April 22nd – What On Earth?

April 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fellow Earthlings. Today is Saturday, April 22, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Earth Day, Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day

These three holidays are all basically the same holiday. The most famous of these and the one upon which I will expound in this BLOG post today is Earth Day. The other two are inconsequential: “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day” amounts to nothing more than a chemists’ organization saying, “Hey, we like the Earth too.”; and “International Mother Earth Day” is just the United Nations’ pretentious, esoteric, syrupy way of saying “Earth Day.” I have provided links if you are interested in either of those individually. I also provided a link to the real Earth Day website.
Each year more than 1 billion people in 175 countries take part in Earth Day events. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and its purpose is to raise awareness about important environmental issues.
The genesis of the Earth Day movement, not surprisingly, was in the Bay Area of northern California. After witnessing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, John McConnell came up with the concept for Earth Day. At a UNESCO conference in San Francisco (where else) in 1969, Mr. McConnell proposed that a day to celebrate the Earth was needed. The first Earth Day was held on March 21st, 1970 (the Vernal Equinox), which seems like an appropriate and logical day on which to celebrate it; Spring is the season of changes to the Earth and of a new birth. However, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D. Wisconsin) proposed, and held another Earth Day event of his own on April 22nd of that same year. For some illogical, incomprehensible reason, this is the date which became accepted and is why April 22nd is now Earth Day. Earth Day is a global event held each year to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.
If your community is having an event today, and you plan to attend, be forewarned. Be prepared to listen to a bunch of wild-eyed anarchists, “celebrities”, and Liberal community leaders, spewing forth drivel about the evils of Capitalism, industrialization, consumerism, and a free-market based economy. These speeches will all have the same central theme, “Earth good, mankind bad”, and how much better off the planet would be if only mankind, (except for themselves and their ilk, naturally) had never existed. At least one speaker will use some type of “doomsday” clock, based upon agenda-driven pseudoscience, to illustrate the exact moment when the Earth will no longer be able to regenerate itself from the devastating from the effects of mankind’s existence; unless meaningful action begins immediately.
If you really want to celebrate Earth Day, venture forth into the wilderness, or your favorite hiking trail or bicycle path, and observe all the natural wonders around you which Mother Nature provides. Take some trash bags with you and pick up any litter you find along your route and dispose of it properly.

National Day of Puppetry

National Day of Puppetry celebrates the ancient art of puppetry and is always observed on the fourth Saturday in April. Puppetry is an ancient art form, thought to have originated about 3000 years ago. Puppets have been used since the earliest times to animate and communicate the ideas. Some historians claim that they pre-date actors in the theater. It is a form of theater that involves the manipulation of puppets [inanimate objects] often resembling some type of human or animal figure, manipulated by a human.
In American history, from Native American puppet representations, traveling troupes during the Revolutionary War, through vaudeville, into the days of television with stars like Howdy Doody, Sesame Street, and The Muppet Show, puppets have played an important role in American theater, and have helped to shape the minds of our young people. In addition, puppets are used in the classroom, in physical and mental therapy and as a source of pleasure for all ages.
There are many different kinds of puppets, and they can be made from a wide range of materials, depending on their form and intended use. They can be extremely complex or very simple in their construction. The simplest puppets are finger puppets, which are tiny puppets that fit onto a single finger. Sock puppets are a little more complex and are formed from a sock and operated by inserting one’s hand inside the sock, with the opening and closing of the hand simulating the movement of the puppet’s “mouth”. Hand puppets are controlled by one hand which occupies the interior of the puppet and moves the puppet around (Ventriloquist’s dummies are a form of a hand puppet).  A “live-hand puppet” is similar to a hand puppet but is larger and requires two puppeteers for each puppet. Marionettes are suspended and controlled by a number of strings, plus sometimes a central rod attached to a control bar held from above by the puppeteer.  Puppetry takes many forms, but they all share the process of animating inanimate performing objects to tell a story. Puppetry is used in almost all human societies both as entertainment and ceremonially in rituals and celebrations, such as carnivals.

International Marconi Day

International Marconi Day is a 24-hour amateur radio event which celebrates the career of Italian wireless communications pioneer and Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi. It is celebrated annually on the Saturday closest to his date of birth (April 25, 1874).
Fans use HF (high-frequency) radio to make direct point-to-point contact between stations, relying on the same technology developed by Marconi. Although these days the internet is the medium of choice for global communications, the idea behind International Marconi Day is to keep the spirit of invention and creativity alive. International Marconi Day also harkens back to the days when a globally connected planet was nothing more than a dream and only a few visionaries, such as Marconi, saw the value in it.

Girl Scout Leader Day

Girl Scout Leader Day honors the thousands of adult volunteers who help make the Girl Scouts organization a success. Girl Scout Leader Day began on April 22, 1982, when a flag honoring Girl Scout leaders was flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
If you know someone who is a Girl Scout leader, thank them today. If you are a Girl Scout leader, Thank You! One of the best ways to show support for the Girl Scouts is through donations. I hope that you bought some of their sinfully delicious Girl Scout cookies last month to help support your local Girl Scout organization. Aaaah, Thin Mints. My favorite.

“In God We Trust” Day

“In God We Trust” Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1864 when congress passed an act authorizing the coinage of a 2-cent piece bearing this motto. Congress later authorized the use of this motto on other coins. On July 30th, 1956, President Eisenhower signed a law passed by Congress, to make “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States.

National Jelly Bean Day  

Jelly Beans have been around since the early 1860’s. While similar candies existed before the jelly bean, such as the Turkish delight, a candy comprised of rich fruit and powdered sugar, Boston confectioner William Schrafft is credited with developing the firm shell of jelly beans and making them portable. With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies to be sold by the pound. Schrafft encouraged his customers to send them to Union soldiers. During the 1930’s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday but are now enjoyed year round by young and old alike.
In ancient times when I was growing up, they came in mostly fruit flavors and were basically red, green, yellow, orange, white or black (licorice). Today, there are hundreds of flavors and a whole spectrum of colors and color combinations from which to choose. If you have a “gourmet” jelly bean store in your area such as Jelly Belly or The Jelly Bean Factory try some of their more exotic flavors today. Popcorn, spice, tropical fruit and soft drink are but a few of the flavors offered these days. Around Christmas time each year, I buy peppermint flavored jelly beans in bulk. They are delicious.
Note: Jelly Beans enjoyed a slight surge in popularity in the early 1980’s when President Ronald Reagan divulged that he always kept a jar of them on his desk in the Oval Office.

On This Date

  • In 1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil.
  • In 1792 – President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe.
  • In 1861 – Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
  • In 1876 – The first official National League (NL) baseball game took place. Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.
  • In 1889 – At noon, the Oklahoma land rush officially started as thousands of Americans raced for new, unclaimed land.
  • In 1898 – The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
  • In 1906 – The 1906 Olympic Games began in Athens Greece. While the meet in practice was the second Olympic Games of the modern era, it is not recognized as such by the International Olympic Committee.
  • In 1914 – Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • In 1915 – The New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time.
  • In 1931 – James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.
  • In 1944 – During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea.
  • In 1945 – Adolf Hitler admitted defeat. The German dictator announced in the underground Führerbunker that he planned to commit suicide after learning that Soviet forces had entered Berlin.
  • In 1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
  • In 1954 – The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began.
  • In 1976 – Barbara Walters became first female nightly network news anchor.
  • In 1977 – Optical fiber was used for telephone transmissions for the first time. Fiber-optic technology allows sending information over long distances by means of light pulses. It has played an important role in the development of modern-day global communications.
  • In 1987 – The American Physical Society said that the “Star Wars” missile system was “highly questionable” and would take ten years to research.
  • In 1992 – A series of massive explosions destroyed parts of Guadalajara Mexico.The disaster in the downtown district of Analco occurred after gasoline had leaked into the sewer system. At least 206 people died, nearly 500 were injured, and about 15,000 were left homeless.
  • In 1993 – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • In 1997 – In Lima, Peru government commandos storm and capture the residence of the Japanese ambassador ending a 126-day hostage crisis. In the rescue, 71 hostages were saved. Those killed: one hostage (of a heart attack), two soldiers, and all 14 rebels. The hero status of the Peruvian troops involved in the successful raid was later called into question when evidence of summary executions of captured insurgents emerged.
  • In 2000 – Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father. He had to be taken from his Miami relatives by U.S. agents in a predawn raid.
  • In 2005 – Zacarias Moussaoui pled guilty to conspiring with hijackers in the September 11, 2001, plot to attack American buildings and citizens.

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.

  • Henry Fielding 1707 – Author.
  • Nikolai Lenin 1870 – Russian Premier.
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer 1904 – Physicist.
  • Eddie Albert 1906 – Actor.
  • Robert Wadlow 1918 – Giant.
  • Hal March 1920 – Television emcee.
  • Aaron Spelling 1923 – Executive producer.
  • George Cole 1925 – Actor.
  • Charlotte Rae 1926 – Actress.
  • Estelle Harris 1932 – Actress.
  • Glen Campbell 1936 – Singer.
  • Jack Nicholson 1937 – Actor.
  • Jason Miller 1939 – Actor.
  • Mel Carter 1943 – Singer.
  • Peter Frampton 1950 – Musician.
  • Joseph Bottoms 1954 – Actor.
  • Ryan Stiles 1959 – Comedic Actor.
  • Byron Allen 1961 – Comedian.
  • Chris Makepeace 1964 – Actor.
  • Jeffrey Dan Morgan 1966 – Actor.
  • Sheryl Lee 1967 – Actress.
  • Ingo Rademacher 1971 – Actor.
  • Eric Mabius 1971 – Actor.
  • Amber Heard 1986 – Actress.
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