June 4th – Hug Your Cat Day

June 4, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning feline fanciers. Today is Sunday, June 4, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Hug your Cat Day

Hug Your Cat Day celebrates our cuddly, purring pals that provide us with a constant stream of entertainment and/or annoyance.
In Ancient Egypt, cats were revered and even worshiped as symbols of grace and poise. National Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect opportunity to put your cat on a pedestal and thank him/her for all those times he/she has curled up next to you after a long day.
Besides, showing your furry feline friend some affection is actually healthy for you. Studies have shown that cuddling with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease stress, and cats are no exception.
To celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day, give your feline furbaby a nice big hug – and while you’re at it, throw in some grooming, some extra treats, a new toy, and maybe a little catnip.

Children’s Awareness Memorial Day

Children’s Awareness Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in June. It is a holiday set aside each year to remember all of America’s children who have died as a result of violence.
If you have suffered the loss of a child, Children’s Awareness Memorial Day is a day to bring flowers to the gravesite. If you know someone who has suffered the loss of a child, reach out to them today. It is a day to mourn and reach out to those in need of support.

Shopping Cart Day

Shopping Cart Day commemorates the date in 1937 when Sylvan Goldman created the first shopping cart. As the owner of Oklahoma City area Humpty Dumpty Stores, Mr. Goodman was trying to devise a way to make shopping more convenient for his customers. He found a wooden folding chair and put a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs. Then, along with Fred Young, one of his employees, he began tinkering with other ideas. Their first shopping cart was a metal frame that held two wire baskets. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”. Another mechanic, Arthur Kosted, developed a method to mass-produce the carts by inventing an assembly line capable of forming and welding the wire. The cart was awarded a patent on April 9, 1940.
Although today we take shopping carts for granted, Mr. Goodman’s shopping carts were not an immediate success. Men found them to be “too effeminate” while his female shoppers found them too reminiscent of pushing baby carriages. However, in a marketing coup, he hired several male and female models to push his new invention around his store and demonstrate their utility, as well as greeters to explain their use, and soon, his shopping carts became extremely popular and Goldman became a multimillionaire.

Old Maid’s Day 

Old Maid’s Day does not refer to the popular children’s card game. The concept for this holiday came about right after the end of WWII. Millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies were not getting younger as they awaited the return of their GI.  The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home at all. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It is from these occurrences that Old Maid’s Day emerged.
With the “liberation” of women propagated by the Women’s movement in the late 1960’s, this holiday seems archaic in today’s society. No longer is the stigma of “Old Maid” acceptable. In fact, it is considered degrading to women. Many women are eschewing the societal norms of yesteryear and are choosing to educate themselves and start their careers before they even consider marriage, or are foregoing marriage altogether.
Whether or not you agree with this current trend, it is an undeniable fact of life. So be careful, very, very careful, where, and with whom, you decide to celebrate this holiday lest you be branded a misogynist or worse.

National Cheese Day 

National Cheese Day is a cheesy holiday which, oddly enough, celebrates that delicious dairy product, cheese. Cheese is an ancient food whose origin predates recorded history. This link will take you to a website where you can learn more. If you have a favorite kind of cheese, this link will take you to a website where you can learn about the history of many different varieties of cheese, probably including yours.
To celebrate this holiday, simply enjoy some of your favorite type of cheese in your favorite recipe — perhaps a cheese omelet for breakfast, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and/or Mac & Cheese for dinner. Now, I’m going to ‘cut the cheese’ and move on to the next holiday.

National Frozen Yogurt Day 

National Frozen Yogurt Day celebrates that delicious, frosty, refreshing dessert, frozen yogurt; aka “fro yo” in today’s vernacular. Frozen yogurt is a frozen dessert similar to ice cream except made with much healthier yogurt, combined with other different flavorings and ingredients of your choosing, then frozen; with or without the aid of an ice-cream freezer.
To celebrate this holiday, buy some frozen yogurt at your favorite supermarket, ye olde ice cream shoppe, one of the myriad “fro yo” shops springing up across America, or if you feel adventurous, try making some at home. A simple search for “frozen yogurt” in your favorite search engine will yield about a bazillion jillion different recipes.

National Cognac Day

Cognac is an expensive brandy, named after the town of Cognac in France. Cognac comes from the double distillation of white wine made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and/or Colombard grapes. Aside from being a popular beverage used in a variety of different cocktails or sipped straight; it is very popular with chefs worldwide. It is used in a variety of gourmet recipes from cookies to seafood, to risotto, and so many more.
To celebrate National Cognac Day, have some cognac; either as a beverage of in one of your recipes.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1674 – Horse racing was prohibited in Massachusetts.
  • In 1717 – The Freemasons were founded in London.
  • In 1783 – The Montgolfier brothers demonstrated the first hot air balloon. The flight of the Montgolfier lasted only about 10 minutes, but it secured the French inventors a place in the history books.
  • In 1784 – Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet.
  • In 1812 – The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri Territory.
  • In 1896 – Henry Ford made a successful test drive of his new car in Detroit, MI. The vehicle was called a quadricycle.
  • In 1917 – The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded. Every year, the prestigious award honors outstanding journalistic achievements. It was established with money bequeathed to Columbia University by publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
  • In 1919 – The Senate passed the Women’s Suffrage bill.
  • In 1931 – The first rocket-glider flight was made by William Swan in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • In 1939 – The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels.
  • In 1942 – The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.
  • In 1944 – The U-505 became the first enemy submarine captured by the U.S. Navy.
  • In 1947 – The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes.
  • In 1974 – The Cleveland Indians had “Ten Cent Beer Night”. Due to the drunken and unruly fans, the Indians forfeited the game to the Texas Rangers.
  • In 1974 – Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army.
  • In 1984 – Bruce Springsteen released his album “Born in the U.S.A.”. The album was Springsteen’s most successful. It featured hits like “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Dancing in the Dark”, and “I’m on Fire”.
  • In 1984 – For the first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open golf tournament.
  • In 1985 – The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law that provided for a daily minute of silence in public schools.
  • In 1986 – Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pled guilty in Washington to spying for Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison.
  • In 1986 – The California Supreme Court approved a law that limited the liability of manufacturers and other wealthy defendants. It was known as the “deep pockets law.”
  • In 1989 – In Beijing, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush the pro-democracy movement. Using assault rifles and tanks, Chinese troops massacred unarmed civilians who had taken part in the protests. It is believed that hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators were killed.
  • In 1989 – Poland held its first free elections since World War II.  The landslide victory of the Polish trade union, “Solidarity”, marked the beginning of the Autumn of Nations, a wave of revolutions resulting in the fall of communism.
  • In 1992 – The U.S. Postal Service announced that people preferred the “younger Elvis” stamp design in a nationwide vote.
  • In 2003 – The House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban “partial-birth” abortions.

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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