April 30th – Let’s Be Honest

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

Good morning my honest friends. Today is Sunday, April 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Honesty Day

April is a month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day. Therefore, it only seems fitting that it ends with an appeal for honesty.
Former press secretary M. Hirsh Goldberg of Maryland created this holiday back in the early 1990’s as part of the process of writing his book The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed the Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. The concept for this holiday was simple, ask direct questions without ulterior motives, and expect honest answers. While being totally honest can oftentimes strain relationships, it’s the first step toward healing wounds and creating the communication that brings understanding.
In my humble opinion, “Honesty is the best policy” is not some trite adage to be spewed out at your convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, every day, the world would be a better place. Now, if we could only convince our Politicians, and even the media, of that fact.

Bugs Bunny Day

On this date in 1938, Bugs Bunny made his first appearance, in a cartoon. The cartoon was “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. His character was an instant success, but audiences had to wait until July 27, 1940, before a cartoon featuring that “wascally wabbit” as the main character was made. The cartoon was titled, “A Wild Hare”. Happy 79th birthday Bugs.

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates one’s own personal hairstyle. Each individual develops their own unique hairstyle over time that reflects their personality. Some people change their hairstyle often, trying to keep up with the latest trend. Others keep the same basic hairstyle throughout most their entire adult lives, changing only when genetics dictates that they do so.
Among the most famous hairstyles were the “beehive” and “pixie cut” for women, and the “crew cut” for men in the 1950′s. In the 1960’s, long straight hair for both men and women was in vogue. In the 1980’s, the “mullet” became popular. The “Mr. Clean” look came into vogue for men in the mid 1990′s.
Thanks to genetics, I was a pioneer of the “Mr. Clean” hairstyle decades before it caught on in the general populace. No matter the hairstyle you chose, today is the day to appreciate it. If you are unhappy with your hairstyle choice, today is the day to change it. But remember: God only made a few perfect heads; the rest he covered with hair to disguise his mistakes.

Pet Parent’s Day

Pet Parent’s Day is always celebrated on the last Sunday in April and salutes those who love and nurture their pets every day. If you consider your pet(s) a part of the family, then this holiday is the day to celebrate that fact. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the poop you’ve scooped, cat litter you’ve sifted, the kibble you’ve dished out, and for sharing your cramped bed with your beloved furbabies. Good luck getting them to take you to dinner or send you flowers though — Just knowing that they love you unconditionally and worship the ground upon which you walk should be reward enough. Spend a little extra quality time with your pet today; and every other day for that matter. Your time with them is limited, so spend as much time with them as possible; not only for your sake but for theirs as well.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

In today’s world of digital photography, pinhole photography, one of the earliest methods of capturing images, seems archaic. These days, you can take professional-quality pictures with your smartphone without even using film, so, why would you even care about a holiday like this? The answer, I guess is nostalgia. Did you ever build a pinhole camera, either as a class project or as a ‘rainy day’ activity when you were young?
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is a holiday celebrated on the last Sunday in April to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. A pinhole camera is simply a light-thigh container (box, can, etc) with a tiny hole in one side (as a camera lens) and any photosensitive surface in it. The effects you can create with a pinhole camera, a little practice and a lot of trial and error are amazing.

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

Oats were likely first eaten by the Scottish people. England and other countries looked down on the Scots for eating something used as animal feed, but as it turns out that the Scots were right; oats are a healthy and nutritious food.
Oatmeal cookies came from Bannocks, a flat cake eaten by the ancient people of Scotland during the 5th century. During the middle ages, the Scots added spices, raisins, and nuts to the Bannocks that came to be known as oat cakes. The Quaker Oats company popularized oat cakes in the early 1900’s in the United States by printing the recipe on their Oatmeal packages. The recipe was reformulated twice more by Quaker Oats in the 1900’s to bring us the Oatmeal cookie recipe we love today.

National Raisin Day

People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events.
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heat wave destroyed acres and acres of California grape vines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply.
Although raisins are a delicious, sweet, and healthy snack, the word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language and does not do justice to the food it represents. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new age” guy that I am, I prefer to use the term “sun-dried grapes”. Whatever term you prefer, enjoy some raisins today; perhaps as an ingredient in your oatmeal cookie recipe.

More Holidays

On this date:

  • In 0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
  • In 1789 – George Washington took office as first elected United States President. Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City.
  • In 1803 – The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
  • In 1812 – Louisiana admitted as the 18th state.
  • In 1864 – Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks’ troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • In 1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
  • In 1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official United States territory.
  • In 1900 – Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train “Cannonball Express.”
  • In 1916 – Germany and its World War I allies became the first countries to use daylight saving time (DST). The rationale was to save energy to aid the war effort. Other European countries, such as the United Kingdom, first introduced DST later that year.
  • In 1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the “General Pershing Zephyr.”
  • In 1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
  • In 1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prize-fight referee.
  • In 1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
  • In 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
  • In 1947 – The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed to Hoover Dam.
  • In 1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
  • In 1970 – United States troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by President Nixon led to widespread protests.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon announced the resignation of H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
  • In 1975 – The fall of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War. As Communist forces gained control of Saigon, South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh, who had only been in office for 2 days, surrendered unconditionally.
  • In 1991 – An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.
  • In 1993 – CERN announces that World Wide Web protocols will remain free. By offering the software required to operate a web server with an open license, the European organization ensured its dissemination, and the WWW flourished
  • In 1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. Although the stab wound proved to be relatively harmless, the psychological ramifications meant that Seles did not play any tournaments for over two years. The obsessed man called himself a fan of second-ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence.
  • In 1997 – ABC aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen.” The title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
  • In 1998 – In the United States, Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on a ValuJet aircraft that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.

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.

 

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April 29th – ♪♪ It’s A Zippity Do Dah Day ♪♪

April 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning hookless fastener enthusiasts.Today is Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Zipper Day

On this date in 1913, Swedish-American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundbeck received a patent for his “hookless fastener” – commonly known today as the zipper. However, this was not the first patent issued for an “automatic continuous clothing closure”. That distinction goes to Elias Howe who patented a cruder form of the device in 1851. However, around that same time, Mr. Howe also invented a little thing called the sewing machine, so his “zipper” was left by the wayside so he could concentrate on marketing that little invention.
In the 1920′s, the B.F. Goodrich company had a “new” product (rubber boots, or galoshes) that they wanted to bring to market that used Mr. Sundbeck’s invention. They coined the term “zipper”, and the rest is history.
“Zippers” were soon found to have many applications and grew in popularity. They are functional, fashionable, infinitely adjustable, which helped popularize Mr. Sundback’s invention. Also, the US Army stepped in as an early adopter of zippers which also contributed to their widespread use.
Factoid: Did you ever notice the letters YKK on your zipper and wonder what it meant? Well, YKK stands for Yashida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha; a manufacturing company based in Tokyo, Japan. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers and manufacture well over 50% of zippers worldwide.

“Peace” Rose Day

“Peace” Rose Day celebrates a specific variety of rose. The official name of the Peace Rose is Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’.

Peace Rose

The Peace Rose had its start back in the 1930’s. ‘Peace’ was one of many roses pollinated in June of 1935 by the commercial rose growing Meilland family whose nursery was located near Lyon France. In the summer of 1936 eyes from new seedlings were grafted to rootstock, and buds opened in October. The rose that was to become known as Peace was then one of many and was identified only by a number, 3-35-40. Over the next four years Francis Meilland, the third generation of the Meilland growers, together with his father Antoine ‘Papa’ Meilland, recognized the rose ‘3-35-40’ as the most promising of the new roses. In June 1939, there was an international conference of rose growers in Lyon France and 3-35-40 attracted widespread interest and praise by rose growers of many countries. Unfortunately, shortly afterward WWII started and France was taken over by the Germans. To make a long story short, a piece of bud-wood from the 3-35-40 made it to America. The rest of the story of how this variety of rose ended up with the name Peace Rose is too long for this BLOG. To read the entire saga, click here.

Save the Frogs Day 

Save the Frogs Day is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of the plight of frogs, which are increasingly endangered by climate change, habitat loss, and disease. There are about 4,740 species of frogs around the entire world, about 90 of which are native to the United States. Frogs can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, however, the majority of frogs are found in warmer tropical climes. Frogs are known as indicator species and can give scientists valuable insight into how an ecosystem is functioning. Because they are both predators and prey, many animals are affected by them. Frogs provide insight into the health of the ecosystem.
I know, you’re probably saying to yourself “Why should I care about the plight of frogs? Don’t they cause warts?” The answer to the last question is noThe answer to the first question is, although they aren’t ‘cuddly’, they are cute in their own unique way, and, I’m told, their legs taste like chicken. And, if that isn’t reason enough, frogs eat mosquitoes, they are food for fish, birds, and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water.
Take some time today to learn more about frogs. Visit a local pond or wetland and see if you can find some frogs and/or tadpoles. Hint, they like stagnant water.

World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day celebrates those dedicated professionals who look after the health and well-being of our beloved furbabies. It is celebrated on the last Saturday in April and was created in  2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the work performed by veterinarians worldwide. Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, a rabbit person, a horse person, a gerbil person or a _____ person, you should be thankful that there are veterinarians around when Fido or Fluffy needs them.
The theme for World Veterinary Day, 2017, is  Antimicrobial Resistance – From Awareness To Action. The availability and use of antimicrobial drugs have transformed the practice of human and animal medicine. Infections that were once lethal are now treatable, and the use of antimicrobial agents has advanced global health as well as animal health, which is a key component of animal welfare, food security, and safety.
The best way to celebrate World Veterinary Day is to take a proactive, rather than a reactive, approach to your pet’s health. Schedule an appointment with your beloved companion’s physician to make sure your pet is in good health and determine an exercise plan and diet that best suits their needs.

International Astronomy Day 

International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon between the months of April and May, while in the fall (autumn) it occurs on a Saturday closest to the quarter moon between September and October.
International Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. Its purpose is to raise the interest of the general public in astronomy by giving them easy access to astronomical instruments such as telescopes. International Astronomy Day also seeks to give the public a chance to interact with astronomers and space scientists.
The study of Astronomy lets us see the history of the universe with our own eyes. The stars that twinkle as you look out on a dark, clear night may not even exist right now. They existed at whatever point in history they emitted that light, which has taken millions of years to reach Earth.
International Astronomy Day encourages us to engage in a little stargazing, and the best way to do that is with a telescope – which allows us to see much more than is visible to the naked eye. Tonight, it is perfectly acceptable to have your head in the stars.
To celebrate, check out your local planetarium or library for activities, or simply find a quiet, dark spot to gaze into the heavens and contemplate the wonders of the universe. Consult books or websites to identify the different constellations.  On International Astronomy Day, many organizations offer the public the use of telescopes to experience sights of the Universe that they’ve never seen before.

Independent Bookstore Day (aka Indie Bookstore Day)

Independent bookstores are more than just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They contain an entire universe of ideas and are great places to go to wile away a few minutes or a few hours. They are quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Despite the world electronic media, independent bookstores maintain their popularity. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand.
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national celebration that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every celebration is different. Many of these independent celebrations feature guest authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff. Many also feature exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day.
To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, visit one of your favorite independent bookstores and browse the aisles…regardless of whether they are celebrating the holiday.

National Go Birding Day

Ah, spring is in the air and, having returned from their winter nesting places, the sound of birds chirping can be heard everywhere. It is one of the most calming sounds in nature.
National Go Birding Day is observed the last Saturday of April and urges us to not only go out and observe the delightful creatures in their natural habitat but also serve to raise awareness about the many species, such as the common house swallow, that are currently under threat because of loss of habitat.
Celebrate National Go Birding Day by taking a nature hike, or simply relaxing in your backyard and observing the birds there. Here are some other recommendations for celebrating this holiday.

  • Hang up bird feeders, and learn about the different sorts of food loved by the various species of birds that visit your yard.
  • Take photos of birds that you can see in your garden – or local area if you decide to go for a nature hike.
  • Visit a local nature reserve.

World Wish Day 

World Wish Day is always celebrated annually on this date. The first World Wish Day took place in 1980 when Chris Greicius, a seven-year-old boy suffering from leukemia, wished to be a police officer, at least for a day. His local police department honored his wish and made him an honorary police officer for a day. This led to the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International.
Since 1981, the Make-A-Wich Foundation International has granted the wishes of terminally ill children. The purpose of the Make-A-Wish foundation is to add joy to the remaining days of these special children, to pay tribute to their courage and continued hope for a normal life
The efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International led to the creation of World Wish Day. The obvious way to celebrate this worthwhile holiday is to make a generous donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International. If you have a special talent, or just want to volunteer to help, contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Who knows, your special talent might just fulfill the wish of a special child.

Shrimp Scampi Day 

Scampi is a culinary name for a kind of small lobster, also known as Norway lobster, Dublin Bay prawn, langoustine or, to avoid ambiguity, “true scampi”. The name is often used loosely to describe a style of preparation typical for this lobster.
In the America, “scampi” is often the menu name for a style of shrimp in Italian-American cuisine. The term “scampi”, by itself, is also the name of a dish served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served either with bread or over pasta or rice. Most variants of the “shrimp scampi” come on pasta.
The word “scampi” is often construed as that style of preparation and not an ingredient, with that preparation being called “shrimp scampi”. Since we are in America, I have to assume that Shrimp Scampi Day refers to the American version of scampi.
Confession: I couldn’t wait to celebrate this holiday. Although, as many of you know, I dislike seafood as a general rule, I do enjoy the occasional crustacean. Shrimp Scampi is no exception to this rule. I had Shrimp Scampi as an add-on to my main course in celebration of  Prime Rib Day earlier this week. Anyway, Shrimp scampi is easy to make, so enjoy some for dinner tonight. Below is a recipe if you’re feeling adventurous and want to make it at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of cleaned shell-free jumbo shrimp
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Peppercorns
  •  tsp butter
  • ¼ c white wine of preference
  • ¼ t lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 t parsley, chopped fine

Directions:

  1. Arrange the shrimp in a small pan so they’re flat and spaced evenly throughout.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter.
  3. Sprinkle the shrimp with salt and pepper then place it in the pan.
  4. Cook the shrimp for a full minute on one side, then flip them over and cook for two more minutes.
  5. Remove shrimp from the heat and place them in the bowl (or the serving plates), reserving the butter in the pan.
  6. Pour the white wine and lemon juice into the pan, stirring to deglaze the pan and bring it to a boil.
  7. Let it simmer until it begins to thicken.
  8. Stir in the zest of the lemon and the chopped parsley and pour the results over the shrimp.

Feel free to copy and paste the recipe and add it to your collection. Enjoy!

More Holidays

On This Date:

  • In 1813 – Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
  • In  1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus was published.
  • In 1861 – The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union.
  • In 1862 – New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
  • In 1879 – In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.
  • In 1927 – Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.
  • In 1941 – The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.
  • In 1945 – In a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married. Hitler designated Admiral Karl Doenitz his successor.
  • In 1945 – The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
  • In 1952 – IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders that IBM was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. This monstrosity filled an entire room. These days, your smartphone has more computing power.
  • In 1961 – ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” premiered.
  • In 1968 – The musical Hair debuts on Broadway. As a portrait of the 1960s hippie counterculture and the sexual revolution, it was highly controversial at the time. Some of the musical’s songs became anthems of the peace movement during the Vietnam War.
  • In 1974 – U.S. President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
  • In 1975 – The United States embassy in Vietnam was evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fought their way into Saigon. Hubert van Es took the, now famous, picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop.
    The image shows South Vietnamese civilians employed by the United States trying to escape Saigon on the day before the city’s fall. It came to symbolize the American defeat in Vietnam.
  • In 1981 – Steve Carlton, of the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.
  • In 1984 – In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests.
  • In 1985 – Billy Martin was hired, for the fourth time, as manager of the New York Yankees.
  • In 1986 – Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.
  • In 1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.
  • In 1990 – The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
  • In 1992 – Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. in the ensuing riot, 54 people were killed in 3 days.
  • In 1997 – Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged.
  • In 1997 – The Chemical Weapons Convention became effective. The arms control treaty prohibited the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons. It has so far been ratified by some 190 countries.
  • In 1997 – Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first United States-Russian space walk.
  • In 2003 – Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.

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.

April 28th – Tic Tock, Tic Tock

April 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning clock watchers. Today is Friday, April 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Biological Clock Day

Biological Clock Day does not only pertain to women. In fact, both men and women and the young and old are subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have. All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm, which helps their bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the Earth rotates. Have you ever stayed awake for an “all-nighter” and felt “off” for many days afterward; or flown from one time zone to another and felt the effects of jet lag? The impact is due to a disruption to our internal clock. Circadian Rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins. These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and metabolism. These clock genes normally keep us awake during the day and asleep at night.  But when a clock gene mutates, it can disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Sunlight, air travel, and even the seasons can disrupt our Circadian Rhythms and the quality and amount of sleep that we get. [Do I even need to mention the government-imposed disruption of our Circadian Rhythms…Daylight Saving Time]? 

Arbor Day

Arbor Day (or National Arbor Day) is celebrated on the last Friday in April and is a holiday in which people and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Arbor Day has been celebrated in America since 1872 when a journalist named J. Sterling Morton created this holiday to encourage people to plant trees and to raise awareness about the importance of forests and plants. The event took place in the state of Nebraska, and local newspapers estimated that one million trees were planted that day. The word arbor comes from the Latin arbor, meaning tree.
Worldwide, Arbor Day has been celebrated for much longer. The Spanish village of Mondoñedo held the first documented arbor plantation festival in the world organized by its mayor in 1594. The place remains as Alameda de los Remedios and it is still planted with lime and chestnut trees. A humble granite marker and a bronze plate recall the event. Additionally, the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra held the first modern Arbor Day, an initiative launched in 1805 by a local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population of the village.
Today, Arbor Day is a worldwide celebration. People celebrate this holiday by volunteering their time to plant trees or donating money to preserve forests. Many schools plan a variety of Arbor Day activities like essay contests, art projects, and field trips to local parks to get kids engaged in preserving nature.
To celebrate Arbor Day, plant a tree in your yard. If your community is sponsoring an Arbor Day event, try to attend it.

Hairball Awareness Day

Hairball Awareness Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April annually and is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association as one of their Pet Health Awareness Events.
Hairballs form naturally during a cat’s normal grooming routine. Most of the fur that a cat swallows while grooming passes harmlessly through the digestive tract, but when it gets caught in the stomach, a hairball forms. While long-haired cats are most prone to developing hairballs, especially in the spring and summer when warming temperatures equate to more shedding, short-haired cats are not immune.
Spitting up a hairball is painful for your cat. One of the best to help your cat is by regular brushing. Brushing removes a lot of the loose hair that your cat ingests while grooming themselves. There are also a number of hairball-control pet foods and treats on the market. If your cat has a persistent problem with hairballs, you can try a hairball lubricant like Laxatone™ that helps the cat pass their hairballs more easily.

International Astronomy Day   

International Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His reason for creating this holiday was to promote a greater education and understanding of the wonders of the universe and to promote astronomy to the public. Many astronomy clubs and groups use this day to help teach the people about the stars, and other celestial bodies in the universe. If you can find an event in your area, I urge you to attend. Who knows, they might even let you look through a real telescope.

Cubicle Day

Cubicle Day is a holiday that celebrates those ubiquitous, impersonal, cramped, corporate caves known as “cubicles.” Designed by Robert Propst and known for a complete absence of individuality, cubicles were first introduced in 1967 as a way to subdivide open office space and give workers a degree of privacy. Whether you love them or hate them, these modular systems were built to be easily reconfigured in almost as many ways as a bucket of Lego bricks, and today’s cubicle options include pods of workers with shared tasks as well as personal office cubes.
The best way to celebrate Cubicle Day is to brighten up your cubicle by decorating or redecorating it. Whether you choose to use Feng Shui to improve the Chi of your space, or simply redesign it to form walls to protect you from the annoying habits of your neighbor, use this holiday to individualize your little section of the cube farm.

National Blueberry Pie Day

Americans have filled their pies with delicious, fresh-picked berries since the colonial era. Today, blueberry pie is one of the most popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry season begins in late April and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Fourth of July celebrations.
Maine produces more blueberries than any other state. In fact, 25% of all lowbush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine. That makes Maine the largest producer of blueberries in the world.
Blueberries, or star berries as the Native Americans called them, are one of nature’s super foods. They are one of only a few blue foods found in nature and are native to the Americas. The chemicals found in blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and may contribute to fighting certain cancers and preventing other diseases.

 

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed from office.
  • In 1686 – The first volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia Mathematica” was published.
  • In 1788 – Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the United States constitution.
  • In 1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.
  • In 1818 – President James Monroe proclaimed naval disarmament on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
  • In 1896 – The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan.
  • In 1910 – The first flight of an aircraft at night was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
  • In 1914 – W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
  • In 1916 – The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.
  • In 1919 – The League of Nations was founded.
  • In 1930 – The first organized night baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
  • In 1932 – The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
  • In 1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.
  • In 1946 – The Allies indicted Tojo with 55 counts of war crimes.
  • In 1947 – Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 1952 – The United States occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty between the United States and 47 other nations went into effect.
  • In 1967 – Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.
  • In 1969 – Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of France. De Gaulle founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and became its first President a year later.
  • In 1974 – The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
  • In 1988 – In Maui, HI, one flight attendant was killed when the fuselage of a Boeing 737 ripped open in mid-flight.
  • In 1994 – Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had given United States secrets to the Soviet Union, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to a term of life in prison without parole.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton gave a 4 1/2 hour videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
  • In 1999 – The House of Representatives rejected (on a tie vote of 213-213) a measure expressing support for NATO’s five-week-old air campaign in Yugoslavia. The House also voted to limit the President’s authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia.
  • In 2001 – A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station.
  • In 2004 – The first Abu Ghraib torture pictures were published. The images aired in a 60 Minutes II report showed gross human rights violations, including torture, committed by United States soldiers and CIA personnel at the Baghdad prison.

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.

April 27th – Tapir Off

April 27, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning herbivore fans. Today is Thursday, April 27, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

World Tapir Day

World Tapir Day was created to raise awareness about the little-known herbivore, the Tapir. My sources gave no indication of the origins of this holiday, but in my research, I came upon this little tidbit of information. On this date in 1983, the Belize Zoo acquired April, a female Tapir. As the Tapir is the National Animal of Belize, April was the “star attraction” at the zoo for 30-years until her death in 2013. The zoo celebrated her birthday annually on April 27th, so in all probability, that was the genesis of this holiday.
Although it similar in size and structure to a pig (with a short prehensile snout like a pachyderm thrown in), the tapir’s closest genetic relatives are horses, donkeys, zebras, and rhinoceroses. Tapirs vary in size according to species, but most tapirs are about 6 feet long, stand about 3 feet high at the shoulder, and weigh between 330 and 700 pounds. Because of their size, they have few natural predators. Tapirs are not aggressive, and their first inclination is to flee from danger (they can move remarkably fast considering their size and cumbersome appearance) and they find shelter in the thick undergrowth of the forest or in water. However, if cornered, or to protect their young, they will attack and can do considerable damage.
All four of the surviving species of Tapir are classified as either endangered or vulnerable. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeastern Asia. As large herbivores, their habitat makes them especially vulnerable to deforestation. They have also been over-hunted for their meat and hides. However, their extinction could have a far more devastating effect on the environment. The loss of the Tapir could, in fact, endanger the entire remaining forests. As part of their natural habits, they also serve to disperse seeds throughout the jungle and are one of the oldest species found in these areas.
Celebrate World Tapir Day by learning more about these unique animals.

Pay it Forward Day

Pay it Forward Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in April and was established in 2007 to encourage ‘random act of kindness’ among total strangers. The idea came from the 1999 novel “Pay it Forward” by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The concept is simple: By performing random acts of kindness, you will create a ripple effect encouraging others to perform random acts of kindness in return.
Pay it Forward can mean anything from paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line to a sizable donation to a church or worthwhile charity. It depends on what you can afford.
Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

Morse Code Day 

Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph and creator of Morse Code, was born on this date in 1791. Although there was much controversy at the time over who actually invented the telegraph, it is generally accepted as fact today the Morse had created the most practical and cost-effective system. He also had a lot of “help” in creating the Morse Code.

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day

Oh look, ‘Take Your Daughters To Work Day’ is all grown up. Take Your Daughter To Work Day was created in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation and its founder Gloria Steinem. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April, this holiday was created to address the stereotypical gender roles of young girls and expose them to new career avenues they might not ordinarily consider.
In 2003, the program was ‘officially’ expanded to include boys, but most of the companies who participated in the program had allowed boys to take part from the outset, usually renaming it “Take Our Children to Work Day” or an equivalent. Prior to the inclusion of boys, pressure came from educators who did not wish to include the event in their curriculum given that their male students were not encouraged to participate. The Ms. Foundation contended that the program was designed to specifically address self-esteem issues unique to girls and initially resisted pressure to include boys, but the holiday evolved into Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day anyway. The program’s official website states that the program was changed to give both boys and girls the opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles.
So basically, what was created as a sexist, feminist holiday has evolved into something worthwhile that will benefit all children who participate…regardless of gender.

Babe Ruth Day

On this date in 1947, the legendary George Herman (Babe) Ruth was honored in Yankee Stadium, aka “the house that Ruth built”. Despite suffering from throat cancer, the “Sultan of Swat” gave an emotional speech before a capacity crowd of 58,339 where he expressed his gratitude to his fans. “The Bambino” succumbed to his illness on August 16, 1948.

Tell a Story Day

Tell a Story Day is pretty much self-explanatory; tell a story today. (Duh). It doesn’t matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folklore. Your stories can be from a book or other written material, from memory, or just create a story of your own. To make your story more enjoyable, try setting the atmosphere. If it’s an eerie or spooky story, turn down the lights. Bring decorations and memorabilia that speak to the theme of your story. If your story is about a person, display a picture of that individual.

Matanzas Mule Day

On this date in 1898, in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, United States naval forces bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas. After hours of bombardment, it was discovered that the only casualty was one mule. A formal funeral with full military honors was held for the mule, which was attended by more than 200 people. The “Matanzas Mule” became instantly famous and remains a footnote in the history of the Spanish-American War.

National Prime Rib Day

Prime rib is a delicious cut of beef that is usually roasted and served as the main course of a meal. A genuine prime rib is graded USDA Prime and can be quite difficult to obtain. It is considered one of the most elegant cuts of beef.  Prime rib must be USDA Prime, not USDA Choice or any of the lower grades of beef. Only about 3% of the beef in America is graded USDA prime. Because of the scarcity, it is generally carried only by the finest butchers and restaurants. Often, rib roasts masquerade as a prime rib in supermarkets, which typically carry USDA Choice (and lower grades of beef).
There’s only one way to celebrate Prime Rib Day folks; with a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib, cooked perfectly to your liking. Don’t forget the au jus and/or horseradish. I’ll have mine medium-well, with a huge, fully loaded baked potato, please.

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On This Date

  • In 1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
  • In 1565 – The first Spanish settlement in the Philippines was established in Cebu City.
  • In 1810 – Ludwig van Beethoven composed “Für Elise”. “Bagatelle No. 25” for solo piano is one of the German composer’s most popular works and one of the most recognized melodies in the history of music.
  • In 1861 – President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
  • In 1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
  • In 1880 – Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
  • In 1897 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated.
  • In 1938 – Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
  • In 1938 – A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.
  • In 1946 – The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
  • In 1953 – The United States offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered an MIG jet to the United States.
    In 1961 – Sierra Leone became an independent republic. The West African country’s first Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, ended over 150 years of British colonial rule.
  • In 1965 – “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.
  • In 1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Reagan and three others.
  • In 1983 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out the 3,509th batter of his career.
  • In 1987 – The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
  • In 1989 – Student protesters took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
  • In 1992 – For the first time in its 700-year history, the British House of Commons was presided over by a female Speaker. Betty Boothroyd served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992 to 2000.
  • In 1994 – South African citizens of all races were allowed to vote in a general election for the first time. The 1994 general election was held precisely 44 years after Apartheid was formalized by the government with the passing of the Group Areas Act.
  • In 2005 – The Airbus A-380 completed its maiden flight. With a passenger capacity of 840, the double-deck airliner is the world’s largest commercial jet.
  • In 2006 – In New York City, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.

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.

April 26th – Don’t Horse Around

April 26, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning equine enthusiasts. Today is Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Help a Horse Day  

Horses are popular pets that give joy, affection, and companionship to their owners. However, in recent years, some owners have found the cost of caring for and maintaining them too prohibitive to cope with. Stories of their neglect and abandonment have continued to rise.
National Help a Horse Day seeks to raise awareness about the plight of these majestic animals. So, stop horsing around and be a good neeeiiighbor and find a way to help. Donate to an equine care charity and give these horses a second chance at a good life.

Richter Scale Day

Richter Scale Day celebrates the birthdate of seismologist Charles Richter, born on this date in 1900, and the earthquake intensity measuring system and instruments that he invented. Mr. Richter created the Richter Scale in 1935. The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy an earthquake releases by measuring the magnitude or seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. On the scale, each increase in a number represents an earthquake 10 times more powerful. An earthquake registering 4.5 on the Richter Scale can damage buildings and structures. An earthquake registering 7 on the Richter scale, can cause severe and catastrophic damage.
Factoid: There are over 9,000 earthquakes every day. Most are unnoticeable, but thanks to Mr. Richter, today we can at least detect them.

International Guide Dogs Day

International Guide Dog Day is observed annually on the last Wednesday of April and has been since 1992. This holiday celebrates the importance of guide dogs in helping the blind and visually impaired to live their daily lives. It honors guide dogs, as well as the hard-working people who dedicate their time to train and match guide dogs to their owners.
Guide dogs are carefully trained to avoid obstacles, access public transportation, cross roads safely, and other daily tasks to help their handlers’ specific needs. Training a guide dog is a long, involved process. The actual training process takes between three and nine months, depending on the level of service they are to provide. However, the guide dog training process doesn’t even begin until the dog is out of the ‘puppy stage”, usually at about 14 months of age. Puppies are entered into the program at about 8 weeks and are usually fostered by people who know how to do basic obedience training and can cull out those who don’t have the temperament or are lacking in some other way. As a general ‘rule of thumb’, the typical guide dog isn’t placed in his permanent home until he is around 2 years old. Guide Dogs of America trains 70% Labrador retrievers, 15% Golden Retrievers, and 15% German Shepherds for their guide dogs. Once the dogs complete their formal 2-year training, they are matched with a blind or visually impaired student based on size, lifestyle, energy level, and personalities of both the student and dog to form a happy relationship.

National Kids and Pets Day  

National Kids and Pets Day is observed annually on April 26th and was created by celebrity Family and Pet Lifestyle expert Coleen Paige in 2005. It is a holiday to both celebrate the special bond children and pets and to remind us about safety where our pets and children are concerned.
There are many benefits to having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a life long impact on a child’s development. However, it is also important to remember that small children as well as the pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.
Children that grow up with pets learn responsibility and compassion, and having pets helps them develop social skills. National Kids and Pets Day also encourages parents who feel their family is ready for a pet to think about adopting one – but please, if you’re ready to adopt, adopt from a shelter rather than buy from a pet store or breeder. Adopt don’t shop.

World Stationery Day

World Stationery Day was created in 2012 to help ensure that the art of writing would not become extinct. Some fear that due to all of the technological advancements of our times making actual it much less practical than other quicker mechanical methods of communication, writing may soon go the way of the dinosaur. Some schools have already removed cursive writing from their curriculum.
Sending and receiving letters is about someone taking the extra time and effort to actually write words down and then making that despised trip to the post office to wait in a long line to finally send it off. It’s about someone deciding to put forth the effort, and spend a few cents on postage just to make their message personal. That’s what World Stationery Day is about: preserving the art of writing letters and cards, as opposed to just sending an impersonal e-mail or text message. If you don’t care enough about someone to write a personal letter, note or card, then don’t bother sending anything at all.
Celebrating this holiday is a no-brainer. Send a letter, note or card to your friends and family today. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate ode, just a few words to convey your feelings toward them.

National Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day (aka Secretary’s Day) is celebrated on the Wednesday of last full week in April. There are over 4.1 million Americans that have the job title “administrative assistant,” and another 8.9 million Americans that work in administrative support roles.
National Secretary’s Day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of the offices of Young and Rubicam. He recognized that secretaries are vital to the efficient and successful operation of a company or business. His goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job of secretaries. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries.
Today, the title is changing and evolving, but, the recognition is equally important. There are two new terms in use today. They are “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Admins”. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities to different companies. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original “Secretary” role. The name change recognizes and acknowledges that the role has changed significantly since 1952, and for the better at that. And in Harry Klemfuss’ day, these positions were largely the realm of women. Today, you find some males in these positions as well. If you know a secretary or encounter a secretary today, be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated. If you have a secretary, there are a number of ways to let them know their value to your company. Flowers, candy, a gift basket, a card (with a small gift certificate inside), or taking them to lunch are all appropriate ways of showing how much you value their service.

Denim Day 

Denim Day has nothing to do with the popular and versatile fabric. Instead, it focuses on the controversial subject of sexual violence against women.
Since 1999, Peace Over Violence has held a Denim Day campaign on the last Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses, and students are asked to make a social statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

International Noise Awareness Day

International Noise Awareness Day is a global campaign celebrated on the last Wednesday of April of every year. It was founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication. Noise Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of noise and its effect on the welfare and health of people.
Noise affects people in many ways, but it seems that the only time noise gets any interest is when it is annoying to the general public. On this holiday, people are urged to try to reduce the noise level of their lives. Establish a quiet hour in your home where all televisions, radios, computers, smartphones, electronic games, and anything else that pollutes your environment with noise are turned OFF. Have a conversation with your family, or just go outside and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Hug a Friend Day

Hugs are usually given to greet someone, to congratulate someone, in sympathy, to show support, as a form of gratitude, or as a sign of affection. Hug A Friend Day encourages you to let as many of your friends as possible know how you feel about them by giving them a hug.
If you aren’t the hugging type of person, consider this: Hugs can be beneficial to your health and the health of the recipient. Hugs lasting 20 seconds or more release a “bonding” hormone called oxytocin. This hormone can help lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and improve your mood. So, do yourself and your friends a favor and give them a hug today.

Audubon Day

On this day in 1785, John James Audubon, America’s foremost ornithological illustrator was born. His book, Birds in America contains 435 hand-colored plates. It was published in “elephant folio” format to accommodate the life-sized portrayals of birds upon which he insisted. It wasn’t until after his death in 1851, that a former student of his wife, George Bird Grinnell, started the Audubon Society.

World Intellectual Property Day  

In today’s computer age, intellectual property rights are often disregarded. People think nothing of “copying and pasting” someone else’s work or downloading free music or books from websites that pirate other people’s work.
World Intellectual Property Day strives to remind people of the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. It explores the future of creative culture in the digital age: how we create it, how we access it, how we monetize it. World Intellectual Property Day also seeks a flexible intellectual property system to help ensure that the artists and creative industries are properly paid for their work so they can keep creating. You don’t work for free, so why do you expect creators to do so.

National Pretzel Day

Pretzels date back to 610 AD in France. Catholic monks created the first pretzels from scraps of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity and resembled the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history. During the 17th century, pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase “tying the knot” originated. Pretzels were originally soft, and today traditional soft pretzels are still popular at sporting events, carnivals, and festivals.
Hard pretzels are a new invention compared to the original soft pretzels. According to legend, in the late 1600’s, a Pennsylvania baker forgot a batch of pretzels in the oven. The over-baked treats were dark and hard, but the baker sampled one anyway. He was pleasantly surprised by the crunchy deliciousness. Hard pretzels are now one of the most popular snack foods.
How do you like your pretzels? Twisted or straight, soft or crispy, thick or thin, salted or unsalted. No matter. All that matters is that you have some of your favorite variety today.

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On This Date

  • In 1514 – Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.
  • In 1607 – The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.
  • In 1819 – The first Odd Fellows lodge in the United States was established in Baltimore, MD.
  • In 1865 – John Wilkes Booth was killed.
  • In 1906 – In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.
  • In 1921 – Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.
  • In 1925 – Franz Kafka published his landmark novel The Trial. The text, which was initially published as Der Process, is a nightmarish account of a man being arrested and prosecuted by a faceless authority for an unknown crime.
  • In 1929 – First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
  • In 1931 – New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner.
  • In 1937 – “LIFE” magazine was printed without the word “LIFE” on the cover.
  • In 1941 – An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1954 – Grace Kelly was on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • In 1968 – Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.
  • In 1986 – The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material. Large parts of Europe were contaminated when reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Although the number of deaths attributable to the disaster is difficult to determine, experts anticipate tens of thousands of deaths across Europe in the coming decades due to cancer caused by the radioactive fallout.
  • In 1989 – The deadliest tornado in history killed about 1300 people. The Daulatpur–Saturia Tornado devastated everything in its 50-mile long path across central Bangladesh.
  • In 1994 – Germany made Holocaust denial illegal. The far-right party NPD had sought legitimation by Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court for expressing the view that the Nazis’ genocide of six million Jews never occurred. The court ruled against them.
  • In 2005 – Syria ended its military occupation of Lebanon after 29 years. Syria buckled to domestic and international pressure following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14 of the same year.

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.

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