May 14th – Happy Mothers Day

May 14, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone who has, or once had a mother. Today is Sunday, May 14, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Mother’s Day

The first holiday today is, of course, Mother’s Day. If you didn’t already know this and haven’t made the appropriate preparations, you’re probably in trouble. Mother’s Day is our opportunity to celebrate moms, wives, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, and all the wonderful people who have mothered us over the years.
In England and other parts of Europe, people have celebrated “Mothering Sunday” since the 16th century. Our modern American holiday is a relatively recent tradition in comparison. In 1912, a woman named Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia declared the first Mother’s Day in the United States. The first nationally celebrated Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 10th, 1908. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official by designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
If your mother is still alive, spend time with her today. Candy, flowers and a gift are nice, but probably all she really wants is to spend time with her children. Prepare her favorite meal for her, or take her out to a nice restaurant. If she does not live nearby, have a long conversation with her over the telephone. Be sure to tell her how much she means to you and how special she is.
If she has passed on, gather as many of your family members together as possible (use an online video chat service such as Skype if you need to), and tell your favorite stories about her. Also, visit her grave and leave flowers.

Not that it matters much, but there are some other holidays to celebrate today…in case you’re a soulless, scum-sucking dirtball who doesn’t want to honor their mother.

Mothers at the Wall Day

Mothers at the Wall Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is a day for mothers who lost a child to the Vietnam war…but has also been expanded to include mothers who lost a child in any war. There is nothing more devastating that losing your child. Each year, a ceremony is held on Mother’s Day at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. If you have lost a child to any war, you have the heartfelt sympathies of an entire nation.

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the “signature song” of composer John Philip Sousa. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day commemorates the inaugural performance of this song on this date in 1897. The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, PA. President William McKinley was present for the performance.
According to his biography “Marching Along”, he composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever” at sea on Christmas Day in 1896 as he was returning to the United States from a vacation in Europe. By an act of Congress in 1987, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is the official National March of the United States.

Underground America Day

Underground America Day does not refer to those radical fringe groups from both sides of the political spectrum who try to live their lives “underground”; without the scrutiny of “big brother”. Instead, it takes a much more literal approach. Underground America Day, a time to honor the 6,000 or so North Americans who make their homes not only on the Earth but in it.
One of the top advantages of living underground is energy conservation.  Completely covered homes or Earth-sheltered homes are covered on all sides with earth while earth-bermed homes leave one side exposed. Both provide natural insulation and allow for more stable temperatures within the home and less exposure to the elements.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages as well.  If you enjoy lots of sunlight and throwing open the windows on a summer day to create a natural breeze, you should probably opt for more conventional type dwellings.
Underground America Day was created in 1974 by architect Malcolm Wells. ”I woke up one day to the fact that the Earth’s surface was made for living plants, not industrial plants.”
Here are some ways to celebrate Underground America Day, in the unlikely event that you might be so inclined.

1) Eat root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and parsnips.
2) Learn about moles, gophers, and other subterranean species.
3) Dig for buried treasure in your backyard.
4) Look down a well.
5) Have a party in your basement.

Dance Like a Chicken Day (aka Chicken Dance Day)

Although you probably don’t want to admit it, you all have danced the Chicken Dance at least once in your life. This goofy dance is a popular favorite at kid’s birthday parties, bat mitzvahs, weddings, and other social gatherings. You may not even be aware that you have danced to this song because it has many names – Chicken Dance Song, Duck Dance, Der Ententanz, and Dance Little Bird to name a few. Here is a link to the song to which I refer.
Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordion player, wrote the basic melody for the Chicken Dance song in the late 1950’s. In 1963, he began performing it at his restaurant. The people who bravely stood up and danced along often used sporadic movements that reminded Thomas of ducks and chickens. By the time the Chicken Dance arrived in America in the 1970’s, it had transformed into a set of movements with repeated “beak”, “wing”, and “tail” movements.
Today, the Chicken Dance has earned a fond place in the playlist of cheesy party dance songs. Other favorites typically include the Hokey Pokey, the Electric Slide, and the Macarena.

National Veal Ban Action Day

Dr. Alex Hershaft founded the Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM, now renamed the Farm Animal Rights Movement). FARM’s first campaign was National Veal Ban Action Day, observed every year since 1981 on Mother’s Day, to highlight the cruelty inherent in veal production. Veal calves are tethered from birth and fed an iron-deficient diet to produce the white flesh characteristic of veal. Since its founding, FARM has been a pioneer and a leader in the campaign against animal agriculture.

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

If you hear the word ‘biscuit’, what do you think about? If you are British, chances are you think of a cookie, but, here in America, the word has an entirely different meaning. Biscuits are a form of quick bread (it doesn’t need yeast to rise) about the size of dinner rolls.
Biscuits, particularly buttermilk biscuits, are a staple of southern cuisine. They are often served as a side-dish (chicken and biscuits); for breakfast as a bread, with butter; or with country gravy as the main course.
I have two favorite ways to enjoy biscuits. The first is fresh from the oven, slathered with butter and honey. The second is with my sausage gravy. While I’m at it, here is one of my favorite Buttermilk Biscuit recipes.

More Holidays

Lag B’omer  (for my Jewish friends).

On This Date 

  • In 1787 – Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1796 – The first smallpox vaccination was administered by Edward Jenner. The British physician successfully inoculated an 8-year-old smallpox patient using material from a cowpox lesion. The word “vaccine” is derived from the Latin word for cow (Vacca).
  • In 1804 – William Clark set off on an expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or  “Corps of Discovery.”
  • In 1853 – Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
  • In 1862 – The chronograph was patented by Adolphe Nicole.
  • In 1874 – McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.
  • In 1878 – The name Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
  • In 1897 – Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.
  • In 1904 – In St. Louis, the ‘modern’ Olympic games were held. It was the first time for the games to be played in the U.S.
  • In 1913 – The Rockefeller Foundation was created by John D. Rockefeller with a gift of $100,000,000.
  • In 1942 – The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • In 1948 – Israel became an independent state. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independent State of Israel as British rule in Palestine came to an end. The announcement by Prime Minister, Ben-Gurion, triggered a 10-month armed conflict known as the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. It started the day after the proclamation as troops of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, and Iraq invaded the young nation.
  • In 1955 – The Warsaw Pact was established. Eight communist bloc countries signed the mutual defense treaty, which played an important role during the Cold War as an antagonist of NATO.
  • In 1961 – A bus carrying Freedom Riders was bombed and burned in Alabama.
  • In 1970 – The Red Army Faction (RAF) began operations. The German left-wing activist group grew out of the peace and anti-imperialist movement of the 1960’s. In reaction to the violent oppression by the German state, they later began operating as a terrorist cell and are responsible for several murders.
  • In 1973 – Skylab One was launched into orbit around Earth. The first United States’ first space station crashed back to Earth on July 11, 1979, four years ahead of schedule. In its six years of service, the laboratory was used for many biomedical and technological experiments.
  • In 1975 – U.S. forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. All 40 crew members were released safely by Cambodia. About 40 U.S. servicemen were killed in the military operation.
  • In 1980 – President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In 1985 – The first McDonald’s restaurant became the first fast-food business museum. It is located in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • In 1992 – Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev addressed members of the U.S. Congress, appealing to them to pass a bill to aid the people of the former Soviet Union.
  • In 1998 – The Associated Press marked its 150th anniversary.
  • In 1998 – The last episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” aired after nine years on NBC.
  • In 1999 – North Korea returned the remains of six U.S. soldiers that had been killed during the Korean War.

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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