed to assume control of your life – at least those parts of your life that can be controlled.

The Grass Is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day

No, this holiday does not refer to the abundance of dog excrement in your neighbor’s backyard. The Grass Is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day celebrates those of us who are satisfied with our lives, and not fooled by those, so-called, “greener pastures” that lie on the ‘other side of the fence’. It is a holiday to celebrate the fact that you are satisfied with what you have, and not to dwell on what you don’t have.

Take A Walk In the Park Day

Walking is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise. Take a Walk in the Park Day is an opportunity to get some low-impact exercise and relax for a little while.
Are you stressed out from work, school or things at home? A walk in the park might be just what the doctor ordered. Walking is calming and therapeutic. It helps clear your mind and re-energizes you at the same time. A walk in the park could very well be the most enjoyable part of your day.
Be sure to keep your eyes open and pay attention to your surroundings. In addition to preventing a fall, open eyes will allow you to take in the beauty of nature’s flora and fauna. Take time today to stroll through your favorite park and commune with nature, breathe in the fresh spring air, and clear your head. The exercise probably won’t kill you either.

Turkey Neck Soup Day 

The thought of Turkey Neck Soup might cause a few people to raise their eyebrows. Although the most flavorful part of a turkey, the neck is normally not regarded as palatable by most people. However, a stock made by slow simmering the tough, yet flavorful meat of actual turkey necks, once it is strained of bones and cooked with vegetables and rice or noodles, yields a hearty and flavorful soup that your family will enjoy.
If you still have a turkey neck in your refrigerator left over from your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you should discard it immediately, it’s probably long past rotten. After you have done that, proceed to your local butcher shop, purchase a ‘fresh’ turkey neck…then make some Turkey Neck Soup for dinner tonight. Enjoy.

More Holidays

World Bipolar Day

On This Date

  • In 1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
  • In 1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
  • In 1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
  • In 1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
  • In 1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by Congress.
  • In 1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
  • In 1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double-decker bridge.
  • In 1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
  • In 1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
  • In 1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
  • In 1946 – The Allies arrested 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
  • In 1950 – The invention of the photo-transistor was announced.
  • In 1950 – President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
  • In 1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
  • In 1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
  • In 1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
  • In 1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
  • In 1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

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.

  • Anna Sewell 1820 – Author.
  • Vincent Van Gogh 1853 – Artist.
  • Ted Heath 1900 – Band leader.
  • Frankie Laine 1913 – Singer.
  • Peter Marshall 1926 – Game show host.
  • Richard Dysart 1929 – Actor.
  • John Astin 1930 – Actor.
  • Warren Beatty 1937 – Actor.
  • Astrud Gilberto 1940 – Singer.
  • Graeme Edge 1941 – Musician.
  • Eric Clapton 1945 – Musician.
  • Robbie Coltrane 1950 – Actor.
  • Dave Ball 1950 – Musician.
  • Randy VanWarmer 1955 – Singer, songwriter.
  • Paul Reiser 1957 – Actor.
  • M.C. Hammer 1962 – Rapper.
  • Tracy Chapman 1964 – Singer.
  • Celine Dion 1968 – Singer.
  • Norah Jones 1979 – Musician.
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