June 2nd – “Wassup Bubba”

June 2, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bumpkins. Today is Friday, June 2,  2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Bubba Day 

Officially, Bubba is a nickname (a derivative of brother) used mainly in the South. It is usually given to the eldest son to designate his ranking in the family. Linguist Ian Hancock points out that the word buhbuh from the language of African-Americans in the isolated Sea Islands of South Carolina may account for the “bubba” of the American South. Robert Ferguson notes in his book “English Surnames” that bubba corresponds with the German word bube, meaning, a boy.
Because of its association with the southern part of the United States, bubba is also often used outside the South as a pejorative to mean a person of low economic status and limited education. Bubba may also be taken to mean one who is a “good ol’ boy.” In the US Army and Marines, bubba can mean a lay soldier, similar to “grunt”, but with connotations of endearment instead of derision (For example, “Can you make that device easier to work with, ‘cus every bubba is gonna have to use it”). At times, it may be used as a term of endearment (or in an insulting sense) for a person, especially a man, who is either overweight or has a seemingly powerful large body frame. In gun culture, Bubba is a term used for a person who permanently alters or modifies historic firearms, with no regard for its historical value. The word bubba exists in other languages and carries similar meanings. Bubba is common in Australia and New Zealand as a noun or pronoun to refer affectionately to a baby.
Today is the day to embrace your “inner Bubba”.
Factoid: In Yiddish, Bubba means grandmother so my female readers can embrace their “inner bubba” as well.

American Indian Citizenship Day

With Congress’ passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, on this date in 1924, the United States government conferred citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country.
Before the Civil War, citizenship was often limited to Native Americans of one-half or less Indian blood. In the Reconstruction period, progressive Republicans in Congress sought to accelerate the granting of citizenship to friendly tribes, though state support for these measures was often limited. In 1888, most Native American women married to U.S. citizens were conferred with citizenship, and in 1919 Native American veterans of World War I were offered citizenship. In 1924, the Indian Citizenship Act, an all-inclusive act, was passed by Congress. The privileges of citizenship, however, were largely governed by state law, and the right to vote was often denied to Native Americans in the early 20th century.
The 1965 Voting Rights Act brought an end to some of these efforts to deprive or dilute Indian votes, and amendments to the law in 1975 and 1982 blocked specific states’ efforts to deprive Indian people of the vote. Unfortunately, there are still individuals in Western states who are trying to deny Indians their right to vote, as noted in a recent New York Times editorial.  These efforts are presently being challenged in court. They contend that since Native Americans aren’t required to pay taxes, they aren’t entitled to representation…”No Representation without Taxation” — an evil twist on the “No Taxation Without Representation” mantra of the founding of this great nation. The struggle by Native Americans to acquire their civil rights continues and the struggle warrants more attention than it has garnered. I find this to be unconscionable.

National Leave the Office Early Day

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American worker works about 49 hours a week — 350 more hours per year than the average European worker and 70 hours more per year than the average Japanese worker. Americans are also working more than their parents did. With shorter vacations, and more people logging in on their home computers, the average annual work schedule has increased 163 hours since the 1970’s. That’s more than an extra month of work each year. What a depressing commentary on contemporary life.
National Leave the Office Early Day encourages workers to, at least for today, strive to leave work on time. It was created in 2005 by  Laura Stack, a corporate consultant who has worked with Coca-Cola, Coors, Lucent Technologies and other large companies. Ms. Stack says “It’s not about changing jobs or being less productive, it’s about being more productive in the hours that you’re actually scheduled to work.” She points out that a recent study of Microsoft Corp. found that workers average only three productive days a week. Many workers get hyper-productive before they start a vacation so that everything is in place beforehand, and can actually get away and relax. Ms. Stack contends that if you harness that energy and focus in everyday situations you can have more free time every week.

“I Love My Dentist” Day

I Love My Dentist” Day celebrates your dentist and all of the (often disgusting) things that he/she has to do to keep your smile intact. One painful fact of life is that you only get one set of permanent teeth. Your dentist is the person who helps you keep them healthy.
You should already have in place a daily oral care regimen to prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease. If you don’t, then you deserve all of the torture a dentist will inflict upon you when that toothache finally becomes unbearable and you are inevitably forced to finally visit a dentist. Your dentist is the one who will have to reach into that diseased maw and repair all of the damage you’ve done through your years of neglect.
So yes, your dentist does deserve a special day to honor all that they do, and “I Love My Dentist” Day is that day. And, if it is nearly time for your annual/semi-annual check-up, call and schedule it today.

National Doughnut (Donut) Day

You don’t have to be a member of Law Enforcement to enjoy a good doughnut. A doughnut is a pastry, a small, fried ring of sweet, leavened dough. Doughnuts leavened with baking powder (cake doughnuts) are denser than the fluffier, yeast-leavened (raised) doughnuts.
National Doughnut Day is observed on the first Friday of June each year. National Doughnut Day began as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 1938. It honors all of the female volunteers who served doughnuts to soldiers behind the front lines during World War I.
It is often mistakenly thought that these doughnuts handed out to US enlisted men in World War I is the origin of the term doughboy in reference to soldiers, but the term doughboy has been documented to be in use since as early as the Mexican-American War of 1846–47.
There are many types of doughnuts. Just a few examples include Bismarcks or jelly doughnuts, raised doughnuts leavened with yeast, squares and twists, cake doughnuts, crullers (made from twisted cake doughnut dough) and French doughnuts made with cream-puff pastry dough. Doughnuts can be filled or unfilled, plain, glazed or iced.
The Dutch are credited with inventing the doughnut. The original recipe, without a hole, was merely dough dropped into hot oil. It was originally called an olykoek, or oily cake. The first written reference to “doughnut” is in Washington Irving’s 1809 in History of New York, where he writes of “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.” The first known printed record of the shortened “donut” appears in “Peck’s Bad Boy And His Pa,” a story by George W. Peck published in 1900. The doughnut with a hole that we all know and love today was invented in 1847. As the story goes, a 16-year-old American boy named Hanson Gregory used the top of a round tin pepper container to punch the holes so the dough would cook evenly. And the rest is history.
To celebrate National Donut Day, pick up a freshly baked donut or buy a box to share with your family…if there are any left by the time you get home.

National Rocky Road Day 

Rocky road ice cream is a delicious dessert with an interesting culinary history. In 1929 after the stock market crash, a man named William Dreyer (the founder of Dreyer Ice Cream) calmed his Black Thursday nerves by creating the original rocky road. He mixed chunky almonds, mini marshmallows, and delicious milk chocolate ice cream to create a new ice cream flavor that would make people smile despite the tough economic times. It instantly became an American favorite and soon became popular all over the world. In Australia, people add jam to their rocky road ice cream, and in the England, they add cherries and raisins.
Although ice cream is the most common, there are other forms of Rocky Road. There are Rocky Road brownies, fudge, a popular candy bar, and for a short time in the 1980′s, a breakfast cereal. The original Rocky Road dessert was first created in Australia in 1853. Unscrupulous businessmen took confectionery items that had been spoiled by their journey from Europe and mixed them with local nuts as well as low-quality chocolate. The name Rocky Road was used in reference to the “rocky road” that travelers used in order to access the outback.
Whichever form of Rocky Road you prefer, have something “Rocky Road” related today. I like the ice cream myself, so I’m off to the store to stock up.

National Rotisserie Chicken Day

Rotisserie chicken is cooked whole on a rotisserie or spit that turns it continuously while a heat source cooks it slowly. This type of cooking sears the skin to seal in the flavor, resulting in a tender and juicy chicken. Rotisserie chicken is often injected with a blend of seasonings to give it, even more,  flavor. The popularity of rotisserie chicken continues to grow as its health benefits become more widely known.
National Rotisserie Day was submitted by Boston Market Restaurants in April 2015. The Registrar of National Day Calendar declared June 2nd as National Rotisserie Chicken Day in May 2015.
In a serendipitous turn of events, Safeway had whole chickens on sale last week for 99¢ a pound, so I bought one. At last another opportunity to use my Ronco Showtime Rotisserie –one of the few inventions of Ron Popeil that actually worked as advertised (Set it and forget it)! I’m still debating whether or not to use the “flavor injector” that came with it.

National Fish and Chips Day

National Fish and Chips Day is a relatively new holiday celebrated for the first time in the British Commonwealth last year (2016). I mention it here because many of us in America can trace our roots back to the British Empire…and also, Fish and Chips are delicious.
Fish and Chips became popular in the late 1800’s when “trawl fishing” became a major industry in the North Atlantic. With the increased availability of fresh fish, not only in seaports but inland as well, the price of fish naturally went down. Cheap, filling, аnd high caloric foods are the foundation fоr working-class laborers thаt held incredibly physically demanding jobs. Thuѕ, “Fish and Chips” carts started cropping up all over major population centers. Soon, Fish and Chips spread all over thе world аnd some variation of the dish is found in almost every nation’s cuisine. In thе America’s Fish and Chips can be found in everything from corner burger shops аѕ part оf their fry menu to some оf thе most upscale restaurants whiсh provide them with оnlу thе bеѕt cod аnd sides. Today, Fish and Chips is really a meal thаt crosses all thе boundaries оf culture, class, аnd status.
You don’t need to be a brain sturgeon surgeon to know how to celebrate National Fish and Chips Day. As I mentioned earlier, this holiday is primarily celebrated in the British Commonwealth, but whether you have roots there or not, as a former colony, I see no reason why we in America can’t celebrate National Fish and Chips Day too…so have some Fish and Chips today.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1774 – The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was enacted.
  • In 1847 – Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March was played at a wedding for the first time. Dorothy Carew and Tom Daniel were the first to use the iconic piece for their wedding ceremony. The event that made the work world famous was the wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal and Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858.
  • In 1851 – Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
  • In 1883 – The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • In 1886 – Grover Cleveland became the second President to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.
  • In 1897 – Mark Twain, at age 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” He was responding to the rumors that he had died.
  • In 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the first swimming pool to be built inside the White House.
  • In 1935 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball.
  • In 1941 – Lou Gehrig succumbed to his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.
  • In 1946 – Italy became a parliamentary republic. The transition from a monarchy to today’s Italian Republic was affected by the favorable outcome of a referendum, in which 89 percent of Italians, also including women for the first time, took part.
  • In 1953 – Elizabeth was crowned queen of England. The coronation in London’s Westminster Abbey was the first televised major international event in history. Elizabeth’s accession to the throne followed the death of her father, King George VI, 16 months previously.
  • In 1954 – Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
  • In 1957 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was interviewed by CBS-TV.
  • In 1966 – Surveyor 1, the United States space probe, landed on the moon and started sending photographs back to Earth of the Moon’s surface. It was the first soft landing on the Moon.
  • In 1967 – Benno Ohnesorg was killed. A police officer shot the unarmed German student at a demonstration against the state visit of the controversial Shah of Iran. It later ruled that the shooting was not an act of self-defense. The event was pivotal for the foundation of the terrorist organization “Movement 2 June”.
  • In 1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit a communist country. Millions of spectators lined the streets of Warsaw as the Pope began his nine-day tour of his native Poland.
  • In 1985 – Tommy Sandt was ejected from a major-league baseball game before the national anthem was played. He had complained to the umpire about a call against his team the night before.
  • In 1995 – Captain Scott F. O’Grady’s U.S. Air Force F-16C was shot down by Bosnian Serbs. He was rescued six days later.
  • In 1998 – Royal Caribbean Cruises agreed to pay $9 million to settle charges of dumping waste at sea.
  • In 1998 – Voters in California passed Proposition 227. The act abolished the state’s 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English.
  • In 2003 – In Seville, Spain, a chest containing the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus were exhumed for DNA tests to determine whether the bones were really those of the explorer. The tests were aimed at determining if Columbus was currently buried in Spain’s Seville Cathedral or in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
  • In 2003 – The Supreme Court ruled that companies could not be sued under a trademark law for using information in the public domain without giving credit to the originator. The case had originated with 20th Century Fox against suing Dastar Corp. over their use of World War II footage.
  • In 2008 – Bo Diddley died at his home of heart failure at the age of 79.

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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