April 9th – National Cherish an Antique Day

April 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my antique amigos. Today is April 9th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Cherish an Antique Day   

Let me preface this portion of today’s post with a cautionary statement to all of my male readers. Do not, under any circumstances, mention Cherish an Antique Day and your wife in the same sentence. No good can come from this.
In today’s disposable world, finding something hand-crafted with care and attention to detail by skilled craftsmen is rare. One way to celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day is to visit a museum with your family. Pay particular attention to the craftsmanship and the history of each piece.
Another way to celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day is the day to find any of those family heirlooms and keepsakes, handed down from generation to generation, that are hidden away in your closets. Polish them up and proudly put them on display. Gather your family together and tell them the history behind each one and why you cherish them so much. That way, they will know the story behind them when they sell them on Ebay or at the Antiques Road Show after you’re gone.

Winston Churchill Day

Winston Churchill Day honors one of the greatest statesmen in history. It does not celebrate his birth or death, but rather the date in 1963 when he became an honorary American citizen; only the second person to receive this honor, although this was the first time Congress had resolved that it was to be bestowed by the President of the United States, on a foreign national.
Because of his deteriorating health, he was unable to attend the ceremony chaired by President John F. Kennedy at the White House, so his son and grandson accepted the award on his behalf. It was hoped that he could participate in the ceremony live from his home, but the television connection failed. He did, however, get to see the recorded version of it later.
To become an honorary American citizen, Congress must first pass, then the President must sign, a proposal stating the reasons for the award; just like a law.

Appomattox Day

On this date in 1865, in Appomattox Court House, VA, at the home of Wilmer McClean, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union army accepted the surrender of General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy. This ended the Civil War, which had cost more than half a million lives. The Confederate soldiers were forced to turn in their weapons, but were allowed to keep their horses and return to their homes; the officers were allowed to retain their side arms and swords as well.

Jenkins Ear Day

Jenkins Ear Day commemorates the date in 1731 on which the Spanish guardacosta (Coast Guard) boarded and plundered the British ship Rebecca off Jamaica and, among other outrages, cut off the ear of English master mariner Robert Jenkins. Little notice was taken until seven years later when Jenkins exhibited the detached ear and described the atrocity to a committee of the House of Commons.
The incident provided the impetus to declare war against the Spanish Empire, ostensibly to encourage the Spanish not to renege on the lucrative Asiento contract (permission to sell slaves in Spanish America). Britain declared war on Spain in October 1739, a war that lasted until 1748 and is still known as the “War of Jenkins’s Ear.”
After 1742, the war was subsumed by the wider War of the Austrian Succession involving most of the powers of Europe. Peace arrived with the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748. From the English perspective, the war was notable because it was the first time a regiment of colonial American troops were raised and placed “on the Establishment” – made a part of the Regular British Army – and sent to fight outside of North America.

Chinese Almond Cookie Day

The history of the Chinese almond cookie is unclear. Chinese folklore says that Chinese almond cookies originated in southern and southeastern China. These almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year and are given as gifts to family and friends. In Mandarin Chinese, these are more literally called “Almond Cakes.” In some Chinese restaurants, they are served to cleanse the palate after several courses, rather than being regarded as a dessert. Some food historians say that the Chinese almond cookie was adapted from the Chinese walnut cookie, a plain cookie with a walnut in the center, which was thought to bring good luck. An American variation also exists using pecans instead of almonds (or walnuts).
Like chop suey and fortune cookies, Chinese almond cookies appear to have been introduced to America sometime after the first wave of Chinese immigration to the United States in the mid-1800’s. There is no written record of almond cookies anywhere prior to the early 1900’s after they appeared in America.
Today, you can find  Chinese almond cookies worldwide in Chinese restaurants and bakeries. To celebrate Chinese Almond Cookie Day, enjoy a night out at a Chinese restaurant, and be sure to get some extra Chinese Almond Cookies to go.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1682 – Robert La Salle claimed the lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France.
  • In 1770 – Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.
  • In 1833 – Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States.
  • In 1860 – The world’s first recording of the human voice was created. French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville used his phonautograph, the earliest known sound recording device, to capture himself singing the French folk song “Au clair de la lune”.
  • In 1866 – The Civil Rights Bill passed over President Andrew Johnson’s veto.
  • In 1867 – The Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased the territory of Alaska by one vote.
  • In 1869 – The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.
  • In 1912 – The first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston. The game was between Red Sox and Harvard.
  • In 1928 – Mae West made her debut on Broadway in the production of “Diamond Lil.”
  • In 1940 – Germany invaded Denmark and Norway. The rationale of Operation Weserübung was to secure access to Swedish iron ore. In Norway, a resistance group around Max Manus and Gunnar Sønsteby successfully sabotaged the German war effort.
  • In 1945 – National Football League officials decreed that it was mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games.
  • In 1947 – 169 people were killed and 1,300 were injured by a series of tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • In 1950 – Bob Hope made his first television appearance on “Star-Spangled Review” on NBC-TV.
  • In 1952 – The Bolivian National Revolution overthrew Hugo Ballivián’s government. The nationalist movement initiated radical reforms, including universal suffrage, the nationalization of tin mines, and the inclusion of previously marginalized ethnicities into national life.
  • In 1957 – The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.
  • In 1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts.
  • In 1965 – “TIME” magazine featured a cover with the entire “Peanuts” comic gang.
  • In 1965 – The Houston Astrodome held its first baseball game.
  • In 1967 – The first Boeing 737 had its maiden flight. The short-to-medium range plane is the best-selling airplane in history.
  • In  1981 – The U.S. Navy Submarine George Washington struck and sunk a small Japanese freighter in the East China Sea. The Nissho Maru’s captain and first mate died.
  • In 1986 – It was announced that Patrick Duffy’s character on the TV show Dallas would be returning after being killed off.
  • In 1992 – Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami, FL, of eight drug and racketeering charges.
  • In 1998 – The National Prisoner of War Museum opened in Andersonville, GA, at the site of an infamous Civil War camp.
  • In 1998 – More than 150 Muslims died in a stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on last day of the haj pilgrimage.
  • In 2005 – Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles was formerly married to Diana, Princess of Wales. His second marriage to Camilla made him the first member of the British Royal Family to have a civil wedding.

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.

  • Frank King 1883 – Cartoonist.
  • Paul Robeson 1898 – Singer, activist.
  • Ward Bond 1903 – Actor.
  • Hugh Hefner 1926 – Publisher.
  • Jim Fowler 1932 – Naturalist.
  • Carl Perkins 1932 – Singer.
  • Michael Learned 1939 – Actress.
  • Brandon de Wilde 1942 – Actor.
  • Hal Ketchum 1953 – Country singer.
  • Dennis Quaid 1954 – Actor.
  • Lisa Guerrero 1964 – Sports reporter.
  • Paulina Porizkova 1965 – Model, actress.
  • Cynthia Nixon 1966 – Actress.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam 1979 – Actress.
  • Ryan Northcott 1980 – Actor.
  • Kristen Stewart 1990 – Actress.
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