May 25th – ♪♪Dance, Dance, Dance♪♪

May 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning ‘hoofers’. Today is Thursday, May 25th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Tap Dance Day 

I’m not going to ‘tap dance’ around the subject. National Tap Dance Day could be interpreted to mean that this is a day to avoid, or “tap dance” around, problems or issues at home or with colleagues at work. However, if you chose that interpretation…you would be wrong.
National Tap Dance Day celebrates the birth date of Luther Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, one of the premier tap dancers of all time…born on this date in 1878. It was created as the result of a Joint Resolution of Congress declaring May 25th National Tap Dance Day. President George H. W. Bush signed it into law as a national day on November 7, 1989.
If you already know how to tap dance, retrieve your old tap shoes from that dusty box on the top shelf in your garage and brush up on your skills. If you have ever considered learning how to tap dance, today is the day to do so. If you don’t feel like taking up tap dancing today, you can still celebrate today by learning more about Mr. Robinson, learning more about tap dancing, and/or watching old films which include tap dancing (particularly ones featuring Mr. Robinson).

Geek Pride Day

Before we celebrate Geek Pride Day, I should probably define what a geek is. The word geek originally came from the Middle English meaning freak and has similar roots in German and Dutch. It then migrated to the United States and was often used to describe carnival performers. In the past decade or so it has morphed into a more positive connotation. In its current incarnation, the word geek refers to someone who enjoys and extensively purses a single area of study with great interest and energy – from computers to music, to film, to video games, or any other singular subject. While the term geek originally carried a negative connotation, recently, geeks have embraced their image and made being smart, “cool”.  Geeks will often bond together in homogenous groups based on mutual interests that cover almost any specialized topic.
Geek Pride Day was created in Spain in 2006, and soon spread worldwide via the internet. It is intended to promote geek culture and is celebrated annually on May 25th. In 2008, Geek Pride Day was officially celebrated in the United States for the first time, It was heralded by numerous bloggers, coalescing around the launch of the Geek Pride Day website. In 2009, Geek Pride Day received a further boost when it was acknowledged by the Science Channel, which aired special programming to celebrate Geek Pride Day events. In 2010, Geek Pride Day spread further, within cities as diverse as Halifax, Nova Scotia; Budapest, Hungary; Tel Aviv, Israel; Timişoara, Romania and San Diego, California. In 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden was added to the list when the city held a Geek Pride parade and it was decided that it would be an annual event. Also, in 2013, and annually since, a Meetup group in the New York City suburbs calling themselves the Westchester Geeks, has held a Geek Pride Day celebration.

Cookie Monster’s Birthday 

Actually, Cookie Monster’s Birthday celebrates the birthday of Frank Oz, the voice of the Cookie Monster from 1969 to 2002 (and occasionally since then). He (Frank Oz) was also the voice of many other iconic characters from Sesame Street like Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Grover, among others. He voiced the character of Yoda in the Star Wars films as well.
Author’s Note: There is another Cookie Monster’s Birthday on November 2nd. It marks his first appearance on Sesame Street.

National Wine Day  

Wine has been an important part of human history and culture for thousands of years. Archaeologists in Speyer, Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses in 1867. The bottle dates back to at least 325 AD. It is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany. To celebrate this holiday, visit a winery near you today. If you don’t live near a winery, have some wine at home with your dinner tonight.

National “Brown Bag it” Day 

Last Thursday, we celebrated Brown Bag It Thursday and I don’t know whether this is intended to be the same holiday or not. The general consensus of my sources indicate that today is National “Brown Bag it” Day, but Brown Bag It Thursday was listed in one of my most reliable sources last week, and National “Brown Bag it” Day is listed in the same reliable source for today, so maybe they are different holidays.
Notwithstanding all of that, let’s face it, fast-food restaurants and food trucks (“roach coaches”) aren’t particularly known for their healthy dining options. Most offer only foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Packing your own lunch for work or school is a great way to make sure you know that you are getting proper nutrition during the day.
Aside from negatively affecting your physical health, eating lunch at fast-food restaurants and on “roach coaches” day in and day out can negatively affect your financial health as well. Buying lunch every day is expensive. Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money.
To celebrate National “Brown Bag it” Day, pack your own healthy lunch today before you go to work/school. If you are retired, pack a lunch and go to a park.
Author’s Note: When packing your lunch, be sure to take into account the availability, or lack thereof, of a refrigerator, and make appropriate food choices. Food poisoning is nothing to be scoffed at.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1787 – The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
  • In 1844 – The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
  • In 1895 – Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet, and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.
  • In 1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
  • In 1927 – Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.
  • In 1935 – Babe Ruth hit his final home run, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.
  • In 1953 – In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
  • In 1963 – In Africa, 32 countries formed a coalition against white rule. The Organization of African Unity was founded to promote decolonization and end white minority governments in Africa. The OAU was replaced by the African Union in 2002.
    In 1961 – America was asked by President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
  • In 1968 – The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
  • In 1977 – An opinion piece by Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs appeared in “The Washington Post.” The article called for a national memorial to “remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons” that had served in the Vietnam War.
  • In 1977 – The first Star Wars film was released. George Lucas’ epic space franchise is one of the most popular in movie history.
  • In 1979 –Etan Patz disappeared. The disappearance and murder of the 6-year-old boy from New York City and the extensive publicity it received helped spark the missing children’s movement.
  • In 1979 – American Airlines flight 191 crashed shortly after takeoff. The photo showing the lopsided DC-10 hurtling towards the ground at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago is one of the most horrifying images in aviation history. All 258 people on board died.
  • In 1981 – Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago’s Sears Tower while wearing a “Spiderman” costume, in 7 1/2 hours.
  • In 1985 – Bangladesh was hit by a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.
  • In 1986 – Approximately 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America.”
  • In 1992 – Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
  • In 1997 – Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
  • In 1997 – Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.
  • In 1999 – A report by the House of Representatives Select Committee on National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China concluded that China had “stolen design information on the United States’ most advanced thermonuclear weapons” and that China’s penetration of America’s weapons laboratories “spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today.”
  • In 2000 – The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. signed a long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of an agreement.\
  • In 2001 – Erik Weihenmeyer, 32, of Golden, CO, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • In 2001 – Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • In 2002 – A China Airlines jumbo jet broke apart in mid-air. The Boeing 747 aircraft crashed into the Taiwan Strait, leaving no survivors among the 225 people on board. The accident was caused by improper repairs 22 years earlier, and the airplane was far beyond the serviceable life recommended by Boeing in terms of the number of flights, total hours in the air, and the number of years in service.
  • In 2006 – In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillings were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.

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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