June 10th – Ballpoint Pen Day

June 10, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning writing implement aficionados. Today is Saturday, June 10th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Ballpoint Pen Day 

Ballpoint Pen Day celebrates the fact that on this date in 1943, a journalist, Laszlo Biro and his brother, a chemist, developed the ballpoint pen. They took out a patent with the European Patent Office and made the first commercial models of Biro pens. The British government bought the rights to the patented pen so the Royal Air Force could use them. The pens wrote without a problem at high altitudes with reduced pressure, while fountain pens flooded. The ball served two functions: it acted as a cap to keep the ink from drying and it let the ink flow out of the pen at a controlled rate.
To celebrate Ballpoint Pen Day, give your keyboard a break and write notes to all of your friends and family with a ballpoint pen. You do still have one, don’t you?

International Young Eagles Day

International Young Eagles Day is observed each year on the second Saturday in June, but it has nothing at all to do with adolescent birds of prey.
International Young Eagles Day is a program created by the US Experimental Aircraft Association designed to give children between the ages of 8 to 17 an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane and educate children about aviation. The program is offered free of charge with donations and volunteers and was launched in 1992.
By 2014, this program had flown more than 1.9 million children in 90 countries. More than 43,000 pilots have participated in the program, donating their time and paying the full cost of providing the flights for the children in their own or rented aircraft. While some pilots have only flown a few Young Eagles there are many pilots who have flown more than three thousand children.

Alcoholics Anonymous Founders’ Day 

Alcoholics Anonymous Founders’ Day celebrates the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous on this date in 1935. Bill Wilson, a stockbroker from New York, and his friend Dr. Robert Smith were looking to find the best way to reform alcoholics. Both had problems controlling their drinking. Wilson had some success with the Oxford Group, (a national organization founded by Lutheran minister Dr. Frank Buchman that promoted waiting for divine guidance in every aspect of life) while residing in New York. While on a trip to Akron, OH in 1935, he met Dr. Robert Smith. Dr. Smith posited that alcoholism was not a defect in character or morality, but rather a disease. It was from these humble beginnings that Alcoholics Anonymous blossomed. They developed the now famous 12-step program to sobriety, and the organization grew into the nationwide organization that it is today.

Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel in the Triple Crown. It is both the oldest and the longest of the three events. The first running took place in 1867 at Jerome Park in Belmont, New York. The track is 1.5 miles long and has become known as the “Test of the Champion.” Another nickname for the race is “the Run for the Carnations” because the winning horse is draped in a blanket of white carnations.
Only twelve horses have ever won the coveted Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. The first Triple Crown winner was Sir Barton in 1919, and the most recent winner was American Pharoah in 2015.

National Herb and Spice Day 

We often hear the term “herbs and spices”, and know that they are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients. Both spices and herbs are part of plants (fresh or dried). Both also been used to preserve foods, cure illness and enhance cosmetics. But have you ever stopped for a moment to think what the difference is between the two?  Well, the difference lies in where they are obtained from a plant.

Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant.
Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and mint. They are usually grown in more temperate areas than spices and have great medicinal value and are also used in the preparation of cosmetic products. Herbs can be used either fresh or dried.

[Fresh herbs are now in season, and they are available in abundance at your local supermarket, farmers market, or possibly even your own garden. But what do you do with all those fresh herbs that you buy, but can’t use immediately? If you try to keep them in your refrigerator, they will soon become an unidentifiable mass of shriveled, malodorous goo. The answer is dry them. The easiest method for preserving your herbs so they will cook up a tasty dish next time you need them is to tie the leftover sprigs with kitchen string and dry them by hanging them upside down from a rack or open shelf in the kitchen. As a bonus, while they’re suspended, your kitchen takes on the aroma of an exotic marketplace].

Spices are derived from any parts of the plant other than the leafy part; such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.
Spices are usually dried before being used to season foods. Some examples are cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pepper. Unlike herbs, they are grown in more tropical countries. They’ve also been known to preserve foods and some have medicinal value, such as turmeric with its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties.

National Black Cow Day 

Although cows are a major source of food, Black Cow Day does not celebrate bovines with ebony pigmentation. Black Cow Day celebrates the refreshing summertime treat the Black Cow — For the unenlightened, a Black Cow is another way to say “root beer float”. But that can vary depending on where you’re from. Some regions of the country make a distinction between a root beer float and a Black Cow by making a Black Cow with chocolate ice cream rather than vanilla. In other regions of the country, a Black Cow is a traditional root beer float, but with chocolate syrup added. Still, other regions use the term Brown Cow instead. How many of you even know that a beverage like the Black Cow even existed? No matter what you call it, or whether you use chocolate ice cream or chocolate syrup…or not, enjoy a Black Cow today.
Author’s Note: For my readers in the Bakersfield, California environs, this holiday gives you a valid excuse to visit Dewar’s (as if you need an excuse). I don’t know it they have Black Cows on the menu, but if they don’t, they will probably make one for you anyway.

National Iced Tea Day 

With the official start of summer less than a fortnight away, chances are it is already hot where you live. What better time to celebrate National Iced Tea Day? Iced tea is a refreshing beverage enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.
It is generally accepted in America that Iced Tea was created by plantation owner Richard Blechynden at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO. While he is largely responsible for popularizing the drink because of a large number of people attending the Fair and spreading the word about it, iced tea had been around at least for a few decades prior to that in the south.
Since ancient times, people have believed that tea has a wide range of medicinal uses. Modern research has given credibility to many of these beliefs and identified more. In some cases, research is not conclusive. Regardless of the final determination as to its value over time, drink and enjoy some Iced Tea today because there is no research to suggest that it can hurt you either…and it tastes good.
Here are some of the known or suspected medicinal benefits: Avoidance of heart disease, cancer, tumors, stomach ailments, sore throats, colds (often flavored with honey), and it is refreshing and relaxing.
No matter who, where, when, why, or how it was created, it is delicious, refreshing, and healthy (if you don’t use too much sugar). I love iced tea and live on it during the hot months of summer. I especially like “sun tea”, which uses solar energy to brew the tea. You know me,  the consummate environmentalist. Enjoy a cool, refreshing glass this afternoon.

National Rosé Day

National Rosé Day was approved as a national holiday by the National Day Calendar in October of 2014 and is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in June.
Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are a very versatile wine that complements many types of food. Rosé is lighter than red wine and deeper than white wine. The pink color of Rosé wine depends on the amount of time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice, also known as maceration.
Rosé wines can be either semi-sparkling or sparkling with different intensities of sweetness levels and dryness.

World Gin Day

World Gin Day was created in 2008 and is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June.
If you like gin, World Gin Day is the holiday for you. It is a global celebration of all things gin. The concept is simple – get together with other gin lovers in your area to drink some gin…whether it’s in a cocktail, Gin & Tonic, or neat…yes, you can drink gin neat (at least some people can). It is an acquired taste.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1776 – The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.
  • In 1793 – The Jardin des Plantes zoo opened in Paris. It was the first public zoo.
  • In 1854 – The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, held its first graduation.
  • In 1902 – The “outlook” or “see-through” envelope was patented by Americus F. Callahan.
  • In 1907 – Autochrome Lumière color photography was introduced. The process was invented by the legendary Lumière brothers in 1903. It was the first practical and commercially successful technology for the production of color photos.
  • In 1909 – The SOS distress signal was used for the first time. The Cunard liner SS Slavonia used the signal when it wrecked off the Azores.
  • In 1920 – The Republican convention in Chicago endorsed woman suffrage.
  • In 1925 – The state of Tennessee adopted a new biology textbook that denied the theory of evolution.
  • In 1935 – Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith established the mutual aid fellowship to battle alcoholism. Today, the organization is active in many countries around the world.
  • In 1936 – The Russian animation studio Soyuzmultfilm was established. The film studio produced at total of 1530 movies, among them some of the best-known films of the Soviet era, such as Hedgehog in the Fog and The Bremen Town Musicians.
  • In 1944 – The youngest pitcher in major league baseball pitched his first game. Joe Nuxhall was 15 years old (and 10 months and 11 days).
  • In 1948 – Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound in the Bell XS-1.
  • In 1967 – Renown actor Spencer Tracy died.
  • In 1967 – Israel and Syria agreed to a cease-fire that ended the Six-Day War. A ceasefire was mediated by the United Nations, ending the six days of armed conflict. On the previous day, Israel had occupied the Golan Heights.
  • In 1970 – A fifteen-man group of special forces troops began training for Operation Kingpin. The operation was a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam.
  • In 1971 – The U.S. ended a 21-year trade embargo of China.
  • In 1984 – The U.S. Army successfully tested an anti-ballistic missile.
  • In 1984 – The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
  • In 1993 – It was announced by scientists that genetic material was extracted from an insect that lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
  • In  1994 – President Clinton intensified sanctions against Haiti’s military leaders. Commercial air travel was suspended, along with most financial transactions between Haiti and the United States.
  • In 1996 – Britain and Ireland opened Northern Ireland peace talks. The IRA’s political arm Sinn Fein was excluded.
  • In 1998 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that poor children in Milwaukee could attend religious schools at taxpayer expense.
  • In 1999 – The Kosovo War ended. Slobodan Milošević, then President of Serbia, agreed to withdraw his troops from the disputed territory following a massive NATO bombing campaign. NATO’s involvement has been criticized for its lack of a U.N. mandate.
  • In 2004 – Iconic singer-songwriter and band leader Ray Charles died.

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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