April 29th – ♪♪ It’s A Zippity Do Dah Day ♪♪

April 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning hookless fastener enthusiasts.Today is Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Zipper Day

On this date in 1913, Swedish-American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundbeck received a patent for his “hookless fastener” – commonly known today as the zipper. However, this was not the first patent issued for an “automatic continuous clothing closure”. That distinction goes to Elias Howe who patented a cruder form of the device in 1851. However, around that same time, Mr. Howe also invented a little thing called the sewing machine, so his “zipper” was left by the wayside so he could concentrate on marketing that little invention.
In the 1920′s, the B.F. Goodrich company had a “new” product (rubber boots, or galoshes) that they wanted to bring to market that used Mr. Sundbeck’s invention. They coined the term “zipper”, and the rest is history.
“Zippers” were soon found to have many applications and grew in popularity. They are functional, fashionable, infinitely adjustable, which helped popularize Mr. Sundback’s invention. Also, the US Army stepped in as an early adopter of zippers which also contributed to their widespread use.
Factoid: Did you ever notice the letters YKK on your zipper and wonder what it meant? Well, YKK stands for Yashida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha; a manufacturing company based in Tokyo, Japan. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers and manufacture well over 50% of zippers worldwide.

“Peace” Rose Day

“Peace” Rose Day celebrates a specific variety of rose. The official name of the Peace Rose is Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’.

Peace Rose

The Peace Rose had its start back in the 1930’s. ‘Peace’ was one of many roses pollinated in June of 1935 by the commercial rose growing Meilland family whose nursery was located near Lyon France. In the summer of 1936 eyes from new seedlings were grafted to rootstock, and buds opened in October. The rose that was to become known as Peace was then one of many and was identified only by a number, 3-35-40. Over the next four years Francis Meilland, the third generation of the Meilland growers, together with his father Antoine ‘Papa’ Meilland, recognized the rose ‘3-35-40’ as the most promising of the new roses. In June 1939, there was an international conference of rose growers in Lyon France and 3-35-40 attracted widespread interest and praise by rose growers of many countries. Unfortunately, shortly afterward WWII started and France was taken over by the Germans. To make a long story short, a piece of bud-wood from the 3-35-40 made it to America. The rest of the story of how this variety of rose ended up with the name Peace Rose is too long for this BLOG. To read the entire saga, click here.

Save the Frogs Day 

Save the Frogs Day is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of the plight of frogs, which are increasingly endangered by climate change, habitat loss, and disease. There are about 4,740 species of frogs around the entire world, about 90 of which are native to the United States. Frogs can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, however, the majority of frogs are found in warmer tropical climes. Frogs are known as indicator species and can give scientists valuable insight into how an ecosystem is functioning. Because they are both predators and prey, many animals are affected by them. Frogs provide insight into the health of the ecosystem.
I know, you’re probably saying to yourself “Why should I care about the plight of frogs? Don’t they cause warts?” The answer to the last question is noThe answer to the first question is, although they aren’t ‘cuddly’, they are cute in their own unique way, and, I’m told, their legs taste like chicken. And, if that isn’t reason enough, frogs eat mosquitoes, they are food for fish, birds, and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water.
Take some time today to learn more about frogs. Visit a local pond or wetland and see if you can find some frogs and/or tadpoles. Hint, they like stagnant water.

World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day celebrates those dedicated professionals who look after the health and well-being of our beloved furbabies. It is celebrated on the last Saturday in April and was created in  2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the work performed by veterinarians worldwide. Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, a rabbit person, a horse person, a gerbil person or a _____ person, you should be thankful that there are veterinarians around when Fido or Fluffy needs them.
The theme for World Veterinary Day, 2017, is  Antimicrobial Resistance – From Awareness To Action. The availability and use of antimicrobial drugs have transformed the practice of human and animal medicine. Infections that were once lethal are now treatable, and the use of antimicrobial agents has advanced global health as well as animal health, which is a key component of animal welfare, food security, and safety.
The best way to celebrate World Veterinary Day is to take a proactive, rather than a reactive, approach to your pet’s health. Schedule an appointment with your beloved companion’s physician to make sure your pet is in good health and determine an exercise plan and diet that best suits their needs.

International Astronomy Day 

International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon between the months of April and May, while in the fall (autumn) it occurs on a Saturday closest to the quarter moon between September and October.
International Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. Its purpose is to raise the interest of the general public in astronomy by giving them easy access to astronomical instruments such as telescopes. International Astronomy Day also seeks to give the public a chance to interact with astronomers and space scientists.
The study of Astronomy lets us see the history of the universe with our own eyes. The stars that twinkle as you look out on a dark, clear night may not even exist right now. They existed at whatever point in history they emitted that light, which has taken millions of years to reach Earth.
International Astronomy Day encourages us to engage in a little stargazing, and the best way to do that is with a telescope – which allows us to see much more than is visible to the naked eye. Tonight, it is perfectly acceptable to have your head in the stars.
To celebrate, check out your local planetarium or library for activities, or simply find a quiet, dark spot to gaze into the heavens and contemplate the wonders of the universe. Consult books or websites to identify the different constellations.  On International Astronomy Day, many organizations offer the public the use of telescopes to experience sights of the Universe that they’ve never seen before.

Independent Bookstore Day (aka Indie Bookstore Day)

Independent bookstores are more than just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They contain an entire universe of ideas and are great places to go to wile away a few minutes or a few hours. They are quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Despite the world electronic media, independent bookstores maintain their popularity. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand.
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national celebration that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every celebration is different. Many of these independent celebrations feature guest authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff. Many also feature exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day.
To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, visit one of your favorite independent bookstores and browse the aisles…regardless of whether they are celebrating the holiday.

National Go Birding Day

Ah, spring is in the air and, having returned from their winter nesting places, the sound of birds chirping can be heard everywhere. It is one of the most calming sounds in nature.
National Go Birding Day is observed the last Saturday of April and urges us to not only go out and observe the delightful creatures in their natural habitat but also serve to raise awareness about the many species, such as the common house swallow, that are currently under threat because of loss of habitat.
Celebrate National Go Birding Day by taking a nature hike, or simply relaxing in your backyard and observing the birds there. Here are some other recommendations for celebrating this holiday.

  • Hang up bird feeders, and learn about the different sorts of food loved by the various species of birds that visit your yard.
  • Take photos of birds that you can see in your garden – or local area if you decide to go for a nature hike.
  • Visit a local nature reserve.

World Wish Day 

World Wish Day is always celebrated annually on this date. The first World Wish Day took place in 1980 when Chris Greicius, a seven-year-old boy suffering from leukemia, wished to be a police officer, at least for a day. His local police department honored his wish and made him an honorary police officer for a day. This led to the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International.
Since 1981, the Make-A-Wich Foundation International has granted the wishes of terminally ill children. The purpose of the Make-A-Wish foundation is to add joy to the remaining days of these special children, to pay tribute to their courage and continued hope for a normal life
The efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation International led to the creation of World Wish Day. The obvious way to celebrate this worthwhile holiday is to make a generous donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation International. If you have a special talent, or just want to volunteer to help, contact the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Who knows, your special talent might just fulfill the wish of a special child.

Shrimp Scampi Day 

Scampi is a culinary name for a kind of small lobster, also known as Norway lobster, Dublin Bay prawn, langoustine or, to avoid ambiguity, “true scampi”. The name is often used loosely to describe a style of preparation typical for this lobster.
In the America, “scampi” is often the menu name for a style of shrimp in Italian-American cuisine. The term “scampi”, by itself, is also the name of a dish served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served either with bread or over pasta or rice. Most variants of the “shrimp scampi” come on pasta.
The word “scampi” is often construed as that style of preparation and not an ingredient, with that preparation being called “shrimp scampi”. Since we are in America, I have to assume that Shrimp Scampi Day refers to the American version of scampi.
Confession: I couldn’t wait to celebrate this holiday. Although, as many of you know, I dislike seafood as a general rule, I do enjoy the occasional crustacean. Shrimp Scampi is no exception to this rule. I had Shrimp Scampi as an add-on to my main course in celebration of  Prime Rib Day earlier this week. Anyway, Shrimp scampi is easy to make, so enjoy some for dinner tonight. Below is a recipe if you’re feeling adventurous and want to make it at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of cleaned shell-free jumbo shrimp
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Peppercorns
  •  tsp butter
  • ¼ c white wine of preference
  • ¼ t lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 t parsley, chopped fine

Directions:

  1. Arrange the shrimp in a small pan so they’re flat and spaced evenly throughout.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter.
  3. Sprinkle the shrimp with salt and pepper then place it in the pan.
  4. Cook the shrimp for a full minute on one side, then flip them over and cook for two more minutes.
  5. Remove shrimp from the heat and place them in the bowl (or the serving plates), reserving the butter in the pan.
  6. Pour the white wine and lemon juice into the pan, stirring to deglaze the pan and bring it to a boil.
  7. Let it simmer until it begins to thicken.
  8. Stir in the zest of the lemon and the chopped parsley and pour the results over the shrimp.

Feel free to copy and paste the recipe and add it to your collection. Enjoy!

More Holidays

On This Date:

  • In 1813 – Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
  • In  1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus was published.
  • In 1861 – The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union.
  • In 1862 – New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
  • In 1879 – In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.
  • In 1927 – Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.
  • In 1941 – The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.
  • In 1945 – In a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married. Hitler designated Admiral Karl Doenitz his successor.
  • In 1945 – The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
  • In 1952 – IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders that IBM was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. This monstrosity filled an entire room. These days, your smartphone has more computing power.
  • In 1961 – ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” premiered.
  • In 1968 – The musical Hair debuts on Broadway. As a portrait of the 1960s hippie counterculture and the sexual revolution, it was highly controversial at the time. Some of the musical’s songs became anthems of the peace movement during the Vietnam War.
  • In 1974 – U.S. President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
  • In 1975 – The United States embassy in Vietnam was evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fought their way into Saigon. Hubert van Es took the, now famous, picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop.
    The image shows South Vietnamese civilians employed by the United States trying to escape Saigon on the day before the city’s fall. It came to symbolize the American defeat in Vietnam.
  • In 1981 – Steve Carlton, of the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.
  • In 1984 – In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests.
  • In 1985 – Billy Martin was hired, for the fourth time, as manager of the New York Yankees.
  • In 1986 – Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.
  • In 1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.
  • In 1990 – The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
  • In 1992 – Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. in the ensuing riot, 54 people were killed in 3 days.
  • In 1997 – Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged.
  • In 1997 – The Chemical Weapons Convention became effective. The arms control treaty prohibited the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons. It has so far been ratified by some 190 countries.
  • In 1997 – Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first United States-Russian space walk.
  • In 2003 – Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.

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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