April 21st – Kindergarten Day

April 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning kiddies. Today is Friday, April 21, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Kindergarten Day

Kindergarten Day is always celebrated on April 21st. It honors this preschool education institution and recognizes the creator of the concept of kindergarten, Friedrich Frobel. Born on this date in 1782, he created the first “play and learn” institutes.
But why is it called Kindergarten? Well, let me enlighten you. Kindergarten comes from the German words kinder meaning child and garten meaning garden. In 1837, Mr. Froebel started the first Kindergarten as a social experiment for children’s’ transition from home to a school system. It was held in an actual garden setting, where the children were acclimated into learning, social interaction, and school in a fun yet educational way. Today Kindergarten has evolved into a full-time program in schools across America; partly due to the increased emphasis on education, and partly due to the increase in the number of working mothers in today’s society.

National Yellow Bat Day

National Yellow Bat Day honors the activation of the 265th Army Security Agency Company, part of the 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, KY. The official insignia of the 265th is a bat with outstretched wings on a full moon rising with the motto “Through the Night” below. Symbolically the bat represents mystery and secrecy due to its nocturnal nature, which well describes the intelligence support provided by the Army Security Agency Battalion. Before deploying, all the military vehicles and equipment were painted with a yellow bat symbol which was clearly visible from a distance and aided in the identification of all unit equipment.
On November 19th of that same year, they were deployed to Vietnam with the designation 265th Radio Research Company (Airborne) to provide intelligence support to the 101st Airborne Division. Arriving a few weeks ahead of the Viet Cong Tet Offensive, they soon learned of the of the North Vietnamese campaign, but few commanders would believe the intelligence.
January 31st on the Vietnamese calendar, Tet, is the celebration of the lunar new year and is considered a most important holiday. During the conflict between North and South Vietnam, there had been a long-standing, informal truce on this day.
However, this time, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the commander of the North Vietnamese, was prepared to ring in the lunar new year with a series of coordinated attacks, to break the informal truce.
Doug Bonnot, who was assigned to the 265th RRC (ABN) Operations NCOIC in the spring of 1970 and author of The Sentinel and the Shooter says,”The offensive would come as a surprise to many but personnel of the 265th RRC (ABN) were manning their sector defensive perimeter of Bien Hoa Air Base, along with the very few small units that believed their intelligence reports, some 12 hours before the Tet Offensive was launched.” The Viet Cong never breached these positions.
Through the efforts of members of the 265th, the Sentinel Museum was created. It is a traveling museum which is designed to provide insight into the Vietnam conflict and awareness of the contributions of the 265th Radio Research Company. The 265th’s activities were highly classified, and the sacrifices of these honorable men cloaked in secrecy until decades after the end of the war. Even today the general public is unaware of these men who worked in the shadows providing silent and ceaseless support to the infantry soldier during the Vietnam War. The Yellow Bat is a symbol of their secrecy and their service, through the night.
National Yellow Bat Day was submitted by Doug Bonnot, President of the Sentinel Chapter of the 101st Airborne Association. He and the chapter members are all 265th RRC (ABN) personnel. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.

Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

Bulldogs may not have a contingent of cheerleaders screaming about the bias against them at the Westminster Dog Show. However, their jowly appearance, sturdy physiques, and tough-looking faces are not indicative of their gentle and peaceful nature.
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog (now extinct), Leavitt Bulldog, and the French Bulldog. The Bulldog is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. Bulldogs were the fourth most popular purebred in the United States in 2015 according to the American Kennel Club.
Because of their unique looks, they are popular mascots for sports teams and schools. In fact, the Bulldog is the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps, and many Marine bases keep a mascot on the base.
To celebrate Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, stop and greet every bulldog you encounter today – you’ll both enjoy it immensely.

Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day (aka National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day)  

Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day (aka National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day) surprisingly celebrates that inspired confection –  chocolate-covered cashew.
The Cashew is a delicious nut that grows in an odd configuration on a tree that was originally native to Brazil (no, this isn’t the Brazil nut, that’s something different). The cashew tree is an evergreen that develops an unusual fruit – even more unusual for the fact that the nut actually grows ‘under’ the fruit, rather than in the middle of it. In fact, there’s a special name for nuts that grow in this way, they’re called an ‘accessory fruit’. Little known to those outside of Brazil is the fact that the fruit itself, called the Cashew Apple, is edible as well.
The chocolate bean comes from the Cacao tree and has been cultivated for almost 3000 years in Mesoamerica –  Central and parts of South America for the unenlightened. It was originally eaten bitter, without sweetener, but since has come into its own in a wide variety of flavors including milk and dark chocolate, and white [although there is still debate over whether white chocolate is actually chocolate. I’m for team “not actually chocolate”.
Anyway, somewhere in the annals of history, some genius came up with the brilliant idea to combine cashews and chocolate together into one delicious treat – and the rest is history. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out how to celebrate Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day (aka National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day). Enjoy some chocolate-covered cashews or a chocolate-covered cashew truffle (if you can find one) today.
Below are a few more cashew facts.

  • The shell of the cashew nut is toxic, which is why the cashew is shelled before it is sold to consumers.
  • Pistachio, mango, cashew and poison ivy are in the same family.
  • Cashews are native to Costa Rica and Central America. The fresh cashew nut has a substance inside that produce a big burn and rash in skin and mouth, at the same time this is a highly valuable product known as Cashew Nut Shell Liquid or CNSL, ingredient that has special structural features for transformation into specialty chemicals and high-value polymers, this is important considering the fact that, since this is a renewable resource, is better than synthetics.
  • A quite interesting experience is to burn a raw cashew nut in a wood fire. This CNSL is highly flammable and while it burns produces impressive tiny explosions. Kids shouldn’t try this without parent’s supervision. Gasses and fumes can also irritate, so this experiment should be done in open spaces.
  • One thing is the cashew nut and a different thing is the cashew apple, this last one is a kind of fruit to which it’s attached the nut, this fleshy fruit has an aroma some people love while others dislike, the most common way of preparation of this fruit is doing a tasteful juice mixed with water and sugar.
  • Cashews in Costa Rica are harvested during March and April.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 753 BC – Rome was founded. [As far as can be determined].
  • In 1509 – Henry VIII was crowned King of England. In popular culture, the monarch is known mainly for his six marriages, two of which ended with the wife’s execution.
  • In 1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act was passed, allowing all freedom of worship.
  • In 1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first Vice President of the United States.
  • In 1856 – The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
  • In 1862 – Congress established the United States Mint in Denver, CO.
  • In 1898 – The Spanish-American War began.
    In 1910 – Famed author Mark Twain died.
  • In 1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I. “The Red Baron” was a legendary German fighter pilot. He earned his renown and nickname by achieving 80 air combat victories in World War I. He was shot down and killed during combat at the age of 25. [Contrary to popular belief, Snoopy was not responsible].
  • In 1934 – The Surgeon’s photo, allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the London Daily Mail. In reality, the famous image depicts a toy submarine with a head and neck made of wood putty.
  • In 1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
  • In 1959 – The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds.
  • In 1967 – Dictator Georgios Papadopoulos assumed power in Greece. During his six-year reign, thousands of political opponents were incarcerated and tortured.
  • In 1967 – Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
  • In 1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
  • In 1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found the virus believed to cause AIDS.
  • In 1986 – Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.
  • In 1992 – Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years. He was put to death for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys.
  • In 1992 – The first exoplanets were discovered. Polish astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan announced that he found two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.
  • In 1994 – Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.
  • In 1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.
  • In 2000 – In Sinking Spring, PA, a man chased his estranged girlfriend through town and then forced her car into the path of an oncoming train. The woman and her 3 passengers were killed.
  • In 2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile.

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.

  • Charlotte Bronte 1816 – Author.
  • John Muir 1838 – Conservationist.
  • Anthony Quinn 1915 – Actor.
  • Elaine May 1932 – Actress, comedienne.
  • Charles Grodin 1935 – Actor.
  • Iggy Pop 1947 – Singer.
  • Patti LuPone 1949 – Actress.
  • Tony Danza 1951 – Actor.
  • Andie MacDowell 1958 – Actress.
  • John Cameron Mitchell 1963 – Actor.
  • Nicole Sullivan 1969 – Actress, comedian.
  • James McAvoy 1979 – Actor.

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