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.

More Holidays.

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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