April 6th – Happy New Beer!

April 6, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ale aficionados. Today is Thursday, April 6, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

New Beers Eve

New Beer’s Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States, celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States on April 7, 1933.
The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Sales of beer in the United States would become officially legal again on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication.
On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve.”

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Have you ever pondered what your loved ones will have inscribed on your tombstone? The content of your epitaph bears careful consideration. It is a permanent reminder of your life, and death, and will be viewed by your loved ones, and even strangers strolling past, for as much of eternity as your headstone survives.
Plan Your Epitaph Day urges you to write your own epitaph. After all, who knows ‘you’ better than you? Your grieving family and friends should not be burdened with the task of summing up your life in a few words. Alleviate their worry and write your own epitaph today…before it’s too late.
I think mine should be something such as: “It took ___ years, but he finally succumbed to the most terminal of all diseases…life.” What will yours say?

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is an annual memorial for people who have died in collisions related to drowsy driving. This is an official state-recognized “holiday” in the state of California. Drowsy driving is, in my opinion, on a par with distracted driving as the cause of most single-vehicle fatalities. In my decades as a truck driver, I learned a few tricks to combat drowsy driving. They are:

  1. Tune your radio to a talk-radio station, or a station that plays up-tempo music.
  2. If you begin to feel drowsy, pull over and walk around your vehicle a few times (no matter the weather). It goes without saying that you choose a place where you will not need to walk in the roadway.
  3. If you still feel drowsy after step 2 above, pull into a rest area and take a 15-minute to half-hour nap. Before you leave, go to the restroom and brush your teeth, and splash some water on your face. If there are vending machines, eat a sugar-laden snack.
  4.  If all of the above fails, STOP! (No, not in the traffic lanes, dummy). Find a motel/hotel or sleep in your vehicle in a secure location.

Author’s Note: Arriving at your destination late is far preferable to not arriving at all.

Army Day

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared April 6th to be Army Day. President Roosevelt was specific in his declaration that Army Day pertained not just to the Army, but to all members of all the Armed Forces, and those civilians providing support for them. If you encounter anyone in any branch of the Military today, stop and say “Thanks”. Here is a link to President Roosevelt’s Proclamation.

National Siamese Cat Day

Siamese cats originated in Siam (Thailand). They first came to America in the late 1800’s. In fact, the first Siamese cat brought to America was actually a gift for First Lady Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford Hayes. Siam, the First Cat, fit right in with the rest of the White House menagerie, which included a goat, a bird, and two dogs. Today, they are one of America’s favorite breeds of feline.
Siamese cats are long, lean and sleek. These blue-eyed beauties have a beautiful coat and striking “points” on their ears, legs, tails and mask in gorgeous colors of seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, smoke, tabby, and cream. Besides their good looks, these loving and loyal felines make wonderful pets. Siamese cats are very intelligent and will remind you of that constantly. They are known for being quite “vocal”.

Teflon™ Day

On this date in 1938, Roy Plunkett, a chemist at DuPont’s Jackson lab in New Jersey, ‘accidentally’ discovered polytetrafluoroethylene, later patented under the name Teflon™. In the modern vernacular, the word Teflon™ has morphed into meaning something, or someone, to which nothing will stick. (For example, Bill Clinton, the Teflon™ President). At any rate, thank you, Mr. Plunkett, for your ‘happy’ accident. It has certainly made my life easier and improved my culinary skills.

National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage celebrated on April 6 each year. The date commemorates the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. It honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. The Senate officially recognized National Tartan Day in 1998.
In the United States, there are an estimated eleven million people who claim Scottish ancestry, making them the eighth largest ethnic group. Many of the framers of the Constitution were of Scottish heritage, and some say that the Declaration of Independence was modeled after the aforementioned, Declaration of Arbroath. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed greatly to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more since this nation was founded.
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other. In Britain, The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control. The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland.

National Sorry Charlie Day

National Sorry Charlie Day is observed annually on April 6th. This holiday encourages us to think about the times we have been rejected. And, we’ve all been rejected at some time in our lives – whether by a sweetheart, by a college, by a prospective employer, or by the bank for a loan. National Sorry Charlie Day also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we survived the rejection and what we learned from it.
We all remember Charlie the Tuna from the Starkist™ commercials, right. He was often rejected but he persevered with a smile, waiting for his next opportunity. The ad campaign was so popular that “Sorry, Charlie” became a popular American catchphrase. Charlie never let rejection stop him…so not let it stop you either!

National Alcohol Screening Day

National Alcohol Screening Day is observed on Thursday of the first full week of April each year. Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations, and military installations provide the program to the public each year. National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education, and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options.

National Caramel Popcorn Day

I can think of no more Cracker Jack way to use up that caramel sauce that you made in celebration of Caramel Day yesterday than to make a batch of caramel popcorn. If you don’t feel like going to the trouble of making caramel popcorn yourself, most supermarkets today have a wide selection of gourmet caramel corn varieties. If all else fails, there is the old standard, Cracker Jacks™. Treat yourself to some form of caramel popcorn today, whether or not it involves a “toy surprise”.
Author’s Note:  Does anyone else separate the popcorn and peanuts when eating Cracker Jack™ and save the peanuts for last, or is it just me?

Fresh Tomato Day

Nothing epitomizes spring and summer more than fresh tomatoes, and Fresh Tomato Day seeks to highlight this delicious and nutritious fruit (yes, tomatoes are a fruit and not a vegetable).
Tomatoes are an extremely healthy fruit as they are great sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and lycopene. Lycopene is responsible for this fruit’s rich red color and tomatoes have the highest concentration of any other fruit or vegetable. Research indicates tomatoes may help stave off many illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, and cancers such as those of the prostate, colon, stomach, mouth, and esophagus.
The best place to store your tomatoes is at room temperature (between 55 and 75 degrees F.) – never, ever, ever ever, in the refrigerator. The cold temperature destroys the tomato’s flavor and makes them mealy. A ripe tomato has bright, shiny skin and yields to the touch. Place them stem side up as the top part is the softest and tends to bruise easily. Store them out of direct sunlight and be sure to use within 4-5 days of picking or purchasing.
You don’t need to be a genius to know how to celebrate Fresh Tomato Day…enjoy some fresh tomatoes today.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1789 – The first United States Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City.
  • In 1862 – The American Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee.
  • In 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.
  • In 1896 – The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece. 241 athletes from 14 countries took part in the First Olympiad. The event took place over 1500 years after the last ancient Olympic Games, which originated in Olympia in south-western Greece.
  • In 1909 – Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson allegedly became the first persons to reach the North Pole. Peary’s claim has never been verified and is widely contested. The first undisputed journey to the North Pole was the 1948 Soviet Sever-2 expedition.
  • In 1916 – Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old.
  • In 1924 – A team of aviators began the first round-the-world flight in history. Four aircraft left Seattle on a westbound route around the globe. 157 days later, two of them completed the journey by reaching Seattle again.
  • In 1927 – William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the Department of Commerce issued the first aviator’s license.
  • In 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations in Vietnam.
  • In 1965 – The first commercial communications satellite was launched. Intelsat I, also known as Early Bird, facilitated the first live TV broadcast of a spacecraft splashdown when Gemini 6 landed in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In 1983 – The Veteran’s Administration (VA) announced that it would give free medical care for conditions traceable to radiation exposure to more than 220,000 veterans who participated in nuclear tests from 1945 to 1962.
  • In 1985 – William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital.
  • In 1994 – The Rwandan genocide began. The assassination of Rwandan President, Juvénal Habyarimana, and Burundian President, Cyprien Ntaryamira, triggered a mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis with up to 1 million victims.
  • In 1998 – Federal researchers in the United States announced that daily tamoxifen pills could cut breast cancer risk among high-risk women.
  • In 1999 – Carmen Electra filed for a divorce from Dennis Rodman. They had only been married for six months.

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.

  • Walter Huston 1884 – Actor.
  • Lowell Thomas 1892 – Broadcaster, journalist.
  • Mimi Benzell 1924 – Opera singer.
  • Dorothy Donegan 1924 – Jazz pianist.
  • Joi Lansing 1928 – Actress.
  • André  Previn 1929 – Pianist.
  • Ivan Dixon 1931 – Actor.
  • Merle Haggard 1937 – Country musician, songwriter.
  • Billy Dee Williams 1937 – Actor.
  • Barry Levinson 1942 – Director, producer.
  • John Ratzenberger 1947 – Actor.
  • Marilu Henner 1952 – Actress.
  • Michael Rooker 1955 – Actor.
  • Vince Flynn 1966 – Author.
  • Paul Rudd 1969 – Actor.
  • Ari Meyers 1970 – Actress.
  • Jason Hervey 1972 – Actor.
  • Zach Braff 1975 – Actor.
  • Candace Cameron 1976 – Actress.

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