June 9th – Donald Duck Day

June 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of animated domestic waterfowl. Today is Friday, June 9th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Donald Duck Day 

Donald is a classic Disney character beloved for his instantly recognizable voice and mischievous ways. Created in 1934, Donald Duck is one of the most popular Disney characters along with his best buddy Mickey Mouse. Donald has actually appeared in more movies and cartoons than any other Disney character, including Mickey.
Donald Duck Day celebrates the fact that on this date in 1934, Donald Duck made his first appearance in the cartoon “The Wise Hen”. Over the next twenty years, Donald made appearances in more than 150 theatrical films – including some that were recognized at the Academy Awards.
Donald Duck Day does not, as some believe, celebrate Donald’s “birthday”. According to a group of people with way too much time on their hands, his actual birthday is March 13th.  They arrived at this conclusion by deciphering clues in his cartoons; such as his license plate number (313), and in the cartoon “Donald’s Happy Birthday” his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, are sitting around trying to decide what to get “Unca’ Donald” for his birthday. The date circled on the calendar is March 13th.
You can celebrate this holiday by watching a few Donald Duck cartoons; they’re all over the internet. Perhaps, it would be a better idea to actually go to a park and feed some ducks. They get to enjoy the treats that you bring them, and you get to enjoy some time relaxing in the park. Win. Win.
Author’s Note: DO NOT feed the ducks in the park bread, chips, crackers, cereal, popcorn, etc. These can actually harm them. Instead, feed them things like cracked corn, rolled oats, cooked or uncooked rice, birdseed, grapes (cut into small pieces), thawed frozen peas or corn, or chopped up vegetable trimmings or peels. Only feed them foods in bite-sized pieces that they can easily eat.

National Marriage Day

The second Friday of June each year is set aside to honor the institution of marriage. Marriage in one form or another has existed since the creation/evolution of mankind, and it has never had just one meaning. Throughout history, what is termed “marriage” has differed from society to society. And this diversity has been in evidence, if not since the beginning of time, at least since the beginning of marriage itself, roughly some 4000 years ago. The fact that there are so many adjectives commonly used in conjunction with the word “marriage” lend gravitas to this fact — Traditional, religious, civil, arranged, gay, plural, group, open, heterosexual, common-law, interracial, same-sex, polygamous, and monogamous are all used to describe marriage today. As societies evolve, so do the parameters that define marriage.
Marriage can be sanctioned legally or religiously, and typically confers upon married people a special legal status with particular rights, benefits, and obligations. Access to this special status has changed over time. For example, it took until 1967 for the Supreme Court to legalize interracial marriage; while same-sex marriage, which for some time had been banned in many states or ignored in others, wasn’t ruled a constitutional right for all Americans until (2015)…and is still creating controversy.
In today’s ever-changing society, marriage means different things to different people, so you should celebrate National Marriage Day in any way that you deem appropriate…no matter what type of relationship you are in. It is not my place here to judge people for whatever they believe marriage to be, or express my opinion. Your opinions on marriage and how you choose to celebrate, or not celebrate, this holiday should be between you and your Deity, your government, your partner, or if you prefer, your gerbil.

National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day 

Who knew that you could combine fruit and vegetables to make a dessert? Well, that is exactly what strawberry-rhubarb pie is. We all know that strawberries are a fruit, and how delicious they are so I won’t dwell on them. Rhubarb though is actually a vegetable, a member of the sorrel family.
Even for a vegetable, rhubarb is quite tart. Before people figured out that you could sweeten it, rhubarb was used mainly in savory stews, soups, and sauces. The stalks are the only edible part of rhubarb. The leaves are mildly toxic (they contain oxalic acid).
Rhubarb grew wild in northwest China and was first cultivated about 5,000 years ago for medicinal purposes. It made its way west via Turkey and Russia and was first planted in England by an apothecary in 1777. Benjamin Franklin is credited with introducing rhubarb to the East Coast of America shortly afterward, and the first recipes for strawberry-rhubarb pie appeared about 30 years later in the early 1800’s.
Anyway, I am not a big fan of rhubarb. I’ll just have the strawberries…and the pie, please.

More holidays 

On This Date

  • In 1790 – John Barry copyrighted “Philadelphia Spelling Book.” It was the first American book to be copyrighted.
  • In 1860 – The book, “Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter” by Mrs. Ann Stevens, was offered for sale for a dime. It was the first published “dime novel.”
  • In 1870 – Renown author Charles Dickens died.
  • In 1928 – Charles Kingsford Smith completed the world’s first trans-Pacific flight. The Australian aviator and his 4-man crew had departed Oakland, California on the morning on May 31. Nine days later, after several stops, they landed safely in Brisbane.
  • In 1931 – Robert H. Goddard patented a rocket-fueled aircraft design.
  • In 1934 – Donald Duck made his film debut in The Wise Little Hen. The short-tempered duck typically wearing a sailor suit is one of Walt Disney’s most famous cartoon characters. Donald’s first book appearance was in The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, which was published in 1931.
  • In 1943 – The withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by Congress.
  • In 1945 – Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki declared that Japan would fight to the last rather than accept unconditional surrender.
  • In 1946 – Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned King of Thailand. As of 2014, he is the world’s longest reigning head of state, with nearly 70 years on the throne.
  • In 1946 – Mel Ott (with the New York Giants) became the first manager to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader.
  • In 1957 – Four Austrian climbers became the first to conquer Broad Peak. Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl reached the 26,414-foot high summit of one of the world’s highest mountains on the border of Pakistan and China.
  • In 1959 – The first ballistic missile carrying submarine, the USS George Washington, was launched.
  • In 1967 – Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. Israel’s occupation of the territory and the establishment of Israeli settlements in the area continue to hamper negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Middle East conflict.
  • In 1978 – Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.
  • In 1980 – Richard Pryor was severely burned by a “free-base” mixture that exploded. He was hospitalized more than two months.
  • In 1985 – Thomas Sutherland, an American educator, was kidnapped in Lebanon. He was not released until November 1991.
  • In 1986 – The Rogers Commission released a report on the Challenger disaster. The report explained that the spacecraft blew up as a result of a failure in a solid rocket booster joint.
  • In 2000 – Canada and the United States signed a border security agreement. The agreement called for the establishment of a border-enforcement team.
  • In 2000 – The House of Representatives voted to repeal gift and estate taxes. The bill called for the taxes to be phased out over 10 years.

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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