June 12th – Red Rose Day

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

Good morning flower children. Today is Monday, June 12th. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Red Rose Day 

A red rose signifies love, and since June is the most popular month for weddings, it seems appropriate for Red Rose Day to fall on one day this month. Roses are by far America’s favorite cut flower, but they are also popular as ornamentation around houses and garages. Send your significant other a red rose today.
Factoid: Did you know that each color rose sends a different message to the recipient? Here is a guide to help you send the appropriate color rose to convey the message you intend.

Loving Day 

You could think that this is another one of those sappy, hippie-dippy, feel good holidays, but if you do, you would be…wrong.
Loving Day commemorates the anniversary of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving vs Virginia which basically legalized interracial marriage. The decision affected not only Virginia but the other 16 States which still had laws against interracial marriage. In 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were married in Washington D.C. They were arrested just weeks after they returned to their home near Richmond, VA. They plead guilty to “cohabiting as man and wife against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth”. They avoided jail time by agreeing to move out of Virginia. They moved to Washington D.C. and began legal action by writing to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy turned the case over to the A.C.L.U. After the “Warren Court” handed down its decision in 1967, they moved back to Virginia, where they lived with their three children. HBO also made a documentary film about this case. If you can find it, I suggest that you watch it as well.
Does anyone else see the correlation between this case and the current debate over gay marriage?

Crowded Nest Awareness Day 

Crowded Nest Awareness Day recognizes the condition of Crowded Nest Syndrome. With Crowded Nest Syndrome, your adult children continue to live with you, or they moved away only move back in with you, sometimes bringing their young children with them.
Another scenario is when your elderly parents or in-laws have to move in with you because they can no longer care for themselves.  Suddenly, you feel as though you have no privacy, nowhere to escape, no “alone” time.
With the recent popping of the housing bubble and so many people out of work today, this syndrome is something we’re hearing a bit more of these days.

National Jerky Day

National Jerky Day is a relatively new celebration, created in 2012 by Jack’s Links™ and was obviously created to help boost sales of dried jerky, although jerky was already a popular snack.
Jerky is created by trimming the fat from lean meat, then drying, or dehydrating it. Often, the meat is marinated before drying for extra flavor, and many different marinades can be used. Teriyaki sauce is a popular marinade for making jerky. Salt is usually added to aid the drying process. Jerky can be made from almost any meat – such as beef and pork, wild game like venison elk, or moose, and smoked poultry like turkey chicken, or goose (raw poultry is generally not recommended for use in making jerky because of the texture and flavor of the finished product). Some specialty shops offer such exotic jerky products as kangaroo or alligator.
If you’re the adventurous sort, you can try making your own jerky at home. There are many websites that will give you step-by-step instructions. Just bear in mind that there is always a risk of foodborne illness when working with raw meat, and you should take the necessary precautions to prevent it.

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day 

The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900’s. In 1916, George Washington Carver began promoting the peanut and its many uses. As part of the campaign, he published three peanut butter cookie recipes in a research bulletin entitled, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption.” Peanut Butter cookies are a rolled cookie, but not with a rolling-pin as you might expect. Traditionally, the dough is “rolled” into a ball by hand, then flattened with the tines of a fork to create an attractive pattern. The first recipe to include this traditional pattern appeared in a Peanut Butter cookie recipe published in the Schenectady Gazette in 1932. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn’t be quite right without this iconic decoration.
To celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, dig out Grandma’s favorite recipe and make a batch of delicious homemade peanut butter cookies. If your Grandma didn’t have a peanut butter cookie recipe, the internet has about as many recipes for peanut butter cookies as Fido has fleas. Enjoy some peanut butter cookies as a snack today…no matter whose recipe you use.
This link will give you some interesting and fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter.

International Cachaca Day 

Cachaca is Brazilian White Rum (aka “poor man’s rum”). It is distilled from the juice of sugar cane itself. It is a cousin to rum, which is distilled from molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process. Back when I imbibed in distilled spirits, rum was my beverage of choice, but that was before Cachaca became “trendy”. I probably would have jumped on the Cachaca bandwagon had I known about it. In terms of popular Brazilian exports these days, Cachaca probably finishes a close second behind Gisele Bundchen with young American males. If you still partake in adult beverages, today would be an appropriate day to try a cocktail made with Cachaca.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.
  • In 1839 – Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball.
  • In 1849 – The gas mask was patented by L.P. Haslett.
  • In 1897 – Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.
  • In 1918 – The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I’s Western Front in France.
  • In 1921 – President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
  • In 1923 – Harry Houdini escaped from a straitjacket while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground.
  • In 1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled with 150,000 words.
  • In 1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. This was exactly one hundred years to the day on which the game was invented by Abner Doubleday.
  • In 1941 – In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
  • In 1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.
  • In 1964 – Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. The South African anti-apartheid activist spent 27 years in prison. In 1993, he received the Nobel Peace Prize and one year late he became President of South Africa.
  • In 1971 – Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.
  • In 1974 – Girls were allowed to take part in Little League Baseball for the first time.
  • In 1982 – 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City’s Central Park.
  • In 1987 – President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. President Reagan held his famous speech near the Berlin Wall, one of the most important symbols for the division between East and West during the Cold War. The wall was dismantled in 1989, but many observers doubt that Reagan’s famous catchphrase had any impact on this decision.
  • In 1991 – Russians went to the election polls and elected Boris N. Yeltsin as the president of their republic. After the end of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin launched radical economic reforms that aimed at dismantling socialism and restore capitalism.
  • In 1994 – The world’s largest twinjet took off on its maiden flight. The Boeing 777, or Triple Seven, typically transports up to 451 passengers. It is one of Boeing’s commercially most successful planes.
  • In 1996 – In Philadelphia, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
  • In 1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
  • In 1997 – The Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.
  • In 1999 – NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia.
  • In 2003 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.
  • In 2009 – The switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.
  • In 2016 – A mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Killed 49 people. In what is now thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in history, the shooting committed by 29-year old Omar Mateen is also the second deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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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