May 17th – Pack Rat Day

May 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning hoarders. Today is Wednesday, May 17th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Pack Rat Day

Pack Rat Day does not refer to that species of rodent which uses whatever materials are in its proximity in building their nests. Rather, it celebrates their human counterparts who have a hard time letting go (of things). Most of us find it difficult to let go of things, especially things with sentimental value. I am no exception. Although I don’t have a lot of material possessions, I do have the propensity to accumulate kitchen gadgets, office supplies, and camera equipment. Additionally, I still have, but do not use, the cedar chest that I built in the 8th grade, many of my dear departed mother’s nick knacks which were around the house as I was growing up, and many of her old cast iron pans and glass bakeware.
Pack Rat Day is the day to relish the fact that you had the foresight to hold on to items like these. Go through some of them today and let the memories flow. Remember, don’t throw away anything today. This holiday is all about celebrating your “pack-rattiness”.

World Telecommunications Day

The International Telegraph Union, an organization formed in 1865 to support the emerging communication methods of the time, has been present throughout all the great breakthroughs in communication – since the invention of the telephone in 1876, the launch of the first communications satellite in 1957 and, ultimately, the birth of the Internet. It remains the most important entity in the field of communications.
World Telecommunications Day is inexorably linked with the International Telegraph Union and celebrates the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives –communication. The goal of World Telecommunications Day is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. It also aims to increase awareness of how crucial communication is in our lives and stimulate the development of technologies in the field.

World Hypertension Day

For those of you who don’t know, hypertension is just the fancy way of saying ‘high blood pressure’. The recommended blood pressure for an average adult is 140/90 or less and for the hypertensive population with diabetes mellitus or chronic kidney disease without any other complications is 130/80 or less.
World Hypertension Day was created in 2005 by the World Hypertension League. Its purpose is to raise awareness of hypertension and to promote early detection, control, and prevention of the disease. Through such specific themes, the World Hypertension League ins trying to raise awareness, not only of hypertension but also of the factors that are contributing to the increase of hypertension cases and on ways to prevent it. This year’s theme is “healthy diet, healthy blood pressure”.
Hypertension has been linked to heart attacks, kidney disease, and strokes and can be fatal. I suffer from it, along with millions of others. To celebrate this holiday, do some research into hypertension; learn about its symptoms, and schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider today for a simple blood pressure check.

National Cherry Cobbler Day

Cherries are in season right now, so it is not surprising that today is National Cherry Cobbler Day. As I covered in another cobbler-related holiday last month, a cobbler is a basically a fruit pie without a bottom crust.
Back in the 19th century, pioneers of the American West had to adapt many recipes because of a severe lack of ingredients. The traditional pie evolved into the cobbler, which was often served as the main dish of the meal.
No one knows how cobblers got their name, but some culinary historians believe the name may have been inspired by their resemblance to cobblestones.

National Walnut Day

National Walnut Day was created by the Walnut Marketing Board in June of 1949 to promote walnuts and point out their nutritional value. In 1958, a Senate Resolution was signed by President Eisenhower designating May 17th as National Walnut Day.
Walnuts are a good source of fiber. They contain vitamin E and antioxidants. Walnuts reduce cholesterol and are beneficial to cardiovascular health. Due to their resemblance to a brain, in some cultures, walnuts also symbolize intelligence.
Whether in a salad, in a side dish, or by themselves, enjoy some walnuts today.

More Holidays 

On This Date 

  • In 1681 – Louis XIV sent an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.
  • In 1756 – Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
  • In 1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
  • In 1814 – Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Norway’s constitution, which provided a limited monarchy, was signed.
  • In 1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.
  • In 1877 – The first telephone switchboard burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T. Holmes.
  • In 1881 – Frederick Douglass was appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, DC.
  • In 1932 – Congress changed the name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico.”
  • In 1939 – The first fashion to be shown on television was broadcast in New York from the Ritz-Carleton Hotel.
  • In 1940 – Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.
  • In 1943 – The Royal Air Force dam busters wrecked three German dams. The RAF squadron used revolutionary bouncing bombs to avoid the torpedo nets protecting the dams. The audacious air raid was depicted in a 1954 war film.
  • In 1946 – President Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
  • In 1948 – The Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
  • In 1954 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal. Despite this landmark decision, de facto racial segregation remained for years in some areas of the country.
  • In 1972 – Germany ratified the Treaty of Warsaw. Chancellor Willy Brandt signed the treaty, by which Germany gives up any territorial claims and guarantees the Oder-Neisse line as the valid border to Poland.
  • In 1973 – The Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.
  • In 1980 – Rioting erupted in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. Eight people were killed in the rioting.
  • In 1985 – Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of “Dallas” on CBS-TV. He returned the following season.
  • In 1987 – An Iraqi warplane attacked the United States Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
  • In 1990 – The WHO deleted homosexuality from its list of mental diseases. Precisely 14 years later, the first same-sex marriages in the United States were performed as Massachusetts became the first state to legalize them.
  • In 1996 – President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan’s Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.
  • In 1998 – New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to pitch a perfect game.
    In 1999 – Ehud Barak became Prime Minister of Israel. During his tenure, Barak attempted to revive the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). However, his efforts were unsuccessful.
  • In 1999 – Eric Ford, a tabloid photographer, was sentenced to 6 months at a halfway house, 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service. The sentence stemmed from a charge that Ford had eavesdropped on a call between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and then had sold a recording of the conversation.
  • In 2000 – Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges stemming from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls.
  • In 2006 – The United States aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into man-made reefs and diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.

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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