March 31st – National Crayola Crayon Day

March 31, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning waxy chalk fans. Today is Friday, March 31, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Crayola Crayon Day

National Crayola Crayon Day celebrates the day Crayola Crayons were first released to the public, on this date, in 1903.
A crayon is a stick of colored wax, made mostly of paraffin wax. The wax is heated and cooled to achieve the correct temperature in which a usable wax substance can be dyed. The word Crayola was derived from the French word “craie”, meaning “chalk,” and “ola” meaning “oleaginous”, or “oily”, so in essence, Crayola means waxy chalk. Crayola claims 99% name recognition and crayons are sold in over 80 countries worldwide.
The idea to combine a form of wax with pigment actually dates back thousands of years; Egyptians, Romans, Greeks all had methods of using colored wax for creating art. Contemporary crayons originated in Europe where the first cylinder shaped crayons were made with charcoal and oil mixed with wax.
But I digress, Crayola Crayon Day refers to Crayola, a specific brand of crayon. Crayola is a brand of artists’ supplies manufactured by Crayola, LLC (formerly Binney & Smith Company) and best known for its crayons. The company is based in Forks Township Pennsylvania. Since 1984, Crayola has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. Originally an industrial pigment supply company, Crayola soon shifted its focus to art products for home and school use, beginning with chalk, then crayons followed later by colored pencils, markers, paints, modeling clay, and other related goods including Silly Putty. All Crayola-branded products are non-toxic and safe for use by children, and most Crayola crayons are manufactured in the United States.
Since their introduction in 1903, Crayolas have been manufactured in over 400 different shades of colors, but as new colors were added, others were discontinued. There are currently 170 different colors being manufactured. According to a study conducted by Crayola Crayons in 2000, “blue” was the most popular color, followed, oddly enough,  by “Cerulean” second and “Purple Heart” third.
Crayons come in a wide variety of multi-packs; from the 4-crayon packs targeted at establishments such as hotels and restaurants, to hand out to their young guests, to the 832-crayon “Classpack” bulk boxes marketed to schools.
Author’s note: Remember how awesome it was to get a full box of 64 crayons…the one with the built-in sharpener? I was never artistic, by any sense of the imagination (It takes me three tries to draw a “happy face”). Nonetheless, I still enjoyed coloring in books…sometimes even in coloring books. Over the years, my skills have improved, somewhat. I hope soon to be able to stay within the lines of the picture and make appropriate color choices for what the picture in the coloring book depicts.

Bunsen Burner Day

German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on this date 1811; and, you guessed it, von Bunsen invented the Bunsen Burner. For all of you non-chemists, a Bunsen Burner is a device used to create flame using gas and air used in Laboratories everywhere to conduct experiments requiring a controlled heat source. Bunsen burners (along with Teclu burners and Meker burners) produce a smokeless blue flame at very high temperatures. Scientists use these types of burners for heating, combustion, and sterilization.
In 1852, Robert Bunsen began working at the University of Heidelberg. He was trying to isolate chemical substances and soon became frustrated with the inefficient and smoky heat sources that were available in the laboratory. To solve the problem, he drew up plans for a burner that would mix gas and air prior to ignition. The result was the Bunsen burner, which is now used in laboratories all over the world.
If it has been a while since your high school chemistry class, spend a few minutes today to reflect on the value of this important scientific tool.

National “She’s Funny That Way” Day  

Some women, just like men, are born with an innate sense of humor. They are just naturally funny. Lucille Ball, Carol Burnette, and Betty White immediately come to mind. But not all funny women are famous. We all know a woman who makes us smile as soon as she enters the room…because we know that soon we’ll be laughing hysterically at something that she says and/or does.
National “She’s Funny That Way” Day pays tribute to all of the women we know that make us laugh, be it mother, sister, niece, cousin, wife, or friend. Show appreciation today for the humorous women in your life. What quirky, eccentric things do the women in your life do to make you laugh?

Eiffel Tower Day  

Eiffel Tower Day is a holiday that celebrates the spectacular monument that stands proudly in the city of Paris. Today marks the 128th anniversary of the date that the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889.
The Eiffel Tower took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days in total to build. It was constructed for the International Exhibition of Paris, during the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, and was named after the principal engineer, Gustave Eiffel.
Besides being a national landmark in France, today the Eiffel Tower is home to numerous shops, restaurants, and bars. The apartment that Gustave Eiffel kept near the top of the tower is now a museum of sorts. It is furnished with replicas of the furniture that Mr. Eiffel had in the apartment, and there is a wax figure of Gustave seated in one of the chairs. If you can’t jet off to Paris today, or if you can’t visit the scaled-down version of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, celebrate today by learning about the history of the Eiffel Tower.

World Backup Day

World Backup Day serves as a reminder to backup all of your important documents, pictures, and music files to a secondary hard-drive, and store it in a location other than your home. If you are like most computer users today, you pay little attention to backing up your files. A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents, and emails. But, why should you bother to backup your files? Losing your files is way more common than you’d think. Have you ever lost your phone, your camera,  your laptop, or your tablet? Your valuable data could have been saved if you had a backup. One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about. Here are a few more reasons to back up your data:

  • 30% of people have never backed up their computers.
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute.
  • 29% of data-related disasters are caused by accidents such as dropping or spilling something on your device.
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with a virus each month, and, without a backup, all of your precious data can be lost when the virus is removed.

I speak from personal experience when I recommend that you back up your data. I lost all of my pictures and music files about 10 years ago because of a hard-drive crash on my computer.

Tater Day

Man, I loves me some taters. Hash browns, fried, boiled, baked, french fries, potato salad, home-made potato chips (stop me anytime). Tater Day celebrates all varieties of potatoes, including sweet potatoes.
The lowly spud is an essential part of any diet providing essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Although they are relatively inexpensive, they are comforting, filling and tasty. Enjoy some taters yourself today. You choose how healthy, or unhealthy, to make them.
Factoid:  Idaho Potatoes aren’t from Idaho. They are, in fact, the Burbank Potato which was created in Sonoma County California by the renowned botanist Luther Burbank. Idaho just happens to have the climate in which they thrive.

More Holidays

César Chávez Day

National Clams on the Half Shell Day

National Prom Day

No Homework Day

On This Date

  • In 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity.
  • In 1776 – Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights.
  • In 1870 – In Perth Amboy, NJ, Thomas P. Munday became the first black to vote in the U.S.
  • In 1880 – Wabash, IN, became the first town to be completely illuminated with electric light.
  • In 1889 – In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.
  • In 1900 – The W.E. Roach Company was the first automobile company to put an advertisement in a national magazine. The magazine was the “Saturday Evening Post”.
  • In 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
  • In 1917 – The United States purchased and took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
  • In 1918 – For the first time in the United States, Daylight Saving Time went into effect.
  • In 1923 – In New York City, the first U.S. dance marathon was held. Alma Cummings set a new world record of 27 hours.
  • In 1932 – The Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine.
  • In 1933 – The “Soperton News” in Georgia became the first newspaper to publish using a pine pulp paper.
  • In 1940 – La Guardia airport in New York officially opened to the public.
  • In 1949 – Newfoundland entered the Canadian confederation as its 10th province.
  • In 1958 – The U.S. Navy formed the atomic submarine division.
  • In 1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10, which became the first spacecraft to enter a lunar orbit.
  • In 1976 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from a respirator. Quinlan remained comatose until 1985 when she died.
  • In 1980 – U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry.
  • In 1993 – Brandon Lee was accidentally killed while filming a movie.
  • In 1998 – Buddy Hackett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 1999 – Fabio was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, VA. Fabio received a one-inch cut across his nose.
  • In 2004 – Air America Radio launched five stations around the U.S.
  • In 2004 – Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

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.

  • Rene Descartes 1596 – Philosopher.
  • John Harrison 1693 – Clock-maker.
  • Robert Wilhelm Bunsen 1811 – Chemist.
  • Jack Johnson 1878 – Boxer.
  • Henry Morgan 1915 – Comedian.
  • Richard Kiley 1922 – Actor.
  • Cesar Chavez 1927 – Labor leader.
  • William Daniels 1927 – Actor.
  • Gordie  Howe 1928 – Hockey player.
  • Lefty Frizzell 1928 – Country musician.
  • Liz Claiborne 1929 – Fashion designer.
  • Shirley Jones 1934 – Singer, actress.
  • Richard Chamberlain 1934 – Actor.
  • Herb Alpert 1935 – Musician.
  • Christopher Walken 1943 – Actor.
  • Gabe Kaplan 1945 – Actor, comedian.
  • Al Gore 1948 – Former Vice President.
  • Rhea Perlman 1948 – Actress, comedian.
  • Ed Marinaro 1950 – Football player.
  • Marc McClure 1957 – Actor.
  • William McNamara 1965 – Actor.
  • Ewen McGregor 1971 – Actor.

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