April 28th – Tic Tock, Tic Tock

April 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning clock watchers. Today is Friday, April 28, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Biological Clock Day

Biological Clock Day does not only pertain to women. In fact, both men and women and the young and old are subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have. All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm, which helps their bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the Earth rotates. Have you ever stayed awake for an “all-nighter” and felt “off” for many days afterward; or flown from one time zone to another and felt the effects of jet lag? The impact is due to a disruption to our internal clock. Circadian Rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins. These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and metabolism. These clock genes normally keep us awake during the day and asleep at night.  But when a clock gene mutates, it can disrupt the normal sleep cycle. Sunlight, air travel, and even the seasons can disrupt our Circadian Rhythms and the quality and amount of sleep that we get. [Do I even need to mention the government-imposed disruption of our Circadian Rhythms…Daylight Saving Time]? 

Arbor Day

Arbor Day (or National Arbor Day) is celebrated on the last Friday in April and is a holiday in which people and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Arbor Day has been celebrated in America since 1872 when a journalist named J. Sterling Morton created this holiday to encourage people to plant trees and to raise awareness about the importance of forests and plants. The event took place in the state of Nebraska, and local newspapers estimated that one million trees were planted that day. The word arbor comes from the Latin arbor, meaning tree.
Worldwide, Arbor Day has been celebrated for much longer. The Spanish village of Mondoñedo held the first documented arbor plantation festival in the world organized by its mayor in 1594. The place remains as Alameda de los Remedios and it is still planted with lime and chestnut trees. A humble granite marker and a bronze plate recall the event. Additionally, the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra held the first modern Arbor Day, an initiative launched in 1805 by a local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population of the village.
Today, Arbor Day is a worldwide celebration. People celebrate this holiday by volunteering their time to plant trees or donating money to preserve forests. Many schools plan a variety of Arbor Day activities like essay contests, art projects, and field trips to local parks to get kids engaged in preserving nature.
To celebrate Arbor Day, plant a tree in your yard. If your community is sponsoring an Arbor Day event, try to attend it.

Hairball Awareness Day

Hairball Awareness Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April annually and is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association as one of their Pet Health Awareness Events.
Hairballs form naturally during a cat’s normal grooming routine. Most of the fur that a cat swallows while grooming passes harmlessly through the digestive tract, but when it gets caught in the stomach, a hairball forms. While long-haired cats are most prone to developing hairballs, especially in the spring and summer when warming temperatures equate to more shedding, short-haired cats are not immune.
Spitting up a hairball is painful for your cat. One of the best to help your cat is by regular brushing. Brushing removes a lot of the loose hair that your cat ingests while grooming themselves. There are also a number of hairball-control pet foods and treats on the market. If your cat has a persistent problem with hairballs, you can try a hairball lubricant like Laxatone™ that helps the cat pass their hairballs more easily.

International Astronomy Day   

International Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His reason for creating this holiday was to promote a greater education and understanding of the wonders of the universe and to promote astronomy to the public. Many astronomy clubs and groups use this day to help teach the people about the stars, and other celestial bodies in the universe. If you can find an event in your area, I urge you to attend. Who knows, they might even let you look through a real telescope.

Cubicle Day

Cubicle Day is a holiday that celebrates those ubiquitous, impersonal, cramped, corporate caves known as “cubicles.” Designed by Robert Propst and known for a complete absence of individuality, cubicles were first introduced in 1967 as a way to subdivide open office space and give workers a degree of privacy. Whether you love them or hate them, these modular systems were built to be easily reconfigured in almost as many ways as a bucket of Lego bricks, and today’s cubicle options include pods of workers with shared tasks as well as personal office cubes.
The best way to celebrate Cubicle Day is to brighten up your cubicle by decorating or redecorating it. Whether you choose to use Feng Shui to improve the Chi of your space, or simply redesign it to form walls to protect you from the annoying habits of your neighbor, use this holiday to individualize your little section of the cube farm.

National Blueberry Pie Day

Americans have filled their pies with delicious, fresh-picked berries since the colonial era. Today, blueberry pie is one of the most popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry season begins in late April and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Fourth of July celebrations.
Maine produces more blueberries than any other state. In fact, 25% of all lowbush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine. That makes Maine the largest producer of blueberries in the world.
Blueberries, or star berries as the Native Americans called them, are one of nature’s super foods. They are one of only a few blue foods found in nature and are native to the Americas. The chemicals found in blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and may contribute to fighting certain cancers and preventing other diseases.

 

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed from office.
  • In 1686 – The first volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia Mathematica” was published.
  • In 1788 – Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the United States constitution.
  • In 1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.
  • In 1818 – President James Monroe proclaimed naval disarmament on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
  • In 1896 – The Addressograph was patented by J.S. Duncan.
  • In 1910 – The first flight of an aircraft at night was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
  • In 1914 – W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
  • In 1916 – The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.
  • In 1919 – The League of Nations was founded.
  • In 1930 – The first organized night baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
  • In 1932 – The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.
  • In 1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.
  • In 1946 – The Allies indicted Tojo with 55 counts of war crimes.
  • In 1947 – Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 1952 – The United States occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty between the United States and 47 other nations went into effect.
  • In 1967 – Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.
  • In 1969 – Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of France. De Gaulle founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and became its first President a year later.
  • In 1974 – The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
  • In 1988 – In Maui, HI, one flight attendant was killed when the fuselage of a Boeing 737 ripped open in mid-flight.
  • In 1994 – Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had given United States secrets to the Soviet Union, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to a term of life in prison without parole.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton gave a 4 1/2 hour videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
  • In 1999 – The House of Representatives rejected (on a tie vote of 213-213) a measure expressing support for NATO’s five-week-old air campaign in Yugoslavia. The House also voted to limit the President’s authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia.
  • In 2001 – A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station.
  • In 2004 – The first Abu Ghraib torture pictures were published. The images aired in a 60 Minutes II report showed gross human rights violations, including torture, committed by United States soldiers and CIA personnel at the Baghdad prison.

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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