April 30th – Let’s Be Honest

April 30, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my honest friends. Today is Sunday, April 30, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Honesty Day

April is a month that starts out with frivolous deceit, white lies, and trickery on April Fool’s Day. Therefore, it only seems fitting that it ends with an appeal for honesty.
Former press secretary M. Hirsh Goldberg of Maryland created this holiday back in the early 1990’s as part of the process of writing his book The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed the Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives. The concept for this holiday was simple, ask direct questions without ulterior motives, and expect honest answers. While being totally honest can oftentimes strain relationships, it’s the first step toward healing wounds and creating the communication that brings understanding.
In my humble opinion, “Honesty is the best policy” is not some trite adage to be spewed out at your convenience. Honestly, if this holiday were celebrated by everyone, every day, the world would be a better place. Now, if we could only convince our Politicians, and even the media, of that fact.

Bugs Bunny Day

On this date in 1938, Bugs Bunny made his first appearance, in a cartoon. The cartoon was “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. His character was an instant success, but audiences had to wait until July 27, 1940, before a cartoon featuring that “wascally wabbit” as the main character was made. The cartoon was titled, “A Wild Hare”. Happy 79th birthday Bugs.

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates one’s own personal hairstyle. Each individual develops their own unique hairstyle over time that reflects their personality. Some people change their hairstyle often, trying to keep up with the latest trend. Others keep the same basic hairstyle throughout most their entire adult lives, changing only when genetics dictates that they do so.
Among the most famous hairstyles were the “beehive” and “pixie cut” for women, and the “crew cut” for men in the 1950′s. In the 1960’s, long straight hair for both men and women was in vogue. In the 1980’s, the “mullet” became popular. The “Mr. Clean” look came into vogue for men in the mid 1990′s.
Thanks to genetics, I was a pioneer of the “Mr. Clean” hairstyle decades before it caught on in the general populace. No matter the hairstyle you chose, today is the day to appreciate it. If you are unhappy with your hairstyle choice, today is the day to change it. But remember: God only made a few perfect heads; the rest he covered with hair to disguise his mistakes.

Pet Parent’s Day

Pet Parent’s Day is always celebrated on the last Sunday in April and salutes those who love and nurture their pets every day. If you consider your pet(s) a part of the family, then this holiday is the day to celebrate that fact. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the poop you’ve scooped, cat litter you’ve sifted, the kibble you’ve dished out, and for sharing your cramped bed with your beloved furbabies. Good luck getting them to take you to dinner or send you flowers though — Just knowing that they love you unconditionally and worship the ground upon which you walk should be reward enough. Spend a little extra quality time with your pet today; and every other day for that matter. Your time with them is limited, so spend as much time with them as possible; not only for your sake but for theirs as well.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

In today’s world of digital photography, pinhole photography, one of the earliest methods of capturing images, seems archaic. These days, you can take professional-quality pictures with your smartphone without even using film, so, why would you even care about a holiday like this? The answer, I guess is nostalgia. Did you ever build a pinhole camera, either as a class project or as a ‘rainy day’ activity when you were young?
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is a holiday celebrated on the last Sunday in April to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. A pinhole camera is simply a light-thigh container (box, can, etc) with a tiny hole in one side (as a camera lens) and any photosensitive surface in it. The effects you can create with a pinhole camera, a little practice and a lot of trial and error are amazing.

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

Oats were likely first eaten by the Scottish people. England and other countries looked down on the Scots for eating something used as animal feed, but as it turns out that the Scots were right; oats are a healthy and nutritious food.
Oatmeal cookies came from Bannocks, a flat cake eaten by the ancient people of Scotland during the 5th century. During the middle ages, the Scots added spices, raisins, and nuts to the Bannocks that came to be known as oat cakes. The Quaker Oats company popularized oat cakes in the early 1900’s in the United States by printing the recipe on their Oatmeal packages. The recipe was reformulated twice more by Quaker Oats in the 1900’s to bring us the Oatmeal cookie recipe we love today.

National Raisin Day

People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events.
Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heat wave destroyed acres and acres of California grape vines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply.
Although raisins are a delicious, sweet, and healthy snack, the word raisin is not the most appealing word in the English language and does not do justice to the food it represents. Being the consummate hippie-dippy “new age” guy that I am, I prefer to use the term “sun-dried grapes”. Whatever term you prefer, enjoy some raisins today; perhaps as an ingredient in your oatmeal cookie recipe.

More Holidays

On this date:

  • In 0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
  • In 1789 – George Washington took office as first elected United States President. Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City.
  • In 1803 – The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
  • In 1812 – Louisiana admitted as the 18th state.
  • In 1864 – Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks’ troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • In 1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
  • In 1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official United States territory.
  • In 1900 – Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train “Cannonball Express.”
  • In 1916 – Germany and its World War I allies became the first countries to use daylight saving time (DST). The rationale was to save energy to aid the war effort. Other European countries, such as the United Kingdom, first introduced DST later that year.
  • In 1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the “General Pershing Zephyr.”
  • In 1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
  • In 1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prize-fight referee.
  • In 1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
  • In 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
  • In 1947 – The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed to Hoover Dam.
  • In 1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
  • In 1970 – United States troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by President Nixon led to widespread protests.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon announced the resignation of H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
  • In 1975 – The fall of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War. As Communist forces gained control of Saigon, South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh, who had only been in office for 2 days, surrendered unconditionally.
  • In 1991 – An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.
  • In 1993 – CERN announces that World Wide Web protocols will remain free. By offering the software required to operate a web server with an open license, the European organization ensured its dissemination, and the WWW flourished
  • In 1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. Although the stab wound proved to be relatively harmless, the psychological ramifications meant that Seles did not play any tournaments for over two years. The obsessed man called himself a fan of second-ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence.
  • In 1997 – ABC aired the “coming out” episode of the sitcom “Ellen.” The title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she was a lesbian.
  • In 1998 – In the United States, Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on a ValuJet aircraft that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.

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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